Messi scores 400th La Liga goal for Barcelona

039;Great player' Coutinho must fight for Barca spot says Valverde

039;Great player' Coutinho must fight for Barca spot says Valverde

The final odd clause the two clubs agreed on after Coutinho's £142 million move, as reported by The Times' Paul Joyce, is that Barca have to pay a "premium clause" of £89 million if they want to sign any Reds' players until 2020.

Despite Barcelona's surprising Copa del Rey loss, they still hold a five-point lead at the top of the La Liga table, and this could all possibly be for nothing should the Brazilian improve his play and earn more time on the pitch.

Although the Mundo Deportivo report makes no reference to a transfer fee, the Red Devils would likely have to part with a similar amount to the £142m that Barca paid.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO'S odds of a sensational January move to Manchester United have been slashed by the bookies.

But Suarez told beIN after the game he's OK: "I'm fine". Much has been said of the void that will be left after Messi's exit, whenever that comes. Replacing him won't be easy either. Valverde not only has directly replaced the Brazilian in the starting lineup with 21-year-old Dembele, but Valverde has added Arturo Vidal to the midfield duo of Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, leaving absolutely no room for Coutinho in the lineup. Subs - De Blasis 5, Garcia 5, Cardona 5.

Suarez quickly made it 3-0 for Blaugrana a minute before the hour and completed his brace in the process with a low shot at the near post. Superb combination play between Coutinho and Suarez freed up space for Lionel Messi, who stepped past the last defender and coolly slotted home for the 400th La Liga goal of his career.

Aside from the above, Neymar dropped away from the Ballon d'Or running and it is now accepted by the Brazil worldwide that he made a mistake in moving clubs.

"He is a great player, had a great World Cup, but now he's at a different club, so there's nothing more to say about that".

57' Messi should score! .

Luis Suarez earlier put Barca in front by finishing a fine team move before tucking in his side's third in the second half.

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