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Atletico Madrid 3-2 Salzburg: Joao Felix leaves it late for Simeone’s side
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Atletico Madrid 3-2 Salzburg: Joao Felix leaves it late for Simeone’s side

Joao Felix was the star for Atletico Madrid as they bounced back in style from last week's thumping by Bayern Munich. Atletico Madrid got their Champions League Group A campaign back on track as two goals from Joao Felix helped them to a 3-2 win over Salzburg on Tuesday. Diego Simeone's side suffered a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the defending champions Bayern Munich last week, but they started well against their Austrian opponents and went ahead through Marcos Llorente shortly before the half-hour mark. Salzburg - who drew with Lokomotiv Moscow in their opening game - stormed into a 2-1 lead, though, thanks to goals either side of half-time from Dominik Szoboszlai and Mergim Berisha.
Lokomotiv Moscow 1-2 Bayern Munich: Kimmich spares defending champions’ blushes with late winner
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Lokomotiv Moscow 1-2 Bayern Munich: Kimmich spares defending champions’ blushes with late winner

Lokomotiv Moscow were on course for a commendable point before Joshua Kimmich scored spectacularly to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win. Joshua Kimmich scored a late 20-yard stunner to secure Champions League holders Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over a Lokomotiv Moscow side that threatened to cause an upset. Leon Goretzka scored his second goal in as many European matches to give Bayern the lead, the midfielder finishing a sumptuous passing move after 13 minutes as Hansi Flick's men rose to the challenge of playing lively opposition in front of a raucous crowd at RZD Arena. Lokomotiv struggled to deal with the threat of Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller on either flank, just as Atletico Madrid did in the 4-0 defeat against the German and European Champions six days earlier.
Arsenal unveil new signing Thomas Partey after his £45m move from Atletico Madrid (photos)
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Arsenal unveil new signing Thomas Partey after his £45m move from Atletico Madrid (photos)

Thomas Partey has finally been unveiled as a new Arsenal player after joining the club in a £45m deal. Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta signed the Ghanaian midfielder on deadline day after the club paid Atletico Madrid his release clause to seal the deal. After the signing, Arteta said : "We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we're now delighted to add such a high-quality player to our squad. "He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years. "We're very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He's an intelligent footballer and we're looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress ...
Patoranking Gives Arsenal Assistance In Partey Signing
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Patoranking Gives Arsenal Assistance In Partey Signing

Thomas Partey complete his £45m deal from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal on the deadline day. Taking to his social media account, Patoranking showed a screenshot of the chat he has been having with the new Arsenal man since June with the caption Tell @arsenal to cut me my check...I started this conversation since June #Arsenal....
Striker Suarez departs Barcelona for Atletico Madrid
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Striker Suarez departs Barcelona for Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of striker Luis Suarez from La Liga rivals Barcelona. The 33 year old Uruguay international signed a two-year contract with the club on Friday after passing his medical. The 33-year-old joined Barca from Liverpool in 2014, winning the Champions League title in his first season in Spain.
Almost More Tears Than Words – Luis Suarez’s Goodbye To Barcelona
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Almost More Tears Than Words – Luis Suarez’s Goodbye To Barcelona

Luis Suarez bid farewell to Barcelona on Thursday morning ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan has spent six years at the Camp Nou, winning numerous trophies, but will now head to Diego Simeone's side on a free transfer, albeit with six million euros in add-ons. As Suarez tried to say goodbye to Barcelona, there were a few occasions where he was clearly overcome with emotion as he struggled to get his words out amidst tears. "Apart from a player... a human being who has feelings goes," was one of Suarez's most emotional lines. https://youtu.be/YQh2mgHTaaU
Morata set for Juventus medical ahead of loan return with €45m option to buy from Atletico Madrid
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Morata set for Juventus medical ahead of loan return with €45m option to buy from Atletico Madrid

The 27-year-old enjoyed two productive seasons in Turin and is now set to join former team-mate Andrea Pirlo's rebuild at the club Alvaro Morata is on the verge of completing a return to Juventus from Atletico Madrid, sources have confirmed to Goal. The 27-year-old, who played for Juve from 2014-16, should undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of an initial loan move. Juventus are set to pay a loan fee of €9 million (£8m/$11m), with an option to buy for €45m (£41m/$53m).
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Fernando Torres: ‘The Last Symbol’ Documentary Drops Today And It Looks Incredible

