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Mancity opens up for Kompany’s Return


Manchester City have left the door open for former captain Vincent Kompany to return to the club in a coaching capacity after the Belgian spoke with Pep Guardiola.

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Kompany left City last summer after 11 successful years at the club to take charge of Anderlecht on a player-manager basis, with his side eventually finishing eighth after the Belgian league was called off early due to the coronavirus crisis.


Reports have suggested that City were keen to welcome their former skipper back to the Etihad as a replacement for ex-assistant Mikel Arteta, who left the club to join Arsenal in December.


However, while there was no offer made during a conversation between Guardiola and Kompany recently, it was made clear that the door would always be open for Kompany to return in the future.


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Perfect or No? See Klopps final verdict on Werner


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told the board that RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner would be ‘perfect’ for his side, with the Reds continuing to be linked with a move for the Germany international.

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Werner has been enjoying an excellent season up to this point, making 39 appearances in all competitions so far in 2019/20. During this time, the 24-year-old has managed 30 goals and a further 12 assists, as well.


As a result, it is hardly a surprise that Werner has been linked with a number of top European clubs in recent months, but it is Liverpool who have been leading the way for his signature. Moreover, the player himself has not held back in his praise of the club in recent times, leading to growing speculation that he could soon make the switch to Anfield.

The trustworthy Fabrizio Romano, writing for the Guardian, has now provided an update on the situation, revealing that Liverpool boss Klopp is still trying to convince the board to pay his release clause – which is around £52.7m – and once again told them this week that Werner would be ‘perfect’ for the club.

The Reds – or another club – has until 15 June to meet Werner’s release clause, and it is said that the forward is prepared to wait for Liverpool to make their decision before deciding on his next club.

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A source recently told NobleSports that Liverpool have warned RB Leipzig that they are willing to consider alternative targets unless the German club drops their price. The Reds do not want to be pressured into triggering Werner’s release clause and despite the fact that Klopp is a major fan of Werner, the Reds could be forced to look elsewhere if RB Leipzig stick to their current price.

The runaway Premier League leaders are still keen to conclude a deal, but are hoping to pay a fee closer to the £40m mark. The Reds hope that the threat of pulling the plug on the deal, mixed with the fact that Werner’s release clause will actually drop to £36m in 2021, will encourage Leipzig to reduce the price.


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Juventus aims Barca’s Coutinho as Authur’s alternative


Juventus have become the latest club to be linked with Philippe Coutinho, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, after Arthur Melo decided to turn down the opportunity to move to Turin.

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Coutinho has lacked consistency during his loan spell with Bayern and, as a result, he has been limited to just 15 starts in the Bundesliga in 2019/20. Overall, he has made 22 appearances in Germany’s top division and has contributed eight goals and six assists.


These aren’t disastrous figures, but Bayern are said to be unwilling to fork out around €120m to land the Brazilian on a permanent basis. As a result, Coutinho’s future has been the topic of much discussion, with Barça also open to offloading him. However, La Blaugrana are said to be looking for a staggering €100m for his services this summer.

Calciomercato (via the Mirror) now report that Juventus are ‘eyeing’ up a move for Coutinho after being rejected by Arthur. This has forced the Italian giants to look for alternatives, and they have now made the 27-year-old a target.

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Arthur has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus in recent times, most notably mentioned as being included in a swap deal involving himself and Miralem Pjanic. However, the Brazilian has shown no interest in wanting to join Juventus, instead expressing his desire to stay put.


As a result, this has put Barça’s plans to sign Pjanic on hold, but I Bianconeri’s interest in Coutinho could kickstart talks once again. The problem for any deal, however, would be the valuation of the players, specifically Coutinho. Despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs, no club has actually shown a willingness to pay the €100m fee being demanded by Barça, considering his disappointing displays in recent seasons.

This deal could potentially suit both parties, but like many other suitors in Coutinho, the price could well prove to be an issue.


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Liverpool fixtures won’t be winning EPL title at Anfield


The Premier League will return on June 17, meaning Liverpool will get the chance to win the title without it being handed to them.

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The Reds need just two wins to win the league for the first time in 30 years. They could seal it in their first game back if Manchester City lose at home to Arsenal.

However, they’re going to do it without any fans in attendance as the season will be resumed behind closed doors.

