Live Barcelona Blog: Lionel Messi reportedly wants Rafinha sold following Philippe Coutinho's impact at Barcelona

Sport360 staff 13:16 23/05/2018
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1:23pm – Lionel Messi reportedly wants Rafinha sold following Philippe Coutinho’s impact at Barcelona

Lionel Messi is said to be pushing for Rafinha’s departure from the Camp Nou because he believes January arrival Philippe Coutinho is a cut above his compatriot.

The midfielder joined Inter Milan on loan from Barca in January following Coutinho’s big-money arrival from Liverpool. Inter say they’ve been impressed with the Brazilian.

Read more on this here.

11:59am – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli excited by talent at his disposal at World Cup, spearheaded by Lionel Messi

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has been discussing his plans for the World Cup, with the former Chile coach excited by the talent he will have at his disposal in Russia.

Sampaoli, of course, has Lionel Messi spearheading La Albiceleste’s quest for a first World Cup triumph in 32 years, but the little magician will be joined by a stellar cast including Angel Di Maria, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain to name but a few.

“Our goal is to try to take advantage of the individual quality of this group of players. I am excited with the idea,” said Sampaoli.

Watch what the coach had to say here.

Jorge Sampaoli

11:43am – Barcelona set new record for players featuring at World Cup

Barca fans will be taking a break from cheering on their team to success to get behind Spain at this summer’s World Cup.

But the Blaugrana faithful will still get their club fix in Russia as well, with plenty of their players featuring.

A total of 14 members of the Catalan club will be vying for glory at the World Cup – with Barcelona setting a new record by becoming the first club in history to have at least one player in every group at the World Cup.

Check out the players here.

10:34am – Pires warns Griezmann about pitfalls of joining Barcelona

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has warned Antoine Griezmann against joining Barcelona – claiming his fellow Frenchman will become nothing but another minnow in a sea of world-class players.

Pires, 44, believes his compatriot will face many challenges if he decides on a move to Camp Nou this summer, chief among them fighting to get in the team – something he does not have to worry about at Atletico Madrid where he is the main man.

Pires told Mirror Football Podcast: “If he wants to take a risk, to take a new challenge, he can go to Barcelona. But it is not the same team, not the same level.”

Read more on this story here.

Antoine-Griezmann-Atletico-Madrid

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