Ernesto Valverde wants smaller squad, Lionel Messi invited Paulinho to Barcelona & other top stories this morning
Barca are keen to extend Sergi Roberto's contract. Roberto has a release clause of just €40m which was enough to attract interest from Chelsea. Roberto did consider a move to Stamford Bridge, and even went so far as to discuss his future with Ernesto Valverde.
Paulinho opens up about his Barca transfer: "I was getting ready to take a free kick against Argentina. Suddenly, I saw Messi behind me getting closer bit by bit. He asked me 'Are we going to Barcelona or not?' I said, ‘If you want to bring me there, I'm ready. Take me'." And tells the story of his early career years: "I wanted to leave the game because of racism I faced".
Ariedo Braida, advisor for Barca, was at the Veltins Arena in Germany yesterday to closely look at two players: Schalke's Leon Goretzka and Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah. Braida concluded that Goretzka is a great player, but is too young for Barca right now.
Ernesto Valverde thinks that there are too many midfielders in the squad and wants some players to be sold. On this way, Valverde can give talents from the B-team more often a chance.
Bartomeu is looking to achieve two further goals which would further ease his position and they are to get Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta to renew their contracts.
Barcelona have failed to attract as many supporters to their home matches in the first three weeks of the 2017/18 season as they did last year. With an average attendance so far of 59 percent of capacity, the Blaugrana have welcomed 52,000 fewer fans through the turnstiles than they had at this stage of the 2016/17 campaign.
"He has won everything, is for me the best in history, and to continue with this desire to improve and to win is priceless": Carles Puyol believes Lionel Messi will continue to improve.