Barcelona repeat DNA rhetoric in pursuit of another Arsenal star

Arsenal fans are quite familiar with the phrase ‘Barca DNA’. Various players and officials of the Catalan club repeatedly used this phrase to justify the club’s relentless pursuit of their former player Cesc Fabregas when he was with the Gunners. Barcelona finally got their man much to the anger of Arsenal fans, and since then ‘Braca DNA’ has stuck with the fans of the North London club as a form of sarcastic jibe they usually aim at the La Liga giants. Now, the history is sort of repeating itself, and…

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Three Premier League clubs interested in Barcelona star

Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi is a hot prospect among the Premier League clubs at the moment. The latest reports have suggested that as many as three English clubs are interested in the 20-year-old forward. Catalan newspaper Sport suggested on Monday that the North London club Tottenham are in talks with the Catalan club over the potential signing of the talented youngster. The youth prodigy is currently sitting behind the likes of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar in the pecking order at Barcelona and could decide to leave the…

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Leicester City to try their luck at beating top clubs for the “next Suarez”

Leicester City have been busy this summer, preparing their Premier League title defence. Now, the Foxes have joined an elite group of teams trying to lure Brazilian starlet Gabriel Barbosa to Europe. Leicester are prepared to make a bid of £25 million for the 19-year-old forward, who is currently representing Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio, and are scheduled to meet the Santos player’s representatives next week, according to a report by The Sun. Serie A champions Juventus seemed very close to signing the player known by the name…

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The 25 most expensive summer transfers so far

The summer transfer market is just passed halfway, as it started on July 1 and ends on August 31. Time to list the 25 most expensive signings so far! 1. Gonzalo Higuain: from Napoli to Juventus – £76.5 million 2. Hulk: from Zenit to Shanghai SIPG – £47.4m 3. Leroy Sane: from Schalke 04 to Man City – £42.5m 4. Granit Xhaka: from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Arsenal – £38.3m 5. Henrikh Mkhitaryan: from Borussia Dortmund to Man United – £35.7m 6. Sadio Mane: from Southampton to Liverpool – £35m 7.…

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Barcelona released footage of most fun training session ever

Most of the professional footballers don’t really like training sessions. Doing the same drills day-after-day for years can prove to be tedious and exhausting for anyone. Even we as fans always dream of playing in front of thousands of fans, but never of doing endless drills in training sessions. The point: training session are boring, for players and for fans. However, the following video of a unique Barcelona training session will blow your mind away and will change your perception about training drills. In this video, Barcelona players can be seen…

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Manchester City to outbid competition in race for ‘the new Neymar’

With Pep Guardiola arriving at Manchester City, the Premier League giants were primed to hit hard on the summer transfer market. The Citizens have already secured the signings of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and winger Nolito, with an English record move for Everton’s John Stones and a world record move for Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci reportedly being considered. In addition, City have been in the hunt for Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus, who’s been dubbed the new Neymar, and is considered one of the two biggest Selecao talents along with Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa,…

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Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target determined to remain with Barcelona

Arda Turan is eager to stay at Barcelona and try to earn a regular place in the club’s starting XI, rather than move away, the midfielder’s agent has revealed, in a report run by The Guardian. After joining Barca from Atletico Madrid last summer, Turan endured a frustrating season, whereby whilst unable to play until January due to the transfer embargo placed upon the Catalan giants, when the 29-year-old did become eligible, he was afforded only 810 minutes of playing time in the league, during which he scored twice and…

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Manchester United flop linked with shock transfer, Paul Pogba talks about transfer

La Liga giants Barcelona have been linked with a move for Manchester United flop Memphis Depay by Spanish publication Don Balon. The Dutch international arrived at Old Trafford in a £25 million from PSV Eindhoven last summer following an impressive 22-goal season in the Eredivisie. However, the 22-year-old failed to replicate his form for United and could manage only two goals in 29 appearances for the Red Devils. The report claims that Barcelona’s preferred target is Atletico Madrid’s Luciano Vietto, but they will shift attention to Depay if they fail to sign…

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Arsenal linked with shock return of former captain

