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    CRISTIANO RONALDO has classily put aside his old Barcelona rivalry and gave a glowing endorsement of the Catalan club. Miralem Pjanic revealed Ronaldo's glowing review before the midfielder's switch from Juventus to the Nou Camp early in the summer. 3Cristiano Ronaldo gave a glowing review of former rivals BarcelonaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Miralem Pjanic spent four years at Juventus before making the switch to SpainCredit: Getty Images - Getty And instead of rubbishing his former opponents, the ex-Real Madrid legend had nothing but praise for them. Ronaldo spent over a decade in Madrid and frequently duelled with Lionel Messi's Barcelona's, both domestically and in Europe. But ahead of his team-mate's move, he encouraged him to join...
    Getty Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman Barcelona are determined to sign a new striker before the transfer window closes in October 5 and have “promised” new manager Ronald Koeman a replacement for Luis Suarez will arrive. The Catalan giants waved goodbye to the Uruguay international on Thursday but are intent on bringing in another attacker, according to Deportes Cuatro. Barca have less than two weeks to complete a deal and want either Lautaro Martinez or Memphis Depay. Both players have already been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, but the club’s difficult financial situation has seen proposed transfers stall. However, Barca have since sold Nelson Semedo, Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, and Arturo Vidal which has brought in some much-needed...
    Getty Captain Lionel Messi could be set for a new role at Barcelona under new manager Ronald Koeman. The Dutch coach is expected to implement a 4-2-3-1 formation with the Catalan giants but does have decisions to make in attack with Luis Suarez having left for Atletico Madrid. According to Juan Jimenez at AS, Koeman is considering playing Messi as a false nine where he thinks he can be most effective. The Dutchman does not want his captain dropping into midfield, as he did frequently last season, because he feels it’s a “waste of time.” Instead, Koeman wants Messi further forward and in a position where rival defenses can “feel the threat of the Argentine.” The role would...
    Lionel Messi will be there when Barcelona starts its season on Sunday, just as he has been for the last two decades. His every move, however, will be scrutinized like never before. After all, never before had Messi told the club that he wanted to leave, and never before had Messi been forced to stay. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Will Messi still give his best? Will he still be motivated? Will the transfer saga affect him? Some of those questions may start being answered on Sunday when Barcelona opens its Spanish league season against Villarreal at the Camp Nou. It will be the club's league debut after the first two matches were postponed because of its...
    Getty Luis Suarez said a tearful goodbye to Barcelona on Thursday after six trophy-packed years at the Camp Nou. The Catalan giants held a special farewell ceremony to pay tribute to the striker who is heading for a new challenge with Atletico Madrid. Suarez was emotional throughout the ceremony and spoke on a range of topics including how his team-mate, close friend, and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi took the news of his impending departure. “Leo knows what I think and I know what he thinks. We are old enough to give each other advice. Leo felt strange because I’m going to a direct rival, but nothing will change our relationship. “I have already faced Leo with the national...
    BARCELONA will reportedly sign a new striker in the coming days to replace Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp. The 33-year-old was deemed as surplus to requirements by new boss Ronald Koeman, who allowed him to join Atletico Madrid. 3Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is reportedly a target for BarcelonaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Lyon ace Memphis Depay could replace Luis Suarez at the Nou CampCredit: Icon Sport - Getty And according to AS, the Bluagrana will act fast in their pursuit to bolster their frontline. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   They state that both Lyon star Memphis Depay and Inter Milan marksman Lautaro Martinez are the club's top two targets. Argentine international...
    MADRID (AP) — Luis Suárez was emotional when he was introduced by Barcelona six years ago, and again on Thursday when he had to say goodbye after being told he wasn’t wanted by the club anymore. The Uruguayan striker, who has joined Atlético Madrid, couldn’t hold back tears as he bid farewell and said he will always be grateful despite being told to leave. “When the club says it doesn’t need you anymore, you have to accept it,” he said in a news conference organized by Barcelona. “But it takes a while, it’s difficult. Your family is involved, you’ve gone through a lot with the club. So it’s difficult to accept that you are leaving, but you have to. It’s...
    Luis Suarez claims to have known that he would be pushed out of Barcelona by Ronald Koeman, but the Uruguayan admits bidding farewell to Camp Nou is still “very hard” after six memorable years. The Uruguayan striker, who has been deemed surplus to requirements by a new coaching regime in Catalunya, is preparing to cross a Liga divide and link up with Atletico Madrid. Few could have predicted that such a switch would be made, with Suarez having recorded 198 goals in 283 appearances for Barca. Koeman, though, is eager to start afresh on the back of a disappointing 2019-20 campaign for the Blaugrana and there is no room in his plans for an experienced South American striker. Suarez...
    EVERTON have launched a transfer bid for Jean-Clair Todibo but are refusing to meet Barcelona's £13.75million asking price, reports say. The Toffees' defence has yet to be addressed in this transfer window but Carlo Ancelotti is now reportedly keen on Todibo joining his back four. 2Everton and Rennes are prepared to battle it out over Todibo Credit: Getty - Contributor The club faces a battle to secure his signature, however, as French club Rennes are also in the mix take him away from the Nou Camp. The 20-year-old spent last year on loan at Schalke and it appears Ronald Koeman does not see a way back for him into the first team. He joined the club in...
    LUIS SUAREZ has revealed he was told to 'watch out' for Lionel Messi when he joined Barcelona - only to become best friends with the Argentinian. Suarez hosted a tearful press conference today where he officially announced he was joining LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid. 3Luis Suarez has revealed he was 'warned' about Lionel Messi when he joined BarcelonaCredit: Reuters 3Luis Suarez was emotional during his Barca leaving press conferenceCredit: Barcelona FC It is believed the fee for the 33-year-old striker is around £3.7m, with Suarez taking a 60 per cent wage cut from £405,000 to £160,000 a week. That means Messi is the final part of the MSN jigsaw - with Neymar having joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. Suarez joined...
    MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal are involved in a five-club fight for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti. The French defender is under contract until 2023 but after a number of knee injuries, the Catalans want him off the books. 2Manchester United and Arsenal are due to battle it out for Samuel UmtitiCredit: Getty Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez have already left as part of new boss Ronald Koeman’s summer overhaul. Now France Football claims Umtiti could be the next one to depart, and the defender is in high-demand. According to the news outlet, there are five teams who want the 26-year-old ex-Lyon ace. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Gunners news   The Gunners and Red Devils...
    BARCELONA are reportedly eyeing Chelsea outcast Antonio Rudiger for a surprise transfer swoop. The defender is said to be unhappy at Stamford Bridge having failed to make an appearance in the early weeks of the season. 2Frank Lampard has cast doubt over Antonio Rudiger's futureCredit: Getty Images - Getty And, with Frank Lampard admitting the player could soon leave, reports have emerged of a possible destination. German publication Kicker and Spanish newspaper Sport both believe Barcelona have Rudiger in their sights. The centre-back, 27, is seen as an alternative to Manchester City starlet Eric Garcia, who wants to return to Spain. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news First on Barcelona's wish list is Garcia, 19, who...
