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FC Barcelona News: 19 October 2018; Barcelona Get Copa del Rey Opponent, Two Youngsters Cleared for B Team

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Barça to face Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s defence of the Copa del Rey will begin against Cultural Leonesa, it was announced on Friday afternoon, as the draw for the competition was made at the RFEF headquarters in Madrid. Barça will make their first appearance in the tournament this term with a meeting with a side that they last faced in 2009/10.

Sevilla, Lionel Messi’s favourite victim in LaLiga | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi has goals in his blood, never more so than when he plays against Sevilla. The Argentine striker has scored 24 goals in total in the league against Saturday’s visitors to Camp Nou, more than any other team in LaLiga. Other favourite opponents for the Barça number 10 includes Atlético Madrid and Valencia against whom Messi has scored 23 goals and 22 goals respectively.

Interesting stats ahead of FC Barcelona v Sevilla | FC Barcelona
When was the last time the Andalusian club were out on their own at the top of the League? How many goals has Lionel Messi scored against Sevilla? Find out the answers and much more!

Tottenham to make €50m offer for Barcelona’s Malcom | Football Espana
Tottenham are prepared to make a €50m move for out-of-favour Barcelona forward Malcom in January, according to Diario Sport. The 21-year-old has yet to start for the Catalan giants since his €41m move from Bordeaux this summer, making just two substitute appearances thus far.

Barcelona braced for Cillessen exit as they eye Athletic’s Remiro | Goal
Barcelona have started to scour the market for a new goalkeeper, with Goal of the understanding that Alex Remiro of Athletic Club is a preferred option. The Camp Nou giants currently have two experienced international performers on their books in the form of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jasper Cillessen.

Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong would love to join Barcelona - Jasper Cillessen | ESPN
Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has said Ajax duo Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong would be keen to play for the club. Sources have told ESPN FC that Barca are interested in singing De Ligt and De Jong as they target a new centre-back and midfielder, with reports saying they could cost up to €130 million.

Barcelona planning for short-term defensive reinforcement | Marca
Eric Abidal is preparing to assess the winter transfer market with an eye towards a short-term defensive fix for Barcelona, should Samuel Umtiti be unable to avoid surgery on his knee injury.

Jordi Cardoner and Leo Messi attend groundbreaking of SJD Pediatric Cancer Center in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Jordi Cardoner, first vice-president of the Barça Foundation, and Leo Messi, captain of the FC Barcelona football team, attended an institutional event today to lay the first stone of the SJD Pediatric Cancer Center Barcelona in the Education Building at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu.

Araujo and Wague now have documents to play for Barça B | Sport
Barça B coach García Pimienta now has two new signings for the season: Uruguayan centre-back Ronald Araujo and Senegal right-back Moussa Wague. SPORT revealed two weeks ago that the two players had problems getting their paper work through, but the club have now confirmed everything is in order.

La Liga president says proposed tax reforms could see elite players leave | ESPN
La Liga risks losing some of its leading players if tax reforms proposed by the Spanish government go ahead, league president Javier Tebas has warned. In a letter seen by Reuters and addressed to every club in Spain’s top flight, Tebas declared the league’s opposition to the government’s budget draft for 2019 which he says could cost the 20 clubs a combined €80 million.