Barcelona sign Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet

Barcelona have signed Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet for £32m on a five-year contract after the club met his release clause. The 23-year-old had long been linked with a move to a bigger club after impressive performances with Sevilla whom he joined from French side Nancy in January 2017, and scored four goals in 52 games last season. Lenglet, who has been capped at all levels of youth football for France but missed out on Didier Deschamps World Cup squad, now has a £265m release clause in his Barcelona contract.   Barcelona…

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Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus in €100m deal from Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed a €100m (£88.3m) fee for the Portuguese forward with Real Madrid. The 33-year-old is set to sign a four-year deal in Turin reportedly worth a staggering £500,000/week. “Real Madrid CF communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC,” read a statement on the club’s website. The player and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in Greece where he is on holiday, on…

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Fernando Torres joins Japanese side Sagan Tosu

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres has signed for Japanese side Sagan Tosu on a free transfer after his contract at Atletico Madrid expired last month. The 34-year-old rejoined his boyhood club in 2014 for a second spell after spending time on loan at AC Milan. Torres made his final appearance for Atletico as a 90th minute substitute in the 3-0 Europa League final victory over Marseille back in May. “I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain but at no point did I…

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Barcelona sign Arthur on six-year deal from Gremio

Barcelona have completed the £35.5m signing of Brazilian midfielder Arthur from Gremio on a six-year deal. The 21-year-old who has yet to be capped by Brazil at senior level has a buyout clause in his contract set at £355m. “FC Barcelona and Gremio de Porto Alegre have agreed the transfer of the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, following the agreement the two clubs reached in March,” read a statement on Barcelona’s website. “The agreement will see the Brazilian player immediately join the squad.” Arthur started his career at his…

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Luis Enrique named Spain coach on two-year deal

Spain have named Luis Enrique as their new head coach after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their last-16 World Cup exit to Russia, the Spanish Football Federation (SFF) announced on Monday. Enrique, who has been on a sabbatical since leaving Barcelona last year, signed a two-year contract. Spain sacked Julen Lopetegui just two days before their opening World Cup game against Portugal in Sochi because he took the Real Madrid job. Spain’s newly-installed sporting director, José Francisco Molina, said: “We need a successful coach, who’s modern and who knows the game…

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Paulinho rejoins Guangzhou Evergrande on loan 11 months after Barcelona move

Paulinho has sealed a loan move back to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande just 11 months after joining Barcelona for €40 million, both clubs have announced. The Chinese Super League champions have an option to buy after the expiration of the loan deal. Paulinho’s move to Barcelona raised many eyebrows last summer and he was seen as a trailblazer for players who moved to China and could find their way back to European top flight football. He played 49 times during his solitary season at the Camp Nou scoring 9 goals in…

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Cristiano Ronaldo set for sensational Juventus switch

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the cusp of sealing a sensational move to Juventus from Real Madrid, according to multiple media reports in Portugal, Italy and Spain. The five-time Ballon D’or winner cast doubt on his future at Real in the immediate aftermath of winning the Champions League for the third successive year, and it appears a move to the Italian champions is inching ever closer. According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Ronaldo is set to sign a four-year contract in Turin and a €100m deal is set to be confirmed in…

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Achraf Hakimi set for loan move to Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid right back Achraf Hakimi is on the verge of a loan move to Borussia Dortmund for at least two seasons, according to media reports in Germany and Spain. The Spanish giants have completed the €40m signing of Real Sociedad defender Alvaro Odriozola, and the Spain international’s arrival means there will be limited opportunities for Hakimi next term. BILD says the 19-year-old Morocco international is Dortmund’s first choice at right back and he will spend the next two seasons at the Signal Iduna Park. With Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Odriozola…

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Real Madrid sign Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Real Sociedad defender Alvaro Odriozola for a fee in the region of €40m. The 22-year-old has signed a six-year contract with the Spanish giants and is expected to provide competition for Dani Carvajal at right back. The arrival of Julen Lopetegui appears to have played a part in the right back’s move as he is a huge admirer. The former Spain manager selected Odriozola in Spain’s 23-man squad to the World Cup ahead of the likes of Hector Bellerin and Sergi Roberto. Real Sociedad had…