    MANCHESTER CITY are confident of landing target Jules Kounde in a £64million swoop - and only then will let Eric Garcia go. Etihad chiefs are looking to kill two birds with one stone and end their pursuit of the Sevilla defender along with allowing wantaway Garcia to flock to Barcelona. 3Jules Kounde appears to be edging closer to a move to Manchester CityCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3The fate of Garcia reportedly rests on the outcome of City's Kounde pursuitCredit: Getty Images - Getty Kounde is seen as a solution to Man City's perceived defensive problems and would follow Nathan Ake into the club to help patch up the back four. In a boost for Pep Guardiola,...
    By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi will be there when Barcelona starts its season on Sunday, just as he has been for the last two decades. His every move, however, will be scrutinized like never before. After all, never before had Messi told the club that he wanted to leave, and never before had Messi been forced to stay. Will Messi still give his best? Will he still be motivated? Will the transfer saga affect him? Some of those questions may start being answered on Sunday when Barcelona opens its Spanish league season against Villarreal at the Camp Nou. It will be the club's league debut after the first two matches were postponed because of...
    LUIS SUAREZ broke down in tears while bidding farewell to Barcelona "as a human being" on Thursday. Atletico Madrid have signed the striker who spent six years at the Camp Nou, winning 13 trophies. 5Luis Suarez spoke to reporters as a Barcelona player for the final time on Thursday 5The striker was visibly moved as he bid farewell to the Blaugrana After his transfer was confirmed, Suarez said his goodbyes in a press conference where he appeared visibly upset to be leaving. The 33-year-old stopped to calm himself a number of times as he spoke, and started by thanking Barcelona for their faith in him from day one. Arriving under a four-month suspension for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014...
    PHILIPPE COUTINHO reportedly remains a target for Arsenal who would be open to bringing him to the Emirates on loan. The Gunners had been heavily linked with a move to sign the Barcelona playmaker, before turning their attention to Lyon ace Houssem Aouar. 2Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho is reportedly a loan target for ArsenalCredit: Getty Images - Getty Coutinho's agent ruled out a move away from the Nou Camp this window, with the player in the plans of new boss Ronald Koeman. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Gunners news   But according to Sport, even though the ex-Everton gaffer is a fan of the 28-year-old, the club's financial situation means that they are open to listening to...
    LUIS SUAREZ is reportedly facing up to a SIXTY PER CENT wage drop after joining Atletico Madrid from Barcelona. On Wednesday the 33-year-old former Liverpool striker was pictured in tears as he drove out of Barca's training ground for the last time. 3Luis Suarez's Barcelona career has come to an abrupt haltCredit: AFP or licensors The Uruguayan has sealed a cut-price £3.7million move to rivals Atletico. And according to Marca, the move will take a financial hit for Suarez too. The Spanish newspaper reports that Suarez will earn around £8.3million a year with his new club. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   That works out at £160,000 a week - he was earning a...
    JUVENTUS star Douglas Costa has reportedly been offered in a shock swap deal with Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembele. Italian outlet Tuttosport claim both clubs are keen to do business again following the Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic exchange back in June. 2Juventus star Douglas Costa has been linked with a move to BarcelonaCredit: Getty Images 2Ousmane Dembele has struggled with injuries at the Camp NouCredit: GETTY The report adds that as was the case with that deal, both Costa and Dembele operate in similar roles and are keen on new surroundings. Barca and Juve are said to be hopeful that loan moves away will help each of their injury-prone wingers return to their best form. SunSport previously revealed that Cristiano...
    KYLIAN MBAPPE could reportedly be available for just £91million next summer. Earlier this month the 21-year-old striker told Paris Saint-Germain he wants to leave at the end of the season. 2Kylian Mbappe may be available for just £91m next summerCredit: Getty That instantly alerted a host of European big guns, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid all believed to be readying their moves. Mbappe has less than two years remaining on his contract at Parc des Princes, although they desperately want him to pen an extension. And despite being valued at £400m currently, AS claimed that could force PSG to sell him for the reduced price of £111m once he enters the final 12 months of...
    Getty Barcelona‘s Sergi Roberto has admitted he’d like to finish his career in Major League Soccer after his time with the Catalan giants is up. The 28-year-old is a product of the club’s famous La Masia youth academy and told RAC1 that although he’s never really contemplated leaving the Camp Nou he would be tempted by a spell in MLS. “I never considered leaving. Over the summer you always hear of interest from other teams. But I have always said that as long as I’m playing regularly then the idea of going doesn’t even come into my head. I’ll admit that I’d like to spend the last few years of my career in the United States. I’d like...
    NOU beginnings mean no more old gold for Barcelona as tearful Luis Suarez joined Atletico Madrid to leave Lionel Messi as the last MSN survivor. After football's most famous ever front three lost Neymar to PSG in 2017, 33-year-old Suarez has been forced out for a cut-price £5.5million. 2Tearful legend Luiz Suarez could not hide his feelings as he departed the Nou Camp after six years Credit: Reuters ????❤️ #9raciasLuis pic.twitter.com/FitCHY2msq— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) September 23, 2020 2Luis Suarez was clearly upset as he arrived and left Barcelona training for the last time before joining AtleticoCredit: Reuters The LaLiga giants confirmed his departure in a statement, adding: "FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Luis Suárez for his commitment and dedication...
    MADRID (AP) — Luis Suárez is staying in Spain after all. Barcelona said late Wednesday that it reached a deal with Atlético Madrid for the transfer of the Uruguay striker for 6 million euros ($7 million). Suárez was let go by Barcelona following six mostly successful seasons in which he won 13 titles with the Catalan club. He leaves as Barcelona’s third highest scorer ever with 198 goals, behind César Rodríguez (232) and Lionel Messi (634). The 33-year-old Suárez had to find a new club after being told by incoming Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman that he was not in his plans. Koeman was asked to revamp the Barcelona squad after the embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals...
    Getty Barcelona are considering making a move to bring in Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a season-long loan. The Catalan giants are keen to strengthen their squad after selling Nelson Semedo to Wolverhampton Wanderers and now have funds available to dip into the transfer market. Rudiger has slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea which has attracted interest from Europe’s top clubs. The Germany international is now “is at the top of the wish list at FC Barcelona,” according to Kicker. The 27-year-old’s current deal at Stamford Bridge still has two years left to run, but Barcelona are seeking an “immediate loan” which would see the center-back move to the Camp Nou for the 2020-21 campaign. Follow the...
    BARCELONA wonderkid Ansu Fati has signed a new deal that includes a whopping £367million buy-out clause. The 17-year-old has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until 2024 while officially being promoted to the first-team. 2Ansu Fati has penned a new contract at BarcelonaCredit: AFP or licensors It is a two-year extension on his previous deal while his release clause has also been increased by £211m. He will wear the No22 shirt vacated following Arturo Vidal's move to Inter Milan. Fati enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough campaign last season, making 24 league appearances in total. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   He became the club's second youngest player...
