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Liverpool news: Barcelona give up on Philippe Coutinho for two huge reasons

Barcelona are expected to bid big for Liverpool star Coutinho next month. The Catalan giants spent the summer pursuing the Brazilian but, after being rebuffed on three separate occasions, ultimately focused on signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund. Despite that decision, however, talk remains they are still hellbent on signing the 25-year-old. However, Spanish publication Diario Gol say Barcelona have now abandoned their pursuit for two big reasons. It is said the club feel Liverpool have priced them out of any potential deal. The Reds wanted a huge £166million to…

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Europa League draw LIVE: Updates as Arsenal and Celtic learn their fate

GETTY The Europa League draw starts at 12noon Arsenal cruised into the Europa League last-32 after a routine group stage performance. The Gunners are one of the top seeds for the draw, which takes place at 12noon. Celtic are also in the hat after dropping down from the Champions League. The Hoops finished third in their group, claiming just three points from games against PSG, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. The draw starts at 12noon in Nyon, with both sides seeking an easy opponent to kick off their knockout campaigns. Follow…

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Champions League draw LIVE: Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs learn fate

Champions League draw LIVE: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are set to learn their fate as the draw for the last 16 is held in Nyon, Switzerland 12:25: Celtic have been drawn against Zenit Saint Petersburg in the last 32 of the Europa League. Fun while it lasted… OOOPS… 12:20: Wow, I thought Chelsea’s fixtures leading up to their Champions League last-16 ties were bad. Check out Tottenham’s… Spurs vs Man United (Wed 31 January) Liverpool vs Spurs (Sat 3 February) Spurs vs Arsenal (Sat 10 February) Juve…

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Said & Done: ‘There’s zero tolerance on doping. We always expect fair play’

Quote of the week Alexei Sorokin, Russia’s Fifa executive, on 2018 World Cup head Vitaly Mutko’s IOC life ban for “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport”: “It has no connection to football. We’ll just keep on doing what we’ve been doing.” • Fifa’s official line – the ban has “no impact” on Mutko’s fitness to deliver a credible World Cup: “We continue to work on delivering the best possible event.” Part of that planning last week – a 12-month ban for Peru striker Paolo Guerrero for his positive…

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Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger will make major change for Europa League – Jermaine Jenas

That is according to BT Sport pundit and former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas. Wenger has rotated his Arsenal side throughout the group stage of the competition this season. The Gunners have guaranteed top-spot in Group H ahead of this evening’s clash at home to BATE Borisov. But with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund dropping down from the Champions League, life looks tougher for Arsenal going forward in the Europa League. Jenas says Wenger will bring back his big-guns from the last-32 stage, which takes place in…

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Ballon d’Or 2017 LIVE updates: Follow the latest as Ronaldo and Messi go head to head

Ronaldo is expected to lift a fifth Ballon d’Or at the Eiffel Tower tonight – equalling Lionel Messi’s record. The Portugal star won it last year and after another stunning year – winning the Champions League and La Liga – is the hot favourite to win it again. The ceremony is held in Paris this evening but stick with us as we bring you updates through the day. Messi fury 11.50: Lionel Messi is reportedly furious Cristiano Ronaldo is set to beat him to the Ballon d’Or tonight. The Barcelona…

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Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow LIVE: Team news and line-ups ahead of Champions League clash

GETTY Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow LIVE: Latest Champions League scores It is tight at the top of Group E, meaning Liverpool must gain at least a point against Spartak Moscow to be sure of qualifying or win to make top spot secure. Spartak appear to be heading to the Europa League, unless they win and Sevilla drop points. Sevilla will qualify if they beat bottom-placed Maribor and could finish top if Liverpool slip up. Besiktas are assured of first place. Second-placed Porto have the head-to-head advantage over Leipzig and need…

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Real Madrid team news: Predicted Real Madrid line up vs Borussia Dortmund – duo doubtful

Real Madrid have already secured their spot in the knockout stages of this year’s competition, but currently trail Tottenham by three points in Group H. Gareth Bale is a doubt for the clash at the Bernabeu having suffered yet another calf injury during his brief appearance against Fuenlabrada last week. The Welsh winger was making his return after a two-month absence and provided a couple of assists before taking a knock on his calf muscle. Madrid will be hopeful Bale can get some minutes under his belt against Dortmund, while…

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Manchester United news: Victor Lindelof starting to establish himself as key player

Instead it prompted the sort of roar from the Old Trafford crowd that usually greets a Manchester United goal. Lindelof didn’t flinch as he thundered into a 50-50 tackle with Brighton’s Anthony Knockeart, got his timing spot-on, came away with the ball cleanly and fairly, and in an instant swept away many of the lingering doubts over his ability to establish himself as a United central defender. After a £30million move from Benfica in the summer, Lindelof took a while to adapt to the pace, physicality and intense scrutiny of…

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Chelsea news: Conte closes in on Sandro as replacement for Real Madrid target Luiz

Real manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted that his club could be in the market for players during the January window and Luiz, who is also interesting Manchester United, has been discussed as a potential target. Chelsea are expected to make another move for Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro, who is rated at £60m, in January, a player they failed to land in the summer. Luiz had a massive fall out with Conte after the Champions League draw with Roma at Stamford Bridge, when the manager was unhappy with the Brazilian’s reaction…

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