Barcelona transfer news roundup: Lionel Messi is expected to sign a two-year contract with the club, the club is open to trading Jordi Alba for Inter Milan’s star, and more. – June 24, 2021

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Barcelona fans have been waiting for this news for a long time, as Lionel Messi is said to have decided on his future.

The summer transfer window for Barcelona has begun on a good note. Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, and Eric Garcia have previously joined them on a free transfer. Joan Laporta, the club’s president, has guaranteed three or four more acquisitions before the summer transfer window closes.

Let’s take a look at the top stories surrounding Barcelona from June 24, 2021, without further ado.

Paulinho has stated that he is willing to return to Barcelona.

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Paulinho’s acquisition by Barcelona in 2017 was unexpected. After being released by Guangzhou Evergrande, the Brazilian midfielder left Camp Nou in 2018 and is now a free agent. Paulinho has hinted at a possible comeback to Barcelona.

In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, he said:

“Barca is a team I am familiar with. We won the League and the Copa del Rey during my year there, both at the club and in the city. If given another chance, provided it was in the best interests of both myself and my family, I would gladly return.

“When I left Guangzhou, I demonstrated this by going there and charging a fraction of what I was paid in China. It wouldn’t be a problem for me to return there because I’ve never put money ahead of my career. In addition, the club would not have to pay a transfer [price] for me this time.”

Barcelona is considering trading Jordi Alba for Alessandro Bastoni of Inter Milan.

Barcelona is considering trading Jordi Alba for Alessandro Bastoni of Inter Milan.
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Barcelona are considering trading experienced left-back Jordi Alba for Inter Milan’s 22-year-old Alessandro Bastoni, according to ESPN. The Catalans are desperately trying to cut their salary bill, and Alba, 32, is one of the club’s biggest earners.

Inter Milan is interested in signing him, as he is currently contracted to Barcelona until 2024. Alba is not considering a departure this summer, according to the report, although Barcelona may be forced to sell him.

Barcelona are already on the lookout for a left-back, with Junior Firpo, Alba’s deputy, expected to be sold this summer. Bastoni is a centre-back, therefore he isn’t a direct replacement for Alba.

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