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Ernesto Valderde expects to wait until Saturday for La Liga title

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valderde does not expect Atletico Madrid to hand the title to them by losing to Valencia on Wednesday. A 2-0 win over Alaves, courtesy of second-half goals from Carles Alena and Luis Suarez, means the Catalans are just one victory away from retaining their LaLiga title. However, should second-placed Atletico lose to visitors Valencia, in fifth and pushing for a Champions League place, then the championship will be Barca’s with four matches to spare. “Atletico is a competitor that shows every day how they do it. We’ll see. I do not see Atletico relaxing,” said Valverde. “We count on that we will need the three points (at home to Levante). “We are at the peak of the season and the victory (over Alaves) is worth its weight in gold. &...

Barcelona closing in on Groningen teenager Ludovit Reis?

Barcelona are allegedly close to securing a deal for Groningen teenager Ludovit Reis. Barcelona have allegedly moved to the brink of signing Groningen teenager Ludovit Reis. The Catalan giants have already agreed a deal for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, and it has been suggested that Matthijs de Ligt will join his current teammate at Camp Nou. However, it appears that a third Dutchman will make the switch to the Spanish giants with Groningen director Hans Nijland claiming that a transfer is close to completion. Nijland is quoted by Fox Sports as saying: “It is not yet closed, but we are seriously considering Reis going to Barcelona.” Reis – who turns 19 in June – has made a total of 27 appearances in the Eredivisie during the current campaign.

Result: Barcelona on brink of retaining title after beating Alaves

Goals from Carles Alena and Luis Suarez give Barcelona a 2-0 win over Alaves that leaves them on the brink of an eighth La Liga title in the past 11 years. Barcelona have moved to the brink of a fourth La Liga title in the last five years courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Alaves at the Estadio de Mendizorroza this evening. The champions-elect were forced to be patient against one of the league’s surprise packages this season, but two goals in six second-half minutes extended their lead at the top of the table to 12 points. Carles Alena broke the deadlock before Luis Suarez effectively made sure of the points from the penalty spot, leaving Barcelona just one result away from successfully retaining the title. La Blaugrana could be crowned champions as early as Wednesday should Atletico Ma...

Sergio Busquets “tempted” by future Major League Soccer move

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets says that he is a fan of Major League Soccer and he will consider a move Stateside once his Camp Nou career is over. Sergio Busquets has revealed that he will walk away from Barcelona the moment he feels he is unable to do a job for the club. The long-serving Spanish midfielder has racked up over 500 appearances in a Barca shirt since making his debut in September 2008. Busquets remains an important part of the team under Ernesto Valverde, being used in 31 of their 34 league matches this term. Barca have agreed a deal with Ajax for Frenkie de Jong to join in the summer, however, which could potentially reduce Busquets’ playing time. Moving away from Camp Nou is not something that is currently on the 30-year-old’s mind, but he is “tempt...

Atletico Madrid ‘willing to sell Antoine Griezmann to fund move for Joao Felix’

A report claims that Atletico Madrid are tempted to sell Antoine Griezmann to fund a move for in-demand Benfica forward Joao Felix. Atletico Madrid are reportedly ready to sell Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona if it enhances their chances of signing Joao Felix from Benfica. The Portugal Under-21s international has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign to remember at the Estadio da Luz thanks to a combined 24 goals and assists in the Portuguese top flight and Europa League. Felix maintained his impressive form with two more goals and an assist in Monday’s 6-0 win over Maritimo, showing just why so many of European football’s biggest names have been tipped to move for the youngster. According to reports in Portugal, Atletico are realistic candidates to sign the 19-year-old as they can af...

Manchester United ‘refusing to pay more than £60m for Philippe Coutinho’

Manchester United are reportedly refusing to pay more than £60m for Philippe Coutinho this summer – less than half the sum Barcelona bought him for in January 2018. Manchester United are unwilling to pay more than €70m (£61m) to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer, according to reports. Coutinho’s future at Camp Nou has come under scrutiny in recent months following an underwhelming first season-and-a-half at Barcelona since his big-money move from Liverpool in January 2018. The Brazilian has fallen behind Ousmane Dembele and sometimes Malcom in the pecking order under Ernesto Valverde, starting just 19 La Liga games this season. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Coutinho, but Don Balon reports that they will only p...

