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FC Barcelona News: 2 September 2019; Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen Nominated, Barcelona B Draw

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Messi and Ter Stegen nominated for ‘The Best’ awards | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Ter Stegen are in contention for three of the eight ‘The Best’ awards on offer this year. The former is one of the finalists in the Best Player category, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) and Virgil van Dijkt (Liverpool). He is also a candidate for the Puskas award for Best Goal, for his strike at the Benito Villamarín against Real Betis last season.

Fati to continue with Barcelona’s first team | Marca
Ansu Fati has made the jump to the Barcelona first team this season and he’s set to continue there for the foreseeable future. The young forward worked with Barcelona B in pre-season but he’s done enough since stepping up to continue working with Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Barcelona seem unsettled by the Neymar situation | Marca
Barcelona stumbled for the second time in three matches as they dropped more points at Osasuna on Saturday afternoon in LaLiga Santander, and attention appears to be on matters away from the football pitch. The Neymar saga seems to be the priority at the moment, to the extent that on-field results are suffering while they are continuously linked with bringing the Brazilian back to the Camp Nou.

Neymar 2020: Barcelona convinced the Brazilian will return next year | Sport
Barça made a huge financial effort to get the deal done, with 150 million euros on the table, 20 million of which coming from Neymar’s own pocket, plus Ivan Rakitic and Jean Clair Todibo on permanent deals and Ousmane Dembele on loan. PSG did not accept and Barça had no room to move.

Barcelona’s rearguard difficulties | Marca
Barcelona have picked up just five points from their opening three games in LaLiga Santander. This isn’t something that would’ve happened in Ernesto Valverde’s first two seasons in charge when his side were known for their good starts.

Juventus making a final attempt to sign Rakitic before deadline | Sport
Juventus have not given up on Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and are insisting on a swap deal for the Croatian international before the transfer window closes on Monday. The Italian club’s interest is not new, but they have been unable to strike a deal so far. However, contact between sporting director Favio Paratici and Barça’s hierarchy has been reactivated over the weekend.

Barça B 2-2 Nàstic: First official game at Estadi Johan Cruyff ends in draw | FC Barcelona
The first official fixture at the Estadi Johan Cruyff was always going to be historic occasion, but the reserves were unable to celebrate with a win as the local derby with Tarragona ended two apiece. Jorge Cuenca and Guillem put Barça B in command but Nàstic were able to pull back both times and snatch a point in a dramatic game.

McGuane to swap Barcelona for the Dutch second division | Sport
Marcus McGuane will leave Barcelona on loan in the coming hours for Holland, where he will continue his career away from Camp Nou. According to Football London, the midfielder has surprisingly accepted an offer to join Telstar in the Dutch second division.

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