?Philippe Coutinho could leave Liverpool for Barcelona in the January transfer window after reasserting his desire to join the Catalan side, according to the Daily Express.
The Brazilian ace looked set to move to the Nou Camp after submitting a transfer request in the summer, although Liverpool rejected three bids from the Catalans, one of which is believed to be have been around €114m. The player has since stayed and been a focal point in the team since his return, scoring a stunning free-kick in Saturday’s thrilling 3-2 win at Leicester.
Despite Barca spending €135m on French winger Ousmane Demebele in a bid to replace Neymar, the former Dortmund youngster faces four months out injured and leaves Barcelona with just two first choice forwards fit, and an ageing first choice midfield.
Despite the Liverpool midfielder’s failure to secure a move away from Anfield, he has reportedly expressed his desire to join Barca again and is willing to move in January when the window opens.
Coutinho would be unable to play in the Champions League this season for the Spaniards if a January move was to happen, as he has appeared for the Reds already in their opening group match with Sevilla, rendering him cup-tied in the competition.
It appears this hasn’t put the little Brazilian off, as he and his family have been in contact with Barcelona officials since the summer transfer window closed, and Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, could apparently be ready to strike a January deal with the La Liga outfit in January.
“I have a lot of respect for my former teammates and the fans,” he told ?Marca.
Mathieu added: “It was incredible for me to share the dressing room with players like that. Friends. Friend is a very big word.
“I spoke with everyone but away from the pitch I am a family person and I prefer to be with my children and my wife.
“I tried to do the best possible when I was there. I played a lot and I did the best I could in the three years I was there. The first two were fantastic for me and only the final was more complex but that is football.
“I played a lot, I won titles and the only sad thing is that people say I did not play a lot. In my first season I played 58 percent of games and scored important goals.
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“In the second I played less, say 53-54% which is also not bad and in the final year it was difficult with the injuries and the lack of confidence from the coach but that’s the way it was.”
?AC Milan star Suso has admitted that other top teams in Serie A have made approaches for him – and said that while he turned them down, his response could be different if Real Madrid or Barcelona made a move.
The former Liverpool man has scored two goals and notched two assists in the league this season, as he looks to follow up his breakout 2016/17 campaign at the San Siro.
This notion of Suso playing as a second striker needs to end… now. We are wasting his talent. You have 3 pure strikers… use them!
— Milan Guys (@TheMilanGuys) September 24, 2017
Speaking to Il fatto quotidiano (via ?AS), he said: “If the teams that want you are Real Madrid or Barça, you can’t say no. But Milan have always said they don’t want to transfer me and I’ve always said that I want to stay here.”
The 23-year-old also revealed: “Teams like Roma and Inter have made moves for me, but each time I received offers the club said they don’t want to sell me. And I was happy, because that’s what I wanted, too.”
Bonaventura nowhere near physically fit after injury. For these displays, best to let him rest. Also, Suso is a RW. Unrecognizable in 352
— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) September 24, 2017
Milan have had a tough start to the season despite spending over €230m in a complete squad revamp over the summer, sitting sixth in the table after humbling defeats away at Lazio and Sampdoria in recent weeks.
Napoli and Juventus sit at the top of the table with six wins from six, while Inter have dropped just two points out of 18 – leaving Milan needing to pick up points early if they are to achieve their minimum aim of Champions League qualification.
Asked about his side’s prospects in the league, Suso said: “We still can’t win it, but we can qualify for the Champions League. Right now, Napoli and Juventus are ahead of us.”
?Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and former Governor of California, has branded Lionel Messi the ‘Terminator of Football’.
The seven-time Mr. Olympia was speaking ahead of his Arnold classic in Barcelona, with ?Mundo Deportivo catching up with him for an interview.
“I love Barcelona, it is a pleasure to be here and that Barcelona continues to welcome my event. This morning I took the opportunity to bike in the city,” he said.
“I have done the Arnold Classic on all continents and Barcelona is a very important part of this because it represents the European Classic. We cover all continents and it is our way of trying to reach everyone in the promotion of fitness, health and bodybuilding.”
Asked about his football background, Arnold revealed that he did play as a youth, but always knew that his calling was to be a bodybuilder.
“Yes, I played soccer, but my talent was in bodybuilding,” the star explained. “Everyone has talent in a certain area. I wanted to be a world champion in something and it turned out I was good at weightlifting, powerlifting and bodybuilding.
“That’s where I put all my energies and where I stood out.”
The 70-year-old also made mention of his visit to the Barcelona training ground last year, also referring to Argentinian star Lionel Messi as the football Terminator.
“Last year I visited and watched them [Barcelona] train. It was fantastic. When you grow up with football you always have it in mind.
“The European teams in general are very good and Barcelona is one of them obviously. Madrid too. Many of their players are among the best athletes, with tremendous stamina and speed.
“Messi is the football Terminator, we can say that.”
Arnold’s Terminator movies are among the most successful films to ever hit the screen. It must be quite an honour for Messi to be described as the aforementioned by Mr. Terminator himself.
?Manchester United are supposedly readying a staggering offer of £155m to prize Juventus star Paulo Dybala away from Turin.
The Old Lady say the Argentine has full control over his own destiny, and that there is no release clause his current contract with the club.
As reported by the ?Mirror, United could come in for Dybala after Jose Mourinho green-lighted the idea and told Ed Woodward that he wants him if he is going to leave Juve.
Transfer handler Woodward has a good relationship with the Italian giants’ general manager Beppe Marotta after the clubs negotiated successfully to bring Paul Pogba back to the Premier League in the summer of 2016.
Dybala’s preferred destination though would be Spanish titans Barcelona, who will supposedly attempt to sign him in January.
The 23-year-old gave Barca a glimpse of his abilities in last season’s Champions League by scoring two goals to help knock them out at the quarter-final stage.
United will be hoping Barca will go back in for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho though – they still have money from the Neymar world record deal to Paris Saint-Germain, and a successful raid for their long term target could aid them in their supposed pursuit of Dybala.
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The former Palermo youngster has shot out of the blocks in Serie A this season, scoring 10 goals in just six games – one more than Lionel Messi has managed over in La Liga