Transfer Rumours: Fernandes to Man City, Maupay to Villa, Llorente to Everton and More

?Another day, another raft of fresh* transfer rumours coming right your way. 

This time, we’ve got the Manchester clubs doing battle over yet another player, Aston Villa spending big, and a man called Llorente (no, not that one) being linked with a move to Goodison Park. 

*denotes probably not actually that fresh.


Bruno Fernandes Speaks Out on Future Amid Interest From Manchester Clubs

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Would it be a 90min transfer rumours roundup without the Manchester clubs going ‘head to head’ to sign a player? It decidedly would not.

This time it’s Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes, as Record say (via ?Sport Witness) that ?City are ‘best positioned’ to sign him, after he admitted he has ‘dreams to realise’, alluding to a move away. ?

“The financial aspect always weights a lot, we have a short career. But staying here, I will always be able to raise money, it’s not a financial issue,” he told Portuguese channel ?SIC. “It’s a matter of having dreams left to realise. It’s a difficult choice, we never know what’s going to happen.”


Aston Villa to Mark Promotion With £20m Bid for Brentford Marksman

Neal Maupay

?One year ago, ?Aston Villa were struggling financially, and were rumoured to be considering the sale of Jack Grealish just to keep the club afloat. Now, they’ve been promoted to the Premier League after winning the ‘Richest Game in Football’, so it seems they have a bit of cash to burn. 

And burn it they will, it seems. With it seeming increasingly unlikely that they will be able to secure Tammy Abraham’s return, the ?Sun report that they are prepared to spend a club record  £20m fee on Brentford’s 22-year-old striker Neal Maupay, who hit 25 Championship goals last season – putting him behind only Abraham and Teemu Pukki. 

Their previous record was the £18m spent on Darren Bent back in 2011. Oh how times have changed.


Everton ‘Favourites’ to Sign Diego Llorente Amid Liverpool Interest

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?Everton are reported to have stolen a march on their Merseyside rivals to land Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, with the early workings of a €30m deal believed to be in the pipeline. 

?Liverpool have been loosely linked with the Spaniard throughout the season, but it seems unlikely they will opt to spend such a fee on another senior central defender (considering they have four of those at present) unless they see significant outgoings. Basque-based newspaper Noticias de Gipuzkoa back that assertion, claiming Everton are ‘the most interested’ in getting a deal done, with Sociedad waiting on an offer that meets their asking price. 

No official bids have been submitted yet, however, so this may be a slow burner. 


Newcastle to Make Big Money Offer for Juventus Left-Back

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In 2016, Juventus signed Brazilian left-back Rogerio from Sassuolo for €2m. Three years and exactly zero first team appearances later, they could be about to sell him for a fee north of €20m. 

He has spent the last two seasons loaned back to Sassuolo, developing into a pretty decent left-back, and Tuttosport say (again, via ?Sport Witness) that Newcastle see him as the long-term solution to their left-back troubles, and having failed to land him in January, they will table a bid in the region of €20-25m. 

Considering the Magpies don’t even know who their owners will be in the long-run at this stage, however, transfer rumours should really be taken with a pinch of salt for the time being.


Barcelona Could Move for Valencia Duo

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Ernesto Valverde’s future at Barcelona is very much up in the air, having crashed out of the Champions League against Liverpool and lost the Copa del Rey final to Valencia, but ?SPORT source Superdeporte in reporting that he is pressing on with his transfer plans regardless, and is keen to land two of the players who starred against his side in that final. 

There isn’t much to go on with this one, with the report mentioning simply that Barcelona ‘could’ move for both striker Rodrigo and midfielder Dani Parejo this summer, with Valverde having shown an interest in both players.

Rodrigo, who netted eight La Liga goals last term, would likely serve as the experienced alternative to Luis Suarez that Kevin-Prince Boateng was supposed to be, while Parejo is touted as an alternative ‘defensive pivot’ to Sergio Busquets. Hardly the most exciting pair of rumours from a Barcelona perspective, but they do need some fresh blood. 


West Ham Target ‘Hoping’ for Premier League Move as Hammers Make Bid

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West Ham are reported to have made an €11.5m move for Deportivo Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan.

?Mundo Deportivo bring this one to the table, saying that the Hammers bid comes in at half of what Alaves are asking for, but they believe that a deal can be done at a fee similar to what is on offer at present, provided West Ham stay strong in negotiations. 

