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Messi tells Barcelona to sell these three players

Messi tells Barcelona to sell these three players
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is still pained following Tuesday’s 4-0 UEFA Champions League himiliation in the hands of Liverpool.

As a result, the Argentina international has asked the club to get rid of as many as three first team superstars during this summer’s transfer window.

According to Fansided, the players in the blacklist are Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti.

Coutinho’s exit from the Camp Nou is imminent and he may head to an adventure with Paris Saint-Germain, while a return to Liverpool or astoundingly even Manchester United has not been ruled out. He has been utterly horrible at Barcelona and there seems to be no way upward for him at the club hereon.

Ivan Rakitic is the most indispensable player for Ernesto Valverde, but the Croatian’s performances have taken a dip in the last few months.

Additionally, with Frenkie de Jong set to arrive this July and Riqui Puig also knocking for a promotion to the first team, it may been in the best of the Catalans’ interest to sell the 31-year-old Rakitic.

Lastly, Samuel Umtiti is now a virtually dead man in the Camp Nou and has lost out on his starting berth to Clement Lenglet.

The Frenchman risks falling further down in the pecking order due to the proposed arrival of Matthijs de Ligt this summer and hence, Barcelona could look to offload him in order to earn cash and make room in the squad.

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MANCHESTER CITY BECOMES VALUABLE.

Manchester City have overtaken Manchester United as the most valuable Premier League club, according to a new football finance study.

City are valued at £2.364bn, up £385m, while United are valued £2.087bn, a drop of £376m blamed on “higher wages and lower profit”.

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The top six account for almost three-quarters of the combined league value.

Burnley are seventh and described as the “most sensibly run club in the Premier League financially”.

Overall, the study by the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Sports Business Group, found the cumulative value of the league’s clubs is £14.7bn, a 1.6% drop.

The two Manchester clubs are the only two valued at more than £2bn in the study for the 2017-18 season.

Spurs (£1.837bn), Liverpool (£1.615bn) and Chelsea (£1.615bn) have seen big rises but Arsenal dropped to £1.368bn without Champions League football.

The top six clubs make up 74% (£10.9bn) of the overall total with Burnley almost £1bn behind Arsenal in sixth.

To calculate their data, the university took into account revenue, profits, non-recurring costs, average profits on player sales over a three-year period, net assets, wage control and proportion of seats sold.

The research says City are top due to a combination of “higher revenue and lower wages”.

They made £39m in profit from player sales at the beginning of last season, “removing some high earners from the wage bill”.

“The ownership model of Sheikh Mansour, which effectively means that the club is debt free, means that there are no loan interest costs and no dividends are paid to shareholders either,” the study added.

United came third, behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, in Deloitte’s list of the world’s richest clubs published in January – but that is just based on revenue.

Tottenham defender suffers head injury, visits neurologists

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen will see a neurologist on Thursday after suffering a horrific head injury during his side’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Ajax.

Source : p.m news

Vertonghen was dazed and covered in blood following an accidental collision with Tottenham team-mate Toby Alderweireld in the first half on Tuesday.

The Belgium international initially tried to play on after being checked by Tottenham’s medical staff, but he still looked groggy and had to be helped off the pitch moments later.

It was feared Vertonghen had suffered a concussion, raising questions about the decision to allow him to briefly resume play.

Vertonghen has shown no ill-effects since and tests so far have been all clear, but Tottenham revealed he will go for an additional examination with the specialist on Thursday.

“Jan Vertonghen has undergone further assessment today (Wednesday 1 May) after sustaining a head injury in last night’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax. He also suffered a small cut to his nose that was bleeding heavily,” a Tottenham statement said.

“Jan was immediately withdrawn as a result of the player informing medical staff that symptoms were developing suddenly and that he no longer felt stable standing up.

“Tests today have been clear and testing will continue for the next few days.

“Additionally, as is standard club policy with certain injuries, we shall also be seeking independent advice and Jan is due to see a neurologist, who specialises in elite athletes, tomorrow. The player has reported no ill-effects today.”

Vertonghen tweeted: “Not the way I wanted the game to go last night. Feeling ok today. Thanks to both sets of fans for the positive messages.”

Mourinho: With Ronaldo eliminated, Messi knows the Ballon d’Or is waiting

Juventus’ Champions League elimination means that Lionel Messi already has an advantage in the 2019 Ballon d’Or, according to Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho knows Manchester United better than most, having started off the season with them, and he analysed their Champions League tie against Barcelona, the second leg of which was decided by the Argentine.
“Messi’s position is easy to understand, but it’s not easy to create a cage to contain him,” the Portuguese said on Russia Today.

“Manchester United in the first match zonally occupied that central area very well, but in this match I think they tried to start the game with a different perspective. “In front of the defensive line there was only Fred and that’s the area where Messi comes.
“When Messi has the ball one-on-one you are dead. “You have to create a cage around Messi.

“Messi is having a phenomenal season and, with Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo out of this fight, he knows that the Ballon d’Or is there waiting for him.
“I would say they are a bit more of a favourite than Liverpool, but I also think it’s 50-50.”

Source: allfootballapp.com

MESSI DISGRACES MAN-U OUT OF THE EUROPEAN LEAGUE

Lionel Messi’s first-half double inspired Barcelona into their first Champions League semi-final since 2015 as Manchester United were knocked out of Europe after a 3-0 loss at the Nou Camp, and 4-0 defeat on aggregate.

source : Sky Sports

Left bruised and bleeding from a clash with Chris Smalling in the 1-0 first-leg win last week, Messi had his payback, ending his six-year quarter-final drought with a fine low strike (16) before his second somehow squirmed under David de Gea (20).

