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Barcelona midfielder Pedro could play 66 games in a marathon 2020-21 campaign for club and country. The 18-year-old was named to Spain’s squad for the Olympic Games football competition in Tokyo. Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is concerned by the threat of burnout for his starlet. Pedri won the young player of the tournament award at Euro 2020. Spain has named a 22man squad for the Euro 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Real Sociedad midfielder Dani Pedri is one of seven players who will compete in the tournament. Spain coach Luis de la Fuente says his team will be “greatly motivated, with greater experience” De La Fuente’s side is also bringing in Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos, Mikel Merino, Oscar Mingueza, and Carlos Soler. Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has hit out at the decision to call up Spain midfielder Pedro. Barcelona tried to resist Spain’s call for Pedri but was told to…

Real Madrid has tabled only one contract extension offer to Raphael Varane. The French defender is likely to move on as they wait on an offer from Manchester United. The Blancos did offer fresh terms to the defender earlier in the summer, but no extension has been agreed as a move to England is lined up. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Raphael Varane is keen to leave Real Madrid this summer and has held talks with the club’s president Florentino Perez over a move to England. Manchester United has been tracking the Frenchman for some time as they seek a new partner for Harry Maguire at the heart of their back four. A formal approach from Old Trafford is expected to be made in the coming days. MONEY NOT A FACTOR Raphael Varane has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid to Manchester United. The France international could return to…

Olivier Giroud has arrived in Italy to undergo a medical ahead of his move to AC Milan. The Chelsea striker is set to sign a two-year deal with the Serie A side after agreeing on a deal last week. The 34-year-old is expected to make the move official later this week. WHAT HAS HAPPENED? The former Arsenal and Real Madrid man was recorded arriving at the San Siro to have a medical examination. Maldini says Giroud will add some much-needed experience to the Rossoneri attack. WHY IS GIROUD LEAVING CHELSEA? Chelsea midfielder Diego Costa is expected to sign a two-year deal with Serie A side Milan. The Spaniard has been out of favor at Stamford Bridge since the end of last season. He made just 17 Premier League appearances in 2020-21 and has not started a match for Chelsea since March 21. HOW MANY GAMES DID HE PLAY FOR CHELSEA?…

Jurgen Klopp claims to have no wantaway players on his books at Liverpool. The Reds are yet to sign any new players in the summer transfer window. Borussia Monchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, and Brighton enforcer Yves Bissouma could all be linked with a move away from Anfield this summer. However, nobody currently at Anfield is looking for a way out. WHAT HAS BEEN SAID? Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is not in a rush to sign new players. Liverpool faces West Ham on Saturday. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could leave Anfield. “There was [Jadon] Sancho and maybe somebody else, OK, Konate we did that early, but it’s a really calm window. “LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND ALL OF THESE THINGS, BUT IN THE MOMENT, EVERYBODY HAS THE CHANCE TO IMPRESS ME AND I HOPE THEY DO.” ARE LIVERPOOL IN GOOD SHAPE? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has…

Gianluigi Donnarumma has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. The Italy international left AC Milan last month after his contract with the Serie A side expired. The 22-year-old penned an open letter to bid farewell to Milan fans a day before joining the French giants on a five-year contract. WHAT HAS BEEN SAID? “I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE PART OF THIS GREAT CLUB THAT IS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN,” Donnarumma told PSG’s website. “I FEEL READY TO TAKE ON THIS NEW CHALLENGE AND CONTINUE TO GROW HERE. WITH PSG, I WANT TO WIN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND GIVE JOY TO THE SUPPORTERS.” Gianluigi Donnarumma will join Paris Saint-Germain from Milan at the end of the season. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi says he is “pleased to welcome Gianluigi to Paris” congratulates him on his Euro 2020 victory. HOW DID DONNARUMMA PERFORM AT AC MILAN? AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has…

Jurgen Klopp’s 34-man squad for pre-season training in Austria includes Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and new signing Ibrahima Konate. The likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, and Raheem Sterling have all been absent from the Reds’ first-team squad so far this season. Jurgen Kolasinac has returned to Liverpool after spending the last three seasons out on loan at Borussia Dortmund. The German goalkeeper has not played for the Reds since. Loris Karius has not played for Liverpool since August 2018. The German goalkeeper came on as a second-half substitute in a pre-season friendly against Torino at Anfield. His last competitive appearance for the Reds is the one that, sadly, will define his time on Merseyside. Nobody, least of all Karius, will forget the 2018 Champions League final when his second-half errors cost Liverpool dear as they slid to defeat against Real…

Lionel Messi has agreed to take a 50 per cent pay cut at Barcelona. The Argentina international is currently a free agent after his contract expired. Barcelona have been scrambling to cut their wage bill so as to be able to add Messi to their squad. They are struggling with financial issues and so far have been unable to register any of their new signings. Lionel Messi has agreed a new five-year deal with Barcelona, according to reports in Spain. The Argentina international is understood to be understanding of the club’s financial problems and has agreed to a 50% reduction to his wages. It is believed money was never the issue for Messi, but instead taxation was the topic causing the most issues on both sides. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Copa del Rey with Argentina after his team-mate Sergio Aguero scored the only goal in a -…

England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday was marred by scores of ticketless fans trying to break into Wembley. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subjected to racist abuse on social media. Ugly scenes in London’s Leicester Square and at Wembley before and after the penalty shoot-out defeat will also have damaged the nation’s chances of hosting the 2030 World Cup. Former England captain Rio Ferdinand says there should be ‘consequences’ for England’s bid to host the World Cup if they fail to resolve the off-field issues. Former West Ham and QPR defender insists racism is not just a footballing issue but a wider issue. More than 830,000 people have signed a petition calling for people who racially abuse footballers to be banned from grounds for life. Football League chairman Greg Dyke says it’s time for ‘bigots and uneducated fools’ to get in tune with today’s society.…

Pep Guardiola’s style of play has vindicated by Manchester City’s success in the Premier League, says Jason Wilcox. The City Academy boss believes that Guardiola’s influence extends well beyond the Etihad Stadium. Wilcox insists that his teammates are not only playing football at the club but also on the pitch. He’s also played a part in England’s best performance at a major tournament for 55 years. The Three Lions’ semi-final victory over Denmark was their best performance since 1958. They held on to a 2-1 lead in the dying minutes and completed 53 passes in two and Half minutes as the Wembley crowd roared approval. Manchester City players Raheem Sterling, John Stones, and Kyle Walker started the Euro 2020 final against Italy. The trio has all been working under Pep Guardiola for the past four years. Phil Foden missed the final through injury, while Jadon Sancho came off the bench.…

Borussia Dortmund head of first-team Sebastian Kehl says Erling Haaland will not be sold this summer. The Norwegian striker has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. Borussia Dortmund is looking for a replacement for Jadon Sancho, who is expected to leave the club. BVB has repeatedly insisted that a prized asset won’t be sold in the summer. WHAT’S BEEN SAID? Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp says there is nothing new on the future of striker Erling Haaland. The Denmark international will return to the club this week after missing out on a move to Borussia Dortmund in the summer. WHO HAS BEEN LINKED WITH HAALAND? Chelsea is interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Jurgen Haaland. The Blues have already made contact with the German club and its representatives over a possible deal. Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Manchester United have all been linked with him. It has been…