Barcelona continue with their training programme despite the absence of the squad's international players. This morning, Ernesto Valverde organized a session with the few available players - Douglas however, wasn't among them. The defender was excused from today's workout so that he can "resolve his future", the club explained in a statement. The transfer market closes at midnight tonight in most of Europe's major leagues and at 8pm tomorrow in LaLiga.
Benfica, close to taking Douglas on loan
Douglas looks almost certain to join Benfica. Yesterday, Portuguese media reported that the operation was practically done with the full-back to join on a one-year loan with Benfica reserving an option to buy him next summer. Turkish side Bursaspor were also believed to be keen on the player but their initial interest appears to have waned.