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Bernardo Silva: Barcelona make Man City star priority for 2023 transfer

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Bernardo Silva has received assurances from Barcelona that he is their top transfer target for 2023 and that they will move quickly to close a deal.

Late in the summer transfer window, the Spanish powerhouses made a move for Silva and even reached a personal contract agreement with the 28-year-old.

Just months after Silva agreed to an extension of his contract at the Etihad, it was revealed at the time that City were holding firm on Silva and had no intention of letting him leave.

Silva was eager to be a part of the new Barca initiative under Joan Laporta and Xavi, which has already generated buzz this summer with a number of notable new additions, including Robert Lewandowski.

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Pep Guardiola is now looking to the future with Silva in his squad. Despite a significant effort from Barcelona, City were unyielding in their stance, and sources close to the Premier League giants have confirmed that they were less than impressed with the situation.

However, Barcelona is still very interested in signing Silva, and they intend to step up their pursuit of the Portugal international next summer. In addition, sources familiar with the negotiations have said that a January bid cannot be ruled out.

Silva has long been a target for Barcelona, and manager Xavi recently admitted that he “loves” the midfielder.

“Who doesn’t like Bernardo Silva? He’s an important player for Pep and City. But yes, I love him as a player,” Xavi said.

“He understands everything and has an amazing ability to make decisions. He’s a very important player for Pep and he makes a difference on the pitch.”

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Olise’s late strike gets Palace point against United

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Michael Olise has helped Crystal Palace get a point against Manchester United in their 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park Stadium on Wednesday night.

The midfielder’s late strike in extra-time, 91′, levelled the game against United, who had controlled the lead since the 43rd minute of the first half after Bruno Fernandes’ fine finish put the Red Devils ahead just before the break.

A relentless Olise scored from a free kick with a left-footed shot to the top right corner. The equalising goal saw United’s dream of replacing defending EPL champions City in the second place on the league table, fade away, as they remain third with 39 points, having played a game more than City.

Crystal Palace remains in 12th place with 23 points.

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Atletico Madrid head coach speaks on leaving Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid head coach, Diego Simeone, has insisted that nobody has personally told him to leave the club.

Rumours have persisted that Simeone, 52, could be set to end this 11-year stay at Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

However, the Argentine has now stated that no one at the club has asked him to quit the La Liga giants.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey tie with Levante on Wednesday night, Simeone said when asked about reports suggesting he would leave the club at the end of the season: “No one has personally asked me to leave.”

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However, having already been eliminated from UEFA Champions League and sitting 13 points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table, the Copa del Rey is Atletico Madrid’s last realistic opportunity for a trophy this season.

It has been a disappointing campaign for Simeone’s side, as they sit fourth in the league.

Simeone added, “The boys are enthusiastic to reverse this situation that we have experienced since the break and prior to the World Cup. It’s been a regular to a bad season. For me, there is growth after the break, hopefully, we will continue in that line.”

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EPL: Frank Lampard won’t run away – Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Former Chelsea player, Shaun Wright-Phillips has backed his former teammate, Frank Lampard to stay at Goodison Park and turn things around.

Wright-Phillips said his former team-mate does not run away from challenges such as Everton is facing now but would face them squarely

Lampard is in danger of being sacked any moment from now after yet another defeat on Friday.

Everton crashed out of the FA Cup on Friday after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford

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Frank Lampard has now led Toffees to six defeats in their last seven matches and they have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup and are currently 18th in the Premier League.

“Frank Lampard has always been a player and a person that won’t run away from things not going well,” Wright-Phillips told the BBC.

“He is the type of person to try and solve it or try and make the situation a lot better…”

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