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Enrique calls for calm over Messi's contract situation

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FC Barcelona chief coach Luis Enrique has said renewing the contract of Argentine football maestro Lionel Messi is something that must be treated with calm.

At a press conference on Friday, Enrique said he is not going to get into a game of statements about the future of the forward, the latest made by the director of institutional relations at Barcelona, Pere Gratacos.


Chelsea eye Real Madrid star as Costa replacement

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The rumour mill has it that English football league leaders Chelsea are eager to replace Diego Costa with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in the January transfer window.

According to a report in Italian website Calciomercato, Morata was contacted by Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte after a bust-up with Costa recently. The Spain striker was left out of their Saturday's tie against Leicester City.


REVEALED: Chelsea superstar’s agent holds surprise meeting with Chinese club

Chelsea sensation Diego Costa could well be the latest big name star to be on the verge of a big money move to a Chinese side. And according to reports in Evening Standard, the player’s agent has now met with representatives from Tianjin Quanjian, with the side ready to splash out in excess of £80m for him.

A photograph of the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, meeting the chairman of the Chinese club, Shu Yuhui, and providing him with a signed Cristiano Ronaldo shirt, is now doing the rounds on social media, which in turn has fueled fears of Costa edging towards a move away from the club.


Napoli sign Man City and Real Madrid target Leandrinho

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Italian football club Napoli have ended weeks of speculation by signing highly-rated Brazilian teenager Leandrinho from Ponte Preta. The Serie A club reportedly beat off interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City to bag the 18-year-old striker.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed the move with a brief welcome message on Twitter.


Flamengo sign former Brazil international Romulo

Flamengo have announced the signing of former Brazil international midfielder Romulo in a four-year deal.

The 26-year-old will join his new team-mates in Rio de Janeiro next week after Russian football club Spartak Moscow agreed to terminate his contract, which still had six months to run.


Man United superstar set for a massive pay hike

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Manchester United ace David de Gea may soon be offered a bumper wage hike by the club, with reports in The Sun revealing that the Red Devils will be offering him a new deal over the summer, which would enable him pocket over £200,000-a-week as opposed to his current salary of £180,000-a-week.

An unnamed person from United was quoted revealing: “The club are looking to exercise their option to extend David’s deal this summer. He will be given a pay increase. He has consistently been one of the best goalkeepers in the world for a number of years now. There shouldn’t be any problems, but clubs have been sniffing around him for a number of years now.”


Leipzig continue to raid Salzburg, sign talented young centre back Upamecano

RB Leipzig have sealed the transfer of defender Dayot Upamecano from Salzburg, the Bundesliga football club have confirmed.

The 18-year-old centre-back, who received jersey number 17, has signed a four-and-a-half year contract to stay in Leipzig until June 2021.


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