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  • Umtiti expects Lacazette to leave Lyon a...

    Alexandre Lacazette is “waiting for the right moment” to make a call on his future at Lyon, says former team-mate Samuel Umtiti. The France international striker has long been linked with a big-money move away from Ligue 1, with Arsenal among those to have monitored his situatio...

    Umtiti expects Lacazette to leave Lyon at 'right moment'

    Alexandre Lacazette is “waiting for the right moment” to make a call on his future at Lyon, says former team-mate Samuel Umtiti. The France international striker has long been linked with a big-money move away from Ligue 1, with Arsenal among those to have monitored his situation closely. Lyon revealed last summer that they had knocked back a bid from the Gunners for the 25-year-old, but reports of interest from England refuse to go away. Lacazette subject of big-money bid, claim Lyon Lacazette’s exploits on the field continue to attract admiring glances, with another 19 goals added to an impressive tally in 22 appearances this season. He has broken the 20-goal barrier in Ligue 1 each of the last two seasons, netting 31 times across all competitions in 2014-15. Such a prolific strike rate is always going to generate transfer speculation and one man who left Lyon last summer having seen his reputation outgrow the French side, believes Lacazette will soon do the same. Barcelona defender Umtiti told Canal+: “I have a lot of respect for Lyon, they’re one of the biggest French clubs, but there will come a time when he could leave to improve. “He’ll have that desire, I know his character. He’s waiting for the right moment.” Lacazette to ponder Lyon future Lyon have admitted to receiving further interest in Lacazette during the January transfer window, with the offers being tabled topping that made by West Ham last summer. Club president Jean-Michel Aulas told RMC: “It is true that the offers we have received for Alexandre range from €40m - from West Ham last year - to €70m right now.” Juventus are reported to be the side prepared to spend big on the France international, while Liverpool have been linked in the not too distant past with a player who would strengthen their attacking options.

  • Barcelona lose Busquets to sprained ankl...

    Sergio Busquets will be out of action for an indefinite period after Barcelona confirmed he sprained his right ankle in Sunday's 4-0 win over Eibar. The 28-year-old was stretchered off in the eighth minute following a challenge from Gonzalo Escalante, and test results confirmed ...

    Barcelona lose Busquets to sprained ankle

    Sergio Busquets will be out of action for an indefinite period after Barcelona confirmed he sprained his right ankle in Sunday's 4-0 win over Eibar. The 28-year-old was stretchered off in the eighth minute following a challenge from Gonzalo Escalante, and test results confirmed the midfielder has sprained an external lateral ligament. The timing of his return will depend on the recovery, however reports in Spain suggest he is likely to be sidelined for at least two weeks, ruling him out of the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg with Real Sociedad on Thursday. He could also miss the next two LaLiga fixtures against Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao, but Barcelona coach Luis Enrique will be hoping the Spaniard is fully fit for the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie with PSG on February 14. In the meantime though, Luis Enrique is optimistic he has the resources available to cope with the Spaniard's absence, in what is a busy period for the club. "Busquets' injury is not as serious as we thought and we claimed a very good result," he said. "Sergi Roberto, [Ivan Rakitic] and [Javier Mascherano] can play there [in Busquets' position]. I will not complain that I have all the cards. "I like Rakitic in the pivot position. He was especially good and I have also liked Arda [Turan]. They all contribute things to the benefit of the team."

  • Arda wants to see out Barcelona contract...

    Arda Turan insists that he wants to see out his contract at Barcelona amid continued speculation linking him with a move to China. The attacking midfielder has only started 10 league matches this season - scoring three times - and reports in Spain suggest that Luis Enrique's si...

    Arda wants to see out Barcelona contract despite China talk

    Arda Turan insists that he wants to see out his contract at Barcelona amid continued speculation linking him with a move to China. The attacking midfielder has only started 10 league matches this season - scoring three times - and reports in Spain suggest that Luis Enrique's side would be willing to accept a large offer if one is forthcoming from a team in the Chinese Super League.  But Turkey international Arda, who signed from Atletico Madrid in 2015 in a deal that could reach a value of €41 million (£35.3m), reiterated that he has no plans to leave Barca. "I am very happy at Barcelona," he told BeIN Sports. "I have a contract until I am 33 and I want to see out that contract here. "I am playing in a team where the best players in the world play and I am trying to be an important part of that team. I believe I have been successful in doing that." The 29-year-old is contracted to Barcelona until 2020 but has repeatedly been linked with the CSL, a competition that has been hugely active in attracting global talent. Carlos Tevez completed a move to Shanghai Shenhua in this window which reportedly makes him the world's highest-paid footballer, while Oscar joined Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea for £60m. John Obi Mikel and Axel Witsel have also moved to China, with those signings adding to the likes of Hulk, Jackson Martinez, Ramires and Alex Teixeira, all of whom are already playing in the country after making high-profile moves.

