Live Barcelona blog: Antoine Griezmann wants to reveal future before World Cup 2018

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Hello one and all, David Cooper and the rest of the Sport360 team will be with you throughout the day with the latest news, rumours and insights from Barcelona.

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18:30 – Barca target Griezmann will let the World know

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Antoine Griezmann has revealed that he will announce his future before World Cup 2018 in Russia begins.

The prolific France forward has been heavily linked to La Liga winners Barca, after having led his Atletico Madrid side to a Europa League win.

Read more information here

17:15 – Alcantara’s Barca return is a ’50/50 call’

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The chances of seeing Barca youth product Thiago Alcantara snatched back from Bayern Munich leads the way in Saturday’s Transfer Predictor.

The Spain midfielder, 27, has reportedly been made available this summer and could return to the side he left in 2013.

Read more here.

15:25 – Escape to Eternal City opens up for Gomes

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Barcelona misfit Andre Gomes will be handed a Serie A-escape route this summer should Sergej Milinkovic-Savic leave Lazio.

Read all the details here.

14:00 – ‘Romantada’ remains on Busquets’ mind

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Defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets has vowed Barcelona’s humiliating collapse at Roma “cannot be repeated” in the Champions League.

Ernesto Valverde’s men were humbled with a 3-0 loss in the Eternal City – nicknamed the ‘Romantada – to exit at the quarter-final stage, even after a 4-1 first-leg victory.

Read the quotes from his interview with TV3 here.

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Kylian Mbappe had high praise for France team-mate Ousmane Dembele.

Kylian Mbappe believes Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele is the best young player in the world right now.

The PSG forward showered praise on the 21-year old after France’s 3-1 win over Italy, in which Dembele scored a brilliant curling goal, after team-mates Samuel Umtiti and Antoine Griezmann had already gotten on the score sheet.

“For me, Ousmane Dembele is the best young player in the world,” Mbappe said.

It was a fantastic gesture by the former Monaco striker who is himself a candidate and a rival to Dembele for the best Under-21 player award.

The duo are part of France’s terrific attacking prowess that also consists of Olivier Giroud, Nabil Fekir, Griezmann and Florian Thauvin.

Meanwhile, France face USA in their final warm-up game ahead of the 2018 World Cup, on June 10.

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets warns humbling Roma loss 'cannot be repeated'

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Sergio Busquets (r) in action at Roma.

Defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets has vowed Barcelona’s humiliating collapse at Roma “cannot be repeated” in the Champions League.

Ernesto Valverde’s men were humbled with a 3-0 loss in the Eternal City – nicknamed the ‘Romantada – to exit at the quarter-final stage, even after a 4-1 first-leg victory. This result stained a season that otherwise contained triumphs in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

“We have to look at our own team,” Busquets told TV3. “We have to value what we have done – and winning the double is a good season.

“Everyone had what happens in Rome in their head, of course. It’s normal. It was a bad situation which cannot be repeated.”

Andres Iniesta has been a constant presence in midfield alongside 29-year-old Busquets for both Barca and Spain.

But the 34-year-old’s summer move to Japan’s Vissel Kobe has left a void at club level that his younger partner has admitted will be difficult to fill.

He said: “It will be tough to fill the space he’s left. But this is football: it happened with [Carles] Puyol, Xavi and keeps on happening.

“We have to work as hard as possible to make sure his absence is noted as little as possible. I have learned a lot playing alongside him.

“His way of seeing things, reading the game… And off the pitch, I have learned how to be a professional.”

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