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Ernesto Valverde plays down prospect of Neymar return

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says that there is no truth to the rumours that Neymar wants to end his time at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. Ernesto Valverde has rejected claims that Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is pleading for a return to Barcelona. Spanish outlet El Mundo reported on Thursday that the 26-year-old is angling for a move back to Camp Nou, less than two years after departing for PSG in a record £198m transfer. Neymar has allegedly grown frustrated at the Parc des Princes and, through his father and representatives, has been in constant contact with his former club over an end-of-season switch. Valverde denies that this is the case, however, and says there are no plans in place for Barca to snap up Neymar in the sumer. “In the first place, that’s not t...

Tottenham Hotspur ‘considering move for Barcelona winger Malcom’

Tottenham Hotspur reportedly revive their interest in Barcelona winger Malcom as they look for attacking reinforcements following an injury to Harry Kane. Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a loan bid for Barcelona winger Malcom in an attempt to ease their attacking concerns. Spurs face a striker shortage for the remainder of January with Harry Kane having picked up an ankle injury during Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United and Son Heung-min having now joined up with South Korea at the Asian Cup. The full extent of Kane’s injury is as yet unknown, but the club fear that he may have damaged his ligaments, ruling him out of action for up to a month. Should that be the case then Mauricio Pochettino would be left with only Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente as possible op...

Paris Saint-Germain ‘lower asking price for Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot’

Paris Saint-Germain reportedly lower their asking price for in-demand midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly lowered their asking price for in-demand midfielder Adrien Rabiot. Rabiot will be a free agent at the end of the season after confirming that he will not sign a new deal with the French champions, leaving PSG eager to cash in on him during the January transfer window. The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour with manager Thomas Tuchel amid the wrangling over an extension, with his last appearance for the club coming more than a month ago. Barcelona were understood to be leading the race for Rabiot’s signature, but PSG hit out at reports that the Spanish giants had reached a pre-co...

Barcelona ‘considering move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud’

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud reportedly emerges as a surprise transfer target for Spanish champions Barcelona as they search for back-up to Luis Suarez. Barcelona have reportedly identified Chelsea‘s Olivier Giroud as a possible target in their search for a new striker. The Spanish champions are keen to bolster their attacking options this month after Munir El Haddadi‘s exit left 32-year-old Luis Suarez as their only recognised centre-forward. Lionel Messi is also able to play through the middle, but Ernesto Valverde wants to increase his strength in depth and Barca have subsequently been linked with Cristhian Stuani and Giroud’s Chelsea teammate Alvaro Morata. Spanish outlet SPORT reports that Giroud has now emerged as a surprise target, with Barcelona understood to ha...

Preview: Barcelona vs. Levante – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey last-16 second leg with Levante. Barcelona have work to do if they are to advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey having suffered a 2-1 defeat to Levante in the first leg of their last-16 tie. A late Philippe Coutinho penalty saw Barcelona register in the first leg last week, but Levante will take an advantage into the second leg at Camp Nou on Thursday courtesy of an impressive win. Barcelona © Reuters Barcelona made it six straight La Liga wins on Sunday night with a 3-0 home success over Eibar. The Catalan giants once again have a five-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid at the summit and will now switch their attention back to the Copa del Rey as they bi...

Paris Saint-Germain beat Barcelona to Frenkie de Jong?

Ajax ace Frenkie de Jong reportedly rejects the chance to join Barcelona and will instead sign for Paris Saint-Germain. Ajax‘s £70m-rated midfielder Frenkie de Jong has reportedly agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain after snubbing a move to Barcelona. The in-demand Dutchman has attracted interest from a number of European football’s heavyweight clubs thanks to his displays for Ajax over the past couple of seasons. Barca appeared to be the frontrunners to sign the 21-year-old after allegedly sending sporting director Eric Abidal to personally meet with the youngster in Amsterdam, but Paris United suggests that PSG have won the race. A separate report in Mundo Deportivo adds that De Jong’s agent pushed his client towards joining the Parisians as it offered him a bigger pa...

