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FC Barcelona News: 17 June 2021; Laporta talks Messi, Memphis Depay move close

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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Laporta shows closeness with Riqui Puig | Marca

Barcelona president Joan Laporta and Riqui Puig were seen chatting and laughing together at the Camp Nou as the Catalans unveiled the team’s kit for next season.

Poker game underway between Barca and Ousmane Dembele | Sport

Barcelona spoke to Ousmane Dembele’s representatives this week by phone to discuss the forward’s future. The Catalans will either extend his deal or look to sell.

Barcelona agreement with new coach | Football Espana

Barcelona are close to appointing former defender Sergi Barjuan as B team coach on a three-year deal.

Koeman: Depay hasn’t signed yet, but he’s close | Marca

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said that Memphis Depay has not signed for Barcelona yet but a transfer to the Camp Nou is close.

Laporta: Working to keep Messi is going well, I don’t see him saying no | Marca

Joan Laporta says he’s working hard to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona and does not expect the captain to reject the contact extension offer he will be presented with.

Memphis Depay: Confirmation of my signing will come soon | Sport

Memphis Depay has hinted a move to Barcelona is close. He said, “We have to wait, but I’d say that soon we’ll know something definitively.”

Del Bosque: Messi is the best and I’m not saying that to discredit Ronaldo | Marca

Vicente del Bosque has been explaining why he thinks Lionel Messi is ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world.

Eric Garcia: I’ve never seen a group so committed | Sport

Barcelona center-back Eric Garcia has been talking about Spain’s Euro 2020 chances and is impressed with his team-mates’ commitment.

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