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NAOMI OSAKA WITHDRAWS FROM WIMBLEDON BUT WILL COMPERE AT THE OLYMPICS

NAOMI OSAKA WITHDRAWS FROM WIMBLEDON BUT WILL COMPERE AT THE OLYMPICS

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon but will still compete at this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo. The world number two has been taking time away from the court since withdrawing More »

EURO 2020: DE BRUYNE LEADS BELGIUM TO COMEBACK WIN OVER DENMARK

EURO 2020: DE BRUYNE LEADS BELGIUM TO COMEBACK WIN OVER DENMARK

Kevin De Bruyne came off the bench to fire Belgium into the last 16 with a comeback victory over Denmark on an emotional night in Copenhagen. Playing for the first More »

BUFFON RETURNS TO PARMA AFTER 20 YEARS AWAY

BUFFON RETURNS TO PARMA AFTER 20 YEARS AWAY

Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Parma on a free transfer 20 years after leaving the club to join Juventus, it was announced on Thursday. The 43-year-old goalkeeper left Juve at More »

ERIKSEN TO HAVE HEART STARTER DEVICE IMPLANTED

ERIKSEN TO HAVE HEART STARTER DEVICE IMPLANTED

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen will get a heart starter device implanted after his collapse during their Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday, the team’s national team doctor said in More »

ITALY BECOMES THE FIRST TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR THE KNOCKOUT STAGES AFTER WIN OVER SWITZERLAND

ITALY BECOMES THE FIRST TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR THE KNOCKOUT STAGES AFTER WIN OVER SWITZERLAND

Italy became the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2020. Roberto Mancini’s side showcased themselves as possible contenders for the title after a dominant 3-0 win More »

SERGIO RAMOS SET TO LEAVE REAL MADRID AFTER SIXTEEN YEARS WITH THE SPANISH CLUB

SERGIO RAMOS SET TO LEAVE REAL MADRID AFTER SIXTEEN YEARS WITH THE SPANISH CLUB

Real Madrid have confirmed Sergio Ramos will leave the club. The 35-year-old, who has been with Madrid since 2005, will depart at the end of his contract this summer. The More »

 

BARCELONA TELL PJANIC, UMTITI TO FIND A NEW CLUB

According to popular report, Barcelona have informed several players that Ronald Koeman and his staff will not be counting on them for the 21/22 campaign. Among the roster of players that will potentially find their way out of the Camp Nou are high-wage earners Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic.

Pjanic has totally struggled to break through into Koeman’s plans, having found himself as the sixth midfielder in his pecking order. Unable to offer the balanced, dynamic profile that the Dutch manager so often seeks from his players, the Bosnian has essentially been ostracised from the squad.

Samuel Umtiti has also suffered an equally difficult fate under Koeman. Having been injured for the first half of the season, ‘Samu’ found it difficult to break past Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, and the dark horse in Barça’s defensive race, Oscar Mingueza.

In an effort to reduce Barça’s unmanageable wage bill, president Joan Laporta and co. are looking to ship such players out of the club. With tremendously high wages, it is likely that the club will prioritise Umtiti’s departure.

Additionally, it is looking nearly impossible for Pjanic to change Koeman’s mind, so his sale will likely be facilitated too. While he has a high level of skill, Pjanic does not possess the positional concepts or the high work rate required by a Blaugrana midfielder.

An additional report from MD outlines that the Bosnian is currently being looked at by his former club Juventus, as Massimiliano Allegri, who is returning to the club for his second stint, loves the prospect of having him.

Junior Firpo is another name included in the report. The Spanish-Dominican left-back has found it impossible to break through into the Dutchman’s plans. He will likely be either sold or used in a swap deal. Other names, such as Fransisco Trincao and Riqui Puig, will be kept on by the club, but only used in substitute roles.