Spurs in talks for Barca midfielder Moriba

Tottenham are in talks to sign Ilaix Moriba from Barcelona.

One source in Spain has indicated that an agreement is close and personal terms with the player would not be a problem.

Barcelona want a fee in the region of £17m (€20m) for the 18-year-old central midfielder.

However, Moriba also has interest from RB Leipzig, whom Sky Sports News reported a few days ago have been in talks to sign him.

Joan Laporta recently confirmed Moriba is for sale after turning down the offer of a new contract at the Nou Camp.

Spurs sold midfielder Moussa Sissoko to Watford on Friday and are also prepared to sell Tanguy Ndombele if his valuation is met.

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Moussa Sissoko has left Spurs to join Watford.

Spurs sign Sarr and loan him back to Metz

Pape Matar Sarr has joined Tottenham from French club Metz.

However, the 18-year-old, who has already won two international caps for Senegal, will remain with the Ligue 1 side for the rest of the season.

The defensive midfielder played 25 times for Metz last season, scoring four times, and has played all three of their games so far this term.

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CL draw: Man City face PSG, champions Chelsea play Juventus

Pep Guardiola will be reunited with Lionel Messi – with whom he won two Champions League titles – after Manchester City were drawn to play Paris Saint-Germain in this season’s group stage.

The two clubs are joined in Group A by RB Leipzig and Belgian champions Club Brugge.

Chelsea – who beat Manchester City in last season’s final to lift their second Champions League trophy – will play Juventus, as well as Russian champions Zenit and Swedish champions Malmo.

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Chelsea lifted the Champions League in May after a 1-0 win over Man City in Porto

Liverpool have been drawn into a tough Group B, where they will take on three-time runners-up Atletico Madrid, seven-time winners AC Milan and two-time winners Porto.

Manchester United face a rematch with Villarreal, who beat them on penalties in the final of last season’s Europa League. Also in Group F are Atalanta and Swiss champions Young Boys.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona – who have won 11 Champions Leagues between them – headline Group E. Barcelona will be competing in the competition without Messi for the first time in 17 years.

Also in Group E are Benfica and Ukrainian title-winners Dynamo Kiev.

Real Madrid – who have won the competition a record 13 times – will take on Italian champions Inter Milan, as well as Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff Tiraspol, who are the first Moldovan side to compete in the Champions League.

Group C contains Portuguese champions Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, four-time Champions League winners Ajax and Besiktas.

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Villarreal beat Man Utd on penalties in the Europa League final in Gdansk last season

In Group G, French title winners Lille face Sevilla, Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg and Wolfsburg.

The group stage begins on September 14 and 15, with the final being held in St Petersburg on May 28.

Champions League group-stage draw

Group A: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan

Group C: Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol

Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev

Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys

Group G: Lille, Sevilla, Red Bull Salzburg, Wolfsburg

Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo

The Champions League final was last staged at Wembley back in 2013
The final will be held in St Petersburg on May 28, 2022

When will the matches be played?

Matchday one: September 14/15

Matchday two: September 28/29

Matchday three: October 19/20

Matchday four: November 2/3

Matchday five: November 23/24

Matchday six: December 7/8

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Euro round-up: Depay nets first Barca goal in Bilbao draw

La Liga: Depay scores first Barca goal in draw

Memphis Depay scored his first goal for Barcelona to salvage a 1-1 draw away to Athletic Bilbao, while defender Eric Garcia was shown a straight red card in added time for a last-ditch foul.

Athletic defender Inigo Martinez had given the hosts a deserved lead in the 50th minute by heading home from a corner after his side had dominated the first half and seen a shot cleared off the line at the start of the second.

Barca struggled to cope with Athletic’s intensity but cashed in when their opponents took their foot off the gas and seemed content to defend their lead rather than look for a second goal.

Frenkie de Jong hit the crossbar with a sumptuous chip and moments later Depay levelled in the 75th minute with a thunderous strike from a tight angle, his shot flying beyond the reach of helpless Athletic keeper Julen Agirrezabala.

