Jordi Alba Hits Out at ‘Tiring’ Rumours Linking Neymar With Summer Camp Nou Return

?Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba described the never-ending transfer whirlwind surrounding former teammate Neymar as ‘tiring’, and wished Philippe Coutinho all the best ahead of his loan move to Bayern Munich. 

Neymar is determined to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and a possible return to Barcelona has been the main talking point of this transfer window. 

Although both clubs and the player are open to the move, a deal has yet to be reached and the Brazilian star’s future remains up in the air. 


Speaking to ?Marca after his side’s surprise opening day defeat to Athletic Club, Jordi Alba gave his insight into the ?Neymar transfer saga, which continues to rumble on. 

“It’s already tiring,” he said. “We have to wait until the window closes. He’s a great player. It’s the club’s decision. If he comes, great, but we have to wait and everyday there’s talk of a different team.”

Whilst Neymar’s immediate future is still very uncertain, another Brazilian star has been shown the door from the Nou Camp following an underwhelming stint in Catalunya.

Coutinho has agreed to join German giants ?Bayern Munich on a season-long loan, with an option to buy at the end of the campaign. 


The 27-year-old joined la Blaugrana in January 2018 in a deal worth up to £142m from Premier League side ?Liverpool, but he has failed to perform to the levels expected of him by the demanding Barcelona supporters. 

Alba was full of praise for his teammate, saying: “He’s a great player. He’s one of the most talented players in the world and I wish him well.”


Philippe Coutinho Loan Fee Revealed as Brazil Star Is Pictured Arriving in Germany for Medical

Philippe Coutinho has been pictured in southern Germany ahead of his impending move to Bayern Munich, while the actual fee the club will pay for the Barcelona forward has also been revealed.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer, with La Blaugrana desperate to rid themselves of the forward, who has failed miserably to justify his hefty price tag since moving to Catalonia from Liverpool for a fee that could have potentially risen to £142m.

With a whole host of clubs rejecting the chance to sign the 27-year-old this window, previously unlinked ?Bayern have swooped in to sign the ?Barcelona forward on an initial loan deal as they eyed replacements for the departed Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidži? has also confirmed the deal, stating as quoted by ?Calciomercato: “I can confirm that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have been in Barcelona and we have reached an agreement with the club, the player and the agent. We are very happy to bring this player to Bayern.”

Philippe Coutinho

Images have also surfaced online of Coutinho arriving in Bavaria ahead of putting pen-to-paper on the one-year loan deal with an option to buy. However, ?Bild have dismissed suggestions that the loan fee would be as high as €20m, instead claiming it will be €8.5m.

Where the confusion may have arisen is over the player’s current salary, a staggering €13m per year. The German publication have revealed that Bayern will pay the entirety of his wages, however, the loan fee will stand at the aforementioned figure.

While the loan fee is less than previously touted, the option to purchase Coutinho will remain at €120m, an option Die Roten may or may not choose to take next summer. 

If Bayern do opt to make Coutinho’s move permanent next season, he will become the most expensive player in ?Bundesliga history, surpassing the €100m-mark for the first time in the competition’s existence.

It is becoming a case of two wingers out, two wingers in at the Allianz Arena after Bayern confirmed the signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter on a similar loan deal with an option to buy.


Neymar Still Convinced He Will Leave PSG This Summer as Barcelona Work on Potential Deal

?Brazilian superstar Neymar is determined to engineer an exit from Paris Saint-Germain this summer and is eyeing a return to former club Barcelona as the transfer window deadline creeps ever closer. 

The 27-year-old declared his intention to leave the French side over the summer, but a deal has yet to be agreed with any potential suitors. 


Barcelona remain in pole position to land the sulking forward, but the Catalan club are struggling to come to an agreement with the Parisians. PSG are seemingly happy to see the back of the Brazilian winger this summer, but only for the right price.

According to ?Le Parisien, ?Neymar’s entourage has reiterated their client’s desire to leave France, and Barcelona are likely to launch another bid to land the superstar.

La Blaugrana have already splashed a huge amount of cash this summer, spending €120m on Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid and €75m on Dutch wonderkid Frenkie de Jong.

Antoine Griezmann

?Barcelona will subsequently need to include at least one of their own players in a swap-deal with PSG, so as not to incur the wrath of the Financial Fair Play committee.

Former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho was the prime candidate to depart Camp Nou and head to Parc des Princes, but he is instead set to join ?Bayern Munich on loan with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season. 

This agreement may force Barcelona to insert winger ?Ousmane Dembele into the Neymar deal, although the Frenchman has stated he has no interest in leaving the Spanish side this summer. 


How Much Barcelona Still Owe Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho as Bayern Close in on Loan Deal

Reports in Spain in recent hours have suggested Liverpool are set to pocket a handy €20m from Philippe Coutinho’s imminent season-long loan switch from Barcelona to Bayern Munich – but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

The Brazil international has been subject to near constant speculation about his future this summer and now looks set to end his underwhelming spell in Catalonia with a temporary move to the German champions.


However, reports Liverpool are set to receive €20m from this loan deal appear to be somewhat wide of the mark. ?

The Echo understands that the European champions have already received as much as €155m from Barcelona for the 27-year-old, with just €5m still outstanding between the two clubs.

Liverpool’s coffers were significantly swollen back in January 2018, after their want-away star finally sealed his €160m switch to the Catalan giants, following months of frustrating transfer speculation.

Despite netting 21 times in 76 appearances and bagging back-to-back La Liga titles during his time at the Camp Nou, Coutinho has faced frequent criticism from the press and the terraces as he struggled to live up to his huge price tag. 