    LIONEL MESSI waved goodbye to Barcelona pals Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez amid concerns over a dressing room divide, according to reports. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has overseen a rollercoaster few months at the Camp Nou. 2Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Arturo Vidal were good pals in CataloniaCredit: Reuters With Vidal, 33, leaving for Inter Milan and Suarez, also 33, making a tearful exit on Wednesday, key senior players have been moved on. The upheaval, which saw Ronald Koeman installed as coach, is said to have contributed to Messi's decision to try and leave the club. The star striker attempted to enact a contract clause allowing him to leave Barcelona for free following their 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich...
    Getty Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday that 17-year-old forward Ansu Fati has been officially promoted to the first-team squad and will wear the No. 22 shirt next season. Only 17, plays like he’s 2️⃣2️⃣ … ✨ @ANSUFATI ✨ pic.twitter.com/KdAymYZlfH — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 23, 2020 The teenager made the breakthrough last season in stunning style, breaking records all over the place and giving supporters huge optimism for the future. Fati’s promotion to the first-team also means his buyout clause has increased to €400 million ($466m). Barcelona confirmed the news in an official statement: “Ansu Fati has become an official member of the FC Barcelona first team. The 17-year-old, who was already training and playing with the senior...
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in repose, Breonna Taylor announcement, Beta still a threat: 5 things to know Wednesday Chain restaurants in bad financial shape FC Barcelonas summer of chaos continues despite Lionel Messi agreeing to stay, with club directors now threatening to quit over another transfer saga © Getty/Quality Sport Images Luis Suarez. Getty/Quality Sport Images A number of FC Barcelona's directors have threatened to quit the club over the sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, Onda Cero reports. Barca agreed to let Suarez join Atletico on Tuesday despite previously saying it would not sell the Uruguayan to a rival club. Six of the club's board members have already resigned this month after stating...
    GSMA is promising a “unique, unmissable experience” that will be supplemented by “virtual elements to complement the overwhelming demand to convene physically.” The group said that it worked with the city of Barcelona to gain full approval of the date, and said that it will revert to a “full annual cycle” of MWC events between Shanghai, Barcelona and LA. It’s not yet clear, however, which exhibitors will attend in June. Many, including Sony, LG, Amazon, Intel, Facebook and Nokia had dropped out from MWC 2020 before it was even officially canceled. Whether they’ll return next year likely depends on how the pandemic goes over the next six months or so.
    RONALD KOEMAN is set to give Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann free rein when Barcelona get their LaLiga season underway. The club will look to end a tumultuous off-season with a win against Villarreal on Sunday. 3 Koeman only took charge of the Catalans just over a month ago but has experienced an extremely busy start at the Camp Nou. Luis Suarez has left for Atletico Madrid but Messi is staying put despite attempting to enact a release clause in his contract. And even with the Uruguayan's departure, Barcelona have an impressive array of attacking talent. Alongside Messi, Griezmann and Ansu Fati are expected to start in Sunday's 8pm kick-off. Coutinho could complete the attack with Frenkie de...
    LUIS SUAREZ broke down in tears after leaving Barcelona's training ground for the last time before his switch to Atletico Madrid. The 33-year-old could be seen wiping his eyes behind the wheel of his car as he gets set to end his six-year stay with the Catalans. Luis Suárez in tears as he leaves Barcelonas training ground for the final time today. pic.twitter.com/ZlyUhVOMMw— Get Spanish Football News (@GSpanishFN) September 23, 2020 After Ronald Koeman told the striker that he was no longer wanted at the Camp Nou, he began a frantic search for a new team. However, it has not gone to plan for Suarez with a switch to Juventus ended due to passport delays. Suarez was eligible to apply for...
    Luis Suarez. Getty/Quality Sport Images A number of FC Barcelona's directors have threatened to quit the club over the sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, Onda Cero reports. Barca agreed to let Suarez join Atletico on Tuesday despite previously saying it would not sell the Uruguayan to a rival club. Six of the club's board members have already resigned this month after stating their displeasure at club's direction under current president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FC Barcelona's turbulent summer is not yet over despite Lionel Messi agreeing to stay at the club, with its directors now threatening to quit over the sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid....
    MANCHESTER UNITED have been sensationally banned from signing Barcelona striker Luis Suarez for free due to a clause in his contract. It has been revealed that United are one of several clubs that the Uruguayan will not be able to join for nothing as he negotiates his exit from Barca. 2Suarez has been banned from joining several clubs for free by BarcaCredit: AFP or licensors Suarez was linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer but with his ties to Liverpool, it was not likely to happen. He was also found guilty of racially abusing United legend Patrice Evra in 2011, making the move impossible. It has been reported that the other clubs on the list include Real Madrid,...
    WOLVES have completed the £29million signing of Nelson Semedo from Barcelona - making him the eighth most expensive full-back in Premier League history. Nuno Espirito Santo's men were chasing a new right wing-back, having allowed Matt Doherty to join Tottenham for £15m. 4Nelson Semedo is Wolves' latest exciting recruitCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Semedo joins an exclusive list And they secured their man by completing the ambitious signing of Semedo, 26, who made 42 appearances for LaLiga giants Barcelona last season. The 13-cap Portuguese international explained to Wolves' official website why he opted to make the switch to Molineux. He said: "I chose Wolves because it’s a very good team that plays very good football. Last year they did a...
    LIONEL MESSI is closing in on ANOTHER four records ahead of his 17th season at Barcelona. During the summer, it looked like the Argentine had played his last game for the club but he is expected to start against Villarreal when their LaLiga campaign begins on Sunday. 3 In anticipation of his somewhat surprising re-emergence, Barcelona-based newspaper Sport placed four huge records Messi is chasing on their front page on Wednesday. The first is, on the face of it, the simplest - but it was also in huge jeopardy earlier in the year. In turning out for the Blaugrana in 2020/21, the 33-year-old will enter his 17th season at the club. Only Xavi Hernandez and Carles Rexach have achieved the...
    HOLLAND are on the verge of appointing Frank de Boer as their new manager, according to reports. The Oranje have been on the hunt for a new boss since Ronald Koeman jumped ship for Barcelona last month. 3De Boer will sign a two-year deal to manage the OranjeCredit: Reuters Koeman's assistant Dwight Lodweges took interim charge for the last round of Nations League matches. But the Dutch FA have now found their man. According to De Telegraaf, De Boer will sign a two-year deal - with the option to extend it for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   The 50-year-old was assistant to Bert van Marwijk as Holland...
    BARCELONA have reportedly agreed personal terms on a five-year deal with Max Aarons. SunSport revealed last week that the Catalans have already had two offers rejected by Norwich City for the young right-back. 2Barcelona are ramping up their interest in Norwich City star Max AaronsCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Canaries, relegated from the Premier League, want a guaranteed £20million plus a further £10m in add-ons for Aarons. As the transfer continued to stall, Barca turned their second choice defensive target - Sergino Dest from Ajax. Yet according to Spanish outlet Sport, Bayern Munich are now leading the race to land the United States international. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   The report adds...
    Sergino Dest is headed to Barcelona. Barcelona needs to look anywhere and everywhere for reinforcements after losing out on the La Liga title to Real Madrid last season, especially when it comes to sprucing up an aging defense. The answer to their prayers might come in the form of a teenage American right back, as Sergino Dest appears destined to arrive at Barca in the near future. Catalan outlet Esport3 has confirmed that the Blaugrana will make the move for the Ajax defender after losing Portuguese starter Nelson Semedo to Premier League side Wolverhampton. Dest will cost around €20m with another €5m in add-ons. Dest’s move to Barcelona comes after the Catalans and reigning Champions League winners Bayern Munich were...
