TOP 5 Barca: Yerry Mina, Messi, Copa Del Rey, Coutinho, Iniesta



Yerry Mina meets new teammates | Sport

Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina has arrived in Barcelona and met his new teammates for the first time at training. Having been signed for 11.8 million euros from Palmeiras, he should be expected to join them at practice shortly.

The most notable introduction for Mina aside from Messi was that of Ousmane Dembele, who said that he didn't speak Spanish when asked by the new member of the Blaugrana. More here.

Perez went after Messi before Bale | Mundo Deportivo

Back in 2013, it appears that before Real Madrid made the move to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham, the first target to splash big cash on was Lionel Messi.

Between rumors of a potential meeting on a private jet and the involvement of Messi's father, there is a lot to unpack in this story from five years ago. More here.

Catalan derby set for Copa del Rey quater-finals | Sport

Unlike the trip to Vigo, Barcelona will not need to travel very far for the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey when they meet rival Espanyol next week. Espanyol come into the tie after slipping by Levante in the previous round of the competition.

Barcelona's representative at the draw, Guillermo Amor, emphasized the same sentiments that Ernesto Valverde has focused on with each new fixture. "The draw is good, we are two teams that know each other well," he said, "we have mutual respect and will not have to travel." More here.

What will Coutinho add to Barcelona? Offloading struggles and Isaiah Cambron interview [TBPod56]

Listen to Francesc and Dan debating where Coutinho fits in the current squad and what this will mean for Ernesto Valverde's squad choices moving forward. Isaiah Cambron from Barcelona Football Blog then joins the show to discuss the Coutinho move and the relationship between the first team and the academy, before we finish off the show with La Ronda of Quick-Fire Listener Questions.

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Iniesta confident in his place | Marca

Andres Iniesta spoke with reporters on Friday on a number of topics, including his own retirement or lack thereof. The 33-year-old midfielder said that while he was excited to add the likes of Philippe Coutinho to the squad, he isn't of the belief that the Brazilian was brought in so that the Spaniard would retire. More here.

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