Juventus is ready to hand over €3-million for Santos starlet

The Santos’ board of directors are in advanced talks and are very close to an agreement with Juventus for a transfer sum of Kaio Jorge. 

UOL Esporte reports that the Brazilian club will receive €3-million for the 19-year-old striker from the Serie A side. President Andres Rueda is still considering the possibility of keeping Jorge until the end of his contract, which expires at the end of December.

However, the weight of not receiving a transfer sum for one of its prominent players makes Santos inclined to accept the offer. The initial idea … Read the rest

Barcelona propose swap deal involving Griezmann for Premier League defender

Over the course of the 2021 transfer window, a host of names have been rumoured with a move outside the club, and perhaps none made as big a controversy as that of Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman was reportedly going to make a return to Atletico de Madrid in the form of a swap deal with Saul Niguez, however, nothing materialised.

Despite Griezmann firm on his stance on moving only to a club within La Liga, recent reports by Spanish publication El Gol Digital say otherwise.

According to them, the Barça number 7 might be on his way to England, and to Manchester United to be exact. The reported move is a possible swap deal that would have him go one way, and Swede center-back Victor Lindelof go the other way.

As for Barça, their pursuit of defensive reinforcements, as well as their dire financial situation, has pushed them to this … Read the rest

Revised Supercars calendar drops Auckland, Perth SST rounds, moves Sydney

With COVID-19 curtailing the Repco Supercars Championship‘s schedule for the second straight season, the series has unveiled a revised calendar that also impacts the Boost Mobile Super Trucks.

Much like the inaugural season in 2020, the trucks’ sophomore year has been marred by the pandemic. Although the series was able to run the first three race weekends at Tasmania, Darwin, and Townsville without many hitches (Tasmania was delayed by a week due to restrictions), the remaining four have faced challenges as outbreaks continue in the region.

The Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight at Wanneroo Raceway on 10–12 September and the ITM Auckland SuperSprint at Pukekohe Park Raceway on 5–7 November have been removed entirely from the 2021 schedule. Perth hosted the Stadium Super Trucks in 2017 and 2018, while Pukekohe (and New Zealand as a whole) would have been a new stop for the discipline. Both races were also … Read the rest

Laughable: Manchester United star offered to Liverpool by Mino Raiola – Le10Sport

Liverpool have reportedly been handed a chance to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba by Mino Raiola.

That’s according to French outlet Le10Sport, who have sensationally claimed the super-agent has offered the 28-year-old to the Red Devils’ bitter-most rivals this summer.

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The above report sates Liverpool have already rejected the offer, but suggest potential interest in Pogba could be revisited when the midfielder’s contract is a little closer to winding down.

Naturally, we at Empire of the Kop scoffed at Le10Sport’s report – aside from the blockbuster fee the Reds would be expected to pay, it’s a transfer that just simply isn’t ever happening.

Paul Pogba has reportedly been offered to Liverpool…

When Gabriel Heinze was facing the exit door at Old Trafford in 2007, it’s widely-known a move to Liverpool was on the cards, but Man United … Read the rest

Barcelona in line for €3m windfall as former player looks set for €20m transfer

It’s not uncommon to see young players leave Barcelona to go out and prove themselves before returning at a later date once they are ready for the first team.

Over the years it always looked like left-back Alex Grimaldo would follow that path, especially when he was excelling for Benfica at a high level.

Ultimately that now appears to be unlikely, with a report from Todo Fichajes indicated that he’s expected to make a €20m move to Lazio this summer.

One of the main reasons for this is Benfica’s financial issues which means they need to offload some of their talent, but it’s not all bad news for Barca.

Mundo Deportivo have previously looked at a potential sell-on clause that Barca have over the defender, and it’s believed that they are in line to receive 15% of the next fee.

Barcelona administration to meet with Ronald Koeman to discuss new signings

The 2021 transfer window is just a month away from coming to a close. With this in mind, Ronald Koeman needs to have his entire roster ready for the grueling season ahead. 

According to Spanish publication SPORT, the Dutch manager is in talks with the club’s hierarchy to discuss a host of issues, one of which pertains to the transfer window. This is especially important as this year’s preseason is just ten days away from coming to a close. 

In regards to the transfer window, one crucial talking point the Champions League winner is set to discuss involves the entries and exits from the club. Despite a month passing, Barça have made few meaningful exits from the Camp Nou. Only fringe players and those considered expendable such as Konrad De La Fuente, Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena have seen the door so far.

More meaningful exits, such as those … Read the rest

“Overtaking is very difficult, which places a premium on qualifying” – Williams’ Dave Robson

This weekends Hungarian Grand Prix is the final round before the much needed summer break for all the teams, Williams Racing will be hoping to go into the break on a high, perhaps even on a points finish!

Williams won the first-ever Formula 1 race at the Hungaroring back in 1986, Nelson Piquet took victory on that day but a points finish this weekend may taste just as sweet for the team. Overtaking is notoriously difficult at the circuit which makes qualifying very important.

This should suit George Russell who will almost certainly be doing everything he can to go into the summer break on the back of a points finish this weekend. Nicholas Latifi will also be hoping for a strong weekend based on the team’s performance at the venue over recent years.

Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson is looking forward to the challenge the twisty circuit brings, … Read the rest

(Video) Matip can’t stop laughing at Van Dijk’s ‘swagger’ walk in Liverpool promo

Beyond being appreciated for his defensive prowess, Joel Matip has endeared himself to Liverpool fans as a cult hero, being a constant source of joy for supporters.

Whilst shooting a promo, the Cameroonian centre-half couldn’t stop himself from laughing at Virgil van Dijk’s walk up the bowling alley.

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The 29-year-old has been ever-present in the Reds’ pre-season, impressing alongside summer signing Ibrahima Konate ahead of the start of the season proper.

With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez yet to feature in a fixture since being ruled out with long-term injuries last term – though the former could be in line for some minutes against Hertha Berlin – it’s possible that Matip could be set to start in the club’s opening league tie.

You can catch the clip below, courtesy of Liverpool’s Twitter account:

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Psychic predicts that Colombia won’t qualify for World Cup next year

The CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers will resume in early September, and the Colombia national team is facing Bolivia and Chile during these sets of matches. 

Colombia is coming off a summer where they defeated Peru on the road and then drew against Argentina despite falling behind early in the fixture.

Furthermore, Reinaldo Rueda’s squad finished third in the Copa America, so they’re heading into the fall on a good note. Before these cames take place, a psychic makes a warning that could lower the morale of some fans.

Lilian Estrada, a psychic who has made herself known on … Read the rest

Report: Pjanic rejects two proposals to leave Barcelona in hope of Juventus offer

With Barcelona’s financial situation at one of its worst phases in the club’s illustrious history, the Catalans are exploring every possible avenue to alleviate the wage bill. A handful of players have already been sold, while numerous others either are not too far away from making a switch.

One such player is Miralem Pjanic. The club has tried to offload the Bosnian midfielder but to no avail. Having rejected two proposals, his sights are set on one club and one club only: former Italian champions Juventus, as per a report relayed by Alfredo Pedulla.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has already dropped a quite significant hint in regards to the veteran’s possible return. In his official unveiling yesterday afternoon, he had this to say: “We have Cristiano [Ronaldo], who is good at shooting from distance, as well as [Paulo] Dybala, who is good from a closer range,” Allegri said.

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