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Philippe Coutinio to Barcelona Saga Takes Yet Another Twist

Image Credit: Liverpool Thailand Fanclub FC (LTF. Football Club) via Facebook

It’s no secret that Barcelona have had star Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho firmly in their sights this transfer window. The Catalan giants have already had three previous bids rejected by the club as they look to hang on to their prized star player as they start a season that will see them back in Europe’s top tier of football.

Barca’s latest offer, believed to be somewhere in the vicinity of  £114 million, was rejected and the owners of Liverpool, Fenway Sports Group, along with manager Jurgen Klopp, both remain adamant that he is absolutely not for sale. The Spanish organisation is testing the resolve of the club, though, and according to recent reports, they are preparing one more huge offer of £138m. This would comprise of an initial payment of £101m, with £37m in add-ons and bonuses.   

Barca have continually said that they are on the verge of signing Coutinho and the Spanish press has been announcing that his arrival at the Camp Nou is imminent. Even Barcelona’s general manager, Pep Segura, has claimed that a deal was close. However, in every interview that Klopp has conducted, he has repeatedly told the press that these rumours were false, and that the Reds supporters have nothing to worry about. 


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On top of this mess, Coutinho has expressed his desire to leave the club to both manager and owner. Now it looks as though he is getting ready to talk to the press about his unhappiness with the club, and how they have handled the situation, as well at expressing his discontent and the management’s decision to not let him leave.

He has missed the opening four games of the season so far due to an apparent back injury – but many believe that he is not playing because of his intentions to leave England and make the move to Spain. It was widely predicted that Liverpool would struggle without their key midfielder; however, three wins and an unlucky draw has a lot of fans questioning if they actually need him at the club anymore.

The side has qualified for Champions League football after defeating German outfit Hoffenheim 6-3 on aggregate, and taken seven points in their opening three Premier League fixtures. They don’t seem to be in any immediate trouble at this point in time, and if you look at their upcoming game against a tough opponent like Man City, for example, Liverpool are only the narrow underdogs at 16/5 to take the three points. This shows that the depth in the squad, as well as the new signings that have come in during the transfer window, can adequately cover his absence.   

It’s never positive to have a player in the club that takes the attention away from the actual football, and it can often lead to animosity between the players. In some cases, the tension can even spread out onto the football pitch and that’s when it can cause real damage to the team. Management will undoubtedly want to make sure this doesn’t happen and there needs to be some resolution to this issue quickly.

Neymar interested in Premier league

The Barcelona forward has long been linked with a switch to Old Trafford and has revealed that “any player” would like to play under the Portuguese

Barcelona sensation Neymar has talked up a possible move to Manchester United, insisting that every player would like to work with Jose Mourinho.

The Brazil international has long been linked with a switch to Old Trafford, with newspaper reports in February suggesting that United were ready to launch a £200 million bid, can’t see this happening and are putting their money on Neymar staying in Spain.

And Neymar has now opened the door to a possible move to United, insisting that Mourinho’s side are one of the teams that he admires and that “any player” would like to work with the Portuguese.

He told The Sun: “The Premier League is a championship that amazes me.

“I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes.

“I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool – these are the teams that are always there fighting.

“And then you have high-level coaches like Mourinho and Guardiola. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work.

“In the Premier League you never know who is going to win or who will be champions, it is always a surprise.

“Leicester are very good. They had a great season last year, they were Premier League champions and therefore we need to respect them if we draw them in the Champions League.”

Neymar has enjoyed a productive 2016-17 campaign with Barca so far, scoring 14 goals in all competitions.

The Catalan club are trailing Real Madrid in the Liga title race by two points, with Zinedine Zidane’s side also having a game in hand over their fierce rivals. You can find some out of this interview for sure.

Barca are also in the hunt for Champions League glory, with Neymar having set a record for assists in that particular competition, and will face Juventus in the quarter-finals following a miraculous comeback win over PSG.

