Samuel Umtiti

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Blow for Manchester United and Manchester City with €110m defender in talks with Spanish club

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According to Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United and Manchester City have lost out in their pursuit for a new defender, with any hope of completing a €110m deal being all but ruled out.

Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti, who joined from Olympique Lyonnais in July 2016, has been linked with both Premier League sides this season, but it appears the €110m centre-back will sign a new deal with the Spanish giants.

Umtiti leaves Barcelona in £53m deal, Dybala completes £86m switch – Manchester United’s £139m dream January window

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to catch up with Manchester City in the Premier League title race this season, and a £139m swoop for two players in January could help him in his quest.

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is one player the Red Devils are reportedly keen on signing when the winter transfer window opens.

Mascherano close to China move: reports

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano is set to move to Chinese side Hebei China Fortune in January for 10 million euros ($11.8 million), Barcelona-based daily Sport reported on Tuesday.

Mascherano, 33, has made just 10 appearances in all competitions this season as he has fallen down the pecking order under new coach Ernesto Valverde and been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Mascherano close to China move: reports

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano is set to move to Chinese side Hebei China Fortune in January for 10 million euros ($11.8 million), Barcelona-based daily Sport reported on Tuesday.

Mascherano, 33, has made just 10 appearances in all competitions this season as he has fallen down the pecking order under new coach Ernesto Valverde and been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Barca slip in Celta thriller, Griezmann gives Atletico hope

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Madrid (AFP) – Celta Vigo breathed life into La Liga’s title race by becoming the first team this season to take points off Barcelona at the Nou Camp in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Iago Aspas gave Celta an early lead, but an inspired display from Lionel Messi appeared to have earned Barca another three points as he immediately equalised and then helped tee up Luis Suarez to put the hosts 2-1 in front.

Barca slip in Celta thriller, Griezmann gives Atletico hope

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Madrid (AFP) – Celta Vigo breathed life into La Liga’s title race by becoming the first team this season to take points off Barcelona at the Nou Camp in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Iago Aspas gave Celta an early lead, but an inspired display from Lionel Messi appeared to have earned Barca another three points as he immediately equalised and then helped tee up Luis Suarez to put the hosts 2-1 in front.

Samuel Umtiti linked with Man Utd transfer

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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is a transfer target for Manchester United, according to the Daily Mirror. Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is said to...

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Lionel Messi back in Barcelona training after injury

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona on Wednesday following three weeks out with a groin injury.

France international defender Samuel Umtiti also returned to training according to a statement on the Catalan giants' website.

"BothLeo MessiandSamuel Umtiti, despite neither yet being declared fit for selection as they battle to recover from injury, were able to join the rest of the team for the workout," said the statement accompanied by a photo showing Argentine Messi at training.

Roberto, Cillessen add to Barcelona injury list

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Barcelona (AFP) Full-back Sergi Roberto and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen have returned to Barcelona from international duty injured, the Spanish champions said on Monday.

Dutch back-up keeper Cillessen is expected to be out for three weeks after suffering an ankle ligament injury while Roberto also faces a spell on the sidelines with a groin injury picked up during training with Spain.

Roberto, Cillessen add to Barcelona injury list

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Barcelona (AFP) Full-back Sergi Roberto and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen have returned to Barcelona from international duty injured, the Spanish champions said on Monday.

Dutch back-up keeper Cillessen is expected to be out for three weeks after suffering an ankle ligament injury while Roberto also faces a spell on the sidelines with a groin injury picked up during training with Spain.

La Liga 2016/17 season preview: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid gear up for battle

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Another La Liga campaign gets underway this weekend with the top 20 clubs in Spanish football all looking to take the first step towards a memorable season. Over the last few years the El Clásico duo...

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Euro 2016 Transfers: Bartosz Kapustka and 23 players whose Euro form put them in the shop window

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Euro 2016 may be done and dusted but it's not quite forgotten. Despite the lack of classic matches the Euros had its fair share of excellent team and individual performances, and those quality...

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Umtiti linked with Barcelona as Enrique searches for recruits

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With rumours surfacing surrounding the future of Javier Mascherano in recent weeks, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is on the hunt for fresh defensive options this summer. Lyon's Samuel Umtiti is the latest name to be linked with a move to the Camp Nou, and if may well not be too long until we see the Frenchman's arrival in Spain.

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Chelsea’s big offer for 21-yr-old star before June 30 could seal transfer

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Chelsea's big offer for 21-yr-old star before June 30 could seal transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We covered a report yesterday that Chelsea were showing an interest in Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti.

Lyon are keen to hold on to their star playersfor next season,like Lacazette and Fakir, but in order to do so, they may have to sell few players to balance the books.

Chelsea set to bid for €15m French defender

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Chelsea set to bid for €15m French defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French club Lyon's transfer policy in the summer transfer window will be to keep hold of their star players. Club chairmanJean-Michel Aulas has repeatedly said that he wishes to keep hold of Lacazette and Fekir, two of his best players in the summer, despite strong interests from big Premier League clubs.

Gareth Bale steals the show with a double that lights up “The Lane”

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Gareth Bale steals the show with a double that lights up "The Lane"

Tonight I was lucky enough to attend the Europa League fixture at White Hart Lane between Tottenham Hotspur and Lyon, and witness three world class goals, two from Gareth Bale in a thrilling match between two of Europe's biggest sides.

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Best Player, Best Youngster, Biggest Flop… Ligue 1 Season Review 2014/15

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The 10 Series – Class of 2013 Review: How did our pick of Ligue 1 best young players for 2013 get on?

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The 10 Series is our annual special feature on Just Football scouting the best young talents in Europe.

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (95-91)

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SWOL analyst Mohamed Al-Hendy continues his countdown of the best U21 players in the world that you should watch in 2013 with the remainder of the first ten on the lists with the 95-91 places.

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Lyon are current undergoing a youth revolution under Remi Garde in Ligue 1.

The 10 Series – 10 Exciting Young Footballers to watch in France Ligue 1 in 2013

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10 of the most exciting young football players to watch in Ligue 1 in 2013, rising stars breaking through in France. Part of The 10 Series brought to you by Just-Football.

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AC Milan Transfer Rumors: Defenders Wanted at Giuseppe Meazza

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After a slow start in the Serie A, AC Milan have now sneaked in and positioned themselves in third place which in Serie A is good enough for Champions League qualifiers. Milan are only trailing second place Napoli by two points with only nine games left in the season.

This year has been a little bit turbulent for Milan's liking.

Newcastle Linked With Top Young Lyon Defender

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News in the Daily Mail today that the Newcastle scouting is picking up for the summer transfer market, and Chief Scout Graham Carr has checked on one of Lyon's best young players. Samuel Umtiti 19 year-old Lyon defender It seems that 19-year-old left-back Samuel Umtiti, the French U20 International, could be in Newcastle's sights [.

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Cristiano Ronaldo faces lengthy ban for referee push

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo could face a four to 12-game ban for pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after being shown a controversial red card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win at Barcelona.

Madrid intend to appeal the second yellow card shown to the World Player of the Year for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti, in a bid to free Ronaldo to play in Wednesday’s second leg.

Friday Kickoff: Bale shines in Tottenham win, Atletico suffer shock defeat, and more

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Tottenham Hotspurs kept their hot run of form going on Thursday evening, when they defeated French club Lyon 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale, as he has so many times this season, played the hero, scoring two tremendous free kick goals, the second coming in the third minute of extra time to win the game for the North London club.