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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…

Ronaldo's Appeal Against Ban for Pushing Referee Flops

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Cristiano Ronaldo has failed in his bid to overturn his five-match ban for pushing a referee during Real Madrid's Supercopa de Espana first-leg win over Barcelona.The Portugal forward, who had scored in the 3-1 victory, reacted badly after being shown a second yellow for diving by match official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, shoving the Spaniard in the back.A Spanish football federation (RFEF) committee has now dismissed an appeal, meaning Ronaldo will miss Wednesday evening's Supercopa return leg against Barca and upcoming LaLiga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valenica, Levante and Real Sociedad.Ronaldo was found guilty of 'Violation of article 96 of the Disciplinary Code', which relates to using "mild force" against the officials, including grabbing, pushing or shaking.
He has also been fined 3,805 euros (£3,459), with Real fined 1,750 euros (£1,590).Real boss Zinedine Zidane believes the ban is disproportionate, telling the club's official website …

Andres Iniesta to miss Super Cup 2nd leg

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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will miss their Spanish Super Cup second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday after suffering a thigh injury.Barcelona said captain Iniesta would miss the match after he was not able to train with his team mates on Tuesday ahead of the encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the Catalans will look to overturn a 3-1 deficit.Iniesta, 33, was plagued by injury problems last season and rarely found top form. The midfielder joins Rafinha Alcantara and Thomas Vermaelen on the injury list at the Nou Camp.Barcelona did not give a recovery timescale for Iniesta, who may also miss the start of the league campaign on Sunday, when Barca host Real Betis.

Arsenal may Lose Striker Alexis Sanchez

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Arsenal risk losing striker Alexis Sanchez for free next season, according to manager Arsene Wenger, who confirmed the club have made no progress on a new contract for the Chilean striker.Sanchez, 28, is currently in the final year of his contract. He has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain in the current transfer window.
"We have not progressed on that front," Wenger said in a news conference before Arsenal head to StokeCity on Saturday."At the moment, he is a player who goes into the final year of his contract and prepares for the season. We have not made any progress on the other front.
"It's not an ideal situation on the financial side and it demands some sacrifice ... but it doesn't mean the players who are in the final year of their contract will not extend their contract. We will work on that as well."Wenger said Sanchez is still recovering from an abdominal strain but is expected to regain full fitness before the club's match in Liv…

Latest Transfer News

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Transfer news live: Philippe Coutinho won't play for Liverpool again, Chelsea rival Manchester United for Danny Rose.Chelsea are being linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose in a bid that would put them in direct competition with Manchester United and former manager Jose Mourinho.The matter is made all the more complicated given the Blues take on Spurs this weekend with a threadbare squad, and it’s believed that Chelsea will wait until after the Wembley Stadium clash before making a formal £50m offer for the England defender, who recently gave a revealing interview to express his unhappiness with certain aspects at Spurs.Reports in France claim Spurs have found a replacement for Kyle Walker, with Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier reported to have agreed a deal to join them instead of United even though youngster Kyle Walker-Peters made an impressive Premier League debut on Saturday.Arsene Wenger meanwhile has insisted that Arsenal will reject any offe…

Rooney Fires Everton to a Winning Start

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Former Manchester United captain was on top form as Ronald Koeman's men dominated Mark Hughes' Potters.
 Rooney’s fine header in first-half stoppage time was enough to earn three points and to kick off a big season for him and the club on a happy note.
It was 15 Augusts ago that the 16 year old who would go on to become England’s record goalscorer made his Toffees’ debut in a 2-2 home draw against Tottenham. And for all Ronald Koeman’s big statements in the transfer market, it was Rooney’s free transfer from Manchester United, back to the club he had never stopped loving, which stood out.
Indeed, until Rooney’s goal, the first half had been a non-event, particularly if you were an Everton fan. Without Romelu Lukaku, whose £75m transfer to Manchester United was a key factor in Rooney’s return home, Ronald Koeman’s team lacked pace and power.
Of the five new signings on show for the home side, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had made the most important contribution by keeping out a …

Club Legend Blames Klopp on Liverpool's Draw

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes sealing the transfer of Virgil van Dijk won’t be enough to sort out the Reds’ defence as the issues there are down to manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Merseyside giants got off to a nightmare start this season as they drew 3-3 with Watford in their opening game at Vicarage Road this afternoon.
Liverpool’s sloppy marking saw them concede twice from set pieces against the Hornets, and Carragher has laid the blame at Klopp’s poor record in that department since he took over.
‘It’s a down to the manager,’ Carragher told Sky Sports after the game. ‘(Liverpool’s) set-pieces are the worst in the league. You see the same thing year in, year out. It’s not rocket science, set-pieces and counter-attacks.
‘One man won’t change Liverpool’s defence. On average, Liverpool concede almost fifty games a season.’
Liverpool have been strongly linked all summer with a move for £60million-rated Southampton defender Van Dijk, but have so far failed to bring him in.
Carrag…

Can Chelsea Survive This Unwanted Premier League Record?

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Chelsea set an unwanted Premier League
record in their opening match of the 2017-18
season against Burnley – and it is one that
does not bode well for the rest of the
campaign.
Less than three months after lifting the title,
the mood at Stamford Bridge has turned
somewhat sour with Antonio Conte
frustrated by the club’s summer transfer
business.

Chelsea were beaten in
last weekend’s
Community Shield clash
against Arsenal and things got even worse in
the first-half of their
opening league game
against Burnley.
After club captain Gary
Cahill was sent off for a rash challenge, a
Sam Vokes brace and a Stephen Ward strike
gave the Clarets a surprising 3-0 lead at half-
time.
The shambolic display ensured Antonio
Conte’s side became the first reigning
Premier League champions to concede three
goals in the first game of their title defence.

Speaking at half-time, former Chelsea winger
Pat Nevin told 5 live Sport: ‘I really am not
surprised, because Chelsea have not looked
like a team or a g…