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FC Barcelona News: 1 July 2019; Antoine Griezmann release clause drops, Neymar rumors hot up

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Sources: Barcelona working on Griezmann deal | ESPN

Barcelona are working on a deal for Antoine Griezmann after his release clause dropped to €120 million on July 1st. The club could announce his arrival this week, with Atletico due to report back for pre-season training on Thursday. Barcelona would prefer to announce Griezmann next week.

Neymar tells PSG he won’t attend preseason as he pushes for Barça move | Sport

Neymar has told Paris Saint-Germain he will not be back for pre-season training as he continues to push for a return to Barcelona. PSG are due back for training on Monday, 8th July but Neymar plans to go on strike and will not join the team on their tour of China.

Coutinho, the player with most games played this season | FC Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho has played more games than any other player in Europe’s top leagues this season. The Brazilian has racked up 68 appearances for club and country and should add to that tally on Tuesday when Brazil face Argentina at the Copa America.

Barcelona step up “Operation: Departures” as they look to raise funds | Sport

Barcelona have sold five players so far in the summer transfer window and have raised funds of €79.5 million. Rafinha is likely to leave next and head for Valencia in a deal worth €15m. Meanwhile, if Barca bring in Antoine Griezmann and Neymar then Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are expected to leave.

De Jong arrives in Barcelona on Thursday, will be presented on Friday | Mundo Deportivo

Frenkie de Jong will arrive at his new club on Thursday and will officially be presented as a Barcelona player on Friday. He will have his medical check-ups, pose with the shirt and then take part in a press conference.

Valencia to land Barcelona’s Rafinha Alcantara | Football Espana

Rafinha is set to leave Barcelona for Valencia this week. Barcelona are hoping to get a fee in the region of €15m for the midfielder, but Los Che are hopeful they can negotiate and get the fee down.