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Barcelona's Rafinha Alcantara in negotiations over new deal

Rafinha Alcantara came through the youth ranks at Barcelona.

Rafinha Alcantara is in talks to sign a contract extension at Barcelona, his father and agent Mazinho has said.

Barca are keen to keep Rafinha, 22, beyond the expiry of his current contract in June next year.

Mazinho Alcantara told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser: "We are already negotiating. There should not be any problems for Rafinha to continue."

Rafinha Alcantara is a Barcelona youth product who joined...

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in Antoine Griezmann's sights

Although the La Liga's top scorers from last season didn't manage to find the net in their respective first two league games, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says that it's just a matter of time before Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are threats once more.
The ESPN FC crew discuss UEFA Champions League draw ceremony where Craig Burley believes it was terribly managed.
Lionel Messi edged out Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to be named the UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2014-15 season.

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann wants to solidify his status as one of La Liga's top scorers and dismissed rumours he is unhappy at the club.

Griezmann, 24, finished with 22 league goals in 37 appearances in 2014-15 to help the Rojiblancos clinch third place and a spot in the Champions League group stage.

He ended as the third leading scorer in La Liga behind Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, with 48 goals, and Barcelona's Lionel Messi, with 43.

"I don't know the number [of goals], but I...

David De Gea wants new Man United deal after Real Madrid failure - report

David de Gea has been included in Manchester United's Champions League squad, while Chelsea are forced to omit a new signing.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos believes David De Gea will deal with his transfer heartache in the 'best way possible' after a move to the Spanish giants from Manchester United collapsed on deadline day.
Bastian Schweinsteiger says Louis Van Gaal hasn't changed since he was first coached by the Dutchman at Bayern Munich.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down all you need to know about Man United's deadline day teenage signing Anthony Martial.
New Manchester United forward Anthony Martial claims he is trying to move past the hefty price tag that has surrounded his move from AS Monaco.
Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young everyone at Old Trafford is "fully focused" and "pulling in the right direction," despite the uncertainty surrounding goalkeeper David De Gea's position at the club.

David De Gea is set to extend his contract with Manchester United, according to AS.

The Spanish goalkeeper's current deal expires next summer and with his dream move to Real Madrid having collapsed on Monday, De Gea is reportedly now keen to continue at Old Trafford beyond June 2015.

Spanish sports newspaper AS reported on Thursday that De Gea's agent Jorge Mendes is already negotiating a new deal for the 24-year-old with United.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque warned De Gea that only playing regularly...

 By Lee Roden

Aleix Vidal could be Barcelona's lone highlight of summer transfer window

Despite having a transfer ban in 2015, Barcelona secured Arda Turan, left, and Aleix Vidal, right, with both players eligible to play when the January 2016 window opens.

With the transfer window now closed, it's time to look at Barcelona's ins and outs and whether Luis Enrique can be pleased with his summer business.


Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid, €34m); Aleix Vidal (Sevilla, €19m).


Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea, €27m); Adama Traore (Aston Villa, €10m); Gerard Deulofeu (Everton, €6m); Xavi Hernandez (Al-Sadd, free); Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City, free); Denis Suarez (Villarreal, free).

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Both of Barcelona's...

 By Rob Train

De Gea saga embarrasses Real Madrid, but club will be happy with Kovacic

The botched David De Gea deal between Real Madrid and Manchester United led to some funny reactions on the Web.


Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan, €35m); Danilo (FC Porto, €31.5m); Kiko Casilla (Espanyol, €6m); Jesus Vallejo (Zaragoza, €5m); Marco Asensio (Mallorca, €3.5m); Jesus Vazquez (Espanyol, €1m); Casemiro (FC Porto, end of loan); Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal, end of loan).


Asier Illarramendi (Real Socieded, €15m); Iker Casillas (FC Porto, free); Sami Khedira (Juventus, free); Fernando Pacheco (Alavés, free); Lucas Silva (Marseille, loan); Fabio Coentrao...