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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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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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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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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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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Chelsea vs Barcelona – Betting Tips and Predictions

It’s not a perfect time for Chelsea to face Barcelona, nevertheless, they will try to put a halt to Barcelona’s impressive season this week. The Blues are set to host the Catalans in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Things have not exactly gone according to the plan for the Blues since the turn of the year. There is constant speculation about Antonio Conte’s future at the club. The Blues have managed just two wins in their last six league games, and…

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Are we witnessing the best January transfer window in the recent years?

It has been quite a busy January transfer window in Premier League this season. More often than not, the winter transfer window remains devoid of big transfers. And big clubs very rarely let go of their key players in January. Most managers hate this window and have publicly talked about abolishing it completely. However, circumstances have conspired in such a way this month that we can expect to see some very different-looking top sides in the league post-January. To start things off, Liverpool made a big statement in the first…

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Philippe Coutinho set to join Barcelona?

It seems certain now that Philippe Coutinho is set to leave Liverpool for Barcelona in January. Recent reports have claimed that the deal is imminent and that the Brazilian will sit out of Reds’ FA Cup tie against Merseyside-rivals Everton. According to Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague, Liverpool have also softened their stance over their 25-year-old star, and they are ready to talk to the Catalans. Balague claims that the Catalans, who comfortably sit at the summit of La Liga, will soon make an offer worth (€110m+£40m) for Coutinho. It…

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Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon- Betting Tips and Predictions

Barcelona head into this game on the back of the 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou in the Spanish Primera Liga. After seeing off minnows Murcia in the 5-0 midweek Copa Del Rey return leg win, the Catalans could not replicate that form over the weekend. Barca fell behind after just 22 minutes when Iago Aspas scored his 8th league goal this season.  Talisman Messi restored parity two minutes later. Uruguayan Suarez seemed to have netted Barcelona’s winner in the 62nd minute, but Barca lost the lead…

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Lionel Messi Signs New Deal

  Argentine forward Lionel Messi has penned a new contract keeping him at the Camp Nou until the end of the 2020/21 season. Messi, a product of Barcelona’s famed youth academy La Masia, will have spent 17 years in Barcelona’s first team when the deal finally expires. Messi moved up the ranks at the academy that produced players with technical excellence dubbed as the golden generation which included Carlos Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerald Pique, Victor Valdes, Pedro among others. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner now looks set to end…

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Griezmann, Dybala, Young – Latest Manchester United transfer updates

The January transfer window is not far away now, and the transfer rumour mill is slowly but surely shifting into the top gear. Premier League aspirants Manchester United spent a lot of money on transfers last summer, and latest reports suggest it would be more of the same for them in the upcoming transfer windows. Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann came close to joining United in the summer but eventually ended up staying at the Madrid club. According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, the France international is set to leave…

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Why Barcelona gave up on Philippe Coutinho?

Liverpool can finally breathe a sigh of relief as Barcelona have ended their interest in their Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho. The latest report from Liverpool Echo claims that the Catalans have finally accepted defeat in their pursuit after seeing three bids rejected by the Reds. The Catalan club, despite their best efforts to unbalance the Brazilian at Merseyside, will now have to continue their search for Neymar’s replacement elsewhere. The Catalan club had been interested in Coutinho for quite some time, but they started pursuing him actively only after losing…

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Neymar given permission to miss Barcelona training

Barcelona forward Neymar has been given permission to miss training ahead of a potential move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Catalan giants all summer, with PSG showing the heaviest interest, along with the greatest financial reward, with the reported fee standing at just under £200m. Once completed, the transfer will become the most expensive of all-time, blowing out the record sum set last summer when Paul Pogba moved from Juventus to Manchester United for £89m.   Sky Sports…

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Arsene Wenger: Three decisions I would like to change from my time at Arsenal

Video technology has made a spectacular entry onto the footballing scene in the recent months. The use of Video Assistant Referees at this summer’s Confederations Cup in Russia would be the next big step for the use of video technology in football. Arsene Wenger, whose Arsenal sides have been at the receiving end of some bad refereeing decisions over the course of years, has been an ardent supporter of the use of VARs in the game. The French manager has revealed three key refereeing decisions from his time at the…

