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BARCELONA SET TO SIGN RAPHINHA

Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona are closing in on the signing of highly rated Leeds United winger Raphinhaahead of other interested teams such as Chelsea and Arsenal. This is according to various reports in the media.The interested Premier League teams are set to lose out to Barcelona in the race to sign Brazilian attacker Raphinhawith the player keen to secure a dream move to the Nou Camp.


Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano informed Caught that Leeds United and Chelsea have an agreement in place for Raphinha, but he prefers a move to Barcelona. He has been waiting for some days for Barcelona to reach an agreement with Leeds United and it appears the two teams are on the verge of reaching that agreement over the transfer fee for the player. [Continue reading…]

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         BARCA YOUNGSTER GAVI NOT INTERESTED IN MOVING TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE

As per SPORT, Barcelona prodigy Gavi’s entourage has informed interested parties that the midfielder will not be available for a transfer in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Spanish midfielder currently has just a year remaining on his Barcelona contract. The Barcelona prodigy has risen to prominence over the last year with his performances for the Blaugrana and the Spanish national team. Gavi was being courted by the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.


With just a year remaining on Gavi’s current Barcelona contract, talks are ongoing between the two parties over a new deal. The Spaniard is clear about his preference as he does not want to move on from Barcelona and wishes to sign a new deal with them. The Catalan giants are also aware of the player’s commitment to the side. Barcelona have offered him a new deal, but as per the report, there are a few ‘economic improvements’ in the terms offered that Gavi’s entourage are expecting. The 17-year-old will then sign a contract extension as early as this week. [Continue reading…]

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                      REPORTS: PHILOGENE-BIDACE MAY NOT JOIN VILLA FIRST-TEAM

Jaden Philogene-Bidace looks to have a bright future at Aston Villa after rising through the youth ranks to the first-team, but his short-term loan spell at Stoke City has started to unravel after a good start. The 20-year-old has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Stoke, amassing 537 minutes of football and scoring just one goal.


Philogene-Bidace joined the Potters in January and had two substitute appearances before making five consecutive starts. He then picking up a groin injury in late-February and has only started one Championship game for City since. Unsurprisingly, the 20-year-old’s performances have started to waver as a result. [Continue reading…]

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REPORT: HOW MUCH LUCAS PAQUETA WILL COST NEWCASTLE  

Newcastle United will reportedly have to smash their transfer record to sign Lucas Paqueta this summer. The Brazilian attacker was linked with the Magpies in January, with the Toon reportedly launching a £34million bid. However, it was rejected by Lyon. But Newcastle did sign one Brazilian from the Ligue 1 side earlier in the year. Bruno Guimaraes arrived for a fee that could rise to £42million.


The 24-year-old has been a star since his big money move, dazzling on his first St James’ Park start last time out. Guimaraes is the present and the future for Newcastle, but could he be reunited with one of his best footballing friends this summer? [Continue reading…]

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                    LYON SET TO MISS THREE KEY PLAYERS AGAINST WEST HAM

Lyon will be without a few key players for the Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash with West Ham at the London Stadium on April 7th. The Hammers will welcome the Ligue 1 outfit to the London Stadium in just over two week’s time for what should be yet another memorable night in East London.


The London Stadium was absolutely rocking when West Ham beat Sevilla 2-0 last Thursday and subsequently progressed through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. West Ham’s Europa League campaign has been one hell of a ride this season and the fans have loved every minute of it. [Continue reading…]

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: WHY WAS LEWIS DROPPED?

Northern Ireland international defender Jamal Lewis might have played his last game for Newcastle United after he failed to make the cut for the revised Premier League squad at the Northeast club. Newcastle United confirmed their Premier League squad for the remainder of the season last week and Lewis was an obvious omission. He was not part of the 25-man squad for the rest of this season’s Premier League campaign.

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It is safe to say that things have not gone the way Lewis expected when he left Norwich City to sign for Newcastle United as a promising fullback at the start of last season. He started last season as the first choice left-back before his spot was taken by Matt Ritchie. He has played five times for the Magpies in the Premier League this season and six times in all competitions. It’s not a surprise that Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has opted for Matt Targett, Javier Manquillo and Matt Ritchie ahead of Jamal Lewis. New signing Targett signed for the club from fellow English top flight team Aston Villa on loan on the final day of the winter transfer window last month and he has taken the place of Lewis in the latest 25-man squad.
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KLOPP DELIGHTED WITH PLAYERS’ RETURN

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the return of some of his players during the FC Porto game in the Champions League on Wednesday. In his post-match presser, Klopp expressed his delight that he was able to give minutes to players such as Andy Robertson and James Milner who were returning from respective injuries. The Liverpool boss was also delighted that he was able to rest some key players.

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Jurgen Klopp was able to rest key first team players like Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Trent Alexander Arnold for the FC Porto game which ended in a 2-0 win for his team courtesy the goals from Mohamed Salah and Thiago Alcantara. Ex-Bayern Munich and Barcelona man Thiago was able to notch his first goal for the Reds during the Porto game having joined them in a £20m deal last summer. Liverpool signed Thiago from German champions Bayern Munich at the start of last season as he was reluctant to sign a new deal with one year left on the existing one.
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TRANSFERS: HOWMESSI AND RONALDOHAVE FARED

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are undoubtedly the top two superstars in the world of football, and it was not surprising that the biggest football news this year involved the two players following their transfers in the summer.


A lot of football stakeholders didn’t believe Messi could leave Barcelona until French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) snapped him up on a free transfer. A few days earlier, Catalan giants Barcelona had announced that the Argentine football wizard will leave the club and a lot of the football stakeholders found it hard to believe until his move to the Parc des Princes was completed on August 14.
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REVEALED: REAL REASON WHY KOUNDE’S CHELSEA TRANSFER FAILED

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English Premier League club and current UEFA Champions League title holder Chelsea did have themselves a decent transfer window but they would not be happy with the way that their transfer window ended even though they sealed a big deadline day transfer. The Blues were having themselves a very quiet window during the first few weeks that it was open for business activities to take place.


They decided to break quietness and attempted to raid German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund for their star striker Erling Haaland but they were not going to be successful because not only were they unwilling to meet the huge transfer price, Dortmund were also unwilling to lose him after losing Jadon Sancho to Manchester United. [Continue reading…]

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ATALANTA FINALLY ACCEPT TOTTENHAM’S BID FOR DEFENDER ROMERO

English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have continued to make some impressive progress in this summer’s transfer window after finally seeing their latest bid for Argentine defender Cristian Romero accepted by Italian Serie A club Atalanta. Spurs needed to sign a new defender after letting Toby Alderweireld leave the club permanently as they needed someone who would replace him in the squad. The London club have been scouting Romero for some time now and also had some scouts to watch his performances firing the Copa America tournament where he impressed and showed his class once again as he convinced Spurs that he was the right man for them.

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Romero had an outstanding campaign in the Serie A last season and started attracting interest from a couple of clubs across Europe, including Manchester United, Liverpool, and Paris Saint-Germain. However, the Red Devils decided to sign French central defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid while Paris Saint-Germain opted to lure Sergio Ramos from the Los Blancos as well. Also, with Liverpool already signing a new defender in Ibrahima Konate, it meant that Spurs had a clear pathway to seal the deal for the Argentina international superstar.
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