And worst still is that Liverpool won’t be allowed to win the title at Anfield.

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According to The Athletic’s James Pearce, Jurgen Klopp’s side will be permitted to play their remaining home games at Anfield.

However, if the title is up for grabs when Liverpool are due to play at home, that game will be played at a neutral venue.

Pearce adds that Liverpool’s away fixtures against Everton, Manchester City and Newcastle United will all be played at a neutral ground.

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James Pearce

@JamesPearceLFC
So Everton v LFC, Man City v LFC and Newcastle v LFC all set to be played at neutral venues at the request of the police. But #LFC will be allowed to play their remaining home games at Anfield – apart from one if clinching the title is up for grabs that day.

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The decision has been made because police fear Liverpool would celebrate on the streets of the city if they win it at home, and break social distancing rules.

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However, the news has left Liverpool supporters extremely disappointed.

Indeed, Pearce couldn’t make any sense of it.

James Pearce

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· May 29, 2020
So Everton v LFC, Man City v LFC and Newcastle v LFC all set to be played at neutral venues at the request of the police. But #LFC will be allowed to play their remaining home games at Anfield – apart from one if clinching the title is up for grabs that day.

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James Pearce

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This neutral venues business is ridiculous. The vast majority of fans would heed warnings to stay away from grounds. Would be many more people congregating on beaches and in parks.

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James Pearce

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· May 29, 2020
So Everton v LFC, Man City v LFC and Newcastle v LFC all set to be played at neutral venues at the request of the police. But #LFC will be allowed to play their remaining home games at Anfield – apart from one if clinching the title is up for grabs that day.

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Kean, STAY HOME!! SAVE LIVES!!
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Football fans are the problem…..

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· May 29, 2020
So Everton v LFC, Man City v LFC and Newcastle v LFC all set to be played at neutral venues at the request of the police. But #LFC will be allowed to play their remaining home games at Anfield – apart from one if clinching the title is up for grabs that day.

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It’s amazing how a club can be punished for having true fans.

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· May 29, 2020
So Everton v LFC, Man City v LFC and Newcastle v LFC all set to be played at neutral venues at the request of the police. But #LFC will be allowed to play their remaining home games at Anfield – apart from one if clinching the title is up for grabs that day.

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Either everyone one plays at neutral venues or no one plays at neutral venues

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· May 29, 2020
So Everton v LFC, Man City v LFC and Newcastle v LFC all set to be played at neutral venues at the request of the police. But #LFC will be allowed to play their remaining home games at Anfield – apart from one if clinching the title is up for grabs that day.

JAMES F
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Funny how there are hordes of people in the beaches,but if a number of Liverpool fans gather to celbrate(which they wont to)thats a problem.The hypocricy and the targeting towards Liverpool fans is massive.I hope the club will not accept to play in neutral venues,thats a joke

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Liverpool’s remaining fixtures:

All dates and venues TBC

Everton (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Manchester City (A)
Aston Villa (H)
Brighton (A)
Burnley (H)
Arsenal (A)
Chelsea (H)
Newcastle United (A)



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Kane’s departure will bring Oshimen to Tottenham


Victor Osimhen’s agent Ariyo Igbayilola has insisted that the Lille striker will not be joining Tottenham unless Harry Kane leaves the club.

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Osimhen has emerged as one of the hottest properties in European football after a superb 2019-20 campaign at Stade Pierre Mauroy.

The 21-year-old joined Lille from Belgian outfit Charleroi last summer, and has since contributed 18 goals and six assists to Lille’s cause in all competitions.

A whole host of top clubs are reportedly lining up to try and sign the Nigeria international when the transfer market reopens, including Spurs and Liverpool.

Igbayilola has confirmed that Lilywhites boss Jose Mourinho has been in contact to discuss Osimhen’s availability, but says Harry Kane’s presence is likely to scupper any potential deal.

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The Lille star’s agent told The Cable: “We told Mourinho that if he wants Victor, will Harry Kane be leaving?.

“If Harry Kane is still playing for Tottenham will Victor play? Because he will always be benched for him.

“Kane is their number one striker and he is the captain of England, all these will always work for him in the club but at Victor’s detriment.

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“He needs a club where he will always play full games week in, week out. Not to be kept on the bench.”