Clubs that could sign Payet this summer














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After joining West Ham United as a relatively unknown quantity last season, French midfielder Dmitri Payet has taken the footballing world by storm with his performances in the Premier League and indeed this summer’s European Championship. After scoring two stunning goals for his native France who are 4/1 to win the tournament, according to the Euro 2016 betting when this article was produced, the 29-year-old has now become one of the most sought after players on the planet and there will surely be no shortage of clubs after his signature this summer. Such is the impact he’s made in such a relatively short space of time, it’s likely only the biggest and best clubs will have what it takes to pry him away from East London this year.

Here at Dream Transfers, we take a look at a clutch of clubs from different leagues who could land the attacking midfielder’s signature.

Premier League – Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City.

Big name managers adorned with even bigger budgets is the reason Man United, Chelsea and Manchester City will be the front-runners (should they wish to be) of Payet’s signature. Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte are all in their own right, world class managers and will no doubt have the pulling power to tempt Payet to make a switch this summer. With Chelsea and Manchester United looking to atone for their disastrous EPL seasons which saw them fail to qualify for Champions League football, under the stewardship of Mourinho and Conte, these two English giants will be looking to make a statement this year and signing a player in the mould of exciting attacker Payet could be the best way to set out their stall in the summer transfer window.

La Liga – Barcelona

Whilst arguably more suited to Real Madrid, there’s not many players who’d turn down the opportunity to share a pitch with Lionel Messi. With rumours pointing towards the departure of Brazilian winger Neymar this summer, although not specifically in the same position, Payet could be one player brought in to replace him.

Ligue 1 – Paris Saint Germain

There was only ever going to be one club from Payet’s homeland that would realistically have a chance of snapping him up this summer. After winning the French first tier in a canter (again) last season, money bags PSG could put an offer on the table too lucrative for the French international to turn down. With the added incentive that he would be able to see out his later footballing years back in his native France, the Ligue 1 outfit are another club who shouldn’t be written off in the race for Payet’s signature.

Götze at Liverpool

Transfers and signing players are one of the trickiest aspects of modern football and identifying the best signings for a season often proves to be the most difficult part of the job of a manager. Many managers have been sacked because they didn’t manage to bring in the players that were right for the team and as a result their teams underperformed. Often clubs sell players in which they see no potential, only to see those very same players compete on a top level at another club.


One Can Never Know with Transfers

There are no rules with transfers and most players often follow only their instinct, their gut feeling when they’re making a crucial transfer decision. Leicester City is often pointed our recently as one of the clubs that managed to buy some top quality players for peanuts. On the other hand, Manchester United under Van Gaal is often pointed out as an opposite example – a club that made terrible transfers these past two seasons.

Often predicting a player’s future at a club is as difficult as predicting where the ball will land on the Roulette wheel, or what is the next dealer’s card at Blackjack. Football transfers have changed a lot recently. Players are very expensive compared to the past, and a lot of clubs spare no expense when they’re trying to sign a player who the manager sees as a perfect fit. Casinos have also changed and many players nowadays play casino games on their mobile phones, instead of going to a traditional casino. There are even a few types of mobile no deposit bonuses that casinos offer in their attempt to attract more players.


Klopp Will Surely Sign New Players

Ever since Jürgen Klopp arrived at Anfield, there have been rumours of future transfer prospects. The German surprised many when he didn’t sign anyone during the Winter transfer window, but it is more than certain that he’ll make quite a few additions to the Merseyside Reds during the Summer and he’ll sure sell some of the current players. There have been rumours for some of the players that we’re satisfied under Klopp in Borussia Dortmund and even though nothing has been confirmed yet, there’s one particular possible transfer that drew everybody’s attention.