Garcia was then shown a straight red card on his second outing for Barca when he hauled down Athletic forward Nico s on the edge of the area, but the hosts failed to capitalise from the resulting free-kick.

Barca defender Gerard Pique also limped off in the first half for Ronald Koeman’s side.

Fernando Nino’s late goal gave Mallorca a 1-0 win at Alaves, who had defender Ruben Duarte sent off in the second half.

Carlos Soler’s late equaliser from the penalty spot grabbed Valencia a 1-1 draw at Granada, who had a stoppage-time goal from Angel Montoro ruled out for offside by VAR.

It finished 0-0 between Espanyol and Villarreal, a second goalless draw for Unai Emery’s side following their defeat on penalties to Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.

Serie A: Inter off to winning start

Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring in Inter's win over Genoa
Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring in Inter’s win over Genoa

Debutant striker Edin Dzeko was on target as Inter Milan got their Serie A title defence off to a flying start, thrashing Genoa 4-0 in their opening match of the season in front of fans in the San Siro on Saturday.

Hakan Calhanoglu, who crossed the divide to sign for Inter from city rivals AC Milan in the summer, took centre stage from the off, setting up Milan Skriniar for his side’s sixth-minute opener, before drilling home a second eight minutes later.

The visitors had a great chance to get back in the contest just before the interval, but Yayah Kallon dragged his effort wide from a good position.

That miss proved costly as Inter, who had two strikes ruled out for offside, the second of which was another fine finish from Calhanoglu, added a third in the 74th minute through substitute Arturo Vidal to make sure of the three points.

To complete the perfect afternoon for Inter, on his 200th Serie A appearance, veteran forward Dzeko, who joined from Roma this summer, headed home a late fourth.

Maurizio Sarri also got off to a winning start at Lazio, but the visitors had to bounce back from an early scare to win 3-1 at newly-promoted Empoli.

The home side took a surprise lead in the fourth minute when Filippo Bandinelli scored, but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic headed in the equaliser just two minutes later.

Empoli threatened to restore their advantage but Bandinelli’s strike came off the post. Instead, it was Lazio who took the lead in the 31st minute when Manuel Lazzari played a one-two with Milinkovic-Savic before placing an angled drive into the bottom left corner.

Lazio extended their lead 10 minutes later as Ciro Immobile converted a penalty after Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario clattered into Francesco Acerbi.

Atalanta also best Torino 2-1. Luis Muriel scored in the sixth minute but Torino looked to have earned a well-deserved point when Andrea Belotti’s effort was deflected in with 11 minutes remaining.

However, substitute Roberto Piccoli, who had only come off the bench in the 83rd minute, snatched a late winner in stoppage time.

Bundesliga: Dortmund beaten by Freiburg

Vincenzo Grifo of Freiburg celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with teammates
Vincenzo Grifo of Freiburg celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal

Freiburg rose to second in the Bundesliga table on Saturday thanks to a gritty 2-1 win over a Borussia Dortmund side who dominated possession but failed to convert their chances.

Vincenzo Grifo rocked the visitors early, putting Freiburg ahead with a stunning free-kick in the sixth minute. Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham came closest to an equaliser in the first half, hitting the post with a header from a corner.

Despite Dortmund keeping possession for long spells, they found themselves two down eight minutes into the second half when Roland Sallai slammed the ball home from close range.

Dortmund were thrown a lifeline when midfielder Yannik Keitel steered a low cross past his own keeper in the 59th minute. But the Freiburg rearguard stood firm to repel Erling Haaland and company as they hung on to win.

Elsewhere, Wolfsburg went top of the standings by coming back from a goal down to beat Hertha Berlin 2-1, with Lukas Nmecha getting the winner in the 88th minute.

Bochum forward Simon Zoller set up a goal in each half as his side beat Mainz 2-0, and Greuther Furth came back from a goal down to grab a point against 10-man Arminia Bielefeld, while Eintracht Frankfurt and Augsburg played out a scoreless draw.

