No Barca Offer For Bellerin

Barca is also seeking to bring in two centre-backs this summer. Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos is a long-time target for the Catalan club, but Goal understands he is close to signing a new deal with PSG.


Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez and Ajax defender Davidson Sanchez are the two most likely at the moment, while Palmeiras centre-back Yerry Mina is set to arrive in January 2018, so Barca could wait instead of signing two centre-backs in the summer.




Barcelona’s Strategy To Beat Down Suarez’s Fee – Ian Ayre

Former Liverpool CEO, Ian Ayre, has revealed how Barcelona tried to reduce the transfer fee for Luis Suarez, after he bit Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

The Uruguayan striker was banned for four months for the incident, but within 10 days, Barca agreed on a £75million fee to take him to the Camp Nou.

Ayre, who has now left Anfield, speaking at a lecture at Liverpool John Moores University, opened up on how negotiations for some big transfers went.

“The hardest one out has to be Suarez, because of a) nobody wanted him to leave and b) halfway through the process he bit somebody at the World Cup,” Ayre said.

“I remember the sporting director of Barcelona calling me during that game, immediately as Suarez bit the player, and he said to me “my friend, he’s bitten somebody, how can this be the price?”

“I said “he’d already bitten somebody when you first bid.”‘

At the end of the 2012-13 season, Suarez was handed a 10-game ban for a bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

We Have Another Chance To Create History – Luis Enrique

Its important for the Barcelona team to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

“We need to score fewer goals,” said an upbeat Enrique facing what could be his last European game in charge. “But bearing in mind the opponent could have chances and the goal can come at any moment, our objective is to score five.”

Enrique foresaw Barca’s recovery in the last 16, claiming an attack laced with the potential of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar was capable of scoring six against the French champions.

And he called for an expected near 100,000 crowds to play their part as they did against PSG.

“We don’t have anything to lose. We are free from pressure. Juventus have the semi-finals in their pocket and will have to decide whether to sit back or attack,” he added.

“We only have one option which is to attack, attack and attack again.

“I am sure that if we score the first goal, the Camp Nou will score the second and the third will come of its own accord.”

“Perfect game”
Barca captain Andres Iniesta was more cautious in his optimism, recognizing the first leg in Turin had been “a terrible result.”

However, he believes Barca have the potential to at least create some doubt in Juventus minds.

“Nowadays teams respect us a lot. I am convinced they know we can cause them problems,” said Iniesta.

“We have the potential, the players and reason to believe we can turn this tie around or at least get close to it.

“We need to create doubts so at some point they see the tie is in danger.

“Everything depends on playing a perfect game in every sense.”

Barca scored three times in the final two minutes plus stoppage time as PSG froze in a grandstand finish six weeks ago.

And Enrique insisted Barca can’t lose belief even if the goals don’t come early against a Juventus defence that has conceded just two in nine Champions League games this season.

“Don’t leave in the 80th minute,” he said in a message to the fans.

“We are going to try until the end. Those of us who experienced the game against PSG have another chance to experience a historic night.

“We have seen that Barca can score three goals in three minutes so we will stay together until the 95th minute.”

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini won his latest battle with Luis Suarez in the first leg after the Uruguayan famously bit the Italian at the 2014 World Cup.

Chiellini scored his side’s third goal a week ago after Paulo Dybala’s early double and insists Juventus will need all their experience to stand up to Barca’s “sharks”.

“We will have to play without fear because they are like sharks – they smell blood and they finish you off,” he told Sky Sports Italia.

The visitors were handed a big injury boost as Dybala has been passed fit to play despite picking up an ankle injury in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Pescara.

Barca will welcome back Iniesta and Neymar from the side that beat Real Sociedad 3-2 at the weekend with Messi’s double in that match taking him within two of 500 goals for the club.


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Neymar Recieved A Ban From Three Matches

Barcelona star Neymar will miss the Clasico after receiving a three-match ban following his red card against Malaga, dealing a big blow to the Catalans who lie three points behind Real Madrid having played a game more than their rivals.

