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FC Barcelona News: 20 March 2019; Barcelona Make Matthijs de Ligt Offer, Explore Ajax Collaboration Link

Ajax v SL Benfica - UEFA Champions League Group E Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s hat trick vs. Betis wasn’t his best, but a timely reminder of how brilliant he is | ESPN
It’s a remarkable thing when a sportsperson produces a moment of exceptional all-time achievement, but the reaction to that excelsior moment becomes almost as powerful as the event itself. I’d argue that Lionel Messi fused those wonderful, human themes together on Sunday night: immense action followed by extraordinary reaction.

The final sprint for La Liga | FC Barcelona
Following the latest international stoppage, La Liga heads into the home stretch, with just ten matches remaining. FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, and Real Madrid will be battling it out to see who gets to hoist this year’s trophy.

10 stats where Barça top La Liga | FC Barcelona
Not just the leader in the League, FC Barcelona are top in a series of individual and collective statistics from the domestic competition.

The international agenda for Barça players | FC Barcelona
The players that will be taking part are Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Sergio (Spain), Carles Aleñá (Spain U21), Arthur, Coutinho (Brazil), Umtiti (France), Todibo (France U20) Messi (Argentina), Vidal (Chile), Murillo (Colombia ), Ter Stegen (Germany), Cillessen (Netherlands), Rakitic (Croatia), Semedo (Portugal) and Vermaelen (Belgium).

De Jong’s mother: At Barcelona, he’ll continue to be a normal boy | Marca
Frenkie de Jong’s incredible display against Real Madrid in the Champions League was essentially his first act as a Barcelona player, the fans will revere him for his part in eliminating Los Blancos, however his own mother has made clear moving to the Blaugrana won’t change the 21-year-old.

Barcelona and Ajax explore a collaboration link between them | Sport
The idea of reading a collaboration is about Barca having priority to sign players that come through at Ajax while they will enjoy loans from Barca which will help them greatly in the Dutch division. Barca have a great academy but many players must head out on loan to get minutes and Ajax would be their preferred destination.

Barcelona offer 60 million for Matthijs de Ligt | Sport
Barcelona believe they can seal the signing of Matthijs de Ligt within a month. The Catalans have been playing their cards and have launched their final offensive for the Ajax player after the Dutch side beat Real Madrid in the Champions League. Once they saw his determination to join them, they formalised their offer.

Carles Puyol: Yerry Mina unlucky at Barcelona | Football Espana
Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol believes Everton central defender Yerry Mina was unlucky during his stint at the Catalan club. The Colombian defender only lasted seven months at the Blaugrana following a January transfer from Brazilian club Palmeiras, before joining the English side.

Barcelona want Danish teen Andreas Skov | Football Espana
Barcelona are scouting FC Nordsjaelland winger and Denmark Under-21 international Andreas Skov Olsen, report El Mundo Deportivo. The 19-year-old has risen to prominence by netting his 11 goals in his first half-season in senior football despite his tender age.

‘Let them keep talking’ - Denis Suarez’s defiant message amid rumour Arsenal plan to cancel loan | Goal
Denis Suarez has appeared to respond to the rumours suggesting his loan spell with Arsenal is about to be cancelled as he sent a cryptic message on social media. The midfielder only joined the Gunners on a temporary deal in the January transfer window, although he has made just six substitute appearances since arriving in north London.

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