Luis Suarez Urges Barcelona to Sign Tottenham Maestro This Summer to Replace Club Icon

??Barcelona are in the transfer market this summer with the task of finding potential additions which can strengthen a squad which stormed to La Liga title glory under Ernesto Valverde with some comfort in the 2017/18 season.

With the departure of club legend ?Andres Iniesta, there is now a considerable creative void gaping in the Catalan side’s engine room, which will surely be an area of priority for reinforcement ahead of next season.

According to Spanish outlet ?Don Balon, Barcelona’s star striker Luis Suarez has urged his club to recruit ?Tottenham’s star playmaker ?Christian Eriksen as the ideal candidate to step into the role and assume the burden of chief creator in the Barcelona midfield.

Eriksen enjoyed a stunning season in north London last season, scoring ten goals and laying on 11 assists in 37 Premier League appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The playmaker is currently impressing at the heart of Denmark’s World Cup campaign and scored with a stunning strike in his country’s 1-1 draw with Australia on Thursday.

The report suggests that Eriksen has caught the eye of Suarez in particular, and that the former Liverpool hitman now wants the Dane to be the man providing him with ammunition next term at the Camp Nou.

It is said that Barca chiefs took positive note of Luka Modric’s talismanic display for Croatia as the Real Madrid star’s side dismantled Argentina in a shock 3-0 win on Thursday.

The Catalans apparently view Eriksen as a similar player and see him as having the potential for performing a similar role for the Spanish champions next season.

Eriksen is still only 26 and has all the technical qualities required to form a strong understanding in Barca’s midfield with Modric’s international teammate, Ivan Rakitic, and club icon Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou.

Don Balon also suggest that Tottenham are aware of the inflated value which Eriksen’s recent form bestows upon him in the current market. They have therefore valued the Danish star at €100m (£87m) in a bid to stave off interest from clubs such as Barcelona in pursuing such a vital figure in Pochettino’s side.

If player power has as much influence at Barcelona as seems to be the case, however, Luis Suarez and co could well act to force the club’s hand into doing business at any cost.


World Cup Star’s Father Confirms Contact From Barcelona Over Potential Summer Transfer

Mexico star Hirving Lozano made his mark in the 2018 World Cup when he put the Germans to the sword on Sunday, scoring the only game of the match to produce one of the tournament’s most shocking results.

The 22-year-old currently plies his trade at Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven, but he has been a target for many other clubs for quite some time. 


Manchester United were believed to be one of the player’s strongest suitors before he left Pachucha for the Netherlands last summer, and Everton are now reported as having a keen interest.

Barcelona, though, have also taken notice of the youngster’s exploits, with various sources claiming an approach has already been made. And Lozano’s father has since confirmed as much in an interview with ESPN Radio Formula.

?“There are, yes, approaches, but still nothing is very clear, we will talk after the World Cup,” he revealed.

“I think that when the World Cup finishes we will see the reality, if he will stay in PSV or if he will go to another team.”

Lozano scored 17 goals and assisted eight more in 29 league appearances for PSV last season, giving them a huge push in their run to the Eredivisie title as they pipped Ajax by four points.

The club will obviously hope to keep him, yet they may not be able to refuse an offer from the cash-strapped Spanish side, who are known to pursue their targets relentlessly.

Mexico, meanwhile, will play their second game of the tournament against South Korea on Saturday. Another win would see them seal qualification for the knockout round. 


Argentina Manager Throws ‘Limited’ Squad Under the Bus to Defend Lionel Messi Performance

?Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has spoken out in defence of Lionel Messi, but thrown the rest of La Albiceleste’s squad under the bus.

The South American side have failed to win a game at the ?World Cup this year, drawing their first 1-1 with Iceland en route to suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Croatians on Thursday.

Argentina v Croatia: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Messi’s performances have been shockingly poor over these last two games. And that missed penalty in the opening match will likely haunt him for a very long time.

Sampaoli, though, reckons the rest of the squad are to blame as they cannot accommodate the Barcelona man’s brilliance.

Cristiano Ronaldo, by comparison, is having a remarkable personal campaign in the tournament and leads all scorers with four goals. There are many who believe that the World Cup has settled the argument regarding who’s best, yet Sampaoli claims that the juxtaposing is unfair.

“I think Cristiano is a great player – you can look at all he has achieved as a player with his club and his country,” he told the BBC after Thursday’s loss.

“Right now we shouldn’t compare these two players. I think because of the reality of the Argentinian squad, it clouds Leo’s brilliance. Leo is limited because the team doesn’t gel ideally with him as it should. As coaches, we need to realise these things and try to deal with them and I’m the one that needs to accept it.”

Portugal v Morocco: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The manager also admitted culpability over Argentina’s woeful account of themselves.

“I am responsible for this result,” he continued. “I was just as dreamy-eyed as any fan and I am hurt by this result. I believe I did the best job I could and I quite simply did not find a way to give them what they wanted.”

Argentina still have hopes of progressing to the next round, but they’d need a huge favour from Nigeria, who would have to beat Iceland on Friday to leave them with a chance.


Tottenham Considering Huge €60m Bid for Barcelona Full-Back Following Conclusion of World Cup

?Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking at making an offer for ?Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba when he returns from the World Cup?, where he is currently playing for the Spanish national team.

Alba, who made 46 competitive appearances for ?La Liga giants Barcelona last season, is said to be available for around 60m due to a release clause in his contract, prompting ?interest from various Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United.

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According to AS, the 29-year-old’s contract is set to expire in 2020 and promises of a new contract were made to Alba’s agent, Vincente Flores.

However, since Barcelona’s Director of Football Raul Sanllehi left for Arsenal in November last year, no contract offer has been made and the player is subsequently keeping his options open, drawing further interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

Jordi Alba is regarded as one of the bets full-backs in the world, having played for Barcelona for that last 6 years, in which time he has won 4 Spanish La Liga titles and has won 1 European Championship with Spain, scoring in the final. 

He is known for both his speed and attacking abilities from defence, making him an exciting signing should he move to a Premier League side. 

How quickly Tottenham make a move for the player depends on how well Spain perform in this World Cup, as no transfer will take place whilst Alba is in Russia.

Iran v Spain: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Though Alba’s focus may be on the World Cup, Spurs are said to have their eyes on a number of talented individuals, having already been linked with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.