    Getty Barcelona are set to beat European champions Bayern Munich to Ajax full-back Sergino Dest. According to Oriol Domènech at TV3, the Catalan giants have reached an agreement to bring the 19-year-old USMNT starlet to the Camp Nou. Barcelona will pay €20 million plus €5 million in variables for Dest. The right-back will replace Nelson Semedo who is set to move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bayern Munich had been keen on Dest and made an increased offer for the youngster, but the American preferred to move to the Camp Nou. Follow the Heavy on Barcelona Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Dest is Barcelona’s ‘Chosen One’Barcelona have made it clear that Dest is their chosen one...
    Getty Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati celebrate at Barcelona Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has already chosen his starting XI for Sunday’s La Liga opener against Villarreal at the Camp Nou. The Catalan giants have seen their start to the 2020-21 season delayed due to their involvement in the Champions League in August but will finally get started in Week 3 of La Liga. Koeman has already decided he will pick the same team that beat Elche 1-0 in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Saturday, according to David Salinas at Sport. Neto will continue in goal, as first-choice Marc-Andre ter Stegen remains sidelined with a knee injury, while the back four will consist of Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement...
    Getty Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is hoping the club can make three signings before the transfer window closes on October 5. The Catalan giants are set to sell right-back Nelson Semedo to Premier League side Wolves for €35 million ($40m) plus variables and will use the funds generated from the Portugal international’s transfer to strengthen the squad, according to Deportes Cuatro. Koeman wants to bring in a replacement right-back, another center-back, and is also “committed” to signing Netherlands international forward Memphis Depay from French side Lyon. The coach knows Depay well from working together at international level. The 26-year-old is into the final year of his contract with Lyon and is expected to cost...
    Max Aarons could develop into a quality right back in time, but he’s nowhere near ready to play a meaningful role for Barcelona.  Barcelona are smart to target a new right back to help Ronald Koeman in his first season with the club. Unfortunately for fans of the La Liga giants, their most recent signing isn’t ready to help them win important matches right away. According to Sport, Barcelona have already come to terms with Norwich youngster Max Aarons on the personal terms of a five-year contract. The two clubs still need to come to a final agreement on a transfer fee for the English starlet, but that isn’t expected to be a significant impediment to the deal’s ultimate completion.What can Aarons...
    Getty Luis Suarez has handed Barcelona a transfer ultimatum after being angered by the club’s decision to block a potential move to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguay international has told the Catalan giants that he will either join Diego Simeone’s side this summer or stay at the Camp Nou and see out his contract that runs until 2021, according to Fernando Polo at Mundo Deportivo. Suarez has already agreed a two-year deal with the Rojiblancos and is looking forward to joining Atleti. He believes he can compete for titles under Simeone and is happy to stay in Spain. However, Suarez’s move to Atletico has been blocked by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu who does not want the 33-year-old to...
    Getty Barcelona have rejected loan offers from Bayern Munich, PSV, and Borussia Monchengladbach for 17-year-old starlet Pedri. The attacking midfielder only arrived at the club this summer from Las Palmas but has already attracted interest from teams across Europe. According to Toni Juanmarti at Sport, Barcelona said no to all three clubs and are keen for Pedri to stay. Manager Ronald Koeman has used the youngster in all three pre-season friendlies against Nastic, Girona, and Elche and is “delighted with the performance and attitude” of the new arrival. Certainly, Pedri has not been shy in showing off his silky skills: ✨ @Pedri & @RiquiPuig ✨ pic.twitter.com/sHdAsVYUuj — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) September 17, 2020 Yet the youngster faces...
    IVAN RAKITIC has revealed that he was never that close with Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez during his time at the Nou Camp. Despite the trio's success domestically and in Europe, he admitted their relationship was based around respect rather than friendship. 2Rakitic has left Barcelona to join SevillaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Speaking on their bond he said: "My relationship with them was never one of close friends. I believe that's hard in a group of 23 or 24 players. "My closest friends were Andres Iniesta, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Junior Firpo last season" But he also made it clear the respect and admiration he had for the both of them and what they achieved together, amid...
    LIONEL MESSI came close to joining Arsenal alongside Cesc Fabregas 17 years ago, according to the Barcelona icon’s former agent. Fabiano Soldini revealed Arsene Wenger had identified the Nou Camp skipper as a potential signing during his academy days.  3Lionel Messi is believed to have been an Arsenal target during his time at Barcelona's La Masia Credit: Getty Images - Getty And alongside Fabregas and Gerard Pique, Messi 33, was one of three possible Wenger targets during his stint in Barca’s famed La Masia.  And while the former Emirates boss, 70, succeeded in bringing Fabregas to North London, the Argentina playmaker chose to stay at the Nou Camp while Pique, 33, went to Manchester United.  Soldini told Marca: “[Messi] was tempted...
    Getty Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is facing accusations of cheating after taking an Italian citizenship test in Perugia last week. The Uruguay international flew to Italy for the exam ahead of a rumored move to Turin giants Juventus. However, the Perugia public prosecutor’s office released a statement on Tuesday, confirming irregularities have been found in Suarez’s test, according to Sky Sports. “Some irregularities have emerged in the exam of certification of Italian, sat on September 17 by Uruguayan football player Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz, needed to obtain  Italian citizenship. “From the investigation, it emerged that the topics in the exam had been agreed in advance with the applicant and that the relative mark had been attributed even before...
    GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM is likely to be bidding farewell to Liverpool next year with the Reds star reportedly heading for Anfield’s exit next summer. The Athletic claims the Netherlands midfielder is expected to remain in Merseyside this term before departing as a free agent before next season.  3Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly set to leave Liverpool as a free agent next summerCredit: Rex Features Wijnaldum, 29, has been a target for Barcelona with Dutch compatriot Ronald Koeman rebuilding the side following the tumultuous end to their season last term. The Barca boss has reportedly identified the Liverpool star, and fellow Dutchman Memphis Depay, 26, as priorities for his team who lost their LaLiga crown to Real Madrid.  However, the Sunday Mirror revealed...
    Police training cited as defense in many use-of-force cases. But experts say its outdated. This Popular Steakhouse Chain Is Filing for Bankruptcy Atlético tries to grab opportunity to sign Luis Suárez MADRID (AP) — It had been a quiet transfer window for Atlético Madrid. © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts after Bayern Munich scored during the Champions League quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Gerard Piqué says Barcelona "hit rock bottom" in an 8-2 humiliation from Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. It's 74 years since Barcelona conceded eight goals in a game. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez/Pool) The Spanish club didn’t plan on...