A closer look at Lionel Messi’s 400 goals in LaLiga

Lionel Messi reached 400 league goals for Barcelona with his strike in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Eibar. The Argentina star is the first man to achieve the feat in LaLiga, the second to score 400 in Europe’s top five leagues and the first to do so with a single club. Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to reach 400 in the top five leagues, but took 63 more games than Messi and had played in England, Spain and Italy for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively. Here, Press Association Sport breaks down Messi’s career league goals statistically, starting with the major milestones along the way. Landmark goals G⚽️AL MORNING!!! Do you remember Leo #Messi‘s first official goal? pic.twitter.com/LGeDFqHbQC — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 13, 2017 First go...

A closer look at Lionel Messi’s 400 goals in LaLiga

Lionel Messi reached 400 league goals for Barcelona with his strike in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Eibar. The Argentina star is the first man to achieve the feat in LaLiga, the second to score 400 in Europe’s top five leagues and the first to do so with a single club. Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to reach 400 in the top five leagues, but took 63 more games than Messi and had played in England, Spain and Italy for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively. Here, Press Association Sport breaks down Messi’s career league goals statistically, starting with the major milestones along the way. Landmark goals G⚽️AL MORNING!!! Do you remember Leo #Messi‘s first official goal? pic.twitter.com/LGeDFqHbQC — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 13, 2017 First goal: v Albacete, Ma...

Bayern Munich ‘enter race for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata’

German champions Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in signing out-of-favour Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata on loan until the end of the season. Bayern Munich have reportedly entered the race to sign out-of-favour Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata this month. Morata has struggled to impress during his time at Stamford Bridge so far and has fallen further down the pecking order under Maurizio Sarri this season. Chelsea are understood to be looking to sign a striker during the current transfer window, which would also allow them to offload Morata. Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have all been linked with the Spaniard, and The Mirror reports that Bayern are now also interested in securing his signature. The German champions are reportedly exploring the possibility of a loan d...

Barcelona consider move for Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente?

Barcelona are reportedly considering a move for Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente, who has just six months remaining on his contract. Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona. The Catalan giants are said to be in the market for a new striker in January, and Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata has been linked with a switch to Camp Nou. However, according to Mundo Deportivo, manager Ernesto Valverde is also considering an approach for Llorente who remains second choice to Harry Kane at the Premier League side. The 33-year-old has made just one top-flight start since moving to the North London outfit in 2017, although a further 11 outings have come from the first XI in other competitions. Llorente only has six months remaining o...

Family of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho key to Manchester United move?

The family of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho may reportedly be against the playmaker making a return to England to play for Manchester United. Manchester United have reportedly been handed a blow in their alleged attempts to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian left Liverpool to make the switch to Barcelona 12 months ago, and the playmaker has made a total of 47 appearances in all competitions. However, manager Ernesto Valverde has recently dropped Coutinho from his starting lineup, which has led to reports that United are keen to bring the 26-year-old back to the Premier League. According to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho has no plans to leave Camp Nou during the January window and a transfer may also not occur during the summer. The report claims that Coutinho...

Jordi Alba opens up on contract situation at Barcelona

Jordi Alba insists that he wants to stay with Barcelona and it is up to the club to renew his contract. Jordi Alba has insisted that he wants to stay with Barcelona and it is up to the club to renew his contract. Alba has scored twice and provided nine assists in 25 appearances for Barcelona this term and has made over 270 appearances for the Catalan giants since a 2012 move from Valencia. The 29-year-old will see his contract with the club expire at the end of next season, however, and he admitted in the latter stages of last year that he was disappointed Barcelona had not opened talks. Alba has revealed that he is desperate to pen a fresh deal with the Spanish champions, but has said that the situation is currently out of his hands. “Everything is still the same for me, I have a ye...

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