En­rique ex­pects more Barca sign­ings

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BARCELONA coach Luis En­rique has con­firmed that more new faces will ar­rive at the Nou Camp this trans­fer win­dow while some squad mem­bers will be sold.

The Span­ish cham­pi­ons have re­cruited An­dre Gomes, Sa­muel Umtiti, Lu­cas Digne and Denis Suarez since the end of last sea­son while Marc Bar­tra, Thomas Ver­mae­len, Adri­ano Cor­reia and San­dro Ramirez have de­parted.

“I be­lieve that play­ers will come and some play­ers will leave,” Luis En­rique said in yes­ter­day’s news con­fer­ence.

Sports daily Marca re­ported that Manch­ester City had reached an agree­ment with Barca to buy goal­keeper Clau­dio Bravo, who made 32 league ap­pear­ances for the Cata­lans last sea­son and that Va­len­cia goal­keeper Diego Alves would re­place Bravo at the Nou Camp.

Bravo, the Chile cap­tain, faces stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Ger­many in­ter­na­tional Marc-An­dre ter Ste­gen to be the club’s firstchoice keeper while Jordi Masip is also con­tend­ing for more play­ing time.

“All the play­ers want to be starters,” Luis En­rique said. “But no one has come to me to tell me that be­cause they don’t have to.”

When asked how he was man­ag­ing the goalkeeping sit­u­a­tion, Luis En­rique said: “I’ve just told them (Ste­gen and Bravo) not to knock them­selves with the goal posts or the net, the rest is up to them . . .

“I just want three goal­keep­ers in my first team.” Barca, who won La Liga and the King’s Cup last sea­son, are still look­ing to re­in­force their for­mi­da­ble front line led by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ney­mar.

How­ever, Luis En­rique said: “There are many ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing and I’m not go­ing to get into it. Our fo­cus right now is on Wed­nes­day’s (to­day)fi­nal.”

Barca host Sevilla in the Span­ish Su­per Cup to­day hold­ing a 2-0 ad­van­tage from the open­ing leg. — Reuters WEST Ham’s record sign­ing Ghana­ian in­ter­na­tional An­dre Ayew is to un­dergo a scan on the thigh he in­jured in his Premier League de­but for them in the de­feat by Chelsea.

The 26-year-old France-born for­ward — who cost West Ham £20.5 mil­lion (24m eu­ros, $26.6m) when they signed him earlier this month from ri­vals Swansea — cut an un­happy fig­ure as he left the pitch mid­way through the first-half of the 2-1 de­feat.

“Ayew has a thigh in­jury, he told me it’s not a big one but you never know,” said Bilic.

“He will have a scan and we have to wait for the re­sult of the scan to know how long he will be out.”

Even if he re­cov­ers Ayew is highly un­likely to fea­ture in West Ham’s Europa League first leg qual­i­fy­ing play-off clash in Ro­ma­nia tomorrow against As­tra Gi­ur­gui. — AFP

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