Messi staying at Barcelona gathering pace as star vetoes signing of Arsenal midfielder

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New Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has an awful lot of work to do this summer in order to reshape the first-team squad into something approaching a title-winning side.

The decline of the team under Josep Maria Bartomeu’s watch was marked, and Laporta will know that this isn’t an overnight job.

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There are a number of issues that need addressing but getting things right on the pitch has to be a priority.

Although there are said to be a few deals in the pipeline, one that definitely won’t be happening is Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi moving to Camp Nou.

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Matteo Guendouzi

According to Don Balon, the player has reached out to the club for a second time, but captain Leo Messi has vetoed any deal, just as he had the first time around when the youngster was being touted for a switch.

The fact that it appears the Argentinian wants a say in future team matters must surely mean that he’s on the verge of staying at the club of his life.

That can only be good news for the supporters.

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