There were twelve first team players at Wednesday morning’s training session. These were the ten available players that didn’t go on the trip to Poland, namely Valdés, Alves, Alba, Piqué, Mascherano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc and Pedro, and also the goalkeepers Pinto and Oier, who played a half each of the 2-2 draw on Tuesday night in Gdansk.
Partick Thistle are set to announce the signing of two new midfielders ahead of the new SPFL season with Barcelona youngster Simon Colina and former Aberdeen player Isaac Osbourne joining the club. Colina, an 18-year-old midfielder is a product of Barcelona's youth system and was a captain of their 'Juvenil B' team. He is expected to sign a two-year contract with Thistle after being released by the Catalan side.
Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez as Arsene Wenger’s push to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez falters due to the Anfield side’s valuation of the Uruguayan according to Sports Direct News.
Spanish sports paper Marca - who have close links with Real - today claim that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has slapped a £125m (€145m) price-tag on his prized asset. Bale is again splashed across their front cover, this time with the headline of 'Una Locura' - which translates as 'Crazy'.
Javier Gomez: "The Spanish Football League (LFP) has recently approved a new economic control named 'a priori control'. And the difference with UEFA's 'financial fair play' is that this is set before the beginning of each season. There is a set of criteria applied to the clubs that limits the amount of money they can spend in acquiring players throughout the season."