Reigning European champions Liverpool won the Champions League title for the first time in 14 years earlier this year and they were the most represented team in the top ten.
Four Liverpool players made the top ten players for the 2019 Ballon d’Or Award after their respective contributions to lead the Reds to Champions League triumph last season.
Premier League champions Manchester City are the other team with more than one representative in the 2019 Ballon d’Or Award top ten.
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Manchester City duo of Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez made the list of the top ten players.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was crowned the Ballon d’Or Award winner for this year ahead of the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane.
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
2. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool and Netherlands)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal)
4. Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Senegal)
5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt)
6. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain PSG and France)
7. Alisson Becker (Liverpool and Brazil)
8. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland)
9. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City and Portugal)
10. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City and Algeria).
PSG Delivers Firm Verdict On Edinson Cavani Transfer
French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) officials have delivered a firm transfer verdict on striker Edinson Cavani who is a target for both Manchester United and Chelsea.
According to Goal via one of its publications, PSG sporting director Leonardo and club manager Thomas Tuchel see Edison Cavani as an important part of their squad and they don’t want him to leave the club this month despite the fact that the Uruguayan international player has six months remaining on his PSG contract at the moment.
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Several clubs are ready to offer PSG some money for the final six months of the player’s contract but club officials prefer to lose his services this summer on a free transfer.
Edinson Cavani had been a regular in the PSG starting XI for several years until last summer when the French champions signed Mauro Icardi on loan from Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A.
Mauro Icardi has taken his spot in the first team aided by the injury to Edison Cavani at the start of the season.
Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign Edison Cavani and have already offered €10m for him though it was turned down by PSG who says he is not for sale.
EPL: Why Timo Werner Prefers Liverpool To Chelsea
Chelsea might lose out to Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner who has painted the German Bundesliga with goals this season.
This is according to German publication Bild which stated that Timo Werner prefers a move to Liverpool over Chelsea.
It was revealed that the German international wants a transfer to the Premier League this summer which is a plus to both Liverpool and Chelsea.
Timo Werner was initially linked with a January move to the Premier League only for him to confirm that he’ll be staying with RB Leipzig throughout this season.
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The petite German attacker has been in red-hot form for RB Leipzig who are at the summit in the top flight of German football.
RB Leipzig have a four-point lead at the top of the German Bundesliga table after 18 games and Timo Werner has contributed immensely to that achievement.
Werner has scored 20 goals in the league this season which is more than any other player in the division and alongside Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who also has 20 goals to his name.
In total, Timo Werner has scored 25 goals in 25 games for his club who are also in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Inter Milan Set Medical Date For Man Utd, Real Madrid Target
According to FCInter News, Inter Milan have already set a medical date for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen as they close in on the signing of the player also linked to both Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Christian Eriksen waited for a transfer to Real Madrid last summer but it didn’t come through until that transfer window ended. He snubbed a move to Manchester United while waiting on Real Madrid at the start of this season.
Inter Milan have already made a bid for the 28-year-old Danish international playmaker which is nearer to the €20m (£17m) valuation from North London club Tottenham Hotspur and are confident that the player will have his medical by Thursday.
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It was revealed that Inter Milan are keen for the player to wrap up the move before weekend just in time for the upcoming league clash at home to Cagliari.
Inter Milan have already dropped behind in the title race after two successive draws and three points is almost non-negotiable if they want to end the reign of Juventus in Italian football.
Juventus have won the last eight league titles and they are on course for another title after opening a four-point lead over Inter Milan though Lazio have a game in hand and a win from the game would see them move within three points of the Old Lady.
Bruno Fernandes could sign for Man City ahead of Man United
Premier League champions Manchester City are back in the hunt for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes according to the latest reports from Portugal.
Manchester City could throw a spanner in the works of city rivals Manchester United and their bid to sign the Portuguese international star.
According to the specific report from the stables of Portuguese media outlet Corriere da Manha, Manchester City are ready to blow Manchester United out of the race to sign Bruno Fernandes.
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Manchester City want to offer €100m for the player’s transfer but it won’t be during this winter transfer market as the Citizens are targeting a summer swoop. This could be an advantage for Manchester United who are keen on a January transfer rather than a summer move.
Manchester United have been in negotiations with Sporting Lisbon for the player in the past week and they are not close to an agreement for him.
The Red Devils are not willing to pay the €70m asking price set for Bruno Fernandes by Sporting Lisbon.
