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Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool reject £114m bid from Barcelona

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Philippe Coutinho not included in Liverpool’s Champions League squad against Hoffenheim

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Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho’s has been left out of the squad to face Hoffenheim tomorrow after the 25-year-old midfielder submitted a transfer request last week.

Barcelona had submitted a £90m bid, which Liverpool promptly rejected. However, just a day before Liverpool’s first Premier League match of the season, Coutinho, in an email to the club, expressed he wished to leave Liverpool.

Monday Kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo faces ban, Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad and more

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One of the game's top stars faces a massive ban while a Barcelona target has been left out of his current team's Champions League squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo is facing, at minimum, a four-game ban for pushing the referee after being sent off with his second yellow card in Sunday's Super Cup win.

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Liverpool FC reject third Barca bid for Coutinho

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London (AFP) – Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, a source from the Premier League club confirmed to AFP on Friday.

British media reports said Barcelona’s latest bid was worth around £114 million ($146.5 million, 124.7 million euros), a significant increase on their previous offer of £90 million.

Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

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Madrid (AFP) – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.

Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

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Madrid (AFP) – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.

Barca lack firepower without Neymar – Busquets

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets reiterated his call for the club’s board to strengthen in the transfer market on Tuesday, but warned replacing the departed Neymar will be almost impossible.

The Brazilian’s absence was noticeable as Barca fell to a 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg defeat at home to Real Madrid in the Catalans first game since Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euro fee ($262 million).

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million-euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million-euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho buy

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho buy

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Coutinho not in Liverpool squad for Hoffenheim match

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London (AFP) – Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for their Champions League play-off first-leg match away to Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

The Brazil playmaker, 25, missed Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday due to a back problem.

But he submitted a transfer request the day before the game and is reported to have been the subject of an unsuccessful £90 million ($116.

Paulinho’s Barcelona move boosts China league, Villas-Boas says

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazil international Paulinho’s imminent move to Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande is proof of the strength of the Chinese Super League (CSL), Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas said.

The 29-year-old midfielder Paulinho is reportedly poised to sign for the Spanish giants for 40 million euros and he could be unveiled as a Barcelona player as early as Monday.

Neymar braced for French culture shock in PSG debut

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Paris (AFP) – After dazzling Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar will be welcomed to French football on Sunday at Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou in sleepy Brittany.

With the transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.

Real Madrid

Smashing a dynasty: How Real Madrid conquered Barcelona to become Spain’s dominant force

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Any neutral fan hoping for an evenly-matched Spanish Super Cup would have been left disappointed this week. The levels of dominance Real Madrid showed over their biggest rivals FC Barcelona was...

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Luis Suarez Out For Month With Knee Injury

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Barcelona are facing an injury crisis up front after Luis Suarez was ruled out for up to a month with the knee injury picked up in the 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Barca are still reeling from the shock departure of Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a €222million deal earlier this month and will now face the start of the new season without their star striker.

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Thursday Kickoff: Barca 'close' to signings; Kylina Mbappe undecided and more

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Transfer sagas continue to surround Barcelona while Real Madrid's big target remains undecided.

Barcelona's general manager Pep Segura says the club is "close" to signing Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. (REPORT)

PSG youth academy sporting director Luis Fernandez said that Kylian Mbappe has "two or three teams" in mind: Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and possibly Manchester City.

Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid Take First Blood As Marco Asensio Bullet Seals 5-1 Aggregate Win Over Barcelona (Photos & Video)

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The £4.5million that Real Madrid paid Mallorca for Marco Asensio looks ever more certain to go down as the finest bargain in transfer history, with the 21-year-old forward continuing to mine his rich vein of form in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup last night.

Asensio was on target with a sumptuous finish in the first leg and repeated the feat in the second, scoring the opening goal of the night as Real romped to a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu.

Barcelona edging closer to signing Liverpool and Dortmund stars

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Barcelona are closing in on the signings Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.

Barca sporting manager Pep Segura has confirmed to Spanish television station TV3, as per Reuters, that the club are discussing terms with the attacking duo.

Speaking after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup that gave their big rivals a 5-1 aggregate victory he said:

“We are close to Coutinho and Dembele – we are discussing their conditions but we do not know when they will be sealed.

Ronaldo-less Real complete Super Cup rout of Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win.

Ronaldo was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent-off in the first leg, but his replacement Marco Asensio enhanced his reputation as one of world football’s rising stars as he smashed Madrid into the lead after just four minutes.

REAL MADRID WINS SPANISH SUPER CUP SMASHING FC BARCELONA

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Where to find Real Madrid vs. Barcelona SuperCopa 2nd leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa, you’ve come to the right place.

After Real Madrid demolished Barcelona in the first leg by winning 3-1, Los Blancos are well on their way to winning the Spanish SuperCopa.

