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FC Barcelona News: 27 August 2019; Players Enjoy Day Off, Johan Cruyff Statue Unveiled

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13 first team debutants from La Masia in the Valverde era | FC Barcelona
After beating Real Betis at the Camp Nou (5-2), a match which included the official Camp Nou first team debuts for Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez, we take a look at the 13 players from La Masia who have debuted in official competition during the Valverde era.

PREVIEW - Barça’s new home | FC Barcelona
A great day for FC Barcelona. This afternoon the new Estadio Johan Cruyff, the first part of the new Espai Barça, is inaugurated at the Ciutat Esportiva. Thus, the new home for Barça B, U19A and Barça Women will be formally opened, the 6,000 capacity stadium taking the place of the Miniestadi, which was inaugurated in 1982.

Sources: Barca to present third Neymar bid | ESPN
Barcelona representatives travelled to Paris on Tuesday to make a third offer for Neymar after seeing their first two rejected by Paris Saint-Germain, sources have told ESPN FC. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu met with his board on Monday to work on a new formula which they hope PSG will accept.

Why has Óscar Grau travelled to Paris with FC Barcelona this time? | Sport
There’s a significant difference from the first meeting which took place two weeks ago over a deal for Neymar and the one which is taking place today. That is down to the presence of Oscar Grau as part of the Barça delegation. The CEO is there for one important reason: he has the authority to sign off on a transfer agreement.

Barcelona open to selling Ivan Rakitic | Football Espana
Barcelona are open to selling midfielder Ivan Rakitic this month with no firm opposition within the club, report Diario AS. It is claimed by the fresh report that boss Ernesto Valverde - a long-term admirer of the Croatian midfielder - will no longer oppose the sale should the club decide to go down that path.

Barça could offer Ivan Rakitic to Juventus on a season-long loan | Sport
Juventus are ready to make one final push to land Ivan Rakitic before the transfer window closes on 2nd September. The two sides met on the 19th August when the offer was a straight swap between the Croatian and Emre Can. This is due to the fact Juve don’t have the cash available to buy Rakitic this week.

Rafinha will only be allowed to leave on loan if he signs a new deal first | Sport
Rafinha’s fine start to the season with Barça could have changed the plans regarding his future. He was the man of the match against Athletic Club and shined against Real Betis too. Ernesto Valverde is a fan of the midfielder and, when he’s needed to leave out players, Rafinha has never been considered.

Barcelona unveil Cruyff statue at the Camp Nou | Marca
Barcelona unveiled a statue of their legendary former player and coach Johan Cruyff at the Camp Nou on Monday. Many credit Cruyff with changing the course of the club’s history and several of his pupils, such as Pep Guardiola, have gone on to become hugely successful coaches themselves.

‘We were wrong’ - Barcelona apologise to Betis over Firpo tweet | Goal
Barcelona have apologised following backlash to a tweet involving Junior Firpo sent after their 5-2 win over Real Betis at Camp Nou on Sunday. Playing without star duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, the Catalans fell behind early only for new recruit Antoine Griezmann to step up and guide Barca to a routine victory .

‘A complete disaster’ - Valdes reveals having to buy Barca teen Fati new boots | Goal
Barcelona youth coach Victor Valdes has revealed he had to help Anssumane Fati buy new boots after discovering just how poor the teenager’s pair were. Fati, 16, made headlines on Sunday night after becoming the youngest Barca debutant since 1941 when he was brought on in a 5-2 win over Real Betis.

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