Aguero meets with Barcelona

Aguero meets with Barcelona

According to reports in Spain, Juventus transfer target Sergio Aguero is in advanced negotiations for a move to Barcelona. The striker is a free agent after his Manchester City contract ran down, so can make any move he wishes from July. Juve had been heavily linked with Kun Aguero, although Chelsea had been reportedly leading the race. Now El Chiringuito in Spain suggest Aguero’s agent is currently in Barcelona for negotiations with the Blaugrana. It would enable him to reunite at club level with his fellow Argentina international Lionel Messi. Aguero will turn 33 in June and has three goals in 15 competitive games for Manchester City this season. He has been in England since 2011, previously playing for Independiente and Atletico Madrid.

Sergio Ramos tests positive for COVID-19

Sergio Ramos can't catch a break. The Real Madrid centre-back, who is already sidelined with a muscle injury, has now tested positive for COVID-19.The 35-year-old has played just four times in 2021, with four different injuries and illnesses keeping him sidelined for most of the current year. He has not played for Real since March's 3-1 win over Atalanta and is not expected back until May.Ramos is out with a calf injury | Angel Martinez/Getty ImagesRamos' focus has been on recovering from this latest injury, but he now has another issue to contend with as Real confirmed on their official website that the centre-back is the latest player to test positive for COVID-19.Defensive partner Raphael Varane has been in isolation

Ansu Fati finally making progress with knee injury

It's been a long time coming, but Barcelona winger Ansu Fati has finally enjoyed some progress in his recovery from a knee injury.Since going down with the injury in November, the 18-year-old has had two surgeries on his knee - neither of which actually managed to fix the problem - and he has been desperately trying to avoid a risky third which would fix the problem, but also leave him susceptible to more issues down the line.Fati has been working to avoid another surgery | Quality Sport Images/Getty ImagesFati had been advised to go under the knife to remove the meniscus in his knee completely after previous surgeries failed to repair it, but he does not want to take such

Florentino Perez to renew Real Madrid presidency until 2025

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will extend his stay in office for another four years after no other candidates put themselves forward to replace him.Perez arrived at Real in 2000 and quickly kicked off his Galacticos shopping spree, luring big names like Ronaldo, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Santiago Bernabeu in his first nine years.Perez's willingness to splash the cash has made him popular | Soccrates Images/Getty ImagesThe president is now in his fifth term at Real, having taken a break of three years, three months and three days between 2006 and 2009, and the club confirmed on their official website that he will soon begin his sixth after nobody ran against him in the

It’s time to give Karim Benzema the respect he truly deserves

In an era where football is correctly dominated by marvelling over the unfathomable greatness of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the pair battling it out for Ballon d'Ors like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the Attitude Era, plenty of talent goes underappreciated. It's warranted, because quite simply, no player will ever come close to the levels that Messi and Ronaldo have somehow managed to reach throughout their respective careers. There are always those who are overshadowed by such greatness, however, and in turn are criminally underappreciated. Step forward Karim Benzema. Perhaps the greatest player during this era of the beautiful game to not win football's ultimate individual accolade. Benzema is somehow underrated  Signing for Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009,

Atletico Madrid not expecting Juventus to sign Alvaro Morata on permanent transfer

Atletico Madrid are preparing to welcome striker Alvaro Morata back to their squad amid fears that Juventus will not take up the option to sign the Spaniard permanently when his loan expires in the summer.Morata has enjoyed a successful second stint in Turin, racking up 17 goals and 12 assists in 37 appearances, and it was initially thought that Juventus wouldn't hesitate to trigger their option, which sits at around £39m.Morata has been one of Juve's standout players | Chris Ricco/Getty ImagesHowever, that was before news of Juventus' financial struggles came to light. AS revealed earlier in April that Juve are looking for ways to save money and don't see splashing £39m on Morata as a necessary expense.The Italian side

Real Madrid, PSG & Inter linked with move for in-form Jesse Lingard

Three months ago, Jesse Lingard was an undisputed flop at Manchester United. Now he is said to be on the radar of European giants like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter. Just let that sink in for a second.Lingard didn't play a single minute of Premier League football in the first half of the season, but he has been rejuvenated since joining West Ham United on loan in January. He has already racked up eight goals and four assists in just nine games, keeping the Hammers in the hunt for Champions League football.Lingard's numbers have been mightily impressive | Pool/Getty ImagesWith United ready to sell and West Ham eager to buy, this transfer saga seemed pretty straightforward, but according to

