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Why Philippe Coutinho might still be available to Chelsea, United

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English Premier League sides Chelsea and Man United still have the chances of having the signature of Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

It is as it is becoming obvious that the fans are unhappy with him due to his performances in games. The latest El Clasico match against Real Madrid in the La Liga increased the sour relationship between the player and the fans as he gave a not-too-good delivery in the game.

There is no doubt that the Brazilian is growing in frustration since joining the Camp Nou about a year ago in a big money move from Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho has also not been in the good book of the press as he is being attacked for not justifying the big money that was spent to secure his signature.

According to reports, the El Clasico game produced one of the worst performances by Philippe Coutinho as he is accused of being desperate to impress.

This, therefore, means he could just be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season so as to cash in on him and have other options come in.

Man United and Chelsea can now have the player should they make any meaningful bid.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Arsenal To Make Permanent Move For 25-Year-Old Star

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North London giants Arsenal are primed to make the loan deal for Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez permanent in the summer.

This is according to the publication from the Daily Star which claim that both parties (Arsenal and Denis Suarez) are keen to make his transfer a permanent one.

Denis Suarez, 25, joined Arsenal on a short-term loan deal from Spanish La La champions until the end of the season with the option to make the loan contract permanent this summer.

The Spaniard became an Arsenal player on the final day of the winter transfer window.

Denis Suarez extended his Barcelona contract by one year until 2021 before joining the Gunners for the remainder of the season.

The aforementioned publication says that senior Arsenal officials have been impressed with his enthusiasm since he became a Gunner.

It was also revealed that Denis Suarez has been smitten by London and he’s ready to join Arsenal permanently.

Barcelona won’t pose much problems to Arsenal in their quest to sign Denis Suarez.

The one-cap Spanish international has made three appearances for Arsenal since his move last month.

He’s yet to make a start for the Gunners who are chasing honours in both the Premier League and Europa League.

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No Barcelona Comeback For France-based Man Utd Target

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has ruled out a comeback for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Neymar.

Bartomeu dampened transfer rumours of a possible Barcelona return for the Brazilian international player during an interview with Spanish radio station Radio Kanal Barcelona.

The Barcelona supremo said that he has met Neymar on a few occasions and that neither the player or his representatives have told him that the ex-Santos attacker wants to return to the Nou Camp.

He further said that he can’t imagine that PSG want to sell Neymar and that they didn’t want to let him go but the club was at a disadvantage because of the release clause which is not the same with French clubs like PSG.

Bartomeu went on to say that the club has moved on to the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele and that they want to concentrate on the two players who are their biggest investments till date.

Neymar has been linked with a possible return to Barcelona just two years after he controversially left in a €220m (£200m) transfer in 2017.

Real Madrid and Manchester United have also been touted as a potential transfer destination for him.

Recent reports claim that Neymar’s representatives have told Manchester United officials that they are in the running to sign him.

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23-Year-Old Arsenal Target Convinced About Free Transfer To Barcelona

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Premier League club Arsenal could miss out on Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot in the summer after the player told friends that he will be joining Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.

The news was revealed by French media portal Le Parisien.

Barcelona were previously the overwhelming favourites to sign him last month but both parties (Rabiot and the Catalan giants) were unable to reach an agreement for the free transfer move.

The five-time European champions shifted their focus to Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong whom they signed for €75m.

It was believed that Barcelona won’t pursue Rabiot having already signed a player that will team up with his new teammates in the summer.

Several Premier League clubs including Arsenal are interested in the 23-year-old as well as German champions Bayern Munich who have dropped out of the race because of the huge financial demands involved.

Rabiot worked with Unai Emery during his two-year spell at PSG and the Spaniard is looking to bolster his midfield options.

Frenchman Adrien Rabiot represents quality and cheap option for Arsenal who have little money to spend in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for Rabiot.

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Barcelona Will Only Sign £75m-rated Man Utd Target On One Condition

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Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt has grown to become one of the most exciting young players in European football following his performances for both club and country, especially in the last one year.

His superb form has not gone unnoticed with major European clubs like Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and Manchester United.

Spanish news portal Mundo Deportivo claim that Barcelona are very keen on a deal for Dutch international centre back De Ligt and that they will only make a move for him if the fitness concerns over French World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti continues.

Samuel Umtiti has had a season to forget as a result of a troublesome knee injury.

The ex-Lyon defender was part of the French team that conquered the whole world at last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

He recently returned to light training at Barcelona after three months out with a knee problem.

A Barcelona transfer for Matthijs De Ligt is solely dependent on the fitness of Samuel Umtiti.

This could open the door for other interested clubs like Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Manchester City and Juventus who have all been linked with young defender De Ligt who’s rated at around £75m.

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Why Barcelona Didn’t Sign Aaron Ramsey Revealed

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Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona were one of the clubs interested in a move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey but the five-time European champions decided against stepping up their interest in the player with a firm bid.

Aaron Ramsey went on to sign for Juventus who announced his transfer on Monday.

The 28-year-old has signed a free transfer contract worth £400,000 per week over the next four years.

Aaron Ramsey will join Juventus in the summer upon the expiration of his contract with the Gunners.

He has just six months left on his Arsenal contract with senior club officials reluctant to offer him a new deal and that played a big part in his move to Italian champions Juventus.

Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo talked about how Barcelona decided against a move for the Welsh international star.

It was revealed that Barcelona were convinced about not making a bid to sign Aaron Ramsey due to the midfield options at their disposal.

Barcelona recently bolstered their midfield options with the transfer of Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong who will join the Spaniards in the summer.

The Catalan giants are also in the running to sign Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer.

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The secret behind Coutinho’s Barcelona move revealed

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Many English Premier League outfit Liverpool fans can still not explain why manager Jurgen Klopp released Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho to Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona despite his very good form.

The star player was in great form which attracted Barcelona in last year’s winter window and the Reds cashed in a whopping £142 million on him to leave to the La Liga.

Philippe Coutinho got to Barcelona and became an ordinary player without the spark he was known for. Now, he can barely boast of a first team football because he has been favoured behind French forward Ousmane Dembele.

However, it has been revealed that the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp knew some secret about the Barcelona man and it was not favourable for him to keep him much longer at the Anfield.

Catalan newspaper Sport, claims the German manager was not keen on Philippe Coutinho as earlier suggested because he knew the Brazilian as a “fragile” player who has a “doubtful character”. Most importantly, he never showed leadership qualities in the dressing room.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has not regretted having Philippe Coutinho sold especially now that he has got Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk with the funds earns from the sale of the Brazilian.

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Barcelona pull out of race for Liverpool target

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There are suggestions that Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona have pulled out of the race to secure the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Barcelona were reported to have won the race ahead of the Reds team in the last winter transfer window but the agreement failed to be reached.

Adrien Rabiot is desperate to leave the Ligue 1 champions at the end of the season which gives us a hint that he would now be heading to the Anfield as Liverpool will now emerge as favourites for the star player.

It would be recalled that Adrien Rabiot allegedly rejected a move to North London outfit Tottenham so as to see through a move to either Barcelona or the Reds team.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to be a fan of the star player and is ready to do all within his powers to have him join the club in the nearest future.

With the Reds team now battling to have their players return to full fitness, there will be need for more additions in the coming summer window with the German boss already learning his lessons to have a big squad.

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Two Players Offered New Man United Deals

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Three Manchester United players have been offered new deals at the club in an attempt to secure their futures at Old Trafford.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Juan Manuel Mata, Ander Herrera and Ashley Young have all been offered new contracts to ward off transfer rumours linking them with other clubs.

Mata, 30, has been linked with some of the biggest clubs on the European continent with his current deal set to expire at the end of this season.

The Spaniard has been linked with La Liga champions Barcelona, North London giants Arsenal, Valencia and Italian Serie A champions Juventus.

He’s said to be holding out for more than a one-year contract extension at Manchester United.

His compatriot Ander Herrera has been a key performer for Manchester United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the Red Devils manager albeit on an interim basis but that has not stopped transfer rumours linking him with a return to Spanish La Liga club Athletic Bilbao.

The 29-year-old signed a five-year contract to become a Manchester United player in 2014 having joined the club from Athletic Bilbao.

Like Mata, his contract expires at the end of the season.

For Ashley Young, recent reports claim that he turned down a two-year free transfer move to Italian side Inter Milan in favour of staying at Old Trafford beyond his current deal which expires in five months’ time.

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25-Year-Old Barcelona Loanee Is Not A Guaranteed Arsenal Starter

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Arsenal legend Alan Smith has sounded a note of warning to new signing Denis Suarez as he prepares to make his debut for the club in the Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday evening.

Denis Suarez was a Barcelona player until Thursday when he joined Arsenal on a short-term loan deal until the end of the season with the option to sign permanently in the summer.

Former Gunners striker Alan Smith talked about Denis Suarez in an interview on renowned media portal Sky Sports.

According to the footballer turned pundit, Denis Suarez will have to impress Arsenal manager Unai Emery to be a regular fixture in the starting XI.

Denis Suarez is no stranger to the methods of Spanish tactician Unai Emery after playing under his compatriot at Sevilla.

The ex-Manchester City player was an important member of the squad that won the Europa League title at the Spanish La Liga club during the 2014/15 season.

Denis Suarez was keen to reunite with Unai Emery at Arsenal despite offers to stay in Spain from top flight sides like Real Betis and former club Sevilla.

Respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague revealed that the North Londoners paid €2.3m for his loan deal.

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£142m Man United Target Fuels Barcelona Exit Rumours

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Manchester United have been handed a huge transfer boost after one of their targets fuelled rumours of his exit from his club.

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has struggled at the club thus prompting talks about a possible transfer out of the club.

Coutinho addressed those transfer rumours in his latest interview with popular media outlet BeIN Sports.

The 26-year-old is keeping his options open as he said anything can happen before adding that his focus is to work hard at the moment.

Brazilian international playmaker joined Barcelona over a year ago from Premier League giants Liverpool in a multi-million pounds move.

Spanish champions Barcelona paid a whopping £142m to seal his signing in January 2018 thus making him the most expensive footballer in the world apart from the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Former Inter Milan star Coutinho has struggled to start games for Barcelona this season under the guidance of manager Ernesto Valverde with the Spaniard opting for French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele at the expense of the Brazilian.

Despite his lack of game time at Barcelona especially in the league, Philippe Coutinho has scored four Spanish La Liga goals this term in addition to two assists.

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