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Barcelona Suing Neymar For Breach Of Contract

Aug 22, 2017 1:00 PM

Neymar is being sued by Barcelona for a breach of contract.

Barcelona has already said they will refuse to pay Neymar $30.6 million in bonus payments due this summer. Barcelona is seeking a return of money they paid to Neymar when he renewed his contract last summer plus €8.5 million in damages plus interest.

Neymar was scheduled to receive €26 million in bonuses this summer.

Neymar did not publicly say he was considering a move to PSG until Aug. 3, the day Barcelona terminated his contract and he signed with his new team.

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Tags: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Stuttgart Could Sell Julian Green

Aug 22, 2017 5:30 PM

Julian Green faces an uncertain future with Stuttgart.

Green was omitted from Stuttgart's 18-man squad for last weekend's Bundesliga opener.

A spokesperson for Green's agency, acta7, said via email that the player has two more years to run on his contract, and that "his goal is to get playing time. That's his focus at the moment and he expects to get his chance."

Green joined Stuttgart from Bayern Munich in January.

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Tags: VfB Stuttgart, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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PSG, Monaco Discussing $164M Kylian Mbappe Transfer

Aug 22, 2017 1:07 PM

Paris Saint-Germain are in talks with Monaco on an agreement to buy Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe would remain at Monaco until next season. Lucas Moura would head to Monaco as a make-weight.

The deal would be worth approximately $164 million.

Mbappe has received strong interest from Real Madrid as well.

Bryan Swanson/Sky Sports

Tags: Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Loan, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Pep Guardiola: Club Could Pay Lionel Messi's $353M Buyout

Aug 22, 2017 1:05 PM

Pep Guardiola said a club could conceivably activate Lionel Messi's €300 million ($353 million) buyout clause with Barcelona. Sources say the club won't be Manchester City.

"I don't know -- someone might if they have the money and want to spend it," said Guardiola.

"It might happen, who knows?"

Messi's current terms expire in 2018 and he's reportedly agreed upon an extension, but he has yet to sign it. Messi could sign a precontract with other clubs beginning on Jan. 1st if he doesn't sign the extension.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Barcelona Denies Suggestion Lionel Messi Could Leave Club

Aug 21, 2017 1:40 PM

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta suggested Lionel Messi could leave the club if Josep Maria Bartomeu is not removed from the position.

Barcelona maintains Messi will sign his contract extension that was reportedly agreed upon in July.

Terms have not yet been signed and there were reports over the weekend that Manchester City could pay Messi's €300 million buyout clause.

"If we want Messi to continue to be happy at Barca we have to get rid of Bartomeu immediately," Laporta wrote on Twitter after the links with City had surfaced.

Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez downplayed the idea Messi could leave the club and said that the contract extension will be signed soon.

"The agreement for Messi's renewal is total on both sides," he told beIN after Barcelona began the new La Liga season with a 2-0 win against Real Betis on Sunday.

"We are looking for the right moment to sign it, there's nothing else [to be said]. We already know how key Leo is. He's a very important player for football."

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Tags: Barcelona, Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Neymar: Barcelona Deserves Better Than Current Board

Aug 21, 2017 11:18 AM

Neymar was critical of Barcelona's board following Sunday's match.

Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

"I don't have anything to say to the Barcelona board," Neymar began. "For me. ... Well, actually I have something to say: That I am disappointed with them.

"I spent four years there and was very happy. I began happy, spent four years happy and left happy. But not with them. For me, they shouldn't be in charge of Barca. Barca deserve much better, and everyone knows this."

Neymar said his former Barcelona teammates were also unhappy.

"To see my former teammates unhappy makes me sad also, because I have many friends [there]. I hope that things get better for Barca. That they return to the team they were and become one that can compete with the others."

ESPN

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Andres Iniesta Warns He Could Leave Barcelona In 2018

Aug 21, 2017 11:14 AM

Andres Iniesta admitted he could leave Barcelona at the end of the current season.

Iniesta has spent his entire career with Barcelona but is without a contract for next season.

"I've still not renewed," he told El Pais when asked if it was an option to leave.

"I've experienced a lot of sensations I've not known before, but I think they're normal. It's a scenario which three years ago I could never have imagined.

"Let's say I'm thinking about my future when before I wasn't."

Asked whether he needed to be shown more respect by the club in order to commit his future to them, he added: "We all like to be appreciated, valued and respected.

"I have always felt affection and respect from everyone here, but it's also clear that at this club you can never lose respect toward people that have given their lives for these colors.

"That should never be lost, and sometimes you get the sensation that it is."

