Barcelona transfer news: Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, and Ousmane Dembele on the list of players available

Due to Barcelona’s financial trouble, we could see big names like Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele, and Philippe Coutinho leaving this summer. That is the only way left to give finance arrivals to Barcelona and help balance the books.

Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are on a list. Also, the other nine players from Barcelona would be willing to part with this summer.

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Although Lionel Messi’s future at the Nou Camp appears all-but assured, Barcelona will only be able to invest in further additions to their squad by arranging some significant departures.

Griezmann is undoubtedly the most eye-catching name among the group. It is because of his massive £100m+ (€120m) investment. It took to sign him from Atletico Madrid just two years ago. He was then the fifth-most expensive transfer of all time.

But Coutinho, Dembele, and striker Martin Braithwaite are also at the forefront of the push for funds to boost the finances of the club. That is mounted with huge debts exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barcelona believes Braithwaite in particular has increased in value. That is because of his performances for Denmark during Euro 2020. He was also one of the cheaper arrivals in Catalonia. It has only cost around £15m to trigger his release clause from Leganes in February 2020.

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Current Situation in Barcelona:

Griezmann is one of the highest-paid players in world football and Barcelona also needs to cut down their wage bill. That led to recent discussions over a potential exchange that would have seen his return to Atletico and Saul Niguez join Barca. Also, at that time the clubs were unable to agree.

The Frenchman’s substantial salary means there are only a handful of clubs that can afford to take him on. Juventus are one big club not currently interested. They are also not interested in a return for Miralem Pjanic, who moved to Barca in a swap with Arthur Melo last summer.

Barcelona propose Philippe Coutinho and Alessio Romagnoli swap deal to AC  Milan - Football Espana

Dembele and Clement Lenglet are other high-profile names whom Barcelona would be willing to listen to offers for. At least include in swap deals for their targets – as well as goalkeeper Neto and right-backs Emerson and Moussa Wague.

Barcelona’s management is also talking with several veteran players. There Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto areincluded. It is over contract extensions and wants them to follow their captain Messi in taking wage cuts.

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Indian football team coach Igor Stimac gets contract extension

Igor Stimac asked to come up with a detailed long-term plan to take Indian football forward together.
Igor Stimac is the coach of the Indian national men’s team. He has received a contract extension. For this reason, he will remain at the helm till September 2022. Keeping in mind the Asian Cup qualifiers, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Monday proposed the move during its technical committee meeting on Monday.

India did well in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, believes Igor Stimac

“All India Football Federation’s Technical Committee under the chairmanship of Shyam Thapa met via a video conference where Stimac made a presentation on the performance graph of the senior men’s national team wherein he highlighted the change in football philosophy and the emergence of the future generation of the Blue Tigers in the National Team set-up.

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What He Said:

“The committee deliberated at length and reached a consensus that given the external factors which have had a huge impact on the footballing world in general, and with the national team all set to begin their campaign in their quest to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023. Head coach Igor Stimac be given an extension of his contract till September 2022,” the AIFF said in a statement.

Indian football team coach Igor Stimac gets contract extension | Sports  News,The Indian Express

The Chairman requested Stimac to come up with a detailed long-term plan to take Indian Football forward together.
Stimac has been on contract as Head Coach since May 2019. Also, he had coached Croatia to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Under Stimac, the Indian team participated in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
While they could not advance to the next round of World Cup qualifiers. India finished third in the group with seven points to make the third round of the Asian Cup qualifiers.

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Everton Star Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Sex Offences

An Everton FC player was arrested on suspicion of child sex offenses. Also, the club has confirmed that the player has been suspended.

A  Premier League footballer who plays for Everton has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offenses.  UK police said on Tuesday.

 The name of the player is still unknown who was arrested on Friday. It happened before being interviewed by officers, news agency AFP reported. He has been released on bail. “Officers arrested a man on Friday, July 16, 2021, on suspicion of child sex offenses. He is on police bail pending further inquiries,” Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Everton FC in a statement confirmed that the player has been suspended.

English Premier League Star Arrested, Suspended By Club Over Alleged Child  Sex Offences. Everton

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What is the Current Situation:

“Everton can confirm it has suspended a First-Team player pending a police investigation,” the club said in a statement. 

“The Club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time,” it added.

A Premier League footballer has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse offenses. The player was arrested last Friday and interviewed by police before he was released on bail.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “Officers arrested a man on Friday 16 July 2021 on suspicion of child sex offenses. He is on police bail pending further inquiries.”

