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FC Barcelona News: 18 July 2021; Ilaix Moriba contract latest, Messi makes Instagram history

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A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

FC Barcelona v Sevilla: Copa del Rey Semi Final Second Leg Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

No progress in talks over Ilaix Moriba’s renewal | Marca

Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany has held further talks with Ilaix Moriba’s representatives but no progress has been made.

Barcelona will play a friendly against RB Salzburg instead of Beitar | Sport

Barcelona will play a pre-season friendly against RB Salzburg in Austria after cancelling a game against Beitar in Jerusalem which had been opposed by the APF (Palestine FA).

FC Barcelona at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics | FC Barcelona

Barcelona has 35 athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics competing in five different sports. Men’s first-team players Pedri, Eric Garcia and Oscar Mingueza are with the Spain squad.

Atlético cannot sign a striker unless Saúl leaves | AS

Saul’s future at Atletico remains uncertain but talk of a move to Barcelona has cooled. His agent has also contacted Liverpool and Manchester United about the midfielder.

Ousmane Dembele starts his injury recovery in Paris | Sport

Ousmane Dembele has returned to France and will work away from the club as he recovers from his latest surgery. He won’t be back in Barcelona until he can work on the pitch.

Messi Copa America post breaks Instagram record | AS

Lionel Messi’s photo of himself with the Copa America trophy has made Instagram history by becoming the most liked sports photo with almost 20 million likes.

Philippe Coutinho outside, Ansu Fati inside in Barca training | Sport

Philippe Coutinho worked out on the grass in Barca’s latest training session as he continues his recovery from knee surgery, while Ansu Fati was in the gym.

Spain 1-1 Japan: Pedri off the bench to help La Roja draw | Sport

Barcelona midfielder Pedri came off the bench to help Spain draw 1-1 with Japan in a warm-up game ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.