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.
Club Fined For Abuse On Manchester United Target
French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have been fined by the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) Disciplinary Committee after fans unfurled an offensive banner against star player Neymar.
PSG were fined to the tune of €2,000 for the offensive banner against Neymar who angered the club’s fans following his desire to leave the French champions this summer.
The banner incident happened during the opening league game of the new season, 3-0 win over Nimes at home.
During that home game against Nimes, chants of ‘Son of a b*tch’ were also heard during the game.
Neymar has not played for PSG this season as he’s presently recovering from the ankle injury that he sustained at the start of last month.
He is fed up with life at Parc des Princes after two years at the club.
His preference is to return to Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona but arch rivals Real Madrid are also interested in a move for him.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are finding it hard to raise the necessary funds required to sign him.
PSG are keen to recoup the €220m spent on his transfer from Barcelona in the summer of 2017.
The transfer from Barcelona to PSG made him the most expensive player in world football.
Messi Blamed For Coutinho’s Exit At Barcelona
Barcelona legend Rivaldo has blamed star player Lionel Messi for the exit of former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho from the club earlier this week, Goal reports.
According to him, Coutinho failed to thrive at Barcelona mainly due to the dynamics at the Spanish La Liga club.
Rivaldo pointed out that Philippe Coutinho was unable to survive at a Barcelona squad whose main man is Lionel Messi.
It is difficult to shine in a team that has Messi, as he takes the shine and responsibility at the club.
Philippe Coutinho became the most expensive Barcelona signing in January 2018 after the Catalans agreed to a £142m deal for him.
The Brazilian international spent 18 months at the Nou Camp but failed to make the necessary impact.
He has left the club for German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on loan for this season.
The Bavarian giants have paid €8.5m for the season-long loan deal which could be turned into a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich have the option to sign him permanently for €120m.
Coutinho would be hoping to revive his career at Bayern Munich after the disappointments from his time with Spanish champions Barcelona.
Man Utd Target Told To Snub Real Madrid, Barcelona For Juventus
Brazilian football legend Rivaldo has told Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar to snub the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid for Italian Serie A champions Juventus, Goal reports.
According to him, he would like to see Neymar play alongside Portuguese international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.
Ronaldo became a Juventus player last summer after making a record move from immediate past European champions Real Madrid.
Juventus paid at least £100m to secure the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid where he spent nine years.
Barcelona legend and 2001 World Player of the Year Rivaldo is certain that Neymar will improve a great deal as a player if he plays alongside the aforementioned Ronaldo.
Juventus are not one of the teams interested in a move for Neymar this summer.
The Brazilian star wants to leave PSG this summer and the Spanish duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid have been mentioned as his likely destination.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have made several bids for Neymar and they have been met with negative responses on the part of PSG.
The French Ligue 1 champions are holding out on the €220m world-record fee spent on him two years ago when he left Barcelona for France.
The Real Reason Arsenal Legend Performed Badly Revealed
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed the reason behind his poor performance as the AS Monaco manager.
In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, the ex-Arsenal striker as he talked about his failed spell at his former club.
According to the French football legend, he had a difficult task as the Monaco manager.
His managerial reign at AS Monaco lasted for just three months.
Thierry Henry replaced Leonardo Jardim as the AS Monaco manager in October 2018 and lasted for a quarter before he lost his job in January 2019.
As an AS Monaco manager, Thierry Henry won four games, drew five games and lost 11 games out of his 20 games in charge of the team.
Before his appointment as the manager of the French Ligue 1 club, Thierry Henry was the assistant manager for the Belgian national team.
Thierry Henry was the assistant to Belgian national team manager Roberto Martinez.
The Arsenal legend was part of the Belgian national team that finished in third position at last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Belgium beat the Three Lions of England 2-0 in their third/fourth place playoff to seal third place behind runners-up Croatia and eventual champions France who secured their second World Cup title.
EPL – Guardiola Slammed Over Comment On VAR
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come under serious scrutiny following his comment on the much talked about Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss was heavily criticized by ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan in his column with The Sun.
According to Simon Jordan, Guardiola complains about VAR only when it doesn’t favor his team.
Pep Guardiola complained about VAR at the weekend in his post-match press conference after the Premier League home game with Tottenham Hotspur.
Guardiola and Manchester City were infuriated after VAR chalked off the late goal from substitute Gabriel Jesus for handball.
The goal would have given Manchester City a 3-2 win over Spurs but the decision meant that the two teams shared a four-goal salvo.
After the game, Pep Guardiola described the use of VAR to disallow the goal as tough before pointing out that the same situation repeated itself against the same opponent in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.
Manchester City hosted Spurs in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal tie and they had a last-minute strike from Raheem Sterling chalked off by VAR for offside.
The goal would have taken Manchester City to the last four of the competition.
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