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FC Barcelona News: 24 August 2018; Jokin Ezkieta Replaces Jasper Cillessen, Paco Alcacer Close to Borussia Dortmund

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Barca’s Alcacer set for Dortmund | Football Espana
Borussia Dortmund have struck a deal to sign Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer on a loan deal with an option to buy, say multiple reports. A range of Catalan media outlets including Diario Sport, El Mundo Deportivo and RAC1 say a deal has been struck to allow the striker to join the German giants.

Messi’s goals in Valladolid | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi always looks for new challenges. On Saturday, the Argentinian star will have another chance to score at Valladolid’s stadium, where he has scored twice so far. The first came in the 2009/10 season in a game the blaugranes won 3-0. His most recent strike was scored in 2012/13 in a 3-1 win, following a fantastic team move led by Xavi.

When and where to watch Valladolid v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona follow opening day victory against Alavés with the first road trip of the Liga campaign – to newly promoted Real Valladolid. It’s a 10.15pm kick-off local time, which is the same slot as last week’s game, so it shouldn’t be too hard to work out when the action starts where you are. But here’s a reminder – plus the regional broadcasters that are showing the match.

Valverde calls up Barça B keeper Jokin Ezkieta for the Valladolid match | Sport
Barça B goalkeeper, Jokin Ezkieta, was called up to train with the first team this Thursday to cover the loss of Jasper Cillessen. After the Dutch stopper suffering a rib injury, Ezkieta is the man expected to take over the role of reserve keeper until Jasper has recovered.

Busquets declares Barcelona & La Liga players to be united against overseas fixtures | Goal
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets says the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) is united against a move to play La Liga matches in the United States. One top-flight fixture per season is due to be staged on US soil starting next term as part of a 15-year agreement designed to promote the competition’s global appeal.

Vidal: Madrid triumphs with no VAR | Football Espana
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has claimed Real Madrid would not have won the Champions League in the past two seasons had VAR been used. Having arrived at the Camp Nou from Bayern Munich this summer, the Chilean claimed his former employers were undone by incorrect officiating decisions in their two recent knockout eliminations to Madrid.

Kevin Kampl emerges as possible Barça alternative to De Jong | Sport
Barça have not been left with their arms crossed, though, and have another name: Kevin Kampl, a 27-year-old Slovenian international who plays for German side Leipzig and has been linked with Atletico Madrid.