Live Barcelona blog: Milan Skriniar insists 'head is with Inter' despite Barca rumours

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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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5:40pm – Barcelona set to renew Samuel Umtiti’s contract next week

French defender Samuel Umtiti’s contract could be extended in the upcoming week, according to reports.

The 24-year old will extend for two years, while his release clause that is at €60m, will also be revised.

Here’s more on the story.

5:35pm – Barca give Griezmann an ultimatum

The Spanish giants have Atletico star Antoine Griezmann in their plans for next season and therefore want him to take a decision on his future as soon as possible.

The Frenchman will be taking a decision in the upcoming week.

Here’s more on the story.

3:30pm – Barca on the hunt for Cillessen replacement

Backup goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is set to leave the club this summer after growing frustrated with his lack of opportunities behind Barca No1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Liverpool are among the teams said to be interested in securing his signature.

Meanwhile, Barca’s search for a replacement has already begun.

Read more here.

10:00am – Milan Skriniar plays down Barcelona link

Skriniar proved himself one of the best defensive talents in the world following a super first season with Inter Milan – so it’s only natural Barca are reportedly interested in him.

See what the man himself had to say about the situation here.

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Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar denies being aware of Barcelona interest

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Rumours continue to swirl around Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar’s future – but the man himself insists he has had no contact over a potential move to Barcelona.

Skriniar was simply outstanding in his first season with Inter, forming a fine partnership with Brazil centre-back Miranda to help guide the Nerazzurri back into the Champions League.

Barca appear to be on the hunt for a new defender this summer – they have been strongly linked with Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet, as depth is thin behind Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique.

However Skriniar, who turned 23 in February, insists his head has not been turned by the Blaugrana so far.

“I am happy in Milan with Inter, nothing else matters,” the Slovakian told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I don’t know what’s going on in the market and I won’t talk about it either.

”I don’t know whether Barcelona or other clubs want me. I am serious, none of it interests me.

”I only have Inter in my head.”

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Barcelona president hopes Lionel Messi's Argentina can win 2018 World Cup

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Lionel Messi is searching for elusive World Cup glory.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that he isn’t backing Spain to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia this time.

He is instead backing Barca superstar Lionel Messi‘s Argentina to go all the way.

“I hope that Lionel Messi can win it,” Bartomeu told Antena 3.

“I hope that Leo Messi, the best player in history, can win it and make his dream come true.”

Jorge Sampaoli’s squad are currently training at Barcelona’s Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground and will face Israel in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup.

They have been drawn in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

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