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Would a Barcelona move make sense for Kante?

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Colombia’s Yerry Mina describes ‘very sad’ moments at Barcelona

Gab Marcotti explains Paulinho’s move back to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande and wonders if Barcelona has another big move coming soon. Colombia defender Yerry Mina described his “difficult moments” at Barcelona and told reporters on Thursday that he’s hoping to one day join a team where there is less pressure. The towering centre-back moved to the Camp Nou from Palmeiras for a fee of €11.8 million in January but played in just five La Liga matches last season and often didn’t even make the bench for manager Ernesto Valverde’s side. “When I saw that I wasn’t even on the bench, that I wasn’t even being considered, I started to train alone at home. It is tough to watch your teammates and see the matches on TV, it was a difficult moment...

Barcelona’s Arthur: ‘Fantastic’ to be compared to Xavi and Iniesta

Gab Marcotti explains Paulinho’s move back to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande and wonders if Barcelona has another big move coming soon. Arthur welcomed comparisons to Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez after becoming the first signing of what’s lining up to be a busy summer at Barcelona. The Brazilian midfielder, who joins from Gremio for an initial €31 million, signed a six-year deal at Barca on Thursday, with his release clause set at €400m. Barca have also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot as they look to restructure their midfield following the departures of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho. Sporting director Eric Abidal wouldn’t talk about the speculation regarding Rabiot, but did laud the arrival of Arthur, a player he says has “Barca DNA...

Barcelona return to training without Lionel Messi, other World Cup players

Gab Marcotti explains Paulinho’s move back to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande and wonders if Barcelona has another big move coming soon. Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu discusses his visit to Harvard University to explain what the club represents on and off the field. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti questions if Atletico Madrid would have much of a case against Barcelona for approaching Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona returned to training on Wednesday although it will be a while before coach Ernesto Valverde has his whole squad available once again. Valverde called on 15 players as his second season in charge at the Camp Nou began with physical tests and assessments. Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo, neither of whom were called up for the World Cup, were the only first-team regulars pr...

Paulinho ends short stint at Barcelona

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Barcelona deny reports Eric Abidal’s liver was illegally purchased by Sandro Rosell

Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal insists he belongs to the club and will do all in his power to help them improve. Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu discusses his visit to Harvard University to explain what the club represents on and off the field. ESPN FC’s Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez debate whether or not a move to Barcelona for Hirving Lozano would make sense for both club and the player. Barcelona have denied a report in El Confidencial which claims the club’s former president Sandro Rosell illegally purchased a liver for Eric Abidal in 2012. In a statement, the Catalan club said the story “omits an important detail by failing to recognise that the case was shelved by a court [earlier this] year.” They added: “This only serves to damage the ...

Lionel Messi: It’s crazy to say Barcelona have ‘Messi-dependence’

Captain Lionel Messi has dismissed talks about Argentina being the favourites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Luis Figo said that he expects Lionel Messi to be at his best during the World Cup, as it will probably be his last chance to win the tournament. After their runners-up finish in 2014, the ESPN FC crew assess Lionel Messi and Argentina’s chances of lifting the World Cup in Russia. Lionel Messi knocked back the idea that Barcelona are too reliant upon his brilliance amid persistent claims that the La Liga champions are “Messi-dependent.” No one scored or created more goals in Spain’s top flight this past season than Messi, who ended the campaign with 34 goals and 12 assists in his 32 starts. In total, Messi directly contributed to more than 46 perce...

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo on Forbes rich list

The guys get into a lively debate while responding to your tweets about Messi and LeBron, Zinedine Zidane and a lack of love for Belgium. Lionel Messi’s sons Thiago and Mateo were more than pleased with Argentina’s 4-0 over Haiti especially with their father scoring a hat-trick. Captain Lionel Messi has dismissed talks about Argentina being the favourites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Barcelona star Lionel Messi has moved above Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the rankings in the annual Forbes list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes but football lost top spot to boxing’s Floyd Mayweather. Messi, with earnings of £82.9 million, occupies second spot behind Mayweather, with Ronaldo in third on £80.6m. His move above Ronaldo comes after he signed...

Should Griezmann stay at Atletico or move to Barca?

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Online travel agency Exoticca bags $4.1M for market expansion

Barcelona-based online travel agency Exoticca — which sells “affordable luxury” holidays to popular destinations such as India, Kenya, Brazil, Thailand and South Africa — has closed a €3.5 million (~$4.1 million) Series A to expand into more markets. The lead investor is early-stage Madrid-based VC K Fund, with existing investors Sabadell Venture Capital and Grupo Palau also participating, along with new investors Nero Ventures, Palladium Corporate Venture and Smartech Capital. Exoticca was founded in 2013 and currently operates in three European markets: Spain, France and the U.K. The new funding will be put toward expanding that tally — with the German market next in line, and a launch into the U.S. and Canada also on the horizon. Funds will also be funneled into further developing the p...

Barcelona would not trade trophies for UCL title

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Barcelona lock up Samuel Umtiti with new five-year contract

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on this summer’s transfer window and whether Thiago or Christian Eriksen would be a better fit for Barcelona. Samuel Umtiti has agreed a new five-year deal with Barcelona, ending speculation that he could leave Camp Nou this summer. Umtiti, 24, only joined Barca two years ago but his €60 million release clause left the club worrying that he could be tempted by the money on offer in the Premier League. After Manchester City and Liverpool spent big on defenders Aymeric Laporte and Virgil van Dijk, respectively, in January, Manchester United were linked with a move for Umtiti. The France centre-back fuelled the speculation in March when he refused to comment on reports he could sign for United. However, in recent weeks he has reiterated his desire to...