Fernando Torres' 'Last Symbol' documentary releases today and it promises to be must-see for all football fans. The retired star, best know for his stints with Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, was one of the deadliest strikers in world football during his prime. However, 'El Nino' stayed out of the limelight throughout his career and not many know his story. The documentary will put the 36-year-old's whole life under the microscope and features interviews from the managers who knew him best. Interviews in the documentary include former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and Spain national team coach Vicente del Bosque, as well as Torres himself "This is the story of my life. So short but yet so lengthy," Torres said per Advanced Television. "This documentary is a journey through more than...
I’m really happy at Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette
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I’m really happy at Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette insisted he is “really happy” at Arsenal after helping the Gunners kick off the new Premier League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham. Summer signings Willian and Gabriel both starred on their Arsenal debuts at Craven Cottage, the former Chelsea playmaker finishing with three assists while the ex-Lille defender headed home his side’s second. Lacazette had opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he capitalised on a loose ball, with strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding Arsenal’s third before the hour mark. Lacazette has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid but the French forward dismissed any suggestions he is unhappy at the Emirates Stadium. “I am really happy,” he told the club website after the game. ...
Falcao intends to join Beckham at Inter Miami as Colombian striker airs MLS future plan
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Falcao intends to join Beckham at Inter Miami as Colombian striker airs MLS future plan

The former Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Monaco forward is planning on heading to the USA when his Galatasaray contract expires Radamel Falcao has revealed that he intends to join David Beckham at Inter Miami before hanging up his boots, with the Colombian eager to head for MLS once his Galatasaray contract expires. The 34-year-old striker still has two years left on his deal in Turkey, however, he is already looking to the future and a potential next port of call. Falcao would welcome the opportunity to head for the United States once he next hits the open market, with a spell in Florida holding plenty of appeal to him.
Atletico Madrid Star Partey Keen To Join Arteta’s Arsenal Revolution
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Atletico Madrid Star Partey Keen To Join Arteta’s Arsenal Revolution

Thomas Partey is keen on a move to Arsenal but the Gunners’ hopes of landing the midfielder this window will rest on the club’s ability to move players on over the coming weeks. The Ghana international has long been the north London club’s priority capture this summer, but talks with Atletico Madrid have so far proved unsuccessful. Madrid do not want to lose Partey and still hope to convince him to sign a new contract. His current deal runs until 2023 and there had been talks over extending his stay
Messi and Griezmann aren’t incompatible at Barcelona – Deschamps
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Messi and Griezmann aren’t incompatible at Barcelona – Deschamps

The Les Bleus boss believes his French striker can shine alongside the Argentine in seasons to come if given the chance France head coach Didier Deschamps insisted Antoine Griezmann can successfully play alongside Lionel Messi as the Barcelona superstar eyes an exit. Messi has sensationally told Barca he wants to leave the embattled La Liga giants, having spent his entire professional career at Camp Nou. Griezmann, who arrived from Atletico Madrid at the start of the 2019-20 season, and his relationship with Messi made headlines throughout the campaign as the former struggled for consistency.
Oshoala Shines As Barcelona Edge Atletico Madrid To Champions League Semi-Final
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Oshoala Shines As Barcelona Edge Atletico Madrid To Champions League Semi-Final

The Nigeria international was in action to help the Calatans defeat their Spanish rivals at San Mames Stadium on Friday Asisat Oshoala provided an assist as Barcelona advanced into the semi-final of the Uefa Women's Champions League following a 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid in Bilbao on Friday.  After an 8-1 aggregate victory over Minsk last October, the Nigeria international played a key role to help the Catalans seal their progress to the last four of the tournament. Oshoala, who had scored 26 goals in 26 appearances this season, was handed her fourth Champions League outing this term and made her sixth meeting with Atletico since arriving in Spain. Lluis Cortes' team enjoyed the ...
Atletico Madrid launching bid for Everton target Allan
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Atletico Madrid launching bid for Everton target Allan