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

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Barcelona Considering 4th Bid To Liverpool For Philippe Coutinho

Aug 20, 2017 2:21 PM

Barcelona are considering placing a fourth offer to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool rejected Barcelona's most recent bid worth a potential £119 million.

A third offer worth a guaranteed €90 million (£82.3 million), plus a staggering €40 million in add-ons ($153 million in total), represented an increase of €5 million and €25 million respectively on their previous bids.

Coutinho is attempting to leave Liverpool for Barcelona.

Barcelona also retain an interest in Ousmane Dembélé.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Expected To Sign With Manchester United

Aug 20, 2017 2:11 PM

Manchester United expect to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a new contract this week.

Ibrahimovic is rehabbing from a torn ACL and is expected to return in January.

Jose Mourinho has wanted him to sign a contract to stay at the club all along. 

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his first season with United.

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Real Madrid Rejects $88M Bid From Juventus For Mateo Kovacic

Aug 19, 2017 7:27 PM

Real Madrid have reportedly rejected an offer of €75 million ($88 million) from Juventus for Mateo Kovacic.

Kovacic is not a regular but he has played well in his limited time with Real Madrid.

Juventus has since shifted to sign Blaise Matuidi.

Real Madrid bought Kovacic from Inter Milan in 2015 for €30 million.

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Spurs Close To $54M Deal With Ajax For Davinson Sanchez
Davinson Sanchez is a 21-year-old center-half.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Liverpool Rejects Barcelona's $147M Bid For Philippe Coutinho
The bid is Barcelona's third after they previously offered 72 million and 90 million for Philippe Coutinho.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Aliko Dangote Hopes To Buy Arsenal, Fire Arsene Wenger
Aliko Dangote has a net worth of $11.1 billion and will consider making an offer to purchase Arsenal toward the end of the current decade.

Francine Lacqua, Paul Wallace/Bloomberg

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal Taking Risk Keeping Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal could lose Alexis Sanchez for free next summer and is considered likely to do so.

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Diego Costa Believes Return To Atletico Madrid 'Already Set'
Diego Costa insists he won't return to Chelsea and will eventually end up back with Atletico Madrid.

Ben Fisher/The Guardian

Barcelona Confident Of Signing Both Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele
Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele could cost $118 million apiece.

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

Juventus Buys Blaise Matuidi From PSG For $23.5M
Blaise Matuidi joined PSG from St-Etienne in 2011 and was one of the club's longest serving players.

Fabrizio Romano, Marcus Christenson/The Guardian

Christian Pulisic Dismisses New Round Of Liverpool Rumors
Christian Pulisic signed a new contract in January with Borussia Dortmund.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Everton Buys Gylfi Sigurdsson For Club-Record $58M
Ronald Koeman had been pursuing Gylfi Sigurdsson for several weeks.

BBC

Lionel Messi Offered To Help Neymar Win Ballon d'Or To Stay With Barca
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez attempted to convince Neymar to remain with Barcelona before his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Ivan San Antonio/Sport

Stoke City Confirms Loan Deal With PSG For Jese Rodriguez
Jese cost Paris Saint-Germain 22 million last summer.

The Guardian

Spurs Pursuing $47M Transfer With Ajax For Davinson Sanchez
Davinson Sanchez is viewed as a perfect complement to Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in Mauricio Pochettino's back three.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

Chelsea Demands Diego Costa Return To Club
Diego Costa is believed to have been absent without leave from Chelsea since the club flew to China for a pre-season tour in the middle of July.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Jurgen Klopp: Coutinho's Future Out Of My Hands
Coutinho desperately wants to leave Liverpool to join Barcelona.

Stuart James/The Guardian

Real Madrid Joins Barcelona In Pursuing Ousmane Dembele
Real Madrid has prioritized Kylian Mbappe this summer but Monaco may not sell him until 2018.

Juan Jimenez/As.com

Zinedine Zidane Signs Three-Year, $24M+ Extension With Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane will double his salary from $5.1 million per season to more than $8 million.

Joaquin Maroto/As.com

Isco, Real Madrid Sign Four-Year Extension With $827M Release Clause
Isco was linked to a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur last summer and then Barcelona earlier this year.

Joaquin Maroto/As.com

Barcelona Buys Paulinho From Guangzhou For $47M
Paulinho spent two seasons with Tottenham Hotspur before going to China.

Daily Mail

Wenger: Olivier Giroud Passed On Opportunity To Leave Arsenal
Olivier Giroud was dropped from Arsenal's starting XI for their Premier League opener in favor of Alexandre Lacazette.

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Roma Won't Increase Bid To Leicester City For Riyad Mahrez
The Foxes have turned down a transfer offer for Riyad Mahrez that would be a record for Roma.

PA Sport