Kane has also been heavily linked with a summer transfer, after admitting back in March that he would not hesitate to leave Tottenham in order to fulfil his silverware ambitions in the future.

Manchester United has been mooted as possible landing spot for the England international, but he has been training with the rest of Mourinho’s squad this month ahead of the Premier League’s return.

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Top-flight officials agreed upon a resumption date of June 17 earlier this week, with the coronavirus-enforced break in the season finally set to draw to a close.

Kane benefitted from the self-isolation period as he worked his way back to full fitness following surgery on a hamstring injury he sustained back in January.

Spurs will need to embark on a strong run to get back into the top four when the action kicks off again, having slipped to eighth in the standings before play was stopped on March 13.


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Chelsea alternatively chooses Chukwueze over Sancho


Chelsea are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of wingers in the transfer market this summer and have identified Samuel Chukwueze as a potential target if they fail in a bid to land Jadon Sancho.

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Sancho has emerged as a star for Borussia Dortmund and England this season, but the Blues face stiff competition from the likes of Manchester United for the 20-year-old who has been rated at £90million.

Should a pursuit for the forward fall through then focus is set to shift to Chukwueze according to Goal.

The 21-year-old has already emerged as a key player for Villarreal after breaking into the side during the 2018-19 season and has 12 goals and seven assists from 68 appearances.

The winger is also a Nigerian international and has earned 13 caps, scoring twice in that time for the Super Eagles.

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Chukwueze was a target for Liverpool last summer but Jurgen Klopp’s interest appears to have cooled since then with the Reds on their way to the Premier League title.

Although he is under contract at the Spanish side until 2023, he represents a much cheaper option than Sancho and could be available for around £45million according to the report.

That might be enough for Chelsea to consider making a move ahead of a summer where at least a couple of their attacking options on the wing could be set to depart Stamford Bridge.

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Willian is out of contract at the end of June and looks no closer to extending his stay at the Blues where he has featured since 2013.

Pedro could also be on the move in the summer, with the 32-year-old admitting he is uncertain where he will lining up next season having fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard.


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Mbappe’s play style doesn’t suits Liverpool – Jason


Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe is not a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, according to Jason McAteer.

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The Reds have been strongly linked with a move for the 21-year-old forward, who has been prolific in French football since breaking through at Monaco back in 2016.

Mbappe has also shone in the Champions League and was part of France’s World Cup-winning squad in Russia two years ago.

Signing Mbappe would be regarded by many as a statement of intent from runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool, but McAteer is not so sure – with RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho higher on his wish list.

“You can’t stand still, you need to evolve. From a manager’s perspective, always trying to stay two, three moves ahead,” the former Reds midfielder told Stats Perform News.

“It’s Jurgen’s job to visualise what he sees next season, preparing for upcoming seasons.

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“PSG are a unique club, desperate to win the Champions League, put a fantastic squad together, [but] players want a bigger challenge.

“The Mbappe one for me doesn’t sit quite right – a superstar in his own right, [but] not the right time to come to Liverpool.

“[I’m] not sure he’s Jurgen’s kind of player. At the minute, just not for me.

“I’d rather see Werner or Sancho. We could see him [Mbappe] at Liverpool because he fits for different reasons, but for football, I just don’t know that he fits at this current time.”

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Klopp’s side sit 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after 29 fixtures, with action in England set to resume on June 17 as the Reds close in on a first top-flight title in 30 years.

Liverpool need just two more wins to be confirmed as champions, having already established a commanding 25-point lead over current holders Manchester City, who pipped them to the finishing post by a single point last term.

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Ligue 1, meanwhile, was ended in April with leaders PSG awarded the championship for a third successive year on a points-per-game basis.

Mbappe was subsequently awarded the Golden Boot ahead of Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder, who matched the Frenchman’s tally of 18 but missed out on the award due to the fact three of his efforts came from the penalty spot.


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Juventus rival Roma for Pedro’s Signature


Reports claim Juventus are rivalling Roma for the signature of Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez.

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Pedro is out of contract on June 30 and there is still no indication as to whether Chelsea will extend his deal beyond that date, with the Premier League set to start up again two weeks before.

Roma had seemed to show the most interest from Italy, but Il Tempo and Calciomercato.com both state Juve have now entered the fray.

The 32-year-old worked under Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge last season, scoring 13 goals in 52 appearances and winning the Europa League.