Ligue 1: Lille held by St Etienne

St Etienne defender Saidou Sow scored late on to deny defending champion Lille their first win of the season in a 1-1 draw.

The 19-year-old Sow headed home from a corner in the 84th minute after Burak Yilmaz had put Lille in front in the first half. Saturday’s draw leaves Lille seven points behind Paris Saint-Germain after just three rounds.

Monaco’s poor league start also continued with a 2-0 loss at home to Lens, another team that had been looking for its first win.

Ignatius Ganago and Simon Banza scored in the second half for Lens, with Monaco goalkeeper Alexander Nbel at fault for the opener in the 51st minute.

Ganago easily got past Monaco defender Strahinja Pavlovic and then fired straight at Nbel from a narrow angle. But the German goalkeeper, who is on loan from Bayern Munich, failed to hold onto Ganago’s shot as it squirmed past and inside the near post.

Lens had Cheick Doucour sent off for a bad challenge on Krpin Diatta on the hour mark, but Monaco’s Aleksandr Golovin followed him off in the 85th minute for his tackle on Banza.

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Barcelona interested in signing Aubameyang

Barcelona are interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.

The La Liga club are willing to offer former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in part exchange for the Arsenal captain.

Earlier on Monday, Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed the club are £1.15bn in debt.

Aubameyang, 32, signed a new three-year deal with Arsenal last year until 2024.

The Gabon striker missed the Gunners’ opening-day Premier League defeat at Brentford on Friday through illness, alongside Alexandre Lacazette.

Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal for a then club-record fee in the region of £60m in January 2018, scored 14 goals for the north London club last season as Mikel Arteta’s side missed out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years.

Barcelona tried to sign England striker Tammy Abraham from Chelsea, report Sky in Italy.

Abraham, 23, completed a medical in Rome on Sunday ahead of completing a permanent move to the Serie A club for £34m.

Campbell questions Auba, Lacazette absences

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Kevin Campbell feels there was a lack of communication from Arsenal about Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette’s absence from their squad to face Brentford in their season opener

Speaking to Sky Sports News, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell said: “Something is awry. Something isn’t right.

“Right up until the [Brentford] game they [Aubameyang and Lacazette] were going to be in the starting line-up and then all of a sudden they are out. If they are ill let us know what the illness is.

“I just feel like there is some infighting going on at some stage. Arsenal don’t need this because there is some serious work to be done [in on-field performances].”

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Barca debt up to £1.15bn | Laporta slams Bartomeu ‘lies’

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has opened up on the club’s “very worrying” financial situation, revealing the La Liga giants are €1.35bn (£1.15bn) in debt.

Laporta blamed his predecessor Josep Bartomeu for a “terrible inheritance” which he says sees club salaries representing 103 per cent of income at the Nou Camp.

He blamed the club’s “dramatic” situation on Lionel Messi’s departure and insisted Bartomeu and his board of directors must be held accountable.

Laporta, in his second spell as club president after winning the 2021 elections earlier this year, said at a live press conference: “Our salaries represent 103 per cent of the club’s total income. That’s 20-25 per cent more than our competitors.

“The first thing we had to do when we arrived was to ask for a loan of €80m because otherwise, we could not pay the salaries. The previous regime was full of lies.”

Laporta continued: “We also found that we had to do some urgent repairs to the Camp Nou because otherwise, it posed a risk to the attending fans. We also found out that the club had already received 50 per cent of the TV rights fees in advance.

“We found the wage policy in the form of an inverted pyramid – veterans on long contracts and youngsters on short deal. There were no wages cuts – lies.

“We have found that disproportionate payments have been made to intermediaries, not even agents.

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Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol says Barcelona are in a ‘terrible state’ financially with the La Liga giants €1.35bn (£1.15bn) in debt

“Barcelona has a negative net worth of €451m – it is a terrible inheritance. What has been happening is very worrying.

