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Report: Barcelona reach agreement in principle with Hansi Flick

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Report: Barcelona reach agreement in principle with Hansi Flick

Hansi Flick is set to become the next coach of FC Barcelona, following a successful meeting in London between the club’s representatives and Flick’s agent, Pini Zahivi.

Despite initial denials, a meeting did take place and resulted in an agreement in principle for Flick to lead Barcelona for the next two seasons, as reported by ‘El Chiringuito’ and confirmed by AS.

The club now needs to address the contract situation of current coach Xavi Hernandez and his staff.

No official communication has been made to Xavi yet, but it is expected that his dismissal will be explained to him in a meeting with the Sports Commission, led by Deco, after the match against Sevilla on Sunday.

This decision will then be endorsed by the Board of Directors on Thursday.

The key issue now is whether there will be an economic settlement for Xavi’s departure. It is reported that Xavi is willing to forego a significant portion of his remaining contract year if the club commits to fulfilling the contracts of his assistants.

However, Xavi had previously stated his willingness to forego his entire remaining contract when he announced his deferred resignation in January.

Xavi’s current situation is delicate, with no official news from the club, mounting external pressure, and speculation about Flick’s appointment.

Despite this, Xavi must focus on preparing the team for the match against Sevilla and handling press conferences amid the uncertainty surrounding his future.

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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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