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Barcelona Emerge As Favourites For Man United Playmaker Mata

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Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona are surprisingly the front-runners to sign Manchester United midfielder Juan Manuel Mata at the end of his contract with the Red Devils.

This is according to the report from media outlet Teamtalk which claimed that Mata could return back to Spain later in the year.

The Spanish international playmaker has less than six months left on his present contract with the Red Devils and that has led to questions about his long-term future at the club.

Recent reports claim that there’s a four-way battle amongst major European heavyweights for Mata.

North London giants Arsenal, French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Italian Serie A champions Juventus and Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.

Manchester United have offered Mata a one-year contract extension to take him beyond this summer at the club but the Spaniard is holding out for a lengthy contract.

The ex-Valencia player wants at least two more years to stay at Old Trafford.

A return to Spain with La Liga giants Barcelona would be appealing to Juan Manuel Mata with the Blaugrana keen for him to bring a style similar to the ones enjoyed at the club when the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez were there.

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Man Utd Target Sends Encouraging Message To Coutinho

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is certain that Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho will be an instant hit when he completes his transfer to the Allianz Arena at the start of next week.

The Polish international spoke to reporters about Phillipe Coutinho shortly after the German Bundesliga clash with capital club Hertha Berlin on Friday night.

When asked about Coutinho, the Bayern Munich hitman said that the former Liverpool midfielder won’t have any issues with the bedding in process when he finally moves to Bayern Munich.

Robert Lewandowski was on fire against Hertha Berlin as he scored two goals for the Bavarian giants.

His brace was not enough as Bayern Munich could only play out a 2-2 draw with the German capital club.

After the game, it was confirmed by club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that Philippe Coutinho will join the Bavarian giants on a season-long loan deal with the option for a permanent transfer when the loan spell ends next summer.

Philippe Coutinho has not enjoyed the best of times at Barcelona since joining the Spanish La Liga champions at the start of last year in a deal worth €160m.

The 27-year-old is the most expensive player in the history of Barcelona but his time at the club has been average, to say the least.

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Ernesto Valverde Warns Griezmann After Underwhelming Barcelona Debut

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has called out summer signing Antoine Griezmann after he underperformed in his debut for the Catalan giants.

French World Cup winner Griezmann was largely anonymous during the opening La Liga game of the season.

Barcelona traveled to the new San Mames to take on Atheltic Bilbao and it ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat made possible by a spectacular 89th-minute bicycle kick from substitute and ageless striker Aritz Aduriz.

After the match, Ernesto Valverde told reporters that long-term Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has to be more involved in subsequent games.

Antoine Griezmann caught a lone figure upfront for the large part of the game following the absence of star player Lionel Messi who was missing in action as a result of a thigh injury sustained in training.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez also got injured in the first half of the Athletic Bilbao game thus leaving Antoine Griezmann on his own upfront.

Griezmann is expected to deliver at Barcelona following his big money move from fellow Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid this summer.

Barcelona paid €120m (£107m) for his transfer thus making him the second most expensive signing in the history of the club after Philippe Coutinho.

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Bayern Confirm Loan Deal For Coutinho

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German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have confirmed that they have reached a loan agreement for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Bayern’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge made this known while he was fielding questions from reporters shortly after their league opener on Friday night.

Bayern Munich didn’t have the best start to the defense of their Bundesliga title after they played out a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.

After the game, the Bayern Munich supremo told reporters that Philippe Coutinho will undergo his medical at the start of the new week.

Bayern Munich have reached a one-year loan agreement for the Brazilian international with the option to sign him permanently at the end of the loan spell next summer.

Philippe Coutinho came close to returning to the Premier League on the deadline of the English top flight transfer market. Fortunately, the move fell through.

The 27-year-old was linked with the North London duo of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the Premier League transfer window.

Coutinho has had to leave Barcelona on loan after he became surplus to requirements following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid this summer in a £107m deal.

Barcelona are also on the trail of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar.

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Update On Ballon d’Or: Mane Identifies Award Recipient

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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has backed Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or award this year.

When asked if he’ll be frustrated if Messi wins the award, his answer was ‘NO’.

According to him, Lionel Messi deserves to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

Messi had a very good season after helping Barcelona win a second successive league title at the end of last season.

The Argentine international star emerged as the topscorer in both the Spanish La Liga and the Champions League.

Messi was also part of the Argentina squad that reached the semifinals at this summer’s COPA America tournament in Brazil.

The Argentina players were beaten by Brazil in the semifinals before they won third position at the expense of then COPA America champions Chile.

Lionel Messi recently returned to training after a busy summer with the Argentine national team but he will miss the opening Spanish La Liga on Friday.

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao face off in the first game of the new Spanish La Liga season.

For Sadio Mane, he scored 26 goals in all competitions last season and the Liverpool star has continued that form this season after he scored twice during the 2019 Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.

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La Liga: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao (Full List)

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has named a 19-man squad for the Spanish La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday night.

Ernesto Valverde and his Barcelona players travel to San Mames to take on Atheltic Bilbao in what’s the first game of the new Spanish La Liga season.

The big news is that Barcelona will be without the services of skipper and talisman Lionel Messi.

The petite Argentine superstar will miss the game after sustaining a thigh injury in training.

The injury ensured that Messi missed the final preseason games against Napoli including the final match which ended in a 4-0 win over the Italian Serie A giants.

Barcelona got their goals through the trio of Antoine Griezmann (first goal for his new club), Luis Suarez (a brace) and long-term Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele.

Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona earlier this month after an extended break on the back of his participation with Argentina at the COPA America tournament in Brazil.

Full Squad: Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Denis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, Rafinha, Christian Lenglet, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Carles Aleñá, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie De Jong, Samuel Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña and Carlos Pérez.

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