Barcelona news LIVE updates: Adrien Rabiot development, £23m star wanted, deal announced

Barcelona news LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from the Nou Camp

Sunday 30, December

  • Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has bought Spanish club FC Andorra
  • Barcelona have denied having an agreement to sign Adrien Rabiot
  • The Catalan club said in a statement they had made contact with PSG’s management
  • Barcelona have reached out to Villarreal about Pablo Fornals

Gerard Pique done deal…

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has expanded his business empire by taking over tiny Spanish lower-league soccer club FC Andorra.

“The General Assembly of FC Andorra has unanimously approved the transmission of its assets in favour of an Andorran company jointly managed by different investors, including Kosmos,” said the company’s statement.

FC Andorra, founded in 1942, play in the First Regional Catalan Division and spent 14 seasons in Spain’s regionalised third tier, Segunda Division B.

Kosmos, founded by Pique, who is also the CEO and president of the firm, is most famous for its takeover of tennis’s Davis Cup, injecting $3 billion dollars into the competition over the next 25 years.

No Adrien Rabiot deal

Barcelona have denied the existence of any agreement with PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot and insist they have not broken the rules over his potential recruitment.

Barcelona, along with several Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Arsenal, have been linked with the 23-year-old, whose contract expires in June.

Reports in France and Spain claim Barca are preparing to offer Rabiot a five-year deal when the transfer window opens on January 1.

But Catalan club said in a statement today that they had made contact with PSG’s management “last August and then a week ago” to express their interest in Rabiot, but had not spoken to the player.

“In response to the news that has appeared in France, Barcelona state that there has been no breach of regulations regarding the signing of PSG players,” the statement read.

“The only contact was made last August and then a week ago. In both case, the contact was made with the sporting managers of PSG in order to express Barcelona’s interest in the player Adrien Rabiot.

“Barcelona always want to work with the highest level of transparency with PSG and any other club. Barcelona deny the existence of any type of agreement with PSG players Adrien Rabiot.”

Wanted: Pablo Fornals

Barcelona have reached out to Villarreal regarding a potential deal for Arsenal target Pablo Fornals.

According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Barcelona recently sent a personnel member to get “in touch” with Villarreal.

Villarreal will be powerless to prevent him from moving if Barcelona activate the £23.4m (€26m) release clause in his contract.

The relatively modest price tag on the head of a player with as much potential as Fornals means he’s a wanted man.

And Unai Emery is reported to have set his sights on his Spanish compatriot as he reshapes his Arsenal squad.