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Europa League Semi-Final Preview: Will Diego Simeone Spring Defensive Surprise On Arsenal

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is considering a continuation of a recent tactical switch-up ahead of his side's Europa League semi-final clash with Arsenal.

The Argentine has seen his side go through a concerning period of form as the season reaches its climax, with just one victory in their last five matches.

Underwhelming Real held to draw at home by Athletic Bilbao

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid may the favourites for the Champions League but a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday will hardly have struck fear into Bayern Munich.

Zinedine Zidane’s side started complacently at the Santiago Bernabeu and ended frantically, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 87th-minute equaliser cancelling out a delightful early chip from Athletic’s Inaki Williams in between.

English Premier League

Bad news for Alexis if Manchester United agree deal with Real Madrid for £875m ‘flagship’

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez could be fearing the arrival of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. The report states that the Chilean’s place in the squad is under threat next season if United agree a deal with Real for the £875m ‘flagship’.

Alexis has barely been at Old Trafford for half a season and the Red Devils are already being linked with potential replacements.

Pep Guardiola ‘tries to convince’ world-class playmaker to Manchester City, announcement this month

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According to AS, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to renew acquaintances with Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta this summer and is ‘trying to convince’ him to the Etihad Stadium. The world-class playmaker is due to announce his future later this month.

Guardiola managed Iniesta at Barcelona between 2008-2012, winning three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Copa Del Reys.

Chelsea could agree £88m deal with Real Madrid for £200k-per-week contract rebel

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According to Diario Gol, Chelsea could lose Eden Hazard to Real Madrid if Los Blancos meet his £88m valuation this summer. The Blues are desperate to hold onto the £200k-per-week star, but Hazard has reportedly stalled on contract talks to push through a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 and has gone on to make 295 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 161 goals.

Blow for Manchester United as £200k-per-week star ‘gives the OK’ to Real Madrid

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According to Diario Gol, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has ‘given the ok’ to Real Madrid’s offer, but there is no agreement between the two clubs. De Gea’s said to be happy with the conditions club president Florentino Perez has put on the table, but now there’s the matter of his asking price.

Real Madrid ‘willing to put up’ £70m for Manchester City’s ‘best young player’

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According to Don Balon, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ‘willing to put up’ £70m this summer to procure the signature of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, whom is regarded as the ‘best young player in the Premier League’.

The report stats Los Blancos are having difficulty landing Mohamed Salah from Liverpool, so they’re casting their net out a little further for a replacement for Gareth Bale.

Manchester United ‘willing to throw the house out the window’ for £175.5m Atletico Madrid egotist

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United are ‘willing to throw the house out the window’ to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer. The £175.5m French international has been heavily linked with Barcelona, but the report states his ego might be too big for the Catalans giants.

Manchester United ‘double the offer’ of Manchester City to sign £130k-per-week Barcelona playmaker

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According to Diario Gol, Manchester United have ‘doubled the offer’ from Manchester City to sign Barcelona playmaker Ivan Rakitic this summer. The 30-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou at the end of the season and could make the English Premier League his next destination.

Roman Abramovich ‘willing to pay’ £87.9m for Chelsea to agree deal with Real Madrid for outcast

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According to Don Balon, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ‘willing to pay’ £87.9m to Real Madrid for the signature of Marco Asensio, but president Florentino Perez is holding out for £114.3m before he considers letting the outcast leave this summer.

Asensio joined Real from RCD Mallorca in 2015 and has gone on to make 84 appearances in all competitions for Los Blancos.

Manchester City deal with Barcelona ‘already on the table’ for £180k-per-week ‘cornerstone’

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According to Don Balon, Manchester City have an offer “already on the table” for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. Manager Pep Guardiola wants the Spanish international as a potential replacement for Fernandinho and is hoping a deal can be agreed this summer.

The £180k-per-week deep-lying playmaker has risen through the youth ranks to the Barcelona first-team, becoming a cornerstone of the side, making over 470 appearances in all competitions.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Tottenham, Barcelona faces Sevilla, and more

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Both Manchester United and Tottenham were two sides expected to do great things this season but have underachieved big time. However, one of those two clubs will be playing for England's biggest trophy this May. Manchester United will make their 20th appearance in the F.A. Cup final after a 2-1 semifinal win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Manchester United ‘willing to offer’ £123m to Real Madrid for £115k-per-week ‘main name’

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United are ‘willing to offer’ £123m to Real Madrid to sign Isco this summer, with manager Jose Mourinho regarded the Spaniard as his ‘main name’ to improve the squad for a tilt at the Premier League title next season.

