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Messi Confirms Nervous Barcelona Start vs Man Utd



Lionel Messi

Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi revealed that the Spanish La Liga leaders were nervous at the start of their Champions League game against Premier League giants Manchester United.

The Catalans played host to the Red Devils in what was the second leg of their quarterfinal tie having won the first leg at the Theatre of Dreams.

Barcelona beat Manchester United away from home in the first leg via a 1-0 win with Luke Shaw (own goal) getting the only goal of the game.

Manchester United started the second leg on the front foot in search of the goal that would bring them back into the tie.

Barcelona were nervous at the beginning mainly due to the pressure from the English club but they were able to recover from that nervy start to win comprehensively.

Lionel Messi confirmed the nervy start in his post-match thoughts after netting two goals in a 3-0 win over Manchester United thus giving his team a 4-0 aggregate win.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner told media outlet MoviStar about the nervy star from Barcelona.

Messi scored twice within four first-half minutes before former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho scored the third goal for Barcelona to condemn Manchester United to elimination from the competition.

Barcelona will face either Liverpool or FC Porto in the semifinals.

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Barcelona Reopen Talks To Sign €30m Rated Liverpool Target



Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona have reopened talks for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo according to the latest media reports in Spain.

The Catalan giants want to sign a left-back competition for first choice Jordi Alba.

According to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, the five-time European champions have reopened talks for Junior Firpo who’s rated at around €30m.

The Real Betis left-back has also been linked with Champions League holders Liverpool.

The Reds are in the market for a left-back replacement for Alberto Moreno who left the club this summer after his contract at Liverpool came to an end.

Alberto Moreno signed a five-year contract upon his transfer from Spanish La Liga club Sevilla in 2014 and that contract ended this summer.

The 26-year-old has since joined another Spanish outfit Villarreal this summer on a free transfer.

Junior Firpo had a very good season for Real Betis in the last campaign and his best game was against Barcelona.

He scored and also provided an assist as Barcelona stunned Real Betis 4-3 at the Nou Camp in one of their league meetings last season.

Junior Firpo was recently part of the Spanish u-21 team that won the European Championship in Italy and San Marino.

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Liverpool Plotting Loan Bid For Philippe Coutinho



Philippe Coutinho

Six-time European champions Liverpool are said to be plotting a sensational return to the club for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer.

According to the latest reports emanating from the British media, Liverpool want to re-sign Coutinho this summer.

Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool in a controversial manner at the start of last year.

The Brazilian international joined Barcelona from Liverpool during the 2018 winter transfer window in a deal worth £142m thus making him the third most expensive signing in the history of football ahead of the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Coutinho has not been able to adapt to life at Barcelona despite the fact that he has spent 18 months.

Liverpool are ready to bring him back to Anfield for an initial loan bid according to the publication from The Sun.

The Reds are proposing a two-year loan deal with the option for a permanent deal worth £88m.

Without him, Liverpool won the Champions League last season after they saw off Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their final clash last month.

Merseyside giants Liverpool won a sixth European title after a 2-0 win over Spurs with the goals scored in either side of the halftime interval.

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Liverpool Fans Make Dembele Demand After Griezmann Transfer




Ousmane Dembele

Liverpool fans have called on the club to make a move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele on the back of the Griezmann transfer to the new camp.

The Reds fans took to their various social media accounts to demand for the signing of French World Cup winner Dembele after Barcelona announced the capture of Antoine Griezmann.

Barcelona signed Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in a deal reported to be around €120m (£107m).

Antoine Griezmann penned a five-year deal at Barcelona to become their second major signing of the summer after Dutchman Frenkie De Jong.

Barcelona signed De Jong from Ajax Amsterdam in a €75m deal and he was unveiled earlier this month.

The Catalan giants had reached an agreement with Ajax for the transfer of De Jong during the winter transfer window.

Antoine Griezmann has sealed his dream move to Barcelona but the transfer could affect compatriot Ousmane Dembele.

Griezmann and Dembele were part of the French squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia last summer.

France won the tournament after a 4-2 win over fellow Europeans Croatia in their final clash.

Ousmane Dembele has been affected by injuries since his move from German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund two years ago.

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Frenkie De Jong Reveals Arsenal Desire




New Barcelona signing Frenkie De Jong has revealed that he sees himself at Arsenal.

De Jong made the admission in an interview with Voetbal International shortly after his unveiling as a new player at Barcelona.

According to him, he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Arsenal legend Marc Overmars who moved from Ajax Amsterdam to Arsenal to Barcelona during his influential career.

