?Paris Saint-Germain are set to dismiss manager Unai Emery at the end of the season and target former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, according to L’Equipe.
Emery, who moved to the Parc Des Princes from Sevilla in 2016, is also rumoured to have fallen out with captain Thiago Silva in the wake of their 3-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek.
The Brazilian was taken off injured during the game, with Emery said to be furious that he was not aware of the severity of Silva’s injury quickly enough, and that is was poorly managed by his skipper.
Emery’s future is now in question after the defeat in midweek is said to have infuriated president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. That loss comes hot of the heels of an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Ligue 1 new boys Strasbourg last weekend.
Despite his side forging nine points clear of second placed Lyon in the Ligue 1 standings, Emery has also previously been forced to deny a rift with his Brazilian superstar Neymar in recent weeks.
Now, following defeat to Bayern,
The PSG board are believed to have drawn up a short list that includes Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone, though it is former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique who would appear to be in the position of strength.
Jurgen Klopp ‘Open to Swap Deal’ for Coutinho as Barcelona Consider Sending Sergi Roberto to Anfield
?Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may be willing to let Philippe Coutinho move to Barcelona, if midfielder Sergi Roberto comes the other way.
Coutinho has been the subject of long running interest from Barcelona, but has so far been unable to secure a move to the Nou Camp, despite the Spanish side reportedly offering Liverpool a fee in the region of €100m for the Brazilian attacker in the summer.
Now however, it has been suggester that Coutinho could get his move to La Liga, if Roberto comes the other way.
Spanish magazine ?Don Balon are reporting that Klopp would be tempted to let Coutinho go as part of a swap deal that would see Sergi Roberto join the Anfield side.
Despite his potential and versatility, the Spaniard, who operates mainly as a central midfielder but can also fit in as a full back or winger, has yet to fully establish himself in the Barcelona side.
Roberto has made sixteen appearances in all competitions for Barcelona this season, scoring once in a 2-0 win over Real Betis.
It has been suggested that Roberto will not be a direct replacement for Coutinho, and he may instead be used in the role currently filled by Emre Can, with the German’s contract at Anfield set to expire at the end of the season.
Philippe Coutinho is reported to have made a pact with Liverpool which will enable him to make a move to Barcelona in the January transfer window, as the Brazilian is said to have already agreed to personal terms ?with the Spanish giants.
The 25-year-old was at the centre of a summer transfer saga after his transfer request was denied and his dream move to Barcelona blocked by Liverpool, despite being subject to three bids which culminated in a £138m offer.
The report claims Coutinho already has a deal in place for the next five seasons with Barcelona, should he make the move.
During Coutinho’s Interview *Carra’s phone rings*
Interviewer: “That’s probably Barcelona calling”
Carragher: “Naah, he’s staying” pic.twitter.com/XfkTmb38Au
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) December 6, 2017
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The Brazilian playmaker captained the Reds on Wednesday night as they demolished Spartak Moscow 7-0, securing their qualification into the knockout rounds for the first time since 2009.
Not only did he wear the armband on the night, but the pacey midfielder scored a hat trick in the process, being hugely influential throughout the game.
Despite being such an influence, Coutinho stopped short of confirming that he’d be at Anfield beyond January, with the interest from Barcelona expected to be rekindled as soon as the window opens in just under a month.
“I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer,” he said after the game speaking to Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, via the ?Daily Mirror.
The quartet of Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Salah is frightening
— Luke Cullen (@lukecullen) December 7, 2017
“I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters.
“Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed, I have played with will and desire.
“It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such important playing for a club like Liverpool.”
Whilst Coutinho gave up the armband after the introduction of vice-captain James Milner, he was arguably the best player in the second half, creating chance after chance.
Liverpool fans will be hoping team performances such as Wednesday’s rout convinces Europe’s most coveted player to stick around a little while longer.
?Lionel Messi recently revealed that he and fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will never have a friendship outside of football, and that they only converse when present together at award ceremonies.
As rivals at Spain’s two biggest clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid that isn’t really surprising. What may be surprising for fans to learn, however, is that Ronaldo’s son – Ronaldo Jr. – holds a dark secret over who he considers to be his footballing idol.
If it wasn’t easy to figure out, Ronaldo Jr. has gone behind his dad’s back and labelled the mercurial Blaugrana megastar as the footballer he dreams of growing up to be. That is, if you believe this Instagram post:
Football supporters collectively lost their heads when the image made its way onto the social media platform on Wednesday but, fear not Ronaldo fans, for the whole thing is a massive fake.
The Instagram account and subsequent photo – accredited to an account called ‘mrahunter’ – have since been deleted, and many have now considered the matter to have been an elaborate prank.
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We suspect no one is more relieved than Ronaldo. We dread to think how bruised his ego would be knowing his son prefers Messi over him!