This Neymar-to-Paris Saint-Germain rumor seems to be picking up steam, or at the very least refuses to go away. The latest development in the saga is that Barcelona will reportedly leave Neymar’s decision on whether to stay with the Catalan club or to leave for the French capital, up to him and his father. ESPN has a few sources in this story, including a PSG spokesman saying PSG are confident in being able to pay the €222 million release clause and are “95 percent“ certain of a transfer. One source also said Barcelona, behind the scenes, are tired of “playing a game that they do not want to play,“ while Barcelona’s president Josep Bartomeu said Neymar is not on the market.
Speaking of Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have told the Catalans that Anfield star Phillipe Coutinho will not be sold for any price, rejecting a £72 million (€80 million) offer. Coutinho signed a 5-year deal in January with Liverpool, and there is no release clause in the contract. One cannot help but notice the timing of the Neymar rumor and an offer for another star attacking player, as Barcelona have also been linked to Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.
Big news if you are looking forward to the next Barcelona-Real Madrid clash, as La Liga has announce the fixtures for the next season. Headlining the release, of course, are the two dates of the year where El Clasico will be played. The first will be December 20 at Santiago Bernabeu, the site where one of the best El Clasicos in recent memory was played last season, a 3-2 Barcelona win. The fixture returns to the Camp Nou on the third-to-last week of the season on May 6, a time where many expect the teams to need the win the most.
Mexico has advanced to the semifinals of the Gold Cup, beating Honduras 1-0 in Glendale, Arizona to join the like of the United States, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. Rodolfo Pizarro was the hero of the night for El Tri, connecting with the ball at the far post on the end of a scramble to put the Mexicans ahead for good. Mexico plays Jamaica in a rematch of 2015’s final, as well as a previous group stage game in this tournament, on Sunday.
It feels like every week there is some drama coming out of FIFA. Well, buckle up, because president Gianni Infantino is reportedly in hot water over disbanding the FIFA Ethics Committee while he was under investigation by that same committee. Infantino allegedly under-declared the money he spent on his election campaign, and was also under investigation for trying to improperly influence the election of a new Confederation of Africa president. Yikes.
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