United had started brightly before the quick-fire double with Marcus Rashford hitting the bar in the opening minute, but they could not mount an unlikely comeback at the scene of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s heroics 20 years ago, with Philippe Coutinho curling in a beauty to seal the tie (61) after the break.

The result means United have suffered their heaviest-ever aggregate defeat in a two-legged European tie.

Barca will discover their semi-final opponents on Wednesday when Liverpool take their 2-0 lead to Porto, while for United their focus switches to the top-four race in the Premier League, starting with a trip to Everton on Super Sunday.

Arsenal Star Alex Iwobi Signs For Barcelona For an African-Record Transfer Fee

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Barcelona have completed the signing of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi on a four-year contract for an African-record transfer fee of £90m.
The Nigerian had been continually linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, and had declined to clarify his own future as the Barcelona reports grew stronger.And after weeks of denials, he has finally been confirmed as the Spanish topflight club’s latest signing on Monday morning.

Iwobi flew into Barcelona by private jet on Sunday evening to complete a medical at the club’s training base and pen personal terms.

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The 22-year-old joins the elusive list of Africans to join the Catalans after Emmanuel Amuneke, Samuel Eto’o, Alexander Song, Gbenga Okunowo, Yaya Toure and Seydou Keita.

“I am delighted to be joining Barcelona this season,” Iwobi told media.“Barcelona is the biggest club in the world and I am looking forward to working with Ernesto Valverde, Lionel Messi and contributing to the team’s success at this very exciting period in the club’s history.”Valverde said the signing of Iwobi was key to his plans to strengthen the club and believes the player can join the list of Blaugrana greats.

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“Alex is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the Barca team I want to build here for the future,” he said.“He is quick, strong, skillful and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 22, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years.“He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”Jeison Murillo, who currently wears the number 17 shirt at Barcelona, has agreed to vacate the number as “a symbolic gift” to his new team-mate.Happy April 1st!

Source : dailyactive.info

Barcelona have completed the signing of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi on a four-year contract for an African-record transfer fee of £90m.
The Nigerian had been continually linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, and had declined to clarify his own future as the Barcelona reports grew stronger.And after weeks of denials, he has finally been confirmed as the Spanish topflight club’s latest signing on Monday morning.
Iwobi flew into Barcelona by private jet on Sunday evening to complete a medical at the club’s training base and pen personal terms.

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The 22-year-old joins the elusive list of Africans to join the Catalans after Emmanuel Amuneke, Samuel Eto’o, Alexander Song, Gbenga Okunowo, Yaya Toure and Seydou Keita.

“I am delighted to be joining Barcelona this season,” Iwobi told media.“Barcelona is the biggest club in the world and I am looking forward to working with Ernesto Valverde, Lionel Messi and contributing to the team’s success at this very exciting period in the club’s history.”Valverde said the signing of Iwobi was key to his plans to strengthen the club and believes the player can join the list of Blaugrana greats.

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“Alex is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the Barca team I want to build here for the future,” he said.“He is quick, strong, skillful and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 22, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years.“He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”Jeison Murillo, who currently wears the number 17 shirt at Barcelona, has agreed to vacate the number as “a symbolic gift” to his new team-mate.Happy April 1st!

Source : dailyactive.info

“Alex is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the Barca team I want to build here for the future,” he said.“He is quick, strong, skillful and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 22, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years.“He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”Jeison Murillo, who currently wears the number 17 shirt at Barcelona, has agreed to vacate the number as “a symbolic gift” to his new team-mate.Happy April 1st!

Source : dailyactive.info

Barcelona have completed the signing of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi on a four-year contract for an African-record transfer fee of £90m.
The Nigerian had been continually linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, and had declined to clarify his own future as the Barcelona reports grew stronger.And after weeks of denials, he has finally been confirmed as the Spanish topflight club’s latest signing on Monday morning.
Iwobi flew into Barcelona by private jet on Sunday evening to complete a medical at the club’s training base and pen personal terms.

Related image

The 22-year-old joins the elusive list of Africans to join the Catalans after Emmanuel Amuneke, Samuel Eto’o, Alexander Song, Gbenga Okunowo, Yaya Toure and Seydou Keita.

“I am delighted to be joining Barcelona this season,” Iwobi told media.“Barcelona is the biggest club in the world and I am looking forward to working with Ernesto Valverde, Lionel Messi and contributing to the team’s success at this very exciting period in the club’s history.”Valverde said the signing of Iwobi was key to his plans to strengthen the club and believes the player can join the list of Blaugrana greats.

Image result for ALEX IWOBI

“Alex is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the Barca team I want to build here for the future,” he said.“He is quick, strong, skillful and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 22, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years.“He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”Jeison Murillo, who currently wears the number 17 shirt at Barcelona, has agreed to vacate the number as “a symbolic gift” to his new team-mate.Happy April 1st!

Source : dailyactive.info

“Alex is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the Barca team I want to build here for the future,” he said.“He is quick, strong, skillful and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 22, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years.“He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”Jeison Murillo, who currently wears the number 17 shirt at Barcelona, has agreed to vacate the number as “a symbolic gift” to his new team-mate.Happy April 1st!

Source : dailyactive.info