The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División, commonly known as La Liga (LaLiga Santander for sponsorship reasons with Santander), is the men's top professional football division of the Spanish football league system. Administered by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest-placed teams at the end of each season relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top two teams and a play-off winner in that division.
Andy Cole has stated that Manchester United cannot attract the world's best players and expects Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland to pick rivals Manchester City ahead of his former club. The Norwegian international is one of the brightest young talents in Europe and is understood to have attracted interest from several top teams, including both Manchester clubs as well as the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka could reportedly turn his back on the England national team if he is not selected in Gareth Southgate 's upcoming squad. The 23-year-old has yet to make an appearance for the senior side and has only ever been called up once before, but had to withdraw through injury.
Vinicius Junior struck a late equaliser for Real Madrid on his 100th appearance for the club in a 1-1 home draw against LaLiga rivals Real Sociedad. The Brazilian substitute salvaged a point for Real Madrid by firing home from close range in the 89th minute after Portu had given the visitors a second-half lead.
Lionel Messi provided a goal and an assist as Barcelona beat Sevilla to move to within two points of the LaLiga summit. Sevilla welcomed Barca having won their last six league outings but never looked like maintaining that run as Ronald Koeman 's side left with a 2-0 win. Messi teed up Ousmane Dembele for the opener just before the half-hour mark with both sides having goals chalked out for offside.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Eric Garcia will be heading to Barcelona at the end of the current campaign. Garcia refused City's offer of a new deal last year and was expected to move to Catalonia in the January transfer window, but an agreement over a fee could not be reached.
Barcelona can reportedly agree to negotiate a deal with Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin if Joan Laporta is elected the club's new president. Bellerin left Barcelona's La Masia academy at the age of 16 in 2011 and has since established himself as Arsenal's first-choice right-back, but he has not been immune from criticism over the past year.
Free-flowing Atalanta BC host rock-bottom Crotone on Wednesday evening, with the gulf in class between the sides translating into a 34-point gap in the Serie A standings. Ahead of major clashes with Inter and Real Madrid in the next fortnight, Gian Piero Gasperini 's side must first take care of business against the relegation-haunted Calabrian minnows at the Gewiss Stadium.
Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City have no time to enjoy being record breakers. The Premier League leaders have won their last 20 matches in all competitions, a new record for an English top-flight side. It is also the third best winning sequence across Europe's recognised 'top five' leagues, behind only the 23 in a row notched up by Bayern Munich last year and Real Madrid's 22 successive victories in 2014.
Barcelona say they have been fully cooperating with authorities after Catalan Police conducted a search of the club's offices on Monday. The raid at the Nou Camp was part of an ongoing investigation and has resulted in several arrests, according to reports in Spain. The case, dubbed 'Barcagate', is said to relate to allegations from a year ago that Barca contracted a company dedicated to creating social media accounts with a view to disparaging certain people associated with the club.
Manchester United will reportedly make a move for Raphael Varane this summer if the centre-back indicates that he is ready to leave Real Madrid. Varane has been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford down the years and supposedly came close to switching clubs in 2019. The France international has been with Madrid for 10 seasons, but he is due to be out of contract at the end of 2021-22 and may be ready for a new challenge.
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has claimed that the Spanish giants remain interested in signing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. The Egypt international recently sparked fresh speculation regarding his future by hinting that he would be interested in joining one of Madrid or Barcelona. Salah has enjoyed another impressive campaign in front of goal for Liverpool, scoring 24 times in 36 matches, and is under contract at Anfield until the end of 2022-23.
Marco Rose will swap Borussias in the summer, leaving Mönchengladbach to succeed Lucien Favre as the long-term coach at Dortmund. How will Die Schwarzgelben line up once he gets there? Leipzig-born Rose came to prominence as a coach at Red Bull Salzburg, whom he guided to back-to-back Austrian Bundesliga titles, the second of which was part of a domestic double in 2018/19.
Barcelona youngster Pedri will play no part in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Sevilla. The 18-year-old, who has become a regular starter under Ronald Koeman this term, had to come off injured against Julen Lopetegui 's side in Saturday's La Liga win. Pedri was replaced by fellow teenager Ilaix Moriba on the 71-minute mark, and Barcelona have now confirmed that the Spaniard has sustained a calf problem.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has boldly claimed that Emile Smith Rowe could go on to be as good as five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The 20-year-old playmaker had to be forced off with a muscular injury in the first half of Sunday's 3-1 win over Leicester City, but he has made great strides in the Arsenal setup over the past couple of months.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is revelling in Gareth Bale getting his mojo back and said any manager in the world would want him with the form he showed against Burnley. The Wales international delivered the most devastating impact of his second spell in north London with two goals and an assist in the 4-0 victory against the Clarets.
Barcelona will be looking to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit when they take on Sevilla in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou on Wednesday night. The Catalan giants lost by two clear goals at Estadio Ramon earlier this month and therefore have work to do in order to progress to this season's final.
Inter Miami co-owner and president David Beckham has revealed that he would be interested in bringing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the MLS club in the future. Messi's current deal with Barcelona is due to expire at the end of June, and there remains a host of speculation surrounding the Argentina international's future.
Barcelona are reportedly eyeing a summer move for Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni. The 21-year-old has been a regular for Antonio Conte 's side during the 2020-21 campaign, making 28 appearances in all competitions, including 20 in Italy's top flight. Bastoni only has little more than two years left to run on his current deal at San Siro, though, and according to Calciomercato, Barca are keen on bringing the Italy international to Camp Nou.
Manchester City are reportedly still confident that they are the frontrunners for Barcelona 's Lionel Messi. The 33-year-old's future remains the subject of much speculation as his contract at Camp Nou is due to expire at the end of June. The Argentina international attempted to leave the Catalan giants on a free transfer last summer but was blocked by the club, who insisted that he must see out the final year of his deal.
Manchester City are reportedly determined to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland during this summer's transfer window. The 20-year-old has again been in impressive form for BVB during the 2020-21 campaign, scoring 27 times in 26 appearances in all competitions, while he has now managed 43 goals in 44 outings since arriving at the club.
Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa has announced his desire to bring two "differential" players to the club if he is elected the Blaugrana's new president. The next man to assume office at Camp Nou will be decided in the March 7 election, and Freixa will be going up against Joan Laporta and Victor Font for the role in Catalonia.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the club will not consider selling star attacker Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian winger previously caused a stir by refusing to rule out a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona in the future, and his current deal at Anfield is due to expire in 2023. With Liverpool's title defence in tatters, speculation over Salah's future has continued to intensify, but Klopp has since poured cold water over rumours of a summer exit.