Frenkie De Jong admitted that he wanted to play for the Gunners.

The 21-year-old was recently unveiled as the new Barcelona player earlier this month.

Barcelona had earlier agreed on a €75m deal to sign Frenkie De Jong from Ajax Amsterdam in the winter transfer window.

The player stayed at the Dutch Eredivisie giants for the remainder of the season.

Frenkie De Jong was part of the Ajax Amsterdam team that reached the Champions League semifinals before they were knocked out by Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur.

In addition, Ajax Amsterdam also won two major trophies namely the Dutch Eredivisie title and the Dutch Cup.

Frenkie De Jong was linked with Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) before Barcelona won the race to sign him.

The Dutch international midfielder is out of the financial reach of the Gunners.

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Barcelona Set To Confirm Signing Of Antoine Griezmann



Antoine Griezmann

Updated: Barcelona have completed the signing of Antoine Griezmann

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona will announce the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid on Friday.

This is according to the publication from popular media outlet Goal which claimed that the much publicised £107m transfer will go ahead before the end of this week.

Antoine Griezmann revealed that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of last season and he was linked with clubs like French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester United.

Both PSG and Manchester United will miss out on the French World Cup winner to Barcelona.

The Atletico Madrid forward was part of the France squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

He scored in the final as France saw off Croatia 4-2 to win their second title after the 1998 edition.

Griezmann will be the second major signing of the summer at Barcelona after Frenkie De Jong.

Dutch international star De Jong was unveiled as a new Barcelona player earlier this week.

His transfer had been agreed with Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam as early as the winter transfer window in January.

He spent the second half of last season at Ajax after the €75m agreement between Ajax Amsterdam and Barcelona.


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PSG Confirm Barcelona Interest In Chelsea Target Neymar




French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have confirmed the interest of Barcelona in star player Neymar.

According to Sky Sports News, Barcelona have contacted PSG over the possibility of signing Neymar this summer.

The Barcelona interest was revealed by the PSG sporting director Leonardo.

Brazilian footballer turned administrator returned to PSG this summer after six years.

He was the PSG sporting director at the start of the project at the club under the guidance of the new owners.

Leonardo was at the club for two years between 2011 and 2013.

He revealed that Barcelona have contacted the French giants over long-term Chelsea target Neymar.

PSG, however, have reservations about Barcelona and whether the Spanish champions have the funds to pull off a deal for Neymar who’s keen to leave the French capital club this summer.

Neymar has refused to return to training in an attempt to force a move away from the club this summer after two years.

He wants to return to Barcelona two years after he left the club for PSG in a controversial manner.

Neymar is the most expensive player in world football as a result of that transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017.

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Arsenal Facing PSG Threat For €41m Rated Barcelona Player





North London giants Arsenal have been linked with a move for Barcelona winger Malcom this summer and the Gunners could face the threat of French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the bid to sign the Brazilian international.

According to The Sun, the Gunners have to fend off PSG if they want to sign Malcom during this summer’s transfer window.

It was revealed that Arsenal have made a season-long loan offer for the player with the option to sign him for £36m at the end of his loan spell.

PSG could move ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign by securing his transfer outrightly.

Malcom has not had the best of times at Barcelona since he joined the Spanish champions for €41m at the start of last season.

He was at former French champions Bordeaux before Barcelona snatched him from AS Roma who were the first team to agree a deal for him.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to strengthen his squad with wingers this summer and Malcom represents a cheap option for the Gunners who have a £45m transfer budget.

Apart from Malcom, Arsenal have also been linked with a move for other wingers like Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth and Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

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Barcelona Send Transfer Message To Liverpool Over Dembele




Ousmane Dembele

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have sent a firm transfer message to Champions League holders Liverpool over transfer target Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona attacker Dembele has been previously linked with a move to Liverpool and other clubs in and out of the Premier League.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu rejected the transfer rumours over Ousmane Dembele during a press conference on Friday evening.

Barcelona unveiled Frenkie De Jong as their first major signing of the summer on Friday following his multi-million pounds move from Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam.

The Spanish champions agreed on a deal for De Jong in January but both clubs agreed for him to stay with Ajax until this summer before linking up with his new teammates.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu talked about Dembele during his presentation as the first major signing at the Nou Camp.

According to Bartomeu, Ousmane Dembele has a lot of potentials and that the French winger is better than former club player Neymar.

Recent reports had claimed that Ousmane Dembele could be sold this summer in the bid to raise funds for the signing of Neymar.

The Paris Saint Germain (PSG) player is said to be keen to return to the Nou Camp this summer after a two-year spell in France.

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