Dortmund Sign Barcelona Youngster & ‘Agree Personal Terms’ With Chelsea Forward

Borussia Dortmund have signed 17-year-old Spaniard Sergio Gomez from Barcelona, with just over one day left to go in the transfer window.

The Barca youth star flew to Germany on Tuesday to complete the deal, after his €3m clause was activated by the Bundesliga side.

A statement on Dortmund’s website reads: “The eight-time German champions Borussia Dortmund have signed 17-year-old young Spanish international Sergio Gómez from FC Barcelona and have handed him a long-term contract. BVB benefits from a fixed transfer fee.”

Gomez caught the eye of BVB scouts with his performances during the Under-17 World Cup in India last year. He scored four goals in the tournament, picking up the Silver Ball award and was only second to Manchester City’s Phil Foden in terms of scoring.

“Sergio Gómez is undoubtedly one of the strongest players in his class worldwide,” BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said. 

“We have been interested in him for some time now and we are happy that he has decided to go to Borussia Dortmund despite the offers from many European top clubs. Sergio will be training directly with the pros and collecting match practice in our U19 by the summer.”

Meanwhile, the German outfit are said to be on the verge of signing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea on loan. 

Kicker report that BVB will pay a loan fee of €1.5m, having already agreed personal terms with the Belgian forward, who is believed to be on his way to Germany. The Blues will, in turn, ?sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal for £18m, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang heads to Arsenal for €64.5m.

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Arsenal Youngster Marcus McGuane Officially Signs With Barcelona in Huge Career Move

?Arsenal academy graduate Marcus McGuane has officially joined European giants Barcelona, a potentially huge opportunity for the 18-year-old Greenwich-born midfielder.

A Gunners statement on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that an ‘undisclosed fee’ has been agreed with the Catalan giants and wished the teenager all the best for the future.

A ?statement from Barça revealed that McGuane has been given an initial three-year contract, with the option of two further years. His mandatory buyout clause has been set at €25m.

An England and Republic of Ireland international at various junior levels, McGuane made his senior Arsenal debut in a Europa League game in Belarus against BATE Borisov in September. He subsequently made a second appearance against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.

The youngster, who is due to turn 19 on Friday, has been a regular at Under-23 level for the Gunners and even captained the side shortly before each of his first-team games.

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McGuane will begin life in Catalunya with Barcelona B in the Spanish second tier. From there, the ultimate dream will be to earn promotion to the first-team.

McGuane is one of a handful of English Arsenal youngsters to pursue opportunities overseas in recent months, with Chris Willock joining Benfica and Kaylen Hinds heading to Wolfsburg.

The deal also represents a reverse on the previously well travelled path from La Masia to north London, after the Gunners have poached Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral from the Barça over the years with varying degrees of success.

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Twitter Tears Luis Suarez Apart After Referee Fails to Spot Controversial ‘Roundhouse Kick’

?Luis Suarez has been up to the old antics that have made him famous – or infamous – around football after a fresh scrap against Deportivo Alaves on Sunday.

Alaves initially went ahead through Manchester City old boy John Guidetti, but goals from Suarez and Lionel Messi secured the win for Barca after an early scare at their own ground.


But just after Messi put Barca in front, the frustrations felt by Suarez, who had been kept at bay Alaves’ defence for most of the game, broke through as the Uruguayan kicked out at Ruben Duarte before a Barcelona corner. 

The incident was not seen by the referee and subsequently Suarez has seemingly got away with it. However, the incident was picked up by the cameras just behind the goal and fans have absolutely torn the striker apart on Twitter.


??Most of those who saw the incident are predicting a ban coming the Uruguayan’s way in the future, much like those Suarez has suffered in the past for both of his ‘biting’ incidents with Branislav Ivanovic and Giorgio Chiellini.



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Barcelona Winger Gerard Deulofeu Returns to the PL to Join Watford on Loan Until End of the Season

?Barcelona have confirmed that winger Gerard Deulofeu has joined Watford on loan until the end of the season.

The Spaniard has made 10 La Liga appearances for the club this season, however the recent arrival of Philippe Coutinho as well as Ousmane Dembele returning from injury looks to have pushed the winger out of the side at least for the rest of this season. 

The club confirmed on their ?website that the 23-year-old has joined the Premier League outfit for the rest of the season.


This won’t be Deulofeu’s first experience in the Premier League, after he spent a season on loan at Everton before moving to Goodison Park on a permanent in 2015. He was signed from Barcelona for a fee of around £4m and spent two seasons on Merseyside, making 75 appearances in his two spells at the club.

Unfortunately for Everton fans, Barcelona activated the buy-back clause that was put in his contract, bringing him back to the Nou Camp in time for the start of the 2017-18 season.

As for Watford, they are searching for the kind of form they showed at the start of the season which found them as high as fourth during October. They have now won just one of their last 11 league games, and find themselves sliding down the table. They recently sacked Marco Silva after a run of poor results, and have turned to Javi Garcia to try and overturn the club’s fortunes.

Fans will be encouraged by the loan signing of Deulofeu, a player who was brought up through La Masia and has represented Barcelona’s senior team and ‘B’ team 110 times. 

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Watford will travel to Stoke in their next Premier League outing as they attempt to stop the run of winless results and give the fans some positives to take away from the game.


The Incredible Stat That Proves Just How Crucial Messi’s Presence Has Been at Barcelona

Just where might Barcelona have been without Lionel Messi all these years?

We’ll never know, but we can be sure they’d be nowhere near where they’re at now. 

The Argentinian star has done it all for his club, firing them to every bit of silverware available over the last decade-and-a-half.

Even at the age of 30, Messi is still one of the most gorgonising attackers in all of Europe, and his record speaks for itself. But it’s his consistency we’ve all come to admire, and over the past 10 seasons, he’s worked up an incredible stat.

The forward scored his 20th league goal of the season in Barca’s comeback win over Alaves on Sunday, a tally which has left him with at least 20 La Liga strikes in the last 10 campaigns.

Sunday’s goal also pushed him to the fourth spot in the ‘500 goals for one club’ crew, putting him level with former Slavia Prague forward Josef Bican on 534. 

He only has Brazil legend Pele (643 for Santos), Fernando Peyroteo (544 for Sporting CP) and Gerd Muller (566 for Bayern Munich) to beat now.

But it really doesn’t seem that hard just because he’s Messi.

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