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Ronaldinho Got a goodbye barbecue with tearful inmates before release

Inmates were in tears as they held a barbecue to say goodbye to Ronaldinho this week after the former Brazil star was placed on house arrest following 32 days in a Paraguayan prison, according to NobleSports.

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis, who is also his business manager, were incarcerated in Paraguay since March 6 for attempting to enter the country with falsified passports, even though residents of Brazil do not need passports to enter their landlocked neighbour.

They had been denied bail three times previously but on Tuesday a judge granted them house arrest in exchange for a bail payment of $1.6 million.

Once the news reached the inmates at the detention unit in Asuncion, sources have explained how they hastily arranged a goodbye barbecue for Ronaldinho and his brother.

The former Barcelona forward had become a popular figure at the facility. Sources told NobleSports he was “loved” by his fellow prisoners at the jail, where daily activities included playing football with the inmates and the employees and attending a carpentry course.

He has promised to return to visit them before he heads back to Brazil, although it is unclear when that will be possible. The probe into the falsified passports has expanded into an investigation into possible money laundering.


Juventus could use Sandro as a trade chip in a deal for Icardi

Juventus could use Alex Sandro as a potential trade chip in a deal for Mauro Icardi in the coming months according to a report in today’s print edition of Tuttosport.

Icardi is currently out on loan at Paris Saint Germain from Inter and the reigning French champions have an option to sign him up on a permanent basis which they reportedly intend to do.

It has long been rumoured that Juventus are huge fans of Icardi and would like to add him to their ranks to bolster their attack and in order to acquire him they would be willing to offer a player(s) to PSG in return for Icardi.

Miralem Pjanic, Douglas Costa. and Mattia De Sciglio’s names have both been mentioned but this report states that Alex Sandro’s name is now in the mix of players they could try and use to entice PSG into doing business with them.

If they let Sandro go to acquire Icardi, the report from the Turin based newspaper goes on to state they will look to replace the Brazilian with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri, who is also on Inter’s radar.


Sancho keen on moving to Man Utd and linking up with Rashford

Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho looks to have taken a major step after reports claim that the Borussia Dortmund winger is open to a move to Old Trafford.

Sancho is one of the hottest young talents in world football right now, having scored 14 goals and registered 16 assists for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season.

This has alerted the attention of Europe’s top clubs, with significant Premier League interest coming from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and of course United.

And The Athletic claim that Sancho’s is keen on joining Manchester United next season due to his history of living and playing in Manchester.

Sancho played for the academy teams of the Red Devils’ rivals Manchester City before joining German club Dortmund for £8million in 2017.

The move would see Sancho link up with fellow forward and England team-mate Marcus Rashford, with the pair having combined for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions team during the international break.

And Rashford is excited about the prospect of playing alongside Sancho at club level as well as on the international stage.

He told Reliable Sources Live: ‘Hopefully we can all play together, that would be good.

‘He plays off the cuff, he’s creative and imaginative, these are the things you need to be world class.’

Sancho is also a target for Liverpool and Chelsea but the Premier League duo are not prepared to pay Dortmund’s asking price for their star winger, say The Athletic.

Any deal for the 20-year-old is likely to exceed the £100million mark given the player’s exciting potential.Borussia Dortmund chiefs are mulling over whether to cash in on the Englishman or try their best to keep him at the club – but they insist he will not be sold on the cheap.

Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said last week: ‘You always have to respect what the player wants. We already said before corona that our preference is for Jadon to remain with us.

‘I can say clearly that even the very rich clubs, despite the current crisis, shouldn’t think they can get a bargain from us. We don’t have to sell anyone below their value.’

Both Dortmund and Manchester United are waiting to see how the transfer window will play out this year given the global suspension of the 2019/20 football season across the world.


Ex-Blues star Leboeuf Says £80m price for Coutinho is too much

Chelsea have been warned off an £80 million ($99m) move for Philippe Coutinho, with Frank Leboeuf considering that asking price to be “too much” for a Barcelona flop who lacks the quality of a “top, top player”.

The former Blues defender told ESPN FC : “Well, to be really honest, and frank, no [Chelsea should not sign him].

“I think Coutinho is a good player and I’m not even trying to be harsh on him, I think I want to find Barcelona guilty for the situation because they put a price on Coutinho who I think doesn’t belong to that league.

