?Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has pledged to help with the construction of a hospital in Europe poised to deal with cancer in children, per ?Marca.
The forward has had a long relationship with children’s hospital
?Atletico Madrid have put a complaint in to FIFA after learning Barcelona approached star striker Antoine Griezmann.
The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to the Blaugrana in recent weeks, and it would appear there is truth to the reports with Atleti now taking action against the Spanish league leaders for trying to talk to Griezmann, as reported by ?MARCA.
The 26-year-old, who recently got caught up in a race row for dressing up as a black basketballer, is under contract with the Colchoneros until June 2022, and the club will supposedly put the integrity of the the league being at stake in their complaint.
Atleti believe that whilst Barcelona genuinely want the player, the league leaders are trying to unsettle Griezmann and destabilise the rest of the dressing room as they try to fend off their challenge in La Liga.
Diego Simeone’s side are only six points behind Barca in second place and still haven’t lost, and Ernesto Valverde would like more breathing space.
It will be interesting to see how Atletico handle the situation, especially with Diego Costa available for registration in January following his move from Chelsea.
The Spaniard is returning to the club after a three-year stint in west London, and can finally play with the club’s transfer embargo now over. It could spell the end for Griezmann, who was a whisker away from leaving for Manchester United last summer.
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As reported by the Independent, Spanish clubs traditionally form the ‘pasillo’ guard of honour when one of their side’s wins the Club World Cup – but Barça director Amor has claimed that the Catalan giants won’t be treating their rivals to the display of respect. Amor said:
??Real Madrid will be desperate to keep their title hopes alive by beating Barça on Saturday – as they currently sit 11 points off their rivals in fourth place.
Los Blancos have endured a shaky start to their campaign, seeing the Bernebéu fans turn on them after they’ve repeatedly failed to win matches.
?Argentine newspaper La Nacion are reporting that Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano is set for a move to Chinese Super League club Hebei Fortune.
The 33-year-old has been at the Nou Camp for seven and a half years, and there were some rumours of a surprise return to Liverpool, whom he left in 2010 for a move to Catalonia.
However, Mascherano is set to join the Chinese outfit at the end of next month’s transfer window as he becomes the latest European star to move to the riches of China.
AHORA SÍ, CONFIRMADO: Javier Mascherano es nuevo jugador del Hebei Fortune de China: hubo acuerdo con Barcelona y su comprador y el argentino cambia para buscar minutos de titularidad; deja atrás a uno de los mejores clubes del mundo
— Fernando Czyz (@fczyz) 18 December 2017
??He will join fellow Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi, formerly of PSG and Napoli, who has between with Hebei Fortune since 2016.
Two time Champions League winner Mascherano will reportedly sign a two-year deal and the transfer itself will be in the region of €10m, according to reports. He will also apparently have a return clause in his contract, which would see him return to the Catalans at the end of his deal in Asia.
Mascherano will leave the Nou Camp with a staggering 17 major trophies, 331 appearances and just a single goal during his time in Spain as he goes to China.
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?Since the departure of Neymar for a world record fee –
“Barca always want the best players.
“We are talking about a top player that has been doing really very at Atletico in recent years, any reinforcement would be welcome,” he said. “