Lucas Vazquez suffers season-ending knee injury during El Clasico

Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez may have played his final game for the club after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Saturday's 2-1 victory over rivals Barcelona.Vazquez, who has been filling in at right-back during the absence of Dani Carvajal, collided with Sergio Busquets shortly before half-time and looked to be in real pain before the left the field.Vazquez's Real career could be over | Angel Martinez/Getty ImagesReal took to their official website after the game to confirm Vazquez had suffered a sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and Marca believe the problem has brought his season to an abrupt end."I’m going to have to help the team from the sidelines for a while," Vazquez

Ousmane Dembele admits there are ‘no contract talks’ with Barcelona

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has revealed he is yet to discuss his future with the club, as he approaches the final year of his deal.The 23-year-old Frenchman has been in outstanding form for Barcelona in recent months, starting as a central striker in Ronald Koeman's new 3-4-2-1 formation, and his electric showings have piqued the interest of a number of Europe's top sides.Dembele has been key for Barcelona recently | Soccrates Images/Getty ImagesManchester United's name is often thrown about when it comes to potential suitors for Dembele, who is expected to be placed on the transfer list if he does not extend his stay at Camp Nou before the summer transfer window opens.Barcelona are keen to tie him down to

Lionel Messi misfires in El Clasico (again) as goalscoring burden weighs heavy

While Saturday evening's Clasico was hugely significant for the Spanish title race, it was also a potentially monumental moment in the derby's long and celebrated history. Real Madrid's 2-1 victory over Barcelona meant that Los Merengues leapfrogged their two biggest rivals to climb to the top of La Liga, handing them the advantage heading into the final weeks of the season. But most importantly, it may well have been Lionel Messi's final Clasico of his career, as the Argentine continues to contemplate his future in Catalonia. If it were to be his final outing against the old foe - in which he equalled Sergio Ramos' record of appearing 45 times in this fixture - then it was a mightily disappointing

Joao Felix’s record-breaking hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt

Joao Felix is already well on his way to greatness.He's won the Primeira Liga with Benfica, the Nations League with Portugal, and he's currently sparkling in Atletico Madrid's La Liga title challenge.Nothing has fazed him during his startling rise to prominence, not even the glare of a £100m+ transfer that made him by far and away the most expensive player in the history of Portuguese football....aged just 19.But in a time when Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe are scoring goals at a biblical rate and threatening to become this generation's Messi and Ronaldo, it's fair to say he gets slept on a little.?? @JoaoFelix70 ? @HHerreramex ???????‍♂️????‍♀️?⚪ #AúpaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) April 10, 2021So let's take ourselves on

Ronald Koeman fumes over denied penalty in Clasico defeat

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman fumed at reporters after Barcelona's defeat to Real Madrid, questioning La Liga referees and VAR after Martin Braithwaite was denied a late penalty. Barça suffered a blow to their title hopes in Madrid despite threatening a comeback in the second half. They were 2-0 down at the break, but Oscar Mingueza gave them hope and there were strong appeals for a penalty when substitute Braithwaite went down under apparent contact from Ferland Mendy.The shout looked dubious; there may have been a slight tug on the arm, but the Dane appeared to simply lose his balance as the ball trundled out for a goal kick.Braithwaite goes down and Barca are livid that the referee hasn't given a

Real Madrid in La Liga title driving seat after superb Clasico display

Thank heavens the football Gods decided to put El Clasico front and centre stage on Saturday evening. The Premier League decided to take the evening off from pitting Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion against each other for the 17th time this season, instead putting their feet up to watch some proper football. And wasn't that the best decision they've made in a while? Many probably assumed that Saturday's clash would have been a bit of a damp squib. After all, the quality of football this season has dipped around the world, La Liga and their giants are far from the peak of their powers, and the fact that the match was being played at Real Madrid's training ground made

El Clasico: Twitter reacts as Real Madrid & Barcelona put on an unforgettable show

