Barcelona prepare €50m bid to sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt

Barcelona are preparing a bid of €50m (£43m) to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, according to a new report. The Serbia striker has scored 15 goals in 24 Bundesliga games while adding a further seven strikes in the Europa League on Eintracht’s way to the quarter-finals. The 21-year-old is on loan at Eintracht from Benfica but the German club have already agreed to sign him permanently at the end of this season. They want €65-€70m for the striker if he leaves this summer. The report says Barcelona have been…

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Tottenham face Manchester City in Champions League quarter-finals

Tottenham will play Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona. Last year’s beaten finalists Liverpool will play Porto, and Ajax will face Juventus in the other ties. The semi-final draw was also made and Manchester United will meet Liverpool if both win their last-eight ties. The quarter-final first legs take place on 9 April and 10 April. The semi-finals start on 30 April and 1 May. City and United were both drawn away in the first leg of their ties, but they…

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Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele faces up to one month out with injury

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele faces up to a month out with a hamstring injury sustained against Lyon, it has been confirmed. A report in Diario Sport claimed the Frenchman suffered pain in the femoral biceps of his left leg after netting in Wednesday’s 5-1 Round of 16 victory. The 21-year-old replaced Philippe Coutinho with 20 minutes remaining having not made the starting XI due to a fitness concern sustained against Rayo Vallecano four days earlier. Dembele did not celebrate his goal due to the pain but still completed the final…

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New four-team Supercopa de Espana set to be played abroad

The Supercopa de Espana – Spain’s version of the Community Shield – is set to take on a four-team format and be played abroad. The 2018 edition between Barcelona and Sevilla was played as a one-off game in Morocco, having previously been staged over two legs in Spain. The new proposal would see the Copa del Rey finalists and top two in La Liga meet in a four-team tournament. Spanish football bosses hope the new format would generate more interest. “In this way, we get the brand of the Spanish…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi joins Sevilla in cut-price deal

Sevilla have signed Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi for a fee of €1.05m (£937,000). The 23-year-old’s Barca contract was due to expire at the end of the season, allowing their La Liga rivals Sevilla to sign him on a cut-price deal. After confirming his departure, Barcelona said: “The club would like to thank Munir El Haddadi for his dedication and commitment and wishes him all the best for the future.” Munir made 56 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 12 goals for the club. During his time at the Nou Camp, Munir…

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Barcelona secure Jean-Clair Todibo signing for summer

Barcelona have beat off stiff competition to secure the signature of Jean-Clair Todibo, the club announced. The in-demand Toulouse defender will join the club on a free transfer this summer. Todibo is into the final six months of his contract at the Ligue 1 club and the deal will see him remain in France this campaign before moving to the Camp Nou in July. Last week, El Mundo Deportivo claimed the Blaugrana were in ‘pole position’ to sign the player who has not featured for the Ligue 1 club since November,…

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Adrien Rabiot agrees Barcelona deal to leave Paris Saint-Germain at end of season

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has reached an agreement to join Barcelona at the end of the season, according to several media reports. Rabiot, a product of PSG’s academy, is said to be receiving in the region of £9m-a-year at the Camp Nou, plus an additional £9m signing bonus. With his deal at PSG due to expire at the end of the season, Rabiot is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with another club. Barcelona released a statement last week to confirm their interest in the France international, but denied…

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Barcelona sign Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on initial loan deal

Barcelona have announced the signing of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on loan for the rest of the season, with the option to make it permanent for £22.6m. The 26-year-old Colombia international joined Valencia on a permanent deal in the summer following a season-long loan spell from Inter Milan. However he has only played three times all season for Marcelino’s side – with his sole La Liga game in September. He has previously played for Granada, Cadiz and Las Palmas in Spain. Murillo will be officially presented as a Barca player…

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Lionel Messi wins record fifth European Golden Shoe award

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he “never imagined having so much success” after being presented with a record fifth European Golden Shoe award. The Argentine scored 34 goals in 36 La Liga appearances in 2017-18, making him the highest goalscorer in Europe ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (32). Messi’s latest Golden Shoe award moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won four in total. “The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started,” said Messi. “I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success,…

