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Transfer: Barcelona in Talks with Man United over Defender deal

Manchester United have been offered Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann in exchange for Victor Lindelöf. Barca are looking to take advantage of Raphael Varane's move to Old Trafford, which has seen Lindelöf drop down the pecking order.

Transfer: Barcelona in Talks with Man United over Defender deal

Manchester United have been offered Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann in exchange for Victor Lindelöf. Barca are looking to take advantage of Raphael Varane's move to Old Trafford, which has seen Lindelöf drop down the pecking order.

23yr Old Naomi Osaka lights Olympic cauldron at Opening Ceremony

  Naomi Osaka was given the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games. The 23-year-old tennis player follows in the footsteps of a long line of iconic athletes who have been chosen to light the Olympic cauldron at a Games. In Atlanta back in 1996, Muhammad Ali created one of the most powerful moments in the Games' history before Cathy Freeman did the same, four years later in Sydney. At the most recent Games in Rio de Janeiro, the honour was handed to Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima. Osaka, who has been open about her mental health struggles recently, received the torch at the end of a relay that included great icons of Japanese sport, key workers, and children from regions affected by the earthquake and tsunami 10 years ago. Prior to the ceremony taking place, it was thought that Osaka might have a key role to play, after her first-round match was removed from the schedule for Saturday. The lighting of the cauldron by 23-y

Chelsea complete signing of Manchester United striker on four-year contract

  Chelsea have completed the signing of Lauren James from Manchester United on a four-year deal The deal for the forward - the biggest between Women's Super League (WSL) clubs - is worth up to £200,000 with bonuses. The initial fee is in the region of £70,000. One of the reasons behind the transfer was the 19-year-old's desire to move back down south to be closer to her family. Her brother Reece plays for Chelsea. James was a part of the United side that secured fourth place in the WSL last season On signing for the WSL champions, James said: "It's a great feeling to come back home, to a great club, the club I started at the age of six. To be able to play for the first team now and come back here to Emma and the rest of the group is a good feeling. "I'm excited to get started and I can't wait to meet all the fans at Kingsmeadow when the new season kicks in." Chelsea manager Emma Hayes added: "Lauren is an exciting, young talent who

''This is my home'' as Jadon Sancho completes mega move to Manchester United from Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund

 England winger Jadon Sancho has joined Manchester United from German club Borussia Dortmund on a whooping 85 million euros ($100 million). The contract will keep Sancho at Old Trafford until June 2026 and includes an option for a sixth season. The agreement had been disclosed while Sancho was on international duty with England at the European Championship. Sancho played four seasons with Dortmund after starting his career at Manchester City. "I'll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day," Sancho, told the club's website. This is his home. This is where he belongs. Jadon Sancho is .#MUFC x @Sanchooo10 pic.twitter.com/LAIBn7ie7V — Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 23, 2021 “The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League." Sancho emerged as United's No. 1 transfer ta

Negativity won't break me - Saka

  Bukayo Saka says he expected to be targeted by racists on social media following his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final but insists the negativity will not "break" him. The 19-year-old saw his spot-kick saved as Italy triumphed at Wembley on Sunday and was then sent sickening messages along with team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. Police have arrested five people for racially abusing England players online after Sunday's final and in a heartfelt message posted on his Twitter account, Saka urged social media platforms to step up their efforts to stamp out racial abuse. He said: "I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks. "This message won't do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke to Saka following England's defeat to Italy and says he

Patrik Schick strike voted the best goal of Euro 2020

The best goal of Euro 2020 has been awarded to the Bayern Leverkusen forward Patrik Schick of Czech Republic which was scored in their opening group game against Scotland. Schick was almost 50 metres from goal when he beat David Marshall with a wonderful lob - his effort gained almost 800,000 votes on the official UEFA we page from users electing the top goal of the tournament. Schick certainly left his mark at Euro 2020. Apart from scoring the best goal, he scored a further four goals, making him the joint-top scorer of the tournament, level on five goals with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Czech Republic advanced to the quarter finals where they were eliminated by Denmark. But prior to that, they emerged from Group D as one of best, third-placed teams and beat one of the favourites, the Netherlands 2-0 in the Last 16.  They came desperately close to making the semi-finals for the first time since 2004, but lost 1-2 to Denmark. Both Schick and the Czech side left a lasting impression

