Ousmane Dembele’s Record-Breaking Barcelona Deal

Ousmane Dembele was a key part of Borussia Dortmund‘s squad last season, and he could be changing his position so Barcelona can fit the young player into their team. Dembele signed a 5 year deal with the club today. The initial fee for the transfer is 105 million euros, but that could rise up to 145 million euros, nearly double Barça’s previous record signing,  Luis Suarez from Liverpool in 2014 for 80 million euros.

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Dembele could be forced to play left winger because his normal right winger position is occupied by Lionel Messi. Barcelona would also rather play Dembele at LW because they lost Neymar this summer.

Dembele was born in Vernon, France on May 15, 1997. He started his club career with Rennes on September 6, 2015 for the first team squad. He scored 12 goals in 26 appearances for the French club, and then he was sold to Borussia Dortmund for 15 million euros. He only played one season at the German club, but he scored 6 goals in the Bundesliga, 2 in cups, and 2 in the Champions League. Dembele is expected to be one of the best players in the future. Players like this are called wonder boys or wonder kids.

Barcelona made a great decision to get rid of Neymar while still getting a great replacement. They made money because they sold Neymar for around 200 million and getting Dembele for 100 million. They can still compete for the La Liga and Champions League this season while having the money to spend during future transfer periods next winter or summer.

Reports: Barcelona Reach Agreement to Sign Philippe Coutinho

Sources close to Barcelona told ESPN Deportes Jordi Blanco that the Spanish club has acquired the 25-year-old Brazilian Philippe Coutinho from the Premier League side, Liverpool, just five days after they sold superstar Neymar to PSG for a record breaking fee. The Coutinho deal is for about 90 million euros, but it could go up to 120 million euros with bonuses, according to ESPN FC. If Coutinho signs for Barcelona, they could in competition for the La Liga and Champions League trophies, while still making money this summer because of selling Neymar.

Honestly, I don’t think that Barcelona needs Neymar to be the best team in the world. Barcelona already have Messi, who is in every conversation for best player in the world and even in history. They also have Suarez, one of the best strikers in the world. Barça also have Iniesta, Rakitic, Pique, and a team that has competed for European glory for years. The only concern that they should have is that most of their best players are getting old. Messi, Suarez, and Pique are 30; Iniesta is 33; Rakitic is 29. That’s why Coutinho is a great signing because he is young and proven to be a great player in one of the world’s toughest leagues.

Coutinho scored 34 goals and had 29 assists in 138 games for Liverpool last season. His team had a record of 75-29 (without draws) in his  4.5 seasons at Anfield.

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UEFA Super Cup Preview: Real Madrid vs. Manchester United

Tomorrow the UEFA Super Cup will be played in Skopje, in the Republic of Macedonia. The UEFA Super Cup is a game played by last season’s winner of the Champions League (Real Madrid) and Europa League (Manchester United). Heres what to watch for in tomorrow’s game, which kicks off at 2:45 EDT on FS1. Make sure you check out my facebook page and follow my twitter.

Season Recap

Real Madrid won a type of treble last season, which is winning 3 competitive trophies. They won the Champions League, La Liga, and Super Cup last year. Their record in La Liga was 29-6-3. (For those unfamiliar with football records, the table reads Wins-Draws-Losses.) Real Madrid finished with 93 points, 3 ahead of second place Barcelona. In the Champions League, Real Madrid finished second in group play with 12 points in 6 games, and the top 2 from every group qualify for the knockout rounds. Borussia Dortmund finished ahead of them with 14 points, and Legia Warsaw and Sporting finished below them with 4 and 3 points respectively.

In the knockout stages until the finals, there are two games played, one at each team’s stadium. Real Madrid won both games 3-1 in the round of 16 vs Napoli from Italy or 6-2 on aggregate. They moved on to the quarterfinals vs Bayern Munich, from Germany, and Real Madrid won that round 6-3 on aggregate. In the semifinals, they played cross-town rivals Athletico Madrid and won 4-2 on aggregate. And in the final, which is just one game, they beat Juventus of Italy 4-1 to become the 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League Winners.

Manchester United came back after a disappointing 2015-2016 season in which they finished 5th in the Premier League. That season wasn’t the worst though because they won the FA Cup. Last season, they won the Community Shield, a game played between the FA Cup winner and Premier League winner from the previous season, and they won the Europa League and EFL Cup. They finished 6th in the Premier League, but their success was more in tournaments than the EPL. In the Europa League, they finished second in their group with 12 points, one behind Fenerbahce Sk. In the knockout stages, they beat Saint-Etienne of France 4-0 on aggregate to advance to the round of 16. They beat Rostov of Russia 2-1 on aggregate to move to the quarters. There they just beat Anderlecht of Belgium 3-2 on aggregate. In the semifinals, they beat Celta Vigo of Spain 2-1 on aggregate, and in the 1 game final vs. Ajax of Netherlands, they won 2-0.

Game Preview

Manchester United have not announced their lineup yet, but they have said on twitter that Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, and Marcos Rojo will miss the game through injury, and Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will miss it through suspension. Real Madrid did announce their lineup though. It is:

I predict that Real Madrid will win 3-2 with Ronaldo scoring twice and Bale once for Real Madrid, and Lukaku and Rashford scoring for Manchester United. The reason Real Madrid will win is that they have not yet had a great preseason so they will really want to get the new season started with a win and they will probably put out a better squad than Manchester United.

 

 

Transfer Rumors: Neymar, Mbappe, Ozil?

Welcome to Transfer Rumors, where we look at some of the potential transfers that could be happening soon. All of the rumors were first reported at the site Football Whispers, which rates the transfers on a scale of 1-5. 1 is unlikely, while 5 is a done deal. Here are some emerging rumors.

Neymar to PSG. Rating: 3.5

Neymar has been in the news for a while now about how he could be signing a massive deal with Paris Saint-Germain. Sources have told ESPN FC that PSG will get Neymar for $258.9 million and that the deal is for at least 4 years. Neymar is currently in China to fulfill his promotional commitments with Barcelona. But the source tells ESPN FC that Neymar will complete a medical and sign a contract with PSG in Qatar later this week.

Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid. Rating: 3.8

Mbappe is a young player from France who has played for Monaco in the Ligue 1 for 1.5 years. He has such a high value because he is only 18 and has the potential to be one of the best strikers in the world. Mbappe got a new number, and some people are saying that Monaco is making a hint that Mbappe is staying.

Mesut Ozil to Barcelona. Rating: 1.6

Ozil could be moving to Barcelona from Arsenal, but the deal would be unlikely. Ozil was the club transfer record breaker when he signed from Real Madrid in 2013. And Ozil is probably the second best player on Arsenal behind Alexis Sanchez, and with Sanchez’s future unclear, Ozil would be the star of the team if Sanchez leaves.

Bonus: Nemanja Matic to Manchester United Confirmed

Manchester United announced today that Matic is signing for the Red Devils. Matic has signed a 3-year contract and will now be reunited with manager Jose Mourinho, who coached him before at Chelsea. Matic has been linked with Man U all summer, and the deal is finally done.