Real Madrid said Saturday they have sold Spanish under 21 striker Alvaro Morata to Juventus and were loaning Brazilian midfielder Casemiro to FC Porto.
Barcelona will hope Lionel Messi`s return to form and full fitness can inspire them to victory at home to Malaga this weekend after a rare back-to-back winless run opened up the La Liga title race.
Cristian Tello hit a hat-trick as Barcelona came from behind to win 4-1 in their King`s Cup quarter-final first leg at Levante on Wednesday and Lionel Messi celebrated his 400th appearance for the Catalan side.
Neymar scored his sixth goal in seven days to cap Barcelona`s 3-0 win over Cartagena as it advanced in the Copa del Rey on a 7-1 aggregate score.
Barcelona`s injury woes deepened when tests showed Xavi had a hamstring strain, Valdes limped out of Spain`s friendly in South Africa and Cristian Tello suffered ankle ligament damage.
For two sides with such a great history in European football, the meeting between Barcelona and Ajax on Wednesday night will remarkably be the first ever competitive match between the two clubs.
Barcelona sauntered to a comfortable 3-0 win over a Zaragoza side who never looked like they were fighting for their Liga lives at La Romareda.
The former Netherlands attacker was unable to bring the curtain down with a win after his Catalunya side were denied by a second-half equaliser from the West Africans.
Day in Pics: 25th October
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