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FC Barcelona News: 14 December 2018; Malcom Returns to Training, Gerard Pique Linked with FC Andorra

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Malcom returns to training with Barcelona | Marca
Barcelona have some positive news regarding the fitness of their players as Malcom has returned to training with the group as the Azulgrana prepare for their LaLiga Santander clash with Levante.

Valverde will give his players a holiday until Dec 30 | Marca
A week’s holiday for the upcoming Christmas period - that will be extended to three more days in the case of South American players - is the length of time Ernesto Valverde will allow his staff to be off and spending time with their families.

Juventus ‘ahead of Barcelona’ for Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt | Football Espana
Barcelona are fearful that Juventus are in pole position to sign Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, according to Diario Sport. The report states that the Catalan giants believe the Italian giants have told Ajax they will pay €80m for the central defender – a figure that cannot be matched by Barca.

Ajax midfielder De Jong really close to joining Barcelona next summer | Sport
In summer they tried to sign him. Ajax rejected an offer of 50 million euros. Barça wanted to tie him down in case Ivan Rakitic accepted an offer from PSG, which he ended up rejecting. But Ajax rejected all attempts to sign De Jong, preferring to keep him for another year, as well as defender De Ligt, with the objective of going far in the Champions League and winning the Dutch league.

Arsenal, Chelsea to battle for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez | Football Espana
Midfielder Denis Suarez will leave Barcelona this January with Arsenal and Chelsea both keen on a deal, according to Marca. The 24-year-old had been strongly linked with a move away from the Camp Nou but despite remaining at the club, he only played 32 minutes of first-team football this season outside of the Copa del Rey.

Messi, Pjanic or Neymar? Top 15 free-kick scorers of last five years | Goal
The Argentine is one of the world’s top exponents of one of football’s trickiest arts, and just seems to be getting better in that respect, as he showed with two stunning efforts to down Espanyol in a one-sided derby victory for the Catalans last weekend.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique linked with interest in buying FC Andorra | ESPN
FC Andorra have confirmed they are in discussions with potential investors to sell their club, amid growing speculation that Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is in line to acquire the Spanish fifth division side. Cadena Cope reports that Pique -- president and founder of Kosmos Holding, a sports and media investment group -- is prepared to buy the club, which is situated in the Principality of Andorra.

Arthur and Felipe Araújo meet up in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Brazilian singer-songwriter Felipe Araújo was at the Camp Nou by special invite of LaLiga to appear in the social networks of a competition. And while he was here, he even sung a few of his ditties on the pitch before heading off to the Ciutat Esportiva to catch up with an old friend – his compatriot and Barça first team star Arthur.

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