BARCELONA NEWS

Filipe Luis has praised Gerard Pique for expressing his opinions on the Catalan referendum and encouraged footballers to become more vocal.
Atletico Madrid will have to be at their best to defeat Barcelona when the two sides meet in Saturday’s huge La Liga clash, according to full-back Juanfran.
Barcelona ‘are prepared to sign’ Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho in January, the club’s chief executive Oscar Grau has confirmed.
Ousmane Dembele is likely to be out until the New Year despite his recovery from a hamstring operation being ‘on course’.
Former Barcelona midfielder Fabio Rochemback has been arrested after an alleged cockfighting ring was busted in his native Brazil.
Lionel Messi was ‘owed’ an appearance at next summer’s World Cup finals by football, according to Argentina Coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Philippe Coutinho has a ‘pact’ with Liverpool which would allow him to leave the club for Barcelona in January, according to reports in Spain.
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Milan striker and Portugal international Andre Silva, according to reports in the Spanish press.
Argentina hero Lionel Messi is adamant his nation ‘deserve’ to be at the World Cup despite needing a last day win in Ecuador to seal qualification.
Albert Soler (pictured) and Raul Sanllehi - two of Barcelona’s transfer strategists – have resigned from their positions at the club.
Sergio Busquets has revealed his ‘pride’ after winning his 100th cap for Spain in Monday night’s 1-0 win at Israel.
Benfica full-back Douglas has confessed training with Lionel Messi and Neymar during his spell at Barcelona was ‘priceless’.
Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has revealed he is hopeful of becoming the Coach of the Qatar national team.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has insisted Lionel Messi must win a World Cup before he can be considered as the greatest player of all time.
Eleven La Liga stars and three Spaniards have made the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award, with the winner announced in May.
Uruguay Coach Oscar Tabarez insists Luis Suarez is fit to face Bolivia and does not require knee surgery, despite reports in Spain contradicting this.
Barcelona are hopeful of finding exit routes for three first-team squad players in January, according to reports in Spain.
Barcelona are ‘closely following’ Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli who ‘matches the profile’ of the Catalan giants, according to reports in Spain.
Barcelona are keeping an eye on Porto midfielder and Portugal international Danilo who could be a transfer target next summer, say reports.
Barcelona have made Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann their ‘number one transfer priority’ for next summer, according to reports in Spain.
Andre Gomes has rubbished claims that he said Lionel Messi, not Ernesto Valverde, picked Barcelona’s team.
Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly battle Barcelona for Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho in January.
Barcelona and Uruguay are reportedly at loggerheads over how Luis Suarez should recover from his knee injury.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly vying to sign Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola.
Barcelona are reportedly keeping tabs on Manchester United and France winger Anthony Martial.
A report in Saturday’s AS claims Neymar asked UEFA to expel Barcelona from the Champions League.
Spain midfielder Isco claims Gerard Pique “runs the risk of whistles” but insists the defender has “proved his commitment for 15 years”.
Javier Tebas admits “I see a Liga without Barcelona and Espanyol” but insists “we wouldn’t have much trouble recovering” from the scenario.
Julen Lopetegui has called on Spain’s ‘phenomenal’ fans to unite behind Gerard Pique after La Roja’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Barcelona club captain Andres Iniesta has described signing a contract ‘for life’ at the club as a ‘very special day’ in his career.
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