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Sarri is said to remain a fan of the Spaniard, who in turn would be keen on a reunion with the coach.

The Old Lady have also been linked with his Blues teammates Jorginho, Willian and Emerson Palmieri.


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‘Pjanic for Ansu Fati’? New demand from Juve


Juventus have demanded that Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati is included in any deal to bring Miralem Pjanic to the Nou Camp this summer, according to reports.

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The Serie A giants are said to be keen to snap up the 17-year-old winger in exchange – and swap deals are increasingly likely to take place in the upcoming transfer window due to the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuttosport believe that Juventus have now targeted Fati as negotiations over recruiting Arthur as part of the same deal continue to stall.

Fati became the youngest ever Champions League goalscorer, and Barcelona’s youngest goalscorer in any competition, earlier in the season and has netted five goals in 24 appearances for the club.

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But shock claims in Italy now suggest that Barcelona are willing to part ways with the prodigy.

The LaLiga giants would reportedly struggle to include Fati in future matchday squads, and are actively searching for a club capable of giving him ample game time.

Barcelona are also believed to have received numerous offers for Fati already. The Spanish top flight champions would prefer a loan move for the next campaign, but may find it difficult to negotiate with their own starlet due to his rumoured unhappiness.

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Fati is thought to have been identified by Blaugrana boss Quique Setien as one of a number of players he is willing to let go – with suggestions from Spain pointing out that the youngster may now be determined to leave.

Barcelona are understood to have made Pjanic and Inter Milan ace Lautaro Martinez their top two targets this summer and are willing to offload players to raise funds for the moves.

It was recently reported that Barcelona were close to exchanging Arthur Melo for Pjanic in a sensational swap deal, with Setien satisfied with the switch of midfield options.

Both clubs value their player at around €60million, and the Serie A giants were happy to let the 30-year-old Bosnian leave.

But the indications now are that Arthur is hesitating over being included in the deal, with Fati an alternative.


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Ranking The Undertaker’s 27 WrestleMania matches from worst to best (10-1)


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  1. WrestleMania X8 vs Ric Flair
    This match subverted all the odds to become a WWE classic. Ric’s best days were certainly behind him, and ‘Taker certainly wasn’t producing the best fights of his career at the time. But the titanic clash between two of the sport’s biggest legends worked, sacrificing technique and detail for a more brutal approach.
  2. WrestleMania X7 vs Triple H
    This fight included some of WWE’s best moments, including the pair fighting in the crowd and the unbelievable chokeslam off the scaffolding. It signalled what was to come for the pair, long before they were putting on match of the year performances.

The fight surpassed all expectations and is considered by some to be one of the best WrestleMania fights between two legends.

  1. WrestleMania 21 vs Randy Orton
    This fight pitted a young Randy Orton against ‘Taker in 2005 and has become one of the most underrated fights of the legend’s career. It was the first time The Undertaker’s winning run had been labelled by WWE as ‘The Streak’, which helped to add fuel to the fire. The fight’s technical success saw it become the blueprint for many of his more recent WrestleMania performances.
  2. WrestleMania XXIV vs Edge
    The year-long rivalry between these two fighters will go down as one of the best in the sport. It was dramatized by their frequent injuries, which only helped to build the hype for when they finally met at WrestleMania. ‘Taker was ultimately successful, beating Edge and his team in stunning fashion to cement the bout as one of the most memorable.
  3. WrestleMania 23 vs Batista
    The in-ring chemistry in this bout caught a lot of fans off-guard, with the amazing physical storytelling making most fans worry that The Streak could be in jeopardy.
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The Undertaker eventually went 15-0 while claiming the World Heavyweight Championship, but the 15-minute brutal bout will be remembered for far more than just this victory.