Atletico Madrid are launching a bid for Napoli midfielder Allan. Marca says Atletico Madrid are prepared to fork out 40 million euros to secure the services of Napoli midfielder Allan. The 29-year-old Brazilian, who has been with Napoli since 2015, is also subject to interest from Everton and Paris Saint-Germain. Everton are even understood to have tabled an offer exceeding 40m euros, with current Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti an admirer having managed Allan during his recent stint in Naples. Allan has seen his pitch time dwindle in Naples of late, with Gennaro Gattuso preferring other options in the middle of the park.
RB Leipzig Reach UCL Semifinal Just 11 Years After They Were Formed
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RB Leipzig Reach UCL Semifinal Just 11 Years After They Were Formed

RB Leipzig overcame a typically cautious Atletico Madrid to reach their first Champions League semi-final just 11 years after their formation. After a poor first half, Dani Olmo headed the German side ahead but Atleti substitute Joao Felix levelled the tie from the penalty spot after he had been fouled in the box. Madrid, chasing a third final in the last six years, seemed content to take the one-legged tie in Lisbon to extra time and sat back for much of the game. They were punished for their characteristically defensive approach as Tyler Adams' deflected strike two minutes from time sent Julian Nagelsmann's exciting side through to face Paris St-Germain. No Werner, no problemLeipzig came into the tie without the focal point of their attack after Timo Werner's £54m transf...
21-Year-Old Dayot Upamecano Ran The Show For RB Leipzig Vs Atletico Madrid, He’s Destined For The Top
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21-Year-Old Dayot Upamecano Ran The Show For RB Leipzig Vs Atletico Madrid, He’s Destined For The Top

Dayot Upamecano's performance for RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid on Thursday night proved why he is one of football's top youngsters. The two sides went at it in their Champions League quarter-final clash and it was Leipzig that emerged 2-1 victors. Tyler Adams' late strike sealed the win for Julian Nagelsmann's side - but the name on everyone's lips was Upamecano. @BnSComps picked out the Frenchman's best bits and they are a joy to watch. Check them out below. The 21-year-old put in a dominant display in central defence and showed off the perfect blend of skill and strength when dealing with Atletico's forwards. Diego Costa was kept quiet while Alvaro Morata's introduction also didn't faze Upamecano. Fans around the world watched Upamecano's performance in awe and th...
Costa defends controversial winner as Atletico Madrid secure top-four spot
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Costa defends controversial winner as Atletico Madrid secure top-four spot

After a lengthy VAR check for handball, the Spaniard's strike was allowed to stand Diego Costa denied that his goal in Atletico Madrid's 1-0 victory over Real Betis was scored with the assistance of his arm. Atleti secured the win they needed to clinch a top-four finish in La Liga on Saturday, despite playing over half an hour with 10 men following Mario Hermoso's straight red card for a foul on Loren Moron. Costa was sent on as one of a trio of attacking changes just before Hermoso's dismissal and, after Diego Simeone's side absorbed some late pressure, he guided Yannick Carrasco's free-kick into the bottom-right corner to seal the three points.
‘There’s something wrong when De Gea sets for shots’ – Bosnich points out technical flaw in Man Utd keeper’s game
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‘There’s something wrong when De Gea sets for shots’ – Bosnich points out technical flaw in Man Utd keeper’s game

The man who once served between the sticks at Old Trafford himself has highlighted the reasons behind the Spanish shot-stopper's recent slump in form Mark Bosnich has pointed out a key technical flaw in David de Gea's game, insisting "there is something wrong" when the Manchester United goalkeeper "sets for shots". De Gea carved out a reputation as arguably the finest goalkeeper in world football during his first eight years on United's books, having arrived at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011. The Spain international has been named the club's player of the year on three occasions, with his performances between the sticks helping to limit the damage during a frustrating transitional period for the club.
Joao Felix would ‘be at a higher level’ if he joined Real Madrid instead of Atletico
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Joao Felix would ‘be at a higher level’ if he joined Real Madrid instead of Atletico

The Portuguese coach thinks a fellow countryman would have fit in better at Santiago Bernabeu than Wanda Metropolitano Joao Felix would be "at a higher level" if he had joined Real Madrid instead of Atletico Madrid, claims Carlos Carvalhal. Atletico shelled out €126 million (£122m/$142m) to sign Felix from Benfica ahead of Antoine Griezmann's departure for La Liga rivals Barcelona last year. However, the 20-year-old has only contributed six goals and three assists in 28 appearances, with ankle and hamstring injuries sidelining him for separate short spells.
Ex-Fulham and Getafe star Derek Boateng advises Atletico Madrid’s Partey on Arsenal link
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Ex-Fulham and Getafe star Derek Boateng advises Atletico Madrid’s Partey on Arsenal link

