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Pogba, Griezmann, Turan – Analysing Chelsea FC Summer Transfer Targets

Following an extremely successful season which saw José Mourinho’s men win the Premier League title as well as the Capital One Cup, the summer has thus far been a relatively quiet one for Chelsea FC. TheHardTackle takes a look at some of the transfers the Blues have been linked with, and assesses how likely they are to happen. Read more »

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UEFA Lift FFP Sanctions On Manchester City And PSG

Manchester City and PSG have had their restrictions on transfer spending and Champions League squad size lifted, Uefa has announced. Manchester City and PSG were sanctioned by UEFA last year to play in Champions League with only 21 players in the squad, four fewer than usual, and spending on new signings in last summer’s transfer window was capped at £49m as punishment for breaching FFP rules. The clubs also agreed that total wages last season’s Champions League squad must not exceed that of the 2013-14 season. Both, PSG and City were also fined £16.3m a year for three years totalling £49m but only the first year’s fine has been imposed. City’s and PSG’s settlement agreement with Uefa means they still have to hit targets they agreed with the European governing body for 2016 but Uefa’s club financial control body has announced the lifting of the restrictions for both the clubs. This news will be viewed by skeptics, who have argued that Uefa will […] Read more »

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FC Barcelona Will Be Invincible With Paul Pogba: Arrigo Sacchi

Legendary Italian manager Arrigo Sacchi believes FC Barcelona will be invincible if Paul Pogba joins them from Juventus, but, Johann Cruyff has his doubts on the Frenchman amidst growing speculation of a deal between the two clubs.   The future of Paul Pogba has been the subject of intense speculation over the past few weeks, with recent reports in Catalan media suggesting that Juventus and FC Barcelona have reached a gentleman’s agreement regarding the transfer of the player in 2016/17 season despite the Juventus chief Marota denying reaching an agreement but confirming an 80m Euro offer. Pogba, who is subject of interest from a host of top European clubs, including Chelsea FC, Manchester City, PSG, and Real Madrid, however, reports in Italy as well as Spain tout the Catalan giants favorites for the Juventus man’s signature. Should the move happen, Arrigo Sacchi believes that FC Barcelona, who have just won a treble, will be unbeatable. “His potential is enormous,” Sacchi said in an […] Read more »

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Eric Abidal Confirms “Long Standing Relationhip” With Paul Pogba, FC Barcelona Will Go All Out To Sign Him

Eric Abidal has revealed he has often spoken to Paul Pogba in the past and if Joan Laporta was to win the FC Barcelona election, he would make a move to sign the Juventus star.   The future of Paul Pogba has been the subject of intense speculation over the past few weeks, with recent reports in Catalan media suggesting that Juventus and Barcelona have reached a gentleman’s agreement regarding the transfer of the player in 2016/17 season. Eric Abidal, who will be the new sporting director of FC Barcelona should Joan Laporta win the presidential election that is to be held on 18th of July, has come out and said that the club will look into signing the Juventus star under Laporta and he enjoys a “Long standing relationship” with the player. “It’d be great to have Pogba,” he told reporters, speaking at the presentation of Laporta’s proposed plans for La Masia. “I’ve a long-standing relationship with him, I send […] Read more »

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FC Barcelona Face Stadium Closure Over Champions League Final Incident As UEFA Investigates

FC Barcelona face a partial stadium closure over the use of pro-Catalan independence flags during their Champions League final win against Juventus last month as UEFA open disciplinary proceeding.   During the 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6, FC Barcelona supporters displayed red and yellow Catalan separatist flags from the stands and chanted slogans in favor of independence for the wealthy northeastern region of Spain that is embroiled in political turmoil from a long time and heightened during the days of general Franco. UEFA rules band the use of “symbols, actions of songs that are not within the context of a sports event, especially messages of a political, ideological, religious, offensive and provocative nature.” “A disciplinary proceeding has been opened against FC Barcelona for illicit banner use and chanting,” a UEFA spokesman told AFP in an e-mail. “The case will be decided during the next control, ethics and disciplinary meeting on July 23,” he added. Barcelona face a stiff […] Read more »

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Arturo Vidal Agent Denies Contact With Arsenal FC: Di Marzio

Arturo Vidal’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, has denied any contact between the Juventus midfielder and Arsenal FC despite the transfer madness that ensued in last week of June. The Juventus midfielder’s potential move to Arsenal FC was one transfer that had caught everyone’s imagination in the last week of June. It started off as a gossip then soon became the most talked about news on social media, going on a full circle of speculation – validation – denial – more speculation – back to denial, in a space of six days. Also Read: How Vidal Was Nearly Sold To Arsenal Between 24-29th June By Media Agencies The agent of the Chilean midfielder, who is currently away with the national side preparing for Copa America final against favorites Argentina, has come out and denied any contact with Arsenal FC regarding the Juventus man. Vidal’s agent was quoted saying to Di Marzio, “For Arturo, there has been no contact with Arsenal.” Vidal has cemented his reputation as […] Read more »

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FC Barcelona Agree £64m Pogba Deal: Report

FC Barcelona have beaten off competition from Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Chelsea FC to agree a £64m deal for Juventus star Paul Pogba according to reports in Gazzetta Dello Sports and Sport, despite Juventus president denying the transfer agreement but confirming a 80m Euros offer. The future of Paul Pogba has been the subject of intense speculation over the past few weeks, and if reports in Catalan media are to be believed, the French midfielder has been snapped up by FC Barcelona. Catalan newspaper Sport had on Sunday claimed that Juventus had the following three offers on the table for the former Manchester United youngster: €80m + €10m in add-ons from FC Barcelona to purchase in July 2016, €50m + Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Chelsea FC to purchase this summer, and a cash-only €100m offer from Manchester City to purchase the France international this summer. The report claims that FC Barcelona’s transfer ban this summer might actually work to their advantage; not only does […] Read more »