Riqui Puig signs new Barcelona deal with €100million release clause

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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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Live Barcelona Blog: Highly-rated Barcelona youngster Joel Lopez to join Arsenal

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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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Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu sold to Watford

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Premier League club Watford has completed the signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, according to Sport.

While the clubs are still to announce the agreement, it will be done before the start of the 2018 World Cup.

It is understood that a €13 million asking price has been agreed for the winger.

The Spanish forward spent the second half of last season on loan at Vicarage Road.

He could only make seven appearances for the Hornets last season though due to injury.

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