Juventus close in on summer deal for Barcelona star, Real Madrid battling Man City for teenager and more


According to reports coming out from Spain, the Serie A giants have been granted the permission to initiate talks with the midfielder.

Juventus are set to beat the likes of Inter Milan and Tottenham to the signing of Barcelona midfielder Arthur, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The reigning Serie A champions have reportedly been given the permission by the Catalan side to negotiate with the player and convince him to a summer move to Turin.

Arthur isn’t the top of the list of players Barcelona want to sell in the summer transfer window, but the financial uncertainty surrounding the club amid the coronavirus crisis and the necessity to raise funds for new signings means they are amenable to the idea of letting him leave.

The 21-year-old is currently on a low salary at the Nou Camp and with Barca unable to meet his wage demands, he is looking for a move elsewhere. Juve can afford to offer him just that because unlike in Spain where players are taxed 48 percent in their first five years, Italy’s highest earners pay only 30 percent in taxes.

Juventus close in on summer deal for Barcelona star
He is only 21

Top News 2: Real Madrid battling Man City for teenager

Real Madrid battling Man City for teenager
The 18-year-old might not be a household name across Europe but has been setting the Uruguayan top-flight alight with his performances this season.

Real Madrid are looking to secure a signing for the future as they rival Manchester City to secure the transfer of highly-rated 18-year-old Facuno Pellistri from Uruguay.

The 18-year-old is currently impressing with Uruguayan outfit Penarol in his native Uruguay, though the big sides across Europe have already begun taking an interest in him.

Goal report that apart from Los Blancos and Man City, several Premier League sides are interested in the player’s acquisition, with high-flying Wolves being one of them. Real, though, have stolen a march on their rivals as they already sent a scout to watch the player before the coronavirus lockdown.

Pellistri only signed a new two-year deal with Penarol in February earlier this year, but many expect that he’d be on the move in the coming transfer window. And with several of Europe’s biggest clubs on the hunt, the Uruguayan outfit are confident they can get as much as £8m for the young winger.

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Ligue 1 2019/20 season cancelled

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As reported earlier by Le Parisien, the French Prime Minister Eduoard Philippe has to announce the country’s ‘deconfinement’ plan that will enter into force from May 12.

The ongoing season of Ligue 1 has be cancelled after  the French Prime Minister banned the organizing of games until August. UEFA has given all its member leagues the deadline of August 2 to complete their domestic leagues.

Les Parisien reports that while the French clubs were keen to return to training after May 11 when the current phase of lockdown will end in the country, the government believes that the resumption of football is secondary to other sectors i.e. tourism and catering in the country.

Earlier on, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas had suggested that the Ligue 1 season should be cancelled, and that the teams who played in this season’s Champions League (PSG, Lille, Lyon) should automatically play in next season’s Champions League.

The French Football League (LFP) will decide in a meeting next month whether to declare the season null and void or to take the current standings as final to confirm title winners, relegation spots and European places.

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