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  • Barca star Neymar backed by Kaka to make...

    As Paris Saint-Germain reportedly target Neymar for a world-record fee, Kaka says the Barcelona star will flourish wherever he decides to play. The Ligue 1 giants are reportedly ready to meet Neymar's €222million release clause, with head coach Unai Emery hoping to add the Brazi...

    Barca star Neymar backed by Kaka to make right future call amid Paris Saint-Germain links

    As Paris Saint-Germain reportedly target Neymar for a world-record fee, Kaka says the Barcelona star will flourish wherever he decides to play. The Ligue 1 giants are reportedly ready to meet Neymar's €222million release clause, with head coach Unai Emery hoping to add the Brazil star as PSG attempt to make their mark on the Champions League. dabblebet: Barca odds-on to beat Man Utd According to reports in his homeland, Neymar is open to making the move to Parc des Princes, despite signing a five-year contract with Barca in October last year and scoring more than 100 goals since arriving from Santos in 2013. Barca defender Gerard Pique and coach Ernesto Valverde have led the way publicly in trying to convince Neymar to remain at Camp Nou, but Kaka says his compatriot must do what is right by himself. Asked about the forward's future, World Cup and Ballon d'Or winner Kaka told Omnisport: "In this period of the season when the market is open, there is lot of speculation. "Big numbers, everybody wants the big players and of course Neymar is one of them.   "But it is a personal choice. I don't know what is in his mind or what he wants, if he thinks his time in Barca is finishing and it's time to move. Neymar needs to confirm Barca future "What I can say is that Neymar is a very good player, amazing. Wherever he plays the next few years, he will be great. "We will see. I wish him luck to decide. It's not easy to decide what is best for you in the future. He has a very good team, support, father and family to decide for his career." Amid the mounting speculation, Neymar scored twice as Barca kicked off their International Champions Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Juventus in New Jersey on Saturday. Barca are back in action against Manchester United on Wednesday.

  • Lukaku addition makes Man Utd 'frighteni...

    Manchester United boast “frightening” firepower, according to Luke Shaw, with Romelu Lukaku joining an already star-studded unit. The Red Devils struggled for goals throughout the 2016-17 campaign, with a lack of cutting edge costing them vital points in the battle for a top-fou...

    Lukaku addition makes Man Utd 'frightening' going forward, says Shaw

    Manchester United boast “frightening” firepower, according to Luke Shaw, with Romelu Lukaku joining an already star-studded unit. The Red Devils struggled for goals throughout the 2016-17 campaign, with a lack of cutting edge costing them vital points in the battle for a top-four finish. Back Man Utd to beat Barca with dabblebet However, chances were created and Jose Mourinho will be hoping for more end product this season, with his options further bolstered by the £75 million addition of Lukaku. The Belgium international has been acquired to complement the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Shaw of the opinion that United now boast an enviable collection of forward-thinking talent. He told MUTV: "You look at the pace and skill we have up top and the finishing ability and it’s frightening. "The attacking players have shown a lot of quality on tour, especially when you look at Rom’s goal against City. It wasn’t an easy finish and Marcus has been in great form too and has scored a few goals. “Micki's also scored and played how he always plays and Martial – wow, the skill for the goal [against Real Madrid] was fantastic. Dazzling assist sparks Martial's summer "You can’t forget Jesse as well; for me, Jesse is my standout player so far on this tour. He’s everywhere and always willing to set up the play and chip in with a goal or an assist. Hopefully all the boys can carry on doing their thing." Lukaku and Co have been catching the eye during United’s pre-season fixtures in America, with one more game to come against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup. Another fresh face, Victor Lindelof, has also been introduced to the fold while in the United States, with Shaw impressed by the speed in which the new arrivals have settled into the squad. The England international defender, who is currently nursing his way back from injury, added: "Romelu and Victor have settled in very well. 'Lindelof isn't guaranteed games at Utd' “It’s good for Rom as he knew a few of the players before he came so it was pretty easy for him to settle and Victor was new to the group but he has settled really well and he’s enjoying it. “The main thing now is to build up fitness and make sure everyone is in peak condition for the start of the season." United’s first competitive fixture of the 2017-18 campaign will see them face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8, before they open the new Premier League season at home to West Ham the following Sunday. 

  • 'I can't put a gun to his head' - Higuai...

    Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is eager for Paulo Dybala to ignore reported interest from Barcelona but admits that he "can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay". Bet on Juve to win the Champions League Dybala has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as a replacement...