Götze and Klopp Know Each Other Very Well

Götze was apparently unsettled at Bayern Munich and he wanted to play for Klopp once again, after the two had great cooperation at Dortmund. It has been reported that he even was interested about the life in Liverpool and has been asking around. Many people know claim that it would be a wise choice for the 23-year old to join his former manager in England. Klopp himself is quite confident that he’ll manage to sign Mario. Moreover, three Liverpool players have publicly announced that they would want Götze in their team and they’ve urged the German to join them. A price of £20m has already been mentioned in British media and if Bayern are willing to sell him at that prize it is more than certain that Klopp will try to strengthen his midfield with this great talent.

Chelsea Interested In Signing N’Koulou

Chelsea have had their fair share of problems this season and defence has been one of them. They started the season as the Premier League champions, and one of their most distinguishing qualities last season was their water tight defence. In fact, they only conceded 32 goals in their title winning season, which is rather astonishing when you compare it to the 29 goals they have leaked so far this season.


Players like Terry, Ivanovic, Cahil, and even Azpilicueta, have all been a shadow of their former selves. John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic have made a drastic regression in particular, with the former relegated to the Blues’ bench on several occasions, and the latter being blamed by supporters as the weakest member of the team.

Both Terry’s and Ivanovic’s contracts are up this summer and it doesn’t seem like the Chelsea hierarchy are drawing up contract extensions. In fact, as soon as the transfer window reopened rumors started circling that Ivanovic was going to join AC Milan or their city rivals Inter Milan, while Terry has been making noises of testing himself in the MLS.

With these two defensive stalwarts on their way out (or at most relegated to fringe players) next season, Chelsea will be left with just Cahil and Zouma as their only recognizable central defence pairing. As impressive as Zouma has been this season, Chelsea will still have to find him a solid partner, as Cahil has been playing rather poorly recently.

Admittedly, they do have an impressive youngster in Andreas Christensen, who has been playing regularly while on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, but he is still too green to be considered as the main cog of Chelsea’s defensive machinery. Other than him it’s only this year’s deadline day signing Pappy Djilobodji, but his existence is still hotly debated among Chelsea fans, with some saying that he is real and has played for around 10 seconds in a cup game, while others claim that he is just a figment of their imagination.

Joking aside, it is inevitable that Chelsea will start thinking about defensive reinforcements sooner or later, and if you believe some of the reports coming from France and England they may have already lodged several bids for players. John Stones is a long term target, and several British outlets have already speculated that he will start a bidding war between Chelsea and Manchester United this January or in the summer.

Reports from France, however, claim that, in addition to Stones, Chelsea are also interested in signing Olympique Marseille’s defender Nicolas N’Koulou. The Cameroon international has made 182 appearances for his club since arriving from Monaco in 2011 for 3.5M€, and has established himself as one of the key members of the squad. In his first season with Olympique Marseille, he won the French League Cup in 2012, but ever since then his trophy cabinet has been empty. This lack of major titles and awards, and the fact that his contract is up this summer, might make him reconsider his future and join the reigning champions of England.


He is still only 25 and a move to a more competitive league will probably be the right step in his career. He will also be a free agent in the summer and will be able to negotiate more lucrative wages and bonuses, since there won’t be any transfer fee being paid to the French club. He may even choose to negotiate bonuses as high as those offered at, considered to be one of the best UK online casino sites.

Most reports claim that if the transfer happens, it will be in the summer. And that seems quite logical, since Chelsea’s current manager, Guus Hiddink has ‘interim’ next to his name, meaning that he will only lead the club until the end of the season, and the new manager might want to assess the signing of the Cameroon international before he gives the go ahead for the transfer.

However, we shouldn’t be surprised if the transfer is concluded during the January transfer window, as Chelsea have already done similar types of business in the past. Gary Cahill joined the London Blues in January 2012 with only six months remaining on his contract, as Chelsea decided that they would rather pay to Bolton and sign the defender in January, than sign him as a free agent in the summer of that year. Considering the state of the Chelsea defence this season, this might also be the case with N’Koulou who might need to pack his bags sooner than he thinks.

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