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Barcelona deny former president bought illegal liver for Abidal

Barcelona have taken the extraordinary step to deny that former president Sandro Rosell illegally bought a liver for ex-France defender Eric Abidal. Abidal, 38, who is now the club’s technical secretary, had a transplant in 2012 after a tumour was found in his liver. Reports in Spain claim Rosell, who was arrested for money-laundering in 2017, purchased the organ on the black market. Barcelona say they “roundly deny any irregularity in the matter. “The club are saddened by the lack of rigor in the spreading of such information about such a sensitive issue.”…

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Real Madrid deny transfer agreement for Mbappe with PSG

Real Madrid have denied they have agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign striker Kylian Mbappe. Media reports circulating said the Champions League champions had agreed a fee for the teenage sensation who’s currently on national team duty with the French national team at the ongoing World Cup in Russia. “Real Madrid has not made any offers to PSG or the player and regrets the dissemination of this type of information,” a club statement read. “Given the information published in the last hours referring to an alleged agreement between…

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Thibaut Courtois hints at Madrid move for kids’ sake

Thibaut Courtois could be set to leave Chelsea for a move to Madrid to spend more time with his young kids. The Chelsea goalkeeper has one year left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, and although the club are hopeful of convincing him to sign a new £200,000/week contract, Courtois has hinted at a move to Madrid where he spent three seasons on loan with Atletico. Real Madrid have long been credited with an interest in the Belgium international who is currently at the World Cup. “I have a…

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Ronaldo future up in the air after World Cup exit

Cristiano Ronaldo declined to confirm if he’ll continue playing for Portugal or retire from the international scene after his side’s Round of 16 exit at the hands of Uruguay. The European champions were dumped out of the World Cup in Sochi 2-1 courtesy of two Edinson Cavani goals either side of Pepe’s equaliser. Ronaldo will be 37 when the next World Cup in Qatar gets underway but the Portugal captain has kept everyone waiting on his decision. “Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and…

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Juventus sign Valencia defender Joao Cancelo for £35.5m

Juventus have signed Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo from Valencia for £35.5m on a five-year deal. Cancelo, who plays as a right back but can also play further forward, spent last season on loan at Inter Milan where he scored one goal in 26 Serie A appearances. The 24-year-old was included in Portugal’s 26-man preliminary squad for the ongoing World Cup in Russia but was eventually axed from Fernando Santos’ travelling party. Cancelo will be replacing Stephan Lichtsteiner, the veteran Swiss right back, who left to join Arsenal last month on a…

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Yerry Mina set for Barcelona exit after World Cup

Yerry Mina could be heading for the exit door at Barcelona after the World Cup due to the impending arrival of Brazilian midfielder Arthur. The 22-year-old centre-back moved to the Camp Nou in January from Palmeiras but has failed to nail down a starting spot with the Spanish giants. With Andres Iniesta’s departure, Barcelona are keen for an extra body in midfield and are set to fast track the arrival of Arthur from Gremio. Arthur was originally scheduled to link up with the club in January 2019. Gremio want more money…

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Barcelona make approach for Mexico World Cup star Lozano

Barcelona have made an approach for Mexico international Hirving Lozano, according to the player’s father. The PSV attacker is playing a starring role in his country’s impressive start to the World Cup finals in Russia with a goal in their 1-0 win over reigning champions Germany in Moscow. The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakout season at PSV Eindhoven in 2017/18, scoring 19 goals and providing 11 assists in 34 appearances in all competitions in only his first season in Europe, and is now gaining admirers in high places. “There have been…

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Fekir transfer still up in the air as Lyon president reveals Real interest

Nabil Fekir could end up at Real Madrid according to Lyon’s president after his move to Liverpool fell through at the eleventh hour. The Lyon captain was widely expected to join Jurgen Klopp’s side earlier this month but the French club pulled the plug with reports emerging Liverpool had concerns over his medical. Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon president, has now rubbished those claims, saying he was merely tired of the Premier League club dragging its heels over the move. “Nabil was close to Liverpool, I gave the green light on…

