Journalist Claims Liverpool ‘Will Not Sell’ Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for Any Price

?Barcelona have made Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho one of their main targets this summer, having lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last month.

While many believe the Spanish side will pull through and snatch the Brazilian from the Reds’ clutches, Echo journalist James Pearce seems to think otherwise.

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According to Pearce, Liverpool will not sell the attacker at any price.

Responding to a question from a concerned supporter, the journo tweeted: “LFC won’t sell him mate. Owners/manager adamant that whatever Barca come back with, whether it’s £100m or £120m, it will be rejected.”

That’s to be of some comfort, but Barca director Robert Fernandez has also admitted that reaching a deal for Coutinho, as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, will be quite difficult.

“Not just Barca but any team looking for top quality players are getting involved in a very difficult situation in this market,” Fernandez said.

“Why? Because the market is where clubs like us want to sign top quality players. There’s no buyout clauses, so that makes things trickier. Yes, we are negotiating with clubs to make several signings, but in all awareness of the difficulty.

“We need to work our way into a favourable situation and hopefully close these deals as quickly as possible.”


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Football World Shows Support for Victims on Social Media Following Barcelona Terror Attack

?Terror struck in Barcelona on Thursday as a van ran into a large crowd of persons, killing at least 13 persons and injuring several more, according to Cadena Ser radio in Spain.

The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack, with one suspect arrested so far.

Sympathy has poured in from all over. And various sports teams, former players and personalities have expressed their sadness via social media.

Below are just a few:

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Translation: ??Dismayed by the news arriving from Barcelona. Full support and solidarity with the family and friends of the victims.

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??Translation:All in #ACMilan regret the attack in Barcelona. Our most heartfelt condolences to all those affected.”

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Zlatan, Hazard, Kante & Kane Join Ronaldo & Messi on 24-Man Shortlist for Best FIFA Men’s Player

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Harry Kane ?are among those who join usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the 24-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player ahead of the world football governing body’s annual gala that will be held in London on 23rd October.

Ronaldo took home the last prize after his 2015/16 season for club and country and remains the favourite once more after La Liga and Champions League honours in 2016/17.

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Messi ended last season by winning the European Golden Shoe for a record equalling fourth time after his 40 league goals were a continental high.

Both Hazard and Kante inspired Chelsea to Premier League glory in 2016/17, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in all competitions for Manchester United and Harry Kane captured a second successive Premier League Golden Boot.

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Real Madrid players, including Keylor Navas, unsurprisingly dominate the list of nominees.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB – Borussia Dortmund)

Leonardo Bonucci (ITA – Juventus/AC Milan)

Gianluigi Buffon (ITA – Juventus)
?Daniel Carvajal (ESP – Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo (POR – Real Madrid)

Paulo Dybala (ARG – Juventus)

Antoine Griezmann (FRA – Atletico Madrid)

Eden Hazard (BEL – Chelsea)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE – Manchester United)

Andres Iniesta (ESP – Barcelona)

Harry Kane (ENG – Tottenham Hotspur)

N’Golo Kante (FRA – Chelsea)

Toni Kroos (GER – Real Madrid)

Robert Lewandowski (POL – Bayern Munich)

Marcelo (BRA – Real Madrid)
?Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)

Luka Modric (CRO – Real Madrid)

Keylor Navas (COS – Real Madrid)

Manuel Neuer (GER – Bayern Munich)

Neymar (BRA – Barcelona/PSG)

Sergio Ramos (ESP – Real Madrid)

Alexis Sanchez (CHI – Arsenal)

Luis Suarez (URU – Barcelona)

Arturo Vidal (CHI – Bayern Munich)

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The shortlist for Best FIFA Women’s Player has also been revealed, featuring England pair Lucy Bronze and Jodie Taylor, award holder Carli Lloyd and Euro 2017 winning pair Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema:

Lucy Bronze (ENG – Manchester City Women) pictured

Deyna Castellanos (VEN – Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Pernille Harder (DEN – Linkopings / VfL Wolfsburg (Women)

Sam Kerr (AUS – Perth Glory / Sky Blue FC)

Carli Lloyd (USA – Houston Dash / Manchester City Women)

Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER – Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)

Lieke Martens (NED – FC Barcelona Femeni)

Vivianne Miedema (NED – FC Bayern Munich Frauen)

Wendie Renard (FRA – Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)

Jodie Taylor (ENG – Arsenal Women)

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The October ceremony will also see awards handed out for the premier Best FIFA Women’s Player and Best FIFA Men’s Player, as well as the FIFA Fair Play Award, the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award, the FIFA FIFPro World11 and the new FIFA Goalkeeper Award.


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Reports in Spain Claim Coutinho Will Be Unveiled as a Barcelona Player in a ‘Matter of Hours’

?Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is set to be unveiled as a Barcelona player in a ‘matter of hours’, according to Spanish publication ?Mundo Deportivo.

The Brazilian, who has been linked with the Spanish giants since last summer, has been tipped with a move to the Camp Nou in the wake of Neymar’s sale to French side Paris Saint-Germain.

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The Catalan side only recently completed the signing of Paulinho from Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande, and are now focusing on reeling his compatriot in. Negotiations with the Reds are said to have taken a turn for the better, with the player making it clear to Jurgen Klopp that he cannot pass up on the opportunity to play for a club of Barcelona’s stature.

If the report is to be believed, Coutinho’s transfer will cost Barcelona at least half of the £198m raked from selling Neymar last month.

The club’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Ousmane Dembele, however, has hit a snag. BVB want way more than the proposed £100m and aren’t willing to bend to the player’s demands, despite his refusal to train, as well as his going AWOL last week.

The French youngster is still very keen on moving to Spain, but Dortmund don’t appear to be ready to lower their valuation.

Klopp, meanwhile, now resigned to losing Coutinho, is believed to have asked the Liverpool owners to ask for Barca’s Ivan Rakitic as part of the deal. The German is reported as being a huge admirer of the Croatian, whom he has been paying close attention to since his Schalke 04 days.

And he believes that reaching an agreement for the 29-year-old would go a long way in filling the void which should be left by Coutinho.


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Tottenham Ready to Make Barcelona Midfielder Denis Suarez First Summer Signing

?Tottenham are set to make their first swoop of the summer as they line up a potential bid for Barcelona playmaker Denis Suarez.

Spurs have endured a frustrating summer so far and are yet to secure a signing but have the funds available following the £50m departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City, and are looking at the La Masia academy product to kick start their spending.

HITC have reported (via Spanish Newspaper Mundo Deportivo) that Mauricio Pochettino’s men are ready to rival Serie A side Napoli and both have made a bid believed to be in the region of €30m.

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Maurizio Sarri’s side are said to be in pole position to land the young Spanish international and are willing to increase their bid to €35m to secure the services of Suarez, offering the player a tempting wage package.

Valencia are also rumoured to be interested in the midfielder but are yet to make a formal bid for him. After an impressive season for Villarreal in 2015/2016, where he netted four times in 33 appearances, Barcelona chose to re-sign their former academy player for €3.5m.

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However, Barcelona are rumoured to be willing to sell the 23-year-old as he has struggled to hold down a regular first team spot. 

With Barca being linked with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, their arrival would push Suarez further down the pecking order forcing him to leave.


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