Report Reveals Reasons Why Man Utd Pulled Out of Yerry Mina Deal Before Everton Move

Jose Mourinho held conversations with Yerry Mina and his representatives ahead of a proposed move to ?Manchester United this summer; however, the Red Devils hierarchy decided to pull out of the deal due to both the player’s and club’s terms, according to reports. 

As last Thursday’s transfer deadline loomed, the north west outfit attempted to lure a number of centre backs to the club, including ?Barcelona’s Colombian defender and ?Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin. 

However, according to ?The Sunday Times, last year’s ?Premier League runners-up only began to chase the Spanish capital guardian after pulling out of negotiations with Mina; which came about for a series of reasons. 

The report claims that Manchester United bosses were not willing to accept Barca’s request for a buyback clause being installed into the agreement – a common theme in most of the Catalonians’ dealings. 

In addition, the Old Trafford chiefs were left unimpressed with the structure of fees set out by the 23-year-old’s agent or indeed his overall attitude during talks, while also refusing Andre Gomes be a part of the transaction. 

?Everton, meanwhile, seemingly did not see such factors as roadblocks in reaching an agreement with Barcelona; completing the £27m signing of Mina alongside securing his Barcelona midfield team-mate on a season-long loan before Thursday’s 5pm cutoff. 

However, unlike United, the Toffees were also not against including the aforementioned buyback clause, which is understood to be in the region of €60m (£53.6m). 

Despite an impressive World Cup, the centre back failed to shine at the Camp Nou during his debut season last time around and will be hoping no such difficulties stand in his way during his inaugural campaign at Goodison Park. 

And although the Red Devils still need reinforcements in defence, as was shown as Mourinho’s men once again relied heavily on the heroics of David de Gea during their ?opening day win over Leicester City on Friday, there is still hope January may bring with it an arrival of more assured quality. 


Jamie Carragher Explains How Philippe Coutinho Could Help Liverpool Win the Premier League

??Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed that he believes this season is Liverpool’s best chance at winning the ?Premier League, thanks to the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho left the club in favour of ?Barcelona in January in a £142m deal, and Carragher believes that the ability to reinvest those funds into the squad, used to sign Alisson, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita, has given Liverpool a real chance of winning the title this season.


Writing for the ?Irish Independent, Carragher said: “This Anfield era feels different though, and there are several reasons for that.

“The first, naturally, is the squad strengthening. Liverpool have spent the kind of money usually associated with the Manchester clubs and ?Chelsea, but this is an anomaly rather than a trend.

Klopp has spent £170 million, but those funds came mainly from the £142m received for Philippe Coutinho last January.

“We cannot ignore that when trying to redefine Klopp as some kind of chequebook manager, or Liverpool’s American owners as Roman Abramovich-style benefactors.

“It means this summer’s investment is unlikely to be repeated without selling another star. I wrote last season I feared Liverpool may never win the league under Klopp due to the financial strength in Manchester.

“I also stated after Coutinho’s sale that the extraordinary fee presented an opportunity – for one summer at least – to outspend the rest of the Premier League. That is the world Liverpool is in today. 

“They have given themselves a chance by investing heavily to correct weaknesses in their line-up – a chance that will not come along regularly.”


Liverpool identified the weaknesses in their squad and move quickly to rectify those issues. Carragher explains how the ?Champions League final highlighted the club’s need to strengthen in goal, in central midfield, and in their attacking depth.

In Alisson, Fabinho, Keita and Shaqiri, the club have done exactly that. As Carragher says, the squad is considerably stronger this season, and fans will agree with Carragher in hoping that their club can win the league this year.


Brazil Legend Ronaldo in Intensive Care in Ibiza After Being Diagnosed With Pneumonia

?Legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo has been taken into intensive care after coming down with pneumonia while on holiday in Ibiza.

Ronaldo, who retired in 2011, and is widely renowned as one of the greatest football players of all time, was diagnosed with the illness on Friday night, and according to the Mirror, was rushed to the Can Misses hospital on Friday evening.

The hospital says he remains in intensive care, but is making ‘good progress’. No more information is available currently for ‘data protection reasons’.

