Barcelona news LIVE updates and transfer gossip from the Nou Camp
Monday, February 24
- Bayern Munich are still unsure about signing Philippe Coutinho on a permanent deal
- The Bundesliga champions have the option to sign him at the end of the campaign for £100m
- Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso has praised Lionel Messi ahead of their Champions League tie
- Barcelona are still capable of attracting the biggest and best talent in world football
- Pogba tops Instagram table as Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar earnings revealed
Philippe Coutinho latest
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is still unsure whether the club will sign Philippe Coutinho on a permanent deal.
Coutinho joined the Bundesliga champions on a season-long loan from the Nou Camp and have the option to sign him at the end of the campaign for £100million.
But Rummenigge is still unconvinced by the Brazilian playmaker.
“Why is it not decisive? That is a difficult question,” said Rummenigge. “I think he played well in some games while in others he gave the impression of being a little inhibited.”
Lionel Messi PlayStation claim
Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso has praised Lionel Messi ahead of their Champions League round of 16 first leg tie against Barcelona on Tuesday.
Napoli have never gone beyond the last-16, which they have reached for the third time, and it remains a tall order for them to overcome Messi’s Barcelona.
“We have to play without fear,” said Gattuso. “I want to see a team that is prepared to suffer.
“Messi is incredible, he can do things that you only see on Playstation, but we have to try and stop him,” added the former midfielder, who faced Barcelona six times in his playing days.
“We used to say at the end of the match that we were playing another sport because they wouldn’t let you touch the ball. They destroyed you mentally.”
- Lionel Messi and Barcelona team-mates to undergo coronavirus test
La Liga transfer threat…
Barcelona and Real Madrid are still capable of attracting the biggest and best talent in world football.
That’s according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who believes the La Liga heavyweights pose a significant threat to Liverpool when it comes to keeping their best players.
“I think for some players, if Barcelona or Real call, it’s still hard to say ‘no’,” Klopp told The Independent. “I think for the whole world, Liverpool are one of the top, top, top, top clubs.
“But in the South American part of the world, the other two are a bit more famous which makes sense language and culture-wise.
“It’s why calls from them could always cause some trouble, but apart from that, there’s not 500 clubs who could buy players from us.”
Time for Messi and Ronaldo to catch up?
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have a lot of catching up to do if they are to continue their sensational record as Champions League top goalscorer at the end of the season.
The Barcelona captain has finished as the leading marksman on five occasions but trails his counterpart by one, with Ronaldo topping the pile six times.
They shared the title with Neymar in the 2014-15 season after all three players netted 10 goals, however, they have only scored two apiece this campaign.
They are eight behind Haaland and Lewandowski and it is likely we will not see either of their names on the competition’s Golden Boot for the first time since Kaka won it in 2007.
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