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Barcelona’s Rafinha ordered to wear Adidas boots or pay fine

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has been ordered to wear Adidas boots again – or face a fine of up to 1m euros. The 25-year-old thought his sponsorship deal ended in the summer and switched to wearing blacked-out Mizuno boots, but has been sued by the German sportswear giants. Rafinha said Adidas had not supported him through two earlier serious injuries and buried the five-year extension in his contract. “Although he is no legal expert, he knows how sponsor deals work,” the judge said. The player is actually out for the season after tearing…

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Manchester United draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich

Manchester United have drawn Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich and Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City were drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke, meaning three of the four English teams will face German opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the city of Madrid, with Juventus drawn against Atletico. Holders Real Madrid must overcome Dutch side Ajax, while Barcelona will take on Lyon and Roma will face FC Porto. The first legs of the last-16 ties will be split…

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Yaya Toure leaves Olympiakos three months after rejoining Greek club

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has left Olympiakos, just three months after rejoining the Greek club. The 35-year-old’s contract has been terminated by “mutual agreement”. Toure, who was a free agent in the summer after leaving City, chose to join Olympiakos in September, where he spent the 2005-06 season. The former Ivory Coast international, who also played for Barcelona, made just two starts and two substitute appearances while in Athens. “Olympiakos and Yaya Toure would like to announce to the fans that they have mutually agreed to end their cooperation,”…

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Ronaldo challenges Messi to leave Barcelona and La Liga

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that Lionel Messi “maybe needs more” after so long at Barcelona and has invited his eternal rival to join him in Serie A. Two talismanic performers who have cemented standings among the all-time greats spent nine years battling for supremacy in Spain prior to a stunning summer transfer window. Ronaldo’s decision to leave Real Madrid for Turin in a £90m deal has left Messi as the standalone five-time Ballon d’Or winner in LaLiga. Ronaldo has called on his great rival to join him in Serie…

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Luka Modric wins Ballon d’or to end Ronaldo and Messi dominance

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final. Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second. Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with…

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Luis Suarez urges Ousmane Dembele to be ‘more responsible’

Luis Suarez has said Barcelona teammate Ousmane Dembele should be “more responsible” after he reportedly missed training following a marathon nocturnal video gaming session. Dembele was dropped by the Spanish champions for last week’s shock 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis following what coach Ernesto Valverde called a “sporting assessment”. But sports daily AS reports that the Catalans are worried not only that he might be addicted to gaming, but also that it might ruin his career at the club. And Suarez, no stranger to disciplinary issues himself, says that…

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Barcelona confirm Ivan Rakitic hamstring injury

Barcelona have confirmed Ivan Rakitic has been diagnosed with a hamstring injury. Rakitic was substituted midway through the second half of Croatia’s 3-2 Nations League win against Spain, in which Tin Jedvaj scored a late winner. Coach Zlatko Dalic subsequently confirmed Rakitic would not travel with Croatia to London for Sunday’s decisive clash with England. And Barcelona announced on Saturday scans have found Rakitic has a hamstring injury in his right leg, with no timescale given for his recovery. ❗ [INJURY NEWS] @ivanrakitic has a hamstring strain in his right leg. His return…

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Griezmann reveals reason behind Barcelona snub

Antoine Griezmann has revealed playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona was a factor in his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann was heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou before the World Cup as many Barca fans became excited at the prospect of seeing the France international playing alongside Messi. The striker seemed set for the move before doing a U-turn and pledging his future to Atleti in a Twitter video, Griezmann ultimately signing a contract extension until 2023 in June. Speaking about the transfer saga to Canal Plus on Sunday, Griezmann admitted…

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Lionel Messi ruled out of clasico with fractured arm in Barcelona win

Lionel Messi will miss next week’s clasico against Real Madrid with a fracture in his right arm, Barcelona have announced. Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half of Saturday’s 4-2 win over Sevilla, and the Argentinian now faces three weeks out. Barcelona said on Twitter: “Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. FuerzaLeo.” ❗ [INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out on…

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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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