When asked about a Premier League move, he said “I’ve always liked the Premier League, I’ve always wanted to play there. I hope that when the transfer window opens in the European summer, some situations may occur.

“Since childhood I have always liked what the Premier League is. I would like to go there, it is a great challenge on a personal level.”


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Barcelona Express Interest in Rodrigo & Cristhian Stuani as Club Continue Search for New Forward

?Barcelona have expressed an interest in Valencia’a Rodrigo as well as Girona frontman Cristhian Stuani as the club search for adequate solutions to their troubles in attack, according to a report.

Luis Suarez is currently the club’s only recognised number nine, and his presence was sorely missed in the Copa del Rey final as La Blaugrana slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Valencia.

While the future of manager Ernesto Valverde remains up in the air, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has set his sights on sorting out their on-field issues, according to ?Marca. Rodrigo had another solid season for Los Ches, scoring eight times in the league, with the icing on the cake being his goal against his admirers in this season’s cup final.

Meanwhile, Stuani has been in scintillating form for Girona since joining the club from Middlesbrough, netting 40 league goals across two seasons with the club, despite turning 33 later this year.

The Uruguayan would offer the cheaper alternative, with his €20m release clause dropping to half of that as a result of Girona’s relegation this season. In terms of Rodrigo, Marca claim Valencia will seek €100m for the Spanish forward, a figure the Catalonian side are unwilling to part with.

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While both operate as number nines, they equally possess differing playing styles, with the club unsure as yet of what direction they want to take in finding competition for the 32-year-old ?Suarez

Whether the Catalan giants will make any offers soon will depend on how the market develops over the next few weeks, with ?Barcelona still ?hovering over a potential deal for outgoing Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann.

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Transfer Rumours: Pepe to Liverpool, Ndombele to Tottenham, Roussillon to Barcelona & More

?If you don’t know that the transfer window is open by now, then where on earth have you been?

Deals have already been going through for a number of weeks and clubs are now looking to get their big business out of the way ahead of pre-season, which for most teams will kick off in just over a month.

You can keep up to date with all the latest transfer gossip here at 90min, and here’s are six bitesize rumours to whet your appetite.


Tottenham Step Up Interest in €70m Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will look to rival Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to journalist Nabil Djellit.

The France international’s signature would force Tottenham into spending a club-record €70m, with their current transfer record set by Davinson Sánchez at €40m (£36m), but it’s believed that Spurs are the closest to his signature.

Both Manchester clubs have also been linked with a move for the 22-year-old midfielder. 


James Maddison Urged to Stay at Leicester City Amid Exit Rumours

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Having picked up plaudits and considerable transfer interest following his maiden season in the Premier League, Leicester City playmaker James Maddison has been urged to stay at the King Power Stadium by his teammate Harry Maguire.

“Maddison’s had a great first year in the Premier League,” Maguire said next week’s UEFA Nations League finals, quoted Leicester Mercury. “He’s taken to it really well.

I think he’s going to learn from being at Leicester and I think he’ll keep improving. So there might be some bids coming in for him but I’m sure Leicester will want to keep hold of him.”

Tottenham and Liverpool have most recently been linked with a move for Maddison ahead of the new Premier League season.


Bournemouth Want Jack Butland & Simon Mignolet This Summer

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Eddie Howe has shortlisted Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland as a potential first-choice goalkeeper at Bournemouth next season, according to The Times.

The Cherries will be losing Arthur Boruc this summer and also face uncertainty over Asmir Begovic’s future at the club, but Bournemouth have been told that they will have to pay a club-record fee of £30m for Butland’s signature.

Having also missed on signing Nick Pope due to his new contract at BurnleyThe Sun adds that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has emerged as a transfer target on the south coast.


Barcelona Eye Wolfsburg’s Jérôme Roussillon

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French defender Jérôme Roussillon has been catching the attention of Barcelona this season during their recent trips to Wolfsburg to scout goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

The 26-year-old only arrived in Lower Saxony last year, but he’s already being tipped to move elsewhere after catching the eye as one of the Bundesliga’s standout players this season.

Although Barcelona have primarily been watching Wolfsburg as they consider a deal for Casteels, Mundo Deportivo stress that Roussillon, who has previously been hyped by their director of football Eric Abidal, is also now a target for the club.


Arsenal Want Cut-Price Deal for Dortmund Star Mario Götze

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Arsenal are considering reigniting their interest in Borussia Dortmund star Mario Götze, with the German entering the final year of his contract at the Westfalenstadion.