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  1. WrestleMania XXVII vs Triple H
    The Undertaker fought old rival Triple H at WrestleMania XXVII in a bout which had some serious backstory and effective storytelling. Triple H was trying to avenge HBK’s retirement by defeating his rival, which made many fans believe that once again The Undertaker could be defeated. The stars went into all-out war, landing some huge blows constantly throughout the fight. ‘The Deadman’ eventually won with a well-timed Hell’s Gate, which helped set up the pair’s rematch the following year in stunning fashion.
  2. WrestleMania 29 vs CM Punk
    WrestleMania 29 paid tribute to Paul Bearer with a brilliant fight between ‘Taker and CM Punk. Punk tried to use the occasion to throw off his opponent, but this was unsuccessful as ‘The Deadman’ took the final victory of his streak. p1e9g87o10jp7tc35ft1jvl60qf.jpg
    Many fans praise Punk for seemingly carrying his opponent throughout the match, but this was a time in The Undertaker’s career where he was delivering all-time classics on a regular basis, this one included.
  3. WrestleMania XXVIII vs Triple H
    The duo managed to repeat their previous two fights in incredible style, helping to make their third fight one of the most memorable of them all. Billed as the End of an Era, the match was built on nostalgia of the sport’s glory years and certainly lived up to the hype.
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The fight even managed to steal the show from The Rock and John Cena’s main event showdown, such was the admiration for the third fight between the pair.

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  1. WrestleMania XXVI vs Shawn Michaels
    The Streak vs Career match pulled out all the stops, helping to make their rematch just as well respected as the first fight. Not only was Shawn Michaels’ career on the line, so was ‘Taker’s unbelievable streak of victories. This fight will go down in WWE history as an absolute classic from start to finish.
  2. WrestleMania 25 vs Shawn Michaels
    Michaels definitely knew how to bring about the best in The Undertaker, which is why their two fights come first and second on this list. Now in their mid-40s, the two veterans had to reignite some of their old techniques in order to truly pay homage to WrestleMania’s 25th anniversary event.
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The pair went out there and put the rest of the fighters to shame with a show-stopping performance that had fans around the world stunned. The fighters actually didn’t need to turn the clock back, as they showed that they were at their very best during WrestleMania 25. That’s why this will go down as The Undertaker’s best appearance at WrestleMania.


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Signing Coutinho is pointless – Berbatov


Manchester United “don’t need” Philippe Coutinho and are unlikely to join the clamour for Barcelona’s former Liverpool star as they look instead to Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes for inspiration, says Dimitar Berbatov.

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The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Brazil international playmaker in the past.

Having seen Coutinho catch the eye in the Premier League at Anfield, proven pedigree in English football has been a quality much coveted by those at Old Trafford.

United have, however, turned their attention elsewhere when landing Portugal international Fernandes, while faith continues to be shown in the mercurial talents of World Cup winner Pogba.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to make that midfield pairing integral to his future plans, Berbatov sees no reason for the Red Devils to be drawn into a transfer battle for Coutinho – who has flopped since leaving Merseyside for Catalunya.

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The former United striker told Betfair: “There have been a lot of Premier League clubs linked with him, Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle and even Manchester United, but sometimes the obvious choice isn’t always the correct one.

“Everyone thought he would do great when he moved to Barcelona but it didn’t work out, sometimes you need to step back to go forwards, he will go to a good team there is no question about that, but he needs the trust of a manager to believe in him and make him the main man so that he can play calm and be free to do what he does.

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“Other people will see him linked with a move to United and they will point out his connections with Liverpool and how he would never be forgiven if he switched to Old Trafford, but honestly, United don’t need him right now.

“Bruno Fernandes is a very similar player; he really hit the ground running and looks to be a very promising signing so I don’t think there would be any point in United signing him.

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“Pogba is coming back, Fernandes is there, [Scott] McTominay is producing great football as well, they have enough quality there so signing Coutinho would be pointless.”

Coutinho is said to favour a return to the Premier League if he is to depart Barcelona in the next transfer window, with a season-long loan at Bayern Munich in 2019-20 having not gone entirely to plan as he once again struggled to rediscover his spark.


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Juventus looses interest in Authur


Arthur Melo has reiterated that he intends to stay at Barcelona and nothing has been able to change his mind.

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As a result, Juventus have given up trying to sign him.

Barcelona had considered the possibility of using Arthur as part of a deal to bring Miralem Pjanic to the Camp Nou, but the former Gremio midfielder hasn’t thought about leaving for one second.

Despite Arthur’s insistence in staying at Barcelona, Juventus have also given up on trying to keep Pjanic, who has insisted on a move to the Blaugrana anyway.

Barcelona are now looking to exchange other players to sign the Bosnian, such as Nelson Semedo, Arturo Vidal, Jean-Clair Todibo and Ousmane Dembele.

