FC Barcelona News: 10 November 2013: Real Madrid Close The Gap On Barcelona, Barca B Lose Again

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Arsenal are said to be readying a move for Barcelona attacker Pedro after being encouraged to make a move for the Spanish international by the player’s representatives. CaughtOffside understands that the 26 year old is set to make a transfer request after seeing his first team chances limited under new boss Gerardo Martino. Whilst Pedro has started seven of 12 La Liga fixtures he’s only been been in the Barcelona starting eleven on one occasion in the Champions League and believes that the lack of action could be detrimental to his position in Vicente del Bosque’s national team set-up.

The father of Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed that his son had an agreement to join Barcelona before the deal fell through. "A few months ago Pepe was in talks with Barcelona. They had an agreement and he was all set to go," said Reina senior. "But in the end Victor Valdes did not leave. That's why the transfer fell through."

Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela turned down the opportunity to sign for Barcelona as a youngster, according to his father Jose. Argentina international Lamela, who became Spurs' record signing when he joined for £30m in the summer, had the chance to join the Catalan side as a 12-year-old. The La Liga giants even offered his parents jobs in Spain in an attempt to coax them into making the move from Argentina to Europe.

Barça B have suffered at the hands of one of their most direct rivals. The Andalusians went two-up through Machado and Jona, and despite Eusebio sending on Adama, Samper and Sanabria in the second half, they couldn’t get back into the game, and a Curto penalty completed Jaen’s job. The match was preceded with a minute’s silence in memory of youth player Adrià Vilamitjana of Gironès-Sabat.

Barcelona do not need a coach in order to play top-class football, according to veteran playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme. "Last season the coach was out for a few months and they became champions with five games to spare. Barca will have a big change when Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, [Carles] Puyol, [Sergio] Busquets and [Gerard] Pique are not there, but the group that doesn't go can play without a coach."

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo believes Lionel Messi could be tempted to come to the Premier League if he gets bored of life in the Primera Division. Asked if he could see the Argentina ace moving to the Premier League, Negredo told several national newspapers: "I suppose so, it could happen. Maybe in two or five years he will get bored with La Liga, want a change and come over here."

It is only a fortnight since el clàsico but this feels like a different age. Fourteen days, four matches, and – get ready for this – 17 goals later, Real Madrid have found themselves. And Gareth Bale is very much a part of the change. The news here was that he did not score, as he had against Juventus in Turin on Tuesday. He did, though, provide an assist.

Rayo Vallecano climbed out of the relegation zone after beating fellow strugglers Celta Vigo as Getafe drew at home with Elche. Goals from two half-time substitutes saw Athletic Bilbao battle back for a well-deserved 2-1 home win over Levante.
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