Live Barcelona Blog: La Liga president makes Antoine Griezmann transfer claim

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Welcome to today’s Barcelona blog. Jay Asser and the rest of the Sport360 team will be with you throughout the day with the latest news, rumours and insights from the Camp Nou.

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

Tell us your thoughts on what’s happening by tweeting @Sport360.

8:10pm – Griezmann is going nowhere

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has declared he expects Antoine Griezmann to stay put this summer.

France forward Griezmann, 27, has seen La Liga champions Barcelona long linked to paying the €100 million (Dh432.8m) release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract when it kicks in from July 1 and he said a decision on his future would occur “this week”. The prolific forward’s current employers have also been keen to agree fresh terms.

Read the full story here.

7:10pm – Puig staying put at Barcelona with new deal

Teenage sensation Riqui Puig has inked a new deal with Barcelona, which has a €100million release clause to keep with with the club until 2021.

The 18-year-old was a rumoured target of Tottenham, but the Catalan giants have ensured they’ll hold on to one of their bright prospects for the coming years.

Read more on Puig’s deal here.

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6:56pm – Deulofeu officially joins Watford

Barcelona and Watford have completed the move for Gerard Deulofeu after the 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Vicarage Road.

Deulofeu scored once in seven appearances for Watford and had struggled to find his footing with Barcelona during his time at Camp Nou.

“We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal,” Watford chairman Scott Duxbury told the club’s website.

“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”

Read more on the move being finalised here.

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6:10pm – Messi says he may be finished with Argentina after World Cup

Just days before the start of the World Cup, Lionel Messi dropped a bombshell on the football world by saying his international career may be over after the tournament.

Messi is still in search of his first World Cup triumph, and where Argentina finish this summer may determine his future with the national team.

“It will depend on how far we go, how we’re going to finish” said the Barcelona legend and Argentina captain in an interview with Spanish Daily Sport.

Read more on Messi’s comments here.

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2:08pm – Suarez makes his way to Russia with Uruguay team-mates

Barcelona star Luis Suarez is now in Russia with the rest of the Uruguay national team before the start of the World Cup.

Suarez and his team-mates were greeted at the airport by fans requesting autographs and snapping pictures.

Watch the video of Uruguay’s arrival here.

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Puig, left, starred in Barcelona's UEFA Youth League triumph.

Talented young midfielder Riqui Puig has signed a new deal with Barcelona that will keep him at the club until 2021.

The 18-year-old starred in the club’s UEFA Youth League title this season, scoring in their 5-4 semi-final win over Manchester City before bossing the final against Chelsea as Barcelona’s Juvenil A team won 3-0.

He was also called up to first team training during the season, fulfilling a dream of training alongside Lionel Messi.

Puig was a rumoured target for Tottenham but has now pledged his future to Barcelona, who have inserted a €100million release clause in his contract.

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All the latest Barcelona news.

Welcome to today’s Barcelona blog. David Cooper and the rest of the Sport360 team will be with you throughout the day with the latest news, rumours and insights from Camp Nou.

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

Tell us your thoughts on what’s happening by tweeting @Sport360.

23:15 – Highly-rated Barcelona youngster Joel Lopez to join Arsenal

Joel Lopez appears set for a move to Arsenal.

Joel Lopez appears set for a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal are poised to sign highly rated Barcelona teenager Joel Lopez, according to reports.

The 16-year-old left-back has informed Barca he will not be signing a professional contract with them and has instead opted to move to London – echoing the path taken by Cesc Fabregas in 2003.

Read more on this story here.

17:05 – Messi would welcome Griezmann at Camp Nou

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Lionel Messi would welcome the addition of Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona’s ranks as the France forward prepares to reveal where he will be plying his trade next season.

Asked if Griezmann is the La Liga champions’ top summer target and if he is the signing they need, Messi told Spanish newspaper Sport: “I don’t know if he’s a priority. I’m in agreement that to get back to winning the Champions League we have to have the best players. And Griezmann is one of them.”

Read more on what the Argentine had to say here.

15:30 – Messi makes his Moscow arrival

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Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates have taken another step towards World Cup 2018 after they arrived at the Bronnitsy Training Center in Moscow, Russia.

Watch their entrance here.

14:25 – Barca like the look of Casteels

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Barcelona have identified giant Belgium and Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels as a leading replacement for Jasper Cillessen if the Netherlands international decides to depart this summer, according to reports.

Read the full story here.

13:05 – Guardiola only wants Nou challenges

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has vowed he holds no intention about ever taking charge of Barcelona again.

Guardiola, 47, crafted one of the greatest club sides in history when he was installed as head coach there from 2008-12.

Read all the details here.

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