Spanish Journalist Dents Barça Fan Hopes of Landing Griezmann With Contract Offer Claim

?Barcelona have reportedly been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann after Atletico Madrid assured the striker that they were willing to match any offer the La Liga leaders tabled. 

The France international has long been tipped to leave Atletico with Barcelona said to be the front runners after Ernesto Valverde singled out the 26-year-old as the man to offer stern competition to the ageing Luis Suarez.  

Barcelona were reportedly prepared to make a move for the striker – who has scored 20 goals this season – in January but as speculation reached fever pitch the club was forced to ?release a statement insisting that they would not table a bid for Griezmann after Atletico reported the club to UEFA. 

With the summer transfer window nearing, Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada told ?El Chiringuito TV that Atletico’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin has revealed that the club have informed the striker that they will match any pay packet Barcelona offer in a bid to keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano for season 2018/19 and beyond. 

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Estrada said: “Gil Marin has told Griezmann that they can offer him the same as Barca and has given him a rush.

“Griezmann has had a meeting with Gil Martin in which the conditions were laid out.”

The 26-year-old is said to be settled at Atletico with his family and the club will be hoping their tactic pays off and forces Barcelona to look elsewhere for a new attacking option in the summer. 


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Barcelona Midfielder Denis Suarez Ruled Out of Action for 20 Days With Groin Problem

?Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has been ruled out of action for up to 20 days with a groin injury, as reported by ?Sport.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury whilst playing against Espanyol on Thursday in the Catalan Super Cup at Lleida.

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The star left the field of play after 43 minutes along with Espanyol’s Didac Vila, who was also injured in the tangle.

It will be a frustrating period for Suarez, who hasn’t appeared for the first team since January’s game with Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.

At the moment, Andres Iniesta is touch and go to face Chelsea in the Champions League having only just returned from injury, and new signing Philippe Coutinho cannot feature in the competition due to having played for Liverpool before his move to the Nou Camp.

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Suarez is finding opportunities hard to come by for the runaway La Liga leaders, and did not need his latest injury with an opening looking like fit may have finally appeared.

Since re-joining Barca in 2016 Suarez has made 37 league appearances, 26 of which came last season.

Now he is out for at least a fortnight he may harbour concerns about his future at the Nou Camp, especially with ?speculation increasing that the club are set to sign Gremio youngster Arthur this summer.

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Watford Considering Signing Barcelona Loanee Gerard Deulofeu on Permanent Deal in the Summer

Watford are mulling over the permanent signing of Spanish utility man Gerard Deulofeu, according to reports in Spain.

The 23-year-old, who previously spent time in the Premier League playing with Everton – both on loan and on a permanent deal – joined the Hornets last month on loan from Barcelona. He has been quite impressive since his move from Spain and, according to Mundo Deportivo, is being considered for permanent placement at Vicarage Road.

The Spanish publication claim that the Premier League outfit have outlined plans to discuss a move for the player, who can operate both as a striker and on the flanks, in the summer. But they are expecting a bit of difficulty as there is still a year and some months left on his contract and they may have to pay his £20m release clause in full.

If they do spend that amount to bring him in, Deulofeu’s transfer would mark a club-record fee for Watford, whose most expensive player to date is Andre Gray, who joined from Burnley for £18.5m last summer.

At the moment, though, Deulofeu, understood to be a huge favourite of manager Javi Garcia, is out with an injury, having hurt his ankle in a 1-0 win against Everton late last month.

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Unfortunately I will be out from the pitch for some time but I will work very hard everyday in order to be back and ready to play,” he announced on Twitter after it was determined that he’d suffered a stress fracture. “Thank you for all the support.”

The Hornets were unable to update with a timeline for return, but such injuries normally take around six weeks to heal and he should be back before the end of the season.


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PHOTO: WWE Superstar Leaves Fans Crying With Laughter After Lionel Messi Meme

The world of football is very much in its own little bubble.

Despite being the biggest sport in the world and people across the globe having a closer relationship with the game than things like religion, politics or even family (sorry mum), football rarely crosses over into other sports.

However, WWE superstar John Cena – a household name by every sense of the word – has trying to break that barrier and has done so with an outstanding meme that has been posted on social media.

Cena’s Instagram account is already a collection of rather odd and hilarious pictures but his latest meme shows the footballing world just how effective his famous catchphrase “You can’t see me” really is.

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Looks like Messi, unlike just about everyone else, can actually see John Cena. That’s how good he is. 


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Luis Suarez Reportedly Aware of Barcelona Star’s Proposed Summer Move to Liverpool

?According to Don Balon, via ?CaughtOffside, ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez knows that teammate Ivan Rakitic is contemplating a move to his old club. 

Liverpool have reportedly emerged as favourites to secure Rakitic’s signature in the summer, and he is said to interested in the prospect of the move. 

The Croatian has been a key part in the Catalan club’s success this season, making 23 starts in La Liga and contributing four assists in this time. Despite this, he is worried by the possibility of Barcelona bringing in more top class talent in the summer. 

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Don Balon has listed Brazilian midfielder Arthur, and Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann as potential signings. These signings would create competition for Rakitic, who has reportedly been considering a move to England for a while now. 

Rakitic would be a fantastic signing for the Merseyside outfit, as they would be adding a player experienced in winning both domestic and European silverware.

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Also, with the potential loss of central midfielder Emre Can, Liverpool will need to bolster their midfield options, and Rakitic is the perfect player to do that. 

The loss of the Croatian international could be detrimental for Barcelona, as they will be losing a proven playmaker. 


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