The 27-year-old has been encouraged to pursue happiness in his quest for success Former Getafe and Fulham midfielder Derek Boateng has advised in-demand Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Teye Partey to prioritise success in deciding his club future. The 27-year-old is reportedly a top priority of Arsenal while Manchester United, PSG and Chelsea have also been mentioned as possible destinations. This season, he has so far made 25 league appearances for Los Rojiblancos, starting 22 of the games and scoring twice.
Thomas Partey Receives Triple Wages Offer from Arsenal
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Thomas Partey Receives Triple Wages Offer from Arsenal

Premier League giants, Arsenal have offered to triple Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey’s wages, Goal reports. Partey, who has a £44.5million release clause in his current contract with Atletico, had drawn the interest of Arsenal in recent weeks. The Ghanian international is now weighing up his options after receiving a huge contract offer from the Gunners. Arsenal is prepared to triple the wages Partey currently earns at Atletico if he agrees to join Mikel Arteta’s side this summer. Atletico has so far rebuffed Arsenal’s advances for Partey, but Diego Simeone’s side is now open to cashing in on the 27-year-old whose current contract at the club expires in 2023. Partey had said in the summer of 2018 that he was hopeful of playing in the Premier League, on...
As Man Utd speculations continue, Saul insists Atletico Madrid is his ‘home’
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As Man Utd speculations continue, Saul insists Atletico Madrid is his ‘home’

Despite speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford, the midfielder is happy to stay in La Liga Saul Niguez insisted Atletico Madrid remains his "home" despite transfer speculation, revealing he has never spoken to any club over a potential move elsewhere. Saul signed a nine-year contract extension with Atleti in 2017, though the long-term deal has not stopped rumours about the Spain international's future in the capital. Manchester United have been strongly linked with the midfielder, as the club continues to rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Saul, however, claims he is unaware if anything has gone further than stories in the media. The midfielder also made it clear that he is happy with his life in Madrid as he aims to help Diego Simeone's squad seal ...
Spanish giants, Barcelona, Real Madrid, others in action as La Liga returns
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Spanish giants, Barcelona, Real Madrid, others in action as La Liga returns

Following three months without domestic top-flight football, La Liga returns this weekend with the division’s big three—Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid—all in action. The league leaders Barca are the first team in action, taking to the field away at Real Mallorca in Saturday’s late kick-off. With 11 games to play, the Catalan giants are two points clear at the top of the table, with their advantage having been cut before the lockdown with their 2-0 Clasico defeat by Real Madrid. They’ll take encouragement from the fact that Mallorca have a miserable track record against Barca; they’re winless in their last nine league games against the leaders—drawing just one—and have conceded, on average, four per game in their last six defeats. Expect goals aplenty when Ba...
Barcelona will buy another striker, despite having Griezmann – Arsene Wenger Says
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Barcelona will buy another striker, despite having Griezmann – Arsene Wenger Says

The former Arsenal boss doesn't believe the Catalans need more fire power but can't see them resisting the temptation to add to their stocks Arsene Wenger is "convinced" Barcelona will sign another forward despite expecting improvement from Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann has struggled to hit top form in his first season at Barca, scoring 14 goals in 37 games since his €120 million ($135m) arrival from Atletico Madrid. Barca are heavily linked with a move for Inter star Lautaro Martinez, who is considered a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez. Former Arsenal manager Wenger believes Griezmann will improve, but feels Barcelona will add another forward this close season. "Barcelona has always bought the greatest players. Personally, I'm not sure that Suarez needs to ...
Berbatov views Grealish as best fit for Man Utd over Saul, Sancho
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Berbatov views Grealish as best fit for Man Utd over Saul, Sancho

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov wants to see Jack Grealish signed in the summer. United are linked with several stars for the coming transfer window, with Jadon Sancho said to be at the top of their list. But Berbatov thinks among those linked to the club, Grealish is the one who is the best fit. Berbatov told BetFair: "Manchester United have been linked with Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid again. "For me looking at the situation, Pogba is back, Fernandes is there, they have McTominay who needs to play regularly because he's young and is doing so well, Mata is there, Matic is there who is great at what he does and to put one more in the mix is only okay if you are going to use them and have them playing regularly because that transfer will probably cost a lot...
Man Utd-linked Saul interesting ‘a lot of clubs’ as agent speaks out amid transfer rumours
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Man Utd-linked Saul interesting ‘a lot of clubs’ as agent speaks out amid transfer rumours

