Barca’s Thomas Vermaelen Describes Harry Kane as a ‘Complete Player’ Ahead of Crunch Tie With Spurs

?Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen believes that Tottenham striker Harry Kane is a ‘complete player’ whilst rumours continue to escalate suggesting the England striker is on the move to the Nou Camp in a £200m move.

Vermaelen and his Barcelona teammates welcome Spurs to Catalonia tomorrow evening but with Barcelona’s qualification already sealed, manager Ernesto Valverde is expected to rest several key players – including Lionel Messi.


All eyes will be on Spurs’ talisman ?Kane as he looks to fire his team into the next round of the competition in the must-win showdown in Spain and Vermaelen had nothing but positive things to say about to the 25-year-old striker.

“He scores goals but in play too he is strong, which is not so common now,” Vermaelen said, when speaking to AFP.

“He is at that level where he could play for any club in the world, a complete player, no doubt.”

The Spurs striker has four goals in the Champions League so far with a further nine coming in the Premier League where Tottenham sit in a respectable third position.

Vermaelen could be in line to make a rare start for ?Barcelona in the Tuesday evening clash as Valverde looks to rest key players for the fixture.

However, the fixture could not be of more importance for Spurs as a victory – or a result better or equal to Inter’s result at PSV Eindhoven – ensures progression into the last 16 of the competition.


Luis Suarez to Miss Champions League Clash With Spurs as Barça Prepare to Make Changes

?Barcelona forward Luis Suarez will not play against Tottenham on matchday six of the Champions League group stage this week, with coach Ernesto Valverde predicting that he will make changes to the lineup after Saturday’s city derby against Espanyol.

Barça have already secured top spot in the group and a seeded place in the draw for the first knockout round. As such, Suarez will be afforded a rest when Tottenham make the journey from London to Catalonia after recently overcoming a minor knee injury.

The Uruguayan’s appearance against Espanyol, during which he scored, was his first in two weeks and playing two games in three days off the back of an injury absence seems unwise.

“There are sure to be rotations tomorrow; we just had a big game on Saturday. Every game is an opportunity to show what you’re capable of doing,” Valverde stated on Monday.

Munir El Haddadi could be given the nod ahead of Suarez after he replaced the 31-year-old at the weekend. Alternatively, Barça also have the option of lining up without a conventional striker.

The news of Suarez’s absence and a potentially weakened Barça lineup will be a boost to Tottenham, for whom only a win will guarantee them a place in the knockout stages.

Spurs are currently marginally ahead of Inter after beating the Nerazzurri on matchday five. But with both clubs level on points and Inter facing win-less PSV Eindhoven at home in their final game, Spurs cannot realistically rely on any favours if they fail to clam maximum points.


Ex-Liverpool Star Philippe Coutinho Congratulates Salah on Hat-Trick as Pair Exchange Messages

Liverpool returned to the summit of the Premier League following a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth this weekend that saw the ‘Egyptian King’ rediscover his Midas touch in front of goal. He has now bagged ten league goals and is joint top-scorer in the league alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Not bad for a one-season wonder.

Ex-Red’s star Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January, is clearly still watching his former employers with interest and took notice of Salah’s exploits at the weekend after reacting to an Instagram picture of Salah holding his deserved match-ball.


The Brazilian star commented on the picture with an ‘applause and crown emoji’, the crown being reference to ?Salah’s nickname – the ‘Egyptian King’. The beloved Egyptian wasted no time in replying clearly displaying his admiration for ?Barcelona’s midfielder, sending his former team-mate three ‘heart eyes emoji’s’. 

The messages adorned Coutinho to the ?Liverpool fans once more as his message received more than 12,000 ‘likes’ – and many comments were posted wishing the Brazilian back to Anfield and supporters expressing how much they have missed watching the little magician.

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When Coutinho departed for Spain in January, Liverpool fans were slightly worried about where the club’s goals were going to come from. However, Salah has filled the quota admirably and has made himself a hero on Merseyside. He recently scored his 50th goal for the club in record time – just 65 matches – and has truly won a place in the Kop’s heart. 


Lionel Messi Insists His Side ‘Need’ Ousmane Dembele After Forward Shines in Barcelona Win

?Lionel Messi has insisted that Barcelona need Ousmane Dembele and praised the Frenchman’s performance after the attacking duo both got on the score sheet in their side’s 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

Messi stole the show at the RCDE Stadium with a decisive brace as the Argentine led his side to victory in trademark style, but his attacking partner Dembele was also among the bright points for the La Liga champions.

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The World Cup winner has had a mixed start to life at the Camp Nou since arriving from ?Borussia Dortmund in 2017, with injuries and inconsistent form limiting his development. However, according to Marca via sport360, ?Messi insisted: “He’s very good.

“He wants to play, he had a good game, scored a goal and was important. We need him.”

?Dembele started the match in a front three, alongside Messi and ?Luis Suarez, and ?Barcelona benefited in attack from the added dimension that the Frenchman provided.

Though Suarez also got on the scoresheet, pressure has grown increasingly on both the Uruguayan and Messi in recent times to shoulder Barcelona’s goal scoring burden, with a lack of depth in the attacking ranks beyond the South American duo.

However, Dembele’s strike on Saturday was evidence that the 21-year-old is capable of adding the kind of added attacking thrust that ?Neymar once did before him on the left hand side of Barca’s attack.

Dembele’s mixed fortunes to date in a Barcelona shirt have seen the winger linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in search of more first team football, with ?Arsenal regularly linked with the forward.

However, Dembele has now scored six goals in 14 La Liga appearances this term, suggesting that the Frenchman may be starting to rediscover his form at the Camp Nou.


Barcelona Reportedly Plotting Staggering £200m Move for Tottenham Star Harry Kane as Priority Target

?Barcelona have reportedly identified Tottenham star Harry Kane as a priority transfer target ahead of next summer – and would be prepared to splash out £200m to seal the deal.

The La Liga champions are said to be on the lookout for a long-term replacement for current first choice centre forward Luis Suarez, with the Uruguayan approaching 32 and struggling with consistent knee problems.

A lack of a ready-made successor to ?Suarez has apparently prompted ?Barcelona to seek a world-class replacement on the transfer market, with England superstar ?Kane emerging at the top of their list, according to the ?Daily Star.

Ernesto Valverde’s side will get a first-hand experience of Kane’s qualities when they face ?Tottenham in their final match of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

Kane was named on the bench by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino for Saturday’s 2-0 win over ?Leicester City. Though the 25-year-old was brought on as a 74th minute substitute at the King Power Stadium, it was a clear sign of intent from the Tottenham boss ahead of Tuesday.

It is a case of all-or-nothing for Spurs as they head into their huge encounter with the Catalan giants at the Camp Nou, with the north London side currently level on points with ?Inter in Group B and needing to win to keep their hopes of progression in their own hands.

Kane is clearly crucial to Pochettino’s plans ahead of the showdown and has kept his star man rested to ensure that the striker is in top form in Catalonia.

Should Kane deliver the goods at the Camp Nou, however, it is only likely to further entice the hosts into making a future move for Tottenham’s star man.

Spurs are said to be desperate to keep hold of Kane ahead of their move into their new stadium but are apparently wary of the delay on the move and the great costs of their new home, making them potentially open to any bids which exceed £150m.

PSG prodigy ?Kylian Mbappe, ?Everton’s new star Richarlison and ?Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann are also said to feature among Barca’s attacking targets, though Kane is apparently their priority option.