The sale seemed to take Barca's Board of Directors nearly totally by surprise, as if they believed the club was too big for one of its star players to ever leave and there is no doubt it has dealt a heavy blow to the collective confidence at the Camp Nou.
Defending champion Real Madrid and Barcelona will play on Sunday, but both squads held a minute of silence before their training sessions on Friday. It seems that the players who are fit to replace the Brazilian worldwide are unavailable or that the clubs are not allowing their move. They had a weak attack that managed to score just 43 goals through the entire league campaign.
Valverde opted for a new-look 3-5-2 formation and Suarez perhaps forgot he was shorn of an attacking comrade when he squared for nobody in the box.
Where? Barcelona Completes loan spells at Everton, AC Milan Spain's 23-year-old winger Gerard Deulofeu is back to Camp Nou where he started his career.
"We are not going to give up, we are many more who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence".
Zinedine Zidane stopped short of acknowledging his Real Madrid's squad as "the best in the world" ahead of his side's Primera Liga opener, as the Frenchman believes there is always room for improvement.
"They talk well for me, but I do not stop for a second in these matters". They have a very experienced team which is playing together for a long time, but there is one hard circumstance.
Real star Marco Asensio scored twice against Barca over two legs in the Spanish Super Cup, and since making headlines across Europe, his agent, Horacio Gaggioli, has revealed he turned down a move to the Catalan club in 2013.
Asensio, though, has stamped his authority for Real Madrid since then, scoring the first and last goal for the club last season, in addition to finding the back of the net 8 other times and providing 4 assists in 38 appearances. He could clearly see that Barcelona were losing ground to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid signed Asensio in 2014 for a fee of €3.4 million euros. "Vermaelen also joined the group following his recovery from injury". Although he is arguably the most important attacker of the team, Zidane has enough tricks (read as, replacements) up his sleeve, that the Portuguese's absence would not put any negative impact on the team.
He has also developed talents like Casemiero, considered the catalyst behind Real's dominance, and brought out the best in Isco.
That depth was on full display in the curtain-raising super cups, when Madrid outclassed its rival powerhouses with very little help from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is considered as the huge favourite to win the Federation Internationale de Football Association best coach of the year award, after helping Los Blancos conquer their 12 Champions League crown, and a first La Liga title in five years.