The 26-year-old emerged as a target for former manager Arsène Wenger when he first broke through at Dortmund, but an unsuccessful stint at Bayern Munich coupled with battling illness saw Götze fall of the map.

But Bild (via The Mirror) claim Arsenal are once again monitoring the World Cup winner’s future, with Götze coming off the back of a brilliant season playing as a striker under Lucien Favre at Dortmund.


Liverpool ‘in Contact’ With Nicolas Pépé

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According to journalist Duncan Castles, Liverpool have been in contact with the agent of Lille winger Nicolas Pépé as the club considers a possible move for the Ivory Coast international.

Speaking on The Transfer Window podcast, Castles said: “They have been, I’m told, in contact with Pépé’s agent to discuss a deal, to discuss his interest in coming there, what it would cost to bring him there. Lille are aware of this and are awaiting a bid.”

Castles added that Manchester United and Bayern Munich have previously been in contact with the French side over Pépé’s future at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.


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Ballon d’Or 2019: Forecasting the Likely Candidates for Football’s Top Individual Prize

?There are hundreds of incredible talents in world football, but there can be only one winner of the ultimate individual prize: the Ballon d’Or.

Luka Modric took home the award in 2018 after starring for both Real Madrid and Croatia, and the eventual winner of this year’s trophy will need a similar effort.

Here are 15 players who could take home the award, and what they need to do for the remainder of 2019 to make it their own.


Lionel Messi

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Why He Might Win: He’s ?Lionel Messi. 

What He Needs to Do to Win: Keep doing what he is doing. Winning the Copa America with Argentina this summer (and thus ending his international trophy drought) would be massive. Some show-stealing performances in next season’s ?Champions League, on top of continuing his blistering ?La Liga form, could wrap this award up.

What Could Stop Him Winning:? Outside of La Liga, Barcelona have not been world-beaters. The 4-0 mauling at the hands of ?Liverpool, in which Messi was powerless to save his team, will damage his reputation, and failure to win the Copa del Rey won’t help either.


Cristiano Ronaldo

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Why He Might Win:? Do I even need to explain this one? Like Messi, ?Ronaldo is a superhuman talent, and his five Ballon d’Or awards prove he is good enough to win this trophy. Storming to a ?Serie A title with ?Juventus will always help.

What He Needs to Do to Win: If he can continue to score goals, Ronaldo will be up there when the final standings are announced. He needs to carry on dominating in Italy, and success in the UEFA Nations League with Portugal this summer would also be a huge help.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Basically, if he doesn’t do any of the above. A poor showing with Portugal would not go down well amongst fans, whilst he will also need a better run in next season’s Champions League group stage. He managed one goal and one red card at that stage in 2018, and that’s not going to cut it. 


Raheem Sterling

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Why He Might Win: ??Sterling is one of the top performers on one of Europe’s best sides. He fired ?Manchester City to the ?Premier League title, and he is expected to continue that form for the remainder of 2019.

What He Needs to Do to Win: If Sterling can guide England to Nations League glory, he would prove that he can win things without his City teammates. Outside of that, maintaining his rate of goals and assists in both the Premier League and the Champions League would make him a tough candidate to overlook for the shortlist at least.

What Could Stop Him Winning: City may have won the treble this season, but they failed in the Champions League, and the lack of that particular trophy will work against Sterling in the final voting. He is also perhaps less valued outside of England than he is in it.


Kylian Mbappe

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Why He Might Win:? He came fourth in 2018, and he has been a better player this season than he was last time around. ?Mbappe is utterly dominant in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, and his rate of goalscoring is up there with the best in the world.

What He Needs to Do to Win: Continue that electric domestic form, and prove that PSG could be a genuine threat in the Champions League. Whoever the team is drawn against, Mbappe needs goals and top performances. Plus, a blockbuster transfer to someone like ?Real Madrid would certainly enhance his already huge reputation.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Les Parisiens came unstuck against ?Manchester United in the last 16 in Europe, and an early exit from the Champions League is not what voters are looking for. Being in Ligue 1 and not being involved in any major international tournament this year is not helpful.


Virgil van Dijk

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Why He Might Win:? Van Dijk has been a driving force behind ?Liverpool’s emergence as one of Europe’s top sides this season. Dominance in both the Premier League and the Champions League is always a recipe for individual success.

