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Transfer rumour: Liverpool move for Victor Valdes as Mignolet fails to convince

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Victor Valdes. Credit: PA

Liverpool are set to make a move for 32-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who is currently a free agent, to put pressure on the club's current No.1 Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet has looked less than convincing so far this season, and manager Brendan Rodgers believes the Spanish keeper's experience could be very valuable at Anfield.

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Arroyo: We need to comfort Luis Suarez

Barcelona vice president Manel Arroyo insists Luis Suarez has been treated with "normality" since his arrival at the Nou Camp following his summer switch from Liverpool.

Arroyo, speaking at the Nolan Partners Sport Industry Breakfast Club, is keen to put the latest of Suarez's disciplinary issues in the rear view mirror.

The player knows perfectly well what happened and the way to act.

What we need to do is comfort him as a huge player and that's all. Normality is the way we deal with these situations.

We are just concentrating on the future. What happened in the past, happened and the results we have now.

We are working with him and we are just hopeful he can make his debut against Real Madrid.

The image today of Suarez is of a huge player, there is not a huge debate about that. He received a penalty for what he did.

– Barcelona vice president Manel Arroyo

Suarez debut date set

Luis Suarez's debut for Barcelona is likely to come on Saturday October 25 against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The striker - who switched to the Nou Camp from Liverpool earlier in the summer - is currently the subject of a worldwide ban after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.

Iniesta out of Spain squad

Andres Iniesta has been ruled out of Spain's upcoming matches against France and Macedonia through injury.

The midfielder is struggling with a knee problem that forced him to miss Barcelona's match with Villarreal at the weekend and he will not be available to national team coach Vicente del Bosque.

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Douglas joins Barca

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Douglas, right, is heading to Spain. Credit: PA

Barcelona have reached a preliminary agreement with Sao Paulo to sign Brazilian defender Douglas.

The 24-year-old right-back will undergo a medical in Spain later this week before signing a five-year deal with the Primera Liga giants to become Barca's sixth reinforcement this summer.

Mascherano extends Barcelona contract

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Macscherano has extended his Barcelona contract. Credit: PA

Javier Mascherano has signed a new four-year contract with Barcelona.

The deal, which was agreed before this summer's World Cup, ties the Argentina international to the Nou Camp until June 30, 2018, with the option of a further year on top of that.

The versatile 30-year-old midfielder said: "I'm committed to this club until the final day of the contract. I hope I can live up to expectations of the club.

"I'm really happy to be in this great club and be part of a squad with such great players. Let's hope things go really well for us this season. We're looking forward to this season after some difficult times last campaign."

Barca teenager makes mark

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Munir El Haddadi impressed on his debut. Credit: PA

A Lionel Messi brace and a delightful finish from teenager Munir El Haddadi kicked off Luis Enrique's Barcelona reign with a 3-0 win over Elche in the Primera Division.

Messi got back to his marauding best and scored the opening goal before Javier Mascherano saw red in the closing stages of the first half.

With Barca down to 10 men Munir stole the limelight, latching on to a ball over the top from summer signing Ivan Rakitic before deftly flicking it into the top corner with the outside of his left boot.

Messi had the final say though, shrugging off four defenders and lashing home to remind everyone of his sensational talents just after the hour-mark.

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