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FC Barcelona News: 26 July 2020; Barça B set for Playoff final, Samuel Umtiti in demand

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

RC Celta de Vigo v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Inspirational precedents for Barça B - FC Barcelona
Barça B are just win away from history. Against Sabadell on Sunday they have the chance to bounce back up to Second Division A after two years in the third tier. And if they can do so, it will be the sixth such promotion in the reserve team’s history.

Celta Vigo cannot afford Barcelona's Rafinha, Italian club looming - Football Espana
Celta Vigo want to sign midfielder Rafinha Alcantara permanently from Barcelona this summer but cannot afford his €16m clause. As outlined by a report in El Mundo Deportivo, it now appears that Celta can now no longer afford a return for the player, who is now more likely to move to Italy.

Josep Bartomeu: Barcelona to focus on their young superstars in 2020-21 - Football Espana
Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu has indicated the club will focus on their Academy stars in 2020-21, rather than big name signings. La Blaugrana will be operating under a reduced transfer budget this summer, due to the financial impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Giuseppe Marotta confirms Inter Milan contract talks with Lautaro Martinez - Football Espana
Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the club are set to begin contract extension talks with Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez this month. The Argentina international has been at the centre of Barcelona transfer news during the 2019-20 campaign, but no bid has been submitted to the Italian giants.

AS Monaco want Barcelona's Matheus Fernandes on loan ahead of 2020-21 campaign - Football Espana
Ligue 1 side AS Monaco reportedly want to bring Barcelona midfielder Matheus Fernandes in on loan for the 2020-21 season. Fernandes agreed a deal to join La Blaugrana from Brazilian club Palmeiras last summer, before being immediately loaned out to Real Valladolid for the 2019-20 season.

Barcelona want new Ansu Fati deal to block Manchester United interest - Football Espana
Barcelona will fast track a new long term contract for teenage star Ansu Fati this summer, amid growing reported interest from Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been linked with a €100m move for the 17-year old in recent months, but La Blaugrana remain determined to secure Fati’s future in Catalonia.

Barcelona star Marc Ter Stegen faces fitness battle ahead of Napoli clash - Football Espana
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Ter Stegen has emerged as a potential injury doubt for La Blaugrana’s Champions League tie against Napoli on August 8. Quique Setien’s side face the Serie A giants in the second leg of their last 16 encounter, however, as per reports from Diario AS, the German international could miss out due to a persistent knee problem.

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez tests positive for coronavirus - Football Espana
Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has confirmed he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating. The former central midfielder and current Al Sadd boss released a statement to confirm that he was not feeling poorly but was currently self-isolating to ensure he did not infect others.

Barcelona defender Umtiti wanted by Arsenal, West Ham, Everton - Football Espana
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti does not want to leave the Camp Nou this summer but has multiple interested clubs from England and France. A report from El Mundo Deportivo claims the Blaugrana are considering loaning out the central defender on a loan arrangement alongside a purchase option.

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