What He Needs to Do to Win: Bringing home the Champions League would be an enormous push in the right direction, and doing the same with the Netherlands in the Nations League would be another example of the centre back’s dominance.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Ultimately, Van Dijk could end 2019 without a single trophy. The Premier League has already been lost, whilst he could end up on the losing side in both upcoming European tournaments. That’s not the record of a Ballon d’Or winner. On top of that, only two other defenders have ever won the Ballon d’Or amongst a sea of attackers. Those two were Franz Beckenbauer (1972 and 1976) and Fabio Cannavaro (2006).


Eden Hazard

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Why He Might Win:? ?Eden Hazard is really good, it’s as simple as that. He has added plenty of goals to his game in recent months which, when added to his unfathomably good dribbling skills, makes him one of the most frightening attackers in world football.

What He Needs to Do to Win: It has often been said that Hazard needed to move to Spain to be in the conversation for the Ballon d’Or, and it looks like he will get the chance to prove that theory this summer. Before he goes, lifting the Europa League with ?Chelsea is a must, but dragging Real Madrid (assuming he signs) back on top in La Liga would earn him major plaudits.

What Could Stop Him Winning: If things don’t go to plan for Hazard in the next few months, he certainly won’t win. ?Thibaut Courtois struggled to perform after making the move to Real, and the same could happen to Hazard. In addition, his lack of involvement at the business end of the Premier League and Champions League are two black marks against his name that will only be overlooked with some sensational displays in the latter half of the year.


Harry Kane

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Why He Might Win:? As one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers, ?Kane has all the required talent to bring home the Ballon d’Or. He scores a crazy amount of goals in one of Europe’s top leagues.

What He Needs to Do to Win: If Kane wins the Champions League with ?Tottenham Hotspur, his case for winning the Ballon d’Or becomes far stronger. The same goes for the Nations League with England, so there are plenty of chances for Kane to establish his dominance.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Ending 2019 with no trophies would make it almost impossible for Kane to win. Scoring goals is all well and good, but not being able to lead either your club or country to silverware will always leave voters wanting more.


Neymar

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Why He Might Win: ?Neymar is another talent who has been dominant for his club, scoring goal after goal to ensure PSG’s reign of glory in France continues. 

What He Needs to Do to Win: Copa America success with Brazil this summer would cement his place as one of South America’s finest. He is also likely to hit 100 caps for the Seleção this year and leapfrog Ronaldo into second place on the country’s all-time top scorers list. However, there is more to winning the Ballon d’Or than that. Impressive showings in both Ligue 1 (or perhaps elsewhere) and the Champions League are a necessity.

What Could Stop Him Winning: For all their dominance in France, PSG were less than impressive in Europe this year, and that certainly needs to change in the latter half of 2019. He also needs to overcome niggling injury issues that kept him out of his side’s run-in in 2018/19.


Mohamed Salah

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Why He Might Win:? ?Salah finished as the Premier League’s top scorer this season (his second successive Golden Boot), which makes him stand as out as one of Europe’s finest. His Liverpool side have been outstanding in the first half of 2019.

What He Needs to Do to Win: The Egyptian has the chance to lift Europe’s most prestigious tournament and adding the Champions League to his trophy cabinet (as well as continuing his form next season) will make him a top option. There is also the Africa Cup of Nations this summer to help bolster his case.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Failing to win any trophy would hurt his argument considerably. There is also the fact that he actually had a better year in 2018.


Matthijs de Ligt

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Why He Might Win:? Leading Ajax through one of the most inspirational runs in recent Champions League history, De Ligt proved exactly why he is so highly rated. He also swept up the domestic trophies with Ajax.

What He Needs to Do to Win: Truthfully, with so many other candidates strutting their stuff in top leagues, De Ligt probably needs to leave Ajax this summer. A switch to Barcelona would be the perfect chance for him, and a series of top performances would help his stock rise. There is also the Nations League in Portugal this summer, where De Ligt can leave more mouths agape.

What Could Stop Him Winning: For all the excitement surrounding Ajax, they did not manage to reach the Champions League final. If he does not leave Ajax, he would be fighting an uphill battle to prove he is the world’s best, and that would likely be an impossible task. Like his international teammate Van Dijk, his odds are longer as a defender.


Sadio Mane

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Why He Might Win:? ?Mane has often been Liverpool’s most important player in attack, scoring plenty of vital goals to help his side compete for both the Premier League and Champions League.

