GRIEZMANN RETURNS TO ATLETICO MADRID

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In one of the most surprising transfers on deadline day, France striker Antoine Griezmann has returned to Atletico Madrid from fellow Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona on loan. The France national team player is back at Atletico Madrid after spending two years at Barcelona.


As revealed by the official statement from Barcelona, France striker Griezmann has signed for Atletico Madrid on loan for one year with the option of another year on loan. Atletico Madrid are obligated to pay a fee to sign him permanently at the end of the loan spell.
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MADRID PREPARE FOR MBAPPE TALKS – REPORT

Real Madrid are preparing for transfer talks with French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on KylianMbappe. This is according to the report from media portal 90min which revealed that the Spanish La Liga club would like to sign the France national team player this summer.

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France player Mbappe has no plans to sign a new contract extension at PSG as reported by several media outlets and this could be problematic for PSG who are keen to hold on to his services. PSG will have to make a decision on Mbappe and whether to sell him or not. If they decide against his sale this summer, Mbappe will leave PSG as a free agent next summer when his contract ends as long as he does not sign a new deal.
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FRANCE TARGET KNOCKOUT STAGE BERTH

World champions France have a knockout stage spot in their sights ahead of the meeting with hosts Hungary in Group F of the Euro 2020 currently being played in 12 different cities across the European continent. France have one win in the bag already from their opening game against home team Germany and they can seal a place in the round of 16 with another win over Hungary.

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Group F is the unarguably the group of death with three former winners of the Euro tournament namely France, Germany and defending champions Portugal. Portugal won the last edition in France by beating the host nation 1-0 in the final thanks to the extra time goal from ex-Swansea City striker Eder.
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LEICESTER CLOSING IN ON £15M STRIKER

FA Cup holders Leicester City are reportedly closing in on a move for highly rated Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. The report from the stables of The Sun stated that Leicester City have agreed a deal in principle for the £15m France striker and that the player will leave Celtic to join the Foxes this summer.

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Leicester City and Arsenal were reported as the two main teams interested in the player and the new development would be a big blow to the Gunners who recently missed out on the signing of Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City.
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MADRID INJURY BOOST AHEAD FOR CHELSEA

Real Madrid have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash with Premier League outfit Chelsea following the news that Ferland Mendy and club skipper Sergio Ramos are fit for the game.

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France international Mendy and Spanish player Ramos both travelled with the Real Madrid squad for the second leg of their last four tie with West London giants Chelsea. France player Mendy has been out of action for some weeks, while Ramos has not played since the March international break.
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FRANCE STAR LINKED WITH PSG EXIT

With the summer transfer window closing inpretty fast, it’s only normal for clubs to start bracing themselves to engage in some transfer activity. While some clubs will be preparing to secure the signings of players that will come into the squad and provide more firepower, there are other clubs who will have to try so hard to keep good of their star players and not allow them to leave.

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There are also some clubs whose star players have already been linked with bigmoney exits who may have no option but to allow their key player(s) complete moves away once a suitable offer comes in from another club. One of those clubs that would have a lot of work in their hands to keep hold of their star players is French outfit Paris Saint-Germain.
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GIROUD SHOWS HIS QUALITY AGAIN

I don’t think any one can argue against the high mental strength that Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has especially during his time at Stamford Bridge. France striker Giroud has been at Chelsea for four seasons and running. The ex-Arsenal and Montpellier player has shown his power of recovery to still be an important player for Chelsea till date. The France striker has been on the brink of leaving Chelsea only for him to deliver when called upon by the various Blues manager. In his first season as Chelsea manager,Frank Lampard opted for English striker Tammy Abraham ahead of France national team player Olivier Giroudbut he had to turn to the latter when Chelsea were finding it hard to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season. In the end, the Blues were able to achieve their Champions League target under Frank Lampard with the goals from Olivier Giroud. A similar thing has happened to Thomas Tuchel, who didn’t turn to Olivier Giroud upon his arrival at Chelsea last month as the replacement for the sacked Frank Lampard. Thomas TuchelfavouredTimo Werner and Tammy Abraham ahead of France striker Olivier Giroud as his lone central striker in the opening weeks of his reign as the Chelsea manager. He turned to Giroud when it mattered most in the Champions League and he was rewarded with a fantastic contribution.


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PSG LOOKING TO TIE DOWN MBAPPÉ, NEYMAR TO NEW CONTRACTS

According to multiple reports coming from various France news media outlets, Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain are very much interested in trying their two-star players KylianMbappé and Neymar to new contracts in a bid to finally put rumors surrounding their future to rest. The reports claim that while there have been some impressive progress bout talks with Brazilian superstar Neymar, the same thing can’t be said about France winger Mbappé.


Neymar is said to be close to agreeing a new four-year deal at the club, something the PSG fans would love to hear as they have been made to sweat over the future of one of their highly rated stars. In the past few transfer windows, the former Barcelona man has been strongly linked with a return to the Catalan giants and he has also revealed his desire to seal a sensational reunion with Lionel Messi at the Spanish capital after reportedly growing dissatisfied with life at the Parc des Princes in recent months. more

ARSENAL DEFENDER JOINS NICE ON LOAN

France centre back William Saliba has left Arsenal to sign for OGC Nice on loan for the rest of the season. William Saliba had to return to his native France after failing to convince Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta that he’s ready to play first team football for the Gunners. The 19-year-old didn’t make a single appearance for Arsenal in the first half of the season though he was not registered for Europa League football. The young France central defender was registered for the Premier League, but he didn’t make the list for the Europa League.


William Saliba was hailed as one of the best young centre backs in France when Arsenal paid £27m to sign him from Saint Etienne in the French Ligue 1 almost two years ago before spending the following season on loan at the same club. When Arsenal signed the France junior international in the summer of 2019, sending him back to Saint Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign was one of the conditions that the Gunners had to fulfil to sign the player.
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LYON RUN UNDER THREAT FROM PSG

Lyon are the form team in the top flight league in France after a run of four straight wins but that would be on the line when they travel to Paris to take on Champions League finalists and league holders Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the standout fixture of week 14 in the French Ligue 1. Lyon have benefitted from playing fewer games in the last two months as they are not one of the teams representing France in either the Champions League or the Europa League.


Ahead of the clash with PSG at the Parc des Princes this weekend, Lyon have won their last four games in the topflight league in France and that has taken them to within two points of their next opponents who are the league leaders. more