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Javier Mascherano’s Barça farewell stirs deep emotions |

Struggling to hold back the tears, Javier Mascherano — the fearless Argentinian defender who came to Barça in 2010 in search of a dream that he has long since fulfilled — opened up his heart and spoke the words of a wise, battle-hardened leader.

“If anyone has been fortunate, it has been me. Seven and a half years ago, I came here to live a dream,” he said, while choking up and struggling to hold back the tears. “And now it’s time to wake up. The dream is over.” More here.

Neymar regrets PSG transfer and is pondering summer move already | Sport

According to L'Equipe, fan jeers provoked a reaction and a point of reflection among Neymar and his people. It seems they are regretting the decision to leave FC Barcelona.

Neymar finds the French league too raw and defensive and the referees too permissive with defenders. During a visit to Brazil in December, he visited some old friends in Santos and confessed as much. The alarm bells are ringing at the French club, given the bet and the investment the Qataris have made on the 'Neymar product'. More here.

Barcelona keep the No.7 shirt free... for Griezmann? | Marca

It has been confirmed this Wednesday that Philippe Coutinho will inherit the No.14 from the departing Javier Mascherano, meaning that Barcelona's No.7 shirt remains free.

Griezmann has worn the No.7 at Real Sociedad, at Atletico Madrid and with France, so some believe their decision to keep it free has something to do with a summer push for the 26-year-old. More here.

Barcelona to cash in on Grimaldo but Benfica are the real winners | Sport

Benfica are close to selling Alejandro Grimaldo to Napoli for 30 million euros. Barcelona sold the left-back to the Portuguese side for 1.5 million, but reserved their right to a percentage of any future sale plus their rights for the player's development years.

Barcelona will receive at least three million for a player that did not get a chance in the first team, despite being a regular in Gerard Lopez's B team. On top of that amount, they will also get a lump sum for the player's development years, given he joined the club when he was 13. More here.

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