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Josep Maria Bartomeu: ‘Impossible for Barcelona to re-sign Neymar’

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admits to meeting Neymar since the attacker joined Paris Saint-Germain, but says that it would be ‘impossible’ to re-sign him. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted to meeting with Neymar since the attacker joined Paris Saint-Germain, but has played down suggestions that the Brazilian could return to Camp Nou. The 27-year-old scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for Barcelona between 2013 and 2017 before completing a world-record move to PSG in the summer of 2017. The South American has netted 48 times in 53 appearances for PSG since his arrival, but his long-term future in the French capital continues to be called into question. Bartomeu has hinted that he would like to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou, but has conceded that...

Juventus rule out selling Real Madrid, Manchester United target Paulo Dybala

Juventus rule out the possibility of selling Real Madrid and Manchester United target Paulo Dybala as they believe that only Lionel Messi would improve their team. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has ruled out the possibility of selling Paulo Dybala, who has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. Dybala’s future has come under the spotlight frequently during recent transfer windows and reports had suggested that Madrid were lining up a £105m bid for the Argentine as part of their planned overhaul this summer. However, Paratici believes that only Lionel Messi and perhaps Neymar would be an improvement on Dybala, and with both players seemingly unattainable he rejected suggestions that the 25-year-old could leave. “Those who leave are those who...

Result: Pogba sees red as PSG beat Man Utd

Paris Saint-Germain inflict a first defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain have put one foot into the quarter-finals of the Champions League courtesy of a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Old Trafford this evening. The Ligue 1 leaders switched gear in the second half as quickfire goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave the visitors two crucial away goals and a commanding advantage to take back to the Parc des Princes on March 6. The result sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffer his first defeat in his 12th match as United manager, and their misery was compounded late on when Paul Pogba was sent off to ensure that he will miss the return leg in P...

Manchester United ‘want Neymar this summer’

Manchester United will move for Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar in this summer’s transfer window, according to a report. Manchester United are reportedly ready to break their transfer record with a move for Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar in this summer’s transfer window. United will prioritise a new central defender this summer, but it is thought that a new wide attacker will also arrive ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign. Real Madrid have long been linked with a move for Neymar, but according to the Daily Record, United will battle for the European champions for the Brazil international’s signature at the end of the season. Indeed, the report has claimed that the Red Devils are prepared to spend as much as £230m in order to bring the former Barcelona attacker to Ol...

Solskjaer: Ideal time for in-form United to tackle PSG

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side are facing Paris St Germain at the perfect time as their outstanding run of form continues. When the draw for this match was made in December, few gave Jose Mourinho’s United much chance of advancing beyond the Champions League’s Round of 16. But United have been transformed since Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese, winning 10 and drawing one of his 11 games in charge. “We’ve given ourselves the best possible opportunity because of the way we’ve come into this game,” Solskjaer said. “We’re confident and we’re looking like a team. If there was ever a time to go into big games, it’s now.” United’s surge under Solskjaer has seen them force their way into the Premier League’s top four, but their upturn in form is yet to ...

Paris St Germain in focus ahead of Champions League tie with Manchester United

PSG head to Old Trafford for Tuesday’s first leg. Paris St Germain take on Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at the reigning French champions. Domestic form 😃😕 @PSG_English held off Bordeaux yesterday, winning 1-0, and welcoming back Marco Verratti, but @ECavaniOfficial ‘s injury will have the leaders worried ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Manchester. ➡ https://t.co/XhPVp2hJom#PGFCGB pic.twitter.com/ISDQ0g0EqO — Ligue1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) February 10, 2019 PSG appear to be cruising to their eighth Ligue 1 title. They are 10 points clear of closest challengers Lille with two games in hand. Their recent 2-1 loss at Lyon was their first league defeat of th...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Chelsea ‘keeping tabs on Philippe Coutinho’

Chelsea reportedly intend to monitor any developments with Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho as they consider an approach in the summer. Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho ahead of a potential approach in the summer. Coutinho has only spent 13 months at Camp Nou but despite contributing 18 goals from 54 appearances in all competitions, it is uncertain whether the playmaker will remain at the club ahead of next season. Chelsea may sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid during the summer, and according to The Independent, the Blues are prepared to monitor any developments with Coutinho. The report suggests that Chelsea would be prepared to spend big money in order to secure the signature of the former Liverpool man. The 26-year-old still has just under...

Report: Real Madrid still prefer Neymar to Eden Hazard

Real Madrid will wait to see if they are successful in their attempt to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain before turning to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, a report claims. Chelsea forward Eden Hazard‘s dream move to Real Madrid could be scuppered by Neymar as the Spanish giants would reportedly prefer to sign the Paris Saint-Germain ace. Madrid hold a long-term interest in Hazard and the Belgium international has dropped a number of hints that he could be on his way to the Bernabeu at the end of the season. The 28-year-old is rumoured to have been instructed to let his contract run down at Stamford Bridge to force Chelsea’s hand, with Los Blancos keen to snap him up for less than the nine-figure sum their rivals are holding out for. According to The Sun, however, Hazard is not...

Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Bordeaux – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Ligue 1 fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux. Paris Saint-Germain play host to Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon on the back of suffering their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season last weekend. Bordeaux make the trip to Parc des Princes sitting in 12th position in the league standings and 10 points above the relegation zone. Paris Saint-Germain © Reuters The general consensus is that PSG have already got one hand on the Ligue 1 trophy, and it is difficult to disagree with that belief with Thomas Tuchel‘s side holding a 10-point lead with two games in hand. However, last weekend’s defeat to Lyon would have really frustrated Tuchel as the French giants lost their unbeaten record in th...

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu denies Neymar interest

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that re-signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is not in the club’s thinking for next season. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has poured cold water on speculation that the club are looking to re-sign Neymar this summer. Neymar left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m deal in August 2017, but he has regularly been linked with a move back to Spain at either Real Madrid or Barcelona since his arrival in France. Barca were understood to be leading the race for the 27-year-old’s signature, but Bartomeu has insisted that the Brazilian forward is not in the club’s thinking ahead of next season. “I have never spoken to them, nor have the father or player called me to return to Barca. They have n...

Chelsea ‘to demand more than £100m for Eden Hazard’

Chelsea reportedly up their asking price for Eden Hazard to more than £100m amid increasing speculation linking the Belgian with a move to Real Madrid. Chelsea have reportedly upped their asking price for Eden Hazard amid increasing speculation that the winger will leave the club at the end of the season. Hazard recently revealed that he has made a decision on his future, and while he is yet to clarify what that decision is, he is expected to inform the club that he wants to join Real Madrid. Madrid have been long-term admirers of the Belgian and missed out on his signature last summer when looking for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu. Hazard has repeatedly expressed his desire to play for Madrid at some stage of his career, but the Evening Standard reports that Chelsea ...

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