Juventus, meanwhile, have turned their attention to other midfield targets in order to replace Pjanic this summer.

They include Jorginho, who worked with Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain’s Leandro Paredes.


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Lenglet left out, Barca Chooses Umtiti as makeweight for Lautaro


Barcelona have no plans to part with Clement Lenglet in the next transfer window, with talk of the defender being used as a makeweight in any deal for Inter forward Lautaro Martinez being rubbished by those at Camp Nou.

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Sources close to the Liga giants have revealed to Goal that there is no substance to the reports suggesting that the France international could be deemed surplus to requirements.

Mundo Deportivo had claimed that Barca were willing to use Lenglet as a sweetener in their ongoing efforts to prise Lautaro from San Siro. That is, however, not the case and the player in question has been told as much.

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Barca have made it clear to Lenglet, who has been on their books since the summer of 2018, that he is among those considered non-transferable.

The 24-year-old has become a regular within the Blaugrana’s back line, making 74 appearances across his two seasons in Catalunya.

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With a key role nailed down, Lenglet is seen as a long-term option for Barca at the heart of their defensive unit. Taking that into account, there is no chance of him being prised from their clutches or added to a player-exchange deal which brings another fresh face into the club.

While Barcelona are eager to get that point across to any would be suitors, there is another France international centre-half in their ranks who could be lured away for the right price.

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Samuel Umtiti, who became a World Cup winner in 2018, has endured injury issues during his time at Camp Nou and finds himself slipping down the pecking order as a result.

Barca are open to offers for the 26-year-old, who they tied to a five-year contract prior to seeing him conquer the world with Les Bleus on Russian soil.

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He has been heavily linked with a move to England in the past, with Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and Manchester United said to be long-standing admirers.

It is believed that an offer of around €30 million would be enough to tempt Barca into a sale, with there still a possibility that they will look at bringing in a new centre-half – potentially Juventus star Daniele Rugani.


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Arsenal eyes Barcelona’s ‘RAFINHA’


Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to reports in Spain.

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The Brazilian, 27, is currently on loan at fellow Spanish side Celta Vigo and could be available on the market for around £13million.

And Mundo Deportivo believe that the Gunners are one of three European teams looking to prize him away from the Camp Nou this year.

The same publications says the La Liga giants are reportedly looking to offload several of their stars this summer due to financial strains caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Only captain Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen are guaranteed of a spot in the Barcelona squad for the 2020-21 season, with the rest of the playing squad up for auction.

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This means Rafinha, who has made 22 league appearances and scored twice for Celta so far this season, is likely to be moved on when the transfer window reopens in Europe.

According to Mundo, Arsenal stand in good stead to make a deal with Barcelona for Rafinha due to good contacts between the Catalan club and the Arsenal board.

The Gunners have former Barcelona director Raul Sanllehi as their Head of Football Operations which increases the chances of successful negotiations between the two parties.

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Celta Vigo have the option to buy the Brazilian international for £13million once his loan deal expires, but Inter Milan, as well as the Gunners, are keen on Rafinha’s signature.

The Serie A club could be boosted by Barcelona’s interest in their Argentinian forward Lautaro Martinez, with Rafinha being discussed as the subject of a player-plus-cash deal from the Catalan club for the striker.

Rafinha spent the second-half of the 2017/18 season at the San Siro but the Italian giants turned down the opportunity to sign the Brazilian on a permament deal for €35million.

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Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal could be targeting a new midfielder later this year with the future of on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos clouded in serious doubt.

The Gunners are set to return to competitive action in June when the Premier League kicks off again after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Their first game back is set to be a visit to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on June 17.


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Arsenal sets loan offer for ‘Coutinho’

Arsenal are reportedly following rivals Tottenham in declaring themselves unwilling to meet Barcelona’s terms for signing Philippe Coutinho on loan.

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The former Liverpool star is set to be allowed to leave the Nou Camp this summer as Barca seek funds to balance the books.

Bayern Munich are unwilling to turn this season’s loan into a permanent transfer for the Brazilian, who is thought to be available for around half of the £142million fee which was agreed with the Reds in January 2018.

With the summer transfer market set to be hugely affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis, ESPN report that Barca are also willing to sanction another loan deal for Coutinho in order to get him off the books for a year.

