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Barca rejected Dybala twice during the summer transfer window

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Reports claim that Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was willing to join Barcelona during the summer transfer window but that the Catalan giants twice rejected the chance to sign the player.

The claims were made on Spanish TV program ‘Jugones’, boradcast on ‘La Sexta’. This source claimed on Monday that on August 17th, Barca’s vice-president met with the player’s brother over the difficulty in completing transfers.

During this meeting, Dybala ‘s brother made it known to Barca that the Argentine star would be open to joining the Spanish side from Juventus. Juve, according to the program, were aware of the meeting.

The price agreed upon for the 23-year-old was €120m. With the Catalans then possessing the €222m they received from the sale of Neymar to PSG. However, the club’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez surprisingly said ‘no’ to the deal.

Why? It is thought that the reason to reject Dybala was down to a perceived incompatability with Lionel Messi and with Barca having earmarked Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho as their top target.

‘Jugones’ also claimed that Juve offered Dybala to Barca again just two days before the transfer deadline given Ernesto Valverde’s side’s inability to seal a deal for the Brazilian but once again they turned Dybala down.

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Silva not surprised by Chelsea and Spurs interest in Richarlison

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Richarlison has impressed since joining Watford from Fluminense and Marco Silva can see why he is starting to attract interest.

Watford coach Marco Silva is not surprised that Brazilian star Richarlison is attracting admiring glances from bigger clubs amid rumours of Chelsea and Tottenham taking an interest in him.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a seamless transition to life in the Premier League since Watford paid a reported £13million to Fluminense for him.

Many feared that the talented youngster would either need a long time to settle or struggle with the league’s physicality, but he has hushed his doubters quickly.

Richarlison has four goals in 11 Premier League appearances and has generally impressed with his trickery and pace on the left flank.

Recent reports have claimed that Chelsea and Tottenham are both keen on acquiring him, and Silva is not remotely shocked.

« It’s not really a surprise, » Silva told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash with West Ham.

« He’s had a fantastic impact at our club and on the Premier League. It’s a normal situation that everyone’s starting to talk about him, but most important is that he keeps going, to improve.

« He’s a player with a lot of quality so it’s normal if everybody starts to pay attention to him.

« He’s a different type to the normal Brazilian player; for what we wanted for our team he’s the player with the [right] skills.

« We are talking about a fantastic talent, a very, very good player. I’m sure in the future he’ll achieve everything he can. »

Source: www.besoccer.com

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Ronaldo sets negative record for the first time since joining Real Madrid

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The Portuguese striker is currently suffering from a serious goal drought in La Liga, something unprecedented since he joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. Ronaldo had never gone eight matches with only one goal on his total tally.

Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored one goal in 720 minutes played in the Spanish first division this season. Astonishing.

The forward was sidelined due to suspension for the first four fixtures after being dismissed and handed a five-match ban in the Spanish Super Cup first leg at the Camp Nou. He was not available to feature until Real’s fifth La Liga match.

Since then, Ronaldo has only found the back of the net against Getafe, with Madrid clinching a 2-1 win. That is something that had never happened to the Portuguese striker in over eight seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Only one equally poor balance comes to mind. In his first season after joining from Manchester United, Ronaldo failed to score from gameweek 5 to 12, but the striker missed six of those eight matches through injury.

Source: www.besoccer.com

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The ideal XI of players who will feature in the World Cup

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Some big-name players will miss the competition in Russia next summer, but several stars booked their place with their respective countries. All 32 countries have qualified and ‘Goal’ put together an ideal lineup of players who will attempt to lift the trophy on July 15.

Courtois (Belgium)

Dani Alves (Brazil)

Diego Godín (Uruguay)

Sergio Ramos (Spain)

Marcelo (Brazil)

Paul Pogba (France)

Toni Kroos (Germany)

Isco Alarcon (Spain)

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Neymar Jr (Brazil)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

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