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FC Barcelona News: 5 August 2021; Barça lose at Salzburg, Lionel Messi extension imminent

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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Salzburg 2-1 Barça: Defeat at the Red Bull Arena - FC Barcelona
Red Bull Salzburg provided an extremely competitive preseason test for FC Barcelona on Wednesday, and ended up inflicting the first defeat of the preseason on the Catalans - the winner coming with practically the last kick of the game.

Lionel Messi's renewal with Barcelona to be announced imminently - Football Espana
An agreement between the player and the club was reached in principle three weeks ago, and will be made official imminently. Messi will return to Barcelona this week, and those at the club are already breathing easy; Joan Laporta has done what he promised to do.

Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona ahead of imminent renewal announcement - Football Espana
Lionel Messi is back in Barcelona. The Argentine landed in the Catalan capital on Wednesday evening on a flight from Ibiza, where he’d been on vacation with his family – as well as Luis Suarez and Neymar. Barcelona are expected to make his renewal with the club official in the coming hours according to Marca.

Barça’s women score SEVENTEEN as they hammer Elche - SPORT
Barcelona’s women scored 17 times as they kicked off preseason with a rout against Elche on Wednesday. Jonathan Giráldez has replaced Lluis Cortes as coach but not much else has changed as Barca’s treble winners picked up where they left off last season.

Messi sets his sights on Joan Gamper return - SPORT
Barça are planning on officially announcing Messi's renewal in the next 24-48 hours. Once he has signed, the club will then be able to register him for the upcoming season alongside the club's other new arrivals: Sergio 'Kun' Agüero, Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Emerson Royal.

LaLiga to receive €2.7 billion from investment fund CVC - SPORT
LaLiga is to receive a major cash injection from an international investment firm, which will serve as a life raft for many clubs in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The league announced on Wednesday morning that it had reached a strategic agreement with the international investment fund CVC (Capital Partners), which would see the competition receive 2.7 billion euros.