Barcelona Transfer News: Man City defender shock Barca target, Man United player to sign with Barca on a free, and more - January 26th, 2019
Barcelona are on a roll in the transfer market, making key signings much ahead of their rivals as they go for another La Liga title as well as seek to advance in the Champions League.
The Catalan giants have been linked with even more players, while certain players are set to move by the end of the January transfer window.
Here, we take a look at the latest Barcelona transfer news and rumours of the day:
#1 Argentina coach talks about Messi's return to the national team
Following last year's World Cup, Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi revealed that he would be stepping away from the national team for a while, although he did not announce his retirement.
Lionel Scaloni, Argentina's current manager, who took over from Jorge Sampaoli, has revealed that he will speak to Messi and try to persuade him to return to the national team.
Argentina play the Copa America in June which Scaloni hopes will include Messi.
“We will speak with Leo in the days before the March list. When the time is right we will speak. I hope he (Messi) can be here but more than that, we want him to be happy. I have a good feeling," said Scaloni.
Despite having a talented group of players, Messi hasn't won any trophies with the Argentina national team.
#2 Frenkie de Jong release clause
Barcelona's new signing, Frenkie de Jong, is a highly-rated talent and touted to become one of the best players of his generation. 21-year-old de Jong signed with Barcelona from Ajax for an eye-popping €75m this past week, and is set to join the club in the summer.
Mirror are reporting that Barcelona have set a €400million release clause for de Jong, which will be the fourth highest in the Barcelona squad with only Messi, Busquets, and Umtiti having a higher release clause.