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Barca complete signing of £27.5million midfielder

Barcelona have completed the 31million euros (£27.5million) signing of midfielder Arthur from Brazilian club Gremio. The Catalan giants announced the news on their official website, confirming the player will sign a six-year contract with a buy-out clause of Euros 400m (£350m). In a statement the club said: “FC Barcelona and …

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Sterling’s importance to England ‘clear to see’ – Dier

Eric Dier believes there should be no debate about England team-mate Raheem Sterling’s performances at the World Cup, praising the forward for a “fantastic tournament”. Amid the joyous celebrations that have greeted England’s run to the semi-finals in Russia, Sterling seems to be acting as a lightning rod – the …

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Manchester United to make a catastrophic transfer mistake?

Manchester United to make a catastrophic transfer mistake? This won’t be the first time that TFF has demonstrated dismay at the merest hint of Anthony Martial’s departure from Manchester United. Martial clearly hasn’t done all the things that manager Jose Mourinho has asked of him during his sporadic minutes on …

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PSG make World Record offer for former Liverpool ace

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is the subject of a World Record bid by big spending PSG according to reports in Spain. He has been touted as a natural replacement for Andres Iniesta, with the Spanish legend finally calling time on his trophy laden career at the Camp Nou. However, …

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FIFA retain England v Colombia referee for final stages

Mark Geiger, the referee whose performance in England’s last-16 victory over Colombia was widely condemned, has been retained by FIFA for the closing stages of the tournament. The American official is one of 12 referees kept on by the governing body for the semi-final, third-place play-off and final. Geiger was …

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Klopp offers unexpected lifeline to Liverpool outcast

Jurgen Klopp has challenged Daniel Sturridge to “still impress me” during Liverpool’s pre-season. Sturridge played just 14 times for Liverpool last season, starting four games in all competitions. The striker was sent out on loan to West Brom in the January transfer window, but injuries and a struggle for form …

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It’s Croatia vs England: Five questions for Southgate

So it’s England vs Croatia. What did we learn about their semi-final opponents? How much does that take out of Croatia? The fitness level of most professional footballers is extraordinary, but playing 240 minutes in five days is still a mightily difficult task and one that effected Croatia badly. During …

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