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Pique out for a month as defensive crisis arises for Valverde

Reports in Spain claim Gerard Pique will be out for a month, leaving Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde with a defensive headache. The Catalan centre-back scored the equaliser against rivals Espanyol on Sunday afternoon but finished the game with a knock after a rough challenge from Gerard Moreno. The 31-year-old is set for a month out, according to various reports – and will now miss the upcoming Champions League clash with Chelsea later this month. Early reports claim Pique will be back in early March, meaning Valverde now has limited defensive…

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Barcelona must pay €14 million for Palmeiras’ Yerry Mina

Barcelona must pay €14 million if they wish to sign Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina, according to Marca. The Catalan club are facing a crisis in central defence, with Javier Mascherano expected to leave in the January transfer window for China, while Samuel Umtiti is struggling with a muscle injury. The Colombian is already expected to join Barca in the summer for €9m, but could bring him in six months earlier. Early chance for Mina to shine With Umtiti out until February and Mascherano set to leave for around €10m, Barcelona…

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