Sevilla threaten to take legal action against Barcelona if Super Cup opponents field too many non-EU players

Sevilla threaten to take legal action against Barcelona if Super Cup opponents field too many non-EU players

Sevilla have threatened to pull out of their Spanish Super Cup clash with Barcelona if the Catalan club’s squad contains more than three non-EU players. The traditional curtain-raiser between the La Liga champions and the Copa del Rey runners-up (Barcelona also won the cup) takes place in Morocco on Sunday evening. But the clash has been overshadowed by the confusion over which players are eligible, The Spanish football association claimed there is no limit to the number of non-EU players but Sevilla disagree. A statement from the club read “Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF’s statement 24 hours before the Super Cup. Philippe Coutinho and Malcom are two of Barcelona’s non-EU players

“It has stated that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered, despite the fact that in their last notice for the 18-19 season, only three were due to be permitted, without exception. “The club’s legal department is studying the matter and should FC Barcelona submit a team with more than three non-EU players, it would present possible ground for withdrawal on account of an improper line-up.” Barcelona want to include four non-EU players in their squad; Philippe Coutinho, Malcom, Arthur and Arturo Vidal, and insist Coutinho has now received his Portuguese passport, removing him from the equation. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique meanwhile reckons making the Spanish Super Cup a one-off game rather than a two-legged contest is a welcome development – but his coach, Ernesto Valverde, is not so sure. Lionel Messi is expected to play against Sevilla (Image: Splash News) Pique welcomed the prospect of fewer games – although he conceded that playing the game in Tangier, Morocco, was not ideal. “Anything that shortens the schedule is good for the players,” Pique said. “There are many players who haven’t played even a friendly game because if (they had) we would have had no holidays.

“Every year there are more and more games, especially in World Cup years, so playing one game rather than two is much better.” Pique admitted: “Playing in Tangier means the conditions will not be the best but we will adapt.” Valverde believes this year’s format will make the Super Cup harder to win for his side. “Playing one game makes it more open, as with a second leg you can correct things,” he said.

 

Breaking News: Paul Pogba Demands Manchester United Exit After Agreeing Contract With Barcelona

Paul Pogba Demands Manchester United Exit After Agreeing Contract With Barcelona

The 25-year-old has grown unhappy with life at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail, and now wants to move to Spain to play for La Liga giants Barca. Paul Pogba has told Manchester United he wants to leave for Barcelona. And now the board have a decision to make. The manager who looks like he wants out vs a player who wants out because of the manager.

Pogba had a meeting yesterday evening in London with Mino Raiola (not in Manchester). The player told to him that he wants to leave or he won’t play for United. The situation is limit and his only desire is to play in Barcelona. The problem is his replacement.

Pogba re-joined the Red Devils from Juventus for a then world record £89million deal but has told the club in the past 48 hours that he wishes to leave. Reportedly, the midfielder has text executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward informing him of his desperation to leave this summer transfer window – though the club has denied this. It’s thought that Pogba has already agreed on terms with Barcelona on a deal worth £89.5m over a course of five years. He will be paid £346,000 a week, but his agent Mino Raiola has denied commenting on the situation. Despite this, manager Jose Mourinho is eager to keep hold of his man.

The World Cup star said earlier this summer via the Independent: “I am not the coach. You will have to see with him. He made his choices,” stated Pogba, in quotes translated by several UK newspapers. “Have I had talks with him? Not necessarily. He took me off, like that. Like I said, I do my job he does his. I am in Manchester, I have my contract here for now. All the rest is just words. That’s it. I am concentrating on the World Cup. ”

There is the team, the coach has to make his choices. If he thinks he has to put me on the bench because I was not good or he prefers to change the system, it is his choice. This year, I have been on the bench. Pogba has just helped his national side France win the World Cup, in a tournament in which he was one of the standout performers. It’s a huge difference from his time with Man United, where his form has been fleeting, at some points showing off his unbelievable talent, while other times, his head drops and his play becomes lethargic.

Barcelona’s stunning £100M contract offer to Paul Pogba revealed

Barcelona’s stunning contract offer to Paul Pogba revealed

Barcelona have reportedly agreed terms with Paul Pogba as they step up their bid to land the Manchester United star.

The La Liga champions have had an offer of £45million plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes rejected. But according to reports in Italy, the player has already agreed to terms with Barcelona. Should United eventually accept an offer, Pogba would earn €100m (£100m) over five years at the Nou Camp.

Although the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday afternoon, Barcelona will have until the end of the month to sign Pogba. The World Cup winning midfielder returned to United in 2016 following a spell in Italy with Juventus. Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United this summer. But he has struggled to settle under Jose Mourinho with his displays for France this summer simply highlighting his ineffectiveness for his club last season. United are interested in signing Mina as they look to reinforce their defensive options but are also considering offers for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng. Everton and Lyon are also chasing Mina who is expected to leave Barcelona despite only joining in January. Gomes is another who has been told he can leave the Nou Camp during this window. United are interested in Barcelona’s Yerry Mina. Furthermore, a report in Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo suggests Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic could also be offered in exchange for Pogba. Although Barca is reluctant to sell either player, they are desperate to land Pogba. But they are expected to have a difficult time convincing either the Croatian or the Frenchman to move to the Premier League. Should Manchester United sell Paul Pogba to Barcelona?

 

What Arturo Vidal Said About Lionel Messi Resurfaces Ahead Of Barcelona Transfer

What Arturo Vidal Said About Lionel Messi Resurfaces Ahead Of Barcelona Transfer

Ahead of the pair of South Americans linking up, we remember what the robust midfielder said about Messi. Vidal has been subject to intense transfer speculation with a host of clubs eyeing him up. Manchester United and Manchester City as well as Inter Milan, to name but a few, were heavily linked with his services. However, in the eleventh hour, Barcelona have entered the race and are on the verge of snapping him up for a reported £26.7 million.

He’ll reportedly join Barcelona’s squad, making him club colleagues with Messi. Image: PA Image: PA Vidal and Messi have plenty of history with the pair locking horns on the international stage, most notably in the Copa America finals where Chile beat Argentina. And just a few weeks ago, Vidal was asked whether he feared Messi. “Do I fear him or does he fear me? I don’t fear him, but you have to ask him if he was left with fear,” he said via ESPN. Vidal added: “I’ve beaten him in all the finals — and if we were to meet again, we [Chile] would win again. “I don’t fear anything — on the pitch we are all equal. I defend my jersey and my national team to the death. If I can, I give it all on the pitch. “The Argentinians dream about me! It was joyful to win a Copa America. For Chileans, it’s not easy to reach a final and win it, more so against the Argentinians. But we got two Copas and that will always be there.” Interesting. How will the situation pan out between Vidal and Messi?