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FC Barcelona News: 24 January 2020; Barcelona Get Copa del Rey Opponent, Striker Chase Continues

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Leganés, the opponents in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 | FC Barcelona
Barça have drawn Leganés in the Copa del Rey Round of 16, after having knocked out Ibiza in the previous round. The new format of the competition means that the tie is one leg only, and it will be played at Camp Nou. The date is to be confirmed, but the match will be played on either January 28, 29 or 30.

De Jong: ‘We want to win everything’ | FC Barcelona
“We want to win every trophy.” Frenkie de Jong was emphatic about the team’s ambitions for this season, speaking at the launch of the new training kit at the Nike Store in Las Ramblas. “Everyone wants to win the Champions League, but we want to win the league and cup too.”

Griezmann is misunderstood at Barcelona, but his impact on the team is already immense | ESPN
If every Barcelona player had worked as hard and as selflessly as Antoine Griezmann this season, Ernesto Valverde would still be in a job. It’s ironic because El Txingurri’s fate as Barca boss was 99% sealed when he substituted Griezmann with Barca 2-1 up in the derby match against Espanyol at the start of the month.

Griezmann plans to make history alongside Messi at Barcelona | Goal
Antoine Griezmann considers Lionel Messi to be “the strongest player in the world” and intends to “write history” alongside the mercurial Argentine at Barcelona. The France international forward has overcome a slow opening to his time at Camp Nou to start delivering the goods on a more regular basis.

Barcelona players go easy on Messi in training, nobody wants to hurt him - Todibo | Goal
Barcelona players “go easy” on Lionel Messi on the training pitch, according to Jean-Clair Todibo, who has spent that last year playing alongside the Argentine at Camp Nou. Messi remains the Blaugrana’s most influential player and leader, with very few signs of decline being shown despite the fact he is now approaching his 33rd birthday.

Barça go all in on Valencia’s Rodrigo & rule out Arsenal’s Aubameyang | Sport
Right now, the top target is Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno. The two clubs have held talks over the last few days over a deal for the Spain international. The contact between Jorge Mendes, the player’s agent, and the Los Che hierarchy has been constant in a bid to close a deal.

Chelsea’s Giroud enters the scene as Barça’s striker search goes on | Sport
The name of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has gained momentum as the solution to Barcelona’s striking problems in recent days. The France forward, 33, is not in Frank Lampard’s plans and could leave this month.

FC Barcelona celebrates Chinese New Year with animated video starring its players | FC Barcelona
For the seventh year running, the club has congratulated its fans in the Asian country on this important day of their year, which in 2020 is commemorating the Year of the Rat. Short film stars Leo Messi, Luis Suárez, Antoine Griezmann and Marc André Ter Stegen of the men’s team, plus Lieke Martens of Barça Women

Louie Barry leaves Barcelona for Aston Villa | Marca
Aston Villa have completed a deal for Barcelona youngster Louie Barry for a fee of around one million euros. The 16-year-old moved to La Masia from West Bromwich Albion in July 2019, but his time with the Blaugrana wasn’t as expected as he made just seven league appearances, scoring twice.

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