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Suarez backs Barcelona to sign Coutinho

Suarez Begs Barcelona To Move For Liverpool’s CoutinhoLuis Suarez wants Barcelona to step up the pursuit of Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho because he’s convinced the Brazilian will offer “a lot” to the Catalans.

The Reds attacking midfielder was the subject of significant interest from Barca in the last transfer window, with Coutinho identified as one of several candidates to replace Neymar after his switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

Coutinho attempted to force a move himself, making it clear to Liverpool that his desire was to leave for Camp Nou, but the Premier League club held firm to keep their man.

Reports since have suggested that Barca will be going back in for Coutinho, and Suarez – who played with him at Liverpool – is all for linking up with the former Inter talent once again.

When asked how much Coutinho would offer Barca, Suarez told Mundo Deportivo: “A lot.

“I know him as a person and as a player because I played with him, but everyone knows what Coutinho can contribute. He is a footballer who today is at a very high level.

“Obviously he must have wanted [to join Barca] because he is a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barcelona.

“He went through a difficult and very complicated moment, but as a professional he has continued to show how good a player he is and the individual quality he has.

“Despite trying to leave Liverpool he continued helping the team and working. He is demonstrating that he is a professional who has the ambition to take a step further.”

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Barcelona completes €105M Dembele signing from Dortmund

GFX Transfer Ousmane Dembele Barcelona Borussia DortmundThe 20-year-old sealed his dream move to the Catalan side after the clubs reached an agreement, making him the second most expensive player in history

Barcelona have completed the signing of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in a deal potentially worth €147 million.

Barca have confirmed a €105m initial fee for Dembele, with Dortmund to receive a further €42m in bonuses. The forward’s release clause has been set at €400m.

The €222m received from Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar sparked the Liga side’s pursuit of Dembele and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in the close season, but they saw bids for each rejected.

While Liverpool have stood firm on their insistence that Coutinho is not for sale, Dortmund have surrendered to Dembele’s wishes and allowed him to leave.

The France international had made clear his desire to join Ernesto Valverde’s side by skipping training, resulting in him being indefinitely suspended by Dortmund.

Dembele spent just one season in Germany after joining from Rennes for €15m in July 2016, scoring 10 goals in 50 games in all competitions for BVB.

He will arrive in Spain over the weekend to undergo a medical and sign his contract ahead of his official unveiling at Camp Nou on Monday.

Neymar attacks Barca Board

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The Paris Saint-Germain star thinks his former club needs to make changes at the top to again become competitive

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has taken a shot at Barcelona’s board, saying the club “deserve much better” than the current leadership.

The 25-year-old Brazilian departed Barca for PSG earlier this summer in a world-record €222 move, despite having signed a contract extension last year.

He’s off to a flying start for the Ligue 1 side, scoring twice in his home debut on Sunday as PSG earned a 6-2 win over Toulouse.

 And Neymar spoke to reporters after the win to shed some light on his exit from the Catalan club.

“When I arrived, everything started well but then… at Barcelona, there are directors that shouldn’t be there. I’m very sad with them,” he said in quotes published by Football Espana.

“I had four very happy years there, but Barca deserve much better. I have a lot of friends there, I hope things get better for Barca and that they go back to being a team that can compete.”

Real Madrid Will Appeal Ronaldo’s Red Card Vs Barcelona-Zidane

 Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that the club will appeal the red card handed to Cristiano Ronaldo in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Ronadlo came off the bench in place of Karim Benzema in the second half to score a beautiful goal from a great shot and was yellow-carded for taking off his shirt in celebration, but would soon go into referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea’s books again for ‘simulation’ although television replays showed the Portuguese star lost his footing under the challenge of Samuel Umtiti.

“We played a great game but I am annoyed by Cristiano’s sending off,” The Mirror quotes Zidane

“Perhaps it wasn’t a penalty but the red card is a little harsh. We can’t change it, but we’ll try and make sure he plays on Wednesday,” the former Real Madrid ‘galatico’ revealed.

Meanwhile Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also expressed his dissatisfaction over the sending off incident on Sunday night.

“I was far away, but I think it was a piece of play in which (Ronaldo) lost his balance, rather than feigning anything,”  Ramos told Spanish media outlet Marca.