“Now it’s hard to reverse the system, it’s hard to think that you can even the price and accept to lose like £65m for a transfer.

“But if you check on the quality of Coutinho, of course he is a talented player, of course he is a good player, but does he belong to the top, top players? Allow me to have some doubts about that.

“When I see Neymar, when I see [Cristiano] Ronaldo, when I see [Lionel] Messi, when I see [Kylian] Mbappe, I see top, top players.

“Coutinho has a price of a top, top player and I don’t want to make a statement but I’m not sure he has the quality of a top, top player.

“And now, how do you reverse the system? How do you put Coutinho in a team and how do you rate him now?

“You talk about Chelsea, ready to [pay] £80m. I think it’s too much for a player where you’re not sure he’s going to find the level he was, he used to be, at Liverpool and is not anymore.

“That’s why I think Coutinho shouldn’t go to Chelsea because there is no room for him and I think it is too much to spend for a player where we don’t know the standard.”


Chelsea want to sign Coutinho on loan for €13m & cover his entire wages

Chelsea are reportedly interested in offering Philippe Coutinho a route out of Barcelona as part of a loan deal that would see them cover his entire salary.

Coutinho struggled to adapt to life at Camp Nou following a £142m switch from Liverpool in January 2018 and has spent this campaign on loan at Bayern Munich.

The Bavarians have an option to buy clause, which stands at £109m, but are unlikely to activate it when the transfer window eventually reopens after the coronavirus pandemic.

Coutinho has been linked with a Premier League return amid interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Reports have claimed Barcelona are holding out for an £80m fee for the playmaker.

With clubs seemingly unlikely to pay that much for a player who turns 29 next year, Barcelona could loan him out again next season.

And Spanish newspaper Sport say Chelsea are willing to pay a £11.5m(€13m) loan fee and cover Coutinho’s entire wages, which are around £250,000-a-week.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is looking to bolster his attacking options this summer and has already signed Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech for £33m, a deal which will be made official on July 1.

Coutinho, who is able to play out wide or as an attacking midfielder, would only add more firepower to Chelsea’s frontline.

Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal tracking Lyon Midfielder Houssem Aouar

Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are preparing for a three-way Premier League tussle for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar this summer, according to reports.

The 21-year-old is one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in Europe and has emerged as a key player for Lyon in recent seasons.

He is expected to finally leave the club this summer though and three of England’s leading sides are in the race to secure his signature in a £65million deal, it is claimed.

According to The Sun, Liverpool, City and Arsenal are stepping up efforts to sign Aouar, who has been ‘scouted by all of the Premier League’s elite’.

It is claimed Jurgen Klopp has identified Aouar as a long-term option in midfield as he looks to replace veteran duo James Milner and Adam Lallana this summer.

Lallana is out of contract at the end of the season while Milner, at 34, is in the final stage of his career. Naby Keita has also been plagued with a number of injury concerns at Anfield and could be sold to free up funds for a replacement.

City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has not hidden his admiration for Aouar in the past. Speaking after City beat Lyon in the Champions League last season, he said: ‘Houssem is a very good player. He is incredible.

‘He is excellent. He is always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality.’

Arsenal have also entered the race but their financial position may put them behind in the running with Mikel Arteta’s budget to be focused on strengthening his squad, rather than investing in one star name.

Aouar has also caught the eye of potential suitors across Europe with Juventus interested, according to L’Equipe.

He made the decision to not leave Lyon last summer as he wanted to try and force his way into France’s EURO 2020 squad. However, with the tournament postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus crisis, he is reportedly looking for a move away.

For the midfielder, the main concern with a move to City would be their potential two-year ban from the Champions League due to financial fair play breaches.

However, if the ban does not stand then Aouar is said to be excited at the prospect of working under Pep Guardiola and joining the Premier League.

Both players have mightily impressed this season in Ligue 1, with Dembele scoring 16 goals in 27 matches and Aouar grabbing a handful of goals and assists


Lautaro to accept the €7m-a-year offer that Barcelona tables for him

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has prepared to accept the offer that Barcelona have tabled for him according to a report from Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo.

