Sunday, June 25, 2017

Paulinho's agent is in talk with Barcelona over his client transfer deal

The Catalan giants are looking to strengthen their squad under new coach Ernesto Valverde hand and are in the market for at least one midfielder.

Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti remains their top priority, but reports suggested earlier this week that Paulinho was also a target.

The Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder confirmed the speculation.

"There's been contact with my agent,” he told Globo Esporte. “There's an offer. It's true, and the two parties are talking.

"I'm really proud that a great club like Barcelona are interested in my situation - there is no price for that."

The 28-year, however, is unsure about the move, as he said he is happy and settle in China.

Paulinho joined the Chinese Super League club in 2015 for £10 million after struggling at Tottenham Hotspur and has since enjoyed a resurgence in form, becoming a regular in the Brazil side under new coach Tite.

He's also settled and happy in China with his partner.

"At the moment I'm really happy with my life and with my career," he added. "When you're in a situation like the one I'm in, it's difficult to make a decision.

"There are a lot of things that I have to weigh up, one of them being my happiness.

"I think, first of all, the way things are with my partner here in China... We really like where we are, the people, how things are with the club, the success... The truth is that I don't know [what to do]."

Paulinho said he that negotiations between the two clubs have yet to start, and was unsure if and when this would happen.

Just this week, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said that Guangzhou do not want to sell Paulinho, who has a £35 million release clause.

Arsenal FC move for Leon Goretzka signature

According to report, the Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka is reportedly mulling over a potential move to English Premier League side Arsenal in order to further his international football aspirations.

But, Goretzka currently plies his trade for Bundesliga side Schalke 04 but after a couple of below-par seasons with the Royal Blues, the lanky midfielder is considering his options.

The 22-year is hoping to find a club where the level of football will help him cement regular playing time under national team coach Joachim Low.

Gunners boss' Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the box-to-box midfielder and after impressive displays in Die Mannschaft midfield at the Confederations Cup in Russia - a possible move away from Gelsenkirchen looks increasingly likely.

"As soon as the facts are there, I will be providing, then publicising what my decision is. But today there is no news to that effect," Goretzka said after scoring against Australia in the 3-2 win.

Low himself also commented on the rife speculation, claiming the pair had a private conversation before the pre-World Cup showpiece.

"Between the matches against Denmark and San Marino we had a long conversation about different possible scenarios because I just wanted to know what he was thinking, what kind of opportunities he envisaged," he told reporters.

"I certainly spoke my mind, but please bear with me if I don't share any details. It was a personal conversation and he said he would not focus on his future, he would focus on the Confederations Cup.

"To date, he has delivered. He played very well in both matches and, given his youth, he is already quite a personality in this team.

"It does seem to be clear that he is carefully planning his next career steps and therefore we are trying to ignore the whole issue surrounding his future club career. He is intelligent enough to come up with the right decision for his own career."

Goretzka scored eight goals and registered six assists in 41 games last season - helping Schalke to the Europa League quarter-finals and a tenth-place league finish.

Nelson Mandela sign deal with Frankfurt of Germany

Mandela has been part of the club's development side for the past 12 months, while in the process of securing a work permit to feature in the Bundesliga. Before joining Frankfurt, the 18-year-old represented Hoffenheim briefly and Barcelona's esteemed La Masia academy.

Last season his eight goals in 14 appearances for the U19 side impressed manager Niko Kovac and his technical team to secure the Cameroonian on a long-term deal.

Die Adler will be hoping the young forward will be able to step up and perform in the senior ranks after the untimely injury of captain Alex Meier, while on holiday in the US. The veteran forward's ankle break has officially ruled him out of the start of next season.

The player has received plenty of media attention since the announcement, due to sharing the name of the first black South African president - who led the country into democracy after the apartheid regime.

I am hungry and want to make my mark - Gray

The Foxes starlet, who opened the scoring in the England U21 team's recent 3-0 European Championship victory over Poland, admitted to talkSPORT at being frustrated by not being given sufficient opportunity to shine since his 2016 signing.

"I used this tournament last season to motivate me to show what I am capable of," the player, who started only nine of his 30 appearances for Leicester City, stated.

"As soon as I get a chance I want to have my best game.

"I am hungry and want to make my mark. I want to express myself as much as I can. I don't feel like I have been able to do that as much as I want," he added.

"Shakey (Craig Shakespeare) has always been there for me at Leicester. He always spoke to me one on one. With him getting the job now I am happy with that and hopefully I will get more of an opportunity," he continued.

"Managers have to trust you and give you a chance. If they do we will have more English talent coming on show."

"The way football is today, the way the game is changing all the time I think we can progress and see young players come through.

"It is all about opportunities. Playing at first team level is how you progress the best. You learn about the real game. If opportunities are given you'll see more of the youngsters coming through.

"The young England generation has some very, very good players. Hopefully, there is opportunities given to all the lads coming up from Under 17 onwards.

"The future is bright for England."

Friday, June 23, 2017

UAE princesses were guilty and charge over human trafficking

A News from Middle-East says, Eight princesses from the UAE have been convicted of human trafficking and degrading treatment of their servants by a Brussels court.

They were given 15-month suspended jail terms and ordered to pay €165,000 (£145,000; $185,000) each, with half the sum suspended.

They were accused of holding more than 20 servants they brought with them on a 2008 visit in near slavery.

However, they were acquitted of the more serious charge of inhumane treatment.

The princesses had denied all the charges.

Their lawyer, Stephen Monod, said he was "satisfied to note that the Belgian justice has appropriately assessed this case which has generated many misconceptions for nearly 10 years".

In the reaction: Myria, a Belgian rights group which helped bring the case to court, said the importance of Friday's judgement "can hardly be overstated".

The case dates back to 2008 but only came to court this year, after the defence's many procedural challenges

The princesses are relatives of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed.

Paulinho's agent is in talk with Barcelona over his client transfer deal

The Catalan giants are looking to strengthen their squad under new coach Ernesto Valverde hand and are in the market for at least one midfie...