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FC Barcelona News: 31 August 2020; Preseason begins, PSG join race for Lionel Messi

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

FC Barcelona Training Session With New Coach Quique Setien Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

PCR testing day - FC Barcelona
This Sunday morning the first-team's available players arrived at the Ciutat Esportiva to pass the relevant PCR tests before starting training.

The training plan for the week - FC Barcelona
Ronald Koeman’s squad will begin training this Monday, and will exercise every day except Thursday and Sunday.

La Liga confirm Barcelona still hold €700m release clause for Lionel Messi - Football Espana
La Liga have released an official statement to confirm they side with Barcelona in their legal dispute with Lionel Messi and they say that the player’s €700m release clause remains in place.

FIFA to be involved in allowing Messi to leave Barcelona - Football Espana
The likelihood that Lionel Messi’s attempts to leave Barcelona will result in a legal battle between the two parties appears increasingly inevitable.

Why Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola's desire to reunite makes sense after successes at Barcelona - ESPN
The bloke in the crowd said it best, until Pep Guardiola said it better. In the midst of the noise around the Romareda, a collective murmur of incredulity, came a short and simple phrase that was just about audible and elicited the highest eulogy.

LIVE Transfer Talk: PSG in for Lionel Messi as battle over release clause continues - ESPN
Any club in the world would want Lionel Messi, and Sport in Spain has reported that Paris Saint-Germain are one of the few who have decided they can pull a move off -- presuming he is allowed to leave Barcelona.