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Manchester United’s billion-pound squad breaks UEFA record (Details)

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According to a UEFA report, Manchester United‘s squad at the end of last season was the most expensive ever assembled, costing a collective 1.42 billion euros (£1.21bn) in transfer fees.

This figure surpassed Real Madrid’s previous record of 1.33 billion euros in 2020.

The United squad included high-profile signings such as £82 million Brazilian winger Antony, £80 million England defender Harry Maguire, £73 million signing Jadon Sancho, and £60 million Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.

Notably, further recruits last summer like Mason Mount, Andre Onana, and Rasmus Hojlund were not included in these figures.

UEFA’s report also highlighted that Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid also had squads costing over one billion euros in transfer fees in their most recent financial year-end figures.

However, Chelsea’s figures only included spending up to June 30, 2022, and did not account for their subsequent spending.

Manchester United is among 15 English top-flight clubs identified in the report as part of a multi-club investment group. Ineos founder Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s purchase of a 25% stake in the club is nearly complete. Ineos also holds majority stakes in French side Nice and Swiss club Lausanne.

The report also noted that 105 top-division European clubs (13% of the total) have cross-investment relationships with one or more other clubs.

Despite this, the actual number of transfers between clubs in these groups remains relatively low, suggesting that these relationships are not solely driven by player transfer considerations.

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Xavi fires back at Enrique for claiming PSG would’ve won without red card

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Xavi fires back at Enrique for claiming PSG would've won without red card

“Luis Enrique said that even without the red card PSG would have won anyway and he hopes you will be the coach of Barca for many years, what do you say?” Xavi was asked.

The Barca boss replied in a fiery tone, “I say NO to both.”

Xavi’s disagreement with Enrique’s celebration of PSG’s victory may indicate his dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs at Barcelona, potentially hinting at a departure this summer.

Enrique’s exuberant reaction to PSG’s win, followed by comments boasting about his team’s superiority, contrasts with Xavi’s perspective and may suggest a difference in their visions for the club.

Despite PSG’s convincing win, it’s important to remember that Barcelona had a strong start in the match, leading by two goals at one point.

However, a pivotal moment came when Ronald Araujo’s decision to foul Bradley Barcola shifted the momentum in PSG’s favor, leading to their eventual victory.

PSG’s upcoming semi-final against Dortmund will be an intriguing matchup. During the group stage, Dortmund was unable to defeat PSG, indicating that the upcoming clash could be another challenging encounter for the German team.

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‘He’s had 48 hours’ – Arsenal boss shares update on Bukayo Saka after furious penalty demand

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'He's had 48 hours' - Arsenal boss shares update on Bukayo Saka after furious penalty demand

Bukayo Saka expressed frustration at not being awarded a penalty after a clash with Manuel Neuer during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

He confronted the referee at full-time and even followed him down the tunnel, a departure from Saka’s typically composed demeanor.

When questioned about Saka’s condition before the upcoming match against Aston Villa on Sunday, Mikel Arteta stated, “Yes, he looked fine this morning.”

“He’s had 48 hours to think about it and it’s done.”

Arteta chose not to address the incident after the game, but there was a general consensus that Saka’s contact with Neuer was minimal.

Saka faced criticism for his reaction, but given the high emotions of the game, such reactions were not uncommon.

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Barca fans set special plan for ‘ingrate’ Dembele in PSG second leg

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Barca fans set special plan for 'ingrate' Dembele in PSG second leg

Ousmane Dembele’s jubilant celebration after scoring against Barcelona for PSG has stirred up mixed reactions among Barca fans. Dembele, who spent four years at Barcelona before joining PSG, faced criticism from some Barca supporters who felt his celebration was disrespectful.

Reports suggest that some Barca fans are planning to give Dembele a hostile reception similar to the one given to Luis Figo when he moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 2000.

Many Barca fans on social media have expressed support for treating Dembele harshly during PSG’s next visit to the Camp Nou, with some labeling him as an ‘ingrate’.

Here are some reactions from fans on X.

Ustaz: “Amma super fan of Dambele but after what he did last night I’m totally disappointed 😢”

Lexy: “I will definitely be there anytime anytime that ingrate of a boy will be disgrace.”

Bryan: “Anything less than the Figo treatment would be a mercy after what he’s done”

Logan: “He deserves any sort of treatment given to him at the 2nd leg Such a disappointing player”

DesmondOris: “Whatever he sees in the second leg he should take it”

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