‘It is a special moment’ – £50m target appears to confirm move to Man City

Manchester City could be on the verge of making another signing after one of their proposed targets dropped a huge hint.

The Daily Mirror suggest that Pep Guardiola’s side are closing in on a £50m deal for Benfica defender, Ruben Dias.

That move was given credence by journalist, Fabrizio Romano, who announced via his Twitter account that City’s Nicolas Otamendi is likely to be included as part of the deal.

After scoring for Benfica against Moreirense, Dias left the pitch in tears according to the Daily Mirror, with his post-match words, cited by the outlet, virtually confirming his next destination.

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Roberto: “If we play well, maybe Messi will stay with us”

Sergi Roberto spoke in an online interview with Ara. The Barcelona right-back has answered various questions, from the Lisbon disaster, to Messi’s situation with the club. Below, you can find the interview.

A new season begins when it has just been a month of 2-8 against Bayern Munich. Is the mourning still going on?

Inside, yes. It’s hard to forget that result, but now that we’re starting to compete it will be a little bit in the past. Now, we must not forget it completely, as it will surely make us stronger during this campaign.

What happened in Lisbon? How do you explain now, a month and a half later, why everything went so wrong there?

I do not know. It is difficult to find an explanation. At the beginning of the match we were tying and we scored a goal. That should have changed the dynamic, but it … Read the rest

International nightmare could continue for Man United star after this weekend because of this

With international fixtures on the horizon again, it’s time for national team managers to bed down their squad for upcoming games.

Gareth Southgate has matches against Wales, Denmark and Belgium to come, and must select the players to represent the Three Lions by next Thursday.

After a short summer break where he was arrested for allegedly assaulting police officers in Greece, Harry Maguire was left out of England’s last games.

The Man United captain comes back into contention for the triple header, but it’s possible that his national team nightmare could continue.

According to the Daily Mail, Southgate’s right-hand man, Steve Holland, will be in attendance at the AMEX Stadium this weekend, when Brighton and Hove Albion will host the Red Devils.

Effective leadership of Messi: If you want to be followed, give credit not blame.

Lionel Messi’s effective leadership has been representing the Catalans for years now with pride and loyalty. He is not only the greatest footballer but arguably one of the best leaders any team could desire for. Messi’s personification of self-confidence and his perpetual attempts to backing the team is nonpareil. The Blaugrana captain is a leader who plays with the heart on his sleeves. No matter how crucial the circumstances were, he has proven himself to be the strength of the Catalans. During the club’s instability, merry-go-rounds of transfers and constantly increasing managerial issues; Leo’s leadership qualities remained static. 

One-man show within a team

The Argentine is an industrious forwarder who is nevertheless a key asset for FC Barcelona but at the same time: he is the best Captain as well. He has been lifting the club on his shoulders reaching to the heights of success for quite a while now. … Read the rest

“Special talent” – Liverpool ace earns huge praise from these Reds fans after performance vs Lincoln

Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones is earning big praise from fans as they react to his performance against Lincoln on Twitter.

The 19-year-old is yet to fully establish himself as a regular for the Liverpool first-team, but he announced himself with a memorable solo goal against Everton in the FA Cup last season.

MORE: Video: Jones’ sublime finishes take Liverpool clear at Lincoln

Since then, Jones has continued to impress when he’s managed to get on the pitch, and he had another eye-catching performance for Liverpool as they thrashed Lincoln City 7-2 in the Carabao Cup this evening.

The teenager scored twice, with both goals well-taken efforts to show once again why he’s such a big prospect and should have a very bright future at Anfield.

Dembélé does not want to leave Barcelona: he will be key

Today, reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano denied reports coming from Tuttosport regarding Ousmane Dembélé’s departure from FC Barcelona. Multiple reports claimed that the French winger was included in a swap deal with Juventus, bringing Douglas Costa to the Camp Nou — which is absolutely not the case.

Ronald Koeman is absolutely counting on Dembélé and wants to get the best out of the player this season. The manager considers the Frenchman a crucial piece of his squad and wants to turn him into a regular starter. To do so, Koeman is already working with Dembélé’s fitness coaches in order to keep the player fit throughout the season. Besides that, Dembélé himself has never thought about leaving Barcelona either.

According to Fabrizio, Dembélé is not an option for Juventus or Manchester United (who he has been linked with as well). Besides that, Juventus’ winger Costa is also not part of any swap … Read the rest

“He’s a pressing monster” – Liverpool’s new signing earns big praise from Pep Lijnders

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has spoken about summer signing Diogo Jota and what role he can have in this squad after his move from Wolves.

The Portugal international has shone in his time in the Premier League and should be a useful purchase for the Reds, even if it’s not immediately clear that he’s likely to see much playing time.

MORE: Talks held: Liverpool discussing selling midfielder to Premier League club

There is huge competition for places in this Liverpool squad due to the quality in every area of the pitch, and Jota could have a hard time seeing as many starting opportunities as he’s used to.

Lijnders, however, has talked up his qualities and backed him to play a key role quite quickly, as he feels he’s already well suited to Liverpool’s style of play:

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Nélson Semedo leaves Barcelona after many ups and downs

After 3 seasons in Catalonia, Nélson Semedo leaves Barcelona to face a new challenge in Wolverhampton. 124 games in which the Portuguese spent his first two seasons with many obstacles, and although in their third year he had a considerable improvement, it was already the right moment to leave the Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona and Wolverhampton have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Nélson Semedo. The English club will pay 30 million euros plus 10 more in variables. Saying a final goodbye to the Portuguese who arrived in 2017 at the Camp Nou with the difficult task of replacing the legend Dani Alves.

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Demands set: Man Utd want £18m to green light exit with Euro giants set for scrap

Man Utd reportedly want £18m if they are to approve of an exit for Chris Smalling with Roma and Inter both said to be interested in the defensive ace.

The 30-year-old enjoyed a stellar loan spell with Roma last season as he firmly established himself as a permanent starter for the Giallorossi and a key figure in their bid to break into the top four in Serie A.

SEE MORE: Video: Mason Greenwood shows his class with a clinical finish for Man United vs Luton

With that deal coming to an end, he has faced an uncertain future this summer amid ongoing speculation linking him with a more permanent stint in the Italian capital, but it seems as though an agreement has yet to be reached between the two clubs.

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Nelson Semedo shares a farewell message to Barça

Nelson Semedo’s departure has been on the table for a long time, and today, the player made it official that he is leaving the club. The Portuguese full-back will be joining Wolverhampton, of which the transfer will be made official by the clubs very soon. Semedo, in the mean time, shared a message to Culés via his personal Instagram account:

“Thank you so much, Barcelona for giving me the opportunity to live the dream of wearing this shirt, to play in Camp Nou, to learn and enjoy from the best in the world. Thank you for making me grow as a player and as a person. It was 3 wonderful years I will never forget. Thank you to my colleagues, staff, fans, and all the people who helped me until this day. Wishing you the best luck in the world. Eternally grateful. Visca Barça!”

Nelson Semedo (via Instagram)

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