"I'm a victim of what I've done and the way people look at me," - Mourinho

  Jose Mourinho claimed his "disaster" years would be regarded as career high points by many bosses as he began life as head coach of Roma. The 58-year-old rejected any suggestions he was in decline and set his sights on bringing success to the Giallorossi, his second Italian club after a highly successful two-year stint at Inter. Sacked by Tottenham in April, Mourinho believes it could be a long rebuild at Roma, a club that last won a trophy in 2008 when they landed the Coppa Italia. Roma's last Scudetto came in 2001 when a star-studded side pipped Juventus to the title. Mourinho has won the Italian league title since then, guiding Inter to a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2010. "I'm a victim of what I've done and the way people look at me," Mourinho said in a news conference. "If you look at Man United, I won three times and was a disaster. "At Tottenham I took over and took them to a cup final where I couldn&#

La Liga President unsure of Messi's stay at Barça

  "I don't know," was all Javier Tebas had to say when asked whether he thought Leo Messi will still be playing for Barcelona when the new season kicks off on 15 August.   LaLiga's president spoke to La Sexta's Jugones programme about the situation concerning the Argentinean, whose contract with Barcelona expired on 30 June although the club are hopeful he will agree to a new deal.   Tebas was forthright about club staying within LaLiga's salary limit: "The rules are the rules and everyone has to comply with them, from Alcorcón to Barcelona". He continued, "It's one thing to exceed the salary limit and another to renew a player's contract or bring in players under the one-for-four rule.   For every four euros I save, I am able to spend one euro". With just 38 days until the 2021/22 season starts in Spain, Tebas was frank about the   possibility of Barcelona being able to register the Argentinean. "If another player do

Man City or PSG signing Messi would be 'financial doping' - says LaLiga chief

Argentina captain Messi is a free agent after his Barca contract expired at the end of June and he has been attracting many top clubs in Europe.   LaLiga president Javier Tebas says Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain would be committing "financial doping" if they signed Lionel Messi on similar terms to his previous Barcelona deal. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has been linked with City and PSG previously, though he is expected to remain with the Blaugrana despite their financial problems. Tebas does not see how any club would be able to offer Messi the sort of terms he had been earning, with his last contract reportedly worth in excess of €500million over four years. Asked if Messi would have to take a pay cut to extend his stay at Barca, Tebas said: "Exactly. He won't be able to sign on the previous conditions, that's impossible. "But I don't think any European club would be able to pay that amount." Tebas added: "City have

PSG make inquiry on Messi after contract expires

  For the first time in 17 years, Lionel Messi is not a Barcelona player. With his contract having expired at midnight on 30 June, the Blaugrana captain has officially been a free agent for almost two days now, though Barcelona president Joan Laporta has remained calm and is confident that the captain will eventually put pen to paper on a new deal. While Messi is currently focused on international duty with Argentina at the Copa América, his father and agent, Jorge, continues to manage his affairs and has maintained contact with Barcelona. Although all indications are that Messi will renew with Barça, AS has learned that PSG has made an offer to the 34-year-old striker, which will come as a worrying development for the so-far-relaxed Joan Laporta. The Parisian club had been linked with Messi on several occasions over the first few months of this year, with sporting director Leonardo making no attempts to hide the club’s interest in him. "Great players like Messi will always

England beat Germany to go through to the last 8 of Euro 2020

  Raheem Sterling hailed England's superb collective display as they reached the European Championship quarter-final with a 2-0 win over rivals Germany on Tuesday. The Manchester City forward broke the deadlock in the 75th minute before captain Harry Kane made sure of victory 10 minutes later when he headed in substitute Jack Grealish's cross, sparking wild celebrations at Wembley. The victory was England's first against Germany in a knockout round at a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup final. "We knew we needed a big performance against a difficult side, and we did that today," Sterling said. "Doing it for your country is always special. For half a second I thought let it (Sterling's goal) not be offside, but I'm so happy it went in. "We knew the intensity we could play at, not a lot of teams can deal with it. "We kept going, (Declan) Rice and (Kalvin) Phillips, ate up ground and were animals in there. All-round, great tea

