Barcelona are desperately trying to avoid paying Manchester City any more for Denis Suarez as they have already forked out £3.5million to the Premier League leaders despite the fact the 24-year-old Spaniard left the Etihad five years ago.
Suarez, 24, started out in the youth ranks of Celta Vigo before heading to City in 2011. However, the Spanish playmaker failed to make a single Premier League appearance for City, and was sold to Barca back in 2013, where he featured for their B team.
He had a loan spell with Sevilla before being sold to Villarreal, where his impressive displays earned him a move back to Catalonia in 2016 – but since then he has played just 54 times.
And it is no wonder he is being frozen out as Catalan newspaper SPORT claim a clause in Suarez’s initial Barca deal means that City must be paid €800,000 (£715,000) for every 10 appearances he makes for the first team.
That equates to the La Liga giants paying City an additional £3.5m, with every new invoice that arrives from City ‘received with displeasure’ by the club.
Suarez has not played a single minute in Barcelona’s last 12 games with the club trying to save money, despite telling the player they counted on him in January.
Suarez may now be heading for the Camp Nou exit door this summer, before City can take another chunk of money from the Spanish giants.
Barcelona legend Lionel Messi may have scored his 600th competitive career goal on Sunday night in the win over Atletico Madrid, but it is his most recent Instagram post that is still keeping people talking.
The 30-year-old superstar was pictured in Blaugrana training ahead of the game, side-footing a pass but it wasn’t just any old lay-off. Messi’s knee and ankle appeared very much in an unnatural position.
From the image, it looks like Messi’s left leg actually defied the laws of physics and twisted virtually 180 degrees – causing many people to suggest on social media he just isn’t human.
As if another reason was needed to prove the Argentine’s unreal talents are from another planet.
Take a look for yourself below…
Andres Iniesta could miss Barcelona’s Champions League second leg against Chelsea after suffering a hamstring injury.
Barcelona confirmed their key midfielder sustained the injury in his right leg during the first half of Sunday’s 1-0 LaLiga win over Atletico Madrid.
Iniesta tried to continue after feeling the problem around the 20-minute mark, but he was eventually replaced by Andre Gomes after 34 minutes.
Barcelona host Chelsea on March 14 in the second leg of their last-16 clash, having drawn the first game at Stamford Bridge last month.
Coach Ernesto Valverde told the club website: “Without Iniesta we lose a unique player, irreplaceable.
“It’s difficult to find a substitute for him because there is no-one like him in the world. Let’s hope the injury is nothing serious.”
Lionel Messi’s 600th career goal sank Atletico and ensured Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table to eight points.
The Argentinian struck with a trademark free-kick as Barcelona edged past their nearest rivals to take a huge stride towards regaining the title.
Atletico had clawed back the Barcelona’s lead to just five points but could not secure the victory which would have reduced the deficit to two.
Valverde added that the victory was “important for the title”.
However, he was adamant nobody at the Nou Camp would be celebrating yet with 11 matches still to play.
“We have made a step forward, but it is not definitive,” he said.
The teams drew 1-1 earlier in the season in Madrid but this time Atletico could not prise a point from the fixture.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone was proud of how his team fought, especially in the second half.
“It was a very even match, like the one in the first half of the season,” Simeone said, quoted on Atletico’s website.
“They had a good first half and in the second we reacted well and did what we could to try to score the equaliser.
“In the second half, we saw a hard-working team. We saw the team’s conviction. I always think about the next match, so we don’t stray from our objective, to keep improving.
“I think we’re close because we always compete in the best manner.”