Married Premier League player arrested on suspicion of child sex offences |  Daily Mail Online

The footballer has been suspended by his club while the investigation continues.

Everton released the following statement on Monday night. Also, at the same time, they declined to confirm whether it was the same player who had been arrested on suspicion of child sex offenses.

The statement read: “Everton can confirm it has suspended a first-team player pending a police investigation. The club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time.”

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Man City transfer news: Summer transfer window 2021

In the previous season, Man City has won the Premier League. Also, they had reached the final of the Champions League but couldn’t convert it in to win.

After that, Man City’s coach Guardiola demanded some players. Also, Man City’s owner never compromises to buy any player according to coach instruction.

Grealish 'having second thoughts' over £100m Man City transfer

Who has Man City been linked with?

 Jack Grealish: The Aston Villa midfielder is reportedly linked with Manchester City. The price tag is 100M for Grealish. Also, Grealish has played a key role for England to reach Euro 2020 final. But there is a problem for City that Aston Villa is determined to keep Grealish for another season. Also, a huge bid from Man City can change the mind of Aston villa management.

Harry Kane- Kane’s England teammates also believe that he could refuse to return to pre-season training with Tottenham. Also, he got a bid to try to force a move to City. The city has made a Guardiola told Catalan network TV3 in July. He told “At the prices we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it. All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel (Jesus) and Ferran (Torres) who have been incredible in this position.

“We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine. There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.

“We’ll do whatever we can do in the transfer window and if we can’t, we’ll still have the squad that has won the league three times in four years and reached the Champions League final.”

Manchester United's stance on Harry Kane swap deal revealed

Robert Lewandowski – Premier League champions City are monitoring the striker’s status at Bayern Munich. Man City can target him if the Harry Kane transfer will not execute in the future. In this season man City desperately wants a proper box striker. The only position where they lacked a little bit.

Antoine Griezmann – City has ruled out a swoop for Griezmann as they focus their attention on England pair Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.

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The latest players linked with a Man City exit

Riyad Mahrez – City is set to offer Riyad Mahrez a new contract after the winger played a starring role in the club’s Premier League-winning campaign.

Raheem Sterling – City has made Sterling available for transfer this summer as part of a squad overhaul from boss Pep Guardiola.

Gabriel Jesus – Juventus appear ready to firm up their interest in Manchester City striker Jesus. The striker is Juventus’ top target – even though Cristiano Ronaldo tipped to stay another year.

Lukas Nmecha – The striker has joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on a permeant deal.

Confirmed Man City departures

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Sergio Aguero – Barcelona, free

Eric Garcia – Barcelona, free

Jack Harrison – Leeds, undisclosed

Daniel Grimshaw – Blackpool, free

Taylor Harwood-Bellis – Anderlecht, loan

James Trafford – Accrington, loan

Gavin Bazunu – Portsmouth, loan

Lewis Fiorini – Lincoln, loan

Alexander Robertson – Ross County, loan

Callum Doyle – Sunderland, loan

Lukas Nmecha – Wolfsburg, undisclosed

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East Bengal will not sign a final agreement with investors

The club’s general secretary said they wouldn’t sign the agreement where the members would lose their fundamental rights.
East Bengal club management on Friday decided not to sign the final agreement with investor Shree Cement Limited. Also, it is further deepening the ongoing crisis over transferring of sporting rights.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting where 24 executive members signed a statement that could jeopardize their participation in the top-tier Indian Super League (ISL).

“We will not sign the agreement where the members will lose their fundamental rights, where the club will be permanently handed over and we will lose the right over ground, logo, tent,” East Bengal general secretary Kalyan Majumdar said in a statement.

Calcutta Football League pullout may relegate SC East Bengal, says Indian  Football Association-Sports News , Firstpost

The meeting was held amid protests by club supporters outside the tent. Also, there they shouted slogans and called for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s intervention.

Also, in the last year, former investor Quess Corp left the club. After that, East Bengal made a last-minute foray into the ISL. It happened after SCL came on board with the intervention of State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Current situation for East Bnegal to play in ISL

Having acquired a stake of 76 percent, the cement giant signed a term sheet with the club in September last year. Also, the red-and-gold’s sporting rights as well as all of its assets and properties (including intellectual) were reportedly transferred to the newly-formed consortium.

But a final binding agreement of the deal is yet to be signed by the club management, leading to the logjam.
Thousands of fans are now protesting against the club management. Also, their main concern is their beloved club did not win a single national trophy since 2004.