“Bartomeu’s (open) letter is an effort to justify management that is unjustifiable. It is an exercise in desperation. They are responsible for everything until March 7. They will not escape their doing.”

Laporta thanks Pique for taking pay cut

Barcelona signed Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia on free transfers this summer.

However, despite the departure of Messi, the club were only able to register the pair at late notice ahead of their opening-day victory against Real Sociedad on Sunday after captain Gerard Pique agreed to take a reduction in his salary.

Barcelona made a winning start in La Liga
Gerard Pique scored as Barcelona made a winning start in La Liga without Lionel Messi

Laporta hopes other senior players such as Jordi Alba will soon follow suit.

“I thank Pique for his willingness to help the club. His reduction has helped us to register players. We can register Kun (Sergio Aguero) with the agreement we plan to have with the other players. I hope the other captains act like Pique,” said Laporta.

Despite such a wealth of problems, Laporta believes Barcelona can repair its situation and has revealed that it has taken out a loan of “€550m with an interest rate of 1.1 per cent to restructure the club”.

He thinks it will take a couple of years for the club to be back on a more stable financial footing.

“The situation is dramatic, but we have good news,” said Laporta. “The strategic plan based on our credibility and experience, on the assets that Barca have, makes this situation temporary. I think that in a couple of years, the club’s economy will be healthy.

“We are not scared at all. We are highly motivated and positive and morale is high. It’s a big challenge but we are capable of overcoming it.

“I’d like to call on all Barca fans and the entire club to be united. With football and unity, I’m convinced this era will be full of success.”

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Opt-out offered as LaLiga clubs approve investment

The majority of LaLiga clubs have approved a £2.3bn investment deal with private equity firm CVC Capital Partners but opponents have been given an opt-out clause.

Despite strong opposition from Real Madrid – who have threatened legal action to stop the deal – and Barcelona, there were only four dissenting votes from the league’s 42 member clubs on Thursday.

But there was a concession from LaLiga, with the opt-out option confirmed, meaning those clubs would not benefit from the investment or have to relinquish a percentage of their future revenues.

Athletic Bilbao are one of the other clubs to vote against the proposal, with the fourth not being revealed, at the end of a week which saw one of the league’s biggest draws – Lionel Messi – leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain.

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LaLiga president Javier Tebas claims Barcelona may have been able to keep Lionel Messi – if they had approved a multi-billion pound deal with an investment fund

The deal with CVC, who have previously invested in Formula 1 and MotoGP among other sports, is intended to boost club finances and help the league cut into the dominance of other European competitions.

Rivals on the pitch, Real and Barcelona admitted the deal would inject a significant amount of cash in the short term, but were united in their concern that club incomes from broadcast rights would be hurt in the long term as they would be tied to it for 50 years.

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Madrid also noted that previous attempts by CVC to invest in Serie A and Bundesliga had been refused because those deals undervalued the leagues.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday the proposed deal is “completely illegal” and “appalling” and will have serious implications for Spanish football.

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French football expert Jonathan Johnson says Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain is exciting for French football

Revenues in Spain’s top division fell by eight per cent in 2019/20 because of the pandemic.

As part of the agreement, CVC would have a share of about 10 per cent of the league’s revenues and a stake of 10 per cent in a new commercial entity.

Clubs would receive 90 per cent of the money paid by CVC, with 70 per cent aimed at long-term investments. Some of the money would also go toward paying off debts and increasing their spending limits on players and coaches.

The league said CVC will not have control of the management of the competition, or the sale of its broadcasting rights.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas said: “We are convinced that ‘Boost LaLiga’ is the answer to the challenges we have to face in the medium and long term. It is a strategic agreement that will provide our clubs with greater capacity, will transform their management model and boost the appeal of our competition.

“It is the boost we need to turn LaLiga into a global digital entertainment company that has the most attractive football competition in the world.”

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Messi: I chose PSG to win Champions League again

Lionel Messi has revealed he chose to join Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona as he believes they offer him the best chance of winning the Champions League for a fifth time.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner also admitted his former Barcelona team-mate Neymar helped to persuade him to move to PSG when it became clear his time at the Nou Camp was at an end.