The Brazilian forward was dismissed for two yellow cards against the Andalusians on Saturday, earning an automatic one match suspension, but his punishment was increased because he sarcastically applauded the fourth official as he walked down the tunnel.

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano noted the incident in his report. The three-match suspension rules him out of the game against Real Sociedad on April 15, the Clasico against Real Madrid on April 23 and Barcelona’s home game against Osasuna on April 26.

Neymar saw his first yellow card when he obstructed a Malaga free kick by tying his laces in front of the ball. The second came for a foul on Roberto Rosales.

It was the first red card of Neymar’s career at Barcelona and the team’s first dismissal of the season in any competition.

Barcelona Fall to Shock Defeat

Barcelona missed the chance to move level on points with Real Madrid in LaLiga as they were shocked 2-0 by Malaga, with Neymar dismissed.

Neymar was sent off as Barcelona’s title hopes suffered a shock setback with a 2-0 defeat against Malaga in Saturday’s LaLiga encounter at La Rosaleda.

Luis Enrique’s men would have moved level on points with Real Madrid with a win following the capital side’s earlier draw against Atletico Madrid, but the Catalans endured a miserable evening as they returned home empty-handed instead.

Sandro Ramirez dealt his former club’s hopes of going top of the league a blow before the break when he made the most of some poor defending from Jeremy Mathieu.

And things went from bad to worse after the interval with a second booking for Neymar – his first red card in LaLiga – following a reckless foul on Diego Llorente near the corner flag.

Jony then added a second in stoppage time at the end of counter-attack as the champions chased a way back into the game that never materialised.

Barcelona had every reason to be confident heading into the encounter, having gone unbeaten at the Rosaleda in the league since 2003, but the scoreless draw from the reverse fixture was an indication that Malaga would not be pushovers.

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Michel’s men drew extra confidence from their 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon in midweek, thus ending a six-game winless streak, and they frustrated Barcelona for a second time in 2016-17 following a strong display, Sandro and Jony the heroes for the hosts.

The result means Barcelona remain three points off the pace, while leaders Madrid still have a game in hand.

Barcelona were in charge right from the off and Luis Suarez came close to handing the Catalans the lead in the 16th minute. The Uruguay international did well to bring down Jordi Alba’s long ball after beating the offside trap, only to then aim a shot straight at goalkeeper Carlos Kameni from inside the area.

Malaga slowly grew into the game from there on and Recio could have handed his side a surprise lead halfway through the first half after a poor pass from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the midfielder aimed wide from 30 yards out as the Barcelona goalkeeper was fortunate not to be punished for his sloppy play.

And the hosts did go a goal up when Sandro found the net following a rapid counterattack in the 32nd minute, beating Ter Stegen with a low shot at the near post after some unconvincing defending from Mathieu.

Barcelona continued to dominate possession after the break, but they nearly went two goals down in the 57th minute after Sandro did well to set up Juanpi in a dangerous position, the Venezuelan midfielder aiming a shot straight at Ter Stegen.

A superb individual moment from Neymar then almost resulted in the equaliser on the hour mark, but the winger saw his shot from a narrow angle hit the upright before bouncing wide for a goalkick.

The Brazilian’s frustrations got the better of him in the 65th minute and referee Jesus Gil Manzano saw no other option but to show the attacker his second yellow card of the evening after a reckless challenge on Llorente.

Malaga thought they had doubled their lead when Adalberto Penaranda had the ball in the net after a quick break, but the goal was questionably chalked off for offside.

The linesman’s decision would have no influence on the final result, however, as Malaga got their second goal after all in the dying minutes. Pablo Fornals coolly laid the ball off for Jony after yet another counter-attack and the substitute had no trouble firing home to seal the win.

Suarez Scores Hattrick As Barcelona Clinch La Liga

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick, as Barcelona defeated Granada 3-0, to claim their 24th La Liga title.

The Catalans went into their last game of the season one point ahead of rivals, Real Madrid.

