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Champions League: Pique Rewarded For Performance Against Former Club

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has been rewarded for his performances for the Spanish champions over the two legs of their quarterfinal tie against his former club Manchester United.

Pique was with the Barcelona youth team before joining Manchester United in 2004 where he largely played for the youth team for the first year before breaking into the first team at Old Trafford.

The ex-Spanish international centre back was in superb form as he repelled Manchester United in the first leg meeting of their Champions League quarterfinal duel.

Pique helped the Red Devils to keep a clean sheet in the 1-0 first leg win at Old Trafford.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw put through his own in the 12th and that happened to be the only goal of the game as Barcelona held on to that advantage.

The Red Devils started the second leg well but Pique and others were able to repel them before star player Lionel Messi scored two goals in the first half of that second leg to give Barcelona a spot in the final four of the competition.

Former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho added a third goal with a fine strike to condemn Manchester United to a 3-0 win and a 4-0 aggregate victory.

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Barcelona Turn Down Chance To Sign Man Utd Target

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Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona have rejected the opportunity to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose this summer.

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

Danny Rose was offered to Barcelona in their quest to sign a left-back this summer thereby providing competition for first choice Jordi Alba.

Barcelona left-back Alba has not been challenged in that position since Lucas Digne left the club for Premier League side Everton last summer.

The specific report from popular Spanish media outlet SPORT revealed that Danny Rose offered himself to Barcelona but the Catalans passed up the opportunity to sign him.

Recent reports claimed that the Manchester United target is valued at £20m by Tottenham Hotspur.

Danny Rose had earlier been placed on the transfer market at Spurs and manager Mauricio Pochettino tries to shake things up.

The England international left-back was part of the Spurs team that lost their first ever Champions League final.

Danny Rose and Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 2-0 via the goals from Mohamed Salah (penalty) and Divock Origi who had come on in the second half as a replacement for Roberto Firmino.

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Barcelona Offer Six Players In Bid To Sign Man Utd Target Neymar

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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have offered six players in the bid to sign Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar according to the latest media reports.

Barcelona want to sign the PSG star this summer and they are ready to offer some of their players in a swap deal.

According to Sky Germany, Barcelona have offered six players in their quest to sign Neymar.

The Catalan giants have offered €100m (£90m) plus two out of the six players offered by Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic, Malcom, and an unnamed player.

Neymar wants to return to Barcelona after two years in Paris.

The 27-year-old became the most expensive player on the back of his move to PSG from Barcelona.

PSG paid €222m for his transfer and the French giants want a similar amount for the player to return to Barcelona.

Neymar has already told senior PSG officials that he wants to return to the Nou Camp after an injury-hit year at the club.

He has scored 51 goals in 58 appearances for PSG over two seasons.

The Brazilian national team player spent four years at Barcelona and he scored 105 goals in the process as well as win the 2015 Champions League title.

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€60m Asking Price Slammed On Arsenal Target Malcom

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North London giants Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow in their pursuit of Barcelona winger Malcom after his club slammed an outrageous transfer fee on him.

The Gunners are one of many clubs interested in the young Brazilian player but the transfer fee quoted by Barcelona will almost certainly scare them away.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Barcelona won’t let Malcom leave the club permanently unless they receive €60m for him which will represent a profit of €19m.

Malcom became a Barcelona player last summer after the Catalan giants snapped him up from under the noses of Italian Serie A club AS Roma.

The Italian capital club had agreed on a deal with his then club, Bordeaux before Barcelona swooped in on him.

The 21-year-old has spent one year at Barcelona but he has not been able to nail down a spot in the first XI.

Malcom has been on the fringes of the first team at Barcelona and the recent arrival of Antoine Griezmann has pushed him further down the attacking order at the Nou Camp.

Apart from Arsenal, the Brazilian player has also been linked with a move to other Premier League sides like Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Barcelona Reopen Talks To Sign €30m Rated Liverpool Target

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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