Messi signed a two-year contract with PSG on Tuesday, just days after Barcelona announced he was leaving the club he joined 21 years ago.

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Messi reflects on an ’emotional’ week but says he is excited about starting a ‘new life’ in Paris

But despite the upheaval, the forward says he is now focused on bringing success to the French capital – particularly in the Champions League, which has proved elusive so far.

When asked if PSG – who were runners-up in 2020 – could make the final step, Messi said: “I think this team is already done and ready.

“There are some new transfers but they have been very close and they are ready.

“I just came here to help – I’ll give my best. My goal and my dream is to win this trophy again and I think that Paris is the best place to have a chance to win it again.

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Messi says he is going to be playing with the ‘best players’ as he links up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at PSG

“It’s not easy. Sometimes you can have the best team in the world and you don’t win the Champions League – this is football.

“Paris has been so close to a victory in the Champions League. In the best competition, the best teams are playing.

“It’s very difficult to win it. You need a very united squad. This dressing room is very united but you also need luck.

“It’s a very special competition and that’s why it’s so beautiful and so important – we all want to win this competition.”

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Gary Cotterill says PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino will be under huge pressure to bring major success to the Parc des Princes following the signing of Messi

Messi’s most recent triumph in the Champions League came in 2015, when a Barcelona team spearheaded by him, Neymar and Luis Suarez beat Juventus in Berlin.

Neymar celebrated his reunion with Messi on social media on Tuesday, and the Argentine admitted the Brazil forward had played an influential role in his decision to move to PSG, as well as his countryman and new manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

“I’ve got some friends here in the dressing room,” Messi said. “When you see the squad you really want to play with them.

“We had contact and Neymar, of course, did a lot and was important.

Mbappe, Neymar... and now Messi - PSG have the most fearsome front line in football
Mbappe, Neymar… and now Messi – PSG have the most fearsome front line in football

“The whole dressing room and the staff had an influence on my decision. When we saw it was possible, the first thing we did was talk to them and Pochettino. We’ve known each other for a long time and we are close, in a way.

“It’s been very easy since the very beginning. All the squad and the staff did a lot to help me choose this club.”

While Messi will be playing professional football for a club outside of Spain for the first time in his career, there is the potential for PSG and Barcelona to meet in the Champions League.

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Thousands of PSG fans gathered outside the Parc des Princes to welcome Messi to the club

That scenario would bring about an emotional reunion between Messi and his former club, and would also offer him the opportunity to say goodbye to the Barca fans that were unable to witness his final season at the Nou Camp due to coronavirus restrictions.

“Barcelona is my home, I’ve been there since I was a kid,” said Messi. “I’ve lived so many things there – good and bad.

“I don’t know if we are going to face each other. It would be very nice to go back to Barcelona. I hope it will be with the fans.

“It would be very strange to play there with another shirt, but it can happen.”

PSG president: We can afford Messi

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was delighted to present Messi as a new PSG player and promised the club were able to afford their new signing – unlike Barcelona.

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PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists the club can afford to sign Messi within UEFA’s financial fair play regulations

Messi was set to sign a new five-year contract with the Spanish club this summer but they were unable to finalise the deal within La Liga’s financial limits.

It meant that Messi – whose offer to reduce his salary by 50 per cent was still not enough to keep him at the Nou Camp – became a free agent and allowed PSG to make their move.

Messi’s deal is worth £25m per year after tax – plus bonuses – and includes a £25m signing-on fee, while it also follows the summer arrivals of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum at the Parc des Princes.

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Speaking on The Transfer Show, Kaveh Solhekol explained how PSG have managed to overcome financial fair play rules to sign Messi

But Al-Khelaifi – who is also the chairman of the European Club Association – said: “We followed the financial fair play regulations since day one when we started, and until the end, we’re going to always fulfil the regulations.

“Before doing anything, we look with our commercial people, our financial people, legal people.