Where to find Real Madrid vs. Barcelona SuperCopa 2nd leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa, you’ve come to the right place.

After Real Madrid demolished Barcelona in the first leg by winning 3-1, Los Blancos are well on their way to winning the Spanish SuperCopa.

Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

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Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August.

The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

UEFA LIST OF 3 CANDIDATES FOR BEST PLAYER 2016-2017

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Barca left floundering as gap to Madrid grows

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Barcelona (AFP) – Still reeling from having Neymar snatched away by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona started their season badly in need of reasons for optimism, but instead got a view of the growing gap they face to catch rivals Real Madrid.

Madrid emerged 3-1 victors from the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, but more significantly laid down a marker for the new campaign as their success under Zinedine Zidane shows no sign of abating after a Champions League and La Liga double last season.

Super Cup: Marco Asensio Continues Amazing Goal-Scoring Debut Record As Real Madrid Emerge Victorious Over Barcelona In First Leg (Photos & Video)

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Real Madrid emerged from the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup with a commanding lead over eternal rivals Barcelona, winning 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday night.

Indeed, Real looked to be firing on all cylinders before a ball was even kicked in anger if this footage of their mesmerising pre-match training drill is anything to go by.

Beaten Barcelona have to buy, Busquets admits

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca’s attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short.

Beaten Barcelona have to buy, Busquets admits

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca’s attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short.

Ronaldo sent off, but Real Madrid roll over Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored and was sent off as Real Madrid beat a Barcelona side missing Neymar by winning 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Ronaldo, only introduced as a second-half substitute, was shown two quickfire yellow cards after blasting Madrid into a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.

Ronaldo sent-off, but Real roll over Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Real Madrid made light of a red card for Cristiano Ronaldo to deal a further blow to Barcelona by winning 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Ronaldo, only introduced as a second-half substitute, was shown two quickfire yellow cards after blasting Madrid into a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.

La Liga

Coutinho “perfect” for Barca, says former Liverpool coach

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Phillippe Coutinho would be a “perfect” signing for Barcelona, says former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran.

Ayestaran who was in the Reds’ coaching staff under Rafael Benitez from 2004 to 2007, claims Coutinho would add stability and control to Barcelona’s midfield.

Spurs eyeing move for exciting La Liga playmaker, offer already submitted for 23-year-old

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Tottenham are interested in signing the Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez this summer.

The highly talented playmaker has not had a fair chance at Camp Nou ever since he joined Barcelona from Manchester City and Spurs are hoping to lure him with the promise of more first team action.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Napoli are interested in signing the player as well but Spurs have made their move for him as well.

Transfers & Rumours

Barcelona: Paulinho Makes Shocking Hash Of Basic Keepy-Uppies At Camp Nou Unveiling (Video)

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It's fairly safe to say that the majority of Barcelona fans are ever so slightly underwhelmed about their club decision to spend €40million of The Neymar Money™ on bringing in his compatriot, Paulinho, from China.

After leaving Tottenham under a cloud, the midfielder spent two years looking comparatively godly in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande before sealing a shock move to Barca last week.

Official: Barcelona Sign Tottenham Cast-Off Paulinho From Guangzhou Evergrande In €40m Wrangle

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Having just been relieved of one Brazilian superstar, Barcelona have gone and signed ex-Tottenham flop Paulinho for the princely sum of €40million.

Paulinho left Spurs to join Guangzhou Evergrande for £17million amid something of a career torpor back in July of 2015.

Any excuse to watch Paulinho's shot against Burnley again.

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Causes Fresh Consternation Among Fans By Tweeting From Paris Before Hastily Deleting It (Photo)

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After sitting out of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester City with a dubious 'abdominal strain', Alexis Sanchez has caused yet another ripple of consternation among concerned Gooners by Tweeting from Paris.

Having done little to dispel rumours, Sanchez has been strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal for months now, with PSG rumoured to be among the chasing pack.

Asensio

Dominance (Real Madrid 2 - Barcelona 0)

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How can I be paying obscene amounts of money for 2 cable TV subscriptions (the only 2 available in Singapore) and still NOT be able to watch an El Clasico Supercup on TV? Oh yeah, now I remember, because I live in a country that thinks Paul Pogba is the best CM in the world after performing well against Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang, nevermind that he got abused by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos a couple of days before that.

Football Gets in the Way (Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 3)

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Bow down to the Master! All hail Cristiano Ronaldo!
It's been way too long since I've blogged about Real Madrid. Heck, we've won a La Liga title and another Champions League title since I last posted here.

The Rest

Where would Sergi Roberto fit into Man Utd team?

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According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United are set to activate Sergi Roberto's £36.5 million release clause to bring him to Old Trafford this summer.

The Barcelona player has been linked to us throughout the summer transfer window but no deal has been made and we're already two games into our 2017-18 season if you include the UEFA Super Cup.