The 22-year-old striker has been heavily linked with the Blaugrana club for a good few months now with it understood that he is one of their top transfer targets ahead of the Summer transfer window.

Barcelona have offered him a contract that would come with a €7 million annual salary, which is three times the amount he is currently earning at Inter, who he has a contract with until the Summer of 2023.

The huge salary increase is one of the reasons why Lautaro is convinced about accepting their offer and another reason is the possibility to play alongside compatriot Lionel Messi at club level too.

With the player now seemingly keen on the switch to the Blaugrana, it remains to be seen if Barcelona can strike a deal with Inter over his transfer.


Inter & Juve to rival for Dembele as Sarri’s side to offer Rugani in deal

Inter and Juventus have recently shown an interest in young French international Ousmane Dembele, per GdS reports.

The report claims that both Italian clubs want to sign Dembele and Juve director Fabio Paratici offers a swap deal involving Rugani.

Dembele has only played around a third of possible minutes since signing for Dortmund and even when fit has failed to become a fixture.

Before this season was interrupted by the coronavirus he had played just two full matches in LaLiga.

Last season he also played just two full games. If he is sold the club will have to take a huge hit on the player they signed for €105m (£92m) plus €40m (£35m) in add-ons three years ago


Messi Makes Double Furious Denials

Lionel Messi has used social media to brand a series of stories in the Argentine media – including that he had paid former team mate Ronaldinho’s bail – as “fake news”.

The Barcelona star issued the angry denial on Thursday evening after TNT Sports reported that he had put down the money to free the ex-Camp Nou star from prison in Paraguay.

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis were released from prison in Paraguay on Tuesday and placed under house arrest after 32 days behind bars. The pair were arrested in early March after allegedly using a false passport to enter the country.

Lawyers for Ronaldinho and Assis have posted a $1.6 million (£1.3m) bail on behalf of their clients, after a previous application was denied because authorities deemed the pair to be a flight risk.

The sudden payment of such a substantial fee has led to speculation as to where the money came from – however, Messi made it clear via his Instagram page that it was nothing to do with him.

He also refuted recent stories linking him with a move away from Barcelona, with Inter being heavily touted as a possible next destination.

Screenshotting a tweet from TNT Sports, Messi wrote “#FakeNews'”and “Lie 1: Messi to Inter, Lie 2: Messi gave money to Ronaldinho in jail”.

He then added another sentence, which translates as: “What they said about Newell’s Old Boys a few weeks ago is also false, thank God no one believed them…”

Former Inter president Massimo Moratti claimed that a deal for Messi was possible for the Serie A side . He told Radio Rai: “I don’t think it’s a forbidden dream at all. Maybe it wasn’t even before this misfortune [the coronavirus lockdown].

“Messi is at the end of his contract and it would certainly be attempted to bring him home. I don’t know if this situation will change anything, but I think we will see strange things at the end of the year.”

Former Inter midfielder Benoit Cauet also insisted the Nerazzurri can sign Messi , while even La Liga president Javier Tebas suggested their biggest name player leaving the league “would not be a drama.”

“I do not think that the arrival of Messi can solve the problems of Serie A, which are linked to the bad relationship between debts, high and insufficient collections,” Tebas said on a video conference with reporters.

“Serie A’s figures are stressed, and these economic problems certainly are not solved by Leo Messi. I would like Messi to stay here, but if he leaves it would not be a drama.”

However, all of this has been strongly denied by Messi, who posted his fierce rebuttal on Instagram to his 147 million followers.


Barca chases swap deal for Juventus’ Cancelo

Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo is wanted by Barcelona in a deal seeing Nelson Semedo going the other way, with Europe’s top clubs now ready to look at swapping players when the next transfer window eventually opens.

Spending is expected to fall following the loss of revenue from the coronavirus crisis but trading players is being explored by Champions League clubs. Juventus are also understood to have made enquiries about available players for such deals.

Alexis Sanchez’s switch to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going to Arsenal was a rare swap in the Premier League in recent seasons but are appearing increasingly attractive among chief executives once football opens its doors again and the season is completed.

Cancelo, 25, arrived at the Etihad last summer from Juve in a part exchange with Danilo worth £60million. But the Portugal international has started just eight Premier League games and City could use him to freshen up their squad for next season.

