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Barcelona scouted two players
Barcelona scouted two players during Ajax’s 2-0 defeat of Copenhagen earlier this week, reports Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish champions sent a scout to Amsterdam to keep tabs on Colombia defender Davinson Sanchez and Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg during the Europa League last-16 tie. Sanchez (below), who is under contract until 2021, is understood to be a long-term target for Barca.
Dortmund striker on Barcelona radar
Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele has become an object of interest for Barcelona, the Bild informs. According to the source, the Catalan team has already contacted Dembele in December in order to convince him to move to Barcelona by the end of the current season. The 19-year-old has not decided on the offer yet. His current contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in summer 2021, and the agreement has no buy-out clause. Ousmane Dembele has featured in 36 competitive games in all competitions of the current season, having scored 7 goals and made 16 assists. Since 2016 he is also an international player, having already played three games for France national team.
Iniesta rejects China deal for Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta prefers to stay at his current club despite appealing offers from Chinese Super League. According to AS, the Spanish midfielder has already rejected two offers from a Chinese side, where he would earn £35 millions annually. Moreover, his contract would contain additional clauses, for example the opportunity of not playing in away matches. The Chinese side are determined to acquire the 32-year-old. The Spanish midfielder's current contract with Barcelona expires in summer 2018. He has previously announced he wanted to retire at Barcelona, as he "has never had any problems with the club." Andres Iniesta has featured in 25 games in all competitions, having scored one goal and made six assists.
Monaco striker on Real Madrid radar
Real have reprised their interest in Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe, reports AS. Mbappe, who played a key role as Monaco eliminated Man City from the Champions League, is arguably the most sought-after young attacker in Europe right now. Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of his French compatriot and previously advised his club to sign the youngster in the past. Mbappe even visited Real’s training facility three years ago, but Los Blancos failed to reach an agreement and he ended up signing for Monaco. Reports in France suggest Mbappe could cost around €80m.
Nedved: Juventus should not fear Barcelona
Juventus Vice-President and it's legend Pavel Nedved commented on UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw, which allocated the Italian side as Barcelona opponent. “We’re ready. This tie comes at the right time, the team are growing,” Nedved told UEFA official website. “We must respect Barcelona, but not too much so it doesn’t result in fear, and play against them toe-to-toe. “The return leg at Camp Nou? No matter where the games are, both will be difficult," the Vice-President concluded. Important to note, that thi tie is a repetition of 2015 UCL final, where Barcelona proved stronger (3-1). The first-leg between the teams will take place on Tuesday, April 11. The second-led is planned on Wednesday, April 19.
Zidane laughs off hot draw balls rumors
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane commented on the upcoming tie against Bayern Munich revealed by the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals draw. "We know that it is going to be a tough game, it's a hot field. We will try to play a good match and win," he told his press-conference. "Hot draw balls? You've said it and I can only laugh at it. We know that there are no hot balls. The possibility winning the Champions League excites me. "I have not spoken to Carlo [Ancelotti]. They have a good team that is doing very well. It will be a very nice clash," the manager added. All other UCL quarterfinal pairs can be found here.
Lineker hoped to see Barcelona face Leicester City
BBC journalist and football specialist Gary Lineker commented UEFA Champions League quarterfinals draw result for Leicester City. The Foxes will face Atletico Madrid, however, Lineker admitted he wanted to witness Barcelona vs Leicester City clash. Moreover, the specialist is confident on Leicester qualifying for the semifinals and having the chance to face the Catalans there. Was really hoping for Leicester to draw Barça. That will have to wait for the Semifinals. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 17, 2017 Leicester City are the last English club left in the Champions League. They reached this stage of UCL for the first time in the history of the club.
Madrid clash special for Ancelotti
Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti commented on the Champions League quarterfinals draw results. He will face his former club Real Madrid, with which he won the UCL trophy back in 2014. "Real Madrid clash will be special for me," the Italian told his press conference. "We want to win the Champions League. There can be no easy opponents at this stage. Real Madrid are UCL defending champions. They are a spectacular team with great players and manager," he added. Important to note, that Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will play 22nd time in European arena, which is a new record. You can find all UEFA Champions league quarterfinal pairs here.
UEFA Champions League draw results
UEFA Champions League quarterfinals draw results are already available. It has been a free draw, meaning no restrictions were present for pairing the clubs. The team picked up first will play the first-leg at home. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City, Juventus and Monaco all found their opponents for quarterfinals on their Road to Cardiff !!! All UEFA Champions League quarterfinal pairs are presented in the list below. Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid Juventus vs Barcelona Quarterfinal first-legs will be held on April 11-12, the second-leg clashes will take place a week later on April 18-19.
Ousmane Dembele on Barcelona radar
Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele tops Barcelona's list of summer transfer targets, according to Mundo Deportivo. The 19-year-old has scored seven goals for the German side this term, as well as providing a further 14 assists in 36 appearances. However, AS say Barca may only have €25million to spend on new players this summer - unless they're able to offload some current members of the squad.