“It could be appealed. Sending off a key player with 10 minutes remaining of a Clasico in which we’ve given our all is something which needs to be evaluated and thought about.”

“In no moment was it a penalty,” the Los Blancos defender added.

“I will need to watch it and evaluate it because I don’t think the referee would blow for an action in which there was nothing there, knowing that he could be mistaken.

“My feeling was that it wasn’t (a penalty).”

Ronaldo tried to stop Neymar from leaving Barcelona

 They may have been on different sides of the most famous rivalry in world club football but it has emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo reached out to Neymar Jr to warn him off a possible transfer to Paris Saint-Germain before the deal sailed through.

The Brazilian forward was on the cusp of a mega-money move to the French capital but according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Ronaldo sent Neymar a message via a sponsor they both share.

The Portuguese reportedly told Neymar he understands his desire to escape from Lionel Messi’s shadow but nevertheless he’s making a mistake by joining PSG.

Ronaldo himself has been linked with a move to the French team but nothing came out of it.

Apparently his advice was not heeded as Neymar has since made the switch in a mouth-watering £196m monster transfer deal that will earn him a reported £515,000 a week.

Neymar scored more than 100 goals in four years with the La Liga club but will now wear the famous No. 10 shirt previously won at the club by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow Brazilians Ronaldinho and Rai.

Neymar officially seals world record move to PSG

The Ligue 1 giants have more than doubled the previous mark for a transfer set by Paul Pogba and Manchester United as they welcome the Brazilian

Paris Saint-Germain have smashed the world transfer record by completing the €222 million signing of Neymar from Barcelona on a five-year contract.

The Brazilian had been continually linked with a move away from Camp Nou over the summer, and had declined to clarify his own future as the PSG rumours grew stronger.

And after weeks of denials, mixed messages and reports, he has finally been confirmed as the Ligue 1 club’s latest signing on Thursday night.

“Paris Saint-Germain are very pleased to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr,” the Parisiens said in a statement on their official website.

“The Brazilian attacker signed a five-year contract in the presence of club and player representatives. Neymar Jr is now tied to the club of the capital until June 30, 2022.”

Earlier on Thursday, La Liga attempted to derail the deal by refusing to accept the €222m payment from Neymar’s lawyer, but his representatives paid direct to Barcelona instead.

In the late afternoon Barcelona confirmed they had accepted the bid and a transfer of a player they bought four years ago looked certain.

The fee, equivalent to Neymar’s buyout clause, shatters the existing record of €105m, set last year by Paul Pogba.

PSG’s new star went for over double the price paid out by Manchester United for the ex-Juventus midfielder, setting a new precedent in world football.

Neymar emerged as a teenage wonderkid at Santos, winning the Copa Libertadores in 2011 before switching Brazil for Catalunya.

After moving to Camp Nou in 2013 the Brazilian hit 105 goals in 186 games for Barca, forming part of the formidable MSN forward line alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Having gone trophyless in his debut season Neymar celebrated the treble in 2014-15, adding a further Liga and two Copa del Rey trophies in the following two campaigns as well as a host of other team and individual titles.

Neymar stranded as La Liga rejects his transfer

Neymar has attempted to pay the €222million (£198m) fee to release him from his contract with Barcelona – but La Liga has rejected it.

A sports lawyer working for the player, Juan de Dio Crespo, deposited a cheque with the Spanish League on Thursday morning but the payment has not been accepted.

A La Liga statement read, ‘We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected. It is all the information we will give so far.’

Neymar – who has delayed his arrival in Paris until Friday – is now in a race against time to register with the French league so he can make his debut on Saturday against Amiens. He needs to register a provisional transfer by Friday to make it in time to kick-off PSG‘s first match of the season.

La Liga president Javier Tebas in an interview with AS, said he would not accept the clause because of the doubts over PSG’s financing.

He said, “In terms of PSG, it is a clear case of financial doping, with the club and the state. PSG’s accounts show that they have a larger commercial income than Real Madrid and Manchester United, which is to say that the value of their brand is greater than those clubs. Well, that is impossible.”

He added, “We will not accept that money from a club like PSG that, without belonging to La Liga, want to embrace the rights of our organisation.”

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