Barcelona are reportedly interested in bringing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette to the Camp Nou in the summer. The Catalan giants watched him during Arsenal’s Europa League win over Valencia and have been impressed by the French forward.
Alex Collado made his Barcelona debut on Saturday against Celta Vigo and revealed what Ernesto Valverde told him before he took to the pitch. He said: “I was more nervous in the warm-up. Ernesto Valverde is a fantastic coach, he knows how to manage the dressing room and that’s not easy. He always tells me to play like I do in the B team.”
UEFA have announced that Cuneyt Cakir will referee the second leg of Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday. The match official has taken charge of plenty of Barca games in his career, most recently the 0-0 draw against Lyon in the last 16.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been asked if there are plans to build a statue of Lionel Messi at the renovated Camp Nou. He said: “There will be 10 of them! I wouldn’t even give him the Ballon d’Or. He’s beyond that now, in a category of his own. There are great players, but he’s in a different dimension.”
Carles Alena spoke about the injuries to Jean-Clair Todibo and Ousmane Dembele after Saturday’s defeat to Celta. He said: “The worst news is the injuries, no doubt. Dembele is a really important player for the final stage of the season and we hope it’s nothing serious.”
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has written an emotional letter to Iker Casillas telling him to retire after his recent heart attack. Valdes tells Casillas to hang up his his boots as “it is your legacy that defines you, and this is already history.”