Barcelona are said to be “increasingly confident” of adding Philippe Coutinho despite Liverpool’s insistence he is not for sale. Coutinho, 25, has become the main man at Anfield over the past season and although Jurgen Klopp has reaffirmed the Brazilian playmaker is not going anywhere, Sky Sports in the UK is reporting that Barca still believe a deal can be done. The Spanish giants are said to be readying a bid of $116 million for Coutinho to test Liverpool’s resolve after an earlier bid was reportedly turned down, while reports in Spain suggest that Coutinho has already agreed personal terms with Barca over a move. Barcelona’s push for Coutinho could suggest that Neymar’s potential world-record
The increasing foray of top international soccer onto the U.S. sports landscape — as we are hosting in Miami this week — makes the world feel smaller, a good thing. Common ground is not hard to find, and so what have seen in the buildup to Wednesday’s 3-2 Juventus victory over vs. Paris Saint-Germain and Saturday’s Barcelona-Real Madrid El Clasico has seemed somehow familiar. What passes for an American summer sports soap opera, such as the LeBron James-Kyrie Irving discord that is entangling the Cleveland Cavaliers in turmoil — we have seen something of the futbol equivalent related to the International Champions Cup power-doubleheader at Hard Rock Stadium. Is rising superstar Neymar leaving Barcelona?
Rennes have signed winger Ismaila Sarr from Metz on a four-year deal. Sarr had been linked with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle before joining Rennes. Sarr told staderennais.com: "It's my pleasure to sign at Stade Rennais. The adventure of Rennes will soon begin for me, I already feel red and black. "I resumed with FC Metz thinking to stay there to continue to progress. I had the opportunity to join Rennes and I am very proud of it. For me, leaving FC Metz to join FC Barcelona was too early. "Rennes is the club that can still make me progress. My margin for progression is still important. I still have to progress defensively and offensively be more decisive. With Christian Gourcuff