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Bayern eye Coutinho

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Bayern Munich are interested in signing Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

That’s according to a Barcelona spokesman, who confirmed the German champions are looking to bring Coutinho to the Allianz Arena.

Coutinho could be allowed to leave the Nou Camp to generate funds and make space for international compatriot Neymar.

“There is interest from FC Bayern, but there is no agreement. That is all there is to say at the moment,” the Barca spokesman told Goal.

The former Liverpool star has struggled to make an impact in Spain since leaving Anfield 18 months ago.

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Coutinho has always insisted he wants to stay and fight for his place at Barcelona.

But according to journalist Bruno Andrade, the Brazilian will soon be shipped out.

He claims Coutinho will be loaned to Bayern Munich, who will have an option to buy him outright at the end of the deal.

The Bundesliga champions will have to pay Coutinho’s €11m (£10.1m) annual salary and are now in talks with the midfielder’s representatives.

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PSG remain interested in Coutinho’s signature as they prepare to lose Neymar.

The fellow Brazilian is expected to re-join Barcelona this summer and could be swapped with his international team-mate.

“Neymar can leave PSG, if there is an offer that suits everyone,” PSG chief Leonardo told La Parisien.

“But to date, we do not know if anyone wants to buy him, or at what price.

“All this is not done in a day, that’s for sure.

“PSG wants to rely on players who want to stay and build something big. We do not need players who would do a favour at the club by staying here.”

According to journalist Tancredi Palmeri, Barca are willing to offer the Ligue 1 champions £92m and Coutinho in order to bring Neymar back.

“Barcelona ready to offer Coutinho + 100m€ [£92m] for Neymar,” he said on Twitter.

“PSG want Coutinho + 140m€ [£130m].

“If deal goes through, PSG ready to use the money to sign [Paulo] Dybala and [Gianluigi] Donnarumma.”

 

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Player who wore neck chain on pitch struck by lightning

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A 16-year-old Russian footballer has been put into a coma and left with a scar around his neck after he was struck by lightning during training.

Ivan Zaborsky is fighting for his life after the terrifying incident in Orekhovo-Zuevo, near Moscow.

The teenage goalkeeper, who was training separately from his teammates, was wearing a metal chain around his neck which was struck by the lightning.

It is claimed the sky was clear when the lightning struck at the FC Znamya Truda weekend practice session.

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Amazingly, the video appears to show him kick the ball from the edge of the penalty area even after he is struck.

He collapses to the ground and his coaches and teammates rush towards him.

His trainer Anton Basov performed a heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The unconscious goalie was rushed to a local hospital and then transferred by helicopter to a clinic in Moscow.

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His girlfriend Yelena told Podyem media:

“He is in stable condition.

“He regained consciousness but due to a strong painful shock he had to be put back into a coma.

“His parents are at his bedside.

He has a scar around his neck where the lightning hit his chain, and that his lung was damaged. He needs time to stabilise.’

Zaborsky’s sister Karina Zaborovskaya said:

“He woke several times, but doctors were scared to take a risk, and he was put back to coma.”

She said:

“Doctors say that he was born under a lucky star. I still can’t comprehend it all. I cannot understand how it could happen

“There were no clouds above the stadium before and during the training session, nothing signalled trouble.”

She praised the coaching staff who ‘saved his life’ with their prompt action.

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Ancelotti opens up on injured Iwobi

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Carlo Ancelotti reportedly said he took Alex Iwobi off in Monday’s EPL clash against Leicester City as the Everton midfielder picked up a hamstring problem.

Iwobi was withdrawn at half-time, with youngster Anthony Gordon coming on to take his place.

The Nigerian had been quiet in the first 45 minutes but part of the reason for that may