What He Needs to Do to Win: A top performance in the upcoming cup final against Spurs would prove Mane’s status as one of the world’s finest forwards. Maintaining a similar level for the remainder of the year won’t be easy, but Mane has the talent to do so. Senegal success at AFCON will only help him.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Just like the rest of his Liverpool teammates, Mane could be left wondering what could have been if the Reds cannot bring home the Champions League trophy. A dip in form at any stage of 2019 could be catastrophic to his chances of individual glory.


Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho

Why He Might Win: With ?Borussia Dortmund, Sancho has proven just why many view him as a future superstar. He might even already be there, having terrorised ?Bundesliga defences for fun in recent months.

What He Needs to Do to Win: To have any chance of winning, Sancho needs to take his talents to the global stage. A triumphant Nations League campaign with England would work wonders, and a high-profile transfer to, say, Manchester United would increase the attention on him. 

?What Could Stop Him Winning: It can be argued that Sancho is still missing something on his quest for superstardom, which is normal for a 19-year-old. Maintaining his current level with Dortmund would be great, but it may not be enough. Trophies and world-beating performances are needed, but he has many years ahead to get those.


Fabio Quagliarella

Fabio Quagliarella

Why He Might Win:? If I told you that the Ballon d’Or winner had outscored Cristiano Ronaldo and dominated in his domestic league, you would not be surprised at all. That is exactly what Fabio Quagliarella managed in Serie A.

What He Needs to Do to Win: With Sampdoria not competing in the Champions League, Quagliarella’s odds of winning the trophy are certainly slim. But, if the 36-year-old can continue defying the odds and outscoring some of the world’s finest, who knows what could happen.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Quagliarella is hardly a household name and, given he will not compete in Europe, it would take an astronomical effort to change that. If all he can bring is goals, that won’t do it for many voters. He may well claim the Puskas Award, however.


Son Heung-min

Heung-Min Son

Why He Might Win: ?Son has been flirting with superstardom for years, and looks to be nearing that next step. He was in sensational form for Spurs, and captured the hearts of many with his stunning showings against Manchester City in the Champions League.

What He Needs to Do to Win: Silverware, silverware, silverware. Son has the chance to win the Champions League, which inevitably leads to an increased reputation. If he follows that up with some more impressive showings, he will force his way into the standings.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Spurs weren’t part of the Premier League title race, and a similar team performance next season would hamper his chances of winning, regardless of whether he lifts the Champions League.


Robert Lewandowski

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Why He Might Win:? As one of Europe’s elite strikers, it’s not hard to see how Lewandowski could take home the ultimate individual prize. He fired ?Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title, and will be looking for that form to carry over into next season.

What He Needs to Do to Win: Goals will be the key for Lewandowski. Leading the Bundesliga’s scoring charts again would be hugely impressive, and an electric start to next season, both in Germany and in Europe, could earn his place on the shortlist.

What Could Stop Him Winning: Crashing out of the Champions League in the round of 16 is not Ballon d’Or material, and if Bayern endure another lacklustre start to the season, just as they did this year, then his wait for the award may go on.

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Barack Obama Offers ‘Wonderful’ Lionel Messi & Argentina Words of Wisdom Ahead of 2019 Copa America

?Former United States president Barack Obama has offered Lionel Messi and Argentina some expert advice ahead of next month’s Copa America.

The 46th edition of South America’s elite football tournament will pit the superstar against the likes of Brazil and reigning champions Chile, as they bid to win their first Copa America title since 1993.


Despite arguably boasting the competition’s best player, Argentina have come unstuck in both of the last finals, losing to Chile on penalties in 2015 and 2016. Obama served as the United States’ president from 2009 to 2017, and claimed unity will be key for Lionel Scaloni’s side as they kick off this year’s tournament against Colombia on June 15.

“Even people that we consider geniuses work with other people in order to develop their style,” Obama said, as quoted by ?Goal.

“In Argentina, even though Messi is wonderful, they have problems winning the World Cup. My advice to young people is that we have to recognise very few people achieve great things on their own.”

Lionel Messi

Argentina have been drawn in Group B, alongside Colombia, Paraguay and guests Qatar for the showpiece event in Brazil, with many supporters of La Albiceleste pinning their hopes of glory on their talisman forward.

The ?Barcelona number ten is heralded among the football world as one of the greatest players ever to have lived, with many considering the 31-year-old a ‘God’ among men after scoring 614 career goals in just 719 appearances. Such claims were dispelled by ?Pope Francis last month, however, who stated there can only be one God, no matter how otherworldly ?Messi‘s talents may be.

“In theory, it is sacrilege… but I don’t believe it,” he said. “Of course, he is very good, but he isn’t God.”

