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Barcelona interested in signing Philippe Coutinho in January transfer window

The priority is to sign a versatile attacking player, who can play wide. Without doubt, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho would be a decent option. The Brazilian player is an impressive talent and has desires on playing in the Champions League. His price would be around 30 million euros.

Barcelona struggle not only due to Lionel Messi absence

Barcelona have lost two out of seven matches in La Liga, their worst start to a domestic campaign since the 2003/04 season under Frank Rijkaard. Disappointingly, the Blaugranas have conceded an appalling nine goals already. In what is a shocking comparison, Claudio Bravo was unbeaten until round 8 of the previous season. Out of the 112 shots on goal the Catalans have attempted on goal, only 12 have hit the back of the net and an incredible 12 have smashed against the post.

Neymar reportedly following Lionel Messi’s lead and will change diet to improve play

“The former Santos forward … will follow a very specific plan over the coming days which will include work at the club’s training ground and also at his own home,”’s Ignasi Oliva reports. “He has given orders to his personal chef to prepare a more balanced diet on the back of advice from the specialist nutritionists who work at Barcelona, similarly to how Messi tinkered with his eating habits after the World Cup last year.”

Bleak for Barcelona, Madrid derby drama, ham and barnacles

A team supposedly in crisis has the same number of points as Real Madrid and is just one off the top of the table going into the international break. And Neymar looked half-decent, too. Of course, context is everything. Leo Messi is missing for the next six weeks. No reinforcements are allowed until January and the Catalan club has lost two of its last three league games. So it’s no wonder that there are a few glum faces in the Camp Nou crowd these days. However, Barcelona have been in much stickier situations of late.

Luis Enrique and Barcelona take on media amid tough La Liga start

Understandably, scepticism isn't hard to come by, with several articles in both the Catalan and Spanish press over the last few days questioning the motives of the move. Had the change in travel arrangements come in isolation it may not have caused the same impact, but in combination with a number of other occurrences it paints a different picture over what Barcelona are really trying to achieve. Namely, the sensation that they are limiting reporters' capacity to report.

A Progress Report on Barcelona Heading into October International Break

Barcelona have had a bad start to the season and a good start to the season all at once. That sounds complicated, but it boils down to the fact they have not played very well—at least by their own lofty standards—but are strongly placed in the table. For the defending champions to be fourth in the table after nearly two months of play, you would imagine something has gone badly wrong. And it has. Many things have, in fact. But what’s even more interesting is that fourth in the table carries the same number of points as third and second, which is 15. And first in the table, Villarreal, are only on 16.

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