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The two famous La Liga foes are unlikely to come to any agreement

Barcelona defender Martin Montoya is a transfer target for Liverpool, according to reports.

Transfer news: Liverpool eyeing Barcelona defender Martin Montoya as Brendan Rodgers aims to strengthen Premier League title assault

Reports claim that the Reds' managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona to try and negotiate a deal for the Spain Under-21 international

Fans pay tribute to Fifa Ballon d'Or nominee Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo thanks Real Madrid fans following show of support using face masks

Supporters of the Spanish club staged stunt to boost Ronaldo's chances of winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or

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Ajax 2 Barcelona 1: Fan suffers serious head injuries after falling from stand at the Amsterdam ArenA

Rumours that the fan had suffered fatal injuries in the fall were dismissed by Amsterdam Police after they confirmed the man remains in hospital with serious head injuries

Barcelona players, including Cesc Fabregas, celebrate a goal

Ajax v Barcelona: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to this week’s Champions League match in Amsterdam

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Transfer news: '£209m for Lionel Messi? That's absurd' says Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after he rubbishes links with Barcelona forward

Reports in Spain suggested that the Champions League holders were prepared to meet Messi's release clause but the Bayern chairman has dismissed any possibility of such a move

Gerard Deulofeu shone for Spain Under-21s and has been likened to a young Cristiano Ronaldo

Everton vs Liverpool: Barcelona's gifted Gerard Deulofeu can make the difference in the derby

A Different League: Barca have no doubts they have the next big thing in the talented winger

Scott Brown avoids red card to become Scotland's hero in lucky win over Norway

Scotland rode their luck on and off the ball as they carved out a 1-0 friendly win over Norway in a freezing Molde.

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Lionel Messi injury latest: Barcelona forward refuses to rush return

The Argentina international is expected to be out until 2014

Jack Wilshere shields the ball from Chile’s Marcelo Diaz at Wembley on Friday

England v Germany: Jack Wilshere claims playing Chile was just like facing Barcelona

'We'll learn from the defeat,' says Arsenal midfielder

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana made his England debut in the 2-0 defeat to Chile

England 0 Chile 2: Adam Lallana eager for more after making his international bow at Wembley

The Southampton midfielder admits he was disappointed with the result but is determined to make sure that the Chile defeat is not his last contribution to England

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Rumours of Lionel Messi rift with Barcelona rubbished be representatives of the Argentina international

Messi is being treated by Argentinian doctor Luis Garcia despite him not being employed by the club triggering speculation that the 26-year-old is upset with the Catalan's medical staff

Lionel Messi is expected to be out until next year with a hamstring injury

Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona forward says he is working 'full time' to get back to fitness

Argentine is expected to be out until early next year

Eric Abidal is back in the France team for their play-offs after his liver transplant last year

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal stands on the verge of remarkable comeback with a third World Cup finals

A Different League: The French defender is back in the national set-up after his liver transplant last year

Lionel Messi is suffering his worst goalless run in two years

Lionel Messi injury: Can Barcelona cope without the Argentina international?

With Barcelona already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League and facing an easier La Liga run of games, Messi's hamstring injury could be a blessing in disguise

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed Luis Suarez is

Liverpool v Fulham: Martin Jol claims Luis Suarez is the best player in the world inside the penalty box

The Uruguyan will hope to continue his strong run of form when the Cottagers visit Anfield today

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