PREVIEW | Inter v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Champions League returns and Barça travel to Italy to face Inter Milan in the final group game of this season’s competition (Tuesday, December 20, 9.00pm CET). Barça already have 11 points, while the Italians are tied on seven with Borussia Dortmund. Irrespective of the result against Inter, Ernesto Valverde’s side will be in the draw for the Round of 16 for the 13th consecutive season.
Neto’s return to Italy will bring his Barcelona debut | Marca
Neto will play his first official game with Barcelona on Tuesday at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the Champions League encounter against Inter. Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be rested as the Blaugrana have already secured both qualification to the next round and their group’s top spot.
Barcelona to get a glimpse of their bleak Messi-less future | Goal
“I am worried about the day Messi retires,” said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu last week. And, although the club’s leader has his detractors, this time he spoke for them too. Bartomeu also spoke for the football world, anxious to savour every last moment Lionel Messi has to offer before he eventually decides to hang up his boots.
Dortmund annoyed that Messi & Ter Stegen won’t play against Inter | Sport
Borussia Dortmund were annoyed to learn that Lionel Messi is not even in the squad for Barcelona’s trip to Inter and that Marc-Andre ter Stegen will not play in goal. The German club’s Champions League hopes hang on Barça getting something against Inter on Tuesday, while they must better the Italian side’s result against Slavia Prague to reach the last 16.
El Clasico to be postponed? Tsunami Democratic protest threatens Barcelona vs Real Madrid | Goal
Barcelona’s home match against Real Madrid, scheduled for December 18, has been pushed into doubt due to a communique released by Tsunami Democratic on Tuesday. The fixture was initially scheduled to be played on October 26 but was cancelled due to fears of political unrest, which had been generated by violent clashes around Catalunya.
Lautaro Martinez’s agents are reportedly in Milan to meet with Barcelona | Marca
Lautaro Martinez’s agents will reportedly meet with Barcelona directors in Milan this week, with the Blaugrana taking on Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Argentine striker’s name has emerged as a potential future replacement for Luis Suarez, who will turn 33 years old in January.
Barcelona put off by Lautaro Martinez’s €100m price tag - sources | ESPN
Barcelona consider Lautaro Martinez the perfect heir to Luis Suarez but sources have told ESPN that the club are looking at more affordable alternatives after being put off by Inter Milan’s €100 million-plus price tag. The Spanish champions have been searching for a long-term replacement for Suarez -- who turns 33 in January and has acknowledged the club’s need for a succession plan -- for over a year.
AC Milan told that Barça defender Todibo will cost them 12 million euros | Sport
Todibo, who signed for Barcelona for one million euros, plus two more in add-ons, could leave the club for 12 million. Despite having a release clause fixed at 150 million and a contract until 2023, the club are prepared to sell for much less.