Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates coming out of the Nou CampWednesday, July 24PSG have set Barcelona a deadline to sign Brazilian forward NeymarPSG want the deal completed by July 31 – nine days before the seasonErnesto Valverde has left the door open for Ivan Rakitic to leaveLionel Messi has been banned for one game and fined £1200PSG snatch Xavi SimonsBarcelona have lost teenage prodigy Xavi Simons to rivals PSG.Simons, 16, arrived at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy as a seven-year-old.But having recently joined forces with super-agent Mino Raiola – the talented central midfielder has left the club.The youngster thanked Ernesto Valverde’s side in an Instagram post before signing a contract until 2022 with the French champions.Philippe Coutinho theoryBarcelona fans are wondering whether Philippe Coutinho be at the Nou Camp next season.And that’s because Barcelona B’s Carles Perez wore the Brazilian’s number seven shirt against Chelsea yesterday.Coutinho has been given extra time to recover from his Copa America exploits so wasn’t playing in Japan on Tuesday.The former Liverpool playmaker has been tipped to be used as a makeweight in a deal for PSG star Neymar. Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates coming out of the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)Valverde praises GriezmannAntoine Griezmann is bad news for opponents, says Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.The French international made his Barcelona debut against Chelsea yesterday and despite suffering a 2-1 defeat – Griezmann looked dangerous throughout.“Antoine Griezmann has to get used to the game of the team, but you can see that when he gets the ball he is very dangerous,” he said.”He is bad news for the opponents and we expect a lot from him, but this was just his first game.” Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates coming out of the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)Neymar deadlineBarcelona have been set a transfer deadline to sign Neymar.According to French outlet CNews, PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi is concerned that talk over Neymar will disrupt their preparations for the new season.And that PSG have set a deadline of July 31, nine days before the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign.Should Barcelona fail to prise £200million-rated Neymar away from the Parc des Princes by then, he will reportedly remain with the group.And the report adds PSG may even offer him a new contract with a vastly-improved salary to ensure he stay focused. Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates coming out of the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)Ivan Rakitic to Man UtdBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has seemingly left the door open for Ivan Rakitic to join Manchester United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are thought to have shown interest in the Croatia international, who could replace Paul Pogba should be be offloaded this summer.Rakitic, 31, has two years remaining on his current contract but Valverde wouldn’t assure him of regular first-team action.“Rakitic has been an important player, I don’t know if it will be this season,” he said. “New players are coming and he will have to earn it.”Lionel Messi finedLionel Messi has been banned for one game and fined £1200.The Argentina captain was sent off against Chile and afterwards alleged that the tournament had been fixed in favour of Brazil, who beat Argentina in a controversial semi-final on their way to claiming the title.Messi called the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) “corrupt” and did not attend the ceremony to pick up his medal.CONMEBOL said on Tuesday that Messi’s comments were “unacceptable” but backed down from imposing a tougher sanction on the five-times world player of the year. Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates coming out of the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)Paul Pogba swapJuventus are considering a swap deal to bring Paul Pogba back to the club.The French midfielder, 26, has openly discussed his desire to leave the club with Real Madrid and Juventus paying close attention.Now, Corriere dello Sport claim the Italian champions have come up with a plan to navigate Manchester United’s £150million valuation.It’s claimed Blaise Matuidi, Douglas Costa or Manchester City target Joao Cancelo could be used to tempt the Red Devils into selling.



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