He was believed to be visiting the house he owns on the island a few days ago for a summer break, and the news comes as a shock to many, as his playing career made a significant impact on so many football fans.

His 18-year career spanned seven different clubs, winning the FIFA World Player of the Year three times and the Ballon d’Or twice, as well as two league titles with Real Madrid, two World Cups with Brazil, and a UEFA Cup with Inter, among countless other accolades.

He featured for Cruzeiro, PSV, ?Barcelona, ?Real Madrid, and both Milan clubs before returning to Brazil and retiring at Corinthians in 2011, scoring 247 goals in 343 games over the piece, and leaving a remarkable, unparalleled legacy behind.

He remains the second highest scorer in Brazil’s history, with his 62 goals in 98 games placing him behind only Pele at international level.


Picking the Best Potential Barcelona Lineup to Face Sevilla on Sunday

Barcelona will kick off their season with a Supercopa de Espana fixture against Sevilla in Tangier, Morocco on Sunday. 

The cup match will be a bit different this time around and will only be played over a single leg. Also, this will be the first time it will be taking place outside of Spain.

Here’s how Ernesto Valverde could line his men up for this upcoming match.

4. Goalkeeper

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (GK) He should be the one in goal for the Primera Division title holders when they play their first competitive game of the season. 

The German stopper has become the side’s main man between the sticks and should be the one who gets the start, although Jasper Cillessen could pip him for the nod.

3. Defenders

Nelson Semedo (RB) – The most likely choice to start at right-back, with Sergi Roberto suspended after picking up a red in Barca’s final fixture of last season.

Gerard Pique (CB) – The Spaniard will function in his usual centre-back role for this one.

Clement Lenglet (CB) – Lenglet could be handed a competitive debut against his former side after joining La Blaugrana this summer as Samuel Umtiti might not be ready given his late return from holiday.

Jordi Alba (LB) – Jordi Alba has been a mainstay at left-back for Barca and will more than likely start.

2. Midfielders

Malcom (RW) – The club’s new acquisition could be handed a chance to show his worth as he prepares for life as an Barcelona player.

Ivan Rakitic (RCM) – The Croatia star is one of Barca’s creative influences in the middle and will most probably start.

Sergio Busquets (LCM) – Busquets will likely start in the middle for the Spanish champions, while Arturo Vidal or Arthur could also push for some action.

Philippe Coutino (LW) – The former Liverpool man will start on the left side of the midfield but is prone to cutting inside on his right to create and score. He should do just that.

1. Forwards

Lionel Messi (ST) – The Argentinian hitman isn’t suffering from any injuries. So of course, he starts.

Luis Suarez (ST) – Another no-brainer. Luis Suarez will play up front with his favourite partner in crime, with the pair looking ahead to yet another fruitful collaboration for the upcoming season.


Gerard Pique Confirms Decision to Retire From International Football After Disappointing World Cup

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has called time on his career as a Spain international following a nine-year stint with La Roja.

The 31-year-old has decided to focus on his club commitments and has announced his decision to withdraw himself from availability for international selection despite the arrival of former Barca boss Luis Enrique.


Pique, who made 102 appearances for Spain, was a part of his country’s most successful era in world football and will be remembered as one of their best, in spite of his controversial support for Catalan nationalism.

“I spoke with Luis Enrique a week or two ago, he called me, but I told him that the decision was very thoughtful, that he ‘was a wonderful step, but now I’m focusing on Barca,” the centre-back said in quotes cited by L’Equipe.

And, speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s clash with Sevilla in Saturday’s Supercopa de Espana, he reflected on the great memories gained from his time playing for the 2010 World Cup winners.

?“I have had a really good time, with a European Championship and a World Cup, but that story is at an end,” Pique declared.

“I have told this to Luis Enrique. It would make sense to leave it after the World Cup.”

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“It has been a wonderful time and I have experienced amazing things, but sometimes you have to end cycles and you have to do that in the right fashion.”

Pique helped Spain win World Cup eight years ago, as well as the Euros in 2012. But, following a disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign and with age creeping up, he has opted to fully commit to the Primera Division giants and close the curtains on his international metier.