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Barcelona refuse to pay €26m Neymar loyalty bonus

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Image: PHILIPPE LOPEZ Image: PHILIPPE LOPEZ BARCELONA HAVE MADE it clear they will not pay a €26 million loyalty bonus to Neymar and his father following the Brazil star’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday. It was reported that Neymar’s father and agent held up the €222m deal in order to trigger a loyalty payment that would be owed after ...

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'I must thank Neymar for advising me to come here' – Dani Alves was encouraged to join PSG by striker

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34-year-old Alves joined the Ligue 1 club last month. 34-year-old Alves joined the Ligue 1 club last month. DANIEL ALVES HAS admitted that Brazilian team-mate Neymar advised the defender to join PSG following his exit from Serie A champions Juventus at the end of last season. Before Neymar’s staggering €222 million switch on Thursday, Alves left the Italian champions for ...

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Departing Diego Costa 'will be missed' by Chelsea

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Cahill and Costa. Cahill and Costa. CHELSEA CAPTAIN GARY Cahill admits the Premier League champions will miss the ostracised Diego Costa this season. Blues head coach Antonio Conte has informed the Spain striker he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, with the pair having fallen out in January over Chelsea’s reported refusal to allow Costa to move to the ...

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One of the unsung heroes of Euro 2016 could be set for a big summer move

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Image: Martin Rickett/EMPICS Sport SEVILLA PRESIDENT JOSE CASTRO has confirmed the Spanish club have received a “big offer” from Paris Saint-Germain for midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. The Poland international could link up again with former Sevilla boss Unai Emery, who was confirmed as PSG’s new head coach on Tuesday, in the French capital. Krychowiak only signed a new contract with his current ...

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Man City complete signing of €16.5M Spain forward Nolito

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Spain forward Nolito MANCHESTER CITY HAVE confirmed the signing of Celta Vigo forward Nolito on a four-year deal. The Spain international was linked to a return to former club Barcelona for 2016-17, but City have won the race for his signature, having met his release clause thought to be £13.8 (€16.5) million. The move reunites Nolito with Pep Guardiola, who coached him ...

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Huge blow for Atleti as Diego Simeone will watch rest of La Liga season from the stands

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Image: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP/Press Association Images DIEGO SIMEONE HAS been given a three-game touchline ban which will see him sit out the remainder of Atletico Madrid’s league season. The Argentine was sent to the stands during his side’s 1-0 win over Malaga last Saturday after a ball was thrown from the technical area, interrupting a counter-attack from the visitors at ...

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Diego Simeone in hot water after bizarre sending off against Malaga

Diego Simeone in hot water after bizarre sending off against Malaga

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone. Image: Francisco Seco ATLETICO MADRID BOSS Diego Simeone could be facing a lengthy ban following his dismissal during a 1-0 victory against Málaga today. Simeone’s side preserved their title hopes by claiming the three points, thanks to Angel Correra’s second-half strike, as they matched Real Madrid’s result against Rayo Vallecano earlier in the day. The ...

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Four for superb Suarez as Barca go back to the summit

Four for superb Suarez as Barca go back to the summit

Luis Suarez. Image: Manu Fernandez LUIS SUAREZ STRUCK four goals for the second time in four days as Barcelona moved back to the top of La Liga with the help of three penalties in a 6-0 win over Sporting Gijon on Saturday. Only Barca’s superior head-to-head record continues to separate them from Atletico Madrid with three games remaining as Angel ...

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