Tottenham Hotspur forced to sell Christian Eriksen to ease stadium debts?

Tottenham Hotspur could reportedly consider cashing in on Christian Eriksen this summer in order to help ease the debts accrued by their new stadium. Tottenham Hotspur could consider selling Christian Eriksen this summer in order to ease the debt caused by their new stadium, according to a report. Spurs belatedly moved into their new £1bn home earlier this month and are on a five-year financing agreement with the bank in order to repay almost £650m. The spiralling cost of the stadium saw their debts come in at almost £250m more than initially planned, and Diario AS reports that Daniel Levy may look to raise some of those funds by selling players. Eriksen has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer and Levy is aware that cashing in on the Danish playmaker would allow him ...

How Barcelona could line up against Alaves

Ahead of the game between Alaves and Barcelona on Tuesday night, Sports Mole looks at how Ernesto Valverde’s side could line up at the Mendizorrotza Stadium. Barcelona head into Tuesday’s clash with Alaves looking to move closer to successfully defending the La Liga title. The Catalan giants hold a nine-point advantage with five matches remaining, and victory at the Mendizorrotza Stadium could potentially put the club in a position where they could secure the top-flight crown on Saturday evening. Barcelona head into this fixture having registered a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Real Sociedad at the weekend. Below, Sports Mole predicts what starting lineup could be named by Ernesto Valverde as the Barcelona boss attempts to keep players fresh ahead of next week’s Champions ...

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

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the La Liga fixture between Alaves and Barcelona. Barcelona face Alaves at the Mendizorrotza Stadium looking to further strengthen their grip of top spot in the La Liga standings. Alaves play host to the league leaders with the desire to end a five-match winless streak which has led to the club dropping down to eighth position. Alaves © Reuters Alaves had been challenging for a place in next season’s Champions League before the start of the last international break, but boss Abelardo Fernandez now faces a big task in trying to ensure that the club’s campaign does not peter out in the closing weeks. A run of 12 points from six matches has been followed by no victory in five attempts, and Alaves have now not ...

Chelsea ‘want Philippe Coutinho to replace Eden Hazard’

A report claims that Chelsea want Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho to replace Eden Hazard, who is expected to join Real Madrid in the coming months. Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho has reportedly been targeted by Chelsea to become the heir to Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard. The Blues allegedly accept that their star player Hazard will quit this summer after years of flirting with the Spanish giants. Finding a replacement will not be easy, but Telefoot claims that the West London outfit have one target in particular lined up. Chelsea believe that Coutinho can do a job for them should he replicate the form shown at Premier League rivals Liverpool, which earned him a nine-figure move to Barcelona in January 2018. Should they miss out on the Brazil international, the report indicates that Ma...

Barcelona priced out of Marcus Rashford deal?

Barcelona drop their interest in Marcus Rashford with Manchester United demanding £150m for attacker, according to a report. Barcelona have reportedly dropped their interest in Marcus Rashford with Manchester United demanding £150m for the England international. Rashford is said to be stalling on signing a new deal at Old Trafford amid suggestions that Barca are prepared to spend £100m on the forward this summer. However, according to The Express, the Spanish champions have withdrawn their interest due to the fact that United would want a transfer fee of £150m in this summer’s transfer window. Rashford has found the back of the net on 13 occasions for United this term, in addition to contributing nine assists. Barca are expected to be in the market for a striker eventually capable of...

Valverde: ‘People say we are champions already – we’re not’

Barcelona are nine points clear with five games to go. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde warned his side still have work to do to defend their LaLiga title despite boasting a nine-point lead with five games to go. Barca ground out a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday night, turning to the unlikely scoring duo of Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba to see off their battling visitors. The three points move treble-chasing Barca another significant step closer to the crown as they responded to Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win at Eibar earlier in the day. “Today was always going to be a very important game and we have nine points left until we’re champions, but it’s very difficult to win,” Valverde said in comments reported by Marca. “I know that people sa...

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