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Pique hits back over Barcelona wage claims by posting bank statement
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Pique hits back over Barcelona wage claims by posting bank statement

The Camp Nou outfit have been mired in financial troubles over the past year and now their star defender has clapped back at critics over his wages   Gerard Pique has hit back at speculation over his salary at Barcelona, with the Blaugrana stalwart insisting that he has taken a substantial pay cut in order to help ease the club's financial woes. The Camp Nou outfit have been mired in financial troubles over the past year, with the club unable to re-sign Lionel Messi ahead of the current campaign, and several players forced to see their wages slashed in order to meet financial fair play rules. Stalwart centre-back Pique is one who reportedly took a major reduction, only for Cammedia reports to suggest that he had merely deferred his wages earlier this week - and now, the ...
Aston Villa complete sensational loan deal for Phillipe Coutinho from Barcelona
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Aston Villa complete sensational loan deal for Phillipe Coutinho from Barcelona

Aston Villa have completed the sensational loan signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona with an announcement to be made later. The Brazilian midfielder has agreed to return to the Premier League until the end of the season. The deal sees Coutinho reunited with his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard, who is the current coach of Aston Villa. According to SportsMail, Villa boss Gerrard was the key factor in Coutinho’s decision to sign for Villa given his close relationship with the Anfield legend. Following talks with Gerrard, attacking midfielder Coutinho was left completely convinced to make a move to Villa Park. Sportsmail revealed Villa’s efforts to sign Coutinho on Wednesday afternoon and the deal has moved on rapidly since then. A number of clubs across th...
Chelsea’s first January signing close to arriving Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea’s first January signing close to arriving Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are close to completing their first signing of the January transfer window. According to Sport, Chelsea have ‘gone all out’ to sign Sergino Dest from Barcelona this month and are ready to pay a fee to bring him to Stamford Bridge. The Premier League giants have ‘approached’ Barcelona to ask what needs to be done to get the deal over the line. Dest is Chelsea’s ‘number one target’ and they believe the Catalan club would be making a mistake with a player who is a great ‘market opportunity’. Barcelona will assess any offers for Dest following Dani Alves’ return to the club. The LaLiga giants will want to recoup the €20million they paid Ajax for Dest in the summer of 2020, but are ‘willing to talk’ numbers amid their financial strife. Dest is also said to be on Ba...
​Man Utd challenging Liverpool, Barcelona for Gladbach midfielder Zakaria
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​Man Utd challenging Liverpool, Barcelona for Gladbach midfielder Zakaria

Manchester United are assessing the availability of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. The central midfielder is out of contract in the summer, and Gladbach are willing to sell him in January to secure some funds for the player. However, Zakaria is wanted by a host of clubs, including Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. According to the Daily Mirror, United are tracking his availability, but would have to convince him to make the move to Old Trafford over the other top teams also vying for his signature. Zakaria is available for free in the summer, but United need a midfielder urgently, and may believe a January bid is their best chance to steal a march on the other teams who also want to sign him.    
Haaland transfer: Decision on future in ‘next few weeks’ amid rumours Barcelona confident of signing Dortmund star
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Haaland transfer: Decision on future in ‘next few weeks’ amid rumours Barcelona confident of signing Dortmund star

The Norwegian has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as he continues to set both the Bundesliga and Champions League alight Borussia Dortmund's head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl has confirmed the club are planning to make a decision on Erling Haaland's future in "the next few weeks" amid rumours Barcelona are confident of signing the striker. Haaland committed to a four-and-a-half-year contract at Dortmund when signing from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, but his stock has risen since then in scoring 76 goals in his first 75 appearances across all competitions for the German giants. A number of top clubs across Europe are now being credited with an interest in the 21-year-old including Barca, and Kehl has offered an update on his situation with the winter transfer w...
Arsenal give Barcelona, Coutinho Conditions to sign midfielder
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Arsenal give Barcelona, Coutinho Conditions to sign midfielder

Arsenal are interested in signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this January, but only on their terms, according to SPORT. The Gunners are looking to reinforce their midfield, with the team firmly in the fight for top four places in the Premier League. However, Mikel Arteta will not be arm-twisted in the winter transfer market. Arsenal want a loan deal for Coutinho without an obligation to buy the Brazilian. Also, they have asked that Barca pay part of the player’s salary or Coutinho lowers his wages to make the move happen. The 29-year-old left Liverpool in January 2018 to join Barcelona for £142 million, but has failed to meet expectations. His time in Spain has been blighted by injuries, constant changing of managers and a loss of form.
Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City
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Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City

