TOP 5 Barca: La Masia to the U.S., Neymar's advice to Arthur, Sampaoli and Messi, Barca Femeni, Theo Hernandez


Want to get caught up on the list of players that could find their future away from the Camp Nou? Dan was joined by Muhammad Butt on the latest edition of The Barcelona Podcast:



La Masia players will be making the trip to the U.S.

La Masia prospects do not have a very good track record of late of making first team appearances, and things seem to start with the preseason tour. Carles Alena got an introduction last season, but this year it appears that Ernesto Valverde will be putting quite a bit more faith in Barcelona's youth. Plenty of academy players have been getting their chance to impress this week in training, and Sport details the leading candidates that could appear across the Atlantic and beyond.

Neymar helped convince Arthur make his Barcelona decision

While great frustration led to his own exodus from Barcelona, there is a report per ESPN's Samuel Marsden that Neymar gave Arthur advice on his career and it involved heading to the Camp Nou if he was given the opportunity. Arthur was still a teenager was the elder Brazilian made the move from Santos to Catalonia, and the 21-year-old is now doing the same, albeit from Gremio.

Jorge Sampaoli did have conversations with Messi in Russia

Losing to the future tournament winners is all too common for Argentina of late, and the irreconcilable issues within the team and the Argentina FA were never going to be fixed in the midst of the World Cup. Sampaoli's spot as manager of the team might have already been over after the loss to Croatia, and journalist Ariel Senosiain has revealed more information about the now former manager's relationship with some of his stars.

Barca Femeni's new signings to make debut in U.S.

It took a bit longer than expected to be announced, but not only is it official that the women of Barcelona will be joining the men on their preseason tour of the U.S., but their preseason match against SoCal FC should be the first Blaugrana appearance for some or all of the new signings so far.

Theo Hernandez said no to Barcelona, now may leave Real Madrid

Last summer, Theo Hernandez was proud to say that he had rebuffed Barcelona for Real Madrid. Since that time, he has been frozen out of the French U-21 after refusing a call-up in 2017 and is now considering switching his allegiance to Spain. As that plot unfolds, it appears that the former manager of Spain and current manager of Real Madrid doesn't have him in his plans at club level either. A rough situation for a player who just saw his brother (Atletico Madrid's Lucas Hernandez) win the World Cup as the starting left-back for France.