Agreement reached: Barcelona let another huge transfer mistake go as they confirm loan deal for outcast

The current financial situation in football means most teams won’t have had a great transfer window, but it’s hard to think of many who’ve come out of this worse than Barcelona.

Losing Lionel Messi was a disaster when you consider it looked like it had all turned around and he would finally be staying, while they also took a monumental loss on Antoine Griezmann as he returns to Atletico Madrid with a reported option that will see Barcelona receive over £60m less than what they paid for him.

The embarrassment keeps coming as they’ve now officially confirmed that Miralem Pjanic will be going on loan to Besiktas, but the numbers don’t make for positive reading here either.

The Evening Standard reported that Barca paid a whopping €60m to take the then 30-year-old from Juventus, while he also arrived before Ronald Koeman did and it immediately became clear that he didn’t … Read the rest

Manchester United transfer target expected to change clubs next summer

Manchester United could reportedly be in luck as Declan Rice is expected to seal a transfer away from West Ham next summer.

According to the Manchester Evening News, this is also when Man Utd will likely be stepping up their pursuit of a defensive midfielder, so that suggests Rice could be a realistic option for them.

This is despite the MEN insisting that, for this summer at least, Rice was more interested in joining the Red Devils than they were in signing him, though it’s worth noting that he’s also been linked with a move to Old Trafford by the Times and others.

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Rice has shone at West Ham and seems ideal as a long-term replacement for Nemanja Matic at United, while some fans will likely feel he’d be an upgrade on Fred, and perhaps even Scott … Read the rest

Tottenham told to pay £50million to sign Premier League star

Tottenham reportedly had a late £30million transfer bid for Wolves winger Adama Traore rejected this summer.

Spurs remained keen on signing Traore right up until deadline day, but The Athletic claim that they couldn’t agree a deal with Wolves, who wanted a staggering £50m for the Spain international.

It’s not too surprising that Tottenham felt they couldn’t pay that for Traore, who, for all his qualities, is probably not quite a £50m player.

Nuno Espirito Santo will know Traore well from working with him at Molineux, and it could’ve been exciting to see them reunited in north London this season if a deal had been struck.

Adama Traore was too expensive for Tottenham

The moment Cristiano Ronaldo said Jose Mourinho “doesn’t have the class to manage Manchester United”

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly made it clear he felt Jose Mourinho lacked the “class” to be Manchester United manager after an incident when his Juventus side were beaten by the Red Devils a few years ago.

Mourinho and Ronaldo worked together to great success at Real Madrid for a number of years, but it seems Ronaldo didn’t think too much about the way his old manager conducted himself when Man Utd beat Juventus in the Champions League back in 2018.

The Portuguese tactician cupped his ear to the Juve fans after United’s dramatic win in Turin, and ESPN claim that Ronaldo walked past him and commented that he didn’t have the class to manage United.

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According to ESPN, a club source told them how much Ronaldo has continued to care a great deal about MUFC, even long after … Read the rest

Premier League team of the week: Man United duo selected alongside City stars in BBC line up

The latest Premier League team of the week is here, courtesy of BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks.

It’s little surprise to see Manchester City dominating this one after they thrashed Arsenal 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium, with Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres and Ilkay Gundogan making Crooks’ line up.

Manchester United also picked up another three points and have two players in this team, with David de Gea and Paul Pogba both in fine form in an impressive 1-0 away win against Wolves.

Chelsea and Liverpool both had an intense battle at Anfield but had to settle for a 1-1 draw, with the defenders seemingly the best players on show as Blues duo Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta joined Reds star Virgil van Dijk in Crooks’ three-man defence.

Cristiano Ronaldo to earn more than £560,000-a-week with Man United as part of record Premier League contract

Manchester United will make returning superstar Cristiano Ronaldo the highest paid player in Premier League history, according to the Telegraph (subscription required).

After agreeing to pay Juventus an initial fee of £12.85m and £6.85m in potential add-ons, the Telegraph report that Ronaldo will earn more than the £560,000-a-week deal that Alexis Sanchez was on, with that figure factoring in bonuses and image rights.

The Sanchez deal proved to be a nightmare for the Red Devils, as they ultimately had to offload the Chilean to Inter Milan after two-and-a-half-years at the club.

Ronaldo has moved on from Juventus after just two seasons with the Old Lady, he was as prolific as ever with 101 goals in 133 appearances but couldn’t help them progress on the Champions League front.

The Telegraph note that Ronaldo’s deal with the Red Devils is worth ‘substantially less’ than the £1m a week that Lionel Messi will … Read the rest

City Football Group continues to corner South American market as it lands Uruguayan starlet

Manchester City parent ownership, City Football Group, has begun cornering the South American transfer market in securing the young talents for their respective teams. 

Recently, Kayky left Brazil to join Manchester City this summer rather than waiting until January. Now it seems they have a new target on their list they’re currently monitoring.

Spanish media outlet AS reports City Football Group has acquired one of the young jewels of Uruguayan football in Nicolás Siri. The 17-year-old will play for Montevideo City Torque this season after the deal cost them €3.1-million for 70-percent of the … Read the rest

Argentina national team won’t count on 22 players for World Cup Qualifiers

The Argentina national team will have difficulty fielding a squad for the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, considering the European Leagues are withholding their players from traveling to Latin America. 

Marca reports that Portugal has become the latest league to join Spain, England, and Italy in not letting their players depart. Argentina will be one of the nations most affected by the stances these leagues are taking.

For the moment, Argentina can’t count on 22 players for their World Cup qualifiers. However, manager Lionel Scaloni can count on the Argentines, such as Lionel … Read the rest

Video: “I’m going to rip your head off” – Colombian forward recounts what he told Aston Villa goalkeeper during Copa America semi-finals

The Copa America semi-final fixture between Argentina and Colombia went to a penalty kick shootout. Many will mostly remember the match for the reactions that Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez made to become a hero. 

Grêmio forward Miguel Borja was one of the penalty takers and after converting his shot, Borja did a particular dance in the goalkeeper’s face to celebrate his conversion. The cameras captured the anger of the Argentine players, who celebrated in his face when they qualified for the final.

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