Ferran Torres has tested positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona following a £55m signing from Manchester City. The 21-year-old Spain international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, which is understood to be worth an initial £46.7million, and a further £8.5m in potential add-ons. Barca have set a €1billion (£841million) buyout clause into the deal. Torres had hoped to be back in action for the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid on January 12, but his debut could be delayed after the Catalan club announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 along with team-mate Pedri. A Barca statement on Monday evening read: 'Pedri and Ferran Torres have tested positive for Covid-19. The players are in good health and are isolated at home.' ...
Morata close to completing shock move to Barcelona
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Morata close to completing shock move to Barcelona

Alvaro Morata is on the verge of returning to Spain to join Barcelona, according to Deportivo Mundo. The ex-Real Madrid striker is being tipped to return to LaLiga and sign for the Catalans initially on loan. Morata currently plays for Juventus, where he is on loan from Atletico Madrid, who he joined from Chelsea in July 2020 for a deal worth £58 million. However, Barca are close to landing Morata this month with the transfer “95% complete”. It is believed “a total agreement has already been reached with Juventus for the player’s loan for the next six months, as well as an agreement with Atletico to execute a future purchase option.” The fact that Atletico still have outstanding money from Barca for the purchase of Antoine Griezmann would also play a part in the transfer, ...
Xavi admits Barcelona cannot yet register new signing Torres
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Xavi admits Barcelona cannot yet register new signing Torres

Barcelona coach Xavi admits they cannot register new signing Ferran Torres.   Torres completed an initial £46.7m transfer from Manchester City last week, just 18 months after signing from Valencia, explaining how he failed to properly settle in Manchester due to the ongoing UK government restrictions. “Ferran Torres is a spectacular signing, both as a player and a person," Xavi said on Saturday. "He's coming off an important injury, he has fantastic commitment, he's going to give us a lot, I've no doubt about it. He can play in different positions, I'm very happy with the effort made by the club to get him. "We'll see how the salary cap situation is, if it's possible right away. There has to be players leaving. If we get Dembele to resign his contract and lower his pa...
Tottenham to hijack Arsenal’s first January signing
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Tottenham to hijack Arsenal’s first January signing

Tottenham Hotspur are set to hijack Arsenal’s first January signing, Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho, who currently plays for Barcelona, is all but set to arrive at Arsenal after their manager Mikel Arteta gave the green light to pursue the deal. Coutinho’s representatives are traveling to London to conclude talks with Arsenal. But according to El Nacional, Tottenham could offer to take Coutinho off Barcelona’s hands. Antonio Conte’s side are considering trying to persuade the Catalan club to let the Brazilian join Spurs on a free transfer before the January window closes. However, it remains to be seen whether the Premier League side will be willing to match Coutinho’s current £370,000 per week wage. Coutinho has played in the Premier League before during his time at Liver...
Arsenal make contact with Barcelona contract rebel Dembele
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Arsenal make contact with Barcelona contract rebel Dembele

Arsenal are interested in Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele. Foot Mercato says Arsenal are among clubs interested in signing Dembele and have already made contact. Dembele sees his contract at the Nou Camp expire at the end of the season and he is reportedly keen on leaving the La Liga outfit. It's emerged Dembele has been demanding €30m-a-year to re-sign with Barca, along with a €15m signing on bonus. The France attacker is also a target for Newcastle.  
Flamengo threaten Arsenal plans for Barcelona midfielder Coutinho
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Flamengo threaten Arsenal plans for Barcelona midfielder Coutinho

Flamengo are threatening Arsenal's plans for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.   Sport says Barca are happy to negotiate a loan to the north Londoners for the Brazil international. However, the Premier League side will need to compete for the 29-year-old's signature with a club that he apparently 'loves'. Flamengo are an attractive proposition to Coutinho, whose Barca contract runs out in 2023. The former Liverpool midfielder's minders have been in talks with Arsenal chief Edu for some weeks about a return to England in January.
Man City Attacker Undergoes Barcelona medical after Guardiola confirms exit
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Man City Attacker Undergoes Barcelona medical after Guardiola confirms exit

