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FC Barcelona News: 18 August 2020; Barca to appoint Ronald Koeman, elections in March

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

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Koeman, the chosen one! | Sport

Ronald Koeman will replace Quique Setien as Barcelona manager. The Dutchman could be presented at the club on Tuesday.

Club presidential elections called for first game from March 15 | FC Barcelona

Barcelona presidential elections have been called from March 15 next year. The club say it’s unfeasible to call them now because of Covid-19 and the season starting on September 12.

Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal will not be sacked | Football Espana

Eric Abidal has escaped being sacked by Barcelona. The club feel he can play a role in their recruitment process ahead of the new season.

Iniesta’s message of optimism for Barcelona fans | Marca

Andres Iniesta has sent a message to Barcelona in the wake of their thumping by Bayern Munich. He wrote on Twitter: “We’re always together as we build the best club in the world.”

Barcelona: Ter Stegen facing three to four months out after surgery | AS

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday and could be out of action for three or four months.

Eto’o: If Messi leaves Barcelona then we need to change the club’s name | Marca

Samuel Eto’o has said Barca must do “everything possible” to keep Lionel Messi and added: “If he decides to leave then we need to try to find another name for the club.”

Barça’s objective: sell as much as possible to remodel squad | Sport

Barcelona’s new plan is to sell as many of their current squad as possible in order to rebuild the squad. The club will speak to those players who are no longer wanted shortly.

Coutinho: the option to stay gains strength | Mundo Deportivo

The prospect of Philippe Coutinho staying at Barcelona is starting to look more likely. It’s unlikely clubs will meet his asking price, while Koeman could give him a second chance.