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FC Barcelona News: 11 January 2018; 19 Players in Squad for Celta Vigo, Yerry Mina Transfer Announced

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2018 FC Barcelona Open Training Session Jan 5th Photo by Pedro Salado/Action Plus via Getty Images

Preview: FC Barcelona v Celta | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Copa del Rey fate will be decided this Thursday night at the Camp Nou (9:30pm CET), as they play the second leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 tie against Celta Vigo. Things are delicately poised after last week’s 1-1 draw at Balaídos, but the Blaugrana’s great record at home and an important away goal -scored by Barça B player José Arnaiz- mean they have a slight edge coming into the sequel.

Squad announced for cup second leg | FC Barcelona
For the first leg, Ernesto Valverde opted to rest key players like Leo Messi and Luis Suárez, who had only just returned from their Christmas holiday, but both the South American strikers are in the squad of 19 that he named after training on Wednesday evening.

Ernesto Valverde: Celta dangerous away from home | FC Barcelona
The Barça coach was full of praise for Thursday’s opponents, a Celta side who are coached by former blaugrana Juan Carlos Unzué. “They are a team who try to dominate the game and they don’t want you to have the ball, they put pressure on you high up the field,” stated El Txingurri.

Agreement for the transfer of Yerry Mina | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Palmeiras have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Yerry Mina for the remainder of the season and five more until June 30, 2023. The cost of the transfer is 11.8 million euros and the termination clause is 100 million.

10 things you should know about Yerry Mina | FC Barcelona
Yerry Mina will be the first Colombian to play an official game with FC Barcelona. Lauro Mosquera played a friendly match against Sabadell on June 24, 1964, but didn’t stay at the Club.

Meet new Barcelona signing Mina, the defender who just cannot stop dancing! | Goal
In seeking Javier Mascherano’s successor at the Camp Nou, Barcelona have opted for his antithesis. Yerry Mina is as different to the midfielder-turned defender as day is to night, but the Catalans believe he has the talent to bolster their backline for years to come.

€10m Mascherano deal agreed - report | Football Espana
Barcelona have sanctioned the €10m sale of defender Javier Mascherano to Hebei China Fortune with a deal imminent, according to reports in Spain. The 33-year-old was reportedly adamant he wanted to leave the Blaugrana in January, with the Chinese club set to receive €7m annually in wages, a €1m increase on his current deal.

Samuel Umtiti feeling good during his recovery from injury | FC Barcelona
Samuel Umtiti’s recovery from injury took another step forward on Tuesday when he took part in a section of the training session with the rest of the squad. The French defender explained to Barça TV following the session his “good feeling” after weeks of recovery work was followed by his first taste of training with the ball again and with his team-mates.

When Philippe Coutinho was a precocious international star... | FC Barcelona
Once upon a time — Philippe Coutinho was a rising star for the Brazil national team. His playmaking ability already apparent, the 16-year-old midfielder raised eyebrows with a stellar performance for his country’s Under-17 national team at the 2008 Mediterranean International Cup, which Brazil won.

Barcelona haven’t abandoned La Masia players - Valverde | ESPN
Ernesto Valverde insisted Barcelona have not moved away from their model of giving homegrown players a chance after the club broke their transfer record for the second time this season with the signing of Philippe Coutinho.

Nahuel set for Barca B | Football Espana
Real Betis winger Nahuel will join Barcelona B this month after his agreement brokered a deal between the two clubs, say reports in Spain. The 21-year-old is 18 months through a two-year loan at Betis from Villarreal but he has only featured in 19 matches and has failed to find the net for the Seville-based club.