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FC Barcelona News: 18 February 2020; Barça prefer Martin Braithwaite to Angel Rodriguez

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A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

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Forward imminent at Barcelona: Braithwaite preferred to Angel | Sport

Barcelona are on the brink of signing a forward and are expected to sign Martin Braithwaite ahead of Angel Rodriguez. The club are keen to make an announcement on Tuesday and have the new arrival join in with training later in the day or on Wednesday.

Barça and Real Madrid’s final sprint | FC Barcelona

Only one point separates Real Madrid from Barcelona ahead of the last 14 La Liga games of the season. A key fixture in the run-in will be the champions’ trip to the Santiago Bernabeu to face Madrid on March 1.

Barcelona had deal in place for Getafe’s Angel worth an initial €6 million | Sport

Barcelona had a deal to place to sign Angel Rodriguez for €6 million plus €2m in add ons which is why he didn’t celebrate his goal against the club much on Saturday. However, Barca now appear to have changed their mind due to his age and Quique Setien’s preference for Martin Braithwaite.

Laporta: Barcelona’s board of directors should resign | Marca

Joan Laporta has called on Barcelona’s board of directors to resign in the wake of allegations they hired a firm to attack players and promote Bartomeu. He Tweeted: “It’s outrageous that they use these mafia practices to stain the image of the club. All of this shows their incompetence again, and they’re panicking to hide everything. They have to resign.”

I3 Ventures deny working for Barcelona to criticise club legends | Marca

PR firm I3 Ventures has denied working for Barcelona to criticise club legends as has been reported. A statement read: “Regarding the information published today about a contract with Barcelona for the generation of content against certain people, athletes or businesses, we wish to state for the record that this is absolutely false.”

Report links Barca with Facebook accounts aimed at damaging players’ images | AS

Cadena SER’s radio programme El Larguero has released a document that reportedly proves I3 Ventures was behind social media accounts that spread negative information about Barcelona players.