Barcelona can benefit from five new ‘signings’ for the UCL. Frenkie de Jong is fit, Sergi Roberto rejuvenated in midfield and Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig and Ronald Araujo all ready.
Quique Setien has given Barcelona players the week off before the team will return to start preparations for the Champions League.
Antoine Griezmann has been given permission to go on holiday even though he’s still recovering from injury. The Frenchman will be accompanied by a physiotherapist.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have flown out to Ibiza, Gerard Pique is in Iceland and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto and Umtiti have also left for a week’s break.
Barcelona are not interested in signing Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal despite reports they could be tempted with a swap deal that would also involve Philippe Coutinho.
Riqui Puig has taken Arthur’s spot in the Barcelona squad in recent weeks and has outshone the Brazilian with his energy and dynamism in attack.