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Chelsea Face Spanish Threat For £80m-rated Brazilian Star

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Five-time Premier League winners Chelsea have been rocked by the news that Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are also keen on signing Everton player Richarlison.

This revelation was disclosed by the publication from Spanish media outlet AS.

It was revealed that the player’s representatives have met with Atletico Madrid to discuss a possible transfer for the Brazilian international star.

Richarlison has been attracting the interest from clubs like Atletico Madrid and Chelsea thereby leading to Everton slapping an £80m transfer valuation on the 21-year-old.

The Brazilian star signed for Everton at the start of this season in a £40m deal from fellow Premier League club Watford.

His transfer could reach the £50m mark including add-ons.

Richarlison has scored 11 goals for Everton in all competitions with 10 of those goals coming in the Premier League.

Earlier reports had claimed that Chelsea are considering a move for Richarlison as a possible replacement for wantaway Blues talisman Eden Hazard.

Belgian international star Hazard has less than 18 months left on his current deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit but the player has not minced words about his desire to join European champions Real Madrid.

Hazard could join Real Madrid in the summer when he has just one year left on his current Chelsea deal.

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Barcelona, Dortmund In Race To Sign Ex-Chelsea Player

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Spanish champions Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are in a race to sign Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis according to reports coming out of the media in Germany.

Filipe Luis is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer and he has been touted as a possible transfer addition to the playing squad at Barcelona and German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

The 33-year-old has been a wonderful player for Atletico Madrid since he signed for the club in 2010.

The Brazilian international player joined Atletico Madrid from fellow Spanish La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna.

Filipe Luis briefly left the club for Premier League giants Chelsea between 2014 and 2015.

He made just 15 league appearances for Chelsea during that season before returning to Atletico Madrid in 2015.

Filipe Luis has been the first choice left-back at Atletico Madrid since the start of his second spell at the club.

The Brazilian defender is said to favour a move to five-time European champions Barcelona this summer ahead of other interested clubs.

Barcelona want to sign Felipe Luis as a backup for first choice left-back Jordi Alba ahead of next season.

Jordi Alba is the undisputed first choice at Barcelona and he recently impressed as the Blaugrana sealed a semifinal berth in the Champions League via a 4-0 aggregate win.

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Ex-Liverpool Star Delivers Champions League Blow To Rivals Man Utd

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Liverpool fans would have been delighted after one of their former players delivered a knockout blow to the chances of fierce rivals Manchester United in this season’s Champions League.

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has not enjoyed the best of careers at the Nou Camp since his big transfer from Liverpool last year but the Brazilian would have been elated with his performance in the second leg Champions League last eight clash with Manchester United.

The Brazilian national team player scored one of the goals as Manchester United were thrashed 3-0 by Barcelona away from home thus completing a 4-0 aggregate win for the hosts.

Coutinho and his Barcelona team have recorded a 1-0 win over the Red Devils at the Theatre of Dreams last week Wednesday.

Manchester United went in search of an away goal in the first minutes of the game but Barcelona were able to weather that brief storm to deliver two goals within four first-half minutes through star player Lionel Messi though Red Devils shot-stopper David De Gea should have done better with the shot for the second goal from the phenomenal Messi.

Coutinho added a third goal shortly after the hour mark to wrap up both the game and the tie for the Spanish La Liga leaders.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bows to Barcelona for Champions League win

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Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted the supremacy of Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona over his team as he tipped them to win the Champions League this season.

This is coming after the Spanish giants secured a 3-0 win over the Red Devils at the Camp Nou earlier on Tuesday night to proceed to the semi-finals of the competition where they will be facing the winner between Liverpool and Porto.

Man United were outplayed by Barcelona and this has been admitted by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who claims that they have git a dangerous team that would be difficult to defeat.

He stated that the three men in front Ousmane Dembele, Malcom and Lionel Messi would be difficult to stop by any team in this competition.

However, the Red Devils boss stated that his team will continue with the rebuilding process, noting that it would take some years for his side to get to the level of the Spanish giants as the club will not change overnight.

He stressed that he has already spoken to the players on the job needed to be done and how important it is to create an environment of top and a world-class attitude.

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Why United have reasons to be worried about Messi

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Pundits have opined that Man United have got reasons to be worried about the threat posed by Argentine international Lionel Messi ahead of their Champions League second leg clash at the Nuo Camp.

The Red Devils have been underdogs since the first leg and that is still unchanged despite the fact that it did not reflect on the 1-0 scoreline at the Old Trafford.

It is already suggested that the Red Devils could pose a surprise when they storm Spain as they have done that already in the round of 16 where they defeated Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain in Paris despite suffering a 2-0 defeat at the Old Trafford in the first leg.

However, Analysts have argued that Lionel Messi has been angered by the Red Devils in the first leg and that could play a part in his performance when he gets on the pitch in front of his home fans.

It is claimed that the encounter he had with Chris Smalling destabilized him and he could be set to come out for revenge in the second leg.

However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to make an impression in the game, now that he has been handed the job on a permanent deal.