Isco joined Real from Malaga in 2013 and has gone on to make 236 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 95 goals.

Roman Abramovich ‘insisting’ Chelsea swap £100m star for Real Madrid’s £350k-per-week outcast

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According to Don Balon, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ‘insisting’ Eden Hazard be offered to Real Madrid in a deal to sign Gareth Bale this summer.

The Welsh international has been linked with a move to former side Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season, but Abramovich wants to hijack any potential deal to bring Bale to Stamford Bridge instead.

Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to agree deal with Liverpool for £90k-week ‘humble player’

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According to Don Balon, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wants Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at the Camp Nou this summer.

The Egyptian international’s form for the Merseysiders has led to a lot of interest in his signature, and Messi believes he’d be more perfect for Barca than Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann due to being a ‘humble player’.

Soccer TV: Manchester United vs Spurs

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The FA Cup semifinals get the network TV coverage on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Manchester United plays Spurs on Saturday on Fox, and it's always worth checking your local listings to make sure your affiliate is carrying the game. Also on the soccer TV schedule, the Copa del Rey final is on ESPN Deportes on Saturday with Barcelona hosting Sevilla.

European Weekend Preview: Juventus hosts Napoli, Sevilla faces Barcelona, and more

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For most of this season it looked like Napoli would run off with the Serie A title after a dominant start. However, the script has been changed with defending champions Juventus currently leading the table by four points over their opponents this weekend.

The Old Lady defeated Napoli, 1-0, at the San Paolo back in December, handing Maurizio Sarai's men their first league loss of the season.

Footy on the Telly April 20-27

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The By-Popular-Demand Curated List is bursting at the seams with good Footy this week.

Manchester United blow as Bayern Munich could agree deal for £75k-per-week star

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, with Bayern Munich having entered the race for his services and being determined to land his signature this summer.

United were tipped to trigger the French international’s £60m release clause at the end of the season as manager Jose Mourinho looked to strengthen his defensive options, but Bayern’s interest could throw a spanner in the works.

Tottenham ‘given go-ahead’ to agree deal with Real Madrid for £434.6m outcast

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According to Don Balon, Tottenham Hotspur have been ‘given the go-ahead’ to agree a deal with Real Madrid for Gareth Bale this summer. The £434.6m forward is expecting to leave as president Florentino Perez has been shopping for his replacement – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah or Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Thursday European Rewind: Real Sociedad defeats Atletico, Chelsea edges Burnley, and more

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Atletico Madrid's chances of fighting for the La Liga title took a major hit on Thursday after suffering their third loss of the new year. Diego Simeone's men fell 3-0 to Real Sociedad, being shutout in league play for the first time since March 4th. Willian Jose's right-footed finish in the 27th minute opened scoring for Sociedad as he slotted home Adnan Januzaj's assist in.

La Liga posts record revenue, trails Premier League

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Madrid (AFP) – La Liga has reported record revenues of 3.6 billion euros for last season but it remains a long way short of the numbers posted by England´s Premier League.

The Spanish Football League, which includes the first and second divisions in Spain, said on Thursday the total for 2016-17 represented an increase of 495 million euros compared to the previous campaign.

La Liga posts record revenue, trails Premier League

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Madrid (AFP) – La Liga has reported record revenues of 3.6 billion euros for last season but it remains a long way short of the numbers posted by England´s Premier League.

The Spanish Football League, which includes the first and second divisions in Spain, said on Thursday the total for 2016-17 represented an increase of 495 million euros compared to the previous campaign.

Manchester City agree deal with Barcelona for highly-rated playmaker

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Manchester City have beaten out competition from Arsenal to procure the signature of 16-year-old midfielder Adrian Bernabe. The teenage hot prospect rejected a new contract at Barcelona and looks set to join City’s academy this summer.

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Barcelona considering £60m deal with Manchester United for £65k-per-week outcast

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According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are considering a £60m deal to sign Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, with the French international tipped to leave the club after a lack of playing time this summer.

Martial joined United from AS Monaco in 2015 and has gone on to make 132 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 63 goals.

Real Madrid to sell James to fund £100m deal with Manchester United for £200k-per-week star

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According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are planning to sell Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez this summer to fund a £100m deal with Manchester United for goalkeeper David De Gea.

James joined Bayern Munich on a two-season loan last summer and has impressed in his debut campaign at the Allianz-Arena, contributing 18 goals in 33 games in all competitions.