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Barcelona ‘Open Negotiations’ With PSG Over Potential Swap Deal Between Neymar & Ousmane Dembele

?Neymar’s future with Paris Saint-Germain has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, and now reports from Spain have claimed that Barcelona have opened negotiations with PSG over a potential swap deal with the Brazilian and Ousmane Dembele.

Alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for Neymar, and manager Thomas Tuchel recently ?admitted ?PSG may be unable to prevent either Neymar or Kylian Mbappe leaving the club this summer.


The claim of the negotiations between ?Barcelona and PSG come from ?RAC1, who state that talks are only at an early stage at the minute.

They suggest the Blaugrana are keen to bring ?Neymar back to Camp Nou and would offer Dembele in return in an attempt to avoid paying a hefty transfer fee. However, with PSG eager to recoup most of their initial €222m investment, Barcelona may still have to include some money in this deal.

The entire situation is described as “very complicated”, although RAC1 believe that everything is in place for this deal to go through. 

Neymar is said to be desperate to return to Barcelona, while Dembele has already received an offer from the Ligue 1 giants, so both parties could be eager to conclude the deal.

Interestingly, this is not the first time that such a deal has been suggested. Back in November 2018, it was ?reported that Dembele was looking for a way out of Camp Nou, and Barcelona were ready to use the Frenchman to try bring Neymar back for a second spell at the club.

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At the time, Dembele had faced plenty of questions about his attitude, but he has managed to turn things around since then. With Philippe Coutinho struggling for form, Dembele was given plenty of chances to impress, and he managed a return of 14 goals and nine assists in all competitions.

However, he is yet to convince every fan that he was worth his €145m transfer fee, and some have been left wanting more from Dembele’s performances. He has been an integral part of Ernesto Valverde’s lineup, but these latest reports suggest his time at the club could be coming to an end.

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Real Madrid Replace Man Utd as Europe’s Most Valuable Club But Premier League Sides Dominate List

?Real Madrid have ended Manchester United’s three-year reign as Europe’s most valuable club, but Premier League sides still make up the vast majority of the top ten.

The Red Devils endured a tumultuous campaign, sacking Jose Mourinho and failing to qualify for the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League.

According to ?KPMG’s European Elite 2019 list, this has seen ?United lose their place as Europe’s most valuable side, with ?Real moving into the ascendancy.

The list takes into account club’s financial reports, as well as profitability, social media popularity and broadcasting revenue, to determine the overall value of Europe’s top sides.

United’s estimated value dropped 1% to €3.207bn, whilst Los Blancos enjoyed a growth of around 10%, thanks to their continued commercial success and sizeable prize bonuses from UEFA competitions.

Real are now valued at approximately €3.224bn, making them just the second team to ever manage an overall value of over €3bn.

?Bayern Munich managed to beat ?Barcelona to third place, but the list then becomes all about the ?Premier League. ?Manchester City came in fifth on the table, beating ?Chelsea, ?Liverpool, ?Arsenal and ?Tottenham Hotspur, who take up the next four spots in the standings.

Rounding out the top ten are ?Juventus, who managed to stay just ahead of French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain, largely thanks to their acquisition of superstar forward ?Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal international has brought about an unsurprising boost in commercial revenue, which ensured they remained in the top ten.

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You can check out the values of each side in the top ten below, as well as the change in each club’s value from the previous report.

?Team Estimated Value ?Change From Last Year
?Real Madrid €3.224bn? ?+10%
?Manchester United ?€3.207bn ?-1%
?Bayern Munich ?€2.696bn +6%?
?Barcelona ?€2.676bn -4%?
?Manchester City €2.460bn? +14%?
?Chelsea €2.227bn? +26%?
?Liverpool €2.095bn? +33%?
?Arsenal €2.008bn? -4%?
?Tottenham Hotspur €1.679bn? +31%?
?Juventus €1.548bn? +19%?

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Roberto Martinez: Predicting How Barcelona Could Line Up Under the Spanish Manager

If the rumours are to be believed, then Roberto Martinez is in line to land the top job at Barcelona this summer.

Ernesto Valverde’s tenure is looking increasingly untenable and Barcelona are looking to head in a new direction – with Martinez said to be leading the way.

If Martinez does land the job then he’ll have plenty of work to do to ensure that ?Barcelona return to the heights of European football. Luckily enough, he has a whole host of former players who would fit in perfectly at the Nou Camp next season.

