Club chief admits Premier League newcomers could sell two star players to Man United and Arsenal

You would hope that players will stick with a promoted team after an outstanding season in the Championship, but Norwich are turning into a yo-yo club and some of their better players have been here before.

They stormed the Championship so there will be a hope that they can take that momentum and secure survival next year, but a report from Goal has suggested that they may lose Max Aarons and Emi Buendia.

Admittedly it’s not an outcome that they are pushing for, but they indicated that the Sporting Director has admitted that both players will be allowed to go if the price is right.

Aarons has been linked with various teams but Man United need to add a new option at right back to compete with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and it would make sense if they were a more attack-minded player to give them a different option.

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Sources: Barcelona schedule a meeting with Xavi to ‘define conditions’ over coaching role

If things are bad right now for Ronald Koeman, they could very well head in a worse direction. Barcelona had the perfect chance to grab the league title after it slipped from Atletico Madrid’s grasp, but it slipped through, putting Koeman’s Barça tenure in jeopardy.

With the Dutchman’s future in doubt, ARA have reported that Joan Laporta will open talks with Xavi as the new manager for Barcelona next season.

After moving to Al Sadd in 2015, leaving Blaugrana, Xavi enjoyed a lot of success in Qatar, adding four trophies to his incredible collection. He went on to better it after taking over as the head coach of the team, winning six trophies from the helm. While his resume is certainly impressive, there are massive doubts due to his inexperience in Europe, and the leap he will have to take to return to Barcelona.

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Contact made: Man United eye move for La Liga star who has a release clause of only €25m

Man United’s squad doesn’t need a radical overhaul going into next season, but it does look like a few areas need to be strengthened.

Finding a top class centre back and attacker needs to be the priority, but they could also do with another option in the centre of midfield.

Paul Pogba looks like he could stay and sign a new contract although that’s still up in the air, but the biggest problem comes if he’s out as a combination of Fred/McTominay and occasionally Nemanja Matic isn’t enough for the elite level.

It’s unlikely that big money will be spent on the position because of the needs elsewhere, so AS have reported that Getafe midfielder Mauro Arambarri has emerged as a target.

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The short and long of moving on from Gerard Pique

Barcelona has become a club notorious for treasuring and celebrating the careers of their veterans, especially the ones who fall under the label of legend. Gerard Pique has certainly earned the right to don this tag and is recognised not only for his contributions on the pitch but off it as well.  

Labelled El Presidente by Culers, Barça fans see Pique as a future club president, a conclusion drawn from the Spaniard’s constant demonstration of leadership throughout his career and the lengths the Barça legend has gone too, to protect the club’s name. 

Pique is contracted at Barcelona until 2024 and has expressed his desire to retire at the club. Unfortunately, that desire might come quicker than Spaniard might have hoped for, as this season has indicated that the 34-year-old’s playing career is coming to an end. After a campaign last season where he was so important for Barça defensively, this … Read the rest

Video: Liverpool superstar refuses to shake hand of Jurgen Klopp after Man United win in frosty moment

It wasn’t all smiles for one Liverpool superstar after a dramatic 4-2 win against rivals Manchester United this evening, with Sadio Mane turning sour on Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp was dotting around the pitch, showing respect to both the United players and his men that pulled off a comeback win tonight, but was not welcomed in his efforts to celebrate with Mane.

The German fist-bumped United midfielder Scott McTominay and then reached out to shake the hand of Mane, but the forward shook his hand as he threw off his wrist tape.

Klopp admitted that Mane’s frustrations lied with his decision to start Diogo Jota in his place at Old Trafford, with tensions rising as a result of Klopp not finding the time to explain the decision to Mane.

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Barcelona are studying every possible way to sign Erling Haaland

The pursuit for Erling Haaland in the summer is seemingly still a priority for Barcelona and president Joan Laporta. The Norwegian has been linked to Barcelona for quite a while now, but the rumours about him have relatively died down in recent weeks, until now.

According to today’s edition of SPORT, the Catalans are still trying for Haaland. They are studying every possible avenue to facilitate a move to the Camp Nou, as Joan Laporta is a huge fan of the player and wants to bring him to Spain by any measures within their means.

Borussia Dortmund have slapped a very hefty price tag of over 150 million euros for Erling Haaland at the very least. However, with Barcelona’s financial situation in dire straits, that kind of funding will be nearly impossible to acquire off the bat.

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Video: Chelsea rattle crossbar twice within seconds as Olivier Giroud misses a sitter vs former side Arsenal

Chelsea came mightily close to finding an equaliser against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues having been denied by the crossbar twice in a matter of seconds.

With the Blues having beaten Manchester City at the Etihad over the weekend, Thomas Tuchel will have known that a victory tonight would all but secure their Champions League qualification for next term.

However, with the FA Cup final due to take place on Saturday, Tuchel could not field a full-strength team, especially with Leicester City having been gifted an extra day’s rest, with the Foxes having played last night.

Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante and Timo Werner were notable absentees, but it was still a strong Chelsea lineup, a side that you’d have expected to get the job done against an Arsenal side with nothing to play for.

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Confirmed: Xavi renews contract with Al-Sadd for two more seasons amid Barcelona rumors

Al-Sadd SC have announced that Xavi has renewed his contract to manage the Qatari club until 2023. Xavi has managed to win the domestic league for the 2020/21 season without losing a single game (19 wins, 3 draws), scoring a total of 77 goals while only conceding 14.

This means that the legend’s appointment as coach to Barcelona is most likely off the table next season. ‘Most likely’ because Xavi has a special clause in his contract allowing him to leave for Barcelona, according to the reliable Alfredo Martinez.

That being said, considering that the Qatari club has announced his renewal, it would be odd to see him leave for Barcelona before the season even starts.

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Video: Sergio Leon strikes late to deal considerable blow to Barcelona’s title hopes by drawing Levante level

What on Earth is happening here? Levante have struck back against Barcelona – it’s 3-3!

When Barca went two goals to the good away at Levante, with Lionel Messi and Pedri finding the back of the net, Ronald Koeman could hardly have imagined there’d be such an arduous night ahead for his men.

However, a quick-fire double from Levante brought the scores level at 2-2, a four minute turnaround which moved Barcelona off the summit of La Liga and left it looking as though they’d scupper another opportunity to go top.

Ousmane Dembele allayed the fears of the Barcelona fanbase by putting them 3-2 ahead, but that’s proven to be yet another lead that they’re unable to hold, with Sergio Leon finding the finish at the near post.

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Koeman talks Levante blow, individual mistakes, his future, next season

The tension seems to have finally ended in the La Liga title race for Barcelona in the worst way possible. After an incredible first-half performance and scoring two goals, the Catalans utterly failed to contain Levante, resulting in a 3-3 draw, and, in all likelihood, ending Barcelona’s title charge for good.

Much of the failures can be chalked up to highly questionable tactical decisions from Ronald Koeman, whose future has been under considerable questioning. Upon being asked about the match, the Dutchman stated:

“In the first half, we were good, but the game was 90 minutes and we slowed down in the second half. I am very disappointed. It’s impossible to understand the result.”

La Blaugrana looked dominant in the first half, with goals from Lionel Messi and Pedri within 10 minutes of each other to put them 2-0 up. The story in the second half, however, was entirely different: … Read the rest