Jonathan Barnett admits that a midfielder starring for Atletico Madrid is a man in demand, while he is also tipping Jack Grealish for the top Manchester United are among those to have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, and the 25-year-old’s agent admits that “a lot of clubs want him”. Interest in the classy Spain international should come as no surprise, given the standing he now enjoys in the European game. After stepping out of Atletico’s famed academy system, Saul has gone on to take in 286 senior appearances for the Liga giants.
Ex-Chelsea Striker, Diego Costa Handed 6-month Prison Sentence and Slapped with £482k Fine by Spanish Authorities in Tax Fraud Case
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Ex-Chelsea Striker, Diego Costa Handed 6-month Prison Sentence and Slapped with £482k Fine by Spanish Authorities in Tax Fraud Case

Former Chelsea striker, Diego Costa made an appearance at a Madrid court on Thursday to ratify a deal he made with Spanish prosecutors to resolve a tax fraud case against him. According to AS, Costa was handed a six-month prison sentence, which he will not serve, and a total fine of €543,000 (£482,000) after the Atletico Madrid striker defrauded the Spanish state of more than €1m (£900,000) in 2014. In a court filing published last month, the 31-year-old did not declare payments of just over €5m (£4.4m) from his 2014 transfer from Atletico to Chelsea in his tax return, as well as more than €1m (£900,000) in image rights. Due to the fact that Spanish law allows penal sentences below two years for non-violent crimes to be exchanged for a financial penalty, Costa agreed to pa...
Atletico assistant Burgos to leave and pursue head coach dream
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Atletico assistant Burgos to leave and pursue head coach dream

The former goalkeeper has worked as Simeone's No. 2 for more than a decade but is now planning to strike out on his own Diego Simeone's long-time Atletico Madrid assistant German Burgos is to leave at the end of the season to pursue his ambition of becoming a head coach. Burgos was a team-mate of Simeone's at Atletico and the Argentina national team before linking up with El Cholo again as an assistant at Catania and then Racing Club. Simeone brought Burgos with him to the Spanish capital in 2011 and he helped secure La Liga glory for Atletico in the 2013-14 campaign.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul back on Man Utd radar
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Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul back on Man Utd radar

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is back on the radar of Manchester United. The Sun says United are ready to step up their pursuit of Saul, with Jesse Lingard most likely to suffer most. The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been linked with a £70m move to Old Trafford despite the continuing uncertainty over the transfer market. Lingard, who has struggled for form and fitness for well over a year, could be the one on his way should Saul arrive with a fee of around £20m mooted. Lingard has struggled for form and minutes under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Gremio defender Caio Henrique ready to rejoin Atletico Madrid
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Gremio defender Caio Henrique ready to rejoin Atletico Madrid

Gremio defender Caio Henrique is ready to rejoin Atletico Madrid. The left-back is set to be recalled early by Atletico Madrid from his loan at Gremio and has said his goodbyes to the Brazilian club. "I want to thank Gremio for the opportunity to wear this shirt, especially the president Romildo [Bolzan], our coach Renato [Portaluppi] and Klauss for all their efforts in my signing," Caio wrote on social media. "[Thank you] also to the Gremio fans, who have made a big impression on me, especially during my debut which we won against Grenal. "I hope one day to return to Gremio, who will stay in my heart forever
Barcelona Goalkeeper Neto Interesting Arsenal
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Barcelona Goalkeeper Neto Interesting Arsenal

Barcelona goalkeeper Neto is interesting Arsenal. The Daily Express says Arsenal are looking to sign Neto as back-up for Bernd Leno. Reports in Spain suggest the Catalan giants are ready to offload the Brazilian, who has been limited to a handful of appearances as Marc-Andre ter Stegen's understudy. Neto has a contract until 2022 but Arsenal could pick up the 30-year-old for a cut-price fee. Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and AC Milan are also in the hunt.
Kasim Nuhu advises Atletico Madrid’s Partey to join Arsenal
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Kasim Nuhu advises Atletico Madrid’s Partey to join Arsenal

