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What Philippe Coutinho Said About Bayern Munich

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Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho has revealed that German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich is like a family to him.

He said this in his latest interview as monitored by the Daily Post.

Philippe Coutinho is on a season-long loan deal at Bavarian giants Bayern Munich having joined them from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona before the European transfer window ended.

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The Brazilian international playmaker is enjoying his time at Bayern Munich after a disappointing spell at Barcelona.

He scored his first goal for Bayern Munich at the weekend during the 4-0 thrashing of newly promoted side FC Cologne.

Philippe Coutinho would be hoping for the same impact when Bayern Munich face Paderborn in a league clash at the weekend.

The 27-year-old is enjoying a new lease of life at the Allianz Arena after enduring a torrid time with Barcelona.

He joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 in a club-record deal worth £142m.

The transfer made him the third most expensive player in the history of world football.

He was part of the Barcelona squad that won the Spanish La Liga title in each of the last two seasons.

Coutinho was also part of the Barcelona team that crashed out of the Champions League at the semifinal stage in each of the last two seasons.

Segun is a regular contributor to beIN sports and has worked at several publications, including Aljazeera, and taslkSport.

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Arsenal Star Maintains New Contract Stance As He Awaits Barcelona Transfer

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Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still maintaining his stance on the new contract offered him by the club according to the Daily Mirror.

It was rehealed that Aubameyang continues to turn down a new Arsenal contract as he waits on a move from Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.

The Catalan giants are one of the clubs being mentioned as possible next destination for Gabonese international Aubameyang.

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Apart from Barcelona, Manchester United and several Chinese Super League (CSL) teams have been touted as the next club for the former Borussia Dortmund and Saint Etienne player.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 18 months left on his Arsenal contract and that could spell danger for the Gunners who will be reluctant to lose their best player.

The Gabonese national team skipper has been the livewire of the Arsenal team for the better part of the last year especially in the Premier League.

Aubameyang has scored 13 of the last 18 Arsenal goals in the Premier League.

He already has eight Premier League goals this season while the next Arsenal players (Alexandre Lacazette and David Luiz) on the goalscoring chart have two league goals apiece.

Lacazette is his strike partner and he also rejected a new Arsenal contract though he has two-and-a-half years left on his own Gunners deal at the moment.

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Barcelona, Bayern Munich Ready To Move For Arsenal-linked Manager

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Two European heavyweights are ready to make Mauricio Pochettino their next manager after he was relieved of his job at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this week.

This is according to the latest reports making the rounds in the British media.

The European heavyweights namely Barcelona and Bayern Munich want to sign Mauricio Pochettino as revealed by the specific publication from The Sun.

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Pochettino has also emerged as a surprise contender for the Arsenal job with Spanish tactician Unai Emery hanging on to his job at the moment though it must be pointed out that his allegiance to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur could be a stumbling block to the Gunners job.

The recently sacked Spurs manager was constantly linked with both Manchester United and Real Madrid managerial jobs for the better part of the last year.

German champions Bayern Munich parted company with their manager Niko Kovac at the end of last month and are still searching for a new manager with Mauricio Pochettino now a major contender for the post.

Spanish champions Barcelona have struggled at times this season under manager Ernesto Valverde whose contract ends next summer.

Mauricio Pochettino is a major contender but his links with Catalan rivals Espanyol could hinder his appointment.

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Man United Face Competition From Real Madrid, Barcelona For Prolific Defender

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Three-time European champions Manchester United will have to face the threat of both Real Madrid and Barcelona if they want to continue to plot a deal for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.

This is according to the publication from Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport which confirmed the interest of Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Milan Skriniar is a key player for Inter Milan but that has not stopped the big European sides from monitoring his development at the San Siro.

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He has played in all the 11 league games played by Inter Milan this season as the Nerazzuri attempt to usurp Juventus at the top of Italian football under the new managerial era of former Chelsea and Siena manager Antonio Conte.

Antonio Conte has employed his customary three-man defence at Inter Milan and Slovakian international defender Milan Skriniar is one of the three defenders.

As a matter of fact, Milan Skriniar has been the only regular in the Inter Milan defence.

Manchester United were interested in Milan Skriniar last summer while Jose Mourinho was the manager.

Milan Skriniar joined Inter Milan from fellow Italian Serie A side Sampdoria in the summer of 2017.

Inter Milan paid £20m for Milan Skriniar and the Slovakian centre back is in his third season at the club.

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Barcelona Duo On Song During Argentina vs Uruguay Clash In Israel

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The Barcelona duo of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were on target for their respective countries during the international friendly clash between Argentina and Uruguay.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez scored for Uruguay, while club skipper Lionel Messi found the back of the net for two-time world champions Argentina.