    'I can't put a gun to his head' - Higuain wants Dybala to snub Barcelona

    Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is eager for Paulo Dybala to ignore reported interest from Barcelona but admits that he "can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay". Bet on Juve to win the Champions League Dybala has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as a replacement for Neymar, should the Brazil star complete a world-record €222 million switch to Paris Saint-Germain. Higuain, who spent six years in La Liga with Real Madrid, understands the attraction of joining one of the country's top clubs but insists that his team-mate would be better served by staying in Turin. "Dybala is at a delicate age," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I went to Real Madrid at 19 and I was there until I was 25, but I was at an important club for a long time. "Everyone wants to play with great players and I can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay. Everyone should do what makes them happy, just like he is here. We all want him to stay. "Last year we were convinced we could win [the Champions League] and we got to the final; this year will be tougher because other teams have strengthened. "He shouldn't just stay to win the Champions League, but for the seventh Scudetto and a fourth Coppa Italia in a row. If we then get that particular trophy, so much the better. "He's been at Juve for two years, he has consistency here. He's young, he's very happy here, the club and the fans all love him, as do we, and Juve helped him grow. "Paulo will know what's best for him to do." Juve have already suffered the loss of a high-profile first-team star, with centre-back Leonardo Bonucci having made a shock move to AC Milan. Kenedy removed from Chelsea tour Higuain is confident his side can cope without the Italy international, though, and has warned his old team-mate that he will not prevent him from scoring. "Bonucci helped Juve to win for many years," said the Argentina forward. "Now he's gone to a direct rival but we are still very strong. We have the players to make sure we won't feel his absence. "Bonucci will be hungry but we will have the same determination to try to win a seventh title in a row. When he plays against me, I'll score."

  • Neymar 'would be welcome' at Real Madrid...

    Neymar "would be welcome" at Real Madrid, midfielder Casemiro has cheekily suggested, as the Barcelona star continues to be linked with a money-spinning Camp Nou exit. dabblebet: The latest La Liga title odds Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen to pay the Brazil striker's €...

    Neymar 'would be welcome' at Real Madrid, jokes Casemiro

    Neymar "would be welcome" at Real Madrid, midfielder Casemiro has cheekily suggested, as the Barcelona star continues to be linked with a money-spinning Camp Nou exit. dabblebet: The latest La Liga title odds Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen to pay the Brazil striker's €222million buyout clause, with reports in Neymar's homeland suggesting he is receptive about a move to Ligue 1, where he would be the league and team's biggest star. Gerard Pique attempted to add a definitive air to the rumour's end, by posting "He's staying" along with a picture of Neymar on social media on Sunday. However, Casemiro may well have added more fuel to the fire, by suggesting that his international colleague could find a home at the Santiago Bernabeu. He told GloboEsporte: "Neymar will tell you his future. He knows what he has to do." The defensive midfielder devilishly added: "Why not come and play at Real Madrid? Here he would be welcome." An attempt to break out of the shadow of Lionel Messi is thought to be behind Neymar's wishes to leave and Casemiro expects his compatriot to come to a decision that benefits his long-term ambitions. "I have not talked to Neymar lately, but I wish him well," he added. 'Neymar to PSG would be risky' "Neymar is a great player, I have great admiration for him. He knows what he does, he is well advised, his father is a great person and he knows what he is doing. "If he leaves Barcelona I wish him all the luck in the world, and if he stays, then I do too. "Neymar is very important for the selection of Brazil, we always have his good football."

  • €222m for Neymar is sign of weakness, sa...

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness feels it is an admission of failure for a club to spend big in the transfer market, as Paris Saint-Germain continue to be linked with an extraordinary €222 million swoop to sign Neymar from Barcelona. Bet Barca to win the Champions League The...

    €222m for Neymar is sign of weakness, says Bayern boss

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness feels it is an admission of failure for a club to spend big in the transfer market, as Paris Saint-Germain continue to be linked with an extraordinary €222 million swoop to sign Neymar from Barcelona. Bet Barca to win the Champions League The Ligue 1 giants are ready to smash the world transfer record by meeting the enormous release clause in the Brazil international's contract, although Barca defender Gerard Pique suggested via a Tweet on Sunday that the 25-year-old has been convinced to remain at Camp Nou. The attacker is yet to confirm his future has been decided, though, and Hoeness believes such a transfer would be a bad sign. "This is a sign of weakness," he said of the outlays being made across Europe.  "If I have to spend a lot of money to achieve nothing, it is more of a sign that I have not worked as well somewhere else. And that's why I cannot be interested in spending so much.  "Not the most expensive transfer is the best, but the one who does the most.  "I think that is why, in this shark basin - €100m, €200m - we must find our own way." Bayern parted with a Bundesliga record fee of €41.5m to capture Corentin Tolisso from Lyon and brought in Niklas Sule from Hoffenheim for a reported €20m. But they have also snared potential bargains in the form of Serge Gnabry, a cut-price arrival from Werder Bremen, James Rodriguez, signed on loan from Real Madrid, and free transfer Sebastian Rudy, as the team prepares to try and secure a sixth successive Bundesliga title.  RB Leipzig sprung a surprise to finish second to Bayern last season, but Hoeness expects a more predictable rival to vie for the championship in 2017-18. "Leipzig will play a good season again, but the first challenger will surely be Borussia Dortmund," he said. Messi, Suarez & Pique convince Neymar to stay Bayern were without a sporting director in coach Carlo Ancelotti's first campaign in charge last term, after failing to replace Matthias Sammer, who stepped down in July 2016. According to Hoeness, though, they are now close to making an appointment. "We will announce a sporting director within the next six weeks," he said. "I've already said that [executive chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have been looking around, and there have been some talks taking place."

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