PSG accused of ‘destabilising’ Barcelona after Lionel Messi comments

PSG accused of 'destabilising' Barcelona after Lionel Messi comments

Barcelona presidential frontrunner Joan Laporta has accused Paris Saint-Germain of attempting to 'destabilise' the Catalan club, taking exception to quotes from Leandro Paredes that suggested the French club are 'trying to sign' Lionel Messi. Messi is out of contract in the summer and his situation has become one of the dominant issues heading into the club's presidential elections in March. Laporta, who has emerged as favourite to succeed Josep Bartomeu, has been clear in his intentions to keep the captain at the club. But that hasn't stopped the transfer rumour mill going haywire, with major clubs seeming to take it in turns at the front of the queue for the Argentine. Manchester City and Inter have been heavily linked previously, but after

Barcelona still owe €69m for Philippe Coutinho transfer from Liverpool

Barcelona still owe €69m for Philippe Coutinho transfer from Liverpool

Barcelona still owe Liverpool almost €70m for Philippe Coutinho, who made the switch to Camp Nou from Anfield three years ago and has since been loaned out to - and returned from - Bayern Munich. Liverpool are due €29m of that amount in the short-term and have invoiced Barça accordingly, but it appears the Reds are not the only ones waiting on money from the Catalan giants. Astonishingly, there are 19 clubs in total, with Juventus owed sums for two players, and a monumental transfer debt of €323m. #FCBarcelona transfer fees debt rose from €261m to €323m, up from €64m in 2017. Net payables of €155m after considering €168m owed by other clubs. Mainly owed for Coutinho (Liverpool) €69m, De Jong (Ajax)

Real Madrid director provides update on Luka Modric contract negotiations

Real Madrid director provides update on Luka Modric contract negotiations

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno appears to have confirmed that midfielder Luka Modric has agreed to a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 35-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season, although Modric has been in talks over a possible extension for what feels like an eternity after first voicing his desire to pen a new deal back in the summer. Modric hopes to stay at Real  Rumours of an agreement over a new one-year extension for Modric were first reported by Marca back in December, and although there has yet to be any official announcement, it is thought that the deal is all but done. Modric remains a key player for Real and picked up an assist in Saturday's 4-1

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Valencia: Joao Felix finds his groove again to inspire LaLiga leaders

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Valencia: Joao Felix finds his groove again to inspire LaLiga leaders

Atletico Madrid restored their seven-point advantage at the top of LaLiga with a seventh straight victory as Joao Felix led their latest fightback in the 3-1 success against Valencia. Diego Simeone’s side had overturned an early deficit to beat Eibar three days earlier and were at it again at the Wanda Metropolitano, this time inspired by Joao Felix. After a superb long-range Uros Racic opener stunned Atleti, their record signing scored his first LaLiga goal since November 7 to level matters and later laid on the second for Luis Suarez, Thursday’s two-goal hero. Substitute Angel Correa – on for Joao Felix – made sure of another win, which represented a vital response to Real Madrid’s own triumph on Saturday, maintaining a healthy gap

Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Player ratings as Eden Hazard sparkles in comfortable win

Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Player ratings as Eden Hazard sparkles in comfortable win

Real Madrid put the humiliation of their Copa del Rey exit to Alcoyano behind them with an impressive 4-1 victory over Alaves on Saturday evening. The visitors took the lead on 15 minutes, when Casemiro powered home a downward header from a pinpoint Toni Kroos corner. Los Blancos extended their advantage with a quick-fire double before the half-time whistle, first through a glorious Karim Benzema strike inside the box before Eden Hazard brought the ball down and clipped home from another delicious Kroos ball. Alaves dared to dream of a dramatic comeback in the second half and they got off to a good start when Joselu fired a bullet header beyond Thibaut Courtois in the Madrid net. But the reigning champions reinstated

Deportivo Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Benzema and Hazard get Los Blancos back on track

Deportivo Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Benzema and Hazard get Los Blancos back on track

Real Madrid returned to winning ways in style as Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard helped the defending champions to a 4-1 rout over Deportivo Alaves in LaLiga. Madrid were in desperate need of a victory after a Supercopa de Espana reverse to Athletic Bilbao and a shock Copa del Rey defeat to lower-tier Alcoyano piled the pressure on Zinedine Zidane, who was absent on Saturday after testing positive for coronavirus. Atletico Madrid’s late victory at Eibar on Thursday had moved them seven points clear in the title race, though Los Blancos never looked in danger of failing to win on the road in LaLiga for a third successive game, Benzema and Hazard putting them in control after Casemiro’s opener. Joselu’s fifth league goal against Madrid gave Alaves hope, but Benzema’s second meant the visitors had little trouble seeing out just their second win in 2021. Benzema seemed set to open the scoring when

Zinedine Zidane’s reluctance to trust youth is costing Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane's reluctance to trust youth is costing Real Madrid

A sense of inevitability and deja vu filled the air on Wednesday morning, when news broke that Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard had handed in a transfer request in search of regular first-team football. You can just picture the Madrid board's reaction now: 'Good riddance! He wasn't Real Madrid quality anyway! He never proved himself to be worthy of our beloved white jersey! We'll get a pretty fee for this one, that's for sure! ' Only, one of those statements is true. Odegaard is just the latest example of a talented youngster who grew tired waiting for his chance to burst onto the scene and make Santiago Bernabeu his very own stage. Instead, he looks set to abandon this particular dream, where he

Fabrizio Romano claims David Alaba joining Real Madrid, not Liverpool

Fabrizio Romano claims David Alaba joining Real Madrid, not Liverpool

Fabrizio Romano has claimed on Twitter that David Alaba has turned down the chance to join Liverpool and will move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 after leaving Bayern Munich. The versatile star is out of contract at defending German and European champions and will sign a pre-contract with Madrid in the coming weeks. David Alaba’s pre-contract with Real Madrid is ready since the beginning of January and it’s expected to be signed in the next weeks. His salary will be around €12m [after taxes] per season. #LFC made a top bid to sign him 2 weeks ago but… his dream is called Real Madrid. ⚪️ — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 19, 2021 Romano, who is a well-known and well-respected journalist

Barcelona set to appeal Lionel Messi red card

Barcelona set to appeal Lionel Messi red card

Barcelona have announced that they plan to appeal Lionel Messi's suspension, after the Argentine was sent off for striking Asier Villalibre in the final moments of the Supercopa de Espana final. In injury time, with Barca trailing 3-2, Messi's run was blocked off by Villalibre and he responded by hitting the Spaniard in the back of the head. Soon after the incident, La Pulga seemed remorseful, checking if his opponent was okay, but there were few complaints when he was given the first red card of his club career. Barcelona lost the final 3-2 after extra time  Despite this, Barcelona have announced that they will be attempting to have Messi's suspension –which is likely to keep him out for at least four games –

Osasuna 0-0 Real Madrid: Los Blancos feel the freeze in dire stalemate

Osasuna 0-0 Real Madrid - Los Blancos feel the freeze in dire stalemate

Real Madrid failed to take full advantage of Atletico Madrid’s cancelled fixture with Athletic Bilbao as they played out a toothless 0-0 draw at lowly Osasuna. LaLiga leaders Atleti saw their game called off as the snow from Storm Filomena battered the capital, which also delayed Madrid’s flight for the clash at El Sadar. Whether it was the disruption to the travel or the freezing conditions, Madrid put in a turgid display and failed to muster a single shot on target in 45 forgettable first-half minutes. There was little improvement after the break – despite two disallowed goals – and Madrid could only move to within a point of Atleti, who now have three games in hand. The falling snow was the biggest talking