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Barcelona have unveiled their new signing Arthur from Brazilian club Gremio on Monday. The midfielder, who cost €30 million, signed a six-year contract with a buy-out clause of €400m.

Arthur arrived in the Spanish City on Monday and gave his first interview with Barca TV where he said:

‘I’m very happy. This is a dream I’ve had since I was little.’

‘I always dreamed of putting on the FC Barcelona jersey. Today is a great day.

‘This is a championship calibre club and that is my objective, to win as many titles as possible because I know this badge deserves it.

Well Florentino Pérez has gotten his wish. Despite winning the Champions League in four of the past five seasons, Real struggled domestically, finishing 17 points behind champions Barcelona last season.

Perez has already gotten rid of manager Zinedine Zidane, replacing him with former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.

Next on his wish list was to move move Cristiano Ronaldo out of Real Madrid and that has now been accomplished with the news of Ronaldo’s $112m move to Juventus.

Now Perez needs to find a Galácticos, or two, to replace Ronaldo at the box office, and just as importantly. someone to replace his 40+ goals a season.

Even though the story had been bubbling ever since Portugal got knocked out of the World Cup, few people felt that it would happen. That Cristiano Ronaldo would actually leave Real Madrid.

But the Ballon d’Or holder is doing just that, as Juventus will pay Real Madrid €112m for the 33-year-old Ronaldo. In a statement to Real Madrid fans, Ronaldo wrote:

These years in Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life.

I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for its fans and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has signed a two-year deal to take charge of Spain. He replaces Julen Lopetegui, who was fired on the eve of the World Cup after accepting the job at Real Madrid.

Fernando Hierro took temporary control for the finals, where 2010 world champion and 2008 and 2012 European Championship winner Spain was knocked out 4-3 on penalties by host Russia in the last 16

“The decision has been unanimous,” Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales said on Luis Enrique’s appointment.

“I like his commitment. He has let better financial opportunities pass in order to be national team coach.

The Julen Lopetegui era at Real Madrid will start a long way from Madrid as Los Blancos will travel to the USA for three high profile matches.

The Madrid players will be based in Miami, Florida where they will play the first match of the International Champions Cup against Manchester United on July 31.

Then it’s on to Washington to face Juventus (August 5) and New Jersey for a clash against Barcelona’s Champions League conquerors, Roma, on August 8.

These are planned to be the only four rehearsals before the European Super Cup, on August 15, against Atlético Madrid in Tallin, Estonia.

If Barcelona want to secure the signing of Clement Lenglet, the Catalan side must trigger his €30 million release clause, says Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros.

Lenglet joined Sevilla in January 2017 but has gone on to impress a number of sides across Europe and his form has seen Barcelona firm up their interest.

But Caparros, according to Spanish publication AS, insists the club have no appetite to sell the defensive star and only a fully-paid release clause will see negotiations commence.

‘Let’s get one thing clear, something we’ve always said: Sevilla will not sell Lenglet,’ the director of football said.

Curiously, Real Madrid have made an official statement denying Spanish state television reports they have offered Paris Saint-Germain €300m for Neymar.

The statement on the TVE report read:

‘Given the information issued tonight by TVE on a supposed offer from Real Madrid for Neymar, Real Madrid state that this information is outright false. Real Madrid has not made any kind of offer to PSG or the player.

‘Real Madrid is surprised that Spanish public television has been able to broadcast absolutely false information without anyone from the club being contacted about the alleged information that could easily have been denied.’

Spain captain Sergio Ramos has blamed the late change of manager for their shock World Cup exit at the hands of hosts Russia.

Their build-up to the World Cup was rocked when coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before their opening game against Portugal when he agreed to become Real Madrid manager.

Fernando Hierro took charge and the Spanish were viewed as among the favourites to lift the World Cup after winning Group B and entering the half of the knockout draw without the likes of Brazil, France, Belgium and Uruguay.

Stunning revelations from Angel Di Maria, that his then club Real Madrid forced him not to play for his country against Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final.

The winger was injured in the quarter-finals of the competition but had been having injections in his leg in order to play through the pain. Real Madrid had made the decision to sell Di Maria after the World Cup and did not want him hurting himself in a way that would make him impossible to sell.

Ronaldo Wins Five

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to pay a €18.8m fine after pleading guilty to four separate tax offences.

According to El Mundo, Ronaldo also accepted a two-year prison sentence with the Public Prosecutors’ Office in Madrid.

The newspaper explains this is pending approval from Agencia Tributaria, Spain’s revenue service, which initially levelled the charges against the Portuguese.

The No 7 is said to be ‘confident’ that his criminal conviction will be replaced by another fine, even if it is suspended.

However, the publication warns the treasury want to keep the prison sentence in place so the 33-year-old cannot reoffend in that time.