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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.

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.

Spurs ready to sell 27-yr-old, Pochettino wants Chelsea target as replacement

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Tottenham are interested in signing the PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa at the end of this season.

The 25-year-old defender is likely to be sold to raise funds and Spurs are looking to make the most of the situation.

As per the reports, Chelsea and Manchester United are keen on French international as well.

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.

Guardiola wants a statement signing in summer, Man City eyeing £166m star

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Manchester City could make a move for Kylian Mbappe if the player becomes available this summer.

PSG could be forced to sell a star player in order to comply with the FFP regulations and Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the French attacker.

As per the reports, Manchester City wanted to sign Mbappe last summer but PSG’s £166m offer was too good to turn down.

Sunday European Rewind: West Brom clinches EPL title for Man City, Schalke defeats Dortmund, and more

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Manchester United have gone for the highest high to the lowest low in a matter of one week. A week after coming back against rivals Manchester City for a 3-2 derby win, the Red Devils were upset 1-0 by West Bromwich Albion on Sunday which clinched City the 2017-18 league title. The lone goal came from a West Brom corner as Jay Rodriguez headed in from close-range for the winner.

Everton want to sign versatile midfielder, Goodison move would be ideal for him

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Everton are interested in signing the highly rated Nantes midfielder Kamal Bafounta this summer.

According to French publication L’Equipe, the midfielder is expected to leave at the end of this season and Everton are well positioned to secure his services.

Everton have one of the best youth setups in England and it would be no surprise to see the player heading to Merseyside.

Saturday European Rewind: Man City edges Tottenham, Barcelona makes history, and more

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Manchester City has had a rough couple weeks after falling out of the UEFA Champions League and failing to clinch the Premier League title against their biggest rivals. However; the Citizens showed a short memory and got back to winning ways as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

Manchester United and Tottenham ‘willing to welcome’ £21.7m outcast who ‘would like to leave PSG’

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According to RMC Sport, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are ‘willing to welcome’ Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa to England.

The 25-year-old has endured a tough season at the Parc des Princes and ‘would like to leave PSG’ this summer as a result.

Kurzawa joined the Ligue 1 side from AS Monaco in 2015 and has gone on to make 77 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 27 goals.

AS Monaco hope to agree deal with Chelsea for £110k-per-week outcast

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According to the National, AS Monaco hope to bring Tiemoue Bakayoko back to the Stade Louis II as they fear losing Fabinho this summer.

The French midfielder has struggled for form since moving to Chelsea last summer and may welcome a return to the principality as a result.

Bakayoko signed a five-year deal with the Blues in July and has gone on to make 37 appearances in all competitions so far.

European Weekend Preview: Tottenham hosts Man City, Monaco travels to PSG, and more

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The last two weeks have not been the prettiest for Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's side has seen themselves eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and also defeated by their closest rivals, Manchester United in the latest Manchester Derby. The Citizens will look to get back to winning ways this weekend as they travel to Tottenham.

Footy on the Telly April 13-20

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You'll need fuboTV or Univision Deportes to see if Toronto FC can best Guadalahara in the CONCACAF Champions League this Tuesday. In the meantime, turn off the Telly and get thee to Talen tonight.

52-year-old linked with Everton job, previous experience with Man Utd could be key

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Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Lauren Blanc has been linked with Everton.

Blanc has been out of the game since exiting PSG back in 2016, but French media outlet le10sport has claimed he is ready to return to management.

Marseille and Chelsea have also been mentioned as possible destinations for the 52-year-old.

Chelsea initiate contact for technically gifted star, Man City following him closely

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Chelsea are interested in signing the Ligue 1 midfielder Jean Michael Seri.

The 26-year-old playmaker has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past and L’Equipe believe that Manchester City have been following the player closely for a while.

Daily Mail adds that Chelsea have already enquired about the player.

Paris Saint-Germain set to step up their efforts to sign £52.5 million star from Chelsea

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Paris Saint-Germain are set to step up their efforts to sign N’Golo Kante from Chelsea.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to France over the past few months and Brazilian media outlet UOL Esporte has now claimed that the 27-year-old is PSG’s main summer transfer target.

Kante is valued at over £50 million, a price that PSG consider to be too high despite their massive financial outlay in recent times.

