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FC Barcelona News: 28 January 2021; Barça defeat Rayo Vallecano, Contact made over José Gayà

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

FC Barcelona v Valencia CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Barça: Safely through to the quarters - FC Barcelona
Second division Rayo Vallecano proved a very tough opponent to break down in Wednesday’s Copa de Rey tie. Barça may have dominated but the opening goal just didn’t want to come, and were made to pay when the home side ended up scoring first.

Messi surpasses Samitier as the Barça player with the most Copa del Rey matches played - FC Barcelona
This Wednesday, in Vallecas, Leo Messi has surpassed Barça legend, Josep Samitier, in the list of FC Barcelona players with the most matches played in the history of the Copa del Rey. Messi now has 76 appearances in the competition, one more than the player of exactly a century ago.

Ronald Koeman on Frenkie de Jong: "He's more complete now than when he played for Ajax" - Football Espana
Barcelona beat Segunda side Rayo Vallecano 2-1 this evening at Vallecas to progress to the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey. The competition is more important than usual to Barcelona given they’re off the pace in La Liga and unconvincing in Europe.

Barça midfielder De Jong: “We're growing every week & in every game” - SPORT
De Jong is enjoying the more advanced role that coach Ronald Koeman has handed to him. "I am getting into the area more and for that reason I am scoring more goals," he told Barça TV. "Although it's a little soon to say I have added that aspect to my game."

Barcelona closely monitoring Argentine wonderkid - Football Espana
Barcelona are continuing to follow the progress of Argentine wonderkid Thiago Almada according to journalist Nico de la Rua and carried by Diario Sport. The 19 year-old, currently at Velez Sarsfield, is the subject of interest from a host of European clubs, with Marseille said to be intent on taking him across the Atlantic this transfer window.

Esport 3: Barcelona make contact with Valencia for left-back Gaya - SPORT
Barcelona are targeting Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya, according to a report on Catalan television channel Esport 3. Barça have supposedly already been in contact with Valencia to sound out the terms of a possible deal for the Spain defender.