Roberto Firmino doubt for Liverpool clash with Bayern Munich due to virus

Roberto Firmino is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich after missing training on Monday with a virus. Firmino is the fourth Liverpool player to fall ill since the start of the month, following a warm-weather trip to Dubai in January. Liverpool have since taken advantage of their exit from the FA Cup to travel to Marbella, but it has seen Firmino fall ill on their return. Dejan Lovren also missed training and will have a last-minute fitness test on a hamstring injury. Klopp gave an injury…

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Kevin-Prince Boateng’s home burgled while in action for Barcelona

Kevin-Prince Boateng’s residence in Spain was burgled on Saturday while he was in action for Barcelona in their 1-0 win over Real Valladolid. The Ghanaian midfielder played his first league match for the league leaders as Lionel Messi’s effort from the spot gave the hosts a victory. He was in action for 60 minutes before he was replaced by Luis Suarez as Ernesto Valverde’s men held on to their seven-point lead at the summit of the LaLiga table. Boateng’s league debut, however, was overshadowed by an ugly incident after some thieves barged into his private residence located…

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Manchester United hit with twin blows with Lingard and Martial injuries

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will both be out for between two and three weeks due to injury. Both players had to be substituted during Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and neither will be available for Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Chelsea. But Alexis Sánchez – who reportedly picked up a knock after colliding with the linesman before he even came on the pitch in mid-week – is in contention to play. “I think they [Martial and…

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde signs one-year contract extension

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has signed a one-year contract extension. The 55-year-old Spaniard also has the option of a further year, which would see him remain in charge until the end of the 2020-21 season. The former Barcelona forward replaced Luis Enrique in May 2017 and won La Liga and the Copa del Rey in his first season in charge. ❗ [LATEST NEWS] Agreement to extend Ernesto Valverde's contract More info 👉 https://t.co/LiAjy53jnP pic.twitter.com/ehuoU4V5ms — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 15, 2019 Barca are currently top of the league on 51…

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale faces possible 12-match ban over gesture in derby

Gareth Bale could be banned for up to 12 games over his goal celebration in Real Madrid’s La Liga encounter against rivals Atletico Madrid. The league’s organising body said the Wales forward faces a sanction for a “provocative gesture” made after scoring Real’s third goal and his 100th for the club in the 3-1 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano last week. The incident will be referred to the Spanish soccer federation’s competition committee, who will then decide if Bale should be punished. The statement said Bale “lifted his right arm near…

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Loftus-Cheek and Alonso to miss Chelsea’s Malmo tie

Chelsea will be without the services of left-back Marcos Alonso and the midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek when they take on Swedish side Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie. Left-back Alonso has been rested by Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with Emerson Palmieri likely to deputise. Midfielder Loftus-Cheek has suffered a recurrence of a back problem. Malmo have not played a competitive game since the Europa League group stage ended in December, as the Swedish league runs from April until November.

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Manchester United hit with UEFA charge over Di Maria bottle incident

Manchester United have been charged by UEFA after a section of their supporters threw objects towards Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Old Trafford. Former United player Di Maria was jeered by the home supporters right from the start of the match, having endured an underwhelming spell at the club in the 2014-15 season. It was his first return to Old Trafford since leaving for France in 2015 and he went on to have a major impact, setting up both PSG goals as they ran out…

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Jadon Sancho delays Dortmund’s London flight after forgetting passport

Borussia Dortmund’s flight to London for their Champions League encounter against Tottenham on Wednesday was delayed after England winger Jadon Sancho forgot his passport. The 18-year-old realised his mistake when he arrived at the airport and needed to return home. Dortmund have arrived in England and will train at Wembley on Tuesday before the first leg of the last-16 tie. The 18-year-old has been in better form on the pitch this season, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances. Sancho scored the first as Dortmund drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim on Saturday.

