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FC Barcelona News: 24 August 2017; Another Philippe Coutinho Bid on the Horizon, Training Continues for Alaves

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Champions League draw: FC Barcelona's possible opponents | FC Barcelona
Here we go! One of the defining moments of any season of football among Europe’s elite clubs is the draw for the group stage of the Champions League – and the one for the 2017/18 edition begins this evening at 6.00pm CET in Monte Carlo, with 32 teams awaiting their fate, including for the 14th year in a row FC Barcelona.

Leo Messi takes part in new UEFA campaign | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is one of the stars of a new campaign from European football’s governing body UEFA. The Barça number 10 features in a video that promotes inclusivity, diversity and accessibility in football on the continent. The campaign is titled #EqualGame and it aims to show that football can help in various ways in society, creating a positive public profile and highlighting football for older people, women’s youth football and football for the physically challenged.

Thursday training with Alavés on the horizon | FC Barcelona
Work goes on for Ernesto Valverde and his team, who trained on Thursday morning for the third time this week at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It was as hot as ever, with temperatures of around 27º, but with the occasional splash of rain to keep the players refreshed.

Barca to make €150m Coutinho bid | Football Espana
Barcelona are preparing a fourth and final offer of €150m (£138m) for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, say reports.The English club have already knocked back three offers from the Blaugrana for the former Inter attacker but the player has handed in a transfer request at Anfield.

Barca set for Di Maria - report | Football Espana
Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria for €50m plus variables, according to reports in Spain. The deal is said to be advanced and set to go through despite fractured relations between the two clubs following Neymar’s switch earlier this summer, with both Diario AS and Diario Sport reporting the deal.

PSG asked for Nice midfielder Seri to 'f*** Barca', says agent | Goal
Jean Michael Seri's agent Franklin Mala claims French giants Paris Saint-Germain want to sign the Nice midfielder to "f***" Barca". Seri has been heavily linked with a €40 million transfer to Barcelona, though a deal is yet to eventuate for the 26-year-old, who previously refuted claims that he had agreed terms with the La Liga side.

Neymar to fight Barcelona compensation claim and chase bonus payment | Sky Sports
The Brazilian insists he will also challenge his former club over an unpaid loyalty bonus, with Barcelona refusing to pay a £23m bonus to Neymar's father following a contract renewal last year. FIFA are investigating the 25-year-old's complaint.

Neymar backed by footballer's union regarding 'spiteful' Barca complaint | ESPN
The National Union of Professional Footballers [UNFP] backed Neymar and also hit out at what it claims is a "spiteful'' and "petty'' complaint from Barcelona. A statement on the UNFP website read: "The UNFP fully supports the Brazilian player and would not hesitate to promulgate advice if Paris St Germain asked him to do so.

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