Barcelona to prioritise selling players before reinforcements arrive

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Spanish giants Barcelona will reportedly sell their current squad players first, and then complete the process of buying new players.

Barca are keen to offload a few names from their squad before the upcoming 2018-19 season kicks off, for Ernesto Valverde to have funds to spend and eventually strengthen the team.

Andre Gomes, Munir El Haddadi, Yerry Mina, Marlon Santos, Aleix Vidal and Rafinha are all on the transfer list.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have shown interest in Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, Ajax younster Frenkie de Jong, PSG’s Adrien Rabiot, France’s World Cup winner Paul Pogba and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard during the course of the transfer window so far.

The defending La Liga champions have secured the services of Brazilian midfielder Arthur from Gremio and defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla so far as their only two signings of the summer.

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Live Barcelona Blog: Blaugrana target Miralem Pjanic valued at least €80m by Juventus

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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 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.

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19:30pm – Juventus will not allow Pjanic to leave on the cheap

Miralem Pjanic

Barcelona will need to come up with an offer between €80-90million to prise Juventus star Miralem Pjanic away from Turin, according to Tuttosport.

The news comes amid a huge bid from Manchester City for his signature.

Read more, here.

18:30pm – Arnaiz is heading to the Camp Nou exit door

Jose Arnaiz opened the scoring in the 15th minute.

Jose Arnaiz scored three times in the Copa del Rey last season.

Barcelona attacker Jose Arnaiz is likely to leave the Camp Nou club during the summer transfer window, according to Marca.

Read more, here.

18:00pm – Boca Juniors chasing Mina loan capture

On the move? Mina could end up in Argentina.

Argentine giants Boca Juniors have joined Everton and Tottenham in the race to sign Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina on a season-long loan deal, according to reports in Italy.

Read more, here.

17:00pm – Ronaldo: Messi isn’t my rival

Legends of the game: Messi and Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will forever be linked, even if they no longer battle in the same league.

The debate over which player is better will rage on, seemingly until the end of time, but at his unveiling for Juventus on Monday, Ronaldo said he doesn’t see the relationship as a rivalry because he doesn’t “see players as rivals”.

Watch Ronaldo speak during his Turin unveiling, here.

12:30pm – Barca to play Boca Juniors on August 15

Spanish giants Barcelona will face Boca Juniors in the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy game on August 15.

The match is set to take place just two days after the La Liga champions face Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup.

The Argentines will be making their sixth appearance in the competition

Interestingly, Boca’s star player, Cristian Pavón, has been linked with a move to Barcelona since his impressive showing for La Albiceleste in the World Cup.

8.30am – Barcelona projected to become a €1billion club by 2021

Barcelona claim they are on course for having revenues of over one billion euros by 2021 after announcing their financial results for the 2017-18 season.

The LaLiga champions revealed they had a club-record income of €914million (£808.7m), with profits of €13m (£11.5m) after tax.

The Spanish club received a record transfer fee of £200.6m from Paris St Germain for Brazil forward Neymar last summer, but since broke their transfer record twice on the signings of Ousmane Dembele (£96.8m) and Philippe Coutinho (£106.4m).

Barcelona had announced an income of €708m (£626.4m) 12 months ago, but with after-tax profits of €18m (£15.9m).

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Talented but lacks game time: Jose Arnaiz.

Barcelona attacker Jose Arnaiz is likely to leave the Camp Nou club during the summer transfer window, according to Marca.

The 23-year-old, who made five appearances in all competitions last term and scored three goals in the Copa del Rey, joined Blaugrana last summer from Valladolid but has been unable to establish himself.

Real Sociedad are weighing up a cut-price €12million offer for Arnaiz while Getafe, Valladolid and Girona have also shown interest in his talents.

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