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FC Barcelona News: 22 July 2021; Barça win preseason opener, Red Bull Salzburg friendly announced

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

FC Barcelona v Gimnastic de Tarragona - Friendly Match Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

FC Barcelona 4-0 Gimnàstic Tarragona: A very promising start - FC Barcelona
Albanian striker Rey Manaj scored a second half hat-trick as FC Barcelona beat fellow Catalan outfit Gimnàstic Tarragona 4-0 at the Estadi Johan Cruyff in the first game back after the summer break.

Twelve debutants - FC Barcelona
Alejandro Balde, Yusuf Demir, Jordi Escobar, Peque Polo, Comas, Ramos Mingo, Gavi, Matheus Pereira, Igor Gomes, Rey Manaj, Moussa N’diaye and Nils Mortimer all get their first experiences of senior team football

FC Barcelona to play friendly against FC Red Bull Salzburg - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s preseason is taking further shape. A fourth game has been announced on Wednesday, and it will be against FC Red Bull Salzburg at its Red Bull Arena next Wednesday 4 August at 7.00pm CEST.

Paris Saint-Germain and the Premier League named as two possible destinations for Antoine Griezmann - Football Espana
If there’s one great unknown this summer it’s the destiny of Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann according to Marca. The Frenchman’s departure is an economic must for the club, with Griezmann being the highest-value saleable asset at their disposal in a time of dire financial need.

Alex Collado: "I won't return to Barcelona B" - Football Espana
“I’m going to work to the maximum to have minutes in the first team,” Collado said post-game as carried by Mundo Deportivo. “I won’t return to Barcelona B. The intention is to continue working and stay at Barcelona. Nothing can be ruled out, but the intention is to be in the first team."

Ronald Koeman: "Everyone has been able to highlight their quality, especially the youngsters" - Football Espana
Barcelona got their pre-season campaign underway on Wednesday, taking on Gimnastic at Estadi Johan Cruyff and coming away with a strong 4-0 win. Ronald Koeman fielded a youthful lineup with many of his first-teamers not yet back in full training, although he did include the likes of Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.

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