Yerry Mina may have scored for Colombia on Sunday night but that has not affected Barcelona’s plans as they still want to sell him. However, Barcelona now think they may be able to get a higher price for the centre-back and want €20m.
Valencia have opened talks with Barcelona over a move for Andre Gomes. Both player and club have agreed he should leave and Valencia are leading the race. However, they are still some way from meeting his €30m price tag. Indeed Valencia would rather take him on loan but that does not appeal to Barcelona.
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli will drop Sergio Aguero for their crunch clash with Nigeria on Tuesday. The Manchester City man will be replaced by Gonzalo Higuain as Lionel Messi’s side aim to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel talks about how he was expectd to win the Golden Ball at the World Youth Championship of 2005, before Lionel Messi came along and inspired Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the final.
Former Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron reckons Lionel Messi is still not patch on Diego Maradona. He said: “I can clearly say that Messi is no Maradona after playing with both. Maradona was a driving force, a great point of reference and someone you knew you could count on.Messi, on the other hand, is a very shy boy, introverted. He’s not meant to be a leader. I don’t question his technical ability but his rather his character qualities.”
Sergio Busquets has been talking up striker Diego Costa ahead of Spain’s final group game against Morocco. He said: “The good thing about having different types of strikers is that we can change our system depending on who plays and this makes us less predictable.”