Arsenal are rumoured to be keen on the signing of former captain Thomas Vermaelen, who’s currently under contract with La Liga giants FC Barcelona. The Belgium international reportedly wants to return to the Gunners after spending the last two seasons on the bench at the Blaugrana. Vermaelen has been struggling with injuries during his time in Spain and is keen to return to Arsenal, after showing he’s ready to play on a high level once again with a solid performance at Euro 2016. Vermaelen has also snubbed a move to West Ham,…

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Chelsea reportedly meet with Lionel Messi’s father to discuss a transfer

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic held a meeting with Lionel Messi’s father on his luxury yacht, with a view to making a move for the Barcelona forward, according to an exclusive report by The Sun. The Argentine star and his father Jorge Messi were sentenced to 21 months in prison on Wednesday, although neither is likely to serve any jail time. Under Spanish law, a tax prison sentence under two years can be served under probation. However, that news has fueled rumours that Messi wants to leave Spain and the Premier League has always…

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Manchester United make bid to sign alternative playmaker, in danger of losing star defender

Manchester United are currently very busy working the transfer market. On Sunday, The Guardian broke the story that the Red Devils are close to landing both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. According to the report, United are willing to pay Ibrahimovic £220,000 per week and that the 34-year-old striker will complete his move during the first week of July. Meanwhile, the Red Devils are prepared to offer £30 million for Mkhitaryan and are sure that a deal will be completed in the coming week. Now, a report by The Sun claims that Borussia Dortmund have…

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Chelsea star is a target of major European clubs

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the most talented full-backs in world football at present. The 26-year-old has been ever-present in Chelsea’s team since his move to the Premier League from Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille in 2012. It is understandable that a lot of clubs would be interested in signing the Spain international if he becomes available in the transfer market. According to Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are some of the clubs that are monitoring Azpilicueta’s situation in the transfer market. Balague said that…

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Arsenal star to commit future, Gunners showing interest in Brazilian defender

Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin is one of the most talented players in the Premier League at the moment. The 21-year-old was picked up in the Premier League Team of the Year and recently made his way into the Spain’s Euro squad. His sudden rise to stardom has understandably attracted the attention from other top clubs, with Barcelona, in particular, heavily linked with a move for their former academy student. However, according to Spanish publication Sport, Arsenal are currently involved in talks with the Spanish youngster over a new deal. Bellerin’s current deal…

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Spanish exodus at Chelsea

A couple of Spanish players could be on their way out at Chelsea this summer, according to the latest reports. Blues forward Pedro has revealed that he has held initial talks with Barcelona regarding a possible return to the Catalan club after only one season in the Premier League. The 28-year-old joined the Blues in a £22 million move last summer but failed to impress during his debut season in the English top fligt. “Hopefully (I can return to Barcelona) but I know it’s hard,” Pedro told beIN Sports, via Sky…

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Manchester United compete with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus for Barcelona star

Last week, Cadena SER reported that Juventus have agreed on a three-year deal with Barcelona right-back Dani Alves and the report claimed that an official announcement of the deal would be announced in the coming days. However, it has obviously not come to pass and now Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the 33-year-old. Jose Mourinho’s side have reportedly approached the player, but the report indicates that the Brazilian is not interested in a move to Premier League. Meanwhile, PSG…

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Arsenal bidding for couple of Serie A strikers, facing huge battle to keep star player

With a second-place finish in the 2015/2016 Premier League season and a ticket to next season’s Champions League in the books, Arsenal are looking to make noise during the summer transfer market. According to a report by The Sun, Real Madrid are willing to exercise Alvaro Morata’s buy-back clause before selling him to Arsenal. However, Los Blancos want at least £38 million for the current Juventus striker and it remains to be seen of the Gunners, who have made an intial bid of £28 million, want to put that much cash…

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Manchester United target headed elsewhere, Red Devils made formal offer for Barcelona star

Manchester United have maintained interest in Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan for quite some time now. However, according to Portuguese publication A Bola, the Argentina international is headed elsewhere in the summer transfer window. The report states that the 28-year-old, who recently claimed that he might leave Benfica in the summer, is close to signing a four-year deal with Atletico Madrid. Gaitan is expected to cost around £20 million to Diego Simeone’s side. “I’ve been [at Benfica] for a long time, and this is a very emotional time. I don’t know if this…

