Barcelona president Bartomeu reveals he would contact Real chief Perez about Isco

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07 February, 2019

Santiago Solari has published his squad list for the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg which takes place at Camp Nou at 9pm.

Messi set off alarm bells after sustaining a knock to his calf during Saturday's 2-2 La Liga draw with Valencia, in which he scored twice, although he was able to finish the game after being treated. However, he completed Tuesday's session and has been named among the 19 players called up for the first leg of the semifinal tie at Camp Nou.

The next leg of the tie will be played on February 27 at the Bernabeu in Madrid.

Madrid arrives for the match at Camp Nou enjoying its best period of the season and with almost all of its players available. "If Messi is fit he'll play and if he isn't in shape, he won't", commented Valverde. The previous Clásicos played in this competition have seen the Whites coming out on top, having not lost in the last four matches.

There are also selection issues at Madrid, with Solari likely to include either Gareth Bale or Vinicius Junior in his attack alongside Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez.

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed he would contact Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez before swooping to sign misfit Isco. "The most important thing is the player tells you he is ready".

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is unlikely to be fit for the game, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury. The French striker has 18 goals, six more than he had in all of last season.

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Interestingly, the 42-year-old claimed his job at the White House within 24 hours after Julen Lopetegui's side was humbled 5-1 by the Catalans. We have the player we believe is the best in world but they also have great players.

He has been a regular in their Copa del Rey campaign, though, meaning he could come up against Barça on Wednesday.


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