Pep Guardiola was asked about Cancelo’s future before sport was halted for Covid-19 spread, with the City manager suggesting he would not stand in the way of a player if he wanted to leave. “This player we bought him for many years, not for six months, but what happens happens,” he said.

Semedo, 26, is Cancelo’s international team-mate and has been at Barca for three years following a deal from Benfica worth £26.5million plus add-ons. He has two full seasons on his deal at the Nou Camp but has not agreed a new contract.

Guardiola also has Kyle Walker competing for a place at right-back but Semedo would add competition in that area.

A swap deal could freshen up both squads without spending cash, while also allowing budgets to be spent elsewhere. Juventus have a recent history of successfully targeting free transfers and swapping players is also seen by the Italians as a good transfer strategy.


Messi DENIES reports of Inter or Newell’s Old Boys move & paying Ronaldinho bail

Lionel Messi took to social media to deny reports about any possible move to Inter at the end of the season.

The Barcelona captain lashed out at the Argentine media outlet TNT Sports, which reported that the player may join the Serie A side.

“What they said in this same newspaper about Newell’s [Old Boys] a few weeks ago was also false,” Messi posted on social media along with a screenshot of TNT Sports’ tweet.

“Thank goodness that nobody believes them anymore.”

Messi also denied another Source report that linked him with Ronaldinho’s bail payment, which led to the Brazilian’s release from the Paraguayan prison.


Paulo Dybala Reveals He Only Wanted to Join Juventus Following Palermo Departure

Paulo Dybala has insisted that the only club he wanted to join was Juventus after deciding to leave Palermo in the summer of 2015.

The now 26-year-old emerged as a world-class talent during his time with the Eagles and was highly sought after following three impressive years with the club, in which he produced a combined 37 goals and assists.

As a result, a host of Europe’s biggest clubs were interested in acquiring his services, but the Argentine insists that he only ever had eyes for Juventus, while stalling approaches from other clubs until the Old Lady came calling.

During a recent video interview with Juventus’ website (as quoted by Football Italia), Dybala opened up on his desire to join the current Serie A champions, while also recalling the moment he discovered they were interested in signing him.

“I remember that day as if it were yesterday,” stated the midfielder. “I was at home in Palermo with my mother and others. We were talking about what could happen, the team I could choose, there were already many clubs, coaches and others calling, but I wouldn’t close to door on anyone, nor say yes or no, because I felt that sooner or later the call would come from Juve.”

He continued: “One day, after lunch, my agent called and said in an hour, you’ll receive a phone call from the Juventus director. I spoke to Fabio (Paratici) and he told me that he’d do everything possible to ensure that I joined Juventus.

“After I put the phone down, I ran over to my Mum, I hugged her and said I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Dybala has since gone on to make 216 appearances for the Old Lady, scoring 91 goals and registering 36 assists in the process – a combined 25 of which have come this season so far.The former Palermo player is currently recovering in self-isolation after contracting the coronavirus, but he has since taken to social media to reassure his followers that he’s feeling a great deal better.


Dietmar Hamann Suggest Werner Wouldn’t Fit in at Liverpool Stating His Reasons

Former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann insists that RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner wouldn’t fit in at Liverpool, amid strong rumours linking the striker with a move to Anfield this summer.

Werner has enjoyed an incredible season with Leipzig so far, scoring 27 goals and registering 12 assists in all competitions, which has understandably led to speculation linking him with a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs in the upcoming transfer window

Liverpool are believed to be in pole position to sign the 24-year-old – who has previously spoken out on his admiration for the Reds and their boss Jurgen Klopp – but his German compatriot Hamann believes the move wouldn’t be a good one for the world champions.

Speaking on The Athletic’s Steilcast podcast, Hamann claimed: “I don’t think he’s a player for Munich or Liverpool (with) the way they play at the moment. We’ve seen him in the national team in certain games when he plays out wide and he’s not tricky enough. You need trickery, you need to beat a man by shifting your weight.”

The German added: “I read quotes from journalists or people close to the club in Liverpool when he always said Liverpool is a great club (and that) Klopp is the greatest trainer, that he was a bit too forward in showing interest in going to Liverpool.

“Where’s he going to play? Even if Mane or Salah go, out wide is not his position and the centre-forward position, the way they do play, is probably the most crucial one.