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani finished off a flowing move involving Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira and the aforementioned Suarez as the Uruguay and took a first-half lead during the game played in Israel.

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Argentina equalized in the 63rd minute through Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero off a free-kick from Lionel Messi.

Uruguay regained the lead five minutes later courtesy the well-taken free-kick from Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayans held on to that advantage until the dying moments of the game when defender Martin Caceres was penalized for handball in the box.

Lionel Messi stepped up to slot home the equalizer for Argentina in added time thereby rescuing his team from defeat.

It was his second goal for Argentina in two games since his return to the team after his lengthy ban.

Messi was given a three-month ban after calling out South American (CONMEBOL) officials for their bias towards Brazil during the COPA America tournament hosted by the Brazilians this summer.

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Eric Abidal Set To Sign New Contract

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Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal has revealed that the club is working on a new contract for star player Lionel Messi who could leave the Spanish champions next summer.

Lionel Messi has a clause in his Barcelona contract that would allow him to leave the club next summer though the Argentine international captain has reiterated that he wants to finish his career at the Nou Camp.

According to former Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal, the announcement on a new Barcelona contract for club skipper Messi is expected soonest.

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Lionel Messi struggled for fitness at the start of the season due to a thigh injury but he has recovered to return to his best form.

The Argentine football legend scored a hattrick in his last game for Barcelona including two well-taken free-kicks.

He scored three goals as Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 4-1 to retain their place at the top of the La Liga table.

The treble took him to eight league goals this season and one behind topscorer Karim Benzema of Real Madrid.

Eric Abidal also said that Barcelona are in talks over a new contract for youngster Ansu Fati who has impressed since his introduction to the first team this season.

The Guinea Bissau-born Spanish junior international signed a youth contract in the summer until 2022 with the possibility of two extra years and a release clause of €100m.

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Man United Begin Talks With Midfielder Ahead Of January Transfer

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If reports from the Daily Star this morning reveals that, then, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic could be the Red Devils first signing in January.

The British media claimed that the player’s agent is currently in talks with the club’s representative over his client’s proposed move to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens.

The Croatian is no longer rated at Camp Nou following the arrival of younger players, including Frenkie De Jong, in the previous summer transfer window and coach Ernesto Valverde is ready to cash-in on his services.

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Rakitic, 31, is obviously edging towards the end of his career and Barcelona won’t place a huge price tag on his services.

Should he eventually join the Red Devils, the want-away midfielder is likely to feature as a fringe part Zidane Solskjaer’s team judging by his age and the physical nature of the Premier League.

Inter Milan and AC Milan, who are bothered credited with interests in the player, might need to look elsewhere for alternatives should negotiations between United and the player go on as planned.

Meanwhile, United star Matic has attracted a new suitor as West Ham are reportedly linked with the player service.

Matic is unhappy with his lack of game-time at Old Trafford and reports are tipping the Hammers to be his next possible destination.

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Man Utd To Rival Barcelona, Real Madrid For Young Starlet

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Former Premier League champions Manchester United will have to fend off the interest of the Spanish duo of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the bid to sign French teen sensation Eduardo Camavinga who plays his club football for Rennes FC of France.

Eduardo Camavinga is only 17 and he has already become a permanent fixture in the Rennes starting XI this season.

According to French publication L’Equipe, the trio of Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona are all interested in signing Eduardo Camavinga.

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He has made 17 appearances for Rennes in all competitions this term including 13 appearances in the French Ligue 1 this season.

Eduardo Camavinga has one assist in 13 league games for Rennes since the start of the new French top flight league season.

The Manchester United midfield has come under the spotlight this season especially at the start of the campaign but it has improved in recent games.

Scott McTominay has been a shining light in the Manchester United midfield this season as the Red Devils try to replace both Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini who left the club earlier this year.

Scotland international McTominay has three goals and two assists in 12 league games this term.

The addition of Eduardo Camavinga will further boost the Manchester United midfield.

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Messi Reveals Whom He Asked For His Shirt

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has revealed that he has requested for the short of the opposition once in his football career.

The Barcelona skipper made this known in an interview with Tyc Sports.

According to him, he has only asked French football legend Zinedine Zidane for his shirt during the early stages of his Barcelona career.

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Lionel Messi had asked for the shirt of former Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane during the El Clasico.

The Argentine international has been at the top of the football chain for the better part of the last two decades.

At Barcelona, Lionel Messi has won four Champions League titles as well as eight league titles.

He has been blighted by a thigh injury this season but the Argentine national team captain has recovered from that injury.

Messi scored a hattrick in the last game, a 4-1 win at home to Celta Vigo at the Nou Camp.

The treble took his league tally to eight goals which can only be bettered by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema who has nine goals.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona were able to reclaim the summit in the Spanish La Liga after the thumping victory over Celta Vigo.

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