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Kovacic set for Real Madrid exit over lack of playing time

Mateo Kovacic intends to leave Real Madrid this summer after running out of patience over lack of sufficient playing time at the Spanish giants. The Croatia international, currently at the World Cup, joined Real from Inter Milan in 2015 for £30m but has never developed into a first-team regular at the Santiago Bernabeu. Kovacic has started only 37 league games in three seasons with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro the first choice midfield trio under Zinedine Zidane. With the three-time Champions League winner having resigned last month, Kovacic was…

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Real Madrid sign teenage goalkeeper in €14 million deal

Real Madrid have announced the signing of 19-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin from Zorya Luhansk in the Ukrainian Premier League. Lunin made 29 league appearances in the 2017/18 season and has signed a six-year deal with the Champions League holders for a fee of about €14m. The teenager is considered one of the top goalkeeping prospects in Europe, and had attracted interest from several Premier League sides, including Liverpool, while Juventus and Inter were also said to be tracking him. Lunin began his professional career at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, making his debut as a 17-year-old…

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Mourinho looks for Premier League experience and more Manchester United news

If the latest transfer rumours are to be believed, Manchester United are planning to raid more than one of their Premier League rivals, this transfer window. According to the report from the Evening Standard, United are confident of signing Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld this summer. The Belgian has reportedly refused to sign a new deal with Spurs, and it is believed that the North London side would consider selling him this summer. The Red Devils are willing to spend more than £40million on the 29-year-old. Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona…

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Big names linked with Manchester United. A huge summer coming up?

There is no doubt that the upcoming summer transfer window is going to be a huge one for Manchester United. The Red Devils were not stingy with money last summer either, but they still fell quite short of Manchester City in the title race. Jose Mourinho has failed to win the league title in his first two years with Manchester United, and it is crucial for the Portuguese manager that his side launch a serious title challenge next season. It is obvious that Mourinho needs to sign two-three big names…

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Manchester United plan two midfield signings, top target identified and more

Manchester United have identified Napoli midfielder Jorginho as a possible summer signing, according to the Independent. The Red Devils originally wanted to sign Real Madrid star Tony Kroos, but they have apparently shifted their focus towards Jorginho as he is a more viable option to acquire in the market. United manager Jose Mourinho has been left impressed with Jorgino’s performance for title-chasing Napoli side this season. He believes that the 26-year-old can add much-needed creativity to his side. Since joining the Naples side from Verona in 2014, the Brazilian has…

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Barcelona vs AS Roma – Betting Tips and Predictions

Barcelona have bowed out in the quarterfinals of Champions League in last two editions, and they will be desperate to put things right this season. Barca will host AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie at Nou Camp on Wednesday. The Catalans have been handed one of the easier ties at this stage, and they would be expected to progress comfortably. Barcelona are doing spectacularly well in the league, and they are yet to face a defeat this season. They look rather undefeatable at their…

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Juventus vs Real Madrid – Betting Tips and Predictions

In the repeat of last year’s final, European giants Juventus and Real Madrid will face each other in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at Juventus Stadium on Saturday. The Old Lady lost 4-1 to Los Blancos in the final, but they would hope to have a much more say in the two-legged tie. On the domestic front, both sides have experienced contrasting seasons. Juventus have lost just two games all season in Serie A, and they sit at the top of the league. Coming into this game, they…

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Sevilla vs Manchester United – Betting Tips and Predictions

Sevilla are definitely the least-fancied team at this stage of their tournament. However, they fully deserve their spot against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich following their heroic performance against Manchester United in the last round. Both sides will play the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Tuesday. Sevilla have been underwhelming in La Liga, and they sit in the sixth spot. However, they have lived up to their reputation in Europe once again and find themselves amongst eight best sides in Europe. On Saturday, Los Rojiblancos came…

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