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Manchester City to offer Pep Guardiola £100m new contract in bid to rival Man Utd dynasty

Guardiola, who is 47 next month, is only half-way through his three-year contract but City’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy are planning talks at the end of the season over rewarding the Spaniard with long-term extension. He is on around £15m a year and a new five-year deal could be worth £100m. Owner Sheikh Mansour’s board of directors are delighted not only with City’s stunning winning sequence but also the quality of their football. And they want Guardiola to emulate what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved across town at Manchester United by winning…

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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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Chelsea news: Real Madrid hope Barcelona win Champions League clash for shock reason

Real Madrid are eyeing Chelsea forward Hazard with their current attack in sore need of a revamp. Cristiano Ronaldo’s best days appear to be behind him with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio also failing to fire. As a result, Zinedine Zidane wants Hazard in order to ensure Los Blancos keep pace with Barcelona at the La Liga summit in the future. And Spanish outlet Don Balon claims the club want to open negotiations as soon as possible – with Barcelona now key to the deal. Chelsea have been…

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Transfer news: Arsenal to challenge Chelsea for long-term target Leon Bailey

Bailey is one of the most sought after young talents in the Bundesliga right now. His performances for Bayer Leverkusen have helped the German club climb into the battle for the Champions League places so far. Clubs from Spain and Italy are thought to be interested in his signature. But Chelsea were seemingly in the driving seat to secure his services next month. Antonio Conte is desperate to bolster his options next month as the fight for a top-four place heats up. However, Arsene Wenger could rival his counterpart to…

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star makes surprise Barcelona demand… will they do this?

Ronaldo scored the winner for Real in their Club World Cup final against Gremio yesterday with an incredible free-kick. It means Real have now won the competition a joint-record three times, level with rivals Barcelona. But their focus will swiftly switch back to La Liga action next week when they face Barcelona on Saturday (12pm). Real can ill afford to drop points against their rivals having fallen eight points behind them in the league. Zinedine Zidane’s side won their first La Liga title for five years last season, as well…

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Barcelona news: Gerard Pique reveals REAL reason Neymar left Nou Camp

Neymar shocked the football world when he agreed to a world record £198million move to join PSG. It left Barcelona stunned and immediately searched for a replacement with Philippe Coutinho their ideal target. Liverpool were unwilling to listen to offers so they turned their attention to Ousmane Dembele, who they signed for an initial club-record fee of £97m. But the Catalan club have not been able to truly replace Neymar, despite leading La Liga. And Pique insists he holds no grudge over the Brazil international for leaving the Nou Camp….

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Manchester United news: Jose Mourinho prepared to sell unhappy players for right price

The futures of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini are all under scrutiny with the January transfer window opening in a fortnight.  Mkhitaryan has been frozen out to the extent that he has not even made the match-day squad for seven of the last eight games; Shaw’s game time has been limited by Ashley Young’s outstanding form at left-back, while Fellaini can leave on a free transfer in the summer after rejecting the offer of a new contract and United might be tempted to cash in on January.  Mourinho…

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Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: Liverpool settle on £127m transfer fee – report

Coutinho wants to join Barcelona and the Catalan club have continued their pursuit since the summer. Liverpool issued a statement in August insisting the Brazilian won’t be sold. But five months down the line and Barcelona are supposedly closing in on their top transfer target. That is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim a rough transfer fee is being discussed. The newspaper claims a top Barcelona source has told them Liverpool want £127m (€145m) for the 25-year-old. However, Barca want to drive down that price. Mundo Deportivo report that…

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David Luiz issues Chelsea transfer ultimatum after Antonio Conte talks – EXCLUSIVE

Brazilian Luiz was dropped by Conte after a disagreement between the two over tactics following Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Roma in Rome in October, and his reaction to being substituted in the home game against the Italians. The flamboyant centre back then picked up a knee injury and has been out of the Chelsea side now for three weeks. But he could be ready for a return on Saturday when Chelsea face Southampton at home (3pm). Luiz, now 30, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real…

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Chelsea news: Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson gives Barcelona Champions League prediction

That’s the verdict of former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who says the Blues can mix it with anyone in Europe’s elite club competition. Chelsea were pitted against Barcelona in the last-16 when the draw was made in Nyon on Monday morning. And the showdown sees them face adversaries that they’re familiar with following a number of previous battles in the Champions League. Many fans will be wary of the threat posed by Barcelona having seen Chelsea falter against them in the past. Merson reckons the west…

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