Manchester City forward, Ferran Torres, on Monday underwent his medicals with Barcelona. The two clubs agreed on a £55m fee, which includes add-ons and will be paid in instalments for the player last week. Although Torres is currently recovering from a broken metatarsal, his medical was scheduled for Monday morning. According to SportingLife, the 21-year-old has passed all of the required tests and is now on the brink of a switch to Camp Nou. A deal could be finalised by the end of the day, ending Torres’s 18-month spell with the Premier League champions. City manager, Pep Guardiola, has recently insisted that he has no issues with the winger leaving the Etihad side less than midway through his long-term contract.
Cavani unhappy at Manchester Utd – Agent confirms striker’s new club
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Cavani unhappy at Manchester Utd – Agent confirms striker’s new club

Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani, is unhappy at Old Trafford and could be set for a move to Corinthians or Barcelona. This claim was made by Andre Cury, Neymar’s former agent. Cavani’s current contract with Man United will expire next summer. The Uruguay international joined Man United from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020. The 34-year-old has not featured regularly for Man United so far this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo taking all the spotlight. “He [Cavani] is unhappy at [Manchester] United. He’s a guy I already know a little about his history because we almost brought him to Palmeiras the other time,” Cury told Torcedores. “He’s a guy who owns a farm in Uruguay and likes to be close to home, so in that sense, there might be some possibility. “Now, obviously,...
Tottenham make push for Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele
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Tottenham make push for Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele

Tottenham are making a push for Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele. The France international's deal expires in June. While Catalan media sources say Dembele is willing to sign a new deal, with it claimed a two-year contract is close to being settled, TMW says Spurs are now making their move. Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici is drawing up a pre-contract offer for Dembele, with the backing of manager Antonio Conte. The proposal will be put to Dembele at the beginning of January - and it hasn't been ruled out Spurs buying Dembele next month should Barca fail to find an agreement with the player.  
​Liverpool considered ‘serious contenders’ for Borussia Dortmund frontman Haaland
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​Liverpool considered ‘serious contenders’ for Borussia Dortmund frontman Haaland

Liverpool are emerging as a serious option for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.   The attacker is likely to leave the German club in the summer, as he will have an active release clause in his contract. The 21-year-old is wanted by the top clubs around Europe, with all the big English sides monitoring his situation. A report from Sky Germany suggests Liverpool are considered 'serious contenders' to sign Haaland. Jurgen Klopp may see him as the ideal player to refresh their frontline and eventually take away the scoring burden from the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. The Reds will face stiff competition to secure Haaland's signature. Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have all been linked with the 21-year-old. ...
Martial finally chooses next club
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Martial finally chooses next club

Manchester United striker, Anthony Martial, has chosen to play for Spanish LaLiga side, Sevilla, Sky Sports reports. Martial is targeting a switch to Sevilla in January if he can finally secure an exit from Man United. The report added that Martial has made Sevilla his number one choice of destination, despite interest from Newcastle United, Barcelona and Juventus. Sevilla are keen on a loan deal, with a view to make the move permanent. Martial is keen to leave Man United in a bid to get regular playing time. Earlier this month, Martial’s agent went public with the player’s request to force a move in the January transfer window. The 26-year-old is yet to feature under Man United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, due to a knee injury and his current contract with the club ...
Cesar Azpilicueta’s new club revealed as Chelsea captain set to leave Stamford Bridge
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Cesar Azpilicueta’s new club revealed as Chelsea captain set to leave Stamford Bridge

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s possible new club has been revealed as the defender is set to leave Stamford Bridge. Azpilicueta’s current contract with Chelsea will expire at the end of the season. Despite his status as Chelsea skipper, Azpilicueta has seen his contract at the west London club run down to its final six months. Chelsea are currently preoccupied with sorting out the contract situations of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen. That has left Azpilicueta at risk of Chelsea, with the two parties currently a distance apart in negotiations. According to The Athletic, Azpilicueta is hoping to be offered the security of a multi-year contract by Chelsea, but such an offer would go against the Blues’ traditional contract structure, with the Premi...
Manchester United make U-turn on selling Edinson Cavani this January
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Manchester United make U-turn on selling Edinson Cavani this January

Manchester United will no longer allow Edinson Cavani leave the club for Barcelona this January transfer window. The club have now decided to keep the veteran Uruguayan attacker for the remainder of the season. The South American has entered the final year of his contract and will now leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. LaLiga giants Barcelona want to bring in a striker this January following the sudden retirement of Sergio Aguero. Barcelona are said to have shown interest in the 34-year-old with the player also willing to move to Camp Nou this January. But MailOnline reports that the former Premier League champions want the veteran striker to remain at the club for the rest of the season. The report claims that the Covid situation in the Premier League i...
Cavani gives condition to sign for Barcelona
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Cavani gives condition to sign for Barcelona

Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani, is ready to sign for Barcelona next month on one condition. The LaLiga club wants Cavani as replacement for the now retired Sergio Aguero. According to Marca, the Uruguay international is ready to accept Barca’s offer to join. However, the 34-year-old only wants to move to the Nou Camp until the end of the campaign and no longer. That is most likely because Cavani has ambitions of returning to South America, as he has been linked with Boca Juniors and Corinthians both arising. Back in May, when his United contract was winding down, the former Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain star was preparing himself to move. But he ended up staying after a stirring end to the season, scoring in the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal.
Aguero receives four offers after retiring from football
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Aguero receives four offers after retiring from football

Sergio Aguero will have to consider four job offers, just a few days after retiring as a player. The 32-year-old announced his retirement from football on Wednesday due to a heart problem. Aguero had only moved to Barcelona this summer and played just five matches, after 10 years at Manchester City. A return to City could now be on the cards, as the Premier League club will offer him a role as a global ambassador. Marca claims there are at least three other offers on the table for Aguero. Two of them are from his native Argentina, where a role on manager Lionel Scaloni’s coaching team for the 2022 World Cup is an option, as well a position with one of the country’s national youth teams. A television punditry position is also believed to be on the table for Aguero, who i...
Aguero agrees to forfeit one year wages as Barcelona terminates his contract
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Aguero agrees to forfeit one year wages as Barcelona terminates his contract

Barcelona are said to be grateful to Sergio Aguero for his attitude during negotiations to terminate his contract, according to Diario Sport. Aguero announced his retirement from football this week due to a heart problem. However, the Argentina striker only moved to Spain this summer and signed a two-year deal with Barca. Being aware of the financial challenges at the Nou Camp, Aguero decided to forfeit the second year of his contract. The former Manchester City player will also only collect part of his wages for this season. Aguero was able to make only five appearances for Barcelona and scored once against Real Madrid. The 32-year-old however scored 260 goals in 390 games for City, 100 in 230 for Atletico Madrid, 18 in 38 for Independiente and 41 in 101 for the Argent...
Barcelona turn Down Signing Pogba, Haaland
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Barcelona turn Down Signing Pogba, Haaland

Barcelona have turned down an offer to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund if it means they have to bring in Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, according to SPORT. Both players are represented by agent Mino Raiola. It is believed Raiola has suggested to Barca, that they must sign Pogba to have a chance at landing Haaland. Raiola recently met with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and floated the concept of a package deal. But given Barcelona’s financial standing and Xavi Hernandez’s tactical preferences, such an idea has no chance of happening. Pogba will become a free agent next summer, while Haaland’s £63m release clause becomes active.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletic Club Drag La Liga to Court
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Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletic Club Drag La Liga to Court

Real Madrid, Atletic Club and Barcelona have dragged LaLiga to court over the agreement to work with global investment firm, CVC. Last Friday, 37 of the 42 LaLiga clubs approved the agreement to work with CVC for the LaLiga Impulso – or Boost LaLiga, in English – project. However, Atletic Club, Real Madrid and Barcelona did not vote for the proposal and have decided to launch a legal action. The three clubs are the most vocal opponents so far to the agreement for almost two billion euros to be put into LaLiga in exchange for a future percentage of audiovisual rights money. “Athletic Club, Barcelona and Real Madrid hereby inform that legal action has been taken against the agreements adopted by the LaLiga assembly on December 10, which approved the so-called Proy...
Aubameyang to join Barcelona after being Stripped of Arsenal captaincy
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Aubameyang to join Barcelona after being Stripped of Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave the club for Barcelona in January. The UK Independent claims the LaLiga side are eyeing a move for the 32-year-old. This follows the Gunners’ decision to strip Aubameyang of the captain’s armband on Tuesday. Mikel Arteta came to the decision, after the Gabon international failed to report on time for a COVID-19 test after travelling to pick up his sick mother from France. With tensions seemingly high between Arteta and Aubameyang, the player now looks likely to leave the Emirates when the January transfer window opens. New Barcelona boss, Xavi Hernandez, will be in the market for a striker when the transfer window opens in a few weeks. Aubameyang has 18 months left on his £350,000-a-week contract with ...
Big blow for Liverpool as Adeyemi decides club he’ll play for next season
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Big blow for Liverpool as Adeyemi decides club he’ll play for next season

