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Report: Barcelona had explored the possibility of signing De Bruyne

Aaryan Parasnis

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According to the ever-reliable Paul Hirst of Times Sport, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was on Barcelona’s radar a while back. The Catalans however, had to drop their pursuit of the Belgian due to their massive financial crunch.

De Bruyne and Manchester City announced yesterday, that the midfielder has now signed a new long-term deal with the English giants that will keep him at the club until 2025. The four-year contract is worth a whopping 20 million pounds per season, which is roughly 23 million euros.

The Belgian, who reportedly represented himself during the six-month negotiation period, is now officially the highest paid player in the Premier League. De Bruyne’s new contract with Manchester City, now exceeds the 375,000 pounds a week deal signed by Manchester United’s David De Gea a couple of years ago.

Barcelona’s monetary crisis would have definitely made the midfielder’s arrival to the Camp Nou nearly impossible. De Bruyne is inarguably one of the world’s best midfielders at the moment, and a lucrative deal such as the one City have offered him would have been difficult to match considering the already overflowing wage bill.

De Bruyne’s new deal with City was restructured after the 29-year old rejected City’s initial offer in January. He will now earn more up front instead of in variables. After the official announcement, he also spoke about how his game has reached new levels under former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

“Pep and I see football in the same way. Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our objectives are totally aligned, and we want the same things,” said De Bruyne.

Barcelona have also been linked of course, to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who recently announced that he will be parting ways with the club after his current contract expires in the summer. It is now but a matter of time to see how that saga unfolds.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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