Wasn't it nice to have a Saturday evening dedicated to Spain and El Clasico? The Premier League and the Bundesliga took the evening off, Italy teased us with Udinese against Torino, and France stuck Montpellier and Marseille on centre court. Nah, you're alright thanks. There was only one feast for the eyes on Saturday, and that was Real Madrid hosting Barcelona in El Clasico. The biggy. With the two sides separated by two points prior to kick-off, and both hoping to leapfrog Atletico Madrid to go top of La Liga, there was so much at stake for the Kings of Spain. If we were worried that the game wouldn't live up to expectations, those concerns were put to bed on

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Player ratings as Los Blancos edge entertaining Clasico

Goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos were enough to earn Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in El Clasico, moving Los Blancos above rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.La Blaugrana dominated the ball throughout the first half but it was the hosts that broke the deadlock after 14 minutes. Federico Valverde broke forward at pace and released Lucas Vazquez into the channel, before the Spaniard crossed for Benzema to sensationally back-heel past a despairing Marc-Andre ter Stegen.WHAT A GOAL...KARIM BENZEMA! ?A brilliant run by Valverde, Lucas' cross is perfectly judged, and Benzema finishes with an audacious backheel flick at the near post ?— Watch ElClásico live on Premier Sports ? (@PremierSportsTV) April 10, 2021Zinedine

Sergio Ramos talks candidly about pain caused by Sevilla exit

Sergio Ramos has revealed how his 2005 move from Sevilla to Real Madrid caused a tremendous amount of pain for him and his family, owing to a spread of misinformation and lies.The legendary centre-back was one of the hottest young properties in world football when Real swooped to sign him over a decade and a half ago, and he's gone to enjoy incredible success at both domestic, continental and international level.Ramos' Real Madrid adventure has delivered multiple Champions League titles, while his former employers Sevilla have also risen to the top of European football - winning the Europa League an astonishing six times.Ramos has enjoyed astronomical success | VI-Images/Getty ImagesBut the manner of Ramos' departure has always been contentious. Sevilla

Ilaix Moriba should be Barcelona’s priority, not Georginio Wijnaldum

Barcelona have one of the greatest - if not the greatest - academies in the world. La Masia has produced the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and, of course, Lionel Messi. And, although it hasn't produced players of the same quality for some time, the Barcelona youth setup has undeniably been neglected by the club in recent years.La Bluagrana have often opted to splash the cash on players who never manage to recreate previous form, stamp their mark or cement themselves in the hearts of Barcelona fans. Paulinho, Arturo Vidal and Arda Turan, for example, will all be - or have already become - forgotten men of Camp Nou.There is a lesson to be learnt here and, while many may

Barcelona eyeing move for Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez

Barcelona are keeping tabs on Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez as they look to bolster their defensive options this summer.Newly-appointed president Joan Laporta is keen to rebuild the Barça squad after the club were forced to embark on a fire sale last summer in a bid to trim their eye-watering wage bill.Davinson Sanchez could be on his way to La Liga | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty ImagesThe La Liga giants have already been linked with a whole host of household names including Erling Haaland and Sergio Aguero, however, Laporta is keen to address their threadbare backline and Mundo Deportivo report that Tottenham defender Sanchez has been identified as a possible target. The Colombian's time at Spurs has been marred by individual errors

Eden Hazard to miss El Clasico through injury

Eden Hazard has not been included in Real Madrid's squad to face Barcelona in El Clasico this weekend.The Belgian forward's career has been plagued by injuries since moving to Real in 2019. Despite being a regular in the Chelsea starting XI during his seven-year stay in the Premier League, he's mustered just 25 La Liga appearances in nearly two seasons in Spain.?✅ Our 19-man squad for the match ? @FCBarcelona! #ElClásico— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) April 9, 2021After over a month on the sidelines with a muscle injury, Hazard made his Los Blancos comeback with a 15-minute cameo appearance from the bench in the 2-1 win over Elche last month, yet the brief run out saw him pick

Barcelona to consider offers for Konrad de la Fuente

Barcelona are said to be open to offers for USMNT winger Konrad de la Fuente this summer. Having featured 23 times for the B team, the Miami-born attacker has made his breakthrough into the first-team set-up this season all be it appearing on just a few occasions. De la Fuente appeared for Ronald Koeman's side twice in the Champions League earlier this season and has featured once in the Copa del Rey. The 19-year-old winger has often trained with the first-team this season but, as reported by ESPN, despite signs of promise Barca are open to the possibility of cashing in on him this summer.Barcelona will listen to offers for Konrad de la Fuente this summer. Several clubs in Spain