Report Claims Barcelona Ace Could Join Liverpool After Squad Turn Against Him in 5-4 Levante Loss

??Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele could join ?Liverpool this summer after another poor performance for the La Liga champions, according to a speculative report.

According to notorious Spanish rumourmongers ?Don Balon, some Barcelona players have turned against Dembele, who joined from Borussia Dortmund last summer in a deal potentially worth around €145m.

The France international struggled as ?Barcelona lost 5-4 to Levante on Sunday night, ending their unbeaten La Liga run in the process, and could now be allowed to leave in the summer, either on loan or permanently.


According to ?El Gol Digital, Liverpool are in pole position to make a move for Dembele, who scored ten goals in 49 appearances for Dortmund last season. However, with Liverpool set to ?pay over £50m for Naby Keita after splashing out £75m for Virgil van Dijk back in January, whether the Reds can afford Dembele remains to be see.

Barcelona are reportedly willing to negotiate over the forward, despite club president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently claiming otherwise. Dembele may be forced out should the Catalan giants look to sign long-term target Antoine Griezmann.

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The former Real Sociedad attacker looks set to join Blaugrana, despite reports linking him with moves to both Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Griezmann’s move could play into the hands of Liverpool, who are looking to strengthen this summer in order to make a sustained Premier League title challenge next season, having finished fourth in the 2017/18 campaign behind Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Liverpool’s attack was the second-most prolific in the Premier League this season, scoring 84 goals in 38 games, with many pundits claiming their defence needs furthering strengthening this summer.


Paulo Dybala & Mauro Icardi Included As Argentina Announce 35-Man Preliminary FIFA World Cup Squad

?Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi have both made it into Argentina’s 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, following fears of the pair being overlooked by La Albiceleste head coach Jorge Sampaoli.

The ?Juventus and ?Internazionale strikers joined the likes of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero in the provisional squad, and are now very likely to be part of the 23 who travel to Russia for the prestigious tournament.

The South American nation announced their preliminary contingent via Twitter on Monday ahead of friendlies against Haiti and Iceland. 

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is also part of the squad, having impressed towards the end of the Premier League season, while Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has been included as well.

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Ramiro Funes Mori of Everton has also been named in said squad along with Racing Club wonderkid Lautaro Martinez.

Sampaoli will have some tough choices to make as he is to drop 12 players from the group by June 4, with the World Cup set to kick off 10 days later.


Atletico Star Presented With Late Contract Offer in Last Ditch Attempt to Thwart Barca Move

?Antoine Griezmann has been offered one final contract by Atlético Madrid as Los Rojiblancos desperately look to prevent their star player from joining Barcelona this summer.

It has been rumoured for some time that Griezmann would move to the Camp Nou at the end of the season, and recent reports suggest that the France international has already agreed on personal terms with the Catalan giants.

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But Atlético have made one final attempt to convince Griezmann of staying in the Spanish capital this summer, according to Cadena COPE journalist Manolo Lama (via Sport).

It is claimed that this latest contract offer could see the 27-year-old earn over €20m a year at the Wanda Metropolitano, but early signs suggest that Griezmann will reject the offer and continue with his move to Barcelona.

It was expected that Griezmann would leave Atlético Madrid last summer but the club were unable to find a replacement due to their transfer ban, ensuring that the Frenchman would remain at the club for one more year.

And following another stunning La Liga campaign, where he has been involved in 28 goals across 31 games, it appears Griezmann will finally secure his move away from the Spanish capital.

It has been known for months that Griezmann’s buy-out clause is set at roughly £88m – a bargain in most people’s eyes given the current transfer market – and it would appear that Barcelona have successfully fought off interest from across Europe to bring the former Real Sociedad winger to Catalonia.


Levante 5-4 Barcelona: Barca’s Unbeaten Season Spectacularly Ended in Nine-Goal Thriller

Barcelona’s 36-game unbeaten season run came to a stunning end on Sunday evening as Levante claimed all three points from the nine-goal thriller, spilt 5-4. 

An Emmanuel Boateng hat-trick and an Enis Bardhi brace put Granotas in a commanding and mesmerising 5-1 lead before the hour-mark after Coutinho had rescued one back in the first half with the scores at 2-0. 

However, a superb second half fightback, which saw the former Liverpool man seal his trio for the evening, was followed up by a Luis Suarez penalty, but it proved not to be enough to halt the Seville side recording the most famous night in the club’s history and ending Barca’s history-making hopes. 

Welcomed to the field via a guard of honour, Barcelona looked as though they were keen to establish themselves as the dominant force early on, with control in possession and sighters towards Oier Olazabal’s goal frequent during the opening exchanges. 

However, it was the hosts who took the initiative inside 10 minutes, as following a superb solo Jose Luis Morales run, Levante went ahead. 

The 30-year-old, who has found spectacular form since the appointment of Paco Lopez midway through the season, was fed possession around the centre of the area before a sharp change of pace allowed the Spaniard the opportunity to drive towards the byline. 

And after dragging Yerry Mina – who was making only his third La Liga start – out of position, the winger laid-up a simple tap-in for Boateng from close range, although the 21-year-old seemed to do his best to try and miss the target as his attempt cannoned in off the woodwork.