Watford could agree £40m deal with Chelsea for £30k-per-week forward

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According to the Mirror, Watford forward Richarlison could be on his way out of Vicarage Road this summer with Chelsea leading the race for his signature. Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are reportedly also keen on the Brazilian, but his future may lie at Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old joined Watford from Fluminense last summer and has gone on to make 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 10 goals.

Manchester United could agree shock part-ex deal with Paris Saint-Germain for £437k-per-week magician

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According to the Daily Star, Manchester United could agree a shock part-exchange deal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, if the Ligue 1 giants make a summer approach for Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.

Neymar has been linked with a move away from PSG after the French champions-elect were eliminated from the Champions League in the knockouts.

Sunday European Rewind: Real Madrid ties Atletico, Torino edges Inter, and more

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Cristiano Ronaldo has put himself atop of Europe's top scorers list with a dominant start to 2018. On Sunday, Ronaldo set another milestone with his 650th career goal between club and country helping Real Madrid to a 1-1 Derby draw against Atletico Madrid.

Following a scoreless first-half, Ronaldo broke the deadlock scoring in the 53rd minute.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Man City, Bayern clinches Bundesliga, and more

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For one half of Saturday's Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City looked like they would claim their third title out of the past seven seasons. Rivals Manchester United had other ideas and rolled their way back for a 3-2 come-from-behind win to spoil the party.

Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan each netted goals in the opening 45 minutes to give City a 2-0 halftime lead.

European Weekend Preview: Real Madrid hosts Atletico, Manchester Derby, and more

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The Manchester Derby may take centerstage on Saturday, but there's also another historic rivalry match that will grab your attention on Sunday.

Sunday's lunchtime kickoff comes from the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid entertain rivals Atletico Madrid. The hosts defeated Juventus, 3-0, in their UCL first leg quarterfinal draw, thanks to a pair of beautiful goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Footy on the Telly April 6-13

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The Union play twice, Copa MX Finalizes, CONCACAF and UEFA Champions play, as do EUROPA Leaguers.

Chelsea step up chase for Antonio Conte's replacement, title-winning boss in their sights

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Chelsea have been linked with a move for AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.

The Blues are expected to replace Antonio Conte this summer and Jardim is in the frame to take over.

The 43-year-old led Monaco to the semi-finals of the Champions League and the Ligue 1 title last year and Yahoo Sports has claimed Chelsea are willing to pay the €7.

Man United linked with move for international defender, face competition from Man City

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Rennes centre-back Joris Gnagnon.

TMW has claimed Manchester City and RB Leipzig are also interested in signing the 21-year-old.

Gnagnon has been considered as the next star to come through Rennes’ famed youth academy, following in the footsteps of the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ousmane Dembele over the course of the past few years.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham defeats Chelsea, Bremen edges Frankfurt, and more

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Tottenham Hotspur handed Chelsea a heavy home defeat on Sunday, defeating their London rivals 3-1. The Blues thought they would hold a lead at halftime, thanks to a goal in the 30th-minute from Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. Christian Eriksen had other ideas rifling home a goal of the year contender past Thibaut Courtois in first-half stoppage time.

Saturday European Rewind: Sevilla ties Barcelona, Bayern thumps Dortmund, and more

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Barcelona was staring in the face of their first league defeat at Sevilla before their dynamic duo saved the day. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scored in the final minutes to help Barcelona earn a 2-2 draw at Sevilla on Saturday. Franco Vazquez's left-footed strike in the 36th-minute opened the scoring in Seville as the hosts led 1-0.

Footy on the Telly 3/30 – 4/6

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The Union are back! Plus: UEFA and CONCACAF Champions Leagues, EUROPA, Libertadores, and a USWNT Friendly? against Mexico

Spurs keen on signing €25m midfielder, could be an upgrade on 26-yr-old

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Tottenham are interested in signing the Lyon defensive midfielder Lucas Tousart.

The 20-year-old midfielder has attracted a lot of attention with his composed displays at the heart of Lyon’s midfield and several European clubs are keeping tabs on him.

As per the reports (translated by SportWitness), Arsenal, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Juventus and Dortmund are interested in the player.

Tottenham looking to sign £90m attacker, Pochettino must invest elsewhere

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Monaco playmaker Thomas Lemar has revealed that he is open to a move to the Premier League this summer.

The 22-year-old was a target for Liverpool and Arsenal in summer but the French club decided to block any move. Lemar has claimed that he was disappointed with the club’s decision back then.

