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Why Ex-Liverpool Defender Turned Down January Move To Barcelona

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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona failed in a winter move for ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel according to his agent Mithat Halis.

Mithat Halis is a partner in the company that represents the former Reds centre back.

According to him, Barcelona wanted to sign the Slovakian international star as a backup option on the defensive front at the Nou Camp but that didn’t sit down well with his client.

The 34-year-old was not ready to leave the first team at struggling Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce for the bench at the Nou Camp.

Halis revealed that Barcelona representatives were at the international clash between Slovakia and Ukraine to run the rule over the former Liverpool defender.

Barcelona scouts were said to have been impressed with his leadership qualities only for the player to turn down the transfer.

The Spaniards have since moved on with the signing of highly rated Colombian international defender Jeison Murillo.

Martin Skrtel spent eight years at Liverpool between 2008 and 2016 with the player netting 16 goals in 242 appearances in the Premier League.

The Fenerbahce hardman signed for the Turkish club in 2016 and his contract is expected to run out this summer.

He has netted six times in 103 caps for the Slovakian national team.

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Antoine Griezmann Has €800m Release Clause As New Barcelona Signing

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Spanish champions Barcelona have completed the signing of Antoine Griezmann from fellow La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

His transfer was confirmed earlier on Friday after the Catalan giants paid the €120m (£107m) release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.

The French international player has signed a five-year deal with Barcelona until the end of the 2023/24 season.

This halts an almost two-year transfer saga involving Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann was linked with a move to Barcelona and Manchester United last summer but he went on to sign a new contract.

He spent five years as an Atletico Madrid player following his €24m move from fellow Spanish La Liga club Real Sociedad in 2014.

Griezmann scored 50 goals and also provided 25 assists for Atletico Madrid in his last two seasons with the club.

Upon his signing, Barcelona confirmed that their new signing has a release clause of €800m in his contract.

His official unveiling will take place on Sunday at the Nou Camp.

Antoine Griezmann will link up with the likes of Luis Suarez and star player Lionel Messi at Barcelona with the trio expected to form a deadly front trio ahead of the new season which kicks off next month.

 

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Liverpool Forward Told To Join Barcelona For This Reason

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been told to consider a move to Spanish champions Barcelona by Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto’o.

In a chat with the BBC, Eto’o told Salah to join Spanish champions Barcelona because of the playing style at the Nou Camp.

According to him, the playing style at Barcelona will definitely suit Mohamed Salah.

Egyptian national team star Salah has been in superb form since joining the Reds from fellow Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.

The former Chelsea winger sealed a €44m move from AS Roma to Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah announced himself to the British audience when he scored 44 goals in just 52 games for the Reds with 32 of those goals coming in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old helped Liverpool qualify for Champions League football and also reached the final of the competition before he was substituted as a result of a shoulder injury.

Real Madrid won that Champions League final via a 3-1 win for the Los Merengues who were able to benefit from the injury to Salah.

Liverpool have come back in a stronger way after they won the Champions League title via a 2-0 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur with Salah getting one of the goals.

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Why £142m Ex-Liverpool Star Won’t Join Man Utd Revealed

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Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is expected to leave the Catalan giants this summer after a torrid time with the Spanish champions whom he joined from Premier League club Liverpool at the start of last year.

According to the specific report from the Daily Express, Philippe Coutinho won’t join Manchester United if he leaves Barcelona.

It was revealed that the Brazilian international prefers a move to Chelsea over Manchester United because of his allegiance to Liverpool.

Manchester United and Liverpool enjoy a fierce rivalry dating back to past decades.

The two clubs are undoubtedly the most successful teams in the history of English football.

Liverpool have won six European titles in addition to 18 league titles, while Manchester United have three European titles in addition to 20 league titles.

Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in a controversial way during last year’s winter transfer window in a deal reported to be around £142m.

The Brazilian national team player still hold Liverpool dearly and he won’t be signing for Manchester United as a result.

He prefers a move to Chelsea who have to navigate through the transfer ban slapped on them to sign players this summer.

Chelsea have appealed the two-window transfer ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

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Barcelona To Sell 31-Year-Old Chelsea Target For Right Offer

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Spanish champions Barcelona have concluded plans to sell midfielder Ivan Rakitic this summer if they receive the right offer for the Croatian World Cup star.

This is according to Spanish media portal Cadena SER which claimed that the Catalan giants would sanction the sale of Ivan Rakitic if they receive an appropriate offer for him.

Ivan Rakitic has been linked with several clubs on the European football stage including Chelsea though the Blues will have to sort out their transfer ban before any transfer is possible.

Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban by world’s football governing body FIFA for their misgivings in relation to the signing of underage players.

The West London giants have already had an appeal thrown out by FIFA’s Appeal Committee but the former Premier League champions are not ready to give up yet.

The recently crowned Europa League winners have submitted an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Apart from Chelsea, Ivan Rakitic has been linked with Premier League rivals Manchester United as well as the duo of French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Ivan Rakitic has been at Barcelona since 2014 when the Croatian midfielder joined from fellow Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla.

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Barcelona Reunion Depends On £75m Liverpool Target

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Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong believes that the decision to reunite with international teammate Matthijs De Ligt at Spanish champions Barcelona rests on the player.

De Jong is expected to join Spanish champions Barcelona this summer after the La Liga giants agreed on a move for him during the winter transfer window in a deal reported to be around €75m.

The 21-year-old is hopeful that Matthijs De Ligt will follow in his footsteps by moving from Ajax Amsterdam to Barcelona.

Frenkie De Jong spoke about De Ligt and a possible move to Barcelona after the Netherlands’ win over England in the second half of the UEFA Nations League.

