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Barcelona confirm €35m deal for Valencia's Andre Gomes

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Raf Honigstein elaborate on their surprise following Barcelona's signing of Andre Gomes.

Barcelona have confirmed that they will sign Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes from Valencia for €35 million plus up to €20m in incentives.

The Catalan giants announced an agreement for the deal last week. They will present the player in a news conference on Wednesday and confirmed the terms of the deal via statement.

Earlier this month, Real Madrid were reported to be considering a €65 million bid for the Portugal international, who was part of his country's Euro 2016-winning squad.


Who's adding most value, underachieving at MLS All-Star break?

David Villa has been productive so far, but even greater dominance could be ahead.
David Villa has been productive so far, but even greater dominance could be ahead.

As the MLS season hits its unofficial halfway point with the All-Star Game on Thursday, it's time to examine the numbers behind the stars of the first half.

I'll be using predominantly expected goals and assists (the number of goals or assists a player is projected to have based on the specific shots taken or chances created), along with Goals Above Average (GAA), which subtracts expected goals from actual goals. Since expected goals tends to revert to a mean of zero over time, a player with a positive GAA might be due to cool off, while a player with a negative GAA is a candidate to rebound....

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Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang interested in Real Madrid

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang praises BVB's recent summer signings and the good mix of talent they have within the squad.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Borussia Dortmund's transfer activity and whether they can challenge Bayern Munich in Germany.
After beating Man United 4-1, Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel said his side can still improve on a lot of things.
David Alaba says he was saddened by Mario Gotze's move from the German champions to Borussia Dortmund.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ruled out leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, though he said that if he did leave in the future it would only be for Real Madrid.

Aubameyang, 27, scored 39 goals for Dortmund last season, leading to reports of interest from Manchester City and Atletico Madrid.

But the Gabon international is determined to make good on a promise to his grandfather that he would turn out for Real one day.

When asked about a move, he told ZDF: "This year, no. But the only club I would...

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Kolo Toure hungry for more success with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic

New Celtic signing Kolo Toure says the chance to work with Brendan Rodgers again was a factor in his move.
Brendan Rodgers addresses the recent rumours surrounding Kolo Toure.

Kolo Toure is keen to launch himself into a new challenge with Celtic.

The former Arsenal central defender signed for the Gunners as a youngster despite putting in wild tackles on Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and a watching Arsene Wenger while on trial.

But Wenger's decision to sign him was vindicated as the Ivorian became part of the "Invincibles" team that won the Premier League in 2004 without losing a game.

Toure went on to win the title with Manchester City and nearly made it a treble with...

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Barcelona sign Swiss prospect Jeremy Guillemenot in youth deal

Barcelona returned to begin their preparations for the upcoming Primera Division season as they seek to retain the title.

Barcelona and the Swiss club Servette have reached a year-long deal that sends Swiss youth prospect Jeremy Guillemenot to the Blaugrana club as part of a new youth football cooperation.

The Swiss forward will join Barcelona's under-19 team after he completes training with Barca B, the club said in a statement.

"The agreement is a demonstration of the good level of understanding between the two European clubs," the statement said.

The 18-year-old played in the UEFA European under-17 Championship...

Manchester United and Manchester City plan to return to Beijing

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted that he will shake old adversary Jose Mourinho's hand, when his side take on Manchester United on Monday.
Watch as Usain Bolt tells new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho he must make them win the title again.
Fabian Delph is enjoying working under Pep Guardiola, branding the Spaniard the ' best manager in the world'.

BEIJING, CHINA -- Manchester City and Manchester United won't be put off returning to China despite their International Champions Cup match being cancelled.

Their clash was called off 12 hours before kick-off because of an unfit playing surface at the Bird's Nest Stadium following heavy rain in the Chinese capital.

It's been a testing experience in Beijing for both clubs. They had their training sessions moved at short notice from the national stadium to the Olympic Sports Centre the day before the...