Espanyol’s task in the upcoming Catalan derby has become even more difficult with Lionel Messi returning to training with the Barcelona squad on Wednesday. The Argentine returned early from international duty and missed Tuesday’s session but has been given the green light to play on Saturday. With Ousmane Dembele out for the Blaugrana and Luis Suarez a doubt, Ernesto Valverde will undoubtedly be relieved to have his No.10 available. The No.9 trained with the squad on Wednesday, but he’s not quite at 100 percent after suffering an injury against Real Betis.
Messi and his two sons attended the baptism of Cesc Fabregas’s son, the Monaco star’s son Leonardo, was baptised, with his family watching on, Messi withdrew from the Argentina squad because of a groin injury. Barcelona star Lionel Messi was in attendance as Cesc Fabregas’ son was baptised with the old team-mates enjoying some family time during the international break.
Fabregas’ son, one-year-old Leonardo, was baptised, while the Monaco midfielder’s daughters Lia (five) and Capri (three) were also present. Also in attendance were Fabregas’s wife Daniella Semaan and her sister Suzanna.
Messi attended with his two eldest sons Thiago (six) and Mateo (three). Messi was able to attend having withdrawn from the Argentina squad due to a groin injury. The 31-year-old suffered the problem as Argentina were beaten 3-1 by Venezuela in a friendly on Friday.
Messi and Fabregas are close friends having played together in the youth ranks at Barcelona and later in the first-team when Fabregas rejoined the Spanish club in 2011. Messi has enjoyed another remarkable season – he has scored 39 goals in 37 games for Barcelona across all competitions.
Messi adorable picture was doctored on Twitter as he was trolled with his initial growth disease he had before joining Barcelona at a young age, his future as a professional player was threatened when, at age 10, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. As his father’s health insurance covered only two years of growth hormone treatment, which cost at least $1,000 per month, Newell’s agreed to contribute, but later reneged on their promise before Barcelona snapped him up.
Lionel Messi with and without hormone injections.
Arsenal fans go rejoice over Bayern Munich star as left-back completes move
Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid for £68m. The versatile defender, who can play in the centre of left side of defence, will join the club in July on a five-year deal from the Spanish capital. It hasn’t take long for that announcement to spark Arsenal fans into wondering what that means for the future of Austrian defender David Alaba.
The 26-year-old still has a contract until 2021 but recently spoke to Bild about his future and a potential exit from the Allianz Arena. The Champions League winner admitted that he could be tempted by a move to England and even suggested that he had been an Arsenal fan since his youth.
He said: “I’m happy in Munich, but of course, I can imagine seeing something else. Spain, England. I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been Arsenal fan as a kid, you will be one your whole life.”That mixed with the fact one of Arsenal’s transfer priorities remains a left full-back to help replace Nacho Monreal means the timing could be perfect.
These Arsenal fans certainly think so and they hope that the Gunners move with some urgency to seal a deal. See their reaction below:
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BREAKING #FCBayern are delighted to announce the signing of Lucas #Hernández on a five-year deal from 1st July 2019. #FCBayern #MiaSanMia #ServusLucas
Lucas Hernandez is going to Bayern this summer. Alaba recently said he’d always been an Arsenal fan.
Is that Alaba telling Arsenal to come buy him?
Barcelona ready to listen to offers for Samuel Umtiti
Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for centre-back Samuel Umtiti. The French World Cup winner has previously been linked with Manchester United, with Premier League clubs likely to be on alert as Barca get ready to sell for a potential fee in the region of €70 million (£60m/$79m) to €90m (£77m/$101m). Umtiti joined the Catalan giants from Lyon in 2016 with the hope being that he would be a long-term solution in central defence.
His stock has since fallen dramatically, however, with the defender now third choice in the pecking order, behind both Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet. Barca remain keen on luring Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt to Camp Nou in the summer although they will need to offload three defenders to make room for the Dutchman.
The Liga leaders do not currently have the transfer budget to fund a move for De Ligt, with the renovation of Camp Nou due to take place in the summer for a significant financial outlay.
Barcelona to use Coutinho in a suprise swap deal for Man Utd Rashford
Barcelona want to take advantage of Rashford’s contract situation his deal expires in the summer of 2020 – and bring him to La Liga. And while United have no intention of selling Rashford, who wants to stay in Manchester, Barca have other ideas. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona are prepared to include Coutinho in a deal to land Rashford.
And Mundo Deportivo say the Spanish giants could also offer winger Malcom to United in their attempts to sign Rashford. Barcelona signed Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018 for a fee that could reach £142million and paid £36.5m for Malcom from Roma that summer.
Brazil international Coutinho has struggled at times at the Nou Camp and has since been linked with a move back to the Premier League. Manchester United are keen on him, as are Chelsea and former club Liverpool.
The Wizard, Coutinho