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European roundup: Real Madrid held goalless by Real Sociedad

Champions begin their defence of La Liga with drawJuventus make winning Serie A start under PirloReal Madrid made an underwhelming return to La Liga as they could only draw 0-0 at Real Sociedad in the first game of their title defence.The champions loo…

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Serie A kicks off with all eyes on Juve’s remarkable Andrea Pirlo gamble | Nicky Bandini

Will the rookie manager steer Juventus to a 1oth straight title or could Inter, or Lazio or Atalanta, finally topple them?Millions of Italian children went back to school on Monday. So did the manager of Juventus. Andrea Pirlo was completing the final …

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Manchester City weigh up Carlos and Giménez as alternatives to Koulibaly

City hope Napoli will reduce €80m price for Kalidou KoulibalySevilla’s Diego Carlos and Atlético’s José Giménez also on radarManchester City are considering alternatives to Kalidou Koulibaly because of Napoli’s valuation of about €80m (£73.2m) for the …

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Manchester City step up pursuit of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Growing confidence at City that a deal can be struckFirst bid understood to be €15m under Napoli’s valuationManchester City are preparing a second bid for the Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.Their first bid of around €60m including add-ons was €15…

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Everton hopeful of agreeing deal for James Rodríguez with Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to Colombian last weekAllan set to have Everton medical this weekEverton remain hopeful of agreeing a deal to sign James Rodríguez as negotiations with Real Madrid over permanent transfer for the Colombia midfielder continue.It is…

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Leeds United told to pay up to £31m for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul

Marcelo Bielsa very keen on Argentinian internationalEverton agree deal with Napoli’s Allan for £22.3m plus add-onsLeeds United are interested in signing Udinese’s Argentinian international Rodrigo De Paul but have been told any move for the midfielder…

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Arsenal wait on Gabriel Magalhães decision after agreeing fee with Lille

Brazilian defender is also wanted by NapoliManchester City interested in Kalidou KoulibalyArsenal have agreed a deal with Lille for Gabriel Magalhães worth around £22m but still face competition from Napoli to sign the Brazilian defender.The 22-year-ol…

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Lionel Messi scales heights to sink Napoli and book Barcelona’s passage

Barcelona are through, but that was virtually all you could say about them. Quique Setien’s side – although only just, if reports from Catalonia are to be believed – progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League thanks largely to the individ…

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Barcelona v Napoli: Champions League last 16, second leg – live!

Live updates from Nou Camp, kick-off 8pm BSTPhil Foden stars to offer Manchester City glimpse of multiple futuresFeel free to email Barry or tweet @bglendenning with your thoughts 6.49pm BST News from Italy: Andrea Pirlo is about to become the new Juve…

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Champions League last 16: previews and predictions for the remaining ties

A look ahead to Manchester City v Real Madrid, Juventus v Lyon, Barcelona v Napoli and Bayern Munich v ChelseaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Champions League makes its long awaited return after almost five months this weekend, with eight teams hop…

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Champions League last 16: previews and predictions for the remaining ties

A look ahead to Manchester City v Real Madrid, Juventus v Lyon, Barcelona v Napoli and Bayern Munich v ChelseaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Champions League makes its long awaited return after almost five months this weekend, with eight teams hop…

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Napoli president questions decision to play Champions League tie in Barcelona

Aurelio De Laurentiis says Spain ‘acting like nothing is wrong’Catalonia president has warned region may face new lockdownThe president of Napoli has cast doubt over his team’s Champions League fixture in Barcelona, claiming Spanish authorities are “ac…

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Napoli agree initial €60m fee for Lille’s Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen

The 21-year-old scored 18 goals in all competitions in Ligue 1Lille expected to step up efforts to sign Jonathan DavidNapoli have agreed an initial €60m fee with Lille for Victor Osimhen, with the Nigeria striker set to sign a five-year contract and jo…

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Manchester City to face Juventus or Lyon if they beat Real Madrid

Chelsea to meet Napoli or Barça if they achieve Bayern miracleManchester United could play Wolves in Europa League semiManchester City will play Juventus or Lyon in the Champions League quarter-finals, should they progress against Real Madrid. Their pa…

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European roundup: Barcelona find top gear against Villarreal to stay in title race

Barcelona win 4-1 at El Madrigal to keep Real Madrid in sightInter beaten by Bologna, Napoli strike late to defeat RomaBarcelona put their recent struggles aside in an impressive display at Villarreal, winning 4-1 to move back to within four points of …

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Italy’s top soap opera returns with Juventus and Lazio in leading roles | Nicky Bandini

Juventus lead the table but the knives are out for Maurizio Sarri and Lazio sense an opportunity to clinch a surprise titleItaly’s favourite soap opera returns on Saturday. After three and a half months away, Serie A’s unlikely yarn of sporting feuds, …

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Napoli fans flood streets in ‘reckless’ Coppa Italia celebrations – video

The World Health Organization has condemned as ‘reckless’ celebrations on the streets of Naples after Napoli’s 4-2 penalty win over Juventus in the Coppa Italia. Large crowds of fans congregated in the city, ignoring social distancing rules in place to…

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Napoli hold nerve to sink Juventus in shootout after goalless Coppa Italia final

Napoli 0-0 Juventus; Napoli win 4-2 on penaltiesMilik scores decisive penalty after Dybala and Danilo missArkadiusz Milik converted the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout as Napoli won the Coppa Italia following a goalless draw with Juventus in W…