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Trending: Barca sue Neymar for contract breach

August 23, 2017 7:01 AM
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Wednesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

BARCELONA: Barcelona are suing Neymar for a breach of contract after the Brazilian left the club for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

- Neymar reunited with old Barcelona friends Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for some social media fun.

- Barca are reported to have lodged a fourth bid for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho. More in Transfer Talk.

- Jean Michael Seri says a move to Barcelona would be "good" but he doubts he has played his final game for Nice.

- Pep Guardiola says a club could activate Barcelona star Lionel Messi's €300 million buyout clause -- but sources have told ESPN FC that it will not be Manchester City.

- Luiz Felipe Scolari said the loss of Paulinho to Barcelona was a major factor in Guangzhou Evergrande's 4-0 thrashing in the first leg of their Asian Champions league quarterfinal loss to Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday evening.

- WATCH: Andres Iniesta's comments on a potential exit are a warning sign for Barcelona.

REAL MADRID: Madrid's appeal to reduce Cristiano Ronaldo's five-game ban was rejected by a Spanish government's tribunal on Tuesday.

- Stars in Spain are suffering from red card fever, Graham Hunter writes.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Napoli, Sevilla, Celtic, Olympiakos and Maribor all booked their places in the Champions League group stage. Full round-up here.

- Nice coach Lucien Favre criticised his star striker Mario Balotelli for putting in a "negative performance" as they lost their playoff to Napoli.

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp realises the weight of expectations are on Liverpool's shoulders but losing in their Champions League second leg against Hoffenheim is the furthest thing from the manager's mind.

- WATCH: FC's pundits are unconvinced Liverpool can qualify for the group stage.

- Klopp has said he would welcome Philippe Coutinho back into the Liverpool squad despite the Brazilian's attempts to force a move to Barcelona.

MAN CITY: City are preparing an improved bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.

- Fernandinho says Manchester City showed the sort of spirit that wins titles in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton on Monday night.

FIFA: Carlos Tevez, Juan Sebastian Veron and Dirk Kuyt have been named by hackers Fancy Bears as three of the players permitted to use otherwise-banned medicines during the 2010 World Cup.

MAN UNITED: Marcos Rojo trained with Manchester United on Tuesday as he continues his recovery from knee ligament damage, while two other first-team players also gave manager Jose Mourinho a boost.

- WATCH: FC's Paul Mariner says Luke Shaw will eventually push Daley Blind out.

AC MILAN: Milan have confirmed the signing of Nikola Kalinic from Serie A rivals Fiorentina on an initial season-long loan deal followed by an obligation to make the move permanent next summer.

STUTTGART: Julian Green faces an uncertain future with German club Stuttgart, a source close to the player confirmed, following a report that said the U.S. international is for sale.

MLS: The struggling Los Angeles Galaxy will go on the road -- where they have been most comfortable this season -- to face Columbus Crew SC on Wednesday without injured Designated Players Giovani dos Santos and Jermaine Jones.

- New York City FC will host the Houston Dynamo in East Hartford, Connecticut, on Sept. 23 because of a scheduling conflict.


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