The Ghanaian midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Kasim Nuhu has called on follow Ghana teammate and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey to leave for Arsenal. The 26-year old has been in the transfer rumour mill for months having been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Recent weeks have however seen Partey linked with Arsenal, but there has been divided opinion over whether such a move is good for his career owing to the Gunners lack of success in recent seasons.
Firmino would be a better Barcelona fit than Martinez, says Bojan
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Firmino would be a better Barcelona fit than Martinez, says Bojan

The Liverpool forward could slot more easily into the La Liga side' system than the Inter striker, according to the former Camp Nou front man Bojan Krkic believes Barcelona would be better off signing Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino than Argentinian target Lautaro Martinez. Inter striker Martinez has been strongly linked with a switch to Camp Nou at the end of the season, where he would team up with international colleague Lionel Messi, but former Barca star Bojan suspects Martinez does not have the qualities that Barca require, given their shape and playing style. He has warned signing another out-and-out striker could prove an error, after the difficulty Antoine Griezmann has encountered in settling following his move from Atletico Madrid.
West Ham eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera
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West Ham eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera

West Ham are eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera. The Mexico captain only moved to Atletico last summer from Porto, though could be tempted to London this summer. The 30 year-old has a deal to 2022 and after only 14 starts this season is considering his options. The Independent says West Ham are keen where manager David Moyes can offer Herrera regular first team football. Any sale will represent a profit for Atleti, with Herrera having joined in a Bosman transfer
Conte wouldn’t last a season at Real Madrid, says Costa
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Conte wouldn’t last a season at Real Madrid, says Costa

The pair won a Premier League title together at Chelsea but were also involved in a high-profile feud Antonio Conte may have won league titles in Italy and England, but the Inter coach would not last a season in charge of Real Madrid, according to Diego Costa. The Italian is regarded as one of Europe's top coaches following spells in charge of Juventus and Chelsea. Conte won three consecutive Serie A titles with the Bianconeri and spent two years in England, where he guided the Blues to Premier League and FA Cup success. During his spell at Chelsea, Conte had run-ins with Costa and told the striker via text message that he was not wanted at the club. The Spain international eventually left to return to Atletico Madrid and has been a vocal critic of the coach and Chelsea since ...
Bouna Sarr unfazed by transfer speculation on Marseille future
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Bouna Sarr unfazed by transfer speculation on Marseille future

The Senegalese full-back has been the attraction of a couple of European clubs Marseille right-back Bouna Sarr has stated that he is not paying attention to the transfer speculation surrounding his future at the club. A number of European clubs that include Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and West Ham, are a rumoured to be interested in securing the 28-year old of Senegalese and Guinean descent. Marseille is willing to let go of some of their key players in a bid to generate revenue, but it would come at the cost of losing their best legs in the Champions League which they are poised to reach for the first time since 2013 as they are presently second in Ligue 1. "Now, I don't necessarily pay attention to that detail [transfer speculation]. I pay attention to my career," Sarr told FootMe...
Partey’s representatives deny Atletico Madrid midfielder is in negotiations with Arsenal
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Partey’s representatives deny Atletico Madrid midfielder is in negotiations with Arsenal

JJ Sports claim it's "totally untrue" that the player is discussing a switch to Emirates Stadium after quotes emerged from his father Thomas Partey is not in discussions with Arsenal over a possible move to Emirates Stadium, according to the Atletico Madrid midfielder's representatives. The player's father, Jacob Partey, had told Ghana-based radio station Tru FM that talks with the Gunners were taking place and that he would be happy if he made the switch to join Mikel Arteta's side. He said: "I called my son after hearing the rumours and he told me that the rumours are true. He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal. It all depends on the offer Atletico are demanding.
Atletico Madrid prioritise deal for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette
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Atletico Madrid prioritise deal for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette

Atletico Madrid have placed Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette top of their summer shopping list. AS says Atletico management have prioritised Lacazette's signing, confident the Gunners are prepared to sell. It emerged earlier this week that Real Madrid had been offered the Frenchman by Arsenal after making an enquiry for skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The sticking point for Atletico is the lack of free spending cash to meet Arsenal's valuation. It's suggested they will have to sell Diego Costa first to raise the necessary funds to meet the Londoners' asking price for Lacazette.
Atletico knew they could beat Liverpool, says Trippier
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Atletico knew they could beat Liverpool, says Trippier

