Juventus linked with Thomas Partey

Juventus have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, despite him reportedly being close to joining Arsenal.

The Bianconeri are planning an overhaul of their squad, following the appointment of Andrea Pirlo last week, with Blaise Matuidi having already left the club to join Inter Miami.

Juventus news site Ilbianconero report that the club are currently focused on the outgoing players, rather than making purchases, but they are looking to sign a striker, two full-backs and at least one or two new midfielders for the squad.

For this reason, the website report that Juve have resumed contacts with Atletico over 27-year-old midfielder Partey, who can a number of roles in the team, including across midfield.

Ilbianconeri suggest Partey is ready to leave Los Colchoneros this summer, should the right opportunity be available, and will be available for €40-50 million.

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Editors’ Takes: Predicting the Barcelona vs Bayern final score

From optimism to pessimism, the mood is very uneven among the Barça fans. Ahead of Friday night’s all-important Champions League quarter-final duel, out editors try predicting the score and standout figures from the Barcelona vs Bayern Munich in Lisbon.

After having beaten Napoli by 4–2 on aggregate in the Champions League last 16, Barcelona prepare for what arguably is their toughest and most important challenge of the season. Only three wins separate Barça from the European crown, but Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will be a first great obstacle to overcome. After a week full of comments, hype and fuel added to the fire, tonight it will be do or die for Barcelona and Bayern. Ahead of such critical quarter-final encounter, thus, our editors try predicting the outcome of the game and share their player to watch from the upcoming clash between the two continental giants.

Alexander Patanian

Barcelona 2–1 Bayern

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Man United's new right wing target will prosper at Old Trafford, legend says

Brazil legend Rivaldo says that Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé would be a good transfer for Manchester United as rumours mount that the Old Trafford club are interested in signing him.

United are starting to look for alternative signings to their top target Jadon Sancho, who now appears certain to be staying at Borussia Dortmund for another season after the Red Devils missed the German side’s deadline to sign him.

Dembele, who joined Barca from Dortmund for an incredible €138 million (£124m) in 2017, has missed much of this season due to two bad injuries, but is now back in training and could play for Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich tonight.

The MEN reports that Barcelona are open to selling the player and have slapped a €90 million (£81) asking price on him – some €30 million (£27m) less than that of Sancho.
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Bontrager Aeolus RSL 37v brings ultra lightweight carbon wheels to gravel bikes & cyclocross

The Bontrager Aeolus RSL line introduced their impressively light road wheels a couple months ago, and now that weight-saving rim design has made it’s way to gravel and cyclocross. Available in tubeless clincher and tubular, the Aeolus 37v gets a wider profile to match the wider tires, but keeps its 37mm rim depth. The idea […]

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Vandoorne claims Mercedes maiden Formula E win on home soil

Stoffel Vandoorne secures a maiden Formula E race victory for Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team after a superb victory at the Berlin Templehof Airport.

After taking Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E’s first pole position, Vandoorne made a good start after beating Sebastien Buemi who just managed to maintain second after Rene Rast failed to make the move on the Nissan driver.

Down the back of the grid, it was former champion Jean-Eric Vergne who made the best start up to eighteenth place ahead of his team-mate Antonio Felix Da Costa.

Venturi racer Edoardo Mortara managed to get ahead of Robin Frijns into the first corner, but ultimately the Swiss-Italian racer lost out to the Dutchman after Frijns retook the place at turn 12 on lap four.

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Djokovic 'Excited' To Suit Up For W&S Open, US Open

Novak Djokovic will put his unbeaten (18-0) streak in 2020 on the line as he returns to New York this month for the Western & Southern Open and US Open. The latter event will also be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center due to COVID-19.

”I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and US Open this year. It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” Djokovic said in a statement on Thursday. “I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis. I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organise these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field.”

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You can’t always get what you want

When contemplating where Arsenal need to make improvements this summer, I am minded of that famous Manchester United tweet carrying a quote from then manager David Moyes. It’s probably quicker to consider the areas where the team doesn’t need a great deal of improvement. However, in the interests of satisfying the demands of this column, I have tried to condense Arsenal’s needs this summer into bitesize priorities.

One of the curious tactical developments under Mikel Arteta is that Arsenal have become an effective counter-attacking side. They have beaten Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City under Arteta’s stewardship. With wide-forwards like Nicolas Pepe and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, a fairly solid midfield base of Ceballos and Xhaka, three central defenders and a selection of adaptable … Read the rest

Bernardo Silva says Champions League no easier now Liverpool are out

Bernardo Silva has told his Manchester City team-mates to stay focussed – and that just because Liverpool are no longer in the competition – their passage to the Champions League Final is not guaranteed.

We’d argue that right now, Liverpool and City are the two standout teams on the planet.

City are easily the best side left in the competition, and we think only Bayern Munich might stand in their way – especially after watching PSG’s shoddy performance last night v Atalanta.

Liverpool were knocked out by Atletico Madrid before the lockdown, in very unfortunate circumstances after playing incredibly well at Anfield – but gifting our opponents a late goal via Adrian’s error.

“The fact that Liverpool are out, Real Madrid are out, it’s not going to make our path any easier. That would be a wrong thought,” Silva told Goal.

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Aubameyang’s new Arsenal contract appears to be confirmed by brother in major hint

Arsenal fans seem to have been sent into overdrive after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother – Willy, suggested that the talisman has signed a new contract with the Gunners.

Willy dropped a massive hint whilst hosting an Instagram Live session, as he was just casually describing his days, he was inundated by Arsenal supporters to offer an update on Pierre-Emerick’s future.

Willy was asked to wink if his younger brother has signed new terms with Mikel Arteta’s side, he immediately obliged, almost as though he knew those questions were coming.

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal’s skipper is on the brink of agreeing a new deal until 2023, that would see the prolific forward earn £250,000-a-week.

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Mercato Roundup – Dest, Gosens and Reguilón

Juventus transfer journalist Gianluca Momblano has offered a transfer update on the Bianconeri’s plans for the summer transfer window.

Speaking to Juventus news site Juventibus, the Turin based transfer specialist offered a round up of what he believes is happening behind the scenes at Continassa.

According to Momblano, a three-man defence could be an option for the Bianconeri next season and is an option that Andrea Pirlo might look at, especially given that Matthijs De Ligt may be out of action until November.

In their search for a right-back, Juventus are reportedly in talks with Ajax over their young full-back Sergino Dest while they are also considering on-loan Real Madrid man, Sergio Reguilón.

On the other flank, Momblano reports that Juve have almost reached an agreement for Atalanta man Robin Gosens while the club also have an offer for current left-back Alex Sandro.

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