Chelsea refused to pay €5m wages to January attacking target – Football Article

Chelsea’s pursuit of new attacking players in the January transfer market ultimately saw the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain on-loan and Christian Pulisic, who was loaned back to Dortmund. However, in Spanish news source Estadio Deportivo it’s claimed that Chelsea were ready to match the release clause of Sevilla goal scorer Pablo Sarabia, at around €22 million, but were not prepared to meet on wage demands. The report says that Sarabia and his agent demanded €5 million in annual wages from interested clubs,…

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‘I do not regret’ resting Lionel Messi – Ernesto Valverde defiant after Barcelona’s Copa del Rey defeat against Sevilla – Football Article

The Blaugrana tactician stuck by his decision to rest the team’s superstar player despite their defeat in the cup Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insisted he had no regrets over his decision not to play Lionel Messi despite his side’s 2-0 Copa del Rey loss at Sevilla. Messi was rested for the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with goals from Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the home side on top in the tie. In…

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Solari: Nothing is impossible for Real Madrid – Football Article

The Merengue may sit seven points behind Barcelona in the standings but their coach still believes they can bridge the gap this season Santiago Solari declared “nothing is impossible” for Real Madrid after they moved up to third in La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla. Late goals from Casemiro and Luka Modric helped Madrid move above their opponents in the table, though they still trail leaders Barcelona – who host Leganes on Sunday – by seven points. Despite…

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Arsenal in talks with Sevilla over loan deal for Ever Banega – Football Article

Arsenal have reportedly expressed an interest in making a loan move for Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega, despite Unai Emery’s admission that the North London outfit are restricted to loan signings in January. Emery has been told that permanent signings are off the cards until the summer transfer window due to heavy spending in 2018, coupled with a huge wage bill. The Spaniard boss is happy with his current squad, but the 47-year-old manager is said to be keen to bring…

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Maurizio Sarri discusses possibility of Alvaro Morata leaving Chelsea – Football Article

Maurizio Sarri discussed the possibility of Alvaro Morata leaving Chelsea in his press conference on Friday afternoon, and the Italian did little to dispel rumours that the Spaniard could jump ship this month. Morata has looked disgruntled for some time now. He is completely devoid of confidence and it’s difficult to see how he would be able to turn his Chelsea career around. A move away is what he needs to reinvigorate his career. There has been plenty of…

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