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BREAKING: Barcelona confirms the signing of Franck Kessie from Ac Milan

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BREAKING: Barcelona confirms the signing of Franck Kessie from Ac Milan

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Franck Kessie on a free transfer following the end of his spell with Milan.

The midfielder has agreed a four-year deal with the Blaugrana, which was made official on Monday following months of speculation.

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Kessie spent five seasons at San Siro, the first two of those on loan, and helped Milan to their first Scudetto triumph in 11 years in his final campaign with the club.

He played in 31 of Milan’s 38 Serie A matches and scored six goals from midfield, a tally only bettered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (eight), Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud (both 11).

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However, fresh terms could not be agreed between the Rossoneri and Kessie, meaning the Ivory Coast international became a free agent on July 1.

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Barca were always considered the strong favourites to land the 25-year-old, whose Camp Nou contract contains a €500million release clause.

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Aubameyang clear the air concerning his future at Barcelona

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Aubameyang clear the air concerning his future at Barcelona amid Chelsea interest

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has clarified that he needs to remain at Barcelona this summer, as indicated by reports.

The 33-year-old has been intensely connected with a move to Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel quick to reinforce his forward line before the transfer window closes on September 1.

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Aubameyang has been referenced as a potential target, after he scored 68 Premier League goals for Arsenal in his four-year spell at the Emirates Stadium.

According to Toni Juanmartí, Barcelona have rejected a €14million bid from Chelsea for the experienced forward. The Catalan giants want €20m for the Gabon international, who only joined the club in January on a free transfer after Arsenal terminated his contract.

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However, it is understood Aubameyang does not want to leave Barcelona and is keen to fight for his place following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. Mundo Deportivo report that Aubameyang is happy in Catalonia and does not see his long-term future away from the club.

This is despite reportedly being told that he will have a ‘secondary’ role at Barcelona this season, with Lewandowski, Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele and Ferran Torres all ahead of him in the pecking order. Chelsea are prepared to make him their main man up front after Romelu Lukaku re-joined Inter Milan on loan.

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Barcelona are keen to sell Aubameyang as they see it as a way to free up funds to finance the proposed signing of Bernardo Silva from Manchester City. Xavi Hernandez considers the Portuguese international as a priority and believes he would give his squad an even greater leap in quality.

Source: Mirror

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Xavi sends message to Barcelona supporters after their goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano

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Xavi sends message to Barcelona supporters after their goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona boss Xavi asked the fans for “patience” after his side were held to a goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano in the initial match of their LaLiga season.

The hosts dominated possession but were wasteful in the final third, hitting the target with just six of their 21 attempts on goal , though they did see two efforts chalked off by the linesman’s flag.

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It expands Barcelona’s fruitless streak in LaLiga to three games without an goal or win, extending back to the furthest limit of last season – whenever the club first have had such a sequence since October 2003.

After weeks of uncertainty, the club were able to register new recruits Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, all of whom made their debuts in the draw, but the tame performance shows plenty of work is still to come.

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Barca are yet to register Jules Kounde, signed from Sevilla, and continue to be linked with further additions before the transfer window closes on September 1 – with Xavi pleading with fans to trust in the club’s process.

“We wanted to show people that we’re on the right track because we’ve shown expectations, but it’s the beginning,” he said.

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“We ask for patience and that people believe in this team. It is a disappointment today but it is the beginning and we must continue to believe in this game model that is the one that has to lead us to success.

“Because of the expectations generated, I think the team has been thicker, more tense. I tried to tell them that now the pressure is for me, for the coach. But Rayo has done a very good tactical job. The penalty is not having scored a goal. We must continue to grow.”

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Barcelona travel to face Real Sociedad next weekend and plenty could change in the coming days, with new registrations required, further signings touted and the potential for departures.

Source: Footylight

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Barcelona 0-0 Rayo Vallecano: Barca start league season with goalless draw at home

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Barcelona 0-0 Rayo Vallecano: Barça start league season with goalless draw at home

Barcelona were frustrated in their opening La Liga game as Rayo Vallecano held on for a goalless draw.

Robert Lewandowski was among the summer recruits that were making their debuts, but he could not break the deadlock.

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The Poland striker was adjudged offside with a first-half effort, and smashed the best chance after the break wide.

Sergio Camello nearly grabbed a winner for Vallecano, while Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card.

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