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FC Barcelona News: 1 February 2020; Arturo Vidal Misses Training, Transfer Window Closes

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Barcelona failed, spectacularly, to sign a striker. But do they really need one with Griezmann around? | ESPN
If you’re looking for a soundtrack to go with Barcelona’s search for a striker, maybe the Benny Hill theme is your best bet. In the final, quiet moments before last week’s 2-0 defeat at Valencia, Quique Setién was sitting on the bench watching his players warm up. He was watching a player whom most people thought would soon be his, too.

Setien: I have tears when I see the intensity of Dembele’s training | Goal
Barcelona coach Quique Setien says Ousmane Dembele’s intensity in training brings a tear to his eye and believes the winger will be like a new signing when he returns from injury. The 22-year-old has not had it easy since he joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 as injuries and inconsistent performances have hindered his progress at Camp Nou.

Do Barcelona have replacements for their January exits? | Marca
Quique Setien has just 18 senior players available to him for the rest of the season - 17 if you count the injured Luis Suarez. Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Alex Collado and Ronald Araujo count as youth team players, but that’s still a limited number.

Agreement with SC Braga for the transfer of Trincão | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and SC Braga have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Francisco Trincão who will join the club on 1 July 2020. The transfer fee is 31 million euros and the player will sign a contract with the Club for the next five seasons, until the end of the 2024/25 campaign with a buy-out clause of 500 million euros.

Agreement with Palmeiras for the transfer of Matheus Fernandes | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Palmeiras have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Matheus Fernandes Siqueira and he will join the Club on 1 July 2020. The transfer fee will be 7 million euros plus 3 million in add on and the player will sign a five year contract that will take him up to the end of the 2024/25 season and his buy out clause is set at 300 million euros.

Agreement with OGC Nice for the loan transfer of Wague | FC Barcelona
The French team will pay the player’s wages and has a non-obligatory purchase option of 10 million euros, plus 500,000 euros in variables. Should the French club decide to purchase the player outright, FC Barcelona would have a future purchase option for 15 million euros until June 2021. After the 2020/21 season, the club reserves the right of first refusal on any future sale of the player.

Abel Ruiz leaves for SC Braga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and SC Braga have reached an agreement for the transfer of Abel Ruiz until June 30, 2020. Thereafter, the Portuguese club will execute the mandatory purchase of the player for 8 million euros. Furthermore, FC Barcelona reserves the right buy back the player.

Winter ins and outs | FC Barcelona
The winter transfer window is now closed and it’s been a lively time at FC Barcelona. Here’s a round-up of all the coming and going in both the first and second team squads.

Arturo Vidal sits out training ahead of Barça’s game against Levante | Sport
Arturo Vidal did not take part in training with his Barcelona teammates at the Ciutat Deportiva in Sant Joan Despí on Saturday morning. The Chilean midfielder, who has earned new coach Quique Setien’s confidence, worked alone in the gym. His absence from the group was surprising as he doesn’t often miss sessions with good reason.

Willian won’t renew with Chelsea and is set for Barcelona in the summer | Marca
Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal to bring Willian to the Camp Nou once his contract at Chelsea expires at the end of the season. The Premier League club have tried to renew the Brazilian’s deal, which ends on June 30, but the forward wants a change of scene.