Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen ruled out for six weeks with hamstring injury

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is set to miss six weeks of action with a hamstring injury he suffered while on international duty with Belgium, the club has confirmed. The centre-back was forced off during Belgium’s 2-1 win over Switzerland on Friday and now faces yet another spell on the sidelines. The news comes as a blow to Barcelona with Samuel Umtiti also sidelined curently with a knee problem. There have been different reports over the severity of the French defender’s injury, and it’s still unclear when he will return to…

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Maradona urges Lionel Messi to quit Argentina and ‘send them to hell’

Diego Maradona has advised Lionel Messi to walk away from the Argentina national team and send everyone “to hell.” Messi has been omitted from the last two Argentina squads in the wake of a fraught World Cup campaign and doubt surrounds the Barcelona star’s international future. Argentina icon and former coach Maradona was asked what advice he would give Messi. “What would I tell Messi? To not come back any more. To retire,” Maradona told Clarin. “The Under-15s lose and it is Messi’s fault, the fixture list in Argentina puts…

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Modric breaks Ronaldo-Messi dominance to win top FIFA award

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time. He beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize. Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each. At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was…

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Ernesto Valverde noncommittal over Barcelona future

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted he is not sure if he will still be manager of the club next season. Valverde’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign and he confirmed on Saturday he has an option to extend the deal by another year. “I have a contract and I have a possibility to extend it a year more,” Valerde said. “The contract is there but we know what can happen in a season and the season is long. You have to see how the team does.…

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Antoine Griezman: I am at the top with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe

Antoine Griezmann has said that although he is a different player to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he is “at the top” in football. Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France, is targeting the Ballon d’Or after the disappointment of not being nominated for FIFA’s The Best award. “There are different ways to look at football,” he told Diario AS. “It’s obvious that I’m a different player to Cristiano, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. “I’m at the top but I can get better. I want to be the most complete…

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Barcelona’s Luis Suarez opens door for possible Pogba move

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Luis Suarez has said Paul Pogba would be welcome at Barcelona as the Manchester United midfielder continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Suarez becomes the second Blaugrana player to state that the Frenchman would be greeted with open arms at Camp Nou following Gerard Pique’s similar statement. Pogba’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is said to be fractious, with the World Cup winner reportedly open to a move away from a Manchester side which has struggled in the early stages of the season. As such, Suarez feels that…

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Dortmund sign Paco Alcacer on loan from Barcelona

Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer has joined Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan. The Bundesliga side have an option for a permanent purchase next summer. Dortmund will pay €2 million up front for the loan and can commit him to a four-year deal if they hand over a further €23m (£20.9m/$27m) at the end of the season, though the Catalan side can reject that offer. With a further €5m in variables, the 24-year-old could end up costing €30m. Dortmund turned their attention to Alcacer after Liverpool refused to sanction a move…

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Argentina coach Scaloni unsure if Lionel Messi will play for his country again

Argentina interim manager Lionel Scaloni has stated he doesn’t know if Lionel Messi will play for the national team again. Messi had a difficult summer with Argentina at the World Cup where they crashed out at the hands of eventual winners France at the Round of 16, and indicated he would not be available for the September friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia or indeed for the rest of the year, according to a report in Clarin newspaper. #SelecciónMayor Lionel Scaloni dio a conocer la lista de convocados para enfrentar a…

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year award

Luka Modrić, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for the 2017/18 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. Ronaldo, who won the award last season, helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and finished as the competition’s top scorer with 15 goals. The Portuguese, who has since moved on to Juventus has three wins in total and is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011. Modric, also part of Madrid’s Champions League winning team, finished…

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Barcelona target Nzonzi demands Sevilla exit as speculation grows

Steven N’Zonzi has made it clear to Sevilla that he wants to be sold, club director of football Joaquin Caparros has confirmed, as he continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona and Serie A outfit AS Roma. N’Zonzi joined Sevilla from Stoke City in 2015 and has gone on to establish himself as a mainstay in the heart of the club’s midfield, and was a member of France’s World Cup winning squad this summer in Russia. N’Zonzi was strongly linked with a return to the Premier League last…

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Barcelona complete signing of Arturo Vidal for £27m from Bayern Munich

Barcelona have completed the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich in a £27m deal after agreeing personal terms with the Chile midfielder. The 31-year-old, who moved to Germany in 2015 from Juventus for £32m, met Barça officials last week and passed his medical after being granted permission to leave by the new Bayern manager, Niko Kovac. Italian side Inter Milan were considered frontrunners for Vidal’s signature but Barcelona swooped in to make the midfielder their fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla and the Brazilian…

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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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