Barcelona expect David Luiz to tell Chelsea on Monday that he wants to join the Spanish champions. Barca had an opening bid for the Brazilian rejected on Wednesday with Mourinho warning them not to return with another bid. However, Barcelona are convinced Mourinho is merely driving up the price and hope Luiz's desire to join them can help sway negotiations.
On the first day of FC Barcelona’s trip to Thailand, internationally acclaimed players Lionel Messi and Jose Manuel Pinto spent the morning sharing football skills with children who have intellectual disabilities. The players and participants represented a unified group of young people with and without disabilities participating in sport and promoting team-work and partnership.
Despite the visitors having to play on successive nights after concluding a 9-1 aggregate thrashing of Mladost Podgorica in Europa League qualifying, the Spaniards always looked the sharper side and went into the break two goals to the good thanks to strikes from Vitolo and Marko Marin, the latter a loanee from Chelsea. And although United were sharper after the break and pulled one back through Antonio Valencia, Sevilla could have had a hatful more and put the game to bed with a winner on full-time through substitute Bryan Rabello.
The 28-year-old replaces the retired Jamie Carragher as deputy to Steven Gerrard after making 209 appearances for Liverpool since joining from Brondby in 2006. The news puts to bed any lingering fears that Agger could be snapped up by Barca - who have been linked with both him and Chelsea's David Luiz - this summer.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is under consideration at Manchester United after English champions failed with the bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. According to The Guardian, former Tottenham star is said to have long been admired by David Moyes. Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has stated this week he is planning the new season with Modric part of his squad but bid around of 30 million pounds may be accepted by the Spanish giants.
Sevilla will play Poland's WKS Śląsk Wrocław after defeating FK Mladost Podgorica 9-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round. Real Betis will take on FK Jablonec from the Czech Republic
Real Betis have joined the chase to sign Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed from French Ligue 1 side Evian Thonon Galliard this summer. According to Eldermasque, Betis sporting director Vlada Stosic is still in search of a holding midfielder to complete the template and has set his eyes on Mohammed, who could be more affordable, but very efficient.
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