    Arturo Vidal has completed a €1 million switch to Inter from Barcelona, making his way back to Italy after a five-year absence. Goal has learned that Vidal has committed his future to Inter through to 2022, with the option to extend his stay by an extra year included in the final agreement. The 33-year-old has been handed a contract worth €6 million (£5.5m/$7m) per year, and will now be tasked with helping Antonio Conte’s side try to wrestle the Serie A title away from Juventus. MORE: Sign up for ESPN+ to stream Serie A live all season Inter confirmed his arrival in an official statement via their website on Tuesday, which reads: “Arturo Vidal is officially an Inter player. “The Chilean midfielder has...
    US plans sixth execution since hiatus ended This Popular Steakhouse Chain Is Filing for Bankruptcy Inquiry opened into Luis Suárezs Italian language test ROME (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether Barcelona striker Luis Suárez was illegally helped to pass an Italian language exam last week in order to receive a European passport that could help him transfer to a new club. © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's Luis Suarez grimaces after being fouled during the Champions League quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez/Pool) While Suárez is not under investigation, the director and general director of the Perugia university where the Uruguay forward took...
    MADRID (AP) — It had been a quiet transfer window for Atlético Madrid. The Spanish club didn’t plan on making any big signings or selling any of its top players from last season. After all, it had just gone through one of its biggest revamps under coach Diego Simeone following the departure of key players such as Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godín and Filipe Luis. Following a transitional year with a series of new players, including Portuguese forward João Félix, Simeone had his squad set and was celebrating the opportunity to enter the new season without major squad changes. Then Luis Suárez suddenly became available, and Atlético didn’t waste any time going after the talented striker who thrived with Barcelona but...
    LIVERPOOL are in talks with Watford’s Ismaila Sarr as part of a double swoop before transfer deadline day, reports claim. The Premier League champions are also rumoured to have made enquiries about a loan deal for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.  4Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele is reported to be a loan target for Liverpool this seasonCredit: Getty Images - Getty Jurgen Klopp’s side have already added Thiago Alcantara to their ranks with the former Bayern Munich ace coming on as a second-half sub during Liverpool’s win against Chelsea.  And France Football claim the Merseyside giants are far from done in terms of beefing up their title-winning squad.  Dembele, 23, and Sarr, 22, are thought to be the latest targets on the Anfield giant’s transfer...
    INTER MILAN have completed the signing of Arturo Vidal from Barcelona for just £900,000. The Chilean reunites with manager Antonio Conte, who he previously worked with at Juventus between 2011 and 2014. View this post on Instagram SIGNED ✍️⚫️???? Finally an #Inter player! Welcome @kingarturo23oficial! #ForzaInter #NotForEveryone #WelcomeVidal #Vidal #Football A post shared by Inter (@inter) on Sep 22, 2020 at 2:32am PDT 3Vidal's final appearance for Barcelona came against Bayern MunichCredit: Getty Images - Getty Vidal, 33, will look to add to his amazing tally of 11 league titles in four different countries. The combative midfielder left Juventus a year after Conte, spending three years at Bayern Munich before arriving at Camp Nou in 2018. He made 96...
    FORMER Barcelona star Dani Alves is reportedly ready to QUIT Sao Paulo - just over a year after joining his boyhood club. The fleet-footed full-back snubbed the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham to join the Brazilians when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired. 2Dani Alves is set to cut short his time with boyhood club Sao PauloCredit: AFP or licensors But according to Goal, things have gone sour for the 37-year-old and he is seeking a move back to Europe. It is reported that Alves "has been left frustrated by the behind-the-scenes issues at Sao Paulo, as well as the criticism he has faced from the club's fanbase". They weren't happy when it was revealed he attended a party...
    BARCELONA have pulled the plug on Luis Suarez's move to Atletico Madrid, according to reports. After Ronald Koeman told the striker, 33, that he was no longer wanted at the Camp Nou, he began a frantic search for a new team. 1Luis Suarez may end up staying put at BarcelonaCredit: EPA However, it has not gone to plan for Suarez with a switch to Juventus ended due to passport delays. That brought LaLiga rivals Atletico into view, a deal that would involve Barcelona terminating the plaeyer's contract. On Tuesday morning, Spanish outlet AS reported that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu had dramatically forbidden the move. The Blaugrana chief, 57, is said to have decided that Atleti are too big a...
    Getty Sergino Dest is wanted by Barcelona Barcelona are hoping to beat European champions Bayern Munich to Ajax defender and USMNT starlet Sergino Dest. The Catalan giants are in the market for a new right-back to replace Nelson Semedo in the backline. The Portugal international is close to a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. According to Catalunya Radio‘s Ramon Salmurri, Dest is Barcelona’s “chosen one,” and the Catalan giants are aiming to close a transfer for the 19-year-old “as soon as possible.” Yet Ronald Koeman’s side will face stiff competition for Dest. Bundesliga champions Bayern have already made one bid for the young defender and are set to make Ajax a new offer, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano....
    Getty Arturo Vidal has posted a classy goodbye message to Barcelona after flying out to Milan to complete a move to Serie A side Inter. The Chile international spent two years at the Camp Nou, winning La Liga in 2018-19, and has said an emotional farewell to the Catalan giants. “Today I say goodbye to everyone at FC Barcelona , after living two wonderful years at this great club. I am very proud to have worn this shirt and for having played alongside great players and very good people. I want to thank my family, my teammates, the coaches, the doctors, the staff and all the wonderful fans who always showed me a lot of affection.Today I start...
    INTER MILAN are reportedly keen on a £46million move for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante. Corriere dello Sport claims Antonio Conte is dreaming of a raid on his former club for the World Cup-winning midfielder, 29. 2Inter Milan are eyeing a £46m raid on Chelsea for N'Golo KanteCredit: Rex Features 2Antonio Conte is ready to sell Christian Eriksen less than a year after signing him from SpursCredit: Getty Images - Getty And the tactician is even willing to sell ex-Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen, 28, who has flopped since his Italian switch at the start of the year. Conte signed Kante for Chelsea in 2016 from Leicester for just £30million. And together they won the Premier League title and FA Cup. CHELSEA...
    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Ivan Rakitic has decided to end his international career, Croatia’s soccer federation said Monday. The 32-year-old Rakitic played 106 times for his country in a storied midfield partnership with Luka Modric that lasted for more than a decade. They were key to Croatia reaching the 2018 World Cup final where it lost 4-2 to France. Rakitic scored the decisive penalty in shootouts to beat Denmark and host Russia in the first two knockout rounds. “Saying goodbye to the Croatian national team is the most difficult decision in my career,” Rakitic said in a federation statement. Born in Switzerland, Rakitic started his career at Basel and represented Swiss national youth teams before opting to switch to his...
    LUIS SUAREZ is officially a free agent after agreeing to terminate his contract at Barcelona. The Uruguayan, 33, still had one year left on his deal at the Nou Camp. 1Luis Suarez is now a free agent after terminating his Barcelona contractCredit: Getty But he was told by new boss Ronald Koeman he did feature in his plans. Now the forward is searching for a new club after RAC1 claimed he agreed to give up part of his salary to secure an early exit from his Barca agreement. Suarez is now studying a host of offers on the table to determine his next club. Most read in FootballMOR BLIMEY!Piers Morgan blocks Carl Froch on Twitter in row over coronavirus'disgrace'Man Utd...