Liverpool’s players react after Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions league Round of 16 second leg football match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 11, 2020. JAVIER SORIANO / AFP Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier said his side always believed they could stun Liverpool after the Spanish club sent the holders crashing out of the Champions League on Wednesday. Atletico beat Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield for a 4-2 aggregate triumph in the last 16 second leg. Having won the first leg 1-0, Atletico were heading out after goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino for Liverpool. But Marcos Llorente came off the bench to score twice for Atletico befo...
Adrian horror error crashed Liverpool out of Champions League
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Adrian horror error crashed Liverpool out of Champions League

Liverpool thought they had the tie won in extra-time when Roberto Firmino scored his first at Anfield since April 9, 2019, against Porto, to establish a 2-1 aggregate lead. Yet from there the game simply got away from them as time slipped remorselessly by; with every Atletico Madrid goal, Liverpool's task grew exponentially.  First they needed to score one more in 23 minutes, then two in 15 minutes, then three with just a minute left. And Madrid know how to defend a lead like that. The moment substitute Marcos Llorente put them ahead on aggregate, Liverpool looked done. Ultimately, Madrid scored three in 23 extra-time minutes, as the European champions reeled. Records fell, too. This is Liverpool's first Anfield defeat this season, the first here for Jurgen Klopp in Europe and bri...
Champions League: Liverpool Get Major Boost Ahead of Atletico Madrid Clash
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Champions League: Liverpool Get Major Boost Ahead of Atletico Madrid Clash

Liverpool has been handed a significant injury boost ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night at Anfield. The Reds confirmed this in a post on their official website that captain, Jordan Henderson, has returned to Liverpool’s first-team training at Melwood after recovering from injury. Henderson is now in contention to feature against Atletico Madrid tonight. The midfielder missed Liverpool’s Premier League 2-1 win against Bournemouth last weekend due to a hamstring injury. “Henderson is ready, but what we do with that, I do not know, or maybe I know, and I do not say,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, told a pre-match press conference. Liverpool was defeated...
“Don’t Know If Liverpool Are Ready But I’m Backing Them” – Former MLS Star On Atletico Madrid Clash
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“Don’t Know If Liverpool Are Ready But I’m Backing Them” – Former MLS Star On Atletico Madrid Clash

Former MLS midfielder Alejandro Moreno has admitted he is not sure if Liverpool are ready to take on Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, but is supporting the Reds to take care of business in the Champions League. Liverpool came out of a flop in form with a win over Bournemouth at Anfield this weekend, but were pushed by the Cherries and question marks continued about Adrian (goalkeeper), who replaced Alisson. Moreno believes the home win over the Cherries did little to answer the questions that have been raised about the Liverpool team in recent weeks as they could have dropped points against Bournemouth. The former Venezuela international believes Atletico Madrid will be up for the second leg at Anfield and he is not sure that Liverpool are prepared to take on Diego Simeone’s side...
‘It Is Not Over’: Klopp Warns Liverpool After Unbeaten Run Ends
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‘It Is Not Over’: Klopp Warns Liverpool After Unbeaten Run Ends

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted the title is not won yet after his side were beaten for the first time in 45 games in the Premier League as Watford thrashed the European champions 3-0 on Saturday. Klopp’s men still enjoy a 22-point lead at the top of the table and need a maximum of four wins from their remaining 10 games to secure a first league title for 30 years. However, defeat at Vicarage Road continues a downturn in form as they sneaked past relegation-threatened Norwich and West Ham in their two previous league games and lost the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie to Atletico Madrid. “What the boys did so far is exceptional but it is not over,” said Klopp. “We did not expect the number of games we won. It was never easy and it will never be easy, ...
Carragher Reveals Liverpool’s Weakness After 1-0 Defeat to Atletico Madrid
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Carragher Reveals Liverpool’s Weakness After 1-0 Defeat to Atletico Madrid