RB Salzburg’s midfielder, Karim Adeyemi has decided to remain at the club amidst interests from Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Adeyemi has caught the eyes of many top European clubs after a blistering season in front of goal. The 19-year-old scored a hat-trick on Saturday (being his first) as Salzburg demolished WSG Wattens 5-0. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are among the plenty of clubs interested in the striker, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund. The Germany international was quizzed about his future immediately after his hat-trick on Saturday. He said: “As is so often the case, nothing is decided yet and, as I have said, I’ll also be at Salzburg next year, and that’s where my focus is on. “As I have said, I have no tend...
Barcelona list ‘untouchable’ players as Xavi plans to overhaul squad
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Barcelona list ‘untouchable’ players as Xavi plans to overhaul squad

Barcelona have identified the ‘untouchable’ players at the club as their manager, Xavi Hernandez, plans to overhaul the squad in the upcoming transfer window. According to Catalonian television channel Esport3, the untouchable players at Barcelona currently are Ansu Fati, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez. Fati, Gavi and Gonzalez are the only players who have their places guaranteed at Barcelona, while the rest will have to prove their worth in Xavi’s squad between now and the end of the season. This is coming less than five days after Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League. Xavi’s men are currently in the seventh position on the La Liga table, with 16 points behind league leaders Real Madrid. The report added that the Barcelona hierarchy knows they need to make bold dec...
Xavi: Barcelona don’t belong in Europa League
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Xavi: Barcelona don’t belong in Europa League

The Blaugrana were eliminated from the Champions League at the earliest point since 2000-01 Barcelona manager Xavi has expressed disappointment in Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich that sent them to the Europa League – a competition in which he thinks his side don't belong. But Xavi also accepted Barca's new reality and said that the club must "start again from zero" amid their most difficult campaign in recent history. The last time Barcelona were ousted from the Champions League this early was 2000-01, when the Europa League was still known as the UEFA Cup.  
AC Milan consider move for Barcelona outcast Umtiti
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AC Milan consider move for Barcelona outcast Umtiti

Barcelona are pushing to offload Samuel Umtiti in January. Italian reporter Rudy Galetti reports the 28-year-old is one of the options which AC Milan are studying as cover for Simon Kjaer who is facing six months out after rupturing the ligaments in his left knee. Milan view Umtiti as a low-cost alternative to some of the other players they are looking at, seeing as the Frenchman doesn't figure in Barcelona's plans. Umtiti is under contract with the Catalans until 30 June 2023, but considering that he no longer plays and earns a high salary, Barça are looking into rescinding his contract. Umtiti has not played a single minute for the first team this season - his most recent outing for the Blaugranas was on 22 May 2021 in the 0-1 win at Eibar in Ipurúa, where he came on as a sub...
Messi Ordered to Demolish’ his Luxury hotel in Barcelona
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Messi Ordered to Demolish’ his Luxury hotel in Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has been ordered by a court to demolish his four-star hotel in Barcelona. El Confidencial reports that Messi’s 77-bedroom building does not meet city standards. The ‘MiM Sitges’ is located close to where the 34-year-old used to live while he played for the LaLiga side. Messi also owns hotels in Ibiza and Majorca through the Majestic Hotel Group and spent £26m on the Barcelona-based residence in 2017. But it is understood Messi bought the hotel without being aware that the Sitges Town Hall had already ordered for it to be demolished as a result of non-compliance with building codes. The hotel’s balconies are believed to be too large, but the structure could even collapse if they are downsized or torn down. Apart fr...
Man Utd striker Cavani welcomes interest from Xavi’s Barcelona
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Man Utd striker Cavani welcomes interest from Xavi’s Barcelona

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is ready to join Barcelona. The Times says Cavani's deal expires in the summer, and he has ambitions of playing in La Liga before calling time on his career. The Uruguay international believes he still has two years left at the top level, and wants to link up with Xavi at Barcelona. Cavani joined the Red Devils in 2020 and signed a one-year extension in the summer. But he seems unlikely to put pen-to-paper on another extension at Old Trafford with a move to Barcelona on the cards. And with cash-strapped Barca targeting low-cost transfers, the free signing of Cavani is an attractive prospect.  
Las Palmas to upgrade contract for Barcelona target Alberto Moleiro
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Las Palmas to upgrade contract for Barcelona target Alberto Moleiro

