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How Neymar's Exit Heralded the End of an Era

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Comprehensive 5-1 defeat in Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid led Catalan hero Gerard Pique to admit he finally feels 'inferior'Just two years after winning the Treble and looking set to embark on world domination, the club is full of ageing stars, bereft of emerging talent and appear to have lost their way on the transfer market.Neymar was allowed to join Paris Saint-Germain despite being heralded as Barcelona future
They are more reliant on Lionel Messi than ever — and the five-time Ballon d’Or-winners is now 30.
A turbulent summer started with the acrimonious departure of the man they intended to build their future around in Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for £198million.And just 12 days later, the La Liga side announce they have made former Tottenham flop Paulinho their fourth-highest signing of all-time at £36.4m.
No 1 Nou Camp cheerleader Gerard Pique admitted for the first time in his nine years at the club that he feels “inferior” to Real Madrid.And the Catalans’ demise …

Neymar's Move to Influence Other Transfer Deals

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Even if no signing goes as sensationally high as Neymar’s, Barca’s next deal is influenced by it and their necessity to buy, thus creating a knock-on effect for Liverpool and then Southampton.On Wednesday, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger set as unmoving a stance as possible for this window and insisted Virgil van Dijk is “not for sale”, but there are some close to the club who believe there is still a degree of flexibility to that.They feel that the hierarchy are just waiting for Liverpool to sell
Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, so that they can then charge the Anfield club even more for the Dutch defender. Maybe above £80m.Liverpool, meanwhile, have set as strong a stance on the Brazilian as Southampton did with Van Dijk and have no public will to sell to Barcelona, but there are similarly some who believe that there is a price Anfield just couldn’t turn down. That price is probably much higher than it would have been even a month ago, thanks to
Neymar’s record-breaking transfer t…

Manchester City set to reopen transfer deal for Jonny Evans

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Manchester City are expected to return with a second offer for
Jonny Evans, after West Brom rejected an initial opening bid of £18m.
The former Manchester United defender has been a wanted man this summer, as Hawthorns sources also revealed that the club rejected two earlier bids this summer from Leicester City.City manager Pep Guardiola sees the 29-year-old as an ideal player as he seeks to bolster his options in central defence.
City were often caught short in that area last season, with just three senior centre halves in Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Vincent Kompany.West Brom expect to have to fend off another offer, but it would take a sum significantly greater than £18m to tempt them into a sale in the current market.
Evans won three Premier League titles at City’s crosstown rivals United, having been a youth player there before finally leaving for West Brom in 2015.

Why Barcelona must sign Philippe Coutinho Immediately

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With rivals Real Madrid set to create a dynasty, the Camp Nou hierarchy know they must act now or face an era of being second bestrom what we have seen, Liverpool will not budge on selling
Philippe Coutinho, and that could well be one of the most meaningful decisions of this summer beyond Neymar’s move to
Paris Saint-Germain - although it is of course connected to that.This could have big repercussions for the English league, the Spanish league and the Champions League.
First of all, there are no two ways about it: Barca simply need a player like Coutinho, both tactically and for his quality. From a tactical point of view, I think he is a perfect fit.They have already lost Xavi while Andres Iniesta is already in the latter stages of his career so will play less, and they thereby don’t manage to control the ball in the middle of the pitch in the same way, or make it arrive for the forwards at the right pace. They have lost that.Coutinho can offer this, he ticks all the boxes, and espec…

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho needs to sign another goalscorer this summer

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Manchester United have already spent £75million on striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton, who has bagged three goals in his opening two games for the club.But Ince fears Mourinho could be left short on goals should the Belgium international suffer an injury.
The former Old Trafford captain reckons rising star Marcus Rashford is not good enough to lead the line for United at just 19 years of age.Zlatan Ibrahimovic was United’s leading goalscorer last season but left in the summer after picking up a lengthy knee injury, but there has been talk of the experienced Swede returning in January once he recovers.And Ince believes the 35-year-old hitman, who bagged 28 goals in 46 appearnaces last term, would be the perfect signing for Mourinho.Ince told Paddy Power : “United still need to get another big name in, a goalscorer.
“Yes, they’ve got Lukaku, but if he’s injured or has an off-day, I don’t know who’s going to get the goals.“This won’t go down well, but unless it comes to when he gets olde…

Antonio Conte ready to challenge Man Utd for Ivan Perisic

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Conte has been desperate to sign more additions to his squad this summer.
Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero have all arrived at Stamford Bridge.But seven players have left on permanent deals, including Nathan Ake and Nemanja Matic while a further 12 players have gone out on loan.It has left Conte short of options going into the new season and this weekend he only has N'Golo Kante as his only recognised central midfielder available.Eden Hazard is still out injured meaning Willian and Pedro are also Chelsea's only options in the wide ares with Victor Moses occupying the right wing-back role.
And The Times report, Chelsea are considering a move for United target Perisic.
Inter Milan have been firm with the Red Devils that Perisic is not for sale and is reportedly in talks over signing a new deal.Conte is determined to bolster his squad and believes Perisic would fit into his system at Stamford Bridge.But the Italian coach is reportedly strugglin…

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved an appeal from both men to fight wearing 8oz gloves.

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On Wednesday morning, the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will fight wearing 8oz gloves.The two met are set to meet on August 26 at the junior-middleweight weight limit of 154 pounds, which meant that 10oz boxing gloves are mandatory, but the NASC relaxed their rules on a one-time only basis.Mayweather took to social media to first challenge McGregor to wear 8oz gloves instead of 10oz: “I’m telling McGregor, ‘let’s fight in 8oz gloves’”, he wrote on his Instagram page.But why would Mayweather — who hasn’t knocked out an opponent since Victor Ortiz in 2011 and has admitted to suffering from “brittle fists” — want to fight in lighter gloves, something which would appear to favour McGregor?And what are the Nevada State Athletic Commissions actual rules on the topic?Let attempt to clear up some of the confusion.According to Mayweather, Don't believe what you hear in the media. Don't believe what you hear on blog sites. If it's no…