With Zinedine Zidane’s men winning at Deportivo La Coruna, Barca had to ensure there was no slip-up.

Suarez’s three goals took his tally to 40 in La Liga, which ensured he won the Pichichi top scorer crown ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Madrid have now won just three La Liga titles in 13 years, while Barcelona have claimed eight in that time.

UCL: Atletico Dump Barcelona Out As Bayern Go Through

Antoine Griezmann was on the scoresheet twice, as Atletico Madrid stunned defending champions, Barcelona, 2-0 in their quarter-final clash on Wednesday to end their dream of being the first club to successfully defend the trophy.

Luis Enrique’s men travelled to the Calderon with a narrow 2-1 win from the first leg, but could not match Atletico’s intensity and conceded through a Griezmann header in the first half before the Frenchman scored a penalty in the last ten minutes to put the game beyond Barca’s reach.

The other round of eight clash between Bayern Munich and Benfica ended 2-2 in Portugal, with Pep Guardiola’s men qualifying 3-2 on aggregate.

Atletico and Bayern will now join Manchester City and Real Madrid in Friday’s draw for the semi-final.

Ronaldo Scores Late To See Off Barcelona In Elclasico

Cristiano Ronaldo scored late as 10-man Real Madrid stunned Barcelona at the Camp Nou to win El Clasico on Saturday.

Gerard Pique had given Barca the lead before Karim Benzema answered for Real, and soon after Sergio Ramos was sent off Ronaldo found the winner.

Barcelona had a glorious chance to take the lead in the 10th minute when Neymar fed an open Luis Suarez, but the Uruguayan could not get his feet right and the ball fell wide of the goal.

Real Madrid responded as Gareth Bale raced into the box from the wing and tried to square for a teammate but the play was picked out for a sliding Gerard Pique.

But the hosts had more opportunities in the first half, as Andres Iniesta had a powerful shot blocked in front soon after.

As Barca kept up the pressure, Real defender Dani Carvajal was booked for stopping an attack and Lionel Messi’s free kick flew over the bar.

Ivan Rakitic then forced a save from Keylor Navas before Neymar shot well high after a series of fine passes with Messi.

The first major talking point came in the 24th minute when Sergio Ramos collided with Lionel Messi at the top of the box, but referee Alejandro Hernandez waved away Barcelona’s penalty shouts.

Ramos had already been booked for a foul in the buildup to Suarez’s opening chance, but Hernandez ruled he got the slightest of touches on the ball as Messi took him on.

Real then had some chances of their own as Cristiano Ronaldo got off a soft shot and Bale fired a shot high.

And the visitors were on the ascendancy after Suarez received a yellow card after his hand flailed in the face of Pepe.

Ronaldo sent a free kick over the bar from 30 yards on the half-hour mark, and before the break Benzema found himself alone in the centre of the box, but he could not bring the ball down after the pass to him took a high bounce.

As the second half began, Ramos was again fortunate to escape a second yellow card for a foul on Suarez.

Barcelona regained their form and Navas made a spectacular save to deny Messi’s chip in the 55th minute, but the breakthrough came moments later.

Following a Rakitic corner, Pique broke free of Pepe’s marking to head in Barcelona’s opening goal.

But Real Madrid were back level seven minutes later as Toni Kroos’ pass from the wing took a deflection that lofted it high in the air, and Benzema scored with an acrobatic high kick.

And Zinedine Zidane thought his team had taken the lead from Gareth Bale’s header in the 79th minute, but the goal was harshly ruled out as the referee adjudged he had pushed Jordi Alba while leaping for the ball.

Ramos was sent off in the 84th minute for going into the back of Suarez, giving Barcelona the hope they could find a winner.

But Ronaldo silenced the Camp Nou crowd a scant minute later after he controlled Bale’s lofted cross, allowed Alves to pass him by and finished through Claudio Bravo’s legs.