“Firmino is probably a bit underrated in some people’s eyes. He’s a ball-playing centre-forward, he probably doesn’t get the goals that other players get. But he brings other players into position and that’s certainly not Werner’s game, so (it’s) a no from me.”

Liverpool are keen on attacking reinforcements this summer, with the runaway Premier League leaders currently somewhat over-reliant on their dynamic triumvirate upfront.

It has been reported that Werner has a release clause in his contract of around £50-55m – depending on the source.


😱😱😱Mohamed Salah Can Stand As Sacrifice for Timo Werner’s Move

Liverpool fans have been warned that Mohamed Salah could be the man to make way for Timo Werner in their squad, should the German arrive at Anfield at the end of the season.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the RB Leipzig forward for some time now, and are favourites to secure his signing at the end of the current campaign as they aim to avoid their front line getting stale.

Mohamed Salah
Quoted on Reliable Sources while talking about his team of the season, pundit Charlie Nicholas said: “As much as Liverpool are talking about Timo Werner coming from RB Leipzig and potential other buys, it might be Salah that gets moved on. I would be careful about Mane, as I believe even Lionel Messi picked him as one of his Ballon d’Or choices.

“Salah has been great and Liverpool fans love him, but the two they may want to keep are Mane and Firmino. They have more options about them, not better players necessarily. Salah is that type as he gets the goals.”

Jamie Carragher, though, has insisted that Jurgen Klopp can keep things ticking over without having to sell any of their first-team players – either for financial reasons or for reasons of keeping players happy with their playing time.

UEFA Champions League”Red Bull Leipzig v Tottenham Hotspur FC”
“No, they don’t need to let anybody go, they just need to add to the squad that they’ve got,” he told Viasport in February.

“Don’t forget that Liverpool never signed a player last summer so you would think there is a lot of money there waiting to be spent. Jurgen Klopp is maybe just waiting, another year on, some players have got another year older and then he can maybe refresh it.”

Werner’s arrival could, though, spell the end of backup striker Divock Origi’s time on Merseyside.


Harry Kane’s Legacy Would Mean Half as Much If He Leaves Tottenham Now

🔊🔊🔊”For a long time my motivation was simply to close my eyes and picture myself scoring against Arsenal in the Premier League. Done that a few times now, and it never gets old. But now, my motivation is a bit different. Now, I close my eyes and I picture myself lifting the Premier League trophy at our new stadium with my mates.”

Those were Harry Kane’s words in February 2018 in an interview with The Players’ Tribune after he scored his 100th Premier League goal for Tottenham.

“We’ve been close the past few seasons, but there’s only one way to close the gap – and I’m afraid it’s quite a boring answer. As my dad would say, we’ve gotta keep working, keep doin’. Keep getting on with it,” he continued.

Kane’s whole career, essentially his whole life, has been driven by proving people wrong, by the desire to be successful with his boyhood club.

He’s never been the most glamorous player. When he was a teenager, he was the everyman player, a generic figure, that guy you saw on the sidewalk on GTA a million times over because he’s a lazy computer generation.

Despite valuing success at Spurs above all else in his career thus far, Kane admitted on an Instagram Live video recently that he would consider leaving Tottenham in search of silverware should the club not continue to push forward. But it feels like that ship has sailed.

The England captain turns 27 in the summer and has had a recent history of serious injuries that have clearly affected his game – he’s slower, he’s weaker, he’s not as prolific, he’s not getting as many shots off, he’s not getting in the right areas to maximise his goalscoring abilities anymore. Kane remains one of the world’s finest forwards, but it’s apparent that he’s entering a new stage of his career, and one that could do without the upheaval of a move away from home comforts.

There was a time for Kane to leave Spurs – when he was scoring as many as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a calendar year, when he was a back-to-back Golden Boot winner, when he was a trophy win away from being a serious Ballon d’Or contender.

Those days have been and gone.

But most importantly, Kane shouldn’t leave because it would almost be a betrayal to himself and his legacy, completely changing how he’d be remembered. He has the potential to head to Real Madrid or Barcelona or Bayern Munich or whoever and sweep up silverware, but there’d always be that asterisk next to his name – you never did it with Tottenham.

