Lionel Messi will hit a milestone against Real Madrid on Wednesday. The Barcelona captain will make his 40th appearance in a Clasico and has scored 26 goals in 39 appearances against Los Blancos so far.
Ernesto Valverde will also reach a landmark as he takes charge of Barcelona for the 100th time on Wednesday. The Barca boss has a win percentage of 67.7% and his won 67, drawn 23 and has lost only nine of his games in charge so far.
Barcelona expect to sell Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez in the summer and hope to receive more than €40 million from the sale of the two players. The money will be reinvested in the squad with back-ups for Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba needed and possibly a replacement for Jasper Cillessen.
Referee Hernandez Hernandez will officiate Saturday’s La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sitting in the VAR control room will be Antonio Mateu Lahoz. The Copa del Rey Clasico will be refereed by Sánchez Martínez.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid want to sign Giovani Lo Celso who is currently on loan at Real Betis from Paris Saint-Germain. Betis have an option to buy and want to take it up, while Barca are willing to include Juan Miranda in the deal.
An EU court has thrown out a tax ruling against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna. A 2016 ruling said the club needs to repay €5 million in taxes after enjoying a preferential rate. However, that has now been annulled and the clubs are off the hook.
Barcelona have shortlisted Ajax goalkeeper André Onana as a target in case Jasper Cillessen leaves in the summer. The 22-year-old is expected to cost around €20 million, although Barcelona would try to negotiate that fee if they do attempt to bring Onana back to the Camp Nou.