Luis Suárez: ‘We have an appealing month ahead’ | FC Barcelona
A few weeks ago saw the fifth anniversary of the debut of Luis Suárez, who is the fourth top scorer in the history of Barça with 185 goals. He’s currently only nine away from Ladislau Kubala, the third on the podium. The forward reviews his five years at Barça in an interview with the club media, his friendship with Leo Messi and the immediate future for the first team, an end to the year with some with exciting games expected.
Griezmann: I knew coming to Barcelona would be difficult | Marca
Antoine Griezmann has admitted that he expected it to be tough to settle in at Barcelona following his move from Atletico Madrid. The Frenchman has produced flashes of quality, but has yet to light it up in Blaugrana colours.
‘Dembele is a bandit!’ - Ex-Dortmund scout Mislintat defends Barcelona winger’s ‘successful’ transfer | Goal
Former Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal scout Sven Mislintat has backed Barcelona’s out-of-sorts winger Ousmane Dembele, as the Frenchman struggles to make an impression at Camp Nou. Dembele, now 22, spent one season in the Bundesliga in 2016-17, and scored in the final that year as Dortmund won the DFB-Pokal.
Henry and Bojan, together again at Montreal Impact | FC Barcelona
Thierry Henry and Bojan Krkic are back together, at Montreal Impact. The Frenchman has been announced as the new coach of the Canadian team, and it means that Henry and Bojan will be in the same team for the first time since their stage at FC Barcelona when they shared the dressing room between 2007/08 and 2009/10.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: El Clasico should have been played | Football Espana
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has dismissed claims extra rest will benefit his side over Real Madrid for December’s El Clasico. The match had been scheduled to be played at the Blaugrana’s Camp Nou stadium on 26 October but due to the current volatility of the political situation in Catalonia, La Liga asked that the game be reversed to Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Sergio Ramos rails on Real Madrid’s short rest before Clasico | ESPN
Madrid will have 29 hours less to prepare for the league game at the Camp Nou than Barcelona. Barcelona’s last game before the clash will be at Real Sociedad on Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. local time while Madrid host Valencia on Dec 15 at 9 p.m. local time.
Barcelona not considering Riqui Puig selection | Football Espana
Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig is not being considered for first-team action by Ernesto Valverde, according to Diario AS. The central midfielder has not featured for the Blaugrana this season and Estadio Deportivo recently cited El Mundo Deportivo in claiming Real Betis, Ajax, Eibar and Real Zaragoza all unsuccessfully attempted to land him this summer.
Movistar: Atletico Madrid offer 40 million for Ivan Rakitic | Sport
Atletico Madrid will push for Ivan Rakitic. Per Movistar, the Rojiblancos are going to lodge a 40 million euro offer for Barcelona’s Croatian central midfielder. He is not getting much game time at Camp Nou this season and will likely leave in the winter transfer window.
Sun: Tottenham want Philippe Coutinho | Sport
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham want Barcelona’s Brazilian mdifielder Philippe Coutinho. The playmaker is currently on loan at Bayern Munich. Per The Sun, Spurs - who once wanted to sign Coutinho - are interested in him again, with the idea that he would join next summer.
Calciomercato: PSG interested in Samuel Umtiti | Sport
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is on PSG’s transfer wishlist. According to Calciomercato.com, PSG sporting director Leonardo is interested in the defender’s contractual and physical situation. The Brazilian likes Umtiti, who isn’t getting regular game time for Barca, largely because of his injury problems.
Barcelona are in the market for a centre-back | Marca
While there are still plenty of months to go until the summer transfer window opens, Barcelona are already looking towards shaping their squad for next season. Bolstering the defence is a priority, with the Catalan club almost certainly after a right-back to compete with Nelson Semedo and allow Sergi Roberto to move into midfield.