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Coutinho set to stay as Barca rule out another loan

first_img The only way Coutinho will leave the Camp Nou this summer is if a club comes in with a huge offer to sign him permanently. However, in the current economic climate, the chances of that happening are practically impossible. Bayern Munich refused to pay the 120 million euro option to buy after the 28-year-old’s loan in Bavaria expired at the end of last season. Read Also: PSG thought about buying Messi- LeonardoKoeman now has an extra reinforcement for his squad and plans to use Coutinho as a central midfielder this time around.Under Ernesto Valverde, the former Liverpool player was used as a winger – where he wasn’t able to perform to his high standards.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Philippe Coutinho is set to remain a Barcelona player this season. According to Marca, Ronald Koeman has told the club that he wants to keep the Brazilian, who had been listed on the market for some months. Now, Barcelona have ruled out the possibility of the midfielder leaving on loan for the coming campaign.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phonelast_img read more

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Europa League: Eriksen scores first Inter Milan goal, Ajax lose at Getafe

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for the club since last month’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to set up a 2-0 win at Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League on Thursday. Manchester United were held 1-1 at Club Brugge and Getafe pulled off a surprise 2-0 home win over last year’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax in other round-of-32, first-leg ties. Inter were frustrated by more than an hour by their Bulgarian opponents until Eriksen fired a low shot into the net from just outside the penalty area in the 71st minute. Romelu Lukaku sealed the win with a stoppage-time penalty, the Belgian striker’s 22nd goal of the season, after Anicet Andrianantenaina was judged to have handled following a VAR review. United were quickly in trouble in Belgium when Emmanuel Dennis lobbed the ball over Sergio Romero to give Brugge a 15th-minute lead. But Anthony Martial levelled in the 36th minute when he raced through to place a shot past Simon Mignolet. United, with new midfield signing Bruno Fernandes on the bench, struggled to create many chances, although conditions were difficult with heavy rain and a strong wind. Brazilian pair Deyverson and Kenedy scored in each half for Getafe against Ajax. Deyverson finished off a well-worked free kick to celebrate his European debut for the La Liga club with a goal after 38 minutes and Kenedy broke clear to add a second in the last minute. In other matches, Daichi Kamada scored a hat-trick to help Eintracht Frankfurt to a 4-1 win over coach Adi Huetter’s former club RB Salzburg. Viktor Kovalenko scored the winner as Shakhtar Donetsk beat Benfica 2-1 and Sporting defeated Istanbul Basaksehir 3-1. Youssef En-Nesyri equalised as Sevilla rescued a 1-1 draw at Cluj after Ciprian Deac had given the Romanians the lead with a penalty. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AjaxANthony MartialChristian EriksenEuropa LeagueInter MilanLudogorets RazgradManchester Unitedlast_img read more

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Newcastle stun Chelsea 2-0

first_imgYoan Gouffran and Loic Remy scored second-half goals to give Newcastle a deserved victory over in-form Chelsea at St James’ Park.Chelsea, on the back of six straight wins, edged the first-half as John Terry hit the bar and had a header cleared off the line.However, the Magpies dominated after the break and went ahead when Gouffran headed home Yohan Cabaye’s free-kick.Victory was sealed when Remy curled in a shot from Vurnon Anita’s pass.And while it may still take supporters some time to forget last weekend’s defeat against rivals Sunderland, this result gives more promise of steady progression following the draw against Liverpool and victory at Cardiff which preceded that derby day dejection.Their victory over Chelsea, who started the day second in the Premier League, was built on a disciplined defensive display and a powerful second-half performance which overwhelmed their below-par visitors. Chelsea playmakers Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard were not given room to dictate play, meaning Fernando Torres was starved of the service which helped him earn such praise in the aftermath of last weekend’s victory over Manchester City.Newcastle kept their shape well, limiting Chelsea to just two chances in a fairly subdued first-half – both of them from set-pieces.First John Terry nipped in front of Mike Williamson to head Mata’s corner against the bar before Davide Santon stooped to head the former England skipper’s goal-bound header off the line.Chelsea might have been dominating possession and pressing Newcastle back when they did lose the ball, but they lacked the penetration to break down their resolute hosts.It also served to offer Newcastle encouragement, and the home side gradually seized control after the break – Chelsea keeper Petr Cech having to be alert to deny Moussa Sissoko and Gouffran. The pressure finally told in the 68th minute when Gouffran nipped in front of Branislav Ivanovic to head home Yohan Cabaye’s free-kick.It appeared Alan Pardew had instructed Cabaye to put the free-kick where he did, and the Newcastle manager was certainly getting the better of Mourinho in this particular tactical battle.Samuel Eto’o, Willian and Andre Schurrle were all introduced from the bench by the Chelsea boss, and Eto’o appealed for a penalty when his shot was deflected wide via Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s hand.Willian also had a shot saved while Eto’o’s follow-up was blocked by Mathieu Debuchy.The game looked up for Chelsea when Eden Hazard dragged a shot wide from 12 yards out and so it proved as Remy scored his sixth goal of the season via the inside of the post. It sealed a superb performance by the hosts, who move up to ninth in the Premier League, while Mourinho, who has never won at St James’ Park, saw his side drop to third behind Liverpool.last_img read more

