‘Secret Footballer’ Suggests Barcelona Star Could Make Shock Summer Return to Liverpool

A football insider has claimed that Barcelona’s Luis Suarez will not remain at the club for “much longer” and hinted that a return to Liverpool may be on the cards. 

Suarez left Merseyside for Barcelona in the summer of 2014 and has since scored 107 goals in 123 appearances for the Catalan giants. This season, the Uruguayan international has notched an impressive 22 league goals in 26 appearances for the table-toppers, but the Secret Footballer claims that Suarez’s time at the Camp Nou is coming to an end. 

He tweeted: “A former teammate and I have been talking for a while about Luis Suarez. Has certainly lost something and we both feel he won’t be at Barcelona much longer. Question is who replaces him and where does he go? Back to Liverpool?”

Suarez has previously hinted that a return to Anfield may be possible, stating last year, as quoted by the Express: “You never know what will happen in the future. If I was to return to England, it would be to play for Liverpool – not for any other team.

“I’ve missed the fans. The atmosphere is incredible, it’s incredible. Everyone who has played for Liverpool knows how important the fans are – they know they will always be in my heart.”

One possible explanation behind Suarez’s alleged discontent could be the rumoured summer arrival of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann. 

The French international has been constantly linked with a move to the Camp Nou and some reports have gone as far to claim that a deal is already in place between the two clubs – claims which have since been sternly denied by Los C?olchoneros. 


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PSG Midfielder Adrien Rabiot Refuses to Rule Out Move Away With Barcelona Interested

Adrien Rabiot refused to rule out a move away from runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain following their 3-0 win over rivals Monaco.

The 23-year-old spoke to calciomercato.com after the game and, when asked about his future, offered a cryptic message: “Will I still be here next year? I do not know, we’ll see, but I enjoy every moment and every trophy that I win with my club.”

The former Manchester City youth product has been a consistent performer for the French champions this term, notching 42 appearances, and was arguably the only PSG player who could hold their head high following the last 16 Champions League tie against Real Madrid. 

Such performances have seen a host of clubs take in interest in the midfielder and according to Mundo Deportivo, Spanish giants Barcelona are willing to enter the race for his signature. Inter, Juventus, Manchester United and Arsenal have also registered an interest.

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The central midfielder has been touted as a potential long-term replacement for the ageing Sergio Busquets. Rabiot has various physical characteristics in common, has developed a reputation as an immaculate passer and offers a cool head in possession – all vital elements to the Barcelona way of playing.

With Rabiot’s contract due to expire in 2019, PSG may well be forced into cashing in on the youngster, rather than lose him on a free transfer.  

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Brazil Attacker Philippe Coutinho Slammed Over Drop in Form Since Liverpool Switch

Spanish football expert Terry Gibson has taken aim at Barcelona and Brazil star Philippe Coutinho, who he says needs to improve and do more to justify his price tag.

Coutinho joined La Blaugrana in January following a drawn-out transfer saga, costing the Catalan side £142m. And despite earning a spot in Ernesto Valverde’s first team, he hasn’t yet shown the form that prompted his recruitment earlier this year.

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?“I must admit I am hoping, and expecting, to see more from Coutinho, to be honest,” Gibson declared, speaking on Sky Sports’ La Liga podcast.

“I know there is a settling in period, but he’s come in as the finished article, whereas Ousmane Dembele is the younger player, with less games under his belt. Coutinho has come in as the finished article.”

Lionel Messi had to come off the bench to secure a 2-2 draw for Barca against Sevilla on the weekend, and there are concerns that Coutinho will not be able to fill in for the Argentinian when he isn’t playing.

“Watching him at the weekend, it was clear how much difference there was in the Barca side when Lionel Messi came on,” Gibson added.

“I know it’s not fair to judge Coutinho against Messi, but he didn’t contribute to the cause. As the game went on, he was more prepared to make the easy pass, where it needed more. It needed him to drive at defenders, and get shots in on goal, create chances.

“But he was doing the opposite, he was getting the ball and laying it off, and even getting caught in possession.”

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Roma Star Travels to Spain With Squad for Champions League Tie After Weekend Injury Scare

Radja Nainggolan has been included in Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma squad to face Barcelona this week.

The Belgian limped off injured after only playing 16 minutes against Bologna on Saturday, leaving Di Francesco to sweat over his fitness. But with the Serie A side set to play Barca in the Champions League on Wednesday, the 29-year-old has travelled to Spain with the squad, having recovered from the muscle injury that cut his outing short on the weekend.

Roma posted an update via their official website on Monday afternoon, confirming the player’s inclusion, as well as naming the 21-man contingent picked for the first leg of their clash with the Spanish giants.

“Eusebio Di Francesco has named a 21-man squad for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final clash against Barcelona – with Radja Nainggolan and Lorenzo Pellegrini both among the travelling party,” a statement on the website read.

Nainggolan has made 33 appearances for Roma this season, scoring three goals and handing out eight assists. He is one of their most important players as well, and losing him for an important match such as the upcoming one would have certainly been a huge blow.

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Agent Mode: Samuel Umtiti Reveals Talks With Antoine Griezmann About Barcelona Move

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has revealed that he often speaks to France teammate Antoine Griezmann about moving to the Camp Nou.

The French striker could be on the move at the end of the season, and recently told reporters that he wants his future sorted out before he heads off to Russia for the World Cup. 

Umtiti, having joined up with his compatriot for friendlies last month, has said that he’s played his part as it relates to getting him to Barcelona next season.

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“I got myself into agent mode! No, I’m kidding,” Umtiti told Canal Plus. “It’s true that we talk about it a lot. I was able to talk about it with him, but just to find out what he thinks of my club. 

“But everyone thinks good things about it. It makes them dream. Players of that level. If he comes, we’d have to play with six forwards.”

As rumour would have it, Umtiti might not be at Barcelona himself next season. However, ?the defender has shot down reports of a summer move, while admitting Manchester United among others are interested in him.

“My clause isn’t much. Everyone is aware of that. It’s something that concerns me, but doesn’t interest me,” he declared. “I’m really about the pitch, about enjoying myself. The truth is that there is interest from several clubs.

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“But I have so many objectives to achieve with Barcelona that there isn’t any question of it. Things go very, very, very quickly in this world. All that I can say is that I’m very happy.”

“It’s a subject I don’t want to talk about too much,” Umtiti said after being asked about the possibility of extending his contract with the Spanish club. 

“From my side, nothing has started. There is perhaps an interest from their side, but nothing has started.”


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