Here’s a (not entirely serious) look at how Barcelona could look under Martinez next season.


Joel Robles (GK)

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So good Martinez signed him twice for ?Wigan and then ?Everton, Joel Robles is the obvious candidate to line up between the sticks for Barcelona next season.

Okay, so he’s proven that he isn’t actually *that* good, but have you seen the sheer size of the lad? He’s almost twice as big as Marc-Andre ter Stegen and for that reason alone he should take the number one jersey away from the German with relative ease. 

Oh, and he’s 28 years old which, as everyone knows, means that he is about the enter the peak of his career, PLUS, he’s only played five league games in 2018/19 which means that he’ll be as fresh as he’s ever been.


Emmerson Boyce (RB)

Emmerson Boyce

Barcelona’s problems on the European stage all started when they got rid of Dani Alves. The obvious solution? Bring Emmerson Boyce out of retirement…of course.

Boyce may have had the turning circle of a freight ship and about as much agility as Emile Heskey on roller skates, but boy did he know how to make a tackle. 

That’s exactly what Barcelona need right now. Someone who won’t bother venturing forward and playing out the back. Someone’s who will just lump seven bells out of everyone he sees. A cost-effective, no nonsense choice who should even be in the running for the captain’s armband.


Antolin Alcaraz (CB)

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The whole ‘signing players from your former club’ trope did get a little bit excessive when Martinez snapped up Antolin Alcaraz from Wigan.

Sounding like the pro-evo version of the Californian prison, Alcaraz was pretty tidy for Wigan, dreadful for Everton and now he’s apparently playing for the mighty Olimpia in his native Paraguay.

Transfermarkt value him at a whopping £180,000, so Martinez could probably pay for the 36-year-old himself if he was so inclined.


Dedryck Boyata (CB)

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Gerard Pique is alright, but is he really anything compared to World Cup semi-finalist Dedryck Boyata? I think not.

Boyata may have already agreed to join Hertha Berlin on a free this summer, but that shouldn’t stop Martinez, particularly as Boyata has already demonstrated that he is willing to throw his toys out of the pram to secure a move – even if he didn’t actually succeed in doing that last summer.

Martinez took the seemingly strange decision to take Boyata to the World Cup last summer and he actually played in all three of Belgium’s group stage matches ahead of Vincent Kompany – his quality is therefore undeniable.


Jean Beausejour (LB)

Jean Beausejour

?A tough toss-up between Jean Beausejour and Roger Espinoza, but the former should get the nod to represent Barcelona based on the fact that he comes from Chile, who are better at football than Espinoza’s Honduras.

To be fair, Espinoza isn’t even a left-back, but he did play there in the 2013 FA Cup final so Martinez may still be considering him as a potential option. However, if he was a sensible man, he’d be going all out to drag Beausejour away from the obscurity of life with Club Universidad de Chile.

Beausejour can play as a full-back or a winger and excels at neither. He’s the perfect Martinez signing.


James McCarthy (CM)

James McCarthy

?James McCarthy deserves a break. After all, he has only able to make one appearance since January 2018 after fracturing his tibia against West Brom.

The Irish midfielder has made an equal number of appearances for both Wigan and Everton – 133 – so it only seems right that Martinez completes the trilogy by handing him 133 appearances for the Blaugrana on the way to unprecedented European dominance.

He’s only got one year left on his current deal so he’ll be a very affordable option if Martinez is looking to strengthen his midfield options.


Ben Watson (CM)  

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Maybe Ben Watson would be better suited coming off the bench to bag the winner in next season’s Champions League final, but it would be hard for Martinez to deny him a start when you consider their history together.

Watson is a big game player – just ask him about his FA Cup final winning goal – who is able to turn a game on its head with a single moment of magic – just ask him about his FA Cup final winning goal.

Did I mention that he scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final?


Jordi Gomez (AM)

Jordi Gomez

Now we’re talking. A creative midfielder with an eye for a pass who grew up playing in the Barcelona academy (before playing for Swansea, Wigan, Sunderland and Blackburn)? Sign him up right this second.

Gomez was the most talented individual in Wigan’s FA Cup winning side and he has now disappeared into the obscurity of the Cypriot league. Philippe Coutinho has failed to achieve basically anything since joining the club, so Gomez has nothing to live up to.

“He has everything to become one of the top managers in the world.” Gomez said of Martinez back in 2014. No one likes a teacher’s pet, Jordi.


