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FC Barcelona News: 1 October 2017; 18 Named in Match Squad, Ernesto Valverde Talks Restructuring

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Squad announced to face Las Palmas | FC Barcelona
Goalkeepers Ter Stegen and Cillessen are joined by outfield players Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Andrés Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Mascherano, Paulinho, Deulofeu, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal and Samuel Umtiti. The names dropped from the list are Lucas Digne, Paco Alcácer and Arda Turan, as well as the injured Rafinha and Dembélé, plus Thomas Vermaelen who is out with gastroenteritis.

Ernesto Valverde aiming to complete full house against Las Palmas | FC Barcelona
"The characteristics of the Las Palmas players haven’t changed and Pako Ayestarán hasn’t had much time to work with them. But there is a certain element of surprise involved, although in inverted commas because not much can change in two days.”

Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona may restructure squad in January | ESPN
Ernesto Valverde is looking to restructure Barcelona's squad in January after he was left with an excess of players when the transfer window closed earlier this month. Thomas Vermaelen and Arda Turan have not played a single minute in the Champions League or La Liga this season and are two of the players Valverde is reported to be keen to move on.

Exclusive: Why Juventus refused to sign Barcelona midfielder in the summer | Calciomercato
The Old Lady made an attempt to sign the Portuguese star but Barcelona demanded € 50 million to let him go and the blaugrana were not open to sell the player on loan. One of the main reasons behind Juventus’ Andre Gomes snub, however, is the player’s high salary. The Old Lady was not open to match the player’s contract demands and decided to drop the him.

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