Wednesday European Rewind: Frankfurt ousts Schalke, Real Madrid ties Bilbao, and more

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Eintracht Frankfurt haven't been in the best form in Bundesliga action lately, but Niko Kovac's answered their critics on Wednesday in the German Cup. The visitors used a 75th-minute finish from Luka Jovic to eliminate Schalke 1-0 in their semifinal clash at Veltins-Arena, and book their spot in the German Cup Final against Bayern Munich.

Video Assistant Referees (VAR) | Football Technology

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Video assistant referee (VAR) technology has already produced plenty of controversy in football, but it is a system that doesn’t look like disappearing any time soon.

VAR will be used at this year’s World Cup in Russia after the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which sets the game’s laws, unanimously approved the use of the technology in matches on a permanent basis.

Florentino Perez hopes Real Madrid can agree £150m deal with Liverpool for £90k-per-week surprise

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According to Don Balon, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has put £150m on the table and is desperate to agree a deal with Liverpool to bring surprise package Mohamed Salah to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. He could replace injury-prone Gareth Bale who has been linked with an exit in the report.

Manchester United want deal with Real Madrid for £862m hero after contract talks stall

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United are desperate to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after contract talks stall between the Portuguese international and Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has reportedly told president Florentino Perez of his wage demands but they’re yet to be met. United could capitalise on the situation and match his proposed salary to have him back in Manchester, nine years after they sold him to Los Blancos.

Tuesday European Rewind: Bayern cruises past Frankfurt, Barcelona ties Celta Vigo, and more

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Bayern Munich could not ask for an easier performance in their German DFB Pokal semifinal tie. The current Bundesliga winners cruised last Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 on Tuesday at the BayArena to book their place in the finals. Thomas Muller led the way with a hat trick while Robert Lewandowski scored a brace.

Arsenal and Liverpool want £431m playmaker who ‘will leave Real Madrid’ this summer

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According to Diario Gol, Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric who ‘will leave’ Los Blancos at the end of the season. The Croatian international has reportedly told his teammates that he’s ready to pack his bags this summer and wants to move to a new league.

Chelsea ‘trying to convince’ Real Madrid to agree deal for £302.2m outcast

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According to Don Balon, Chelsea are keen to sign Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio this summer and are ‘willing to do everything’ to land his signature. The Blues are reportedly ‘trying to convince’ the 22-year-old to exit the Santiago Bernabéu for Stamford Bridge to bolster their attack.

FC Barcelona

Fulham could agree deal with PSG or Barcelona for £50m Player of the Year

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According to Don Balon, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has requested the Ligue 1 champions agree a deal for Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon this summer.

Barcelona’s interest could be stumbling block as the Catalans are lining up the £50m-rated star as a secondary option to Jordi Alba.

Iniesta Sets Historic Record In Copa del Rey Win

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Andres Iniesta is set to end his trophy-laden spell at Barcelona this summer and it was an emotional occasion for the midfielder on Saturday night as he helped his side to overcome Sevilla with a 5-0 victory to win the Copa del Rey.

Iniesta, who seems likely to head to China, was amongst the scorers at Wanda Metropolitano, with Luis Suarez hitting a brace, while Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho were also on the scoresheet.

Atletico draw to leave Barcelona even closer to title

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid warmed up for their Europa League clash with Arsenal by playing out a 0-0 draw with in-form Betis in La Liga on Sunday, a result that left Barcelona closer still to the Spanish title.

Antoine Griezmann was left out of the starting line-up by coach Diego Simeone and Atletico drew a second blank in four days, following their 3-0 defeat away at Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Valverde, Barca looking to put European exit behind them in Cup final

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde knows victory in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla would go some small way towards making up for the disappointment of their recent Champions League exit.

“After a big defeat we want a big victory. We have the opportunity to put that little disappointment behind us,” Valverde said at a press conference on the eve of the game, which will be played at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Valverde, Barca looking to put European exit behind them in Cup final

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde knows victory in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla would go some small way towards making up for the disappointment of their recent Champions League exit.

“After a big defeat we want a big victory. We have the opportunity to put that little disappointment behind us,” Valverde said at a press conference on the eve of the game, which will be played at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

3 matches that defined Barcelona’s role as the greatest team in Europe

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Following the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Sir Alex Ferguson soberly spoke to the media after the match. The legendary manager spoke on behalf of a team who had just defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The date was May 28, 2011.

The team was FC Barcelona.

3 matches that defined Barcelona’s role as the greatest team in Europe

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Following the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Sir Alex Ferguson soberly spoke to the media after the match. The legendary manager spoke on behalf of a team who had just defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The date was May 28, 2011.

The team was FC Barcelona.