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Liverpool’s Scottish defender Andrew Robertson (L), Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (C) and Liverpool’s English midfielder James Milner react after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. – Liverpool won the match 5-3. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Liverpool face Chelsea test as Manchester clubs enter fray

Liverpool faces an early test of their Premier League title defence against Chelsea this weekend as Manchester City and Manchester United launch their quest to be champions.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is not interested in having his statue erected by the Meyserside club after delivering their first League title in 30 years.

Jurgen Klopp confirms his plans for life after Liverpool

Klopp, who has been in charge of the Anfield side for five years, previously suggested he would take a break from the game in 2022 before he agreed to a contract extension last December that will keep him at the club until 2024.
Alexandre Lacazette has said that he has no intention of departing Arsenal while the club has an exciting future under boss Mikel Arteta.

Alexandre Lacazette pledges future to Arsenal amid Juventus links

Alexandre Lacazette has said that he has no intention of departing Arsenal while the club has an exciting future under boss Mikel Arteta.
Aleksandar Kolarov has completed a permanent move to Inter from Roma.

Aleksandar Kolarov completes permanent move to Inter from Roma

Kolarov was officially unveiled at San Siro on Tuesday afternoon, after reportedly putting pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Nerazzurri.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has insisted that the organisation were not at war with Lionel Messi, and that he is happy to see the Barcelona superstar stay put.

Samuel Eto’o: Leo Messi alone is not enough for Barcelona

The diminutive Argentine was trying to force a move out of Camp Nou. Such a move proved difficult as Messi still has a year left on his contract and a €700 million release clause (according to the club and La Liga) is binding.
Asisat Oshoala joined Lionel Messi to model Barcelona’s third kit for the 2020-21 season.

Assist Oshoala joins Leo Messi to model Barcelona third kit for 2020/21 season

The Catalans wore pink as a third kit in 2018-19 and have gone with it again for the new season. The new effort comes with dark green shorts and green and pink socks.
Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have both tested positive for Covid-19.

Manchester City stars contract coronavirus

Manchester City confirmed in a club statement that the pair have contracted the virus and are now undergoing a period of self-isolation.
Lionel Messi can only leave Barcelona if his €700 million (£624m-$823m) release clause is met, La Liga have confirmed on Sunday.

Luis Enrique: Barcelona will continue to win titles without Leo Messi

Former Barcelona coach Luiz Enrique insists the Catalan giants ‘will continue to win titles’ without Lionel Messi.
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi wearing a protective face mask and gloves at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground for COVID-19 tests following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Barcelona, Spain, May 6, 2020. FC Barcelona

Peter Crouch: Manchester City would win title with Leo Messi

The arrival of Lionel Messi at Manchester City “would be the difference between them winning the title and not”, claims Peter Crouch, with the former Liverpool striker considering the defending champions to be favourites in 2020-21.
Jorge Messi, father and agent of Lionel Messi, says it will be “difficult” for his son to stay at Barcelona.

It’s difficult for Lionel Messi to remain at Barca – father

Messi senior landed in Barcelona on Wednesday ahead of talks with the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu about the striker’s intention to leave this summer.
Lionel Messi would be highly unlikely to swap Barcelona for Real Madrid and would need to show cojones to remain if Spain if he departs Camp Nou, says Toni Kroos.

Toni Kroos: Leo Messi would need ‘cojones’ to join Real Madrid

Lionel Messi would be highly unlikely to swap Barcelona for Real Madrid and would need to show "cojones" to remain in Spain if he departs Camp Nou, says Toni Kroos.
Lionel Messi can only leave Barcelona if his €700 million (£624m-$823m) release clause is met, La Liga have confirmed on Sunday.

Inter Milan back-out from the race to sign Leo Messi

The Barcelona captain has been strongly linked with a move to the Serie A club in recent months, even before he told the Barcelona board of his desire to leave the club.
Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart believes that Lionel Messi cannot force his way out of the club, despite his push to quit the Camp Nou club.

Victor Font: Manchester City are ‘the top candidate to sign Leo Messi’

Manchester City are the "top candidate" to sign Lionel Messi when he leaves Barcelona, according to presidential candidate Victor Font.
Pep Guardiola fears his Manchester City players are not ready for the gruelling demands of the Premier League restart.

Pep Guardiola could return to coach Barcelona one day – presidential candidate

Pep Guardiola could one day return to Barcelona as head coach of the first team, presidential candidate Toni Freixa has declared, as he revealed a manifesto designed to lift the Catalans back to the top of the game.
Sadio Mane extended his fine Premier League run against Bournemouth with a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game, meaning he now has six goals in his last four Premier League starts against the Cherries.

Sadio Mane may replace Leo Messi at Barcelona

The Catalan club is already preparing for a future without its longtime superstar, and the names of several highly-rated players have emerged as candidates to fill his shoes. But although replacing Messi is indeed difficult, Mane could be up for the challenge of filling the massive void the Barca captain would leave behind.
Lionel Messi can only leave Barcelona if his €700 million (£624m-$823m) release clause is met, La Liga have confirmed on Sunday.

La Liga: Leo Messi can only leave Barca if his $823 million release clause...

Lionel Messi can only leave Barcelona if his $823 million (£624m/€700m) release clause is met, La Liga have confirmed on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid are considering a shock move for Barcelona star Luis Suarez, if the Uruguayan international leaves the Camp Nou this summer.

Barcelona must pay €14 million to terminate Luis Suarez contract

A new era is being ushered in at Camp Nou under Ronald Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien in the managerial hot seat following a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka says it was fun inflicting a humiliating defeat on Lionel Messi after Friday night’s 8-2 win over Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Senior Barca figures expect Leo Messi transfer to Manchester City

Senior figures at Barcelona reportedly expect Lionel Messi to leave the club for a transfer to Manchester City this summer.

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Edo election: 1.7 million eligible to vote as 483,000 cards uncollected

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