Lionel Messi (RW)

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Martinez isn’t that stupid. Callum Mcmanaman is good, but he’s not that good. 

?Lionel Messi should alright for a few more years.


Adnan Januzai (LW)

Adnan Januzaj

?When Adnan Januzaj was named in Belgium’s World Cup squad, the world laughed. No one was laughing when the former Manchester United wonderkid bent a sensational effort into the top corner against England in a completely meaningless group stage game though, were they?

Martinez clearly sees something in Januzaj that no one else does, which explains why he keeps being called up to represent Belgium when he does practically nothing for Real Sociedad.

Get rid of ?Ousmane Dembele and bring in Januzaj, Roberto. You know you want to.


Arouna Kone (ST)

Arouna Kone

The final man to have played under Martinez at both Wigan and Everton, Arouna Kone is the only individual that could possibly lead the line for Barcelona next season.

In what should be a surprise to absolutely no one, Kone is currently plying his trade in Turkey and is practically crying out for a move back into the big leagues after plundering 11 goals in 27 appearances in 2018/19.

Barcelona did sign Kevin Price Boateng in January, so they would invariably be getting an upgrade if they decide to bring Kone over to the Nou Camp. 


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Luis Suarez Considered ‘Transferable’ by Barcelona Board as Doubts Arise Over Striker’s Commitment

?Luis Suarez could be on his way out of Barcelona this summer, as reports have emerged claiming the fractured relationship between the Uruguayan and the board mean the club will consider his sale this summer.

The news comes amid the latest controversy surrounding the forward, as he opted to undergo surgery on a knee injury following Barca’s defeat to Liverpool, that would leave him sidelined for the rest of the season – including the final of the Copa del Rey. 

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Without him, they ?lost 2-1, plunging the club further into a state of crisis, and many looked to Suarez’s decision in hindsight. He was accused of putting his country’s fortunes over ?Barca’s, since the surgery increases his chances of making the Copa America this summer.

In the wake of the situation, ?SPORT report that the relationship between Suarez and the board has reached a breaking point. Citing his poor performances leading up to the injury – including his anonymous display in that ?4-0 defeat at Anfield – as well as several disagreements between the parties in the past, the report claims that his favourable relationship with Lionel Messi no longer grants him immunity, and the club are now prepared to cut ties with the 32-year-old should a suitable offer come in.

Suarez, however, said via a statement on Twitter that he has always shown full commitment to Barcelona, and felt he had no choice but to undergo surgery. 

“The injury that led to surgery has nothing to do with my cartilage but because of a torn meniscus that I suffered in the match against Liverpool, he said. “Which is why I felt obligated to undergo surgery and miss yesterday’s final against my will

“I have shown every day since I came to this club that I am 100 percent involved, I give everything in every training and in every match for this shield”.

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Barcelona Reject West Ham’s £18m Bid for Andre Gomes as Everton & Tottenham Wait in the Wings

West Ham have seen an initial £18m bid for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes turned down by the Catalan giants.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, representing Marco Silva’s Everton 27 times in the Premier League, impressing with his touch and ability to dictate proceedings from the middle of the park.

Early on Sunday morning, The Times reported that Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham had made the first move to sign him on a permanent basis, lodging an £18m bid for his services.

That bid would appear to have been down, though, with Sky Sports? reporting that Barça have rebuffed the Hammers advances to bolster their creative midfield options for next season.

Barça are thought to value Gomes at around twice that amount, having cost an initial €35m plus €20m in performance related add-ons when he joined in 2016. He still has two years remaining on his deal at Camp Nou, but it’s likely a sale will be sanctioned if their asking price is met.

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The Hammers have already made a series of enquiries for Gomes, but this bid is their first significant move to ward off interest from rivals Tottenham, and Everton – who are keen to make Gomes’ stay on Merseyside a permanent one.

When asked about the Portuguese midfielder earlier this season, Everton boss Silva said: “We have to do everything to sign” [Gomes]. I know all the rumours around, but the most important thing is what comes from Andre and what comes from our club, our board, is also important.

“He didn’t have nothing new for me to say now. I am 100 per cent sure when something is decided in his mind I will be one of the first people to know and this is the most important thing.”

?Tottenham have also long shown an interest in the Portuguese, with the need for a player of Gomes’ ilk being all the more necessary following Mousa Dembele’s departure in January.

The ?Hammers, meanwhile, need added competition in a midfield that boasts Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Jack Wilshere, but lacks energetic box-to-box engine men.

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