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Revealed, What De Gea is doing ahead of Barcelona clash

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Man United are ready for a big clash against Barcelona later on Tuesday and they face a major threat against Argentina international Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has been in fine form for the team and he has been identified as a major player that can help his team secure a win against Man United.

However, it has been revealed that Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea is determined to ensure his team qualify to the next round and he is reported to be doing an extra and special training that will have him stop Lionel Messi from scoring goals.

According to the goalkeeper trainer, David De Gea has a strong mentality and he is a fighter who will want to prove a point against Messi and also set a record of stopping the forward from delivering goals.

All of these have given the Red Devils a bigger spirit ahead of the game as they hope to also have a repeat of the shock win against French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain in the last round of 16.

Meanwhile, Barcelona already secured a 1-0 win against Man United at the Old Trafford and will be looking to get the job done with another win at the Nuo Camp.

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Ex-Liverpool Playmaker Will Stay At Barcelona

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Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho won’t leave the club when the transfer window reopens this summer according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

In his recent interview monitored by popular media platform Goal, Bartomeu revealed that the former Liverpool playmaker will stay at Barcelona beyond this summer.

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a return to the Premier League having failed to light up the Spanish La Liga following his expensive move to Barcelona at the start of last year.

The Brazilian international player signed for the Catalan giants in January 2018 to become the third most expensive player in world football.

Spanish champions Barcelona signed Coutinho from Merseyside giants Liverpool and they paid around £142m.

Recent reports have linked Philippe Coutinho to major Premier League sides like Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Brazilian player has also been touted as a transfer addition for French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Coutinho was reportedly linked with a move back to Liverpool but those transfer rumours are wide off the mark with the Reds not keen to welcome back a prodigal son.

The former Inter Milan star forced through a move to Barcelona from Liverpool in the middle of last season and his transfer fee has been spent wisely on the team with the purchase of players like Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

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Why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not confident ahead of Barcelona clash

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There are fears that English Premier League outfit Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not confident of his team ahead of the Champions League quarterfinals clash against Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona away from home.

This is after the former Red Devils forward raised concern over the fitness of his players as they are beginning to drop in their energy level which has affected their inspiration to play and fight because of the lack of intensity.

After enjoying a very fast start in charge of the club when he first took over, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now experiencing something different as they have won only two of their last six games and that is disturbing to the boss.

There is no doubt that the team needs to be in their best ahead of the second leg clash against the Spanish giants because of the pattern of their host team.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to be hoping to scale through against Barcelona as he already has the intention to storm the coming summer transfer window where he would recruit players who are more physically fit as that is what is required to help push for a title fight next season.

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Solskjaer protests against UEFA ahead of Barcelona clash

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English Premier League side Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no doubt unhappy with UEFA, the organizers of the Champions League as he seems to be unsatisfied with their Tuesday return leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

The Red Devils faced the Spanish giants last week’s Wednesday at the Old Trafford where they suffered a 1-0 defeat but they were able to return to winning ways on Saturday in the Premier League clash against West Ham United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has therefore questioned UEFA for their decision to allow his team to play the two quarter-finals leg within five days as he noted that it could tell on the players.

He noted that players will no doubt be affected by the busy fixtures but expressed delight that he was able to pull the Saturday game through and will now focus on the Barcelona clash.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that his team were lucky as they would have been defeated against the London outfit as he hailed goalkeeper David De Gea for the good work.

Meanwhile, the 2-1 victory against West Ham United ensures that the hope of a top-four finish is brightened as the Red Devils are fifth in the league table.

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Barcelona star takes swipe at Man United

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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has taken a swipe at Man United after his team recorded a 1-0 win at the Old Trafford in the Champions League game.

An own goal by Jordi Alba was enough for the LA Liga outfit to be able to pick all three points with an advantage ahead of the second leg.

Jordi Alba stated that he would have loved his team to have a better advantage with more goals before the second leg but expressed his delight that they have been able to secure more wins.

While admitting that his side were unable to express in their usual free attacking style, he noted that the game was a big one for both teams and they were trying to be cautious and not make mistakes, knowing that they are playing away from home.

However, he stated that his team played the best football and had total control of the game which gives them an edge over their host team.

With the second leg of the game coming up next week, it is unclear if Argentina international Lionel Messi would be available for the game owing to a bruise he sustained on his nose after contact with Red Devils defender Chris Smalling.

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Gerard Pique names best EPL team

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has given his own assessment of the English Premier League as he names Man United as the best of all.

It would be recalled that Gerard Pique was once in the English Premier League at the Old Trafford as a 17-year-old boy in 2004 before his move to the Spanish La Liga outfit.

However, the Spanish defender claims the current situation at his side is just a phase the club must pass through to transit from the Alex Ferguson era.

According to him, the legendary manager had the best United team ever but he is still positive that the good old days can be brought back.

Gerard Pique will be hoping for a memorable return to the Old Trafford as Barcelona will clash against Man United on Wednesday for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Barcelona have been tipped as favourites ahead of the clash but there are fears that the Red Devils could pose some surprise after their historic qualification from the round of 16 against French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are in a new era with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking over after Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho was sacked last December.

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