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On the other hand, their arc rival is continuously involved in making huge signings. Mohun Bagan has signed Hugo Bumous in a 5 years deal. They are building a strong team to win ISL. East Bengal is in trouble of playing ISL. Without investor and bank security, they are not able to participate in ISL.

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Also, even they will not play Calcutta Football league as well. Their sporting rights are now in the hand of Shree Cement. Shree Cement executive told that ” We will give the sporting rights back to the club. We only need the money-back which was invested the previous year. The amount is nearly 55 crore.”

Without Mohun Bagan- East Bengal Indian football will be less interesting. Although standing from the current situation it’s very hard to see East Bengal in the upcoming ISL. Also, we all know that miracles can happen anytime. Let’s hope for the best.

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Olympics: Germany’s men’s football team walk off in friendly due to alleged racial abuse

During a warm-up match for the Tokyo Olympics, Germany’s men’s football team walked off the pitch five minutes before the end. This occurred after Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha was subjected to racial abuse. It is according to the team’s official Twitter account.

Germany’s men’s Olympics football team left the pitch five minutes before the end of a warm-up match. The match was against Honduras. All this occurred after one of their players was allegedly racially abused.
The team faced Honduras in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. The Olympics will begin next week. Germany is taking part in shorter matches to test their fitness in Japan.

The Germans were tied at 1-1 with their Central American opponents. Also, Germany was equalizing thanks to a goal from Felix Uduokhai.

However, the players walked off the field with five minutes left to play. Also, the team’s Twitter account claiming that the players decided to leave because Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha had been racially insulted.
The Honduras national team then confirmed that the game had been abandoned after “an alleged racist insult” directed at a German player.

Yet they insisted that Germany’s stance came about due to a “misunderstanding on the pitch”.

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University Student:

A university has withdrawn an offer to a student following racist abuse towards England players after the Euro 2020 final.

Video footage from a Snapchat group chat circulated on Instagram, with one individual heard using racist language towards Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, who each missed penalties in the shootout at Wembley.
A spokesperson from Nottingham Trent University said: “This allegation does not involve an NTU student. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, including racism.

“We looked into this matter immediately and as a result have withdrawn an offer to an applicant.”

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ISL: Carl McHugh to stay at Mohun Bagan till 2022

The 28-year-old Irish midfielder Carl McHugh is set to stay at ATK Mohun Bagan for the next season. This will be the Irishman’s second season with the green and maroons, and his third under coach Anotonio Lopez Habas.

The midfielder was a part of the ATK team that won the Indian Super League in 2019-20. Also, just before their merger with Indian football giants Mohun Bagan. Carl has been a polymorphic player and can play multiple positions in different systems for the need of the team.

Central midfield might be his first-choice position, but he can switch to being a defensive midfielder as well as a left-back. His contribution to the team was immense when they reached the finals in the last season of the Indian Super League.

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Debut goal rises optimism as Carl McHugh embraces Indian challenge –  Donegal Daily

What Carl McHugh has said:

“I am happy that the club management has asked me to sign a new contract. A long season is ahead. I am preparing to give my best. Like other footballers, I am also hungry to win the trophy. Last time I couldn’t, this time I want to win all the tournaments. ” said Carl McHugh on signing the new contract.

“I have learned a lot from coach Antonio Habas and the support staff. Our practice is always carried on in such an environment that makes it easy to perform well. Since coming to Kolkata, my performance has improved a lot, especially because of the coach.

Ireland's Carl McHugh to continue playing for ATK Mohun Bagan | Football  News - Times of India

He has built me tactically. It feels good to be able to take coaching from him again.” added Carl. “Even though we came very close to winning the trophy or becoming the league champion last year, we did not succeed. I will not hide my frustration regarding this as frustration in football paves the way to success.

It inspires me to succeed and I want to get success by keeping that in mind for the next season. Several new footballers have joined the team. I am looking forward to playing with them.” ATK-Mohun Bagan has made quality additions to their squad in Hugo Boumous, Ashutosh Mehta, and Joni Kauko, and will be one of the favorites leading for the next season.

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Dutch star Arjen Robben retires from football

The Dutch winger first hung up his boots after leaving Bayern Munich in 2019. Also, he then returned to his boyhood club Groningen in 2020. There he spent one more season.
Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football for a second time on Thursday.

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Robben won the Eredivisie title in his first season at PSV Eindhoven. Also, he lifted two Premier League titles, two League Cups, and the FA Cup with Chelsea. Also, he had won the LaLiga with Real Madrid.
“Everybody around FC Groningen hoped and wished that Robben would continue for another season, he has decided to stop after much deliberation,” Groningen said in a statement.

