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FC Barcelona News: 16 July 2019; Victor Lindelof plays down rumors, Junior Firpo linked

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Lindelof dismisses talk of United-Barca switch | ESPN

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has played down rumors of a move to Barcelona. He said: “I’m very, very happy to be a Manchester United player. I’m excited for new season to start. That’s my answer. I’m very happy here.”

Barcelona line up Junior Firpo signing | Marca

Barcelona are lining up a move for Real Betis full-back Junior Firpo. The Spain Under-21 star has a €50 million release clause but Barca could include Juan Miranda or Marc Cucurella in the deal. Cucurella has gone to Eibar but Barcelona plan to buy him back.

Neymar tells Leonardo: “I’m just letting you know that I want to leave” | Sport

Neymar met with Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo on Monday and reiterated his desire to leave the French champions. A deal will not be easy to do but Barcelona are willing to include players such as Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti or Ivan Rakitic in the deal.

Valencia hope that Barça will lower their asking price for Rafinha | Sport

Valencia are hoping that Barcelona will lower their asking price of €15m for Rafinha. The club are keen to move the Brazilian on in the summer transfer market, but Los Che think the price is steep for an injury-prone player with just a year left on his current contract.

The Estadi Johan Cruyff opens on August 27 | Marca

Barcelona will open the new Estadi Johan Cruyff, which is set to replace the current Mini Estadi, on August 27. The event will see a youth match between Barcelona and Ajax take place, while a statue of Cruyff will also be unveiled outside the Camp Nou.

Reports: Argentina request Messi red rescinded | ESPN

Argentina have asked for Lionel Messi’s red card against Chile at the Copa America to be rescinded, according to reports in the country. The Argentina Football Association (AFA) have written to CONMEBOL asking for the sending off to be overturned.

Without De Ligt or Lindelöf, Barcelona’s best bet is Todibo | Mundo Deportivo

After being unable to sign Matthijs de Ligt or Victor Lindelof in the summer transfer window, Barcelona have decided to place their faith in Jean-Clair Todibo. The club had considered letting the 19-year-old depart but will now ensure he gets first-team minutes next season.