Official: Barcelona Atletic manager Rafa Marquez signs new contract until 2025
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by Ash Reyna
1h ago
Barcelona’s reserve team coach, Rafa Marquez, has committed to another year with the club, extending his contract until 2025.  This decision was finalized shortly after the team played in the promotion playoff final for the Second Division, showcasing the club’s faith in Marquez’s abilities and achievements. “FC Barcelona and Rafa Marquez reached an agreement to renew the Mexican coach’s contract for one more season. In this way, Marquez will continue to lead the Barça Atlètic bench, at least, until June 30, 2025,” read a statement from the club. Marquez is now set to complete his third ..read more
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Barcelona youngster posts cryptic message on social media amid Chelsea transfer links
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by Shahraiz Sajjad
2h ago
Former Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez will be best remembered for unearthing a treasure trove of raw gems in La Masia and skillfully polishing them into young diamonds. Marc Guiu was one of the youngsters to earn Xavi’s faith last season and enjoyed the debut of dreams, as he scored seconds into his first senior appearance to give Barcelona a 1-0 win over Athletic Club. Despite such a promising start, minutes for him were hard to come by over the course of the campaign, largely due to the competition he faced for his position from one of the best in the business, Robert Lewandowski. Wi ..read more
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Barcelona wonderkid likened to Messi, Maradona by German legend after dazzling at Euros
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by Connell Edgar-Jones
2h ago
In recent weeks, Lamine Yamal has seen no shortage of praise coming in from the biggest personalities in Europe. Earlier in the month, David Villa called him a special player while a host of his national teammates highlighted the talent he possesses. However, a recent statement by German football legend Lothar Matthaus might be the biggest praise Yamal has received, as of yet. Matthaus compares Yamal to Messi, Maradona Comparing the 16-year-old winger to the likes of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, Matthäus said (h/t Mundo Deportivo), “Maradona, Messi and now Yamal or Musiala.” Matthaus’ com ..read more
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Barcelona out-of-favour forward and injured defender in contention for Olympics call-up
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by Ash Reyna
2h ago
According to a report from AS, there is a possibility that Barcelona defender Alejandro Balde and winger Ansu Fati may be called up for the Olympic Games in Paris. It must be highlighted that Balde suffered a significant injury last January which severely impacted the hamstring tendon in his right thigh, necessitating surgery.  This unfortunate setback sidelined him for the remainder of the season and eliminated any chance of him playing in the Euro Cup. At present, Balde is in the final phase of his recovery and is expected to be ready for the pre-season, which is again something that i ..read more
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Barcelona offered chance to sign €15m-rated attacker, player not a priority option
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by Connell Edgar-Jones
2h ago
Earlier in the year, Jaden Philogene raised many eyebrows with his Puskas-worthy goal in the Championship. At that time, very few would have thought the player was going to be linked with a move to Barcelona. Four months later, that idea has now become a reality, with recent reports indicating that Barça are interested in acquiring the services of Philogene on a loan deal this summer with an option to buy. Barcelona’s interest in Philogene comes as part of the club’s plans to reinforce the attacking unit, especially amid Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Vitor Roque and Raphinha’s uncertain future at ..read more
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Barcelona issue ultimatum to Porto over €15m transfer of teenage centre-back
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by Connell Edgar-Jones
4h ago
The future of Mika Faye has come into focus in recent weeks, with the Barcelona youngster widely expected to leave the club in the coming summer. Faye is regarded as one of the most talented defensive prospects at the club right now. However, his uncertain prospects in the first-team have forced the player to consider an exit this summer. FC Porto have emerged as the likely destination for Faye, who has approved a move to Portugal. Barcelona’s ultimatum to FC Porto Given that Faye is ready to join FC Porto this summer, Barcelona are rushing to secure his exit by the end of the month. The club ..read more
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Chelsea decide against activating Barcelona key target’s €58 million release clause
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by Michel Durant
4h ago
Over the past few days, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Nico Williams, who has become a priority transfer target for FC Barcelona this summer. The 21-year-old Spanish winger has a release clause worth €58 million in his contract with Athletic Club and is attracting widespread interest. Indeed, apart from Barcelona, Chelsea have been long-term admirers while both Arsenal and Liverpool have also shown an interest in the winger. In fact, it was even suggested that Chelsea were prepared to trigger the Spaniard’s €58 million release clause, which came as a threat to B ..read more
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Barcelona defensive gem approves move to European giants, talks ongoing – Romano
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by Michel Durant
5h ago
While Marc Guiu closes in on a move to Chelsea, it appears that Barcelona are set to part ways with yet another promising youngster in the form of Mika Faye. The 19-year-old Senegalese centre-back joined Barça last summer and was a key member of the Barça Atletic side that narrowly missed out on promotion to La Liga 2, faltering in the playoff finals against Cordoba. FC Porto have been putting in a lot of effort to snare Faye away from Barcelona over the past weeks and it appears that their hard work will reap rewards. Faye approves Porto move Now, Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on th ..read more
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Barcelona suspect captain has other offers, awaiting response on renewal proposal
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by Ash Reyna
6h ago
According to journalist Gerard Romero, Barcelona eagerly await a response from Ronald Araujo’s agents this week, operating under the assumption that they might have received other offers for the defender. Barcelona’s desire to renew Araujo’s contract is well known. However, despite their clear intentions, Araujo’s agents have been slow to engage in negotiations.  With the defender’s current contract extending until 2026, the club is keen to finalise his renewal swiftly, especially given the widespread interest he has attracted across Europe. It is said that the persistent delays from Ara ..read more
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AC Milan set sights on Barcelona defender – report
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by Michel Durant
6h ago
The centre-back department at FC Barcelona could see some major cuts in the upcoming summer transfer window and Inigo Martinez might find himself staring at the exit doors. Indeed, Barça have a bloated central defensive department with Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, Martinez, and Pau Cubarsi set to be joined by Mika Faye of Barça Atletic and the returning loanees – Clement Lenglet and Eric Garcia. Of the eight players, Lenglet’s exit, either on another loan or permanently, is certain while Faye, too, appears to be on his way out with FC Porto keen. One of Eric Garcia or Mar ..read more
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