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Barcelona In Drab Draw Before Champions League Clash With Man Utd

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Spanish champions Barcelona rested several first teamers as they played out an uninspiring draw at the home of basement club Huesca just before their all-important Champions League quarterfinal second leg meeting with Premier League giants Manchester United.

First team players like club skipper Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets were excluded from the 18-man squad for the Huesca game while the likes of Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique were suspended for the game.

Without the aforementioned first team players, the fringe players didn’t impress against the worst team in the division.

This was in stark contrast to the first meeting between the two clubs which ended in an 8-2 defeat for the bottom team in La Liga.

Ousmane Dembele was making his first start for Barcelona for over a month and the French World Cup winner was the biggest threat for the visitors against Huesca.

The former Rennes and Borussia Dortmund star came close to breaking the deadlock from both sides after he hit the post as the two teams settled for a share of the spoils though it must be pointed out that Barcelona dominated proceedings.

Barcelona’s lead has now been trimmed to nine points by nearest challengers Atletico Madrid with six games to go.

Three wins will hand Barcelona a second successive league title.

The big guns including Messi are expected to return for the second leg against Manchester United.

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Man Utd Target In €24m Agreement Over Return

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward Neymar has reportedly reached a salary agreement with Spanish champions Barcelona as he edges closer to a sensational return to the Nou Camp.

According to popular Spanish news outlet Sport, Neymar has agreed on a five-year deal with Barcelona thus taking him to the age of 32 at the club.

It was revealed that the long-term Chelsea and Manchester United transfer target will earn around €24m on a yearly basis.

The salary agreement with Barcelona represents a big pay cut from his current salary of €36.8m at PSG.

Brazilian national team star Neymar has already told his former Barcelona teammates that he’s coming back to the club after two years in France.

The 27-year-old signed for PSG in the summer of 2017 after the French champions activated the €222m release clause in his then contract with Barcelona.

The transfer from Barcelona to PSG made him the most expensive player in world football till date ahead of club teammate Kylian Mbappe.

Neymar has scored 51 goals in 58 games since he joined PSG but he has not been able to achieve his aim of winning the Champions League for the French Ligue 1 giants.

His other ambition of winning the Ballon d’Or has also not been realized at PSG.

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Man Utd Target Don’t Know What’s Going To Happen On The Transfer Front

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Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has revealed that he doesn’t know what is going to happen on the transfer front this summer.

The 27-year-old Brazilian player made this transfer admission in his latest interview as monitored by popular media portal Goal.

According to him, he doesn’t know where his future lies despite the numerous transfer links involving him.

Philippe Coutinho said that his focus at the moment is on the Brazilian team though the former Liverpool star pointed out that his Barcelona performances have not been good.

He scored just five league goals in 34 appearances for Barcelona during the just concluded campaign.

Coutinho has not been able to live up to his expensive transfer fee at Barcelona whom he joined in a £142m deal in January 2018.

The Brazilian player signed for Barcelona after the Catalan giants reached an agreement with Liverpool for his transfer.

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a return to Liverpool in recent days despite the fact that he forced his exit last year.

Apart from Liverpool, Coutinho has also been linked with a move to other Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea.

French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have also been touted as a possible transfer destination for Philippe Coutinho whom Barcelona are open to selling this summer.

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Liverpool Told To Shun Transfer For Philippe Coutinho

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Merseyside giants Liverpool have been warned against the signing of Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho by one of the club’s legends.

Former Liverpool player John Aldridge while writing in his Sunday World column urged the club to stay away from their former player Coutinho this summer.

According to him, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha represents a better transfer option for the Reds rather than a move for Philippe Coutinho.

Recent reports had claimed that Liverpool are open to the idea of re-signing Coutinho this summer after leaving the club 18 months ago in controversial circumstances.

Philippe Coutinho practically forced his exit from Liverpool in January 2018 in a deal reported to be around £142m including add-ons.

The 27-year-old has struggled to live up to his hefty price tag at Barcelona till date.

He has already told senior Barcelona officials that his future lies elsewhere with Premier League clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United also interested in him.

For Wilfried Zaha, Arsenal want to sign the Ivorian international player but lack of adequate funds means that the transfer won’t see the light of day.

Crystal Palace have slapped an asking price of £80m on Zaha while the Gunners have a transfer budget of just £45m.

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Chelsea Target, Neymar To Take Huge €14m Pay Cut

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar will have to take a massive pay cut for him to join Spanish champions Barcelona this summer according to popular media portal Mundo Deportivo.

It was revealed that Neymar was given an upgrade in salary upon his move from Barcelona to PSG two years ago.

Neymar was on a yearly salary of €22m at Barcelona before his move to PSG where he earns €36m on a yearly basis.

The 27-year-old signed for PSG after the French Ligue 1 giants activated the €222m release clause in his then contract with Barcelona.

The PSG transfer made him the most expensive player in the history of world football till date.

Neymar has already told senior PSG officials that he wants to leave the club for Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona this summer.

According to him, he shouldn’t have left Barcelona in the first place.

Barcelona will have to break their transfer record to re-sign Neymar who scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for the Blaugrana during his four-year spell at the club.

The record is currently held by Philippe Coutinho who joined Barcelona from newly crowned European champions Liverpool in January 2018 in a deal believed to be around £142m including add-ons.

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PSG Leading Race To Sign Ex-Liverpool Attacker

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French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are leading the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho according to fresh reports emanating from the Italian media.

Philippe Coutinho is expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer after failing to adapt to Barcelona and their playing style.

According to the specific report from popular Italian transfer news portal Calciomercato, PSG are in pole position to sign Philippe Coutinho if he leaves Barcelona during this transfer window.