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Arjen Robben’s career

His most successful spell was with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich where he won eight Bundesliga titles, five German Cups, and the Champions League. Along with his club success, Robben won 96 caps for the Netherlands and reached the 2010 World Cup final.

Also, Robben played world cup final with the Netherlands. Unfortunately, they lost to Spain in 2010. There he missed a golden chance of scoring despite getting a clear 1:1chance against Casillas.
Everyone knows Robben for his speedy runs through the wings. Later on, in the year 2014 Netherlands also reached the semi-final in the world cup. Also, this time they failed to win it. They lost to Messi’s Argentina in the tie-breaker.

Former Chelsea, Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben announces retirement |  Football News – India TV

He mostly played for Bayern Munich and his favorite partner was Riberry. In Netherlands he got the support from Kuyt, Van persie,Sneijder. In 2014, Netherlands defeated Spain in the first match of their group stage with a scoreline of 5-1. They took revenge for their loss in 2010.

In that match, Robben scored a solo goal where he ran through 3 defenders and the goalkeeper alone. In the 80th minute, he had done this wonder and this is probably his best goal for his country.
Football will remember you.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wants To Leave Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has given no indication. Also, it sure that he wants to leave Juventus and he is expected back in Turin later this month. Also, club director Pavel Nedved said on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has given no indication he wants to leave Juventus and is expected back in Turin later this month. Club director Pavel Nedved said on Wednesday. “Cristiano is on holiday. We have no signal from his entourage that he wants to leave. We’re waiting for him and he will return around July 25 as scheduled,” Nedved said at the unveiling of the calendar for the 2021-2022 season.

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The 36-year-old Portuguese international has one year left in his contract. His future had been in doubt after a difficult campaign during which Juventus lost their Serie A crown after nine years. Also, early exit from the Champions League in the last 16 and only sealed fourth place and elite European football on the final day.

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Is Ronaldo linked with any club?

Juventus opens next season at Udinese with Massimilano Allegri fired up as he returns as coach. He returned after two years when he was sacked despite winning five consecutive league titles with the Turin club.

“There was a certain routine with (Allegri) for five years,” said Nedved. “Then he went for two years to take a little holiday but now he’s back with great motivation.”

Former Czech Republic international Nedved agreed that Juventus had probably celebrated more at finishing fourth at the end of last season than winning the ‘Scudetto’ in 2020 with Maurizio Sarri.

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“I think it’s true when Sarri says we didn’t celebrate that Scudetto very much, because perhaps it came naturally as we had already won so much.

“We tried again with Andrea Pirlo (coach last season), but we ended in fourth. We celebrated that achievement after a complicated season perhaps more for the many sufferings.”

Nedved confirmed that the club was interested in Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli. This happened after his performance with Italy in winning Euro 2020.

“We left the boy quiet during the European Championship. He is a Sassuolo player and there will be time to address the issue.”

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona star agrees to stay on reduced wages

Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at Barcelona on a deal until 2026. Also, here includes his reducing his wages to half of his previous salary.

The announcement is dependent on player departures that will allow Barca to fund the Argentina captain’s wages.
Messi, 34, was a free agent after his contract. Also, that reportedly paid him £123m a season. This expired on 30 June.
He is on holiday after winning Copa America. Also, the finer details of the contract are yet to be finalized.

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There will be a break clause in the contract. Which will be allowing Messi to leave the club after two years.
The announcement could yet be a fortnight away for a combination of reasons. It is also including La Liga insisting the club offload some wages before new players are registered and the player himself being on holiday.

Re-signing Messi was the principal summer target of new chairman Joan Laporta.
Barca is also looking at a swap deal involving forward Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguel. Also, it is the idea of reducing the wage bill.

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Messi is also willing to extend his contract

After Copa America, Messi feels very strong and has started imagining staying at the club even longer than previously thought. Hence he accepted a five-year deal.

After two he can break the deal. Also, if he feels as motivated and fit as now he moves to the MLS.
The agreement will not announce immediately and may still be a couple of weeks away. As lawyers have to go through it, and La Liga also said the club must release wages before he and the new players can be registered.

Fringe players such as Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo, and Carles Alena have already been sold to free up the budget but other big-name departures will also need to take place.

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Messi linked with moves to Paris St-Germain and Manchester City. There he could reunite with his former boss at Barcelona Pep Guardiola, as well as America’s Major League Soccer, which he has previously considered experiencing.

Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Copa del Reys as well as claiming the Ballon d’Or on a record six occasions.

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