Hello, one and all – David Cooper here. The Premier League transfer window may be over but there’s still three weeks left of excitement/irritation/hopelessness across Europe.
Barcelona have apparently done most of their transfer business, but as the La Liga campaign draws closer, things are getting busier at the Nou Camp. Follow all the latest updates below.
4.00pm – Messi named new Barcelona captain
The La Liga champions have named four skippers for the new campaign, along with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.
Messi was named club vice-captain in 2015 and, having also captained Argentina since 2010, was the obvious choice to take over from Iniesta.
All four players came through La Masia which means the team will be captained by a player who came through the ranks in each fixture.
10:30 – Barcelona old boy Yerry Mina excited for move to ‘best league in world’
Blink and you’d have missed him at Barcelona – the Yerry Mina transfer saga this summer seemingly trundled on longer than his actual career with the Blaugrana.
Ernesto Valverde finally got what he want as Mina left the club on the EPL deadline day for a princely profit. Read what Mina had to say here after he was unveiled at Goodison Park.
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8:09pm – Mina, Gomes leave club for Everton
Yerry Mina is leaving Barcelona after just six months at the club, after a deal was agreed with Everton. The Premier League side have also signed midfielder Andre Gomes on loan.
Read more about the Mina signing here.
4:37pm – Coutinho handed No7 shirt
Philippe Coutinho has switched from the No14 shirt he wore after arriving in January last season to No7. The shirt has been worn by several famous names, including, in modern times, Luis Figo, Henrik Larsson, and David Villa.
Read more here.
1:03pm – Roma will never sell Kluivert to Barcelona
Dutch starlet Justin Kluivert joined Roma this summer but reportedly dreams of playing for Barcelona like his father Patrick. However, the Serie A club, still smarting over the way La Blaugrana hijacked their move for Malcom, told Culvert they’ll never sell to Barcelona.
Read more here.
12:26pm – Everton close in on Mina, Gomes
Everton are set to conclude a double deal for defender Yerry Mina and midfielder Andre Gomes on the Premier League’s transfer deadline day, according to reports.
More on that potential move here.
11:55am – Dembele says he’s staying at Barcelona
Ousmane Dembele has brushed off speculation linking him with a move this summer, saying, “I’m staying at Barcelona” during a live broadcast with French online streamer FM_Guru.
Read more here.
The Brazilian was handed the No14 jersey when he joined the club in January from Liverpool, although the No7 was soon available following the departure of Arda Turan a week later.
Following the arrival of Malcom, Coutinho’s fellow Brazilian, from Bordeaux last month, it was thought the youngster would be given the No7 shirt, but the La Liga champions have opted for the senior man.
Coutinho joins a select group of great players to have worn the number for Barcelona, with Luis Figo, Henrik Larsson, and David Villa among the modern examples.
Lead image credit: Barcelona.com.