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FC Barcelona News: 26 July 2019; Patrick Kluivert Appointment Official, Junior Firpo Negotiations Continue

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Vissel Kobe v Barça: Live on the website and Barça TV | FC Barcelona
Barça face Vissel Kobe on Saturday 27 July in the second game of the preseason. The Noevir Stadium Kobe is the venue for a game that will see Barça up against a side featuring who for many of them are former colleagues in Andrés Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper.

When and where to watch Barça v Vissel Kobe | FC Barcelona
Barça face Vissel Kobe on Saturday 27 July in the second game of the preseason. The Noevir Stadium Kobe is the venue for a game that will see Barça up against a side featuring who for many of them are former colleagues in Andrés Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper.

Luis Suárez returns to training | FC Barcelona
Luis Suarez worked out at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Friday. The Uruguayan will return to full training with the team on July 31, but during the intervening period he will continue with an individual program. Barça’s No.9 participated in the Copa América and, similar to the other South American players that took part, is therefore not on the tour of Japan with the other 26 players; 17 from the first team and nine from Barça B.

Rakitic and Vidal departures can no longer be ruled out | Marca
Barcelona are willing to make space in their midfield and neither Ivan Rakitic nor Arturo Vidal have a secure spot in the squad for the upcoming season. Although the Catalan side have signed just one midfielder, in Frenkie de Jong, this summer, they currently have nine players for three positions in the centre of the park.

Barcelona reject multiple offers for defender Nelson Semedo | Football Espana
Barcelona have rejected a number of offers for full-back Nelson Semedo this summer and have no plans to sell him, report Diario AS. It states that no offer has come close to the player’s €100m release clause while indeed none has been in excess of €50m, with teams from Spain, England and Italy all said to be interested.

Barcelona and Real Betis, condemned to agree over Junior Firpo | Sport
He is liked by the technical staff and Ernesto Valverde and knows La Liga, whereas Max would have to adapt from the Bundesliga. The coach didn’t want to use Marc Cucurella in that position so he was sold to Getafe. Barca are negotiating with Betis and will pay around 20 million euros. Betis want 30 but Barca believe they can lower that number.

Moussa Wague will have a first team place this season | Sport
Senegalese full back Moussa Wague will be the only Barca B team player to step up and join the first team squad this season on a permanent basis. Other players like Riqui Puig, Iñaki Peña, Guillem, Araujo, Oriol Busquets, Monchu, Collado, Hiroki Abe and Carles Pérez, who are on the club’s tour in Japan, will stay with the B team unless Ernesto Valverde needs them on an ad hoc basis.

Barcelona’s Riqui Puig reject Qatar move | Football Espana
Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig has refused an opportunity to join Qatari club Al Sadd, managed by former Blaugrana captain Xavi Hernandez. The midfielder is said to ‘have been flattered’ by the offer, but ‘politely declined’ the offer to move to the Middle East club on a loan deal, report El Mundo Deportivo.

Patrick Kluivert, new director of youth football | FC Barcelona
Patrick Kluivert is returning to FC Barcelona after signing a contract on Thursday to become the new director of youth football until June 2021. The agreement was formalised at the club offices in the presence of the directors with responsibilities for youth football, Silvio Elías and Xavier Vilajoana.

Kluivert: My main job is to safeguard the Cruyff philosophy | Sport
The former forward explained that his “main task will be to safeguard the philosophy of Johan Cruyff. It will not be difficult for me because I was at Ajax and Barcelona and both clubs have nearly the same style of play. I think with the arrival of Frenkie de Jong the links are even stronger.”