Just three minutes later, remarkably, the hosts, who looked destined for relegation earlier in the season, came inches away from doubling their advantage, as Bardhi found himself with the goal at his mercy, yet could only clatter the crossbar – affording Ernesto Valverde’s much-changed backline a huge let off. 

After going behind, the Catalonians posed very little in an attempt to claw themselves back level, and their challenge was doubled on the stroke of the half-hour mark as Boateng slammed home his second of the evening from close range. 

Yet another defensive mix up – while Thomas Vermaelen was off the pitch due to injury and Gerard Pique waited in the wings to replace the Belgian – left Marc-Andre ter Stegen exposed one-on-one with the young Ghanaian, who stumbled around the German goalkeeper before shrugging off the last-ditch efforts of Nelson Semedo and blasting into an empty net. 

However, unlike after going one down, Levante’s second of the evening seemed to stir up a response in Barcelona, and within eight minutes the Spanish champions had a lifeline. 

Pique, whose primary duty of the evening was presumably to tighten things up at the back following his introduction, found himself in possession inside the Granotas half before enjoying one of his typical winding but clumsy-looking runs. 

After dribbling his way into the opposition’s final third, the centre back handed the ball to Coutinho, whose right-footed strike from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection before nestling into the back of Oier’s net. 

But again, despite finding their way back into the contest, Barca seemed comfortable to see out the remainder of the 45 at half-speed, with very little created before Mario Melero Lopez’s half-time whistle.  

After the break, and despite Valverde’s words of wisdom still ringing in their ears, it took just 30 seconds for the Catalans to be undone once again – even though they were the ones who were in charge of possession from the restart. 

An aimless clearance up the field from Mina found only Campana, whose drive towards the Barcelona defence allowed Bardhi to find space on the edge of the area, and the 22-year-old did not need a second invitation to curl a stunning strike past the outstretched Ter Stegen to give Lopez’s side the perfect start to the second half. 

And their position was improved further still less than five minutes later as Boateng became the first player this season to score a hat-trick against Barca after being played in behind the champions’ defence and coolly slotting past the German goalkeeper. 

However, the mighty Blaugrana’s humiliation was far from over, as with another five-minute interval came the same outcome; a Levante goal. 

Roger was given the chance to take his time in possession before spotting the run of Bardhi on the right-hand side ahead of the Macedonian flicking back onto his left foot and curling his effort into Ter Stegen’s net for the second time of the evening. 

But moments later, there was the smallest glimmer of hope handed to the visitors, as Coutinho reduced the deficit to three after eventually bundling the ball home from close range following inside-the-area pinball as Granotas attempted to clear their lines. 

And the Brazilian somehow managed to make the idea of a Barca comeback plausible 25 minutes from time as he sealed his hat-trick in similar fashion to his opener after a wicked deflection, this time from Suarez, did enough to wrong-foot Oier – closing the gap to two. 

Then, as you probably expect by now, around five minutes later, there was another goal, this time Suarez being the man to edge Barca closer to the revival of the season from the penalty spot after Levante’s hat-trick hero, Boateng, turned villain as he hauled down Sergio Busquets while the midfielder attempted to attack an in-swinging corner at the front post. 

And just three minutes later the Uruguayan had a golden opportunity to bring the scores level as he latched onto a fizzing Coutinho free-kick six yards from goal, but the striker could only direct his header over the bar. 

However, as the clock approached stoppage time, it was Levante who had the chance to seal the win after Busquets played a blind pass back to Ter Stegen, which fell well short of the German; but substitute Ruben Rochina was unable to take advantage of the mistake and put the ball wide. 

But it mattered little, as after four agonising minutes of stoppage time, the referee brought an end to the evening as well as Barcelona’s unbeaten record. 




Barcelona Table €15m Pact Deal to Avoid Antoine Griezmann Release Clause Kerfuffle

?Barcelona are preparing to enter a €15m “pact” with ?Atletico Madrid for the switch of Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in Spain. 

The 27-year-old has been ?long tipped to be heading to the Camp Nou this summer, with it claimed an agreement between the Catalonians and the player is already in place. 

In his current deal at the Wanda Metropolitano, the France international’s release clause – a requirement in Spanish football – sits at €200m; but will drop to €100m on 1st July. 

Griezmann has admitted that he is hoping to get his future decided before the World Cup this summer, leaving Barcelona in a quandary. By agreeing a middling deal with Atleti, however, they hope to be able to ease tensions created by alleged tapping up, while getting a non-€200m deal done before the Frenchman’s clause falls in July and being able to pay the money in instalments rather than a single lump sum.

According to ?SPORT, Barcelona are willing to go over and above the necessary amount by €15m in order to smooth over the situation with Atleti. 

Girezmann is understood to only have eyes for Ernesto Valverde’s outfit during the upcoming transfer window, with the attacker reportedly brushing aside other offers to force the move to Barca through. 

However, the World Cup-bound Frenchman is keen to wrap up the move before heading to Russia this summer and wants the switch to be one that is agreed by both parties rather than Blaugrana using their financial might. 

But their hopes of maintaining the sound understanding with Atletico Madrid will not stop Barcelona doing all they can to land their man, with the report claiming that should the Spanish capital side choose not to accept the ‘pact’, the Catalonians will merely pay the €100m. 

It is said that an outcome of the tabled offer should be made clear next week.