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Messi not returning to training and youngster takes time off to sort future

By Ben Browning Published: August 1, 2021 1:30 pm

Last Updated: August 1, 2021 1:31 pm

Barcelona transfer news In this article, we will bring you all of the Barcelona transfer news from today. Make sure to check back to the site for more daily transfer updates throughout the summer.

“Nothing with Barcelona” over Cristian Romero Tottenham are clearly in the driving seat for Atalanta defender Cristian Romero. The 23-year-old was voted Serie A’s defender of the year last campaign, and has been linked with a 55 million euro switch to north London.

Cristian Romero hopes to join Tottenham as priority. He’s pushing directly with the club, there’s nothing with Barcelona – only Spurs. ⚪️ #THFC

Tottenham want Atalanta to accept their last bid as Romero’s wish is to join Spurs. Tense situation between clubs, to be resolved soon.

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 1, 2021

Barcelona were also rumoured to be interested in the defender this summer, but transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has shot down these suggestions, saying that “there’s nothing with Barcelona”, leaving Spurs free to net the Argentine.

Alex Collado leaves Barcelona camp to sort his future Meanwhile, 22 year old attacking midfielder Alex Collado has left Barcelona’s training camp to sort out his future, as per a statement from the Spanish club.

Álex Collado is leaving the team’s training camp, with permission from the Club, pending a resolution over his future. pic.twitter.com/as6DTe6x72

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 1, 2021

Collado, who has been a part of Barcelona’s B team for the past two seasons, has been linked with a loan move to Belgian side Club Brugge. However, as per Football Espana, he is not highly rated by Ronald Koeman, and as such a permanent deal has not been ruled out.

Messi cannot return to training amidst Barcelona contract negotiations According to a report from Forbes, Messi will enjoy a prolonged holiday as a result of his contract standoff. Messi’s last deal with Barcelona expired on June 30th, and while he is expected to renew his deal, nothing has been confirmed yet.

Lionel Messi ‘banned from Barcelona training’ as contract saga takes new twisthttps://t.co/LOcCm3ZKvE

— Express Sport (@DExpress_Sport) August 1, 2021

As a result, he will not be returning to Barcelona training until this is remedied, which may take him until late into the transfer window.

Speaking on friday, president Joan Laporta said:

“Everything is going well as planned. Everything is progressing properly, everything is going well.”

However, with Messi now missing training, could a new contract be taking longer then first expected?

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