New manager Quique Setien has made a change to this week’s training schedule. The team will train on Thursday morning (11am CET), Friday evening (6pm), Saturday morning (11am) and Sunday morning (12pm) before the game against Granada on Sunday evening.
Barcelona are hoping to poach 18-year-old striker Marcos Paulo from Fluminense. José Mari Bakero has already met with the youngster’s family, but Real Madrid are said to be keeping tabs on the situation.
Arthur has been back in full training this week with Barcelona and could play against Granada. The Brazilian has struggled with injury recently but is back to full fitness and may be needed as Frenkie de Jong is suspended.
Lionel Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or trophy is now on display in the Barcelona museum. The captain won the award in December and it joins his five other trophies from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 on display.
Quique Setien’s son has been talking about the moment he found out about his father signing for Barcelona. He said: “I had already seen things on social media. I was playing Fortnite with my friends and my father called me to tell me he had signed. I don’t know if he dreamt of it, but it’s what he’s always wanted, that’s for sure. It’s a great joy for him.”
Gus Poyet says Barcelona don’t need to buy a replacement for Luis Suarez because they already have Antoine Griezmann. He explained: “The Suarez situation is 100 per cent similar to Harry Kane’s injury at Tottenham, there is no difference. They have a player in the club who can replace him in Griezmann so I wouldn’t be too desperate to find a striker. It is a matter of what Quique Setien wants.”