Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde refuses to speculate on Paul Pogba rumours

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World Cup winner: France and Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has moved to quash rumours linking the Catalan giants with a sensational raid this week for Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

The World Cup winner has apparently been on Barcelona’s radar for a while, but given the capture of Bayern Munich enforcer Arturo Vidal late on Friday night, it seems as though a prospective deal for the Frenchman is dead in the water.

Valverde, speaking at a press conference, revealed his admiration for the former Juventus star who has had a falling out with Jose Mourinho, however, the man in charge at the Camp Nou all but ruled out a move for the Red Devils central midfielder ahead of the new campaign.

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Live Barcelona Blog: Ousmane Dembele returns for pre-season early

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Welcome to today’s Barcelona blog. Brendon Netto 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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4:35pm – Dembele cuts short his holidays

According to a tweet on Barcelona’s official Twitter handle, Ousmane Dembele has cut short his holiday to join the squad for pre-season training.

The young winger who won the World Cup with France this summer will have his medical test on Monday.

2:10pm – Wague to complete Barca move

Barcelona have completed the signing of Moussa Wague from Belgian side KAS Eupen.

The defender starred for Senegal in this summer’s World Cup and has already passed a medical on Friday, ESPN report.
Read more here.
Moussa Wague

Moussa Wague

12:00pm – Aleix Vidal is on his way to Sevilla

Aleix Vidal is set to complete his transfer from Barcelona to Sevilla, the La Liga champions have confirmed.

Read more here.

10:30am – Arturo Vidal thanks Bayern for Barca move

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich.

The former Bayer Leverkusen player said on Bayern’s official website: “Thanks to FC Bayern and all the fans. I really enjoyed my time in Munich. I would like to thank the club for giving me another chance to take on a new challenge in Barcelona.”

Read more here.

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal

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Chelsea join the race for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic

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Mateo Kovacic has indicated his Real Madrid career has come to an end.

Chelsea are the latest to pursue Mateo Kovacic after the Real Madrid midfielder turned down Manchester United, Italian outlet CalcioMercato claim.

After losing out on Gonzalo Higuain to AC Milan, Maurizio Sarri has given up on signing a striker and is instead hoping to bring in another attack-minded midfielder.

Kovacic is looking for a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in an effort to secure more playing time. The 24-year-old Croatian would give Sarri’s midfield options a big boost.

Chelsea have so far only been able to recruit Jorginho and Rob Green in the summer transfer window.

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