The Netherlands came from behind to beat England 3-1 after extra time with goals from the aforementioned De Ligt, Kyle Walker (own goal) and substitute Quincy Promes.

England had earlier taken a first half lead through a first half penalty given away by Matthijs De Ligt.

Marcus Rashford was brought down by De Ligt and the Manchester United player picked himself up to give England the lead.

De Ligt then went on to equalise in the second half thus taking the game into extra time.

After the game, De Jong told reporters that the decision lies with Matthijs De Ligt.

Several clubs have been linked with De Ligt with the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool competing for the 19-year-old currently rated at around £75m.

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Club Legend Slams Barcelona Links For 26-Year-Old Liverpool Defender

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Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has blasted the transfer links involving defender Alberto Moreno and Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.

The former Reds defender is at a loss on how Barcelona would want to sign a Liverpool reject.

Steve Nicol talked about Liverpool and Alberto Moreno while he was doing his punditry job on popular media channel ESPN via Goal.

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno is expected to leave the club this summer upon the expiration of his contract with the Reds.

The newly crowned European champions confirmed earlier this week that both Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge will leave the club during this summer’s transfer window.

Alberto Moreno has few weeks left on his current deal with the Merseysiders and he has been linked with clubs like fellow Premier League club Arsenal, Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and French Ligue 1 side Marseille.

The 26-year-old became a Liverpool player in the summer of 2014 after the Reds paid £12m to secure his transfer from Spanish La Liga club Sevilla shortly after winning the Europa League with his boyhood club.

He has played 141 times for Liverpool over a five-year spell at Anfield.

Alberto Moreno was an unused substitute as Liverpool won the Champions League final via a 2-0 win over

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Ex-Liverpool Star Linked With MLS Transfer

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is reportedly attracting interest from Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States of America according to latest reports.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been at Spanish champions Barcelona for the last five years but the Blaugrana are said to be shopping for a long-term replacement for him.

Barcelona is looking for a long-term replacement for the Uruguayan international who’s in the twilight of his career at the age of 32.

Despite the fact that he’s no longer at the peak of his powers, Luis Suarez was still able to score 21 goals for Barcelona during the just concluded Spanish La Liga season.

Luis Suarez was not able to replicate that form in the Champions League where he scored just one goal which came in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal tie with his former club Liverpool.

The former Ajax Amsterdam star has been strongly linked with an exit from Barcelona in recent weeks and the latest transfer rumours involve the MLS.

According to Esport3, Luis Suarez is attracting interest the Miami franchise of David Beckham in the MLS.

Luis Suarez signed for Barcelona in the summer of 2014 in a then club-record £75m deal.

The Uruguayan player was signed from six-time European champions Liverpool.

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Arsenal fans left heartbroken, Lacazette already seen in Barcelona

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France international Alexandre Lacazette is leaving most of the Arsenal fans heartbroken after he is reported to be spotted in Barcelona amid speculation that he is being wanted by the club.

Reports had linked the former Lyon striker to the Spanish La Liga outfit which hints that an offer would be submitted for him as soon as this summer transfer is fully opened.

Alexandre Lacazette was superb for Arsenal in the just concluded season with a number of goals to his name and that has attracted the Spanish champions to seek for him.

It is therefore yet to be known if Alexandre Lacazette is in Barcelona for holiday or he could actually be there for talks of a move.

There are suggestions that the France international will not push for a move away from the Emirates Stadium especially after he claimed that he is happy at the club and will seek to stay if he is wanted.

Meanwhile, Barcelona is being linked with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Antonie Griezmann. The capture of Griezmann will definitely make them drop their interest in the France international striker.

Howbeit, Arsenal are also making moves to strengthen their team in the coming summer transfer window.

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Man United have just one advantage over Barcelona in race for Ajax star

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English Premier League outfit Man United are in the race for the signature of Ajax star defender Matthijs de Ligt alongside Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona.

The Spanish outfit were earlier regarded as favorites for the signature of the young lad but they are receiving strong competition from the Red Devils who are desperate to land him in the summer transfer window.

Barcelona have got all the advantage ahead of Man United, including playing in the Champions League and having a better chance to win a title.

Notwithstanding, Man United are still tipped to stand a chance as well because of their readiness to meet with the asking price of the star defender.

It has been suggested that Matthijs de Ligt considers financial benefits in his consideration for a new team as that could be influential in determining the next destination for the star player.

Matthijs de Ligt has attracted a number of top European clubs including Liverpool after a very impressive season with Ajax.

It is therefore yet to be seen where Matthijs de Ligt would be playing in the coming season.

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Arsenal to swoop for Barcelona star

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North London outfit Arsenal are looking to swoop for the signature of Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona star Andrea Gomes in the summer transfer window.

Andrea Gomes was away from the camp Nuo all through the 2018/19 season to Merseyside outfit Everton and he has given a good account of himself by delivering impressive performance in the 27 Premier League games that were handed to him.

However, it has been reported that the Gunners team will face big competition from their North London rivals Tottenham as they are also keen on Andrea Gomes ahead of the summer window.

Reports in Spain have hinted that a return for the playmaker is very unlikely but Andrea Gomes will have a big decision to make as he has receives a number of offers from clubs in the English league, knowing that Everton will also seek to land him as well.

Andrea Gomes has been tipped to have the quality to fill the gap that would be created with the absence of Wales international Aaron Ramsey who is already on his way to the Italian Serie A champions Juventus ahead of the coming season.

Meanwhile, the fee for Andrea Gomes is yet to be discussed as Arsenal will await the outcome of the Europa League finals.

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