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FC Barcelona News: 18 January 2021; Barça lose Supercopa, Junior Firpo could leave in January

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A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona - Spanish Super Cup Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Barça 2-3 Athletic Club: Painful defeat - FC Barcelona
A double from Antoine Griezmann wasn’t enough to win Barça another Spanish Super Cup title owing to goals from Oscar de Marcos, Asier Villalibre and an extra-time strike from Iñaki Williams.

Marcelino: "The credit goes to the players" - Football Espana
Athletic were the better side throughout the game and earned a magnificent victory to start the Marcelino era with a bang. They twice came from a goal behind to win 3-2. Marcelino was, unsurprisingly, in high spirits in post-match comments carried by Marca. “I’ve been in Bilbao for only a short time, but the truth is that it’s been productive,” he said.

Ronald Koeman: "It's not a step backwards" - Football Espana
Koeman, in post-game comments carried by Marca, was keen to underline that it was just a standalone game rather than a harbinger of doom. “It’s not a step backwards,” he said.

Antoine Griezmann: "We didn't defend well, we didn't communicate" - Football Espana
Antoine Griezmann, scorer of two of Barcelona’s goals, was understandably rather upset in his post match comments

Alaves eye Barcelona squad player in January loan switch - Football Espana
La Liga side Alaves are rumoured to be considering a shock January loan offer for Barcelona squad man Matheus Fernandes. Fernandes has failed to make a La Liga appearance for Barcelona this season following his eventual summer arrival at the Camp Nou.

Soon-to-be free agent Gini Wijnaldum linked with Barcelona move - Football Espana
The Dutch midfielder’s contract with the English champions is due to expire this June 30th and he’s long been a target of Ronald Koeman at Barcelona. Wijnaldum worked under Koeman with the Dutch national team.

Barcelona tell Arsenal Neto Murara is going nowhere on loan - Football Espana
Barcelona have told Arsenal that he’ll only be able to leave Catalonia for a good figure and a loan deal isn’t on the cards. The Brazilian goalkeeper signed a four-year deal with Barcelona when he joined from Valencia in 2019.

Napoli interested in out-of-favour Barcelona defender - Football Espana
Italian side Napoli are said to have initiated contact with Barcelona over the signing of Junior Firpo according to a report in Mundo Deportivo. The Blaugrana are unlikely to bring anybody into the club this January but there could be outgoings.

Eric Garcia will not sign for Barcelona this January - Football Espana
An agreement had been in place with the player and was close to being agreed with City, but the deal was nixed by the candidates. Barcelona will instead have to wait until the end of the season, when Garcia’s contract with City expires, for his arrival.