Messi scores four goals as Barcelona win 6-1 against Eibar

Lionel Messi netted four goals in Barcelona’s 6-1 thrashing of Eibar at Camp Nou. Despite the predictions of Barcelona falling down in the La Liga standings this season, Lionel Messi and his teammates have been standing tall, managing a perfect record of five wins in five games. The Argentine star has also been on a roll in these early stages, with 9 goals in 5 La Liga games; and a brace against Juventus in the Champions League. His teammates have also been doing quite well, though the club’s record signing Ousmane Dembélé did injure his hamstring in the last fixture of the club against Getafe. However, Yesterday’s game was routine for Valverde’s Barcelona. After Messi giving the lead to the

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Ousmane Dembélé injured as Barcelona win over Getafe

Despite Barcelona being onto what many may call a perfect start with 4 wins already in La Liga, today’s 2-1 win over Getafe, along with Paulinho’s first Barcelona goal were outshone by Ousmane Dembélé’s hamstring injury. Barcelona’s starting eleven featured the lineup that everyone expected, with the exception of Sergi Roberto being placed at the right-back spot ahead of Benfica signing Nelson Sémédo, who impressed many in his first couple of games for Barcelona (whether that be in the Real Madrid clash, or in the early La Liga fixtures). Ousmane Dembélé’s injury would come right after a successful backheel, nearly thirty minutes into the game. The player performed his back-heel flick successfully, before the receiving player to be dispossessed; Dembélé

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La Liga Round-Up: Barça flies, Real sinks

Barcelona’s triumphant win over Espanyol, Messi’s spectacular performance in the Catalonia derby, Real’s fumble in Santiago Bernabéu; review this Liga matchweek. Real Madrid slowed down by Levante Madrid fielded a much less competitive starting eleven than anyone would expect; players such as Vázquez, Casillo, Llorente and Nacho were starters in a game that would be a relative nightmare for Zidane’s players. Levante would be the first team to score, following a long throw-in from Iván López that would reach Ivi López, marked by Ramos in the box; the winger performed an interesting first touch with his back facing the net, before taking a turn and tucking the ball into the back of the net. Real Madrid’s efforts would finally come

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Aleix Vidal’s Valencia move ‘fell through’ on deadline day

According to Spanish radio RAC1, Aleix Vidal was expected to join Spanish outlet Valencia on a move away from Barcelona; but the deal fell through in the first half of the transfer deadline day. Barcelona’s transfer deadline day was quite an interesting one when looking at it with an outsider’s perspective. With most deals falling through at the last minute and rumours extinguishing themselves as the deadline approached (such as Coutinho’s arrival to the club), rumours regarding departures were quite rare. Aside from André Gomes’ reported departure to the Premier League, Aleix Vidal rumours were some of the hottest amongst Barça fans. Some were in favor of a sale of the winger, who was initially bought as a replacement for

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Arda Turan rejects move away from Barcelona

Arda Turan, the Turkey international winger, has rejected to join Galatasaray on a two-year loan deal, according to Marca. Despite being expected to leave the club this summer, Area Turan’s chances of getting playing time this season have increased following the sale of Neymar to PSG, though they went back to ‘normal’ as Ousmane Dembélé joined the club on a record-breaking transfer a couple of weeks ago. Following this deal, the Turkish international was rumored to be questioning his future at the club, though rumours have now quieted down with his most recent declaration. After an agreement between Barcelona and Galatasaray for a two-year loan deal for the former number 7 of the Blaugranas, Turan has indeed rejected a move

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Barça: Hellas Verona snap up Seung-Woo

Barcelona’s youth has been fleeing the club for the past couple of years. With earlier in the transfer window, Jordi Mboula leaving the club for Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco, and Marlon recently being loaned to OGC Nice on a two-year deal, Barça seems to have lost yet another youngster. Though this time, the departure is a permanent one. Recently promoted to the Serie A, Hellas Verona have recorded the signing of Lee Seung-Woo (touted ‘the Korean Messi’), Barcelona’s young left winger, on a €1.5million deal with buy-back clause. Seung-Woo has not received much playing time at Barcelona, and the 19 year-old is not befitting of Ernesto Valverde’s plans. The left winger is expected to make his debut in the

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Arsenal, Spurs chase Thomas Lemar transfer

Arsenal and Tottenham seem to be sharing the same transfer targets, as they will both be looking at replacements for their respective wingers and playmakers – the Thomas Lemar rumor is currently one of the hottest in the market, and his transfer could be a ‘matter of days’, with the transfer window coming to a close this Thursday. The former Barcelona target (who now seems to have been forgotten by the Barça board, recent buyers of Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé) has been chased by Arsenal every since the end of last season, where he was one of the key players in Monaco’s miracle season at the top of the league. Thomas Lemar has been cream of the crop for Monaco, and

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