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Emiliano Sala’s body identified by HM Coroner following plane crash

The body recovered from the plane wreckage on the sea bed of the English Channel has been identified as Emiliano Sala. Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since the plane they were flying in lost contact with Air Traffic Control on Monday, January 21. The Piper Malibu aircraft was found on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning – and a body was recovered from the wreckage on Wednesday. A Dorset Police statement on Thursday night read: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019,…

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Eden Hazard hints at Real Madrid move yet again

Eden Hazard has once again fuelled rumours of a departure from Chelsea after revealing a “decision” regarding his future had been made, with Real Madrid thought to be his preferred destination. “I know what I am going to do. I have made a decision,” Hazard told the French radio station RMC. The interview was originally recorded two months ago as part of a documentary about his career, but it was only released this week. Speculation over Hazard’s future has been rife with the player admitting in November over a conflict in…

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Barcelona undecided about Messi involvement in El Clasico

Barcelona have named Lionel Messi in the squad to face Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg, but will “wait until the last moment” to decide if he plays. The Argentine returned to training on Tuesday after suffering a thigh injury in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Valencia. “It is true that sometimes we have had doubts with players and we have waited until the last moment,” said manager Ernesto Valverde. “It’s the same with Messi.” Wednesday’s tie at the Nou Camp will be the first of three El…

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Crystal Palace sign Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea

Crystal Palace have signed Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan until the end of the season. The Belgium international, 25, had been on a season-long loan at La Liga side Valencia. Batshuayi – who had been linked with a loan move to Tottenham or Everton – has scored seven goals in 32 Premier League appearances for the Blues. 🦇 Batsman Returns to London! Welcome to the Palace, @mbatshuayi 👊 #CPFC 🦅👉 https://t.co/GXoBd1Ujhn pic.twitter.com/eVQgrN8uD5 — Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 1, 2019 “This is a fantastic signing for Crystal Palace,” said…

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Denis Suarez joins Arsenal on loan from Barcelona

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan until the rest of the season. The 25-year-old arrives with an option to buy for the north London club, should manager Unai Emery decide he wants to retain the Spaniard beyond the summer. Suarez played under Arsenal manager Unai Emery during a loan spell at Sevilla. Finally, the notification you’ve all been waiting for 😉 Welcome to Arsenal, @DenisSuarez6 👋#HolaDenis 🔴 — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2019 “We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us,”…

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Sandro Wagner leaves Bayern Munich to join Tianjin Teda

Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner has left the club on a free transfer to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda. The 31-year-old joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in an £11m move in December 2017 and scored eight goals as they won the Bundesliga title last season. Sandro #Wagner verlässt den #FCBayern und wechselt mit sofortiger Wirkung zu Tianjin Teda in die chinesische Super League. Danke für alles und viel Erfolg in China, Sandro! Zur Presseerklärung ➡ https://t.co/sR6uZeZofB pic.twitter.com/1HnPexeLXu — FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) January 30, 2019 Wagner has struggled for game time this…

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Neymar ruled out of PSG’s Champions League tie with Manchester United

Neymar will miss both legs of Paris St-Germain’s Champions League tie against Manchester United after being ruled out for 10 weeks with a broken metatarsal. The Brazil forward suffered the injury in a 2-0 French Cup victory over Strasbourg on Wednesday, 23 January. The French champions say they have opted for a “conservative treatment”. PSG travel to Old Trafford for the first leg of their last-16 tie on 12 February, with the return on 6 March. In a statement, the Ligue 1 side said: “Paris St-Germain gathered together a group of world-renowned medical experts…

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Alvaro Morata joins Atletico Madrid from Chelsea on 18-month loan deal

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has joined Spanish club Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season. The 26-year-old joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in July 2017 for a then club-record fee of £60m on a five-year contract. He has made 47 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 16 times. 🔴⚪🔴 #WelcomeMorata!Agreement with @ChelseaFC over the loan of @AlvaroMorata for the remainder of the current season and the next one.FULL STORY ➡ https://t.co/KiMEnruwJk#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/vHYMUSv3Vp — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019 Morata played for Atletico as…

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Monaco sign Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid

