Liverpool demanded 200m for Coutinho – Barcelona

first_imgUEFA announced on Friday that PSG will be investigated for a potential breach of financial fair play (FFP) rules after adding Kylian Mbappe to the capture of Neymar from Monaco in a deal that could rise to 180 million euros.Soler dismissed claims that Barca’s status as one of the world’s leading clubs is being threatened by their inability or unwillingness to match the lavish spending of other clubs.“We haven’t lost any international status for having common sense and not putting the financial viability of the club at risk.”Barca also insist that five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will soon sign a new contract, tying him to the club until 2021.The club announced the agreement of the deal with Messi, 30, on July 5, but the Argentine has yet to formally put pen to paper.“I want to send a message of calm to the members. There is no problem,” added Soler over the delay.“When the club announced an agreement it is validated by both parties.“All that is lacking is the protocol.”Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | A leading Barcelona board member claimed Liverpool set an asking price of 200 million euros ($238 million) for midfielder Philippe Coutinho as the Catalan giants criticised the rampant inflation in the football transfer market on Saturday.Albert Soler, Barca’s director of institutional relations, said the club’s under-fire board would not put the future of the institution at risk by bending to excessive demands.“Liverpool put a price of 200 million euros on a player that we wanted,” Soler told reporters at a press conference held to explain Barca’s haphazard signing policy this summer.Barca ended the window making a slight profit on transfers after receiving a world record 222 million euros from Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.Despite splashing over 190 million on five signings, most notably 105 million euros on 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele, Soler claimed Barca wouldn’t been drawn into an arms race with the cash-rich Premier League and Qatar-backed PSG.“We didn’t want to put at risk the heritage of the club. This is a club of 150,000 members and has to be managed with coherence and responsiblity,” added Soler.“We won’t get involved in the game of a market that has lost its way.“This board won’t put the club at risk. UEFA and the European Clubs Association (ECA) have to reflect and make a decision.”last_img read more

Alisson cannot wait to make Liverpool return

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is back in full training and nearing a return to competitive action after six weeks out with a calf injury.The Brazilian number one was carried off in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Norwich on the opening night of the Premier League season on August 9.“I’m on a good way, I think we are nearly there,” he told the Liverpool website.“I can go outside to the pitch to do some goalkeeper work and I feel very well.“I feel confident and I think now it’s just about getting all my power, all my confidence to come back and do what I love to do.”Alisson was named men’s goalkeeper of the year at FIFA’s annual awards ceremony in Milan on Monday for his role in helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season.Even without the inspirational goalkeeper, the Reds have also made a brilliant start in their quest to end a 30-year wait to win the Premier League, winning all six of their opening games to take a five-point lead over Manchester City.Stand-in ‘keeper Adrian, who only joined the club four days before the Norwich game, has overcome an uncertain start and was pivotal to a 2-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Alisson Becker And Alisson admitted the Spaniard’s form has allowed him not to rush his recovery.“I think the boys are doing very well, all the team (and) Adrian especially,” he added.“He’s a special guy who came late in the season, he just came and shows everyone his value, not just as a player but as a person and that is the more important thing.“He is doing very well on the pitch. I have peace to recover in a proper way so it’s better for everyone.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted Alisson may not return until after the October international break, but the 26-year-old is desperate to get back on the field and play his part in the push for the title.“If I look back, two weeks ago I couldn’t even walk properly. Now I’m running, jumping on my right leg that was injured so I’m really happy for that,” he said.“The games, the atmosphere at Anfield, the away games, all games when I watch on the TV, I just think how I want to play, I want to be there, I want to help my team-mates. I’m looking forward (to being back), I can’t wait any more!”center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Woman Charged After Officials Find Emaciated Pitbull in Flooded Apartment

first_imgA West Palm Beach woman is facing animal cruelty charges, after allegedly abandoning her dog in a flooded apartment.According to the arrest affidavit, 32-year-old Brittany Hansen was evicted from her apartment on West Tiffany Drive, where officials with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (ACC) found an emaciated pitbull named Cash on January 8 of this year.Hansen had apparently turned on all of the faucets so the apartment would flood.ACC launched an animal cruelty investigation after a woman called them to report that she had found a thin black and white dog.When animal control officers scanned the dog for a chip, they identified him as Cash, a male pitbull registered to Hansen at the same address.Maintenance workers informed ACC officers that they been called to the residence due to water leaking, according to the arrest document. They were initially unaware that a dog was inside, until they heard movement from another room. That is where they discovered the dog sitting on the bed and trying to eat a shoe. The maintenance workers also reported finding mounds of feces in the home.When ACC contacted Hansen, she told them she had given the dog away to a man named John who lives in Lantana, although she did not provide them with a a number or current address for him.Several neighbors confirmed that Hansen was the person living in the apartment. She has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals and one count of confinement of animals without sufficient food, water, or exercise, as well as a count of abandonment of animals.While in the care of ACC, Cash was provided with basic nutrition and treatment of internal and external parasites. He has since gained 29 pounds, the report states.last_img read more

