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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.

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.

Segun Amuda is a mass communication professional, He regularly writes for Thewistle and has worked at several publications, including talkSport.

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Liverpool Open To Move For £85m-rated Player

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According to Spanish news platform El Desmarque, Premier League pacesetters Liverpool are open to making a move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele this month.

Dembele is rated at £85m which is a lower price in comparison with the transfer fee spent to sign him three years ago.

The young Frenchman was signed by Spanish giants Barcelona as a like-for-like replacement for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) Neymar who left the club for France in the summer of 2017.

The Brazilian national team talisman was made the most expensive player ever after PSG signed him for a fee of £200m.

Part of the Neymar money was spent on his transfer from Barcelona to PSG and a big fraction of the cash was spent on Ousmane Dembele who had failed to repay that money.

Barcelona signed Dembele for £105m from German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

Dembele had spent just one season at the Signa Iduna Park before his transfer to the Nou Camp.

Liverpool have been active in the January transfer window with the signing of Takumi Minamino for a surprising transfer fee.

The 24-year-old Japanese international has swapped Red Bull Salzburg FC of Austria for Liverpool after the Reds activated the £7.25m release clause in his present deal.

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Report: Liverpool To Revisit Cut Price Deal For Ousmane Dembele

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Six-time European champions Liverpool still retain an interest in Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele as reported by Spanish news outlet El Desmarque via the Liverpool Echo who is a prominent media portal that deals with everything Liverpool.

Ousmane Dembele is currently out injured but that has stopped clubs from weighing up a move for the Frenchman.

It was stated that Liverpool will have to pay £85m for the player if they want to sign him from the Catalans.

The transfer would be a club-record deal for Liverpool ahead of the current recipient Virgil Van Dijk who was signed for £75m in January 2018.

Liverpool paid that amount to Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk and that has proven to be money well spent as he has played a key role in the major trophies won since the start of last season.

The Reds ended last season with the Champions League title after the win over Tottenham Hotspur in their final clash that took place in Madrid.

Ousmane Dembele signed for Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in a £105m deal and the Catalans want to recoup a lot of that money back.

He has won the league title in each of the last two seasons at Barcelona.

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Man United Table Bid To Sign £147,000-a-week Midfielder – Reporter

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Manchester United are increasingly confident that they can win the race to sign wantaway Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal who wants more playing minutes, and he’s ready to leave the Nou Camp to make this happen.

According to journalist Herman Chanampa of DirecTV in the South American country of Chile, Manchester United have made a better offer for Arturo Vidal than their sole competitor Inter Milan whose manager Antonio Conte is keen to reunite with the player he managed at Juventus.

Corriere della Serra is an Italian media portal and a publication from the platform had earlier said that both Inter Milan and Manchester United will fight for the signature of Arturo Vidal.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde wants to keep Vidal at the club despite the pressure being exerted by the two above mentioned European clubs.

Arturo Vidal is rated at around €20m and the 32-year-old earns around £147,000 on a weekly basis.

The retired Chilean national team midfielder provides a goal threat from midfield at Barcelona which no other midfielder can boast of.

Despite his uniqueness, Vidal has not always been in the Barcelona starting XI but he’s still the leading goalscorer for the Spanish club apart from the attacking front trio.

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Chelsea Fans Want Philippe Coutinho Signed

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Several Chelsea fans want the club to sign Barcelona player Philippe Coutinho as they see him as a better option to the three options at the club.

Chelsea fan account on Twitter ‘The Blues’ compiled the various tweets from a lot of Chelsea Faithfuls asking for the club to sign Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.

Coutinho was a Premier League player until January 2018 when he left Liverpool to join Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona in a club-record deal of around £142m.

The Brazilian playmaker didn’t have the best of times at Barcelona during his 18 months at the club before he signed for German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on loan this summer.

He has been able to resurrect his football career at Bayern Munich who can sign him for €120m to become their player as part of the loan agreement that took him to the Allianz Arena.

According to Catalan media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea are one of the clubs interested in signing Philippe Coutinho if Bayern Munich fail to activate the option of signing the playmaker permanently.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has a lot of money to spend on new players after the Blues’ transfer ban was lifted.