“So if you see that we’re signing Leo, that’s when you know we have the capacity to sign him. If not, we’re not going to sign him. We’re not going to promise something we couldn’t.”

Messi’s arrival provides the prospect of seeing him line-up alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, although the France forward’s contract expires at the end of the season.

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Al-Khelaifi says it’s a ‘fantastic moment’ for PSG as Messi is presented at his first news conference in Paris

However – despite reports linking him to Real Madrid – Al-Khelaifi says Mbappe has no excuse to leave PSG, insisting: “I think everybody knows the future of Kylian.

“He’s really a competitive player. He wants to win trophies – he’s said it in public.

“He wants a competitive team and I think we’ve got the most competitive team in the world, so there is no excuse for him now.

“He can’t do anything else but stay.”

‘PSG are now the glamour club’

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Dharmesh Sheth says Messi’s arrival could help convince Mbappe to extend his deal at PSG, which currently runs out at the end of next season

Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:

“I think PSG are now the most glamorous club in the world. They have Messi, Neymar, Mbappe and also the finances they have in place. Effectively, we’re seeing the Spanish and Italian clubs being left behind and some English clubs.

“In this new football eco-system, what you need to thrive and be the biggest and the best is to be effectively owned and backed by a state – that’s what Man City and PSG have.

“Spanish football has big problems, Real Madrid and Barcelona have massive debts and now we’ve seen PSG say ‘we are going to be the club of the Galacticos’.”

Dharmesh Sheth reports Messi’s transfer to PSG makes it very unlikely that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will also move to the French club in this window.

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Dharmesh Sheth reports Messi’s transfer to PSG makes it very unlikely that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will also move to the French club in this window

“From Messi’s point of view, this has come at a fantastic time for him. I know it’s a wrench leaving Barcelona and he is probably going to earn less money in Paris, but I think he needed a chance and so did Barcelona.

“They couldn’t keep paying Messi what they were paying him. He’s got a new challenge, it’s a whole new world of opportunities, most of which will be backed by the Qatari state.

“He’s going to win lots of trophies, his image is going to become even bigger. Next year is the World Cup in Qatar and he is going to be one of the faces of the tournament. For the rest of his life, he’s going to have a very lucrative relationship with Qatar.

“I’m sure the people of Paris will love him and he’ll enjoy living and working in France. I just worry about some of the other clubs in France, but overall for the whole profile of French football, it raises it to another level.”

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Aguero out for 10 weeks with calf injury

Sergio Aguero will have to wait to make his Barcelona debut after it was confirmed a calf injury has ruled the striker out for 10 weeks.

Barca are set to begin their first La Liga campaign since 2003-04 without Lionel Messi, who said an emotional farewell on Sunday after the club were unable to keep the Argentine.

As the club prepare for life without the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, their forward plans have taken another blow by news of Aguero’s injury just six days before their league opener against Real Sociedad.

Aguero joined as a free agent in the summer after his 10-year spell at Manchester City came to an end, and the 10-week absence means he may not make his first Barca appearance until late October at the earliest.

“Tests carried out on first-team player Kun Aguero have confirmed a right calf injury. He will be out around ten weeks,” Barcelona said in a statement.

The 33-year-old struggled with injuries in the latter stages of his decade-long stay in Manchester.

Aguero scored 184 goals in 275 Premier League games over 10 years, with four of those goals coming in 2020-21 from 12 appearances.

He suffered knee and hamstring issues last season, and also missed 10 matches in all competitions when contracting coronavirus.

Aguero ended his City career with two goals in the final game of the campaign against Everton, and went on to sign for Barcelona on May 31.

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“We all know that Barcelona are the best club in the world so I think I made a great decision to be here and I hope to help the team,” he said after signing a two-year contract.

“Of course it is a step forward in my career and hopefully I can help the team win things. I want to play and help this squad, and if the team does it well, I will be happy individually.”

Barca also signed Netherlands forward Memphis Depay after his contract expired at Lyon.

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