TOP 5 Barca: Coutinho has played last game for Liverpool, Dembele, Rafinha, Alcacer, Victor Valdes


Looking for the latest Barcelona news? You have come to the right place! Compiled by Francesc Tomas, host of The Barcelona Podcast, here are the Top 5 Barca stories coming out of the Camp Nou today:

Coutinho has played last game for Liverpool | Goal

Philippe Coutinho has pulled on the Liverpool jersey for the last time as he looks to force a move to Barcelona, according to Spanish outlet Sport .

The 25-year-old is determined not to pick up an injury playing for the Reds, and as a result, will play no part in their January fixtures as he seeks a move to Camp Nou during the current transfer window. Coutinho last played for Liverpool on December 30, as Jurgen Klopp's side defeated Leicester City 2-1 thanks to a Mohamed Salah double. More here.

After 18 games out of the team, Ousmane Dembele has been declared fit to face Celta Vigo on Thursday in the Copa del Rey.

A serious muscle injury sustained away to Getafe earlier in the campaign had a jarring effect on the winger's adaptation to the Camp Nou club and he will no doubt be out to make up for lost time if unleashed in the first game of 2018. More here.

Valencia interested in signing Rafinha from Barcelona | Sport

Last summer the possibility existed. Now the door is open again. Valencia are interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha. Los Che, per Superdeporte, are evaluating a loan move for the Brazilian now that he is fit after injury.

Rafinha does not think that is a bad idea as he wants to recover fully and get back playing again. Unzue's Celta Vigo are also interested. More here.

Barcelona Star Paco Alcacer Expresses Desire to Return to Former Club Valencia One Day | SI

Alcacer spoke to Las Provincias and said that he would like to go back to Valencia 'in the future' like 'other players that have gone and come back to a club'. Alcacer left Valencia in 2016, and claimed that his exit from Los Che did not go the way that he wanted.

"It's true there are things that are annoying because a lot of people speak without knowing and many people know but don't speak. I keep going. Suarez? Although it seems that players competing for the same position don't help each other, in my case Luis Suarez was great support. He seems to me to be the perfect forward, hard working, spectacular, scores goals, is a character." More here.

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Victor Valdes retires, then disappears from social media | Marca

In a bid to remain private and bid farewell to football, former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has deleted his social media accounts upon his retirement. He has deleted all of his Instagram photos and his Twitter account after opting to hang up his gloves.

On Monday, January 1, he tweeted a photo of a road accompanied by the caption 'thanks for everything' but all of his messages have now been deleted. Such an abrupt exit from the world of football and social media was something that he had previously hinted at in a 2015 interview.

"When the light goes out someday, then it will go out and I'll be with my children, teaching them about life. But I hope that when the light does go out, it will be hard to find me." More here.



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