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Lawyer claims former Barcelona star Dani Alves is broke as alleged rape trial begins

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Former Barcelona, Sevilla, and Brazil defender Dani Alves appeared in court today as the first day of his trial began. The 40-year-old is facing accusations of rape and has spent the past year in prison awaiting his trial, under custody as a potential flight risk.

According to MD, Alves is set to testify last in the case, which includes 28 witnesses, including his wife Joana Sanz, who separated from him after the scandal broke.

Alves’ lawyer stated that her client has a negative bank balance of €20k and a legal embargo on €50k worth of assets, although Marca reports his fortune to be around €55m.

The defence argued that Alves did not have the right to a fair and equal trial. They claimed that Alves was not tested for alcohol and other drugs, which could have been considered as an extenuating circumstance to potentially reduce his sentence. Additionally, they argued that the public trial via the media had portrayed Alves unfairly as an aggressive rapist without reporting all the facts. They also stated that Alves only gave two testimonies regarding the events of the incident, contrary to the five reported publicly.

The prosecution dismissed claims of Alves having money trouble and defended that Alves, as the only public figure involved, had been afforded all the same rights as any other person. The judge rejected the request for the trial to be delayed or thrown out.

If Alves is convicted of rape, he could face a sentence of between 9 and 12 years, as well as being required to pay compensation of €150k to the victim.

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Man Utd’s full confirmed list of transfer ins and outs after summer budget emerges

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Manchester United is gearing up for a significant summer overhaul under the new football operations leadership of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos, following their purchase of a minority stake in the club.

With the decision made to retain manager Erik ten Hag, United’s focus has shifted to the transfer window. After finishing eighth in the Premier League last season, the club is eager to strengthen the squad, though they must navigate the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR). This means United’s transfer budget could be limited to £50 million, contingent on player sales.

Several players have been linked to Old Trafford, including Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, Wolves’ Matheus Cunha, and Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee. Ratcliffe’s plan involves building the team around young talents like Rasmus Hojlund, Alejandro Garnacho, and Kobbie Mainoo.

The squad revamp has already begun with the release of high earners Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial after their contracts expired. Jadon Sancho, following a public dispute with Ten Hag and a loan stint at Borussia Dortmund, is also up for sale, with United seeking around £40 million for the winger.

Mason Greenwood, after a loan spell at Getafe, is set to leave the club with interest from various European teams. Other potential departures include Victor Lindelof, Christian Eriksen, and Donny van de Beek, who are all in the final year of their contracts.

As pre-season approaches next month, United aims to complete most of their transfer business early. Mirror Football provides the latest updates on all the ins and outs at Old Trafford.

Manchester United ins

Daniel Gore – Port Vale – End of loan

Will Fish – Hibernian – End of loan

Manchester United outs

Raphael Varane – Released

Anthony Martial – Released

Brandon Williams – Released

Shola Shoretire – Released

Omari Forson – Monza – Released

Alvaro Carreras – Benfica

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Euro 2024 squads ranked by value with England at £1.29bn [Details]

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Euro 2024 squads ranked by value with England at £1.29bn [Details]

England boasts the most valuable squad at this summer’s Euros, with Gareth Southgate’s team valued at a staggering £1.29 billion.

Despite a disappointing 1-0 loss to Iceland in their final warm-up game at Wembley, England remains the favorite to win the tournament, thanks to their roster of superstar players.

Key names contributing to this high valuation include Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Declan Rice, Cole Palmer, and Bukayo Saka.

Notably, the squad’s value could have been even higher had Southgate included Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish.

England’s squad is worth £250 million more than the next highest, France, which is valued at £1.04 billion. This substantial valuation helps explain why England and France are the top favorites for the tournament.

Following England and France are Portugal with a squad worth £890 million, Spain at £820 million, and hosts Germany rounding out the top five with a valuation of £722 million.

Portugal’s squad features highly valued players like Rafael Leao, Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Palhinha, each valued at over £50 million.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s fresh stance on selling Fernandes after Man Utd contract demand

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe's fresh stance on selling Fernandes after Man Utd contract demand

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and the Manchester United hierarchy are open to offers for Bruno Fernandes as they aim to raise funds and cut wages.

Despite Fernandes’ consistent performance since joining in January 2020, financial pressures are pushing the club to consider his sale. According to the Guardian, Manchester United acknowledges Fernandes’ key role in the squad but needs to inject money back into the team and manage the wage bill.

Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho, has been in discussions with potential buyers, including Bayern Munich. Although Barcelona has been mentioned, their financial issues make them a less likely option.

Fernandes, who currently earns around £220,000 a week, is seeking a contract extension with improved terms, aiming for parity with top earners like Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. Rashford’s basic salary is approximately £365,000, while Sancho and Casemiro are in the £300,000-a-week bracket. At 29, Fernandes sees his next contract as potentially the most lucrative of his career.

Additionally, Fernandes wants clarity on the club’s direction, especially with the uncertain future of Erik ten Hag, following Manchester United’s worst Premier League season. The potential managerial change could influence several players’ decisions about their futures, including Fernandes, who has emphasized the need for the club to match his ambition.

“I love to step out at Old Trafford more than anything in the world,” Fernandes shared with the Players’ Tribune. “I don’t want to leave. This has always been my ultimate dream. I just want my expectations to fit with the expectations of the club. If you go talk to any fan, they will tell you the same thing. We want to compete for the league. We want to be playing Champions League football. We want to be in cup finals. That is the standard.”

Given their significant market value, both Rashford and Fernandes could be considered for sale if substantial offers come in, especially as Rashford has struggled to maintain top form over the past year.

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