Barcelona Planning Potential Coutinho Sale?

The Brazilian is unhappy at PSG and wants to leave

Luis Suarez scored twice and Lionel Messi added another to give Barcelona a 3-0 win over Eibar and stay five points ahead of Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

It has been a promising campaign from the Blaugrana so far, who now sit on top of the La Liga table with an impressive 5 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Messi scored his first domestic league goal against Albacate on May 1, 2005, in a two-minute cameo from the bench.

Gerard Pique nearly opened the scoring for Blaugrana in the ninth minute after flicking Lionel Messi's free-kick at the near post but his effort missed just wide.

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Amid speculation Philippe Coutinho could leave Barcelona just a year on from joining from Liverpool, reports have suggested his sale could be used to finance the return of Neymar to the Catalan giants.

Sergi Roberto nearly made it 2-0 for Ernesto Valverde's charges on the half-hour mark with a looping header at the back post that missed wide.

Suarez and Coutinho were again involved as the defence was opened up before Messi finished with a powerful left-foot drive.

Eibar continued to have their moments as Fabian Orellana struck over the Barcelona crossbar in the 38th minute before a series of crosses into the home side's box caused a lot of concern.

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Gareth Bale and Philippe Coutinho have been linked for a move as well.

The Uruguay global did have his second of the night in the 59th minute, however, when he stroked the ball past Riesgo with the outside of his foot following some lacklustre defending from the visitors. No fewer than 105 of his goals have come in the final 14 minutes of the match.

The pressure has been on Real Madrid all season but they battled to a 2-1 win over Betis for their first league victory of 2019.

Riesgo denied Messi another soon afterwards and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen saved from Pablo De Blasis as Eibar fought on but the result was beyond doubt.

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