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FC Barcelona News: 17 January 2019; Carlos Vela the latest striker linked

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Barça’s ‘secret’ No.9 target is Mexican Carlos Vela | Sport

Barcelona’s secret option as a back-up striker is Carlos Vela, according to Cadena SER. The Mexican is Barca’s top target this month, ahead of Alvaro Morata who is also wanted by Atletico Madrid.

Morata is Barca’s first option | Mundo Deportivo

However, Mundo Deportivo reckon that Morata is actually Barca’s top choice this winter. The striker is seen as a low-cost option who has experience of La Liga, but he’s not the only option.

Alvaro Morata nears move to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea | Sky Sports

In the UK the news is that Morata is close to a move to Atletico Madrid. The striker is keen to return to the Spanish capital, but the deal depends on the Blues being able to bring in a replacement. Chelsea are confident they can land Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus.

Malcom ‘seeking exit from Barcelona’ | Football Espana

Malcom is reportedly seeking a way out of Barcelona, according to Cadena Cope. The Brazilian has been left out of the Copa del Rey squad, and there is interest from clubs in England, Italy and China.

No doubt Valverde and Alba will stay at Barcelona, says Bartomeu | Goal

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident both Ernesto Valverde and Jordi Alba will stay at the club. On Alba he said: “Of course he will continue. We are already working with him for a long renewal, for the next five years.”

Bartomeu: We have to sign a forward for present and future | Sport

Bartomeu also says the club need to buy a striker for now and the future. He said: “We have to get used to teams not only planning for the current season, but also the future. What are we doing now? Well, [a forward] for the present and the future.”

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