"We are proud of our journey" - Ronaldo

  Cristiano Ronaldo has said that Portugal is proud of their journey after their European Championship title defence was ended by Belgium. Portugal bowed out of Euro 2020 on Sunday as a Thorgan Hazard strike gave the Belgians a 1-0 win in the sides' last-16 tie in Seville. The Seleção won just one of their four Euro 2020 matches, which is their fewest in a single European Championship tournament since their first appearance in 1984 (also one win). The 23 shots recorded by Portugal against Belgium is the highest tally for a team at Euro 2020 without scoring, with Ronaldo responsible for four of those attempts. Despite his side's disappointing exit in the first knockout round, Juventus star Ronaldo is proud of his team-mates and is predicting a bright future for the Euro 2016 and Nations League 2019 winners. "We didn't get the result we wanted and we left the race sooner than we wanted," he posted on his official Instagram page. "But we are proud of

Euro 2020: France knocked out by the Swiss

  Kylian Mbappe sensationally missed the decisive shoot-out penalty as Switzerland knocked out Euro 2020 favourites France after a six-goal thriller to set up a quarter-final clash with Spain. The superstar striker stepped up to take the 10th kick of the shoot-out but was denied by a brilliant stop by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to cap a classic contest and a day of incredible drama at the European Championships. Early in the game Switzerland had taken a shock lead through Haris Seferovic's header (15), but France turned it around with a four-minute burst featuring a Hugo Lloris penalty save, and Karim Benzema double (57, 59) before Paul Pogba (75) looked to have sealed it by curling a stunning shot into the top corner. However, just like Croatia against Spain earlier in the day, Switzerland refused to lie down and produced their own comeback in the final nine minutes, with Seferovic powering in another header (81), and Mario Gavranovic (90) firing in from the edge of the bo

Euro 2020: Record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo helps Portugal advance

  Two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo helped holders Portugal squeeze into the last 16 of the European Championship after a 2-2 draw with France on Wednesday in a dramatic conclusion to Euro 2020 Group F. World champions France won the group by one point from Germany in second with Portugal third, level on points with Germany. Ronaldo converted both the penalties to level Portugal 2-2 against France. Ronaldo’s 109th international goal was drawing him level with Ali Daei as the world’s top marksman. Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema has scored a brace for France. Leon Goretzka scored late to keep Germany in the European Championship with a 2-2 draw against Hungary Ronaldo edged his side in front from the penalty spot, becoming the first European in World Cup and Euros history to score a combined 20 goals across the two competitions. France striker Karim Benzema scored twice to put his side ahead but Ronaldo equalised from the spot to become the joint top sco

Euro 2020: Last-16 fixtures, games and schedule

  The eight round-of-16 matches will take place on Saturday June 26, Sunday June 27, Monday June 28, and Tuesday June 29 in Amsterdam, London (two games), Budapest, Seville, Copenhagen, Bucharest and Glasgow. The sixteen teams through are: Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Wales, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, England, Croatia, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, Germany Kick-off times and venues and time below; Saturday June 26 Game 1: Wales vs Denmark; Kick-off 5pm (Amsterdam) Game 2: Italy vs Austria; Kick-off 8pm (London)   Sunday June 27 Game 3: Netherlands vs Czech Republic; Kick-off 5pm (Budapest) Game 4: Belgium vs Portugal; Kick-off 8pm (Seville)   Monday June 28 Game 5: Croatia vs Spain; Kick-off 5pm (Copenhagen) Game 6: France vs Switzerland; Kick-off 8pm (Bucharest)   Tuesday June 29 Game 7: England vs Germany; Kick-off 5pm (London) Game 8: Sweden vs Ukraine; Kick-off 8pm (Glasgow)