Apples Recalled in Florida for Possible Listeria

first_imgThe apples were sold under the brands Great Lakes and North Bay Produce. You might want to skip that apple today because it might not keep the doctor away. A nationwide recall of apples is underway because they could be contaminated with listeria.A produce company has recalled nearly 23-hundred cases of apples including Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji and Red Delicious apples. They were shipped to eight states: Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. last_img

Suspect in Aniah Blanchard kidnapping arrested in FL, Teen still missing

first_imgA 30-year-old man suspected of kidnapping Auburn college student Aniah Blanchard has been arrested by U.S. Marshals in Florida.Ibraheem Yazeed was booked into the Escambia County Jail at 2:30 a.m. on Friday.In his mugshot, the suspect’s left eye appeared to be swollen shut.Blanchard disappeared on Oct. 23 and was last seen at a gas station in Auburn.Investigators say they have surveillance video of Yazeed at the Auburn gas station around the time Blanchard was last seen.Furthermore, they say they have evidence that Yazeed took the 19-year-old against her will.Two days after her disappearance, Blanchard’s car was found damaged at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama.At the time of Blanchard’s disappearance, Yazeed was out of jail on bond for charges of kidnapping and attempted murder in Kansas.As of Saturday, Blanchard remains missing, and her condition is unknown.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: House Sends Impeachment Articles to Senate

first_imgThe House of Representatives is in the process of delivering the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed them late Wednesday afternooon.last_img

Demi Lovato to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl 54 in Miami

first_imgDemi Lovato will sing the national anthem at next month’s Super Bowl in south Florida. Demi Lovato will perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 16, 2020 The NFL and FOX said today the Grammy-nominated singer songwriter will take the stage in Miami on February 2nd to sing in front of a global television audience.The news comes after Lovato went to rehab in 2018 for a drug overdose.Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will provide the halftime entertainment on Super Bowl Sunday. 3 weeks until the Super Bowl so I’m giving you a sneak peak into my half time performance. Head over to my TikTok to check it out. Dance to On The Floor with me!!! I’ll reshare some of my favorites. #JLoSuperBowlChallenge— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) January 12, 2020last_img read more

MIA Hypes Travelers for Super Bowl LIV

first_img(MIAMI, January 24, 2020) – If you’re one of the 30,000 passengers expected to touchdown at Miami International Airport for Super Bowl LIV, or you just happen to be passing through between now and Game Day, MIA has a few ways to get you ready for some football before you leave the airport.To help welcome passengers when they set foot in MIA, the airport has recruited three former All-Pros to its Voices of MIA roster: Miami Dolphins legends Dan Marino, Nat Moore and Jason Taylor. Through Super Bowl Sunday, travelers will hear rotating welcome messages from the Miami Dolphins icons via MIA’s public address system.Passengers near gate D47 have the chance to view Football Player, the iconic, hyperrealist sculpture created in 1981 by internationally renowned American artist Duane Hanson (January 17, 1925 – January 6, 1996). In the 1960s, Hanson created his own familiar technique of casting in polyester resins reinforced with fiberglass. Casting from live models, Hanson would use partial body molds which he would then assemble and perfect until the figure matched his conception.In another throwback exhibition, MIA has partnered with Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College to screen video footage from the golden era of the Miami Dolphins via a set of repurposed flight information monitors in Concourse F. The display features archive video from 1966 to 1996 consisting of TV news coverage and home movies documenting the NFL’s only perfect season in 1972 by the Dolphins, their “Dolfans,” local all-time favorite players and more.Passengers of all ages can enjoy interactive games, photo booths and giveaways at MIA’s Tailgate Party near gate D29, January 23-26 and January 30-February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Super Bowl Sunday, passengers will also be able to watch the game on a jumbo screen in the tailgate area.Looking for Super Bowl LIV gear before the game or on your way back home? More than 25 participating MIA Shops throughout MIA will be selling Super Bowl LIV merchandise, with extended hours the day after the game.“It is a huge honor for Miami-Dade County to host the Super Bowl for a record 11th time, and we’re doing our part at MIA to help our passengers experience some of the excitement being felt throughout our community,” said Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO.last_img read more