Bruno Fernandes is a goalscoring midfielder which is a scarce commodity in modern day football.
The 25-year-old has scored eight goals and added assists for seven more goals in 15 league games this term.
Arsenal Face Another Competition For Bruno Guimaraes
Europa League finalists Arsenal might need to fend off competition from the French league if they want to sign Atletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimares.
This is according to the publication from French newspaper L’Equipe which stated that former French Ligue 1 champions Lyon have joined the race to sign the Brazilian midfielder as they prepare for the exit of Lucas Tousary.
Arsenal sporting director Edu met with the agent of Bruno Guimares last week to discuss a move for the player said to be worth around £21 to £26m as per the valuation from his Brazilian Serie A club Atletico Paranaense.
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Bruno Guimares was an ever-present player for Atletico Paranense as they finished in fifth position on the league table at the end of the latest Brazilian Serie A season which ended at the end of 2019.
The 22-year-old midfielder is widely regarded as one of the best Brazilian talents on the local league season at the moment.
Arsenal have already signed a Brazilian talent Gabriel Martinelli from the local league in Brazil and Bruno Guimares could follow suit.
Gabriel Martinelli has been a revelation at Arsenal after the 18-year-old scored nine goals in all competitions till date including two Premier League goals.
Atletico Madrid might sign Alexandre Lacazette January
Atletico Madrid could turn their attention to Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette if Paris Saint Germain (PSG) continue to rebuff their bid to sign Edinson Cavani.
This is according to the latest media reports in the European nation of Spain.
Atletico Madrid want to sign Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani from PSG and have already had a bid turned down by the French champions.
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed on Sunday night that Atletico Madrid made a bid for the 32-year-old striker and that it was turned down by the club.
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Leonardo spoke to reporters shortly after the French Cup win over second-tier club Lorient.
Atletico Madrid had a €10m offer rejected for Edinson Cavani and its not certain whether they will push ahead with another offer for the striker who has played second fiddle to Mauro Icardi since the Argentine international signed for PSG last summer on loan from Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.
PSG want to sign Icardi permanently after his successful loan spell with the club.
For Cavani, he has six month remaining on his PSG deal at the moment.
Alexandre Lacazette is a long-term Atletico Madrid Target and the Frenchman could become an option if the Spaniards fail to lure Cavani from PSG according to Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo.
Man Utd Had Bruno Fernandes Deal ‘Approved’
Portuguese newspaper A Bola has narrated how an already agreed deal between Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United for Bruno Fernandes collapsed.
It was revealed that the two clubs had earlier agreed a transfer for the midfielder which includes a loan move for one of three Manchester United players namely Marcos Rojo, Andreas Pereira, and Joel Pereira.
The Manchester United deal for Bruno Fernandes collapsed after the preferred loan choice for Sporting Lisbon declined the move to Portugal from Old Trafford.
The three parties involved are keen to do the transfer according to Sky Sports and negotiations are expected to resume in time for a transfer between now and the end of this month when the transfer window will shut.
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Manchester United have not had a goalscoring midfielder all season and Bruno Fernandes could be the man to solve that problem.
The Portuguese international player has been a scoring machine for Sporting Lisbon in the last two years following his transfer to the Portuguese Super League club from Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A.
He had 50 Goal contributions from 53 games in all competitions for his team last season.
Bruno Fernandes scored 32 goals and also provided 18 more goals in the last campaign.
Manchester United are losing their grip to sign this player
Premier League club Manchester United are losing their grip on the transfer of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly according to the latest reports emanating from the media in Italy.
French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are rivals to rhe Red Devils as regards the transfer of Kalidou Koulibaly.
Earlier reports had claimed that Manchester United are looking good for the transfer of the Senegalese international centre back who’s expected to leave Napoli this summer after growing weary about his time with the Italian Serie A club.
According to the specific publication from renowned Italian media portal La Gazzetta dello Sport, PSG have opened talks with the agent of the player.
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It was disclosed that PSG sporting director Leonardo has already made an offer for his agent worth around £10.2m in salary on a yearly basis.
Kalidou Koulibaly has been given a four-year deal and it remains to be seen whether PSG will agree a fee with Napoli for his services.
The Napoli defender could be the long-term replacement for the ageing Thiago Silva at PSG.
Koulibaly is seen by many football fans as one of the best centre backs in world football.
Real Madrid and Manchester are also interested in him.