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Reports suggest the Spanish side want £7m for the midfielder

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The Spain midfielder wants to remain at Barcelona

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There have been disagreements over the club's transfer policy

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The Spain international has been linked with a return to the Premier League

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It wasn’t quite “blink and you’ve missed it”, but Christopher Columbus’s 21-day spell as Spain’s largest football fan in history came to an abrupt end on Sunday morning, when a giant replica Barça shirt that had adorned a statue of Europe’s most famous explorer in downtown Barcelona for the past three weeks was removed.

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The Armenia international has emerged as a £22m target for the Reds

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Neymar unveiled by Barcelona after signing five-year deal

The Brazilian striker has put the finishing touches to his move

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

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Victor Valdes

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Goalkeeper will not renew his contract which expires next summer

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