Bold Report Claims Barcelona Will Make €50m Plus Andre Gomes Bid to Sign Bayern’s David Alaba

?Barcelona are reportedly planning on making an audacious summer bid for Bayern Munich’s Austrian full back David Alaba.

According to a report in Don Balon via Sky Sports, Barcelona are willing to offer €50m plus midfielder Andre Gomes in exchange for the Bayern star.

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Alaba is one of the most highly-regarded full backs in European football and has made almost 300 senior appearances for Bayern since joining as a 16-year-old in 2008. He’s also a mainstay in the Austria national team and already has 60 caps to his name at the age of 25.

Alaba’s versatility is likely to be one of the reasons for Barcelona’s interest – the full back can play on either side of defence and is often used in a more attacking role when on international duty. 

A return of 37 senior goals in just under 400 appearances shows Alaba is as much a threat going forward as he is defensively shrewd.

Gomes looks set to leave Barcelona in the summer.

Andre Gomes, meanwhile, has found life difficult at Camp Nou since joining from Valencia in 2016 for a reported fee in excess of €35m. 

Gomes has started just four games for the La Liga leaders this season and he has long been linked with a move away from the club, with Tottenham and Juventus reportedly interested in the 24-year old.

While Gomes looks set to leave this summer, it’s unlikely that Bayern would part with one of their star men, especially with Alaba tied to a contract at the Allianz Arena until 2021. 


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‘It Is False’: Antoine Griezmann Denies Barcelona Talks But Wants Future Sorted Before World Cup

??Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has rubbished reports claiming a move to ?Barcelona is already in place but says he wants his future sorted before the World Cup in Russia later this year.

Griezmann, who scored the equaliser in ?Atletico’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday, has been heavily linked with Barcelona but strongly denied rumours claiming he had already agreed to join the La Liga leaders.

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When asked whether he and his representatives have opened discussions with Barca, he said, as quoted by ?Telefoot: “I don’t know where you get this information, but it is false. I want to be free and think only about the French team.

“I would like my future to be settled before the World Cup, otherwise, afterwards, we will have questions to the right and the left. I will continue as I am now, giving everything to the club.”

Griezmann will be a key part of the France team in Russia this summer, alongside Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Chelsea ace N’Golo Kante and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

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Griezmann has scored 18 goals and contributed a further eight assists in 27 league appearances so far this season but any hopes for domestic success with Atletico this season have been dashed in recent weeks.

Barca now hold an 11 point lead over Atletico but Diego Simeone’s side can still lift a trophy at the end of the term via the Europa League, with Los Rojiblancos well placed to reach the semi finals after beating Sporting CP 2-0 on Thursday.

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Barcelona Ace Gerard Pique Takes Sly Dig at Real Madrid Over Guard of Honour Rumours

?Barcelona ace Gerard Pique has made a sly dig at his team’s arch rivals Real Madrid, after being asked his opinion on Los Blancos potentially refusing to give his side the guard of honour if they become La Liga champions before their next match.

Speaking after his side’s 3-1 victory over Leganes, via Marca, the veteran defender was posed questions relating to the possibility of Real Madrid denying his side a guard of honour, Pique offered a typically tongue in cheek response, claiming: “I’m not going to sleep tonight”.

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By the time the two sides off in the next El Clásico on the 5th May, Barcelona are likely to have wrapped up the title with time to spare. Traditionally, this would require Real Madrid to perform the ‘pasillo’, which involves players standing in a line as a sign of respect at the champions enter the playing field.

However, Barça refused to do this for Zinedine Zidane’s side when they won the Club World Cup in December, causing outrage in the Los Blancos camp. ?Real Madrid are expected to snub the courtesy, in the belief that the tradition was broken by their rivals. It is certainly set to be a heated affair when the two sides meet, with relations between the teams remaining fractious.

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Real Madrid will face Atlético Madrid in a local derby this afternoon, as they look to finish their season on a high. After an appalling early season showing, Los Blancos are now 16 points off league leaders Barcelona. However, Zidane side’s form has improved considerably in recent weeks, and could still pull off a third Champions League title on the bounce in May.

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Dead Ball Specialist: Lionel Messi Equals Legend’s Record After Netting Yet Another Free-Kick

?Lionel Messi dazzled for Barcelona yet again this weekend, hitting his 40th hat-trick for the club and his 29th in La Liga.