Transfer: Man Utd in Advanced Talks to Sign Forward from Borussia Dortmund

  Manchester United are in advanced negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of forward Jadon Sancho. United have made two bids, the latest of which was made last week and comprised a fee in excess of £75m, closer to Dortmund's valuation. There is still work to do before an agreement is struck - notably the structure of payments. Dortmund want the majority of the fee paid up front with the rest in achievable add-ons. Personal terms are not expected to be a problem as they were agreed when United went in for Sancho last summer. Reports in Germany suggest Dortmund want a resolution before July 23, when the squad goes on a pre-season training camp. Sancho's contract runs until the summer of 2023 - something not lost on United as Dortmund don't want to risk Sancho entering the final year of his deal. Dortmund have a "gentleman's agreement" with Sancho allowing him to leave if "certain conditions" are met. There is an increased

IKEA launches "Cristiano" water bottle after Ronaldo Coca-Cola controversy

  Cristiano Ronaldo has already made history at the European Championships by becoming the tournament’s outright all-time top goalscorer, surpassing France legend Michel Platini, with whom he was tied on nine goals before the start of Euro 2020.  The Portugal star has so far found the net on three occasions to bring his career tournament record to 12 goals. But despite his history-making feats on the pitch, Ronaldo has made more headlines over his actions in a press conference before he had even kicked a ball at the tournament. Footage of Ronaldo removing two bottles of Coca-Cola from the desk and replacing them with a bottle of water in the prematch press conference ahead of Portugal-Hungary has undoubtedly been the viral sensation of Euro 2020. Such was the impact of Ronaldo’s actions, that tournament sponsor Coca-Cola saw billions wiped off its market value when its share pace took a drop on Wall Street. While the Ronaldo controversy has served as a major headache for Coca C

Super League will still go ahead says Laporta

  Joan Laporta insists Barcelona will not apologise for "wanting to be the owners of our own destiny" in an impassioned defence of the doomed European Super League. The contentious project failed to get off the ground after nine of the 12 founding members pulled out amid a furious backlash to competition. Last month, UEFA issued fines to Atlético Madrid, Inter, Milan, and the six Premier League teams involved but a court ruling meant disciplinary proceedings against Barça, Real Madrid and Juventus – the three teams yet to cut ties with the Super League – had to be halted. Barça president Laporta remains adamant the Super League will still go ahead in some guise in the future as he issued a note of defiance when addressing the club's general assembly, where he explained a vote on participation in the competition was no longer necessary as the format no longer existed. "We spoke with the clubs [involved] and said we liked [the proposals], but that we needed the

Manchester United Open to Varane-Pogba Swap deal

  “There will be less movement in the summer transfer market, but some of them will be big ones,” According to reports. “And there will be a lot more swap deals than financial transfers. ” Real Madrid are unlikely to be one of the club’s making any kind of splash in the market, having been forced to shelve their plans to try and sign either Kylian Mbappé or Erling Haaland, but an opportunity may have presented itself as a side-effect of the long-running contract stand-off with France defender Raphaël Varane: the possibility of doing a swap deal with Manchester United for Paul Pogba. Madrid’s midfield is one of the strongest in Europe, but there is little doubt that Luka Modric (35) and Toni Kroos (31), who is reportedly considering retiring from international duty after the Euros, only have so much left in the tank. Casemiro is now 29. Pogba has always been on Madrid’s radar and was one of the players Zinedine Zidane tried to sign various times without success during the Frenchma

Marcelo set to take over as club's captain from Ramos

  Sergio Ramos’ decision to leave Real Madrid after 16 years at the Bernabéu will not stop the club from moving forward as it has always done even if it will be strange for many fans to see a side not featuring the defender when Carlo Ancelotti names his first starting XI for the 2021-22 season. The departure of the club’s longest-serving player will also mean a reshuffle of the hierarchy among the squad, which Ramos has presided over after being named captain in 2015 following the departure of Iker Casillas. Unlike many clubs, the captaincy at Real Madrid is based on the amount of time a player has been on the books, which assuming Ancelotti intends to honour the tradition means that Marcelo will be installed as the new club captain. The defender joined Madrid back in 2007 for a fee of €5.5 million from Fluminense and has chalked up 528 appearances over 14 and a half seasons at the Bernabéu. However, there is some doubt over whether Marcelo, who has one year remaining on his con