Monaco have completed the signing of forward Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season. Martins has struggled for game time with the La Liga side, making only 12 appearances under manager Diego Simeone since joining them from Sporting Lisbon last July. Martins scored 13 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last term. He represented his country from U18 to U23 levels before making his full senior debut against Andorra in September 2016 and he has since gone on to earn 21 caps. Newcastle…

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Paris Saint-Germain complete Leandro Paredes signing

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Chelsea target Leandro Paredes from Zenit Saint Petersburg for a fee believed to be £35m. Chelsea were understood to have agreed a deal in principle for the 24-year-old Argentina international earlier in the window as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who has joined Monaco. 🆕⚠✍ Breaking News! ¡Hola @LParedss! We have a message for you from Ángel Di Maria…! 🙌 🔴🔵 #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/hxW5Ob5T27 — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 29, 2019 Paredes has now chosen to join PSG who were keen to bolster their midfield…

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Barcelona agree £65m summer deal for Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong

Barcelona have confirmed the £65m signing of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with the deal to go through in the summer. The 21-year-old, who will cost the La Liga leaders an initial 75m euros plus another 11m euros (£9.5m) in variables, has agreed a five-year deal. Netherlands international De Jong can also play in defence. He was linked to many of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester City, Juventus and Paris St-Germain. Frenkie de Jong, announced.Full story 👉 https://t.co/XRRql1NLyu #EnjoyDeJong🔵🔴 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019 De Jong joined Ajax…

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Mario Balotelli completes transfer to Marseille from Nice

Mario Balotelli has completed a move to Marseille from Nice, after being released early from his contract at Nice. The Italy international, 28, has completed a deal until the end of the season. Balotelli passed a medical on Wednesday, a move coach Rudi Garcia called a “number one priority”. He last played for Nice on 4 December after a dispute with boss Patrick Vieira. Balotelli helped City win the Premier League in 2011-12, then had one season at Liverpool before spending a year on loan at AC Milan. Level completed ✅…

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Barcelona sign Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo on loan deal

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of former Portsmouth and Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a loan deal until the end of the season. The 31-year-old former Ghana international has joined from Serie A club Sassuolo in a £1.8m deal which includes an option to buy for £7.1m in the summer. Boateng, who joined Portsmouth from Spurs in 2009 before going on to sign for AC Milan a year later was presented to the media on Tuesday morning. 🗣 @KPBofficial 💪 pic.twitter.com/vZ8PIE8uxJ — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2019 Boateng’s arrival…

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Diego Simeone agrees contract extension with Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has agreed to a one-year contract renewal at the club that will see him stay until the end of 2020-21 season, according to reports in Spain. The Argentine’s current deal at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was due to expire at the end of next season but the 48-year-old has now put pen to paper on a new deal to end speculation about his immediate future, according to Diario AS. The Spanish sports daily also report Simeone’s extension is part of a restructuring of the playing squad…

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Arsenal confirm departure of recruitment guru Mislintat

Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s Head of Recruitment, will leave the club on February 8, the club confirmed on Monday. There had been widespread speculation that Mislintat was set to leave after deciding his future lay away from the Emirates Stadium. Mislintat only joined the club in November 2017 and had spoken about remaining in north London “for a decade”, but departs after just 16 months at the club. “It’s been an amazing experience to work at a great club like Arsenal in what has been a big time of change,” Mislintat…

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Harry Kane out for at least six weeks with ankle injury

Tottenham have confirmed that Harry Kane will be out for at least six weeks following an ankle injury picked up in the weekend’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United. “Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday’s match,” a club statement read. “He will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March.” Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that @HKane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained…

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Why Alvaro Morata is not the answer to Chelsea’s lack of goals

Back when at Real Madrid, he was the future of the Santiago Bernabeu, and indeed of Spanish football.  In 2012/13 he had made his breakthrough under Jose Mourinho, making regular appearances and even starting in el clasico, playing a key role in a 2-1 victory, and made 12 league appearances that year, netting twice. 2013/14 saw further progress, 23 league matches, scoring 8 goals as Carlo Ancelotti joined the club and Morata found his place in rotation with Karem Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria and an emerging…

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