  • Messi the playmaker at his brilliant bes...

    Barcelona overcame a rough opening to secure a 4-0 win at Eibar in La Liga on Sunday. Barca began to hit their stride, with our Head and Shoulders Super Player Lionel Messi usually the chief protagonist. He hurdled a lunging tackle from Lejeune to win a free-kick and force Yoel ...

    Messi the playmaker at his brilliant best

    Barcelona overcame a rough opening to secure a 4-0 win at Eibar in La Liga on Sunday. Barca began to hit their stride, with our Head and Shoulders Super Player Lionel Messi usually the chief protagonist. He hurdled a lunging tackle from Lejeune to win a free-kick and force Yoel to push his bouncing strike to safety. At the end of a wonderful 31st-minute move, Messi had a shot blocked but Denis Suarez was on hand to drill superbly into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards. Neymar and Arda Turan saw close-range efforts blocked by Yoel, with Messi the provider on both occasions. Messi predictably took centre stage five minutes into the second period as he drove forward from midfield and found Luis Suarez on the right. Yoel darted out towards the Uruguay's curling ball to the far post but Messi was unruffled and slotted a half-volley nonchalantly home. Luis Suarez then capitalised on a dreadful error from Florian Lejeune to make it 19 for the campaign. Neymar has not been as prolific as his illustrious attacking colleagues this term but scored for the first time in LaLiga since October when Eibar were picked apart on the break in stoppage time. Barca remain third in La Liga but are back to within two points of rivals Real Madrid at the summit and one behind Sevilla in second. "We have been looking to kick off a run of positive results and let's hope this is the start," Luis Enrique said afterwards. And he added: "Busquets' injury doesn't look as bad as we first thought." If that is true, it is good news for Barca, with some big games ahead in the coming weeks, including the Champions League last-16, first-leg clash away to Paris Saint-Germain on February 14. Messi is almost always a guarantee in such fixtures, but Busquets is essential for Barca and even though Rakitic did well in the role of 'pivot' on Sunday. Luis Enrique will be crossing his fingers that the Spain midfielder returns sooner rather than later.

  • Suarez: Busquets difficult to replace fo...

    Luis Suarez said Barcelona will feel the absence of Sergio Busquets, comparing the midfielder's importance to Andres Iniesta. Barcelona routed Eibar 4-0 in LaLiga on Sunday but the win was overshadowed by an ankle injury to midfield general Busquets. Busquets was forced to lea...

    Suarez: Busquets difficult to replace for Barca

    Luis Suarez said Barcelona will feel the absence of Sergio Busquets, comparing the midfielder's importance to Andres Iniesta. Barcelona routed Eibar 4-0 in LaLiga on Sunday but the win was overshadowed by an ankle injury to midfield general Busquets. Busquets was forced to leave the field in the 10th minute following a rash tackle from Gonzalo Escalante, with the Spain international suffering a sprained external lateral ligament in his right ankle. Inspirational midfielder Iniesta missed the trip to Eibar with a calf injury and Suarez lamented the fresh blow of Busquets. "We know that Sergio is a very important team-mate and that he also helps us a lot to control the ball," said the Uruguay international. "He is a big loss in the same way Iniesta is. "They are very difficult to replace but nevertheless we have enough players in order to keep moving forward." Barca responded well to Busquets' injury as his replacement Denis Suarez scored his first goal for the club. From then, familiar sources Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar sealed the points for the Spanish champions. "The important thing is that we can help the team, I am happy to have helped tonight and obviously I'm happy to score too," added Luis Suarez. Barca are third in the standings, two points behind bitter rivals and leaders Real Madrid, who have a match in hand.  

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