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Tommy Pham trade grades: Rays keep churning; Padres take step forward

first_imgUPDATE: The teams announced the trade Friday evening: Pham and Cronenworth from Tampa Bay to San Diego in exchange for Dozier, Edwards and a player to be named.UPDATE 2: Snell apologized to Edwards for calling him a name. Snell says he was upset that the Rays traded Pham and meant no disrespect toward Edwards. He will be joining a San Diego outfield group that includes Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, Franchy Cordero, Josh Naylor and Grisham. Expect Preller to explore deals involving part of that group at next week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego.Cronenworth, 25, moves this grade up slightly. His hitting took a leap last season at Triple-A Durham (a professional career-high 10 home runs and .949 OPS) and he also showed promise on the mound (two unearned runs allowed in seven appearances, primarily as an opener, covering 7 1/3 innings). The former University of Michigan closer did have trouble throwing strikes, however (eight walks).Overall: It’s always interesting with these teamsAs always, the Rays are trying to stay strong and save money. The Padres are spending more to become slightly better. The last big trade between the organizations, in December 2014, became known for the Nationals getting Trea Turner from the Padres as part of a complicated three-team swap. Five years later, it’s Edwards leaving the Padres’ organization, this time straight to the Rays. ORIGINAL ARTICLE:The Rays and Padres were nearing completion of a trade early Friday that would send outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth from Tampa Bay to San Diego in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, middle infield prospect Xavier Edwards and a second prospect or a player to be named, according to multiple reports.Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (subscription required) reported that the teams will announce the trade later Friday after medical records are reviewed. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that a swap was close (subscription required).WINTER MEETINGS 2019: Dates, rumors, top FAs availableWhen completed, the trade will be San Diego’s third in 10 days. The Padres acquired infielder Jurickson Profar from the A’s in exchange for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named on Dec. 2, and they acquired right-hander Kyle Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers on Nov. 27 in exchange for left-hander Eric Lauer, infielder Luis Urias and a player to be named.The Rays will be making their fourth trade of the offseason, with the previous biggest name being Jose De Leon.SN grades what has been reported about the Pham-Renfroe swap:Rays: B+The plus is for Edwards, a 20-year-old second baseman/shortstop who was No. 5 in MLB Pipeline’s ranking of Padres prospects. The knock on him appears to be a lack of power (just one home run in 756 minor league plate appearances), but he has shown early signs of a strong hit tool (.328/.395/.399 slash line in those PAs) and top speed (56 career steals). Rays left-hander Blake Snell, in his real-time reaction to the trade, sounded unimpressed by Edwards, whom he called a “slapd—” prospect. The Padres drafted Edwards 38th overall in 2018 out of a South Florida high school.Renfroe, 27, is four years younger than the 31-year-old Pham and has more raw power (a career-high 33 home runs in 2019). He also possesses one of the best outfield throwing arms in the game, something that would make him a fit in right field and allow Austin Meadows to take Pham’s place in left. On the flip side, Renfroe is far worse than Pham at getting on base (a .289 OBP in 2019 despite a career-high 46 walks). Topkin pointed out that Renfroe played with a bone spur in his right foot in the second half and had surgery in October.As is usually the case, Tampa Bay will be saving a lot of money with the trade. MLB Trade Rumors projects Renfroe will make $3.4 million next year in arbitration, far less than half of Pham’s $8.6 million arb projection. The Rays will also gain two extra years of control: Renfroe won’t be eligible to become a free agent until after the 2023 season; Pham can become a free agent after the 2021 season.Padres: BThe deal shows how serious general manager A.J. Preller is about trying to make the roster stronger in 2020.Pham slashed .273/.369/.450 (119 OPS+) with 21 home runs in 2019; that power output was in line with his previous two seasons (23 in 2017, 21 in 2018). He also adds speed to the offense (he tied a career high with 25 stolen bases last season), although Fangraphs’ calculations pegged him as a barely above-average baserunner. His corner defense (1 DRS in left field in 2019) should play OK at Petco Park.Pham will also add a fiery on-field persona, which should come in handy in games vs. the NL West-rival Dodgers and Giants.last_img read more

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