    JUVENTUS have reportedly turned to Alvaro Morata after failing with a bid for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez. Passport issues mean the Uruguayan will not be able to complete his £13.5million move to Juventus before the October 5 transfer deadline. 4Alvaro Morata is being eyed by Juventus for a return to the club, according to reportsCredit: Reuters 4Former Juve target Luis Suarez could head to Atletico Madrid as the striker's replacementCredit: Reuters That has forced the Serie A champions to look elsewhere with Edin Dzeko and Moise Kean among those on their wishlist. But another former Juve star, Morata, is now on their radar. According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the club have offered £9million to take the Atletico Madrid forward...
    LUIS SUAREZ'S future is up in the air after Juventus confirmed they would NOT be signing him this summer. The former Liverpool star, 33, has been told he is not in Barcelona's plans this season under new boss Ronald Koeman and will be sold. 2Juventus have pulled out of the race to rescue Suarez from his Barcelona hellCredit: Getty Images - Getty Juventus quickly became his most-likely new home in a £13.5million deal to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo. But the Serie A champions have pulled the plug on any potential deal due to passport issues, despite Suarez passing the required Italian test last week. Juventus director Fabio Paratici revealed the club had removed Suarez from their wishlist and would...
    Getty Ronald Koeman is “determined” to get the best out of Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona and wants the Frenchman to become a regular in his starting XI at the Camp Nou. Dembele has been plagued by injury since arriving at Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in summer 2017. He’s managed just 74 appearances in all competitions in just over three years. According to German Bona at Sport, Koeman has “made it clear” since he replaced Quique Setien as coach in August that he believes in the forward and wants to “be the man who turns Dembele’s career around.” The Dutchman has therefore worked on a “detailed plan to keep Dembele fit and available” ahead of the 2020-21 season. Follow...
    Getty Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has sent a fond farewell message to Arturo Vidal who is set to complete a move to Serie A side Inter shortly. The Argentine took to social media to say goodbye to the Chile international and wish the midfielder all the best for the future. View this post on Instagram Te conocía sólo de enfrentarnos y siempre me pareciste un fenómeno, pero después tuve la suerte de conocerte en lo personal y me sorprendiste más todavía. Fueron dos años compartiendo muchas cosas y te hiciste notar mucho, el vestuario te va a extrañar, @kingarturo23oficial. Te deseo todo lo mejor en esta nueva etapa en tu nuevo club. Nos volveremos a cruzar,...
    Juventus have ended their pursuit of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, sporting director Fabio Paratici has confirmed. The 33-year-old is expected to leave the Spanish side in the current transfer window after new coach Ronald Koeman decided the attacker had no place in his plans for the future. Juventus emerged as the favourites to land him and the Uruguay international even reached an agreement with the Serie A champions over a €10 million (£9m/$12m) contract, and subsequently travelled to Italy for a language exam in order to get a passport. But Juve grew pessimistic over their hopes of getting a deal over the line and new coach Andrea Pirlo recently admitted that the move looked unlikely due to bureaucratic issues over securing a passport....
    Getty Barcelona confirmed on Sunday that striker Martin Braithwaite has been ruled out of action after picking up a leg injury following the club’s 1-0 Joan Gamper Trophy win over Elche. The Denmark international was an unused substitute in Saturday’s final pre-season friendly but suffered the problem in a practice match on the Camp Nou pitch after the final whistle. Barcelona issued a statement confirming Braithwaite’s injury. “First team player Martin Braithwaite has a left quadriceps anterior rectus injury and the evolution of the problem will condition his availability. “The tests carried out this Sunday have shown up the injury, which occurred in post-match training on Saturday. “This pre-season, Braithwaite participated in the friendlies against Nàstic and Girona,...
    Getty Riqui Puig is determined to stay at Barcelona and prove coach Ronald Koeman wrong after the Dutchman advised the 21-year-old to go out on loan next season. The midfielder was surprisingly left out of the Barcelona squad for Saturday’s Joan Gamper Trophy match against Elche at the Camp Nou amid speculation Koeman had told him he was not part of his plans for the new campaign. Koeman addressed the speculation after the match and said he had advised Puig to go out on loan because he would struggle for game time if he stayed at the Camp Nou due to the intense competition for places. “It’s not true that I don’t count on him. I was speaking...
    FC Barcelona Future uncertain Coutinho, in training prior to the Champions League final. EFE The future of Philippe Coutinho It is all a mystery as well as a headache for the Barça club. Right now it is not known what will happen to him next season. The footballer closed the campaign in the ranks of Bayern yesterday with the Champions League final. Once the transfer with the Bavarian club, which has not wanted to exercise the purchase option he had for 120 million, to rejoin the Barça discipline. At least for now. Ronald Koeman wants to know what intentions the player has before making a final decision. The Brazilian will tell him does not see...
    FULHAM are in talks over Sassuolo centre-back Marlon Santos after leaking seven goals in their first two games back in the Premier League. A top defender shot up boss Scott Parker's wishlist after Saturday's 4-3 loss at Leeds followed a 3-0 opening-day defeat against Arsenal. 2Fulham target Marlon Santos failed to earn a first-team spot at Barcelona but has shoe since switching to Sassuolo in 2018Credit: Getty - Contributor 2Marlon Santos shadows Milan's Ante Rebic during his superb 2019-20 seasonCredit: Alamy Live News And Brazilian Marlon had by far his best season in 2019-20 after failing to break through at Barcelona. West Ham and Southampton were linked with the 25-year-old before he moved to Serie A two years ago. But the Hammers were...
    Getty Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo Barcelona are set to sell right-back Nelson Semedo and hope to bring in two more defenders to bolster their backline before the close of the transfer window. The Catalan giants are ready to allow the Portugal international to move to Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in a deal worth €40 million ($47m), according to Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens at ESPN. Wolves are in the market for a new full-back after selling Matt Doherty to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the transfer window. Barca are happy to sell Semedo as new coach Ronald Koeman has made it clear he prefers Sergi Roberto at right-back. Barcelona will then use the cash from Semedo’s sale to...
    WOLVES are reportedly closing in on the shock signing of Barcelona star Nelson Semedo to replace Matt Doherty. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have been keen to bring in a right-back having sold the Irish international to Tottenham. 1Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo is said to be close to joining WolvesCredit: Getty Images - Getty And after selling Diogo Jota to Liverpool for £45million, the club have the funds to spend big. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   SunSport reported on Saturday how the Blaugrana are looking to bring in Ajax ace Sergino Dest with Semedo on his way out of the Nou Camp for around £40m. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that it is...
    LIVERPOOL were handed a boost as they look to keep hold of Georginio Wijnaldum as LaLiga blocked Barcelona's transfer plans, according to reports. New Barca boss Ronald Koeman has been tasked with revamping his squad after replacing Quique Setien following the 8-2 embarrassment against Bayern Munich. 3LaLiga look set to block any attempts Barcelona make to sign Liverpool midfielder Georginio WijnaldumCredit: Getty - Pool And he identified two of the players who starred under him for the Dutch national team, Memphis Depay and Wijnaldum, as primary targets. However, as reported by the Sunday Mirror, the Catalan giants will not be able to sign either player - meaning Liverpool could well keep their title-winning man. Due to the financial impact of...
