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Liverpool have been urged to make a “smart” move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, with Mario Melchiot considering his fellow Dutchman to be the perfect partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Barcelona distanced from Matthijs de Ligt by vice-president amid talk of big-money deal

Barcelona have been distanced from Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt by the club’s vice-president, with Jordi Mestre talking up the quality of those already on the books of the Liga champions.
FC Barcelona Alaves

Barcelona aim to seal title with home win against Levante

FC Barcelona will be crowned this season’s Liga Santander Champions if they win their home game against Levante in the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday night.
Top (L-R) Barcelona’s French defender Clement Lenglet, Barcelona’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets, Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique and bottom (L-R) Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Arthur, Barcelona’s Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo, Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez and Barcelona’s Spanish defender Jordi Alba pose before the UEFA Champions league first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester United and Barcelona at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 10, 2019. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Five things we learned in European football this weekend

Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain both squandered chances to retain their domestic titles on a weekend which saw a much-changed Barcelona take their eye off the ball in La Liga.
Barcelona Lionel Messi

Barcelona supremo wants Lionel Messi to stay with club forever

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that that he wants the club’s Argentine star Lionel Messi to remain linked to the club forever and that he plans to sit down with the forward soon to discuss extending his contract.
Samuel Umtiti Barcelona

Barcelona consider selling defender Samuel Umtiti to Manchester United

Barcelona would consider selling Samuel Umtiti to Manchester United this summer if it helped them sign their No 1 target, Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax.
Ivan Rakitic lifts the ball over Thibaut Courtois for the game’s only goal. Juan Carlos Hidalgo-EPA

Ivan Rakitic gives Barca second “Clasico” win in four days at Real Madrid

La Liga leaders FC Barcelona won a tight and tense “Clasico’’ 1-0 at Real Madrid on Saturday.
Lionel Messi Barcelona

Clement Lenglet: Double Clasico could be pivotal for Barcelona

Clement Lenglet describes it as the fixture that “freezes time” and believes this week’s Clasico double-header could still define the seasons of both his own Barcelona, and Real Madrid.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates with Luis Suarez after scoring their fourth goal. Action Images via Reuters-Andrew Couldridge-File Photo

Lionel Messi scores again as Barcelona stretch La Liga lead

Lionel Messi scored for the seventh time in four La Liga games on Sunday as champions FC Barcelona scraped their way to a hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe.
Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) celebrates his goal with teammates during the Spanish League football match between Levante and Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia on December 16, 2018. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

Barcelona’s defensive problems fester despite healthy Liga lead

Barcelona’s title charge has been riddled with defensive problems and just as they looked to have found stability, another one landed at their feet.
Barcelona's Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde reacts during the UEFA Champions League football match between PSV Eindhoven and FC Barcelona at Philips stadium in Eindhoven on November 28, 2018. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND - AFP)

Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona could make January signing to cover injured Samuel Umtiti

Ernesto Valverde has admitted Barcelona may have to bolster their defence in the January transfer window if Samuel Umtiti continues to struggle with a knee injury.
Lionel Messi scored on his return from injury as Barcelona lost 4-2 to Real Betis

Real Betis beat Barcelona in seven-goal thriller

Betis held on for their first win at Camp Nou since 2005, taking maximum fruits for their bravery, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen gifted the visitors a goal and Ivan Rakitic was sent off.
Interim coach Santiago Solari guided Real Madrid to a win in the Copa del Rey. AP

Real Madrid crush Melilla in Santiago Solari’s first game, as Barca scrape Cup win

Santiago Solari got off to the perfect start as Real Madrid’s interim coach when his side thrashed Melilla 4-0 in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Barcelona Matthijs De Ligt Ajax Marc Overmars

Marc Overmars: Barcelona won’t sign Matthijs De Ligt in January

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has dashed Barcelona's hopes of signing Matthijs de Ligt in January, saying there is no chance the defender will leave in the winter window.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi: Real Madrid aren’t as good without Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi considers Real Madrid to be “less good” without Cristiano Ronaldo, but admits Juventus have now become “clear favourites” for the Champions League.
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba warms up for the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /

Gerard Pique: Paul Pogba would be welcomed at Barcelona if he quits Manchester United

Gerard Pique says Paul Pogba would be welcomed at Barcelona if he was to leave Manchester United.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi - AFP PHOTO - Pau Barrena

Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho get Barcelona off to winning start

Two goals from Lionel Messi either side of a Philippe Coutinho strike allowed Barcelona to start their defence of the Spanish title with a 3-0 win over Alaves at the Camp Nou on Saturday night.

Ernesto Valverde: Spanish La Liga matches in US seem ‘strange’

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says La Liga's plan to take one fixture per season to the United States or Canada strikes him as "strange."
Atletico Madrid celebrate after beating their bitter rivals to Super Cup glory - Agence France-Presse

Spanish La Liga moves into post-Cristiano Ronaldo era as Atletico Madrid threaten Real Madrid,...

The Spanish season kicks off this weekend with La Liga entering a new era following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta, and with Atletico Madrid posing a huge threat to the big two.

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