The 27-year-old has endured a torrid time at the Nou Camp since his move from Champions League holders Liverpool at the start of last year.

Barcelona secured his transfer from Liverpool in a deal said to be around £142m including add-ons thus making him the third most expensive player in the history of world football after the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Coutinho left Liverpool in a controversial manner but the Reds were able to reinvest the transfer from his sale into the first team wisely.

Apart from PSG, Philippe Coutinho has been linked with other major European sides like Manchester United and Chelsea.

Coutinho didn’t enjoy a good season with Barcelona during the just concluded campaign but his form has seen a remarkable change in the colours of Brazil at the ongoing COPA America tournament on home soil.

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Why Barcelona Ended Interest In De Ligt Revealed

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Spanish champions Barcelona have ended their interest in highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the media in Spain.

According to trusted Spanish news outlet Marca, Barcelona pulled out of a deal for De Ligt because the teenager was demanding for too much money.

Matthijs De Ligt was said to have demanded €12m per annum in salary in addition to a transfer fee between €70m to €75m.

Barcelona have decided to move on to other targets like Antoine Griezmann and Neymar.

According to the Spanish La Liga giants, the transfer fee initially earmarked for Matthijs De Ligt can be spent on the transfer of either Griezmann or Neymar who’s keen to return to the Nou Camp after two years with French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Juventus and PSG are now the top two favourites for Matthijs De Ligt though the strain in the relationship between PSG officials and the player’s agent Mino Raiola has swung the battle in favour of the Italian Serie A giants.

The Italians are expected to announce his signing in the coming days after a £62m (€70m) agreement was reached between Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus who have won the last eight league titles in a row in the top flight of Italian football.

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Barcelona Unwilling To Meet Asking Price For Man Utd Target

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward Neymar is keen to return back to Spanish champions Barcelona during this transfer window but it could be a tricky one for the Catalan giants to seal due to the financial demands involved in a potential transfer.

According to the publication from trusted Spanish news outlet Marca, Barcelona are unlikely to meet the asking price for Neymar.

It was revealed that the deal could be worth a whopping sum of €600m over the next five years including an upfront payment of €250m.

PSG are willing to let Neymar leave since he falls into the category of players that don’t want to stay at Parc des Princes beyond this summer.

Earlier this month, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi called out disinterested players as he told them they can leave the club this summer.

Neymar is a long-term transfer target for Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea and he has been with French giants PSG for only two years following his move from Barcelona but the player is ready to return to Spain after his failed adventure in France till date.

The Barcelona to PSG transfer set the French champions back to the tune of €220m thus making him the most expensive player in the history of world football.

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Barcelona device new strategy to win Champions League, set to sign Neymar

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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are said to be interested in re-signing Neymar from French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) during this summer’s transfer window just after two years at the Parc des Princes.

Recent reports claimed that the Spanish champions have made a bid for him to seal a sensational return to the Nou Camp this summer.

It was revealed that Barcelona have made a €200m bid for Neymar which is smaller than the €220m transfer fee that triggered his world-record move to PSG in 2017.

PSG have also reacted to the transfer overtures of Barcelona by telling their target that he’s not for sale at any price.

Barcelona are keen to rekindle the MSN combination that brought so many successes for the Blaugrana.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar (MSN) formed a potent strike force then and it led Barcelona to a fifth Champions League title in 2015 via a 3-1 win over Italian champions Juventus under the guidance of former player and manager Luis Enrique.

Neymar was one of the goalscorers against the Italians.

Barcelona Starting XI (4-3-3): Marc Andre Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Christian Lenglet, Luke Shaw; Arthur Melo, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

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Barcelona Table €200m Bid To Sign Neymar

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Spanish champions Barcelona have reportedly made a first offer for wantaway Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar.

This is according to the latest reports coming out of the media in Spain.

Neymar has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp after growing frustrated with life at the Parc des Princes.

According to the specific report from the stables of popular Spanish news portal Sport, Barcelona have made a swap bid in their quest to re-sign the hugely talented Brazilian national team star.

It was revealed that the Catalan giants have made a bid of €100m in addition to midfielder Philippe Coutinho who’s rated at around €100m thus making it €200m.

The first offer from Barcelona is short of the €220m (£200m) paid for him by the French champions two years ago.

Barcelona were reluctant to let him leave the club then but senior club officials were almost handicapped after PSG activated his then release clause.

Neymar has spent two years but his presence in Paris has not yielded the needed result especially in the Champions League with PSG bowing out of the competition at the first knockout stage hurdle in the last two seasons.

Neymar has missed the majority of the knockout stage games for PSG since his multi-million pounds transfer.

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Barcelona Transfer For Neymar Suffers Big Setback

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward Neymar has suffered a major setback in his quest to re-sign for Spanish champions Barcelona this summer.

This is according to the report from French media outlet Le10 Sport which revealed that his weekly wage is proving to be a big obstacle to the move.

Neymar earns around €350,000 on a weekly basis but he would have to take a significant decrease for him to be able to join Barcelona this summer.

The long-term Manchester United target left Barcelona in controversial circumstances after PSG paid the full release clause in his then contract with the Nou Camp outfit.

PSG paid £200m (€222m) to secure his transfer from Barcelona thus making him the most expensive player in world football till date.

The French giants made the huge transfer coup two years ago in a bid to finally win Europe’s premier club competition but they have not been able to achieve that target.

In his two years at PSG, Neymar have been injured for the majority of his club’s campaign in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Neymar is fed up with life at the Parc des Princes and he wants to re-join Barcelona, but he will have to take a pay cut to make that happen.

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