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FC Barcelona News: 6 June 2024; Barça players shine in Spain win, Mikel Merino made new top transfer target by Hansi Flick

Gavi focused on recovery – FC Barcelona
Always good to see Gavi. Even more so on seeing how focused he is on recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament rupture and associated right knee injury he picked up while playing for the Spanish national team on November 19 last year.

Mariona Caldentey to leave FC Barcelona – FC Barcelona
After 10 years representing Barça, Mariona Caldentey will not be at the Club the coming season. The 28-year-old Mallorcan player has decided to take on a new professional challenge once her contract ends on June 30. Barça’s number 9 is saying goodbye after 302 competitive games for Barça, having scored 114 goals.

Aitana, adductor injury in right thigh – FC Barcelona
Tests carried out have confirmed that the first team player Aitana Bonmatí has an adductor injury in her right thigh. The Barça Women midfielder is ruled out and her recovery will dictate her return.

Joan Laporta: ‘Hansi Flick will bring fresh competitive impetus’ – FC Barcelona
The president describes the German as an experienced, professional person with a sense of responsibility” during an interview for the ‘Presidential Podcast’.

Joan Laporta: ‘It’s at the most difficult moments that I am most proud to be a Barça fan’ – FC Barcelona
As well as taking a look at the Club’s sporting situation, president Joan Laporta also touched on off the field matters in the second edition of ‘The President’s Podcast’ on Tuesday on Barça One. During the interviews the president made it clear that now is the time to stand up as a culer. “It’s at the most difficult moments that I am most proud to be a Barça fan,” said the president during the interviews which took place at Barça Studios.

Lamine Yamal leading the race to Golden Boy 2024 – FC Barcelona
The race is on for Golden Boy 2024. On Wednesday at the Cucinelli Theatre in Solomeo (Italy), the announcement was made of the 100 players short-listed for the annual prize for the best footballer of less than 21 years of age. Top of the table so far is Lamine Yamal, who doesn’t turn 17 until July, but there are three other Barça players in the running too.

MATCH REPORT | Spain pass test with flying colours in Badajoz (5-0) | RFEF
The happiness on the faces of the fans as they left the Nuevo Vivero stadium to the rhythm of ‘Mi gran noche’ is the picture of hope for a European Championships just around the corner. Spain’s penultimate match on home soil against a combative and well-organised Andorra in Badajoz was an encounter full of positives for the home side.

Hansi Flick betting on 20-year-old Marc Casadó to be next Barcelona revelation as first team role planned – Football España
The 2023-24 season was an incredibly disappointing one for Barcelona, with the only shining light being the emergence of several La Masia stars. Lamine Yamal, Pau Cubarsi, Fermin Lopez and Hector Fort will all be in the first team next season, and they should be joined by another youngster: Marc Casado.

Barcelona coach Rafa Márquez in the frame for two jobs – Football España
Barca Atletic manager Rafael Marquez was hotly tipped to be appointed as Xavi Hernandez’s successor in early May, but having missed out on the role, his future is up in the air. The Mexican is out of contract at the end of the season, and has not been handed a new deal.

Barcelona will no longer sign World Cup winner Guido Rodríguez following Hansi Flick arrival – Football España
Hansi Flick will start identify Barcelona’s transfer shortlist from next week, and one of the areas that will be addressed is in defensive midfield. The German coach wants a reunion with Joshua Kimmich, while Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino is also high in his thoughts. This is bad news for Guido Rodriguez, who had been close to being the Catalans’ first signing of the summer.

Barcelona giving up on Xavi Simons deal as decision set to come in July – Football España
When news emerged that Barcelona were interested in bringing Xavi Simons back to the club, and the Dutchman was also keen on the move, it seemed a little too easy to be true for Culers. That looks as if it will be the case.

Barcelona set sights on 27-year-old La Liga midfielder Mikel Merino as priority target – Football España
Barcelona are currently adjusting their plans to new manager Hansi Flick, and it appears they have settled on a new midfield target. If they have the budget to make the deal happen, then Barcelona will pursue Real Sociedad star Mikel Merino.

Barcelona could make strong profit on defender Ronald Araujo who would consider exit this summer – Football España
Barcelona are likely to have to make sales this summer, in spite of President Joan Laporta’s affirmations that they do not need to. One of the key areas where they can sell without weakening the side too much is in central defence.

Hansi Flick makes first change from Xavi Hernandez by backing Barcelona forward for next season – Football España
A key themes from President Joan Laporta’s interview with Barcelona’s channel Barca One was that new manager Hansi Flick would try to get the best out of the squad at his disposal, rather than demand major changes in the transfer market. One of the most significant examples is Vitor Roque.

Barcelona reach deal with coach Heiko Westermann to join Hansi Flick’s staff this summer – Football España
Barcelona have reached a deal for former Schalke, Hamburg and Real Betis defender Heiko Westermann to join their coaching staff. Until now, the 40-year-old had been an assistant manager for the German under-19 side, managed by Christian Worns.

Barcelona willing to consider offers of just €15m for teenage gem Mika Faye – Football España
Barcelona President Joan Laporta has told the media that the club do not need to make any major sales this summer, but the majority predict there will be a number of exits from Catalonia. One of those could be Mikayil Faye, who is due to move up from Barca Atletic to the first team, but has significant competition.

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