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FIFA Best Player: Samuel Eto’o Snubs Award Recipient Messi

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Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto’o has snubbed former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi for the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year Award.

When asked by reporters via the UK Metro, Samuel Eto’o said that the Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane deserve the award but they didn’t make the final three.

Samuel Eto’o recently announced his retirement from football and he enjoyed a good spell at Spanish champions Barcelona during his career.

Eto’o and Messi were part of the Barcelona squad that won three trophies during the 2008/09 season under the guidance of Spanish tactician Pep Guardiola who’s now the manager of Premier League champions Manchester City.

Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry formed a lethal front three during that season which ended with a 2-0 win over fallen Premier League giants Manchester United in their Champions League final clash in Rome, Italy.

Samuel Eto’o talked about his pick for the aforementioned award during the ceremony earlier this week.

Lionel Messi was named the award recipient at the ceremony held at the Teatro Alla Scala in the Italian city of Milan.

The petite Argentine national team captain beat the duo of Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool and Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo to the award.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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Mikel Arteta “phones” Barcelona star for possible move

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A number of clubs have indicated an interest in the signature of Spanish La Liga outfit, Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic as he is set to part ways with Barcelona after six years at the Camp Nou.

In an attempt to win the race, Le10 Sport reports that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta called the 32-year-old to convince him on a move to the Emirates Stadium.

According to the report, the Spanish boss told Ivan Rakitic of his plans for him and how he would be used in the coming season but it was not reported if the Croatian has accepted.

Instead, reports claim that he is not keen on a move to the English Premier League and will rather remain at the Spanish La Liiga or move to the Italian Serie A, where he already has suitors.

Ivan Rakitic is no longer a favourite for selection in the Barcelona midfield, owing to his age and other factors and that seems to be getting to him as he is still confident of playing actively for many years.

With Arsenal hoping to strengthen the midfield, Ivan Rakitic will not be a bad idea for Mikel Arteta as he would be bringing his wealth of experience to help other young ones.

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EPL: Barcelona offer deal to Arsenal’s EPL target

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Willian

North London club, Arsenal have been told by a former Liverpool player, Glean Johnson that the best player to swoop for in this summer transfer window is an established player in the English Premier League.

This is what the Gunners are trying to do with their interest in Brazilian star Willian from the West Londoners, Chelsea in this summer transfer window but that is already being threatened.

It is claimed that Spanish La Liga club Barcelona are willing to hand the Blues winger a three-year-deal and that could happen any moment from now.

Willian is yet to receive a new deal from the West London club and that could force him out of the club as his current deal will end this summer window.

Arsenal have shown interest the Brazilian international but that seems to be under threat with the interest coming from Barcelona, a club that is believed to have a better financial advantage.

Meanwhile, Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchain has revealed that his client has received about five offers this week and it is expected to increase because of his quality.

With the latest report by Sky Sports, it is feared that the 31-year-old will be on his way to the Catalans for a new start.

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EPL: Arsenal begin fresh Coutinho talks with Barcelona

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Philippe Coutinho

The chances of having Brazilian international playmaker, Philippe Coutinho at the Emirates Stadium next season is becoming clearer if the latest report coming from Spain is anything to go by.

The North London outfit are keen on a deal with the Brazilian international as he is out of favour with his owners, Barcelona and are hoping to tie a deal with him this summer window.

Arsenal initially submitted a player-plus-cash offer, for Coutinho but the fee slammed for the deal was still high, despite the inclusion of highly-rated youngster, Matteo Guendouzi.

However, a Catalan Radio Stadion, RAC 1 reports that both teams are now on the negotiation table with the possibility of agreeing on a loan deal for Coutinho.

It is also reported that both teams will share the financial burden of the player’s wage to ensure a balanced benefit as he is not needed at the club for now.

However, it was not stated if the Gunners will still let go of Matteo Guendouzi as part of the terms for the deal but that would be known in the coming days.

Should the Gunners succeed in bringing Coutinho, he would be returning to the English Premier League for the second time after a spell with Liverpool some years back.

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Barcelona to return for Man United star

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Diogo Dalot

The possibility of Man United losing a player to Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona is very high as the interest in Diogo Dalot is unending.

It was earlier reported that Man United are reluctant to give out Diogo Dalot this summer transfer window which almost discouraged the Spanish La Liga giants for a deal.

