Barcelona latest: Trio omitted from Gimnastic squad list, Griezmann takes Coutinho’s No. 7


A number of updates surrounding the current situation at Barcelona have come to the fore online this weekend.

Suarez & Vidal miss out

Ongoings at the Camp Nou have of course taken centre stage in the media of late.

The Blaugrana’s humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich last month sparked a major chain of events, the most noteworthy of which came in the form of Lionel Messi demanding a departure from his long-time club.

The Argentine has of course since confirmed that he is in fact set to stay put for the season ahead, albeit not exactly by choice.

One individual who did move on, though, was Quique Setien.

The Spaniard has been replaced on the Camp Nou bench by former Barca star Ronald Koeman, who has wasted little time in making it known exactly which members of the club’s squad he does not intend to make use of moving forward.

Ivan Rakitic, for example, has already been moved on to Sevilla.

Both Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal, meanwhile, are widely reported to have been informed that they are surplus to requirements in Catalunya, whilst Samuel Umtiti has been tipped as a potential makeweight in a deal for Lyon attacker Memphis Depay.

And, if the first official squad list opted for by Ronald Koeman is anything to go by, then it certainly appears that the media chatter surrounding the aforementioned trio has proven accurate.

The Blaugrana are set to take to the pitch later today, in the first of the club’s pre-season fixtures.

And, significantly, none of Suarez, Vidal or Umtiti have been selected to feature.

There is also no place for Rafinha, though all of Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have been called up:

Griezmann’s new number

In other Barca-related news, meanwhile, a change has been forthcoming for Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman will of course be hoping for an improved season this time around, after often flattering to deceive during a difficult debut campaign at the Camp Nou.

And, as confirmed this weekend, he will attempt to do so whilst donning a new jersey number.

Upon his arrival at Barcelona last summer, the 7 shirt, which Griezmann had occupied for the prior 9 seasons of his career, was under the ownership of Philippe Coutinho.

And whilst the Brazilian, in the end, of course moved on to Bayern Munich on a year-long loan, Griezmann was nevertheless handed the unfamiliar no. 17.

But, as outlined above, despite his presence in the plans of new boss Ronald Koeman, Coutinho has agreed to give up his previous squad number, to allow Griezmann to return to his favoured no. 7 for the coming campaign:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.