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, has admitted that the team still lacks “real creativity” in midfield. Carragher stated this following the Reds’ 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday. Saul Niguez’s early strike was enough for the LaLiga side to seal a narrow win. Liverpool failed to get a shot on target and Carragher believes it typifies their problems in the middle. He told ViaSport: “Well it was a really frustrating night for Liverpool. We knew how Atletico would play, Jurgen Klopp knew. “Liverpool didn’t get too frustrated but they couldn’t create anything, they don’t have real creativity, certainly in midfield. That’s always been a problem.”
Klopp Explains Mane’s Substitution, Updates on Henderson’s Injury
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Klopp Explains Mane’s Substitution, Updates on Henderson’s Injury

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, has explained why he substituted forward, Sadio Mane, during his side’s Champions League 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at the Wanda Metropolitano. He also provided the latest injury update on captain, Jordan Henderson, after the England international sustained a knock against Atletico Madrid. Klopp’s men were defeated at the Wanda Metropolitano after Saul Niguez scored the only goal of the encounter to give Diego Simeone’s side an advantage ahead of the second-leg tie next month. “I substituted Sadio Mane because he was targeted to get another yellow card after he received the first one,” Klopp told BT Sport. “He played very well in the first-half, and what Atletico Madrid players wanted was to make sure Mane got a yello...
Simeone Reveals Why Atletico Madrid Defeated Liverpool
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Simeone Reveals Why Atletico Madrid Defeated Liverpool

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, has disclosed that his side defeated Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg encounter on Tuesday night because his players started very well and got an early goal. He also hailed his players for their impressive performances against Jurgen Klopp’s side. Simeone’s men defeated the Premier League leaders at the Wanda Metropolitano, thanks to an early goal from Saul Niguez. Speaking after the match, Simeone was quoted by Atletico Madrid’s official website as saying: “We started very well and found a goal against Liverpool, and then we understood that we could defend well against them regardless of where the match took us. “This is one of those nights that you never forget, beating the best team in the world. “My player...
Klopp Reveals Those Responsible for Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat to Atletico
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Klopp Reveals Those Responsible for Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat to Atletico

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has claimed the hostile fans inside the Wanda Metropolitano affected his Liverpool team and influenced the referee, following their 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid. The Champions League holders suffered a rare loss in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday against the Spanish club. Saul Niguez scored the only goal in the opening five minutes, as Diego Simeone’s men claimed a big win. “We speak about Anfield and the power a stadium can have, and tonight we saw it. They got a result, the stadium wasn’t here to see sensational football, they got the result and so they are happy. “It was difficult for the referee to deal with the atmosphere tonight,” Klopp told BT Sport after the game. Klopp however warned Atletico to expect a similar reception, wh...
Champions League: Del Piero Calls Salah ‘God’
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Champions League: Del Piero Calls Salah ‘God’

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, has hailed Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah as a ‘God’ in football. Del Piero said this ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night. According to him, the Egyptian international has improved greatly in his style of play since leaving AS Roma for Liverpool in 2017. “Mohamed Salah is now a God and not only in Egypt,” Del Piero was quoted by Goal as saying. “I remember when he was playing for AS Roma, he had a lot of chances to score in front of goal and missed it. “And presently he has improved at Liverpool and he has scored more than thirty goals in a season. “It is the best thing for him because he has the mentality to improve and grow.” Salah has scored 18 goals in all c...
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Michael Owen Predicts Champions League Clash
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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Michael Owen Predicts Champions League Clash

Former Premier League and La Liga striker, Michael Owen, has given his prediction for tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. Atletico Madrid will host Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg fixture. Diego Simeone’s side head to the match following a 2-2 draw with Valencia in La Liga last weekend, while the Reds defeated Norwich City 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. Providing his prediction, Owen was quoted by Sport Review as saying: “Liverpool goes into Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium with almost fully fit squad where they won their sixth Champions League trophy last June. “Diego Simeone’s side is unbeaten in their last t...
Klopp Predicts Team that Might take Trophy from Liverpool
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Klopp Predicts Team that Might take Trophy from Liverpool

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has named Juventus as favourites to win the Champions League this season. Klopp, whose team won the competition last year, says he is not sure they can retain the trophy. The Reds travel to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 clash on Tuesday. Juve have not gone past the quarter-finals in any of the last three seasons, but Klopp feels they can win it this time around. “Juventus were my favourites before the season started but obviously I don’t watch Italian football enough because I cannot work out why they are not 10 points ahead at the top of Serie A. “They have the biggest squad I have ever seen in my life; quality players too, it’s crazy. “I have no clue how far we can go but there’s no need to think about it yet beca...