The deal negotiated by the club’s now famed sporting director Michael Edwards, was the largest in ?Liverpool‘s history. The funds went some way to the funding of a club record move for Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool’s fortunes dramatically improved on the field.

Edwards also included a clause, effectively barring ?Barcelona from making a move for any other Liverpool stars, until the summer of 2020. The prohibitive clause would see Los Cules having to pay a whopping €100 premium for any Reds player on their radar.  


7 of the Biggest Opening Day Shocks in European Football History

?Curtain-raisers produce some weird, wild and wacky results.

It’s always difficult to assess a team’s chances after several months away from competitive action and a recent tour of Asia, the United States or any other far-off reaches of the globe. Nevertheless, we always marvel at the sight of an underdog toppling one of the big boys, even if it’s the first fixture of the new campaign. 

Antoine Griezmann

Athletic Bilbao’s ?late victory over Barcelona on Friday night certainly caught the attention of football lovers the world over, whilst Bayern Munich’s ?captivating 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin was a result few saw coming.

However, those are not the greatest shocks to have occurred on matchday one. Here, we take a look at seven of the biggest opening day upsets from across the continent.

Offenbacher Kickers 6-0 Bayern Munich (1974)

Jonny Hansen

?Die Roten’s record for round 1 fixtures is far superior to any other ?Bundesliga club, with a 6-0 crushing of Werder Bremen in 2016 the joint-largest first game victory since the league’s foundation in 1963.

Fittingly, they were also involved in the only other 6-0 win in a German curtain-raiser. Unfortunately for the Bavarians, they were on the receiving end as Offenbacher Kickers humiliated the reigning European champions in 1974.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was given a top-flight debut he would never forget on that late-August afternoon, the legendary forward ghosting through the contest as the illustrious Bayern Munich were brought to their knees.

Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United (1995)


Alan Hansen’s reputation as a pundit went south after ?Manchester United secured a league and cup double at the end of the 1995/96 season. After the Red Devils had lost their first ?Premier League match of the year 3-1 to ?Aston Villa, the Scot made a memorable comment about youth.

Hansen had claimed that (as quoted by ?BBC): “You can’t win anything with kids”. 

In his defence, United’s frailties had just been ruthlessly exposed by a team that finished one place above the relegation zone just three months prior and there were glaring questions about team personnel.

How was the former ?Liverpool defender to know the fame and glory that Sir Alex Ferguson’s young recruits would garner in the coming years? David Beckham, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes were mere mortals back then.

Numancia 1-0 Barcelona (2008)

Thierry Henry

Semi final exits in both the ?Champions League and Copa del Rey, combined with a third spot ?La Liga, had seen Frank Rijkaard vacate his position as ?Barcelona manager in the summer of 2008.

La Blaugrana decided to gamble and gave the reins to Pep Guardiola, who had been coaching in the Barça academy setup since retiring from on-field matters. We all know the success that he would bring to the Nou Camp during his four years at the helm, but it started horribly for Pep.

A star-studded lineup failed to overcome newly-promoted Numancia in front of a 9,000-strong crowd, with supporters swiftly turning on Guardiola and his strange footballing philosophy. Just have a look at a few of the players that started against the minnows: Samuel Eto’o, Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Yaya Toure, Carles Puyol… how did they not win 8-0?

Wigan Athletic 0-4 Blackpool (2010)

Alex Baptiste

Having been exiled from the top division of English football since the late 1960s, Blackpool made an unexpected return to the promised land in 2010, courtesy of an enthralling 3-2 triumph over ?Cardiff City in the ?Championship playoff final.

The Tangerines had been favourites to drop down to the third-tier that season and they were once again marked down as relegation fodder when they began their maiden Premier League campaign.

Though they would ultimately succumb and slip through the trap door, Ian Holloway’s fearless seasiders could always be relied upon for fun. Their reputation as the league’s great entertainers started with an attention-grabbing 4-0 victory away to ?Wigan Athletic, Marlon Harewood hitting a brace as Blackpool stole second position in the table.

West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Liverpool (2012)

Luis Suarez,Gareth McAuley

Brendan Rodgers had worked wonders at ?Swansea City, instilling grit as well as a slick style-of-play to keep the Welshmen’s heads above water in their first season since gaining promotion to the Premier League.

So impressive was Rodgers’ performance in the dugout, that the mighty Liverpool lured him north to Anfield for the 2012/13 campaign. There were serious issues with the club at the point in time, however, and the Northern Irishman was given a baptism of fire at the Hawthorns.

Still getting to grips with his squad, Rodgers helplessly watched on as ?West Bromwich Albion tore them to shreds with a convincing display on opening day. 

Juventus 0-1 Udinese (2015)

Paul Pogba,Paulo Dybala

Four Scudetti had been added to ?Juventus’ enormous trophy cabinet in the space of four years. The Old Lady had fallen agonisingly short of collecting their third European Cup as they lost 3-1 to Barcelona in May. They had a team packed with household names.

None of that mattered when the Bianconeri kicked off their challenge for a fifth successive ?Serie A title at home to Udinese in 2015, a side who had come 16th the year prior. Cyril Thereau got the winner as the contest drew to a close, Paul Pogba and co left speechless as the striker coolly slotted home a late volley.

Newly-Relegated Championship Sides (2019)

Marcus Bettinelli

The Championship is notoriously difficult to navigate. Even so, it was a jolt to the system to see the three sides relegated from last year’s Premier League – ?Fulham, Cardiff and ?Huddersfield Town – all fall to defeat in Round 1.

Jan Siewert was the first manager to pay the price for an underwhelming starts as his spell as Huddersfield boss came to an untimely end on Friday. The Cottagers and Bluebirds both bounced back from their losses, but Town went down once again.