Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid secure huge evidence to nail Barcelona

Reports in Spain claim Atletico Madrid have secured a huge evidence to establish the fact that Barcelona had an agreement with Antoine Griezmann in March, which may make them to demand for more money on the fee the Catalans paid to prise him away from from Wanda Metropolitano.

Barca paid €120m for the French forward after his release clause dropped from €200m on 1 July, but this evidence of an agreement could mean the Madrid-based club are owed the extra €80m.

According to El Mundo, an email shows an agreement between the player and the Catalan giants in March, meaning that Atleti could take the situation to court.

A statement from Atleti earlier this month alleged that they would take the Catalan giants to court over the deal, which they believe they can prove was agreed before the clause dropped, Football Espana reports.

“Atlético de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its rescission clause, since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and that of Football Club Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from €200m to €120m,” read the statement.

“It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the player made on May 14 announcing his disengagement from the club.

“Atlético de Madrid believes that the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why he has already started the procedures he considered appropriate for the defense of his rights and interests legitimate.”

Bakayoko eyes Stamford Bridge exit as Chelsea commence transfer talks with Turkish giants

Reports in England claim Galatasaray have opened talks with Chelsea over taking midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan this season.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are prepared to offload the France international, who has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since joining from Monaco for £40m in 2017.

Bakayoko spent the last campaign at AC Milan, who had an option to make the move permanent for £32m.

However, despite a string of fine performances in Serie A, AC Milan decided against it because they failed to qualify for the Champions League and couldn’t spend so much of their budget on just one player.

Bakayoko did report back for pre-season training with Chelsea last month, but hasn’t impressed under new coach Frank Lampard and played just 185 minutes.

He has been left out of the club’s last two friendlies against Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach, working back at the club’s base in Cobham instead.

Rules dictate that Chelsea can name only 17 non-homegrown players in their ‘A list’ squad for the Champions League and 17 non-homegrown players aged over 21 for the Premier League.

Currently out of those members given squad numbers last week, Chelsea have two over the limit in the former and one in the latter, which provides another motivation to try and offload Bakayoko.

Cristiano Ronaldo traces his famous goal celebration to Chelsea match against Real Madrid

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the origin of his famous goal celebration, tracing its emergence to the goal he scored against Chelsea in the United States in 2013 while playing for Real Madrid in a pre-season match.

The 34-year-old scored twice and set up the opener as his former club, Real Madrid, defeated Chelsea 3-1 in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup.

“Well I was in the US and we played against Chelsea and I don’t know where it came from. I just scored and I went, ‘siuuuu!’”, Ronaldo said on YouTube channel

“But it was natural, to be honest. After that I started doing it and I feel like the fans, when they see me they’re like ‘siuuuu’ and I was like, ‘wow, people remember Cristiano because of the siuuuu,’ so I continued like that.

In that particular match, with scores level in the 30th minute, Ronaldo was the recipient of a hard tackle from behind by Branislav Ivanovic. Ronaldo merely smiled as he sat on the turf, adjusting his kit while most of the other players convened for a bit of shouting.

Ronaldo got his revenge on the resulting free kick. From about 25 yards, his strike curled to the left, sneaking just under the crossbar and off the fingertips of the diving Cech. And his famous “siuuuu” celebration started.

The Portuguese scored again in the 57th minute, perfectly timing his run toward the goal line and steering in a header to complete the scoring.

Crystal Palace ahead in race to sign Chelsea legend, offer lucrative deal

There are reports Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is winning the race to sign Gary Cahill on a two-year, £75,000-a-week deal.

The defender was released by Chelsea in the summer, but has attracted attention from a number of Premier League clubs.

Hodgson is determined to nab the former Three Lions star, who is a free agent after his release from Chelsea, The Sun reports.

The centre- half, 33, is keen to stay near his family base in London and hopes to land a lucrative £75,000-a-week deal.

Palace have been quiet in the market so far but Cahill’s capture would be a coup as they try to strengthen their squad without spending fortunes.