Messi, Neymar Star As Barca Stroll Past Getafe In Preparation For Arsenal

Lionel Messi scored, provided three assists and missed a penalty as Barcelona pressed home their advantage at the top of La Liga with a 6-0 thrashing of Getafe on Saturday.

Juan Rodriguez’s own goal opened the scoring before Messi saw his penalty saved by Vicente Guaita, teed up Munir El Haddadi and Neymar and smashed home his 36th goal of the season all before half-time.

Neymar and Arda Turan rounded off the scoring to seal Barca’s 12th straight La Liga win after the break.

A 37th consecutive game without defeat opens up an 11-point lead on second-placed Atletico, who host Deportivo la Coruna later on Saturday.

Real Madrid are now 15 points adrift of Barca in third ahead of their trip to Las Palmas on Sunday.

An eighth defeat in nine games leaves Getafe just a point above the relegation zone.

The European champions weren’t even at full strength as coach Luis Enrique left Luis Suarez on the bench ahead of Barca’s return to Champions League action against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Yet, the hosts still only took seven minutes to break the deadlock as Jordi Alba’s driven cross towards Messi was scooped into the far corner of his own net by Rodriguez.

Barca’s one fallibility this season was exposed moments later when Neymar was chopped down by Emiliano Velzquez inside the area.

Messi took responsiblity, but for the ninth time in 20 spot-kicks Barca failed to convert as Guaita dived to his left to turn the five-time World Player of the Year’s effort to safety.

Guaita’s intervention kept Getafe in the game for just a further nine minutes as Messi directed Andres Iniesta’s through ball onto El Haddadi’s head for the second.

Gerard Pique then hit the bar as Getafe failed to contain the waves of Barca attack.

Neymar’s display had been under scrutiny after he took advantage of being suspended for last weekend’s 4-0 win at Eibar to fly back to Brazil to celebrate his sister’s birthday.

Yet, the break seemed to do the 24-year-old good as he raced onto a brilliant Messi pass to slot home his first goal in four games.

Messi then took out his frustration at not netting from the spot to rifle home the fourth from outside the box five minutes before half-time.

The pattern continued after the break with Messi in generous mood with another clinical through ball for Neymar to sweep home his 25th goal of the season.

And Turan added a sixth just before the hour mark with an acrobatic overhead kick which left Guaita flatfooted.

Iniesta was rested for the final half hour ahead of Arsenal’s trip to the Camp Nou, despite Barca holding a commanding 2-0 first-leg lead.

Yet, Suarez didn’t get the chance to further his case in the battle with Cristiano Ronaldo to be La Liga’s top scorer as he remained on the bench for the full 90 minutes.

No Luck For Neville, As Barcelona Progress To Copa Final

Barcelona had to dig deep to set a new club record unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at Valencia, which saw them into the Copa del Rey final with an 8-1 aggregate victory.

Defending champions Barca had sealed the tie against Gary Neville’s men with a humiliating drubbing last week, with Luis Suarez scoring four and Lionel Messi netting a hat-trick.

Only five players remained from the 22 in the match squad at Camp Nou and the match had the feel of a dead rubber due to the aggregate score on the board.
Alvaro Negredo had put the hosts up one goal before halftime, but Wilfrid Kaptoum scored his first Barcelona goal six minutes from time to make it 29 unbeaten in all competitions, breaking a Barca record set by Pep Guardiola’s 2010-11 team.

Sevilla likely await in the final, as they head to Celta Vigo today with another impressive 4-0 aggregate advantage.

Vast swathes of empty seating contributed to a low-key atmosphere at the Mestalla, and Barcelona’s brighter start did nothing to lift the spirits of those in attendance.

Barcelona Confident Of Keeping Neymar

Barcelona vice president Carles Vilarrubi is “certain” that Neymar will sign a new contract with the club.

Earlier this month, the Brazilian’s father revealed that Manchester United had made a €190 million (£144m) bid for the forward last summer, while reports claim that the club, along with Manchester City will try again at the end of the season.

Neymar’s current deal expires in 2018 but Barcelona are convinced the 24-year-old will extend his contract.