Arsenal or Liverpool could agree £61m deal for £131k-per-week star after contract snub

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According to The S*n, AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar could be on his way to the Premier League after issuing a ‘come and get me’ plea to prospective suitors.

The French international recently rejected a contract extension and admitted he’s trying to put himself in the shop window, with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool expected to be in a bidding war for his signature.

Wolves genuine contenders to sign 22-goal star, fans react: 'Would love it!'

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Nice striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with a return to England once again.

According to Ladbrokes, West Ham are leading the race to sign the Italian striker this summer. As per the odds, Championship giants Wolves are second favourites to land the former Manchester City forward. West Ham are currently 3/1 to sign him and Wolves are priced at 7/2 to land the Nice forward.

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‘Black Is For Our Mourning, Red Is The Blood Of Our Enemies’ – French Singer Produces Light-Hearted Ditty To Support Les Herbiers Against PSG In Coupe De France Final (Video)

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The very day after Les Herbiers went swashbuckling into the Coupe de France final, the third-tier minnows have already found themselves an unofficial battle hymn.

The tinyVendée club will face PSG in the finalat the Stade de France next month, and thanks to noted local fan Philippe Katerine, they now have an anthem to roar/rap whilst doing so.

Coupe De France: PSG Set Up Final Date Against Third-Tier, Semi-Pro Minnows Les Herbiers After Storming Past Caen In Semis (Photos & Video)

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Kylian Mbappe scored twice as PSG went cavorting into the Coupe de France final courtesy of a 3-1 win over Caen in the semis on Wednesday night.

Indeed, it was Mbappe who scored the opening goal of the game with 25 minutes gone, but his second was definitely more easy on the eye the teenage striker racing in to put the finishing touch on an incisive counter-attack.

Money Back: Monaco Decide To Reimburse Fans Who Travelled To Watch 7-1 Humiliation Against PSG

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Monaco have admitted that they were so bad against PSG on Sunday night that what they offered didn't really constitute 'football' and therefore they'll be reimbursing their fans.

The Parisians wrapped up the Ligue 1 title with a 7-1 humiliation of their closest rivals at the Parc des Princes, though it didn't perturb the small pocket of Monaco supporters over in the corner from singing their lungs out all evening.

Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain Batter Monaco 7-1 To Regain Title In Paris (Photos & Video)

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While Manchester United were handing the Premier League title to Manchester City on Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain were winning the Ligue 1 title for themselves, courtesy of a scintillating 7-1 demolition of Monaco at theParc des Princes.

The hosts utterly pulverised defending champions Monaco, with the Argentine duo of Giovani lo Celso and Angel Di Maria both netting a brace, with Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler also getting on the scoresheet.

Apex Predator: Edinson Cavani Misses Completely Open Goal As PSG Flounder To Draw Against Saint Etienne (Video)

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While they remain 17 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, poor old PSG saw their four-match winning streak come to a shuddering halt against Saint Etienne on Friday night.

Former Newcastle employee Remy Cabella put the home side ahead in the 16th minute and that's the way it stood until the 92nd minute, when former Arsenal employee Mathieu Debuchy put one through his own net to equalise for the Parisians.

‘Happy Birthday To Me’ – Hatem Ben Arfa Celebrates Going One Calendar Year Without Playing A Single Competitive Game For PSG (Photo)

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Having found himself slung upon the attacking midfielder stockpile, Hatem Ben Arfalast turned out for Paris Saint Germain over a year ago in a Coupe de France match against third-tier Avranches on 5th April, 2017.

So, to mark the anniversary of his last appearance, the forgotten winger threw himself a sarcastic little celebration which he documented on Instagram.

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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.

Classic FAIL: Nantes ‘Keeper Mickael Landreau Attempts Panenka Penalty In Cup Final Shootout With Disastrous Consequences, 2004 (Video)

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During his pomp, Mickael Landreau was a thoroughly decent goalkeeper and a prominent member of that mini-stable of really good French stoppers that seemed to peak in unison during the early-to-mid 2000s, alongside Gregory Coupet and Ulrich Rame.

One thing Landreau was not, however, was a consummate penalty taker so quite why he was tasked with taking a spot-kick during the shootout at the end of the 2004 Coupe de la Ligue final is anybody's guess.