The Argentine put daylight between himself and the chasing pack for this year’s Golden Boot, and was the star performer ?during the club’s 3-0 victory over Leganes.

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The magician opened the scoring with an utterly sublime free-kick, which was actually his sixth direct free-kick goal of the season – the most since Brazilian club legend Ronaldinho back in the 2006/2007 campaign.

The strike was hit with incredible whip and ferocity to the goalkeeper’s near post from the right hand side of the box, and there is likely not a ‘keeper in the world who would have saved it.

It’s been another stupendous season for Messi, who looks to have guided the Catalan giants to this year’s league title. The club are still unbeaten and sit top of the pile on 79 points, 12 ahead of Atletico Madrid in second, with current champions Real Madrid in third on 16 points further back.

It’s now 40 career free-kicks and counting for Messi, which is absolutely incredible to think that some forwards will not hit 40 goals period throughout their careers.


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Barcelona 3-1 Leganes: Lionel Messi Hat-Trick Seals Record-Equalling Barca Win

Ernesto Valverde rounded off his 50th game in charge of Barcelona in emphatic style as his side equalled Real Sociedad’s 38-game and 38-year standing unbeaten league record on Saturday evening with a 3-1 win over Leganes at the Camp Nou. 

Once again, Lionel Messi proved the difference between the two sides, as he netted his eighth free kick of 2018 before adding a second following intelligent link-up play with Philippe Coutinho – which was rounded off in typically clinical fashion. 

And despite Los Legionarios’ spirited second half showing being rewarded with a goal through a fine Nabil El Zhar finish, Blaugrana were able to claim all three points as the Argentine grabbed his hat-trick in the dying minutes; increasing his side’s advantage at the top of La Liga over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who face Real Madrid on Sunday, to 12 points. 

The hosts provided a somewhat reserved opening quarter as they enjoyed the majority of possession yet, like many others this campaign, struggled to break down Asier Garitano’s Leganes.

However, Barcelona’s star-studded attacking lineup finally began to find their range in front of goal as the 20-minute mark approached, with Coutinho and Luis Suarez both coming close in quick succession. 

But it was the latter who spurned the Catalonian’s best chance of the early exchanges midway through the first half as goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar somehow managed to deny the Uruguayan with a stunning stop from around six yards out.

Although, the 31-year-old talisman’s lacklustre finishing mattered little shortly afterwards as Messi provided yet another moment of magic from a dead ball situation as he bent his free kick into the far right-hand corner to give Barca the lead their performance deserved. 

And a mere five minutes later, the Argentine wizard was at it again, as he tucked home his 28th league goal of the campaign to double the La Liga champions-elect’s advantage. 

Coutinho, whose relationship with the 30-year-old is gradually strengthening as every 90 minutes passes by, found the Pichichi leader on the edge of the area, and three touches later the ball was nestling into the back of Cuellar’s net after the majestic finisher held off two Leganes defenders before dispatching his left-footed effort. 

After netting their second, the hosts elected to afford Los Legionarios a breather and wound down in the closing minutes of the opening 45 before referee Burgos Bengoetxea called time with Blaugrana taking a two-goal advantage into the break. 

After the interval, Barcelona’s measured close to the first half seemed to carry over into the second, with Valverde’s men offering little urgency in possession and remaining content to maintain a controlled tempo. 

And Barca’s seemingly complacent outlook on the latter 45 was punished with just over 20 minutes remaining as Leganes forced themselves back into the contest through El Zhar; whose well-struck drive from the edge of the area flew past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to halve the deficit. 

Following Los Pepineros demonstrating their capabilities, Blaugrana’s effort levels returned to that of midway through the first half, and similarly to earlier in the evening Suarez again spurned a clear goalscoring opportunity as he blazed over from close-range after latching onto Ousmane Dembele’s pinpoint cross. 

But, again, as was the case in the opening 45 minutes, Messi was on hand to rescue his striker’s misfortune in front of goal. As with three minutes remaining, the 30-year-old bagged his hat-trick after eventually receiving possession around six yards from the Leganes goal before lifting his attempt past the encroaching Cuellar to secure a potentially title-defining three points. 

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