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Philippe Coutinho Hints At Return To Premier League

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Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho could make a return to the Premier League at the end of the present season with the Brazilian international player attracting the interest of several English top flight clubs including Manchester United.

The interested Premier League sides will only be able to sign him if German champions Bayern Munich fail to activate the purchase option after the end of his loan spell with the Bavarian giants.

Philippe Coutinho joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal from Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona in the summer and he has had a mixed time at the Allianz Arena since his move to Germany.

Barcelona would be hoping that Philippe Coutinho will be able to convince Bayern Munich to sign him permanently for the €120m in his loan contract to the club this summer and with performances like the one against Werder Bremen in the league earlier this month, the Brazilian will sign for the Germans permanently.

Philippe Coutinho scored a hattrick and also added two assists as Bayern Munich thrashed their opponents 6-1 at home despite going behind.

If Bayern Munich don’t take up their permanent transfer option, Barcelona would be hoping that the Brazilian finishes this season strongly for them to recoup at least €100m from the €160m spent on his transfer last year.

Apart from Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in sealing his return to the Premier League after he represented Liverpool for many years before leaving for Barcelona in January 2018.

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Transfer Talk: Barcelona, Real Madrid To Fight For €60m-rated Man Utd Target

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Barcelona and Real Madrid are the top two favourites for highly rated Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny Van Der Beek according to the publication from Spanish media outlet SPORT.

Donny Van Der Beek was previously linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United.

The aforementioned report said that the two Spanish clubs will battle for the right to sign Donny Van Der Beek ahead of the resumption of the transfer market in the New Year.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is keen to sign a new midfielder but compatriot Paul Pogba is seen as his first choice ahead of Donny Van Der Beek who could cost between €50m and €60m despite the fact that the Frenchman is still nursing an ankle injury.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen is also in the mix as Real Madrid attempt to sign a new midfielder.

Dutch international Donny Van Der Beek came into prominence in the Champions League last season as part of the Ajax Amsterdam team that surprised many by reaching the semifinals before they were eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur in dramatic fashion.

Donny Van Der Beek and Ajax Amsterdam eliminated clubs like Real Madrid and Juventus enroute to the last four of the competition.

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Man City Swoop In To Sign Man United, Chelsea Target

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Premier League giants Manchester City are reportedly eyeing a move for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti according to the latest reports emanating from the media in France.

Manchester City have suffered defensively this season especially in the Premier League mainly due to the long-term absence of first-choice defender Aymeric Laporte.

According to French publication L’Equipe, Premier League champions Manchester City are in the market for a new centre back ahead of the resumption of the winter transfer market in the next three weeks.

It was revealed that the Citizens want to sign Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona in January to boost their defence till Aymeric Laporte will be available in the next few months.

Frenchman Laporte sustained a serious knee injury during the home game against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League in August with the problem ruling him out for six months until February at least according to doctors.

Samuel Umtiti is a French World Cup winner but he has not been able to displace compatriot Christian Lenglet from the Barcelona defence since his return from a long-term injury layoff last season.

Premier League duo of Chelsea and Manchester United are also monitoring the situation of Umtiti at Barcelona.

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Barcelona Supremo Worried About Messi For This Reason

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Barcelona president Jose Maria Bartomeu has admitted his anxiety over the post-Lionel Messi era at the club.

Jose Maria Bartomeu is worried that Barcelona might struggle a great deal in the absence of Messi who is gradually entering the twilight of his career at the age of 32.

The Barcelona president talked about Lionel Messi and his potential retirement while he was on Catalunya Radio.

Lionel Messi has less than two years left on his current deal at the club.

His Barcelona contract will expire in 2021 though the petite Argentine international skipper has a clause that could see him work out on the club next summer even with a year left on his existing contract.

Lionel Messi has been at Barcelona since he was a teenager and he’s widely regarded by many as the best player ever.

He recently won his sixth Ballon d’Or title last week ahead of the Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk as well as Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

With the latest development, Messi has the most Ballon d’Or titles ahead of arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo (5 titles).

Lionel Messi celebrated the feat in style with a hattrick against Real Mallorca in the Spanish league at the weekend.

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