Harry Kane
Kane’s legacy that he’s tried to leave since he became a top striker has been that of the one-club man, remaining supremely loyal to Spurs even when he could have forced a move to any team he liked. Players wanting to leave clubs in search of new challenges isn’t a bad thing, but Kane has set himself up to be more than a normal player. When you wed yourself into the marriage of one club, you can’t just opt out without major repercussions.

He could still break Alan Shearer’s Premier League goals record. He could still break the great Jimmy Greaves’ Spurs goals record.

He could still assume the captaincy from the waning Hugo Lloris and lead the club back to glory. Even several notches down from the best-case scenario, Kane could still retire as Mr Tottenham, the definitive face of his football club.

He’s come too far in his career to back out now – if he stays at Spurs, he’ll at the very least become a club legend there, but leaving would tear the club in two and he’d be just another striker wherever. You never did it with Tottenham.

Harry Kane
Would a player with the almost unusual sentiment in the modern day of Kane rather live with the regret of not leaving to try and win elsewhere, or the regret that he never could break Spurs’ duck?


Chelsea Stance on Future of Midfielder N’Golo Kante

Chelsea Stance on Future of Midfielder N’Golo Kante As Real Madrid & PSG looks Interested

Exclusive – Chelsea are ready to part with two-time Premier League winner and former PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante – if Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain formalise their interest and offer the right price.

Kante has established himself as arguably the best defensive midfielder in the world since first moving to England as a complete unknown in 2015, but the Frenchman is now 29 and Chelsea are beginning to consider what comes next.

Reliable sources told NobleSports that Real Madrid have a close eye on Kante, seeing the 2018 World Cup winner as part of a French-inspired recruitment plan.

Coach Zinedine Zidane wants Kante at the Bernabeu, as well as his France international colleagues Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.

However, there could be stiff competition for Zidane and Los Blancos because perennial French champions PSG would make a serious bid of their own if they feel Kante is available.

NobleSports understands that while Chelsea remain more than happy with Kante, who has played 164 games since moving to Stamford Bridge from Leicester in 2016, they would consider allowing him to leave at the end of the season if an acceptable bid is received.

As things stand, Kante has three more years left on his current Chelsea contract, but he will be 32 by the time that deal expires and is not expected to extend it.

For the first time in his career, Kante has also started to suffer with injuries this season and had endured three different spells out of action before the campaign was forcibly halted as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

What’s more, Chelsea believe they have other good options in midfield moving forward.

Jorginho is vice-captain, Mateo Kovacic has impressed in recent months, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is returning to full fitness, Ross Barkley is another body and now Billy Gilmour is also getting game time. Mason Mount typically operates further forward but has also been used as a more orthodox central midfielder at times this season as well.


Inter’s sponsors could help afford Messi’s €45m annual wage

Inter’s many sponsors could help them to afford Barcelona’s Lionel Messi according to a report from Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset.

Messi currently earns a gross annual wage of €60 million from the Blaugrana club but due to the new tax laws in Italy when it comes to foreigners coming to work in the country, Inter would only be taxed for €45 million of that if he takes the same wages he is on at Barcelona.

The report claims that club sponsors could help the club to afford the wages, similarly to what club sponsors did back in 1997 when the club signed Il Fenomeno Ronaldo from Barcelona.

Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona but it has been widely reported that relations have soured between the multi-time world player of the year and the club management which has led to plenty speculation that he could leave soon.

This season the 32-year-old has made 31 appearances across all competitions, in which he has scored 24 goals and tallied 16 assists.


Barcelona willing to accept a lower bid to offload Coutinho

Barcelona are reportedly willing to cut their losses and accept a bid lower than their ideal asking price to offload Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian midfielder is expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer after failing to prove a hit since his transfer from Liverpool in 2018.

Coutinho had hoped to secure a permanent switch to loan club Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga giants have decided not to exercise their option to buy.

Barca have now been left in a difficult position as they plan on using any cash from Coutinho’s sale to fund moves for other targets.

The Evening Standard report that the Catalan club are now prepared to accept bids in the region of £70-80million to part with the 27-year-old.

That is a significant mark down from the deal they agreed with Liverpool, which cost an initial £106m up front with a further £36m due in add-ons – some of which have already been met.

