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FC Barcelona News: 25 July 2019; Barcelona Continue Training in Japan, Luis Suarez Returns from Vacation

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Barca bring in record €990m but spending also up | ESPN
Barcelona have announced record revenue for the sixth season running with the club closing their accounts for the 2018-19 season with a recorded income of €990 million ($1.1 billion). It’s the second season running in which the Spanish champions have broken the billion-dollar mark. They became the first sports team to ever pass the milestone last year when they brought in €914m ($1.019 billion).

Back at it again in Kobe | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona completed the first of two planned workouts on Thursday with a morning session held at the Kobe Universidade Memorial Stadium. It was the team’s hottest training session yet since arriving in Japan last Sunday, with temperatures here in Kobe hovering around 30º C (85º F) and with the relative humidity at around 75%.

Rakuten welcomes Barça to Kobe | FC Barcelona
As in Tokyo last Sunday, Rakuten held a reception on Wednesday evening to welcome FC Barcelona to Kobe. The event at the same Portopia Hotel where the team are staying was attended by the whole squad, who had only just arrived in the city for the second leg of their Japanese tour.

Luis Suarez is now in Barcelona ready for the new season | Sport
Luis Suarez landed in Barcelona on Wednesday with his batteries charged and ready to get back to work on Monday. The Uruguayan will be the first of Barcelona’s players who featured at the Copa America to return to training. Suarez enters his sixth season at Barca at 32 years old and he faces a new challenge, with Barcelona having signed Antoine Griezmann to battle for his spot.

Tebas claims La Liga could block Griezmann’s registration | Marca
With Atletico Madrid having complained about the forward’s move to Barcelona, claiming that a deal was organised before his release clause fell to 120 million euros on July 1, LaLiga are currently reviewing the situation and they could block the player’s participation in the league.

Barcelona’s preference is signing Junior Firpo | Sport
Barcelona have marked out signing a left-back as a priority. The board believe Jordi Alba needs competition and they want Real Betis’s Junior Firpo. Barcelona will focus their efforts on signing the Dominican defender, although are keeping other options open like Phillip Max (Augsurg).

‘It’s just not possible’ - Klopp rules out Liverpool return for Barcelona star Coutinho | Goal
Philippe Coutinho​ will not be heading back to Liverpool this summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp claiming a move for the Barcelona star “is just not possible” at this stage. The Brazilian left the Reds for Barcelona in a massive £142 million ($201m) deal in January 2018, but his time with the Spanish giants has not been easy.

Jean-Clair Todibo set for Barcelona exit | Football Espana
Todibo only joined the Catalan giants in January this year, ending a long running contractual dispute with previous club Toulouse in Ligue 1. The report claims that ‘anything can happen’ with the player this summer, with an exit from the Camp Nou appearing increasingly likely.

Vermaelen to join Vissel Kobe | Marca
Thomas Vermaelen is set to join a number of his former Barcelona teammates and become the latest to sign for Japanese side Vissel Kobe. The Belgian will join the side late on Wednesday evening, where he’ll be reunited with Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper.

La Masia: Where the players keep getting away | Marca
Xavi Simons’ move to Paris Saint-Germain has caused a stir around the treatment of La Masia by Barcelona’s decision makers, but the Catalans did their all to keep the players and it was his agent’s demands who unbalanced the negotiations. Those at the Camp Nou know the player’s talent, as well as his prestige on social media.

La Masia starlet Ansu Fati has penned a new deal with Barça | Sport
Fati’s renewal was considered a priority by La Masia staff. After making a huge effort to secure llaix’s future with the club, the next objective was to ensure Fati followed his lead. The agreement was signed last week and this afternoon it was finalised in the offices at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper.