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FC Barcelona News: 28 August 2019; Lionel Messi Set to Miss Osasuna Match, Oriol Busquets Officially Loaned

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Wednesday morning training for the squad | FC Barcelona
Returning after a day off on Tuesday, the first team squad trained in a Wednesday morning session at the Ciutat Esportiva. The available players were put through their paces on the Tito Vilanova pitch, with Frenkie De Jong undertaking specific individual work. Along with the first team regulars, Iñaki Peña and Carles Pérez of Barça B, plus Ansu Fati of the Under-19s A side, worked out under the orders of coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi won’t return until after the international break | Marca
Barcelona face Osasuna on Saturday which Lionel Messi will miss due to his calf injury. The Argentine has returned to training individually with the team’s fitness coach and he is expected to return to action after the international break.

Ansu Fati: Barcelona’s 16-year-old debutant’s journey from rolled up socks and rejecting Real Madrid | Goal
At the age of 16 years, 11 months and five days, Ansu Fati strode out onto the turf at Camp Nou on Sunday to make his Barcelona debut. Only one player – Vicenc Martinez Alama, in 1941 – has pulled on the famous Blaugrana shirt at a younger age in a Liga match. A star, many in Catalunya believe, is about to be born.

Ousmane Dembele staying at Barcelona 100 percent - agent | Football Espana
The agent of Ousmane Dembele has ruled out his client leaving Barcelona in the final week of the transfer window: “He is staying 100%.” There have been multiple reports that the Frenchman will be involved as part of a deal that takes Neymar to the Camp Nou in the coming days.

Don’t let Neymar go to another club - Rivaldo pleads with Barcelona to sign PSG star | Goal
Neymar made a mistake leaving Barcelona and the club should do everything to bring him back, according to former player Rivaldo. The Brazil superstar has been heavily linked with a return to the Catalan giants two years after he joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222 million (£200m/$246m) deal.

Sources: Details holding up Barca deal for Neymar | ESPN
PSG want the entire amount to be paid up front, but the Catalans are exploring different ways to cover the fee following a busy summer in which they brought in Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Neto and Junior Firpo for a combined €239m.

Freixa: Signing Neymar would jeopardise the Barcelona’s sports project and economic stability | Marca
Toni Freixa, formerly a director and presidential candidate at Barcelona, isn’t sold on the idea of the club looking to re-sign Neymar. The Brazilian wants out of Paris Saint-Germain and, as things stand, the Catalans are the most likely to sign him, but it’s not a move that Freixa understands.

‘You can’t say no’ - Vela admits he was ‘really close’ to Barca move | Goal
Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela admitted that he was “really close” to joining Barcelona this past winter, confirming that the Spanish giants did indeed reach out regarding a loan deal. After scoring 14 goals while providing 13 assists in his debut season for LAFC, Vela was the subject of interest from Barca, who spent the winter looking to sign a new attacker.

Agreement with FC Twente for the loan of Oriol Busquets | FC Barcelona
Oriol Busquets leaves Barça B. The Catalan midfielder will be loaned for a season, with no option to buy, to FC Twente of the Eredivisie. They are a team that has just been promoted to the top Dutch division, where they’ll meet former acquaintances of Oriol Busquets such as Aitor Cantalapiedra, Javier Espinosa and Julio Pleguezuelo. Busquets has a contract with FC Barcelona until 2021, with the option of two more, and a buyout clause of 200 million euros.

Barça U19A 0 Ajax 2: Dutch win on opening night | FC Barcelona
The Johan Cruyff stadium is now up and running after the opening ceremony and a full 90 minute match at the first piece in the Espai Barça puzzle. The FC Barcelona U19A side took on their Ajax equivalents on an evening that was a tribute to the Dutch legend. Unfortunately, the Barça youngsters were unable to celebrate the occasion with a victory as goals from Naci Unuvar either side of half time gave the visitors the win.

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