Barca boss Quique Setien was open to the idea of Coutinho returning to the club and joining back up with the first-team.

But given the current coronavirus crisis, Barca need to mke one major sale to boost their transfer kitty, and Coutinho is the man set to make way.

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and PSG’s Neymar are top of Barcelona’s wishlist, but neither will come cheap.

That rules out any likelihood of a loan agreement for Coutinho, unless it includes an obligation to buy.

Coutinho has still managed to record a decent season in Germany, providing nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances across all competitions, with only 22 of those coming as starts.

Several Premier League clubs have shown an interest in the playmaker, most notably Tottenham, but there have been no concrete enquiries as yet.

Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal have also been mooted as possible destinations.


Neymar tries to convince Coutinho to join PSG when he left Liverpool

Reliable Sources say that Philippe Coutinho could head to PSG, which are one of the few clubs who can afford to sign the Barcelona midfielder.

According to report, PSG wanted him back in the day with Neymar trying to convince his compatriot to sign when he left Liverpool, but the Brazilian preferred to accept Barcelona’s offer.

PSG would be an option if Kylian Mbappe left the club this summer, although the French forward is a key piece of the project and the club’s Qatari owners have no intention of selling – despite Real Madrid’s interest.

According to reports from Spain, in 2017 Neymar allegedly bombarded Coutinho’s phone with WhatsApp messages in a bid to convince him to snub Barcelona for PSG.

But Coutinho had his heart set on Barcelona. He described the transfer as a “dream”, and the La Liga giants were seemingly the only club he’d have left Liverpool for at the time.


Most valuable players after coronavirus: Mbappe on top as Sancho overtakes Messi

Transfermarket has revealed their latest most valuable players rankings. All the players’ price have dropped due to coronavirus.

Mbappe is still the most expensive player valued by Transfermarket. Neymar, Sterling, Salah, Mane are from 2nd to 5th.

A noticeable change is Sancho has overtaken Messi at 8th. It’s reasonable since Sancho is way younger.

Griezmann is at 11th while Felix is at 12th, but Felix is valued 15 million euros less than Griez. Hazard, Bernardo Silva, Kante, Van Dijk, Sane, Pogba and Oblak all valued 80m euros.

The total players’ value has decreased for €9 billion. Only 9 players are valued more than €100m, including Messi.

Ronaldo’s price has decreased to €60m, thus he didn’t enter the top 30. The 29th & 30th go to 2 Inter players, Lukaku and Eriksen.


Real Madrid Confirm Wage Cuts for Players & Staff During La Liga Suspension

Real Madrid have confirmed that the players, coaches and executives of both their football and basketball teams have agreed to wage cuts of between 10% and 20% while La Liga is postponed.

Talks over a potential pay cut began last week, with Sergio Ramos meeting with director José Ángel Sánchez to discuss how the influential figures at the club could help during the current crisis.

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Real Madrid took to their official website to confirm that an agreement had been reached, with the money set to ensure that the club and the rest of its staff are not left struggling without ticket revenue.

“This decision, taken by players, coaches and employees, avoids traumatic measures that affect the rest of the workers, as well as contributing to the economic objectives of the entity in view of the decrease in income that it is suffering these months as a result of the suspension of competitions and the paralysis of a large part of its commercial activities,” a statement read.

“The club’s Business Committee strongly supports this decision, which it considers responsible and exemplary.

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“Real Madrid is proud of all those who make up this great family and of its unwavering culture of values, which is especially valuable in difficult times such as these.

“In the same way, Real Madrid, its members and fans, want to show all their love and solidarity to those who have suffered the direct consequences of this disease that is hitting us all, especially those who have lost a family member or loved one.”

As noted by Marca, the goal is to save €50m if the season remains postponed, or €100m if it is cancelled altogether, Continued postponement would see the players sacrifice 10% of their wages, but that would rise to 20% if football does not return until next season.

Toni Kroos

Generally, everyone involved in the talks is believed to have been happy to sacrifice some of their wages, although midfielder Toni Kroos told SWR Sport that he would have preferred to have been paid his full wage and simply donated some of that money.

The German’s viewpoint was shared by some others in the dressing room, but they have all since been convinced to agree to a pay cut