Live Barcelona Blog: Ivan Rakitic linked with Bayern Munich move

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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.

7:00pm – Barcelona aiming to add another trophy to collection

Barcelona will look to add yet another domestic trophy to their collection when they take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa on Sunday.

In a break with tradition, the clash will be a one-off match played at the Stade Ibn Batoutain in Tangier, Morocco.

Sevilla must hope a change of country can help them upset the odds after a chastening 5-0 defeat by Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey in April. With Barca having won both the league and the cup, Sevilla provide the opposition once again.

2:30pm – Rakitic linked with Bayern move

Competition for places is high in the Barcelona midfield.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is the subject of interest from Bayern Munich, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Read more, here.

1:30pm – PSG chase Dembele

On the move? Ousmane Dembele.

On the move? Ousmane Dembele.

Paris Saint-Germain have set their sights on securing the signature of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele this summer, Mundo Deportivo reports.

Read more, here.

12:30pm – Malcom is living his dream

New signing: Malcom.

New signing: Malcom.

Barca’s new signing has revealed that the Catalan giants have always been his team of choice on the playstation as he grew up dreaming of playing for the Camp Nou club.

Read more, here.

11:36am – Pogba move to Camp Nou never on the cards

Jose Mourinho handed Paul Pogba the captain's armband.

Jose Mourinho handed Paul Pogba the captain’s armband for Leicester clash.

Barcelona did not make an offer for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, the World Cup winner’s agent has confirmed.

Read more, here.

10:30am – Barca prepare for Sevilla clash

Barcelona and Sevilla will contest the Spanish Super Cup season curtain-raiser on Sunday night… but the one-off encounter (it has traditionally been two-legs) takes place in Tangier, Morocco (12am Monday, August 13 UAE time).

Barcelona's new player Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal smiles during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 6, 2018. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Arturo Vidal feature for Blaugrana?

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Bayern Munich planning raid for Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic

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Rakitic has quietly been one of Barcelona's best performers this season.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is the subject of interest from Bayern Munich, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Croatian World Cup star is a lynchpin of the Blaugrana engine room but given the arrivals of Arturo Vidal and Arthur, competition for places has heated up.

Although the Spanish giants have yet to drop a hint that they would even consider allowing the 30-year-old to leave Camp Nou, the Bavarians could launch an offer this month.

Both Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are also believed to be chasing Rakitic’s signature.

The player in question has a long-term contract at the club, running until 2021.

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It's all fun and games for Malcom at Barcelona

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New signing: Malcom.

No wonder Malcom feels at home with Barcelona – he’d already spent hours playing at the Nou Camp before joining the club this summer.

The 21-year-old was the subject of a transfer hijacking as Barca stole him from under the noses of Roma earlier this month.

But the Brazilian had gotten used to the idea of being in a Blaugrana shirt for quite some time, having admitted they have always been his video game team of choice.

“In video games I always played as Barcelona, and I always wanted to play here because I love the style of play,” he said.

“I want to work hard to win a lot of titles and make history.

“I want to play with [Lionel] Messi, the best player in the world.”

Though Barcelona’s season has not officially got underway, Malcolm has made an impact already by scoring in a pre-season friendly defeat against Roma – the club he had spurned.

And the Sao Paulo-born attacker concedes he is still in dreamland after his €41 million move.

“I have managed to come to the best team in the world,” he added. “Barcelona is more than a club for me and I feel privileged to be here.

“All players dream of playing with Barcelona. I didn’t imagine it would be so soon, but I knew I could fulfil my dream of playing here.”

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