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FC Barcelona News: 17 August 2020; Koeman to replace Setien, Messi contemplates future

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

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Ronald Koeman becomes frontrunner to be Barcelona coach | Marca

Ronald Koeman is the new frontrunner to be Barcelona coach. The club feel he can help calm a fragile situation, while Mauricio Pochettino would “add more petrol to the fire.”

Barcelona: ‘Setién is out’ Bartomeu tells Catalan radio

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Quique Setien is on his way out of the club. An official announcement is expected on Monday.

Messi silent as he contemplates Barcelona future | Marca

Lionel Messi is contemplating his future after Friday’s humiliating defeat to Bayern. The captain is waiting to see how the board responds and is not ruling anything out yet.

Barcelona say Leo Messi has not told them he wants to leave | Sport

Barcelona say Lionel Messi has not informed them he wants to leave now following a report the Argentina international is ready to quit the Camp Nou.

Arsenal’s latest offer for Coutinho falls way short of what Barça are asking for | Sport

Arsenal have offered to take Philippe Coutinho on loan with an option to buy in 2021. However, Barca either want a straight sale or a loan with a mandatory purchase option.

Abidal suspects he will not continue | Mundo Deportivo

Eric Abidal suspects he may follow Quique Setien out of the exit door at Barcelona ahead of Monday’s crucial board meeting at the club.

Monchi pronounces on the possible return of Rakitic | Mundo Deportivo

Monchi has once again talked about the possibility of Ivan Rakitic returning to Sevilla and explained how it’s “complicated economically” and unlikely to happen.

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