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Chelsea lining up a move for ex-Barcelona boss

The Sunday Telegraph has made a sensational claim that Premier League champions Chelsea are lining up a move for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. Recent reports had suggested that all is not well between the Blues and manager Antonio Conte, but a report from Sky Sports on Friday claimed that the Italian is happy at Chelsea and they expect him to stay with the club beyond summer. However, the Telegraph are running quite a contrary story on their Sunday’s sports section which claims that the Blues have sounded out Enrique to…

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Arsenal star addresses summer exit rumours

Arsenal star Hector Bellerin was forced to use Twitter to address the speculation regarding his future. The Spanish full-back has been strongly linked with a move back to his boyhood club Barcelona recently with multiple reports in Spain claiming that he has already agreed on personal terms with the Catalan club. However, a report from Evening Standard on Thursday also claimed that the right-back, who signed a six-and-a-half-year deal with the Gunners last summer, is not actively looking for an exit. The Gunners remain confident that Bellerin will stay at…

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Barcelona to shift attention from Hector Bellerin to Chelsea star

Spanish giants Barcelona have identified Chelsea ace Cesar Azpilicueta as an alternative to Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin. The Catalan club are actively looking for a right-back and are expected to sign one in the summer. Barca’s original target was their former youth player and Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin. However, the 22-year-old has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners last year and the North London club have no intention of selling one of their most prized assets. According to Spanish paper Sport, via the Sun, if the Catalan side fail to…

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Barcelona concede ‘difficult to sign Bellerin’

Spanish giants Barcelona have more or less accepted defeat in their pursuit of Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin. The Catalans have been interested in their former youth player for quite some time now and unsuccessfully attempted to sign him last summer. They still remain interested in the 22-year-old, but club’s sporting director Robert Fernandez has conceded that it would be very difficult for them to sign Bellerin due to his long-term contract with the Gunners. “Of course Hector is a good player,” ESPN FC quotes Fernandes as telling El Mundo Deportivo.…

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Agent of reported Arsenal target denies any links

The agent of Barcelona star Arda Turn has dismissed recent reports that Premier League side Arsenal have submitted an interest in his client. The Times, in an exclusive report on Thursday, claimed that Gunners had identified the Turkey international as a potential replacement of Mesut Ozil, who has only one year left on his current deal. The report claimed that Turan, who has made only 13 league starts this season, is a £25m summer target for Arsene Wenger’s side. However, his agent, Ahmet Bulut has dismissed the speculation and has…

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Champions League outright odds – Who’s the favourite for glory in May?

We have reached the serious territory in this year’s edition of Champions League. Last week, the draw for the quarter-finals took place, and it resulted in some mouth-watering fixtures. Current holders Real Madrid were drawn against another favourites Bayern Munich, while, in a repeat of 2015 final, Barcelona will play Italian giants Juventus. In another promising tie, Borussia Dortmund will take on high-flying Monaco and Premier League champions Leicester City will face Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. In the betting market, Barcelona, who produced a mammoth comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in…

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Five managers most likely to land the Barcelona job

Following Luis Enrique’s decision to step down from his position as Barcelona manager earlier this week, a host of candidates have been lauded as possible replacements for the job that is regarded as one of the most difficult in the world of sports. Here, we take a look at the five most likely managers to hold press conferences at the Camp Nou come June. Want to put a bet on who is going to be the next Barcelona manager? Check out cool betting tips at Football Tipsters. Ernesto Valverde @ 3/1 Probably the…

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Luis Enrique to resign at season’s end

EXCLUSIVA MD: ¡Luis Enrique anuncia al equipo que no renovará! https://t.co/xLZxjX31fy vía @ffpolo pic.twitter.com/ZyczYwzMwK — Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) March 1, 2017 Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has announced his decision to depart from the club at the end of the season. Enrique, 46, switched jobs from Celta Vigo to Barcelona in 2014 and lifted the treble in his first season at the Spanish club. In his second season, however, he found such success hard to replicate, as his side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in the quarterfinals against local…

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