Las Palmas have moved to upgrade Alberto Moleiro's contract with an increased buyout clause. Las Palmas are pushing to agree new terms with the midfielder amid interest from Barcelona. Eighteen months after successfully signing Pedri from Las Palmas, Barca are now keen to bring Moleiro to La Masia. Las Palmas president Miguel Ángel Ramírez has confirmed plans for new contract talks with Moleiro, with his current deal running to 2023. "It would triple the release clause," Ramirez explained, which would see the option jump to €30m.
Barcelona board split on encouraging Aguero to retire
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Barcelona board split on encouraging Aguero to retire

Barcelona board are split on the future of Sergio Aguero. The Argentina striker is recovering from collapsing on the pitch last month with a heart condition. Doctors have recommended he stay away from the training pitch until January. Goal says there has been discussion amongst Barca directors about offering Aguero a payoff from his contract and encouraging him to retire. However, other board members are insisting management not act too soon and give the former Manchester City striker as much he needs to recover. For his part, Aguero has stated publicly on social media he has no plans to hang up the boots.  
Barcelona in Chelsea talks for Ziyech and Werner
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Barcelona in Chelsea talks for Ziyech and Werner

Barcelona are maintaining contact with Chelsea for attacking pair Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.   Sport says there has been contact between the clubs in recent days and the Blues are open to talk about Werner or Ziyech leaving, and under conditions that suit Barcelona. Negotiations are open.   Barcelona contacted Chelsea in October to ask about the options. The second, Ziyech, seems to fit better but Barcelona have contacted representatives for both players. They want to have more minutes and feel more important for their teams. Werner and Ziyech are not regulars for the Blues although both did start against Man United. Chelsea drew at home and the players were not particularly impressive. The Blues might even be willing to pay some part of their salaries if the...
Barcelona pair Reverter, Alemany at Man City Friday amid Torres interest
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Barcelona pair Reverter, Alemany at Man City Friday amid Torres interest

Barcelona are planning a bid for Manchester City attacker Ferran Torres. The Daily Mail says Torres, currently going through rehabilitation on a foot injury sustained last month, would be expected to cost around double the £21million City paid Valencia for him last year. The 21-year-old Spain international is understood to be interested in exploring a move after limited starts prior to his injury. Barca's chief executive Ferran Reverter and director of football Mateu Alemany visited City's training base on Friday. City sources said the pair were in the UK for business meetings. Although going through financial strife, Barca also possess a long-standing desire to land Raheem Sterling. But the forward has rediscovered his scoring touch, notching in each of his last three games...
Man Utd in talks with Valverde to replace Solskjaer
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Man Utd in talks with Valverde to replace Solskjaer

Manchester United are reportedly in talks with former Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, over becoming the club’s interim manager if they cannot prise Mauricio Pochettino away from Paris Saint-Germain.   Sportsmail revealed that Pochettino is ready to move to Old Trafford immediately as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's replacement, but the situation is still unclear if United wants the Argentine to be the next boss.   United are still working to a plan of installing a temporary boss to take over the reins from caretaker Michael Carrick before making a permanent appointment at the end of the season.   The club have a shortlist of five candidates for the interim job and it emerged on Tuesday evening that former Barcelona coach Valverde is one of the names under consi...
Man Utd make contact with ex-Barcelona boss Valverde over interim role
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Man Utd make contact with ex-Barcelona boss Valverde over interim role

Manchester United are in communication with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde. The Red Devils are searching for an interim manager who can take them to the end of the season. United are aware that getting their primary targets at this stage of the campaign is very difficult, and are willing to appoint an experienced caretaker to help them achieve their ambitions for this term. According to the BBC, United are looking at 57-year-old Valverde, who won La Liga with Barcelona, as one of the options for the interim job. He is among several names on their list. United are hoping to appoint Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, but his ability to leave PSG mid-season is deemed as very unlikely.  
​Gavi hoping to use Chelsea interest as leverage in Barcelona talks
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​Gavi hoping to use Chelsea interest as leverage in Barcelona talks

