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Barcelona defender edges closer to Lisbon switch

FC Barcelona have given 33-year-old defender Jeremy Mathieu permission to train with Sporting Lisbon, opening the way for a possible move to the Portuguese club.

The former Valencia player, who joined Barcelona in 2014, still has a season left on his contract, but the club would probably allow him to move on a free transfer to open up a further place in their first team squad.


Former Liverpool and Chelsea coach leaves Sao Paulo

Former Liverpool coach Michael Beale has announced his resignation as assistant manager of Brazilian Serie A club Sao Paulo. The Englishman's decision came less than seven months after he accepted the job as Rogerio Ceni's right hand man.

"The decision was made for personal reasons that will remain private between me and the club's administration," Beale said in an Instagram post on Saturday.


Palmeiras beat Gremio 1-0 to climb to third

Defending champions Palmeiras rose to the third spot in Brazil's Serie A standings with a 1-0 win over Gremio. The hosts had to thank Gremio midfielder Machado after the 21-year-old turned the ball into his own net at the Pacaembu stadium on Saturday.

The result left Palmeiras with 19 points while Gremio missed the chance to narrow the gap on leaders Corinthians, remaining second with 22 points. 


Chelsea sign Man City discard on free transfer

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Chelsea football club announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who spent the last three seasons at Manchester City. Chelsea on Saturday confirmed the signing in a statement on its website but did not specify the duration or value of the contract inked with the 35-year-old Argentine goalkeeper.

"I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England. I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season," Caballero said.


USA stun Ghana 2-1 in International Friendly

The U.S. Men's National Team used a 19th minute volley from Dom Dwyer, who was making his international debut, and Kellyn Acosta's 52nd minute free kick to earn a 2-1 friendly victory against Ghana in a Gold Cup warmup match in front of 28,494 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The U.S. now sets its eyes on winning its sixth confederation championship when it kicks off the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Panama on Saturday, July 8 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (3:30 p.m. CT).

Handed his first U.S. appearance by head coach Bruce Arena, it took Dwyer just 19 minutes to find his first goal for the MNT, when Joe Corona's shot deflected off Jorge Villafaña and fell perfectly to allow the debutant to smash home a volley from close range.


Barcelona return beckons for Gerard Deulofeu

FC Barcelona confirmed they have taken up their option to evoke the 12 million euro ($13.71 million) buyback clause on winger Gerard Deulofeu.

The 23-year-old winger, who is currently with the Spain Under-21 squad playing in the European Championships in Poland, broke records while in the Barcelona youth system and scored 18 goals with the club's B-team in the 2012-13 season. However, he was unable to establish himself in the first team squad and after loan spells with Everton and Sevilla he was eventually sold to Everton in 2015 after former Barca coach, Luis Enrique decided he didn't want him.


Lille set to sign Brazilian midfielder Mendes

France's Lille have agreed to a nine million euro ($10.2 million) deal for Sao Paulo midfielder Thiago Mendes, the Brazilian club confirmed. The announcement on Friday follows weeks of negotiations after new Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa identified the 25-year-old as a priority transfer target.

"The contract hasn't been signed but we have reached an agreement by email and telephone," Sao Paulo football director Vinicius Pinotti was quoted as saying by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.


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