Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract expired on June 30 and the club captain is now a free agent. The Catalans still expect the 34-year-old to sign a new deal and stay at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona will kick off the new 2021-22 La Liga season at home to Real Sociedad on August 14-15.
Serie A champions Inter are considering replacing Achraf Hakimi with Sergi Roberto. The Barcelona star has not yet renewed his contract and his future is unclear.
Barcelona midfielder Pedri is expected to go to the Tokyo Olympics with Spain despite his club’s desire for him to skip the tournament because of fears over burnout.
The first Clasico of the 2021-22 season will take place at the Camp Nou on the weekend of the 23-24 October. The return at the Bernabeu is set for the 19-20 March 2022.
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatian is seen as an alternative to Georginio Wijnaldum and is out of contract next year.
Frenkie de Jong and Aitana Bonmati have won the 2020-21 Barcelona Players Award. The award recognizes the “most sporting male and female player of the previous season.”