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FC Barcelona News: 2 July 2019; Fresh Ousmane Dembele rumors, Scaloni defends Lionel Messi

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Neymar optimistic over Barcelona return | Marca

Neymar is optimistic he can seal a return to Barcelona this summer. A deal initially looked far-fetched but is beginning to appear realistic. Meanwhile, the Brazilian is keeping a low profile as he is aware any “misplaced statement or misdemeanour” could wreck the deal.

‘Flagbearer’ Messi working hard despite lack of sparkle, says Scaloni | Reuters

Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has been talking about Lionel Messi ahead of their Copa America semi-final with Brazil. He said: “We are used to seeing him score three goals in every game and dribble past five players, but we are asking him to do something different and we are more than happy with the job he is doing. He has embraced the work load, he is our flagbearer.”

Ousmane Dembele is a priority for Bayern Munich | France Football

Bayern Munich have made Ousmane Dembele their priority this summer. The club are losing hope of signing Leroy Sane and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is a big fan of Dembele. Meanwhile, the arrivals of Neymar and Antoine Griezmann at Barcelona could mean Dembele is available.

Griezmann holding up Atletico’s Joao Felix move | ESPN

Atletico Madrid’s move for Joao Felix is being held up as they wait to receive €120m for Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona are expected to land the French World Cup winner this summer and an announcement is expected this week.

There is no room for error’ - Alisson hoping to come out on top against Messi | Goal

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has been talking about facing Lionel Messi in the Copa America semi-finals after beating him with both Roma and Liverpool. He said: “I have confidence in my team, in my work, in the conviction that we are going to make a great game, we have to be prepared for everything, Roma and Liverpool were both very different. Fortunately they were two happy stories for my side.”

Valverde gives the OK to the signing of Neymar and Griezmann | Sport

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has given his OK to the signings of Neymar and Antoine Griezmann. The 55-year-old was already expecting Griezmann to sign but is also happy to have Neymar in the team. He is also aware of the difficulties he may face having to rotate a forward line consisting of the duo plus Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.