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FC Barcelona News: 7 September 2019; Frenkie de Jong Scores as Netherlands Win, Josep Maria Bartomeu Gives Interview

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Bartomeu: ‘The squad is more competitive this season’ | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu gave an exclusive interview to Barça TV this Friday, in which he assessed various matters involving the Club. In the extensive chat, he spoke about the squad, the attempt to sign Neymar this summer, Leo Messi’s contract and the Club’s continued commitment to La Masia, as well as institutional matters such as the 2019/20 budget exceeding €1bn for the first time.

EURO 2020 qualifying: Netherlands topple Germany in six-goal thriller | DW
A rivalry that so rarely disappoints, Germany and the Netherlands delivered another classic in Hamburg on Friday night, but it was the hosts who were on the receiving end of a six-goal thriller. Serge Gnabry had opened the scoring early to hand the hosts a half-time lead following a 45 minutes in which the Dutch posed little threat.

Barcelona move for Neymar in January ruled out by Bartomeu | Goal
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the La Liga champions won’t be making a renewed move for Neymar in the January transfer window, despite doing “everything possible” to sign him. The Paris Saint-Germain forward was a target for Barca throughout the summer but, despite weeks of speculation, didn’t get his desired move.

Victor Font: The Neymar saga has been ridiculous | Marca
Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has lamented the way that the Blaugrana went after Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar this summer. The Catalans ramped up their interest in the Brazilian towards the end of the summer transfer window, offering a number of first-team players in exchange, but they were unable to come to an agreement with PSG.

Juventus offered Rakitic-Bernadeschi deal to Barcelona, report claims | Football Espana
A report from Mundo Deportivo claims Serie A champions Juventus approached Barcelona for Ivan Rakitic and put the option of Federico Bernadeschi on the table. Mundo Deportivo notes that the suggestion came with only two weeks remaining in the transfer window and was initiated by Juve through sporting director Fabio Paratici.

Carles Puyol in talks to become Barcelona sporting manager | Marca
Carles Puyol is in talks with Barcelona over becoming the club’s sporting manager in the next few weeks. The role would see the former Blaugrana captain work alongside Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes in the sporting department.

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