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Arsenal star has the highest brand value in the Premier League

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has the highest brand value in Premier League, according to brand analytics group Brandtix (via Sky Sports), who also valued Manchester United as one of the biggest brands in football. The German international, with an index value of 587, features above Wayne Rooney (530) and Sergio Aguero (497) on the list, which was created after taking Opta’s on-pitch statistics, social media reach, and social sentiment into consideration. Ozil’s huge following on social media platforms was the main reason behind his position in the list. He has 47.4 million followers…

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Manchester United have one of the highest brand values in European football

According to brand analytics group Brandtix (via Sky Sports), Manchester United have one of the highest brand values in European football and the biggest one in the Premier League. Brandtix reviews the performances of professional athletes and teams both on and off the pitch in order to discover their true brand values. As well as official player and team accounts, the Brandtix platform also monitors relevant fan channels, the official pages of associated brands and any interaction between players/teams and their fans. Despite missing the Champions League this season, United…

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Only one Premier League club makes top 10 most prolific teams of the 2015/2016 season

The 2015/2016 football season in the five biggest European competitions (England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France) has been officially over since Manchester United beat Bournemouth 3-1 on Tuesday. Time to take at look at two very interesting statistics using Goal’s Huawei Team Ranking: the amount of goals per game by the 98 clubs in Europe’s Big Five and the average conversion rate those clubs finished their chances. Goals per game: 1. FC Barcelona – 2.95 2. Real Madrid – 2.89 3. Paris Saint-Germain 2.68 4. Borussia Dortmund – 2.41 5.…

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Six Premier League teams make top 10 most valuable football teams, West Ham are biggest risers

Forbes has released its annual The Business of Soccer study for the 2014/2015 season, ranking the most valuable football teams in the world. Six Premier League teams make the top ten, with Manchester United being the league’s most valuable club. The Red Devils are worth £2.62 billion and only trail La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are worth £2.89bn and £2.81bn respectively. Arsenal are down in fifth place behind Bayern Munich, being valued at £2.12bn. The Gunners lead sixth-placed Manchester City, who are worth £1.52bn. Chelsea and Liverpool are ranked…

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Barcelona concede defeat to Manchester United for starlet transfer

Manchester United were all set to sign Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches before Barcelona emerged with a late interest in the Portuguese player. Earlier this week, multiple reports suggested that the Catalan club consider the 18-year-old as a potential replacement of Sergio Busquets and are ready to compete with United for his signing. However, according to Portuguese publication A Bola (via Daily Express), the Catalans are helpless in front of the financial might of the Premier League club and have conceded defeat in their pursuit. Sanchez is valued at more than £45 million…

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Arsenal and Juventus compete for Bundesliga star, agent of La Liga youngster confirms interest

Arsenal are facing competition from Serie A giants Juventus in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Last month, reports suggested that the Gunners were close to finalising a move for the 27-year-old, as he was already house-hunting in London. However, according to the latest report from transfermarketweb, Juventus are planning to hijack Arsenal’s move and are ready to launch a £24 million bid for the Armenia international. Mkhitaryan’s current deal with Dortmund expires in 2017, and it has been suggested that the Bundesliga club are planning to sell…

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Chelsea have offered star player to Barcelona for huge fee

Speculation regarding Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’s future at the West London club has grown strong in the recent weeks. The Belgian goalkeeper has repeatedly been linked with a move back to the Spanish La Liga, and now according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the Blues have offered their star player to Barcelona for £50 million. Meaning Courtois will become the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, as Juventus paid £40 million for Gianluigi Buffon to Parma in 2001. The Belgium international, who recently refused to commit his long-term future to the…

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Manchester United tracking Barcelona star, linked with Leicester midfielder

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, according to Spanish daily Sport. The 27-year-old has a contract until 2019 with the Catalan club, but he is currently in negotiations over a new deal. Busquets is said to be demanding a £30,000 increase on his current £120,000-a-week wages. Sport, via talkSPORT, claims that all three Premier League clubs are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to pounce if an opportunity presents itself. Busquets, earlier this season, stated that he would be like to…

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