But with the latest report by Spanish outlet, Mundo Deportivo the interest by the Catalans is undying and has been renewed as they hope to submit a bid in the coming days.

Diogo Dalot has not been a regular in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team and there is no assurance that he would be played ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka even in the coming season because of his impressive performance.

This gives Barcelona the confidence that they will be able to secure the service of the player with further talks despite Man United’s reluctance.

Diogo Dalot is believed to be available for a fee of £10 million which the Barcelona is ready to meet as soon as it is agreed upon.

However, the Catalans will have to convince the Red Devils to release the player especially if he is still in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan for next season.

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Barcelona to hand Man United major blow as new contract talks emerge for target

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Ansu Fati

Spanish La Liga club, Barcelona are already considering offering Ansu Fati a new contract at Camp Nou despite the interest of the English Premier League club, Man United.

It was earlier believed that the future of Ansu Fati with Barcelona was already being called off and he would be leaving as the issue of playing time cannot be guaranteed him.

The reports also claimed that he has offers already coming in for his services as the Red Devils also preparing a major bid this summer.

These reports have since been denied by the Spanish side and more to it is the report that they will be handing a new and improved deal to Ansu Fati this summer window to end all speculations surrounding his future.

Also, Barcelona will slam a huge release clause on Ansu Fati to discourage suitors from coming close for his signature.

This remains a big blow to the Red Devils with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already hoping to work with Ansu Fati at the Old Trafford in the coming season.

Man United are hoping to have a busy summer transfer window especially now that they have been confirmed to play in the Champions League next season.

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Transfer: Arsenal get words from Barcelona

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Philippe Coutinho

If the latest report is anything to go by, then Arsenal now stands the chance of having Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho at the Emirates Stadium in the coming season.

The Gunners had indicated an interest in the former Liverpool man and were ready to land him by involving out-of-favour player Matteo Guendouzi in the deal.

It is now claimed that the Spanish giants are also interested in Matteo Guendouzi and will seek to have him as part of the deal but the Gunners will have to include a fee of £45.5 million.

Barcelona invested a whopping £142 million to secure the service of the former Liverpool player and are hoping to cash in a little from his exit as Matteo Guendouzi is yet to match Philippe Coutinho’s quality.

However, this development places the North London outfit in a difficult position because they will not be able to raise such an amount for the deal.

It is reported by ESPN that the North London club are only making £30 million available to manager Mikel Arteta for all his transfer deals this summer window.

Philippe Coutinho has spent the season away from Barcelona with German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich but they are not willing to keep him permanently.

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Why Aubameyang’s future could be determined by Barcelona

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The future of Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still uncertain at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal might not have the final say on his future against what has been reported.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract with the North London outfit will run out next year and he is yet to seal a new deal which raises fears on whether he would be sold or not.

The former Borussia Dortmund attacker is reported to be having interests from a number of clubs including Spanish La Liga outfit and there has been calm for the season to end.

Although there are suggestions that negotiation seems to be working for the Gunners with the player already considering a contract extension but with their latest defeat against Aston Villa, it is unlikely he would want to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Therefore, Spanish publication Sport has reported that the Arsenal forward is now waiting for Barcelona to table an offer for him and he will join immediately.

This is against earlier claims by the Gabon international striker that his future lies in the hands of the club after giving them his own terms and seems unwilling to shift ground.

Meanwhile, Arsenal could be forced to lose the star striker especially if they are unable to clinch a ticket for the Europa League.

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Barca cause tension in Arsenal following transfer speculation

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There will be unease at Arsenal, especially among the fans with reports that Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have made their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their second target ahead of the summer.

Barcelona have made Lautaro Martinez from the Italian Serie A club Inter Milan their first and major target but with the £100 million price tag slammed on him, they could be forced to abandon him for the Gabon international.

This development is coming when Arsenal are on the verge of losing their bid for Europa League qualification, a situation that could force most of the star players out of the club.

More so, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to sign a new deal and that could be a factor for the Catalans to snap up the signature of the Gabon international striker.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been outstanding for the Gunners since last year, picking up the EPL golden boot in the previous season and already in the contest for this season. Losing him will be a big one for the North London club and it is something the fans will never wish for.

It is feared that a bid from Barcelona might be difficult for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to reject, especially if the Gunners fail to qualify for the Europa League as they are confirmed to miss the Champions League next season.

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