Barcelona youngster Gavi is hoping to negotiate a new contract with the club. The 17-year-old is already being linked to teams around Europe, with Chelsea stated to have a serious interest in the midfielder. However, Sport states that Gavi wants to stay with the club where he has come through the youth ranks He is hopeful of using Chelsea's interest as leverage to negotiate a new contract with Barca. Gavi has 18 months remaining on his present deal, which does not financially reflect his new status as a first team player.  
Eric Abidal apologizes to his wife after she filed for divorce following his alleged affair with PSG women’s star Kheira Hamraoui
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Eric Abidal apologizes to his wife after she filed for divorce following his alleged affair with PSG women’s star Kheira Hamraoui

Former sports director of Barcelona and former French international, Éric Abidal on Tuesday, November 23, apologized to his wife, who has requested a divorce after he allegedly confessed to having an affair with PSG women's star Kheira Hamraoui, who was attacked by masked men. “Forgive me. Your decision does not matter, you will continue to be in my eyes the woman of my life, and above all the mother of our wonderful children. I deserve this humiliation even though it is killing me alive,” the former footballer told Hayet Abidal in a message in his Instagram account. 31-year-old Hamraoui was attacked on November 4, while being driven home by PSG team-mate Aminata Diallo, 26, before two masked men stopped the car and beat her with iron bars that she required stitches. A...
Lionel Messi gives Condition to Return to Barcelona
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Lionel Messi gives Condition to Return to Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi, has given the condition to return to Barcelona. Messi, who left Barcelona in the summer for PSG, said he would love to return to the LaLiga giant if he could contribute and help the Catalan club. The Argentine captain left Camp Nou as a free agent in the summer transfer window this year after his contract was allowed to expire. Speaking ahead of PSG’s Champions League tie with Manchester City on Wednesday, Messi insisted that Barcelona was his home. “I have always said that I was going to return to Barcelona in some moment because it was my home and I lived there,” Messi told El Larguero via Mundo Deportivo. “I would always like to help the club in whatever way I can and obviously, if I can contribute and help the club,...
Messi predicts what’ll happen to Xavi at Barcelona
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Messi predicts what’ll happen to Xavi at Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has predicted that Xavi Hernández will make Barcelona grow. Messi said this while breaking his silence on Xavi’s return to Barcelona. The Argentine captain, who played alongside Xavi during their time at Barcelona, said the Spaniard knows the Blaugrana very well. The PSG number 30 said this ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday. “Barcelona will grow with Xavi,” Messi told MARCA, adding “he’s a coach who knows a lot and knows the club well.” Recall that Xavi was appointed as Barcelona’s new manager a few days ago following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last month. Speaking at his unveiling, Xavi had said that Messi, his former teammate, texted him and wished him the best of luck as Barca mana...
Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba: Koeman didn’t deserve sack; I’m grateful to him
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Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba: Koeman didn’t deserve sack; I’m grateful to him

Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba insists former coach Ronald Koeman didn't deserve to be sacked. Despite being dismissed and replaced by Xavi Hernandez, leaving the Blaugrana in a troubled position domestically and in the Champions League, Alba didn't want to have a bad word said about his former coach. "No," Alba said, asked if he thought the change to Xavi should have been made earlier. "I think Koeman did a very good job. "We won the Copa Del Rey when nobody expected us to, and every coach has their own style. I'm grateful to Koeman for what he did with me and the whole team." Despite his affection for Koeman, Alba did express his excitement with Xavi's arrival on the bench. "Now we have a new coach because the president decided to have one and I'm happy that Xavi is here," ...
Barcelona coach Xavi happy for Pedri after 2021 Golden Boy award
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Barcelona coach Xavi happy for Pedri after 2021 Golden Boy award

Barcelona coach Xavi is happy for Pedri after he was named the 2021 Golden Boy. Pedri was officially awarded the European Golden Boy award on Monday morning, yet the Spanish midfielder has suffered another setback on his road to recovery from injury. Xavi was asked about the condition of the playmaker, although he enthused about the prospect of working with him once he returns. "His return will depend on how he recovers," Xavi said. "I'm happy he has won the Golden Boy award because his performances have been extraordinary. "It's not an easy injury, he's a key player and makes a difference for us, but I don't have a date for his return, we want him to come back as soon as possible and do it one hundred percent."  
Barcelona convinced Man Utd interfering in Dembele talks
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Barcelona convinced Man Utd interfering in Dembele talks

