AFP - FC Barcelona shelled out more than 200 million euros ($245 million) for Neymar including his salary and the "countless hidden clauses of the transfer," Spain's El Mundo daily said Thursday.
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AFP - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday dismissed media speculation linking superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with a move away from the Bernabeu.
"I can't imagine a Madrid without Cristiano," said the Frenchman, a World Cup winner as a player.
THEGUARDIAN - Arsène Wenger has finally admitted Alexis Sánchez will not sign a new contract at Arsenal and, as such, his departure is inevitable. But the manager believes there remains a chance that Mesut Özil will commit to fresh terms and he was clear about his own future at the club – he intends to remain in charge until 2019.
REUTERS - Zinedine Zidane’s ability to manage the tempestuous Santiago Bernabeu dressing room has always been seen as one of his main strengths but with Real Madrid struggling, his good relations with his “galacticos” is starting to look like a liability.
AFP - Lionel Messi has ensured he could become a free agent if Barcelona no longer plays in a major European league as a result of Catalan independence, Spanish media wrote on Friday.
FRANCE24 - Liverpool star Mohamed Salah won the African Player of the Year award in Ghana on Thursday, adding the honour to his collection after being voted BBC African Footballer of the Year in December and Arab Player of the Year earlier this week.