    ARTURO VIDAL is set to join Inter Milan from Barcelona for a knockdown price of less than £1million. Nou Camp chiefs want to get the South American's mega wages off their books so will let him go for one million euros (£916,000). 2Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal could move to Inter Milan for £1millionCredit: Getty Images - Getty It is part of a huge revamp at Barca, who have already lost Ivan Rakitic, who switched to old club Sevilla on a free transfer earlier this summer. New boss Ronald Koeman is making sweeping changes at the club after their shocking 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in August. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is leaving, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid battling to...
    Football : FC Barcelona concluded their pre-season preparation with a victory against Elche (1-0) on Saturday. While the majority of La Liga teams play their second game this weekend, the FC Barcelona was once again exempt from the championship in order to finalize his pre-season preparation. For the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy, in the absence of a prestigious opponent, it is Elche, promoted to the elite this season, who presented himself at Camp Nou. Ronald Koeman was able to align his ideal eleven, with Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho in the offensive sector. It was “Grizi” who scored the only goal of the game on a cross from Jordi Alba,...
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona’s embattled club president has no intention of resigning after more than 20,000 club members signed a petition for Josep Bartomeu and his board to face a censure vote. “No one is thinking about stepping down,” Bartomeu told Catalan television TV3 on Saturday before Barcelona beat Elche 1-0 in its third and final preseason match. On Thursday the group of club members wanting a change in the leadership handed in 20,687 signatures calling for a referendum over whether the board should be removed. That surpassed the 16,520 signatures — the equivalent to 15% of all members — needed to force the vote. The success of the signature-raising campaign led to speculation in local media that Bartomeu...
    FC Barcelona The coach regrets the lack of a goal against Elche in the Gamper Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach efe Ronald Koeman has reviewed the third and last preseason game: the victory against Elche in the Gamper by the bare minimum. She has regretted that her block has missed so many scoring chances and has acknowledged that she told Riqui Puig that in the core there is a lot of competition and that in the Camp Nou I won’t have many minutes. An assignment is, for the technician, the best option. The canterano must decide. “It was very special to be at the Camp Nou, it is my first time on the bench. With...
    Getty Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman spoke about Riqui Puig, Philippe Coutinho, and Ansu Fati after Saturday’s Joan Gamper Trophy win over Elche at the Camp Nou. The Dutch coach made headlines ahead of the match by leaving Riqui Puig out of his squad. According to RAC1, the Barcelona boss told the 21-year-old he was not in his plans for the future. Unsurprisingly, Koeman was asked about Puig after the game and insisted the midfield starlet does still have a future at the Camp Nou but that he feels a loan spell would be useful. “It is not true that I do not have him. I spoke with him yesterday. I speak with young people, they must play. They...
    Getty Luis Suarez’s hopes of leaving Barcelona for Juventus have taken a huge blow with coach Andrea Pirlo admitting a deal for the Uruguay international “is difficult.” The 33-year-old had been expected to move to the Turin giants after been told by Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman he’s not in his plans for 2020-21. The striker even travelled to Perugia on Thursday for a language exam in order to gain Italian citizenship. Pirlo was asked about Suarez in his pre-match press conference on Saturday ahead of Juventus’ Serie A clash with Sampdoria and admitted the striker’s passport issues make a deal difficult. “We’re all waiting for a centre forward. There is still a long way to go in the...
    Getty Ronald Koeman has left Barcelona fans raging after reportedly telling starlet Riqui Puig he is not in his plans for the future and can look for a new club. Puig has risen through the ranks at the Camp Nou and is a popular player among supporters who had been looking forward to seeing the 21-year-old playing for the first team next season. Barcelona had been expected to promote Puig from Barcelona B for 2020-21, but it now appears he will be playing his football elsewhere, leaving fans to fume on social media. Riqui Puig is better than Coutinho, Pjanic and every midfielder that Barto bought to fool the socios. There’s no technical decision in the world that...
    BARCELONA are out to hijack Bayern Munich's move for Sergino Dest after failing with two bids for Max Aarons. A new right-back is on the Blaugrana agenda as Ronald Koeman looks to revamp his aging squad. 2Sergino Dest is one of Europe's hottest defensive talentsCredit: Getty - Contributor United States international Dest was born in the Netherlands and raised through Ajax's academy, playing 36 times for the club. And his performances have caught the eye of Europe's biggest teams, including Bayern and Barcelona. According to Bild, the Bundesliga champions have agreed personal terms with Dest but are yet to persuade Ajax to sell up. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   That leaves room for...
    ARSENAL legend Martin Keown believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won't come close to Thierry Henry and Ian Wright's goal tally at Arsenal. The 31-year-old - who has penned a new three-year deal at the Emirates - has fired in 72 goals in 111 games for the Gunners. 4Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already scored twice this seasonCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Martin Keown doesn't believe Aubameyang will finish his career with more Arsenal goals than Ian WrightCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Former Arsenal skipper Henry is the club's all-time top scorer with 228 goals to his name, followed by Wright with 185 strikes. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Gunners news   Aubameyang is on course to surpass Wright's record,...
    Getty Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has dropped another bombshell on the club by informing starlet Riqui Puig he is surplus to requirements and can leave the Camp Nou. According to Gerard Romero at RAC1, the Dutch coach has told the 21-year-old midfielder he is not in his future plans and it would be best for him to look for a new club. Puig is widely regarded as the latest jewel to emerge from the club’s famous La Masia academy and looked to have a big future ahead of him. The midfielder made 12 first-team appearances last season and has also featured in both of the club’s pre-season friendlies against Nastic and Girona. Yet...
    FC Barcelona The youth squad will have to find a team Another bombshell in Can Bara, this one with sports content. Ronald Koeman has communicated in the last hours to Riqui Puig that he does not count on him for next season, as Rac1 has advanced. The canterano, who has stayed off the list for the Gamper This Saturday against Elche, you must look for equipment from here to the end of the market. The Dutchman moved to Riqui that it does not fit into his plans for the campaign that is about to start and that therefore the most appropriate thing is that he go out in search of minutes, which did not cease...
    NORWICH have turned down TWO offers from Barcelona for right-back Max Aarons. The second offer could have been worth £20million including add-ons but the Championship club are holding out for more. 3Max Aarons' move to Barcelona could be off after Norwich rejected two bids for the defenderCredit: Getty Images - Getty But Aarons, 20, is one of the most wanted young right-backs in Europe and has already interested Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. Barcelona are now set to sign their second choice Sergino Dest from Ajax. Norwich, relegated from the Premier League, want a guaranteed £20m for Aarons and are refusing to budge on their price. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   They have...
    ATLETICO MADRID are ready to steal in and grab Luis Suarez - as his Juventus switch stalls. The former Liverpool striker had been set to move to the Italian champions. 1The future looks uncertain for ex-Liverpool striker Luis SuarezCredit: EPA But this switch is in jeopardy as Juve are set to sign ex-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko for £15m from Roma. Barca star Suarez had sat an Italian language exam ahead of his move after Juve made him their top target in July. But with places up front very competitive at the club Cristiano Ronaldo plays for, Atletico could now try and keep the Uruguay hitman in Spain. Juve needed a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who has been released to...