However, any club who wants to take the attacker on board for the 2020/21 season would have to stump up a loan fee of around £10million and cough up all his £250,000 a week wages.

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Those salary demands haven’t been met with approval by Arsenal, who the report states have been offered the chance to sign Coutinho along with Tottenham and Manchester United.

Any potential deal could also be impacted by Arsenal’s agreement with their players to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut for next season which was agreed back in April.

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The Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea remain in the race to bring Coutinho – who spent five years at Liverpool – back to the Premier League, but they too are thought to be unwilling to accept the terms on offer from the Nou Camp giants.

With financial constraints set to be a huge issue at most clubs across the continent all summer, Barca are likely to either have to adjust their demands or keep Coutinho on their books for next season.


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Khedira insists he has no plan to leave Juventus


Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira claims he wants to stay at the club.

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By answering some questions from the fans on Instagram, the German clearly spoke about his future and his personal will.

“My contract with Juventus expires in 2021. I feel very good in Italy and in the team. I have found a very strong team and I am still hungry for winning many titles.”

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“Now I have more confidence in my body and therefore I see no reason to change the club. I am very happy at Juventus and Turin.”


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Manchester United Ignores Coutinho and eyes Werner


Man Utd are still monitoring Timo Werner’s situation at Leipzig despite mounting evidence the striker will end up at Liverpool, sources have told ESPN.

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen to revamp his forward line in the next transfer window despite widespread concerns about how the market might be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Werner, who has scored 30 goals in 38 games for Leipzig this season, is on the list of players being watched closely by United’s recruitment department even though there is a belief within the club that he is more likely to end up at Liverpool if he decides to move ahead of next season.

At 24, Werner fits the profile drawn up by United for prospective new signings and there is an expectation he could move for a reasonable price.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has hit United financially, with the immediate cost likely to be around £23 million in broadcasting rebates, and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has said the club face an unprecedented challenge. But Solskjaer has been assured there will be money to spend in the next transfer window.

As well as Werner, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele are on the shortlist of targets.

United have been offered the chance to speak to Philippe Coutinho, who is set to leave Bayern Munich after his loan spell ends (more on that soon…), but Solskjaer is set to pass on the chance to sign the playmaker, who is surplus to requirements at Barcelona.


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De Jong wants ‘De Ligt join ‘Catalona Giants’


Frenkie De Jong is working on bringing his friend Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona one day. The duo were part of the great Ajax team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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According to Calciomercato, conversations between Barca and Juve have been clear – the Catalan team shut the door to De Jong leaving and the Italians did the same with De Ligt.

However the newspaper says Frenkie “had planned for a while an operation to try and convince his friend and former team-mate De Ligt to join him at Barca.”

De Jong has played 37 games with Barca, scoring twice and adding four assists. He has been important this season. De Ligt, on the other hand, found it hard to get into the Juve team until Chiellini’s injury and have been impressive ever since.


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Real Madrid offers Shocking 4 players ‘Swap deal for Pogba’


Real Madrid have reportedly offered four players, including James Rodriguez and Martin Odegaard, in an attempt to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

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Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has long been an admirer of French World Cup winner Pogba, who has missed most of this season with a series of ankle issues.

However, Madrid are still keen on signing him and feel a swap deal – also involving Lucas Vazquez and Brahim Diaz – could be an avenue to sign the player, according to The Sun, though United insist their player is not for sale.

The report details that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to get Pogba reintegrated in the starting XI when football resumes again.

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Solskjaer wants to pair Pogba with January arrival Bruno Fernandes in the centre of midfield, with both training this week.

Pogba has only played twice since September and has not played since Boxing Day, but has used the period in which football has been suspended to recover and get back to full fitness.

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Madrid are reportedly keen to land key targets this summer but due to the effect of the coronavirus crisis on clubs across Europe financially, the La Liga side are looking at swap deals as a means of securing transfer targets.

Rodriguez, who was signed from Monaco after a successful 2014 World Cup, has never hit the ground running at the Bernabeu, and had a two-year loan at Bayern Munich from 2017-19.

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Meanwhile, Odegaard was signed as a 16-year-old in January 2015, but has only made two first-team appearances at the club and is currently at his third club on loan in Real Sociedad, after previous spells at SC Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem.

Attacking midfielder Vazquez came through the youth academy at Madrid, while Diaz was signed from Manchester City last January.


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