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FC Barcelona News: 4 January 2020; Squad Named for Espanyol, Interest Shown in Moussa Wague

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The derby squad | FC Barcelona
The good news is that Ansu Fati has been declared fully fit and available for selection, and has indeed been included in the list of 18. He joins Nelson Semedo, Piqué, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio, Suárez, Messi, Neto, Lenglet, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti and Junior Firpo, together with Iñaki Peña and Carles Pérez of Barça B.

PREVIEW: Espanyol v Barça | FC Barcelona
The festive break is over and FC Barcelona return to action on Saturday (RCDE Stadium, 9.00pm CET) with a local derby to start the year against RCD Espanyol. The city rivals could not be further apart going into the game. The blaugrana are two points clear at the top of the table, while the parakeets are rooted to the bottom and have brought in Abelardo Fernández in the hope that the former Barça defender can manage the team to recovery.

Arturo Vidal’s Barcelona lawsuit won’t affect playing status - boss | ESPN
Midfielder Arturo Vidal’s decision to sue Barcelona over a dispute about bonus payments will not affect his standing in the team, coach Ernesto Valverde said. The Chilean’s lawyers have filed a complaint to Spain’s player’s union (AFE) citing an unpaid bonus of €2.4 million ($2.68 million).

The lowdown on RCD Espanyol | FC Barcelona
Hans Gamper sparked a football craze in the city when he founded FC Barcelona in 1899, and within a year a number of other teams had started playing the game too. Originally set up by university students, the ‘Spanish Football Society’ is the only one that has survived to the present day.

Milan in Barcelona to sign Jean-Clair Todibo | Football Espana
Milan officials are in Barcelona to conclude the transfer of defender Jean-Clair Todibo, according to multiple reports. Both Diario AS and El Mundo Deportivo are running reports that a delegation from the Milanese giants including sporting director Frederic Massara are in the Catalan capital.

Ernesto Valverde did not want Carles Aleña to join Real Betis on loan | Sport
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has revealed he would have preferred Carles Aleña not to have joined Real Betis on loan this month. The midfielder has moved to Betis until the end of the season in search of regular first-team football, something he was not getting at Camp Nou.

Italian side Torino interested in Barcelona right-back Wague | Sport
The January transfer window is open and there is plenty of interest in Barcelona’s players. Torino are the latest club to show an interest in someone, with the Italian club keen to take right-back Moussa Wague on loan.

Valverde praises reported Barcelona target Olmo | Goal
Ernesto Valverde has admitted he admires Dani Olmo as Barcelona continue to be linked with a big-money move for the Dinamo Zagreb winger. Olmo has caught the eye in Croatian domestic football and carried his form into the Champions League, with a host of Europe’s top clubs scouting him.

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