    Football : Courted by FC Barcelona, ​​Memphis Depay has chosen to change numbers at OL … And if Memphis depay stayed at Lyon this season ? The transfer of the Dutch striker to FC Barcelona was announced by the Spanish media as being very well under way. But the track has cooled considerably in recent days with the statements of Jean-Michel Aulas, who revealed that the Blaugranas could not afford to make an offer. The file has since been on stand-by, even if rumors from Italy indicatepossible interest from AC Milan. In the absence of a satisfactory offer, it could therefore be that Memphis will not leave OL by the end of the transfer...
    THEN AND NOW: The biggest celebrity transformations of the past decade Inside BPs plan to dominate the global solar industry and rival the worlds largest operators Neymar, Coutinho in Brazil squad for World Cup qualifying SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar and Philippe Coutinho were picked for Brazil's squad Friday ahead of next month's World Cup qualifying matches against Bolivia and Peru. © Provided by Associated Press PSG???s Neymar leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, Sept.13, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) The squad announcement comes after FIFA assured national teams that players based in Europe would be available...
    FORMER Tottenham boss Mauricio has once again reiterated his desire to manage Real Madrid as he admitted it is his 'dream'. The 48-year-old stated last year how he wants to be in charge of Los Blancos at one point in his career. 2Mauricio Pochettino has stated it is his dream to manage Real MadridCredit: PA:Press Association Pochettino remains on the lookout for a new job having been sacked by Spurs last November. In an interview with Marca about Real, he said: "I don't know if I'll ever coach Madrid, but of course it's my dream. "If it's not the best it's one of the best clubs in the world. "I'm no different, everyone has it on their dream list." Former...
    Sally: At least $29M in damage in Florida county National Cheeseburger Day 2020: Find deals and free food Friday at McDonalds, Applebees and more Subdued Guardiola tight-lipped over future move for Messi Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was tight-lipped Friday over whether his club would be keen to sign Lionel Messi for next season after being heavily linked with the Argentina star in the current transfer window. © Provided by Associated Press Manchester City's head coach Pep Guardiola reacts during the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Lyon and Manchester City at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via AP) Messi decided to stay at Barcelona to avoid a legal...
    MIKEL ARTETA claims Arsenal is the same size club as Barcelona or Inter Milan. The Emirates boss is delighted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally signed a new three-year deal to remain in North London despite offers from both the Nou Camp and San Siro giants. 4Arteta claims Arsenal are as big a club as Barcelona or Inter MilanCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Arteta reckons Aubameyang committing his future to the Emirates speaks volumes of the size of the clubCredit: Getty Images - Getty And Arteta, preparing for tomorrow’s home game with West Ham, admits the saga over whether the striker was going to at the end of his contract this season was having a negative impact on other players. But the...
    LIONEL MESSI could MISS Barcelona's El Clasico showdown in October over fears of 14-day quarantine following Argentina duty. The Barcelona star, 33, could be forced to sit out the monster showdown with arch-rivals Real Madrid next month due to Covid-19 restrictions. 2Messi could miss El Clasico in October due to Covid-19 restrictionsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Argentina take on Ecuador at home on October 8, before facing Bolivia away on October 13 in their first two 2022 World Cup qualifiers. El Clasico is currently set to take place just 12 days later on October 25 - two days within the 14-day quarantine timeframe. Messi would likely miss the game with Getafe a week earlier, on October 18, too. Fifa have...
    LIVERPOOL have reportedly made contact with Barcelona over a loan move for Ousmane Dembele. Jurgen Klopp is keen on signing a new forward to provide competition for his established front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. 1Liverpool are interested in Barcelona winger Ousmane DembeleCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Reds are thought to be open to offers for Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi, while Rhian Brewster has been linked with a move to Sheffield United. Wolves speedster Adama Traore and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr have both attracted interest from Liverpool. Yet Spanish news outlet Sport claim that the Premier League champions have launched an official enquiry for Barca ace Dembele. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the...
    LIONEL MESSI can finally trademark his surname after a NINE-YEAR legal battle with Spanish cycling brand Massi. Argentine great Messi first tried to trademark his surname as a sportswear, footwear and equipment brand in 2011. 3Lionel Messi can finally trademark his surname after a nine-year legal battle with Spanish cycling brand Massi 3The owners of Massi argued the Barcelona legend's brand would lead to customer confusion But the owners of Massi disputed this, as they argued the Barcelona legend's brand would lead to customer confusion. Now the European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal made by the EU's intellectual property office, EUIPO, and Massi on Thursday. The EU high court said Messi's reputation is a relevant factor in distinguishing between...
    Getty President Bartomeu and former boss Setien Barcelona’s rollercoaster year shows no signing of ending any time soon with the club braced for more chaos before they kick off their 2020-21 La Liga season against Villarreal in just over a week’s time. President Josep Maria Bartomeu is under pressure after a campaign by a group of members, Mes que una Mocio, secured 20,731 signatures to force a referendum on a vote of no confidence. Only 16,520 signatures from club members were required to trigger the vote. The signatures will now be checked and if 16,520 are found to be valid then a referendum will be held. Bartomeu will be forced out if 66.5 percent of members vote against...
    EDIN DZEKO has agreed terms with Juventus ahead of a £15million switch from Roma. The Serie A side are set to sign the 34-year-old instead of Luis Suarez - even though the Barcelona star sat his Italian language exam today. 2Edin Dzeko will replace Gonzalo Higuain at Juventus this seasonCredit: Reuters According to Goal, Dzeko will join Juventus on a two-year deal worth £7m-per-year. He was put up for sale by Roma as the club wanted to get his £7m salary off the books. Dzeko - who joined them in permanently in 2016 - scored 19 goals for them last season. Juventus have picked the ex-Manchester City star to replace Higuain instead of Suarez. TRANSFER NEWS...
    QUIQUE SETIEN will take legal action against Barcelona after revealing he was only officially sacked YESTERDAY. The former Nou Camp boss was relieved of his duties last month after being hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. 2Quique Setien will take legal action against Barcelona after only being officially sacked yesterdayCredit: PA:Press Association Ronald Koeman is now in charge of affairs and had to immediately deal with a revolt from star man Lionel Messi. A number of players including Ivan Rakitic and Arthur have already left Barca. And they will soon be joined by the likes of Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez, with Miralem Pjanic and Trincao the only significant arrivals. But it’s ex-manager Setien who has declared...
    Getty USA starlet Konrad de la Fuente admits he’s living the dream at Barcelona currently after being given chances to impress in the first team by new manager Ronald Koeman. The 19-year-old became the first American to feature for the Barcelona first team on Saturday when he came on as a substitute in a pre-season friendly against Nastic. Konrad was handed more minutes in a second friendly against Girona on Wednesday and spoke to the club’s media after the game. ❝REACTION❞ | @konradjr says he's living the dream. pic.twitter.com/swFpN7MVqQ — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 17, 2020 “I’m really happy I got this opportunity to be with the first team. It’s been a goal of mine since I...