Newly promoted Premier League team Brentford have now lost their last three games in the competition after they were beaten at Burnley at the weekend. In their latest Premier League match, the Bees were beaten 3-1 as the Clarets got their first win of the season.
Burnley got off to a flying start when Chris Woods gave them a fourth minute lead. The hosts never looked back after the New Zealand star scored the opener as they made their first half supremacy count with three goals. Matt Lowton scored a second Burnley goal on 32 minutes off the assist from fellow fullback Charlie Taylor before Maxwell Cornet added a third goal four minutes later to ensure that his team established a three-goal lead at the halftime interval. Continue reading
Barcelona youngsterGavi marked the occasion of his first game for Spain with a colossal performance in midfield to help his country see off European champions Italy in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals. Gavi became the youngest player to represent Spain on the international scene at the age of 17 years and 26 days when manager Luis Enrique named him in his starting XI for the Italy game at the San Siro, Milan on Wednesday. The Barcelona starlet became an history maker as a result of the decision from Luis Enrique.Gavi was given the chance to impress in the Spanish midfield in the absence of injured Barcelona player Pedri.
Gaviwas named in the Spain midfield alongside club teammate Sergio Busquets and Atletico Madrid star Koke against the Italians and they dominated the European champions for the majority of the game. Spain were dominant in possession and they went on to win the game thanks to two goals in the first 45 minutes. Continue reading
Transfer deadline day is one that usually has a lot of twists and turns, as well as a lot of drama as well and this summer’s version did not disappoint. People were already expecting a lot of activities as it is usually the tradition on the last day of every transfer window and of course, they were not made to wait in vain as there were so many reasons to have remained glued to transfer news and rumors during the final few hours of the last day of the summer transfer window. While a lot of clubs completed a number of transfers into their squads, some others completed a number of departures and one of those clubs is Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.
The Catalan giants started their summer businesses quite early this summer after they completed the double signing of Netherlands international attacker Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon and Argentina international striker Sergio Agüero from English Premier League club Manchester City (both coming in as free agents). The signing of the two players saw them make a huge statement of intent that they were ready to challenge for titles this season but their summer took a new twist after the departure of Lionel Messi. Continue reading
Barcelona’s new signing Memphis Depay is already off the mark for his new club and has opened his goal-scoring account even though it’s just in pre-season. The Netherlands international attacker joined the Catalan giants this summer as a free agent after seeing out his contract at French Ligue 1 club Lyon without agreeing to pen an extension. He decided against signing another contract at Lyon because he felt he was ready to play for a bigger club and he achieved his goal finally signing for Barcelona this summer, one of the biggest clubs in the world of football.
Depay’s move to Barca is seen as a massive upgrade in his career and all that now remains is for him to make a huge impact as a top signing that he already is. The Dutch forward has already impressed in pre-season after coming off the bench to score from the spot in Barcelona’s previous friendly match while he also netted another goal in their last match. He is already showing match sharpness and it would do him and the club a lot of good if he can maintain that fine form as the season is about to start so he can help the Catalan giants to fight for trophies next season.
Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has hailed his former club’s transfer businesses and has tipped them to emerge as the winners of the UEFA Champions League title next season. The Spanish La Liga giants have been busy in the summer transfer window even before it officially opened and while they have completed a couple of transfers already, they are still on the lookout for more possible signings while also very close to completing the signing of free agent Memphis Depay.
After letting go of Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez two some months ago, they needed to sign a replacement for the veteran forward and they have done so by completing and announcing the arrival of Sergio Agüero after the Argentine striker left Manchester City after the expiration of his contract at the Etihad. The signing of Agüero sent a message to the other big clubs in the Spanish La Liga that the Camp Nou outfit are getting ready to win back the league crown, while it also sent a statement of intent that they want to compete for the Champions League title as well.
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have continued to show how serious they are about securing their transfer business activities as early as possible. The Catalan giants are reportedly keen to secure the signing of Memphis Depay as soon as they can so that they can continue looking for more players they want to sign in a bid to continue strengthening their squad. They have already shown a strong statement of intent after capturing the services of Sergio Agüero following the Argentine striker’s contract expiration at Manchester City at the end of the season.
Barca now want to continue making more additions to the squad and have already been in negotiations with Memphis Depay for the past couple of weeks as they continue to strike an agreement with the Netherlands international star. The Camp Nou club initially told the attacker that they are willing to offer him a three-year contract for him to join them but both parties have not been able to make conclusions and still need to iron out personal terms before any contract can be signed.
Lyon star Memphis Depay has continued to spark transfer rumors of his possible move to the Camp Nou after his latest activity. The Spanish La Liga giants have a long-standing interest in the Netherlands international and he is currently topping their striker shopping list as they wish to shuffle their attack this summer.
The striker has been on fire in the French Ligue 1 for Lyon this season and it is no surprise that he is a wanted man currently. He also has a close relationship with Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, making it an even more likely transfer to happen this summer. According to reports from Spain, the Dutch forward is currently house-hunting in the country and would love to get a home in the city of Barcelona, fueling reports that he could be nearing a move to the club.
Barcelonaskipper Lionel Messi has reportedly asked for a reunion with outgoing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero as one of the conditions for him to sign a new deal at the club.
Football Insider revealed that the signing of Aguero will go a long way to convince Barcelona talisman Messi that his long-term future lies at the Nou Camp. Messi and Aguero have played together in the Argentine national team for the better part of the last two decades and they could reunite at club level at Barcelona this summer.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have to face the tedious task of keeping hold of his star players in the summer if they continue to get linked with moves away from Anfield. The club’s poor form this season has raised questions as to whether they would still be able to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season since they are almost confirmed to be out of the title race.
Some Liverpool players have been touted to leave the club. With midfielder Georgia Wijnaldum already confirmed to be leaving the club at the end of the season, Attackers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have also both been linked with potential exits from the Premier League Champions. While Mane has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Salah has been linked to Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona and has been tipped to make the switch if the Reds do not turn their season around.
Barcelona are favourites to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals ahead of the quarterfinal clash at the home of Granada tonight. The Copa Del Rey format has changed since last season from a two-legged format to a winner-takes-all one-leg clash due to the effects of the dreaded Coronavirus on the round leather game.
Barcelona will face a top flight team for the first time this season in the Copa Del Rey when they take on Granada but they can take solace from their league result in the same fixture. Some weeks ago, Barcelona thrashed Granada 4-0 away from home with a brace each from club skipper Lionel Messi and the in-form Antoine Griezmann. Continue reading