According to the agent for Paulo Dybala, Barcelona recently tabled a bid of €80m (£66m) to sign the Juventus striker. That news is shocking on multiple levels. That someone thinks that Dybala is worth that much money and that Barcelona were willing to pay that kind of transfer fee when they already have the MSN connection up-front. Is the bid an indication that Barcelona feels that one of its stars could be leaving?
Dybala was linked with a move to Barcelona last summer after Palermo president Mauricio Zamparini launched a public auction to get the most for the attacker.
Former Manchester United winger Nani is to join Valencia from Fenerbahce, the Turkish club’s president has confirmed.
The attacker, who left United permanently in 2015 to join Fenerbahce has a clause in his contract that says he can leave for €8.5m but the stipulation expires on June 30.
“Nani will play for Valencia next season,” said Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim told AMK Sport (via Marca).
Nani scored eight goals in 27 appearances in the Turkish top flight last season, and has been in impressive form throughout his time since leaving Old Trafford.
Sevilla have announced that former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli will replace Unai Emery at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán next season.
The Europa League holders released a statement welcoming the Argentine on Monday, as he put pen to paper on a two-year contract. A statement on the club’s website hailed the Argentine as “one of the most popular coaches in world football” and backed him to give the club “fresh impetus” to keep progressing.
Sampaoli’s last job was with the Chilean national team, whom he led to the 2015 Copa America on home soil. The Rosario native had previously come to prominence at Santiago’s Universidad de Chile, where he lifted three national championships and a Copa Sudamericana title in just two years.
Spain’s reign as European champions came to an end in Paris after 2,920 days when they were soundly beaten 2-0 by Italy on Monday. A defeat that marks the end of a golden era for Spanish football and will undoubtably will mean the end of Vicente Del Bosque reign as Spain manager.
Del Bosque played the same starting XI for the fourth game in a row, but Spain did not play the same way as they did in the first two games of this tournament, or anything like when they were at their 2008-12 peak. So much of that reflects the conservatism and staleness that has afflicted this team, and why this is likely to be the manager’s last tournament.
You can cross another striker of the Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United shopping lists as Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has signed a new five-year deal keeping him at the club until 2021 and his release clause has reportedly been increased from €82.3m (£63m) to €100m (£76.6m).
An Atletico statement read:
“Antoine Griezmann has renewed his contract with our club until June 30th, 2021.
“The French striker has therefore extended by one season his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid.”
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Barcelona are still pursuing Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro but will not pay his €40m (£30.6m) release clause, reports Marca.
Luis Enrique is determined to sign a fourth forward this summer after watching his team stutter towards the end of the season and has earmarked Gameiro among his chief targets.
The 29-year-old was in phenomenal form for Sevilla last season as they wrapped up their third straight Europa League title and he is reportedly prepared to join Barcelona this summer if they lodge an official offer.
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Real Madrid have announced they have re-signed Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.
The 23-year-ld Morata left Madrid for Juventus for £15.8m in 2014 but was heavily linked with a return throughout last season.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have exercised the £23m buyback clause that was inserted into the deal that took the Spain international to Italy two years ago and they are now expected to sell the striker on for a huge profit.
Morata has impressed at Euro 2016, scoring twice in Spain’s last tie against Turkey, and Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta seemed to confirm he would be departing Turin this summer.
A new twist to what could be one of the stories of the summer as the Spanish champions have reportedly joined PSG in pursuit of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
On Friday Paul Joyce of the Express broke the story that Paris Saint Germain have contacted Philippe Coutinho’s representatives to express their interest in signing the Brazilian this summer. Le 10 Sport in France reported that Coutinho, reacted “positively” when a possible move was floated with him and that PSG were preparing a £46 million offer for the midfielder.
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Atletico Madrid are reported to be still interested in striker Mauro Icardi, despite Inter slapping a €45m price-tag on the Argentine.
This is certainly not the first time that Atleti and specifically Coach Diego Simeone have been linked with a swoop for Icardi.
According to new reports emerging from Argentina, spreading through Italy and Spain, the Champions League runners-up are making another bid.
While the takeover by Suning Commerce Group changes the financial outlook for Inter, turning down a €45m offer for Icardi is not something that teams do without thinking it through.
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Sevilla have announced that manager Unai Emery will leave the club next week, amidst speculation that Europa League winner is heading to France to take over for Paris Saint-Germain.
Emery must now buy out his contract at a cost of €2m, although PSG are expected to front the bill, as former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli will reportedly hold talks about succeeding the Basque on Monday.
“Sevilla FC have received formal communication from the representatives of Unai Emery, in which they have informed us of Emery’s intention next week to unilaterally terminate his employment relationship with Sevilla FC because of his desire not to continue exercising the role of first-team Coach in the 2016-2017 season,” read a statement on the Andalusians’ official website.