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‘Every top team has a killer’ – Barca president defends why signing a 34-year-old striker

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'Every top team has a killer' - Barca president defends why signing a 34-year-old striker

“Today Barcelona will not repeat the mistakes of the past,” Barcelona president Joan Laporta said to Barca TV.

“We will move with caution, and we will not have players who do not adapt to our conditions.”

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“Every top team has a ‘killer’ striker up top. Now, we have secured that too.”

“If you have noticed, we have signed players who are in the middle age bracket. Those who are 25, 26, 27. We didn’t have them before,” Laporta added.

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Some Barca fans have hammered Barca for spending vigorously on Lewandowski, with one Barca fan on Reddit saying “Laporta is selling the future of our club.”

In any case, there could be no more excellent striker out there in Europe compare with a forward who scored 50 goals for his previous club last season.

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Barcelona burned through 50 million euros on Lewandowski.

Source: Barca TV

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Barcelona set price tag on Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Barcelona set price tag on Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Barcelona have placed a £21million price tag on Chelsea move target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as indicated by reports.

The cash-strapped Catalan giants are endeavoring to raise funds in a bid to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City.

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To do this, club authorities will offload three players, including Aubameyang.

Chelsea are known to be keen on signing the striker following the takeoffs of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

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However, new owner Todd Bohely should propose a huge expense to push the arrangement across the line.

According to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, Barcelona will not entertain any offers less than £21m for Aubameyang.

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The club want to receive at least half the fee they paid out to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, which came to a total of £42.5m.

That is despite the fact that they signed Aubameyang on a FREE TRANSFER from Arsenal just eight months ago.

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Real Madrid boss picks replacement as him set to rotate Modric more this season

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Real Madrid boss picks replacement as him set to rotate Modric more this season

With a World Cup to be played mid-season this year, Carlo Ancelotti plans to rotate Luka Modric more often in the 2022/23 term, Diario AS say.

The player who to replace him in the Real Madrid midfield – with Toni Kroos Casemiro still undisputed starters – would be Aurelien Tchouameni.

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Notwithstanding him being a defensive midfielder normally, Ancelotti accepts the Frenchman can play higher up the pitch.

It would definitely be surprising to see the coach use Tchouameni in a more advanced role when he has options like Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos on the bench.

We already say Modric start on the bench in the first league game this season, with Camavinga playing in his place. However, the coach had to bring the veteran on already at halftime.

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Source: Diario AS

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Report: Converse between Man Utd and Adrien Rabiot slow down

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Report: Converse between Man Utd and Adrien Rabiot slow down

Adrien Rabiot’s move to Man United is at risk, according to several sources.

Fabrizio Romano claims that United still find Rabiot’s salary demands too high, so an agreement on personal terms can’t be reached.

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Gianluca Di Marzio adds that the negotiations have slowed down with the Juventus player.

Besides, Rabiot remains unconvinced about Manchester United as his destination this season as they won’t play in the Champions League.

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Earlier reports claimed that Rabiot’s representatives have reached an agreement over the personal terms with Man United – but such claims appear to be wide of the mark now.

Source: Fabrizio Romano | Gianluca Di Marzio

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