Live Barcelona Blog: Why Lionel Messi did not attend Andres Iniesta goodbye press conference

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Stuart Appleby and the rest of the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things Barcelona.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the week but we want you to get involved, too.

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7.10pm: Barca’s list of Arthur alternatives

Brendon Netto looks at three alternatives to Arthur Barcelona may consider to bolster their midfield this summer.

The Catalans appear to be on the look out for cheaper options to the Brazilian and there are some candidates around.

Here’s who could make the cut.

5:12pm: Barcelona on the brink of title

Find out more on how Barca can secure the La Liga crown tomorrow as they face Deportivo at the Riazor.

BARCELONA goal

Soon to be champions: Barcelona

3:16pm: Watch the great man himself

It’s starting to sink in that we will only see Andres Iniesta in a Barcelona shirt for a couple more weeks at least.

What better way to get over news of his departure than to watch the great man himself in action.

Here’s some of the legendary No.8’s highlights.

Camp Nou icon: Iniesta.

12:36pm: Barca won’t bow to Umtiti’s contract demands

Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that the club is keen on extending defender Samuel Umtiti‘s contract but not at any cost.

While the French international is only in the second year of his five-year deal, his low release clause of €60 million has only served to increase speculation about him leaving Camp Nou this year.
However, the club will not be held to ransom over the player. Click here for the full story.
Samule Umtiti

Umtiti has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou.

12:03pm: Antoine Griezmann confirms talks under way over his future 

The Atletico Madrid star has long been linked with a move to Barcelona and after scoring in the 1-1 Europa League semi-final first-leg tie with Arsenal, the 27-year-old revealed he is talking to the club about his future.

Hear more from the Frenchman on his much-discussed future.

Click here for the full story

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.

10:55am: Revealed – the reason why Messi didn’t attend Iniesta farewell

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi and hitman Luis Suarez missed Andres Iniesta‘s emotional press conference on Friday, in which the cult hero midfield maestro confirmed he would be leaving Blaugrana at the end of the season.

Find out why the Argentine ace and Uruguayan were’t there when their long-term team-mate made the most difficult decision of his career.

Read the full story here.

A teary-eyed Iniesta announces his departure.

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Andres Iniesta: Watch highlights from midfielder's legendary career at Barcelona

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Decorated: Barcelona star Andres Iniesta.

Andres Iniesta will leave his boyhood club Barcelona at the end of the season after more than 20 years of service.

The Spanish midfielder’s impact in Spanish football cannot be measured with just stats, although he has been part of a rich history at Barca having won 31 trophies during his time.

Iniesta, who announced his exit on Friday in an emotional press conference, has had an eventful career with Blaugrana, right from his debut to winning the treble and then of course scoring the winner in the 2010 World Cup final for Spain.

As he signs off, we take a look at some of the highlights from what has been a memorable journey.

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Barcelona in "pole position" for sensational Santos forward likened to Neymar

David Cooper 28/04/2018
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Santos sensation Rodrygo Goes

Blessed with intoxicating skill, draped in a Santos shirt and linked to Barcelona despite being just 17 years old, no you have not come back in time to the fledgling career of Neymar but instead to his heir apparent Rodrygo Goes.

The teenager is being linked with a move to the Catalan giants with Lluis Miguelsanz of Sport reporting the club have been in contact with Santos over a proposed move and are now in pole position to sign the “New Neymar”.

Miguelsanz says Barca have been scouting the forward for the last few months and are contemplating activating his release clause, which is reportedly set at €50million.

A Brazil youth international, Rodrygo only made his first-team debut for Santos in November last year but he became the youngest player ever to score in the Copa Libertadores when he plundered in a 3-1 defeat of Uruguayan outfit Club Nacional in March.

As you can see in the clip below, the comparisons with Neymar are natural given his precocious talent and should he continue to shine for Santos, rumours of a move to Camp Nou are only likely to grow.

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