Manchester United are being linked with Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele. The France international comes off contract at the end of the season and talks with Barca over a new deal have stalled. Mundo Deportivo says there's a belief inside Barca that the reason for Dembele's hesitancy is interference from United. United made an attempt for Dembele at the end of last season before he suffered an injury at the Euros and have remained interested in the attacker. For his part, Dembele is keen on a move to Old Trafford and is excited by the prospect of playing in England.
Deco key as Barcelona move for Basel striker Cabral
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Deco key as Barcelona move for Basel striker Cabral

FC Basel striker Arthur Cabral is interesting Barcelona. Mundo Deportivo says Barca see Cabral as cover for Sergio Aguero. The Argentine is facing at least three months on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a heart complaint. Barca are exploring the prospect of taking Cabral on-loan in January. The deal would involve the striker joining to June with a permanent option for €8m. Interestingly, Cabral's agent is former Barca star Deco, who is now acting as a go-between for the two clubs. The player's personal demands would also fall inside Barca's wage budget.  
Barcelona chasing Chelsea Bosman pair Christensen and Azpilicueta
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Barcelona chasing Chelsea Bosman pair Christensen and Azpilicueta

Barcelona are interested in Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen. The Dane is off contract at the end of the season with talks over a new deal hitting a deadlock. Local journalist Gerard Romero has reported Barca are keeping a close watch on developments. Romero says Barca's plans won't end with Christensen, however. Barca are also interested in Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, Valencia fullback Jose Gaya and RB Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi
Daniel Alves passes Barcelona medical: You miss me, huh?
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Daniel Alves passes Barcelona medical: You miss me, huh?

Daniel Alves has passed a Barcelona medical this morning. Alves, 38, has successfully passed his medical check-up, prior to signing his contract with Barcelona to June 2022. The Brazilian fullback arrived at Barcelona Hospital at around 9am to undergo the routine tests required, which lasted over two and a half hours. Both on arrival and departure, the Brazilian has showed his usual good sense of humour. "You miss me, huh?" he first told reporters awaiting his arrival at the hospital. "I always surprise," added the defender, who returns to Barça at 38 years old and five years after his departure, during which time he has played for Juventus, PSG and Sao Paulo. Once the medical examination was completed, Alves joked again. "I am forever young, brother," said the Brazilian. ...
Barcelona urging Sterling to accept cut on Man City wages
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Barcelona urging Sterling to accept cut on Man City wages

Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling must agree to a dramatic pay-cut if he's to join Barcelona in January. Sport says Sterling has welcomed interest from Barca, which are keen to take the England international on-loan over the New Year. Sterling is currently on €18m-a-year and would expect to join Barca with the two clubs splitting his wages 50-50. However, if Barca were to take on his €9m demands, it would leave no room in the wage budget to make further additions in January. As such, Barca are pushing Sterling to accept a cut on his wages to join them. It's been suggested the drop in earnings would be covered by bonuses included in a proposed permanent deal at season end.  
Newcastle, Liverpool watching Planes resignation push at Barcelona
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Newcastle, Liverpool watching Planes resignation push at Barcelona

Newcastle United are keen on departing Barcelona technical secretary Ramon Planes.   Marca says the Spaniard is said to be considering other projects abroad. This has put the new board at Newcastle on alert as they still look to appoint someone in the role between the owners and the manager. Lee Charnley, who was appointed managing director under Mike Ashley, remains at the club but his future is still very much up in the air. The appointment of a new technical secretary would likely see him relieved of his duties as he was only initially kept onboard to assist the takeover. There are, however, potential other roles that will become available for Planes as Liverpool could also be in the market for someone of his stature and experience. With the Reds' sporting di...
Barcelona target Chelsea outcast Pulisic – but must sell first
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Barcelona target Chelsea outcast Pulisic – but must sell first

Barcelona are convinced Chelsea are prepared to sell Christian Pulisic. Pulisic, 23, has struggled to secure a regular spot in the side since Thomas Tuchel took over, with injuries limiting his time on the pitch. Cataluyna's El Nacional says manager Thomas Tuchel has told owner Roman Abramovich to sell Pulisic. The report suggests Barcelona's new manager Xavi is a fan of the winger, and has asked the club to make an attempt to sign him. But that may only be possible if the Catalans get rid of players first, given their dire financial position. Philippe Coutinho is one star who has been heavily linked with an exit from the Nou Camp. Samuel Umtiti is another player who could leave Barcelona. If the Frenchman and Coutinho depart in the new year that would remove two high ear...

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