FC Barcelona told SPORT they categorically deny they've had any contact with River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo about a move to the Camp Nou. This was after a report in Argentina, specifically TNT's journalist Fernando Czyz, who claimed that 'El Muñeco' was the leading candidate to take over from Ernesto Valverde if he a managerial change took place during the season. Barça say there's no truth to that report whatsoever.
This story has created a lot of headlines in Argentina. Gallardo is the most successful manager in River Plate's history, winning 10 titles in his five years at the club. They are the reigning Copa Libertadores holders and have one foot in the final of this year's competition after beating Boca 2-0 in the semi-final first leg at the Monumental.
Barça insist that they haven't spoken to Gallardo.