Cahill has also been speaking to other clubs. But Palace tried for him in the last window — as we revealed — and are working hard to get their man this time.

Burnley have been linked with Cahill but with no more interest in £40million-rated James Tarkowski, 26, expected, they do not need the ex-Aston Villa man now.

Foreign clubs are also lurking for the classy defender too — but the most likely solution is a move closer to home at Selhurst Park.

(Watch Video Clip) How Kyle Walker’s incredible last-minute bicycle-kick goal-line clearance saved the day for Man City

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was the hero at Wembley after producing an incredible goal-line clearance to stop Mo Salah from scoring an injury-time winner.

Salah had seen his first effort saved by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo at the end of a mazy run but headed the rebound towards the vacant goal.

Liverpool fans were ready to celebrate but Walker had other ideas and showed incredible athleticism to sprint back and then launch himself airborne and bicycle kick the ball clear.

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Guardiola reveals why Manchester City pulled out of Harry Maguire move, congratulates Manchester United

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has thrown light on the reason his club opted out of a move for Manchester United-bound Harry Maguire.

The Premier League champions were touted to be the next destination of the England international, but their Manchester neighours have won the race to sign the defender.

Maguire has been seen leaving Manchester United’s training ground as his world-record transfer from Leicester edges closer, Sky Sports report.

According to Guardiola, Manchester City could not afford the transfer fee to bring Maguire to the Etihad, and congratulated Manchester United on securing the defender.

Speaking after City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool, the Spaniard was asked if Maguire would turn United into title challengers, Guardiola said: “Yeah. Maguire is an excellent, top-class player.

“We were interested, but we could not afford it. United afford it. He’s an excellent player, national team too, he had an incredible World Cup.

“He’s strong in the air, good with the ball, the build-up, he drives with the ball, he’s fast, so fast. He has all the qualities. Congratulations to United for this signature.”

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Manchester City set to battle Leicester for former Chelsea defender

The battle to sign former Chelsea defence ace Nathan Ake is hotting up between Manchester City and Leicester City.

The Foxes have sold their key defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United and are desperately looking for a replacement, while the Premier League champions have not been able to find suitable replacement for their former captain Vincent Kompany.

Pep Guardiola had hoped that Maguire would join him at the Etihad. But the England international opted for the Red Devils when it was becoming obvious that City could not afford his humongous transfer fee of £85m.

And, now, according to Sky Sports, Leicester are considering Bournemouth defender Ake to replace Maguire as he verges on completing his move to Manchester United.

The Express are reporting that Guardiola is equally weighing up move for Ake this summer to shore up his defence.

The Foxes have reportedly had informal conversations about Nathan and James Tarkowski, with Burnley prepared to do business on their defender.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth are reluctant to let Ake leave because he is central to Eddie Howe’s plans this season.

Manchester United call off Romelu Lukaku swap deal as Dybala rejects move to Old Trafford

Reports in Italy and England claim Manchester United have cancelled their move for Paulo Dybala in direct exchange for Romelu Lukaku switch to Juventus.

Dybala had put a series of obstacles in the path of the swap deal with Romelu Lukaku, including a salary of €12m plus bonuses and a €15m commission for his agent.

According to The Telegraph, BBC Sport, Sky Sports UK and The Daily Telegraph online edition, Manchester United have admitted defeat and pulled the plug on negotiations in the pursuit of the Old Lady’s striker.

Multiple Italian outlets are confident La Joya will be at the Continassa training camp today to start work with Coach Maurizio Sarri.

He was allowed an extended vacation, along with Alex Sandro, after participating in the Copa America.

With several sources in Italy claiming on Sunday evening that Dybala told his agent he doesn’t want to join Manchester United, it seems as if the message has been received.

It now remains to be seen how this will affect Lukaku, who is wanted by both Juventus and Inter.

Considering Manchester United, as reported by Football Italia, agreed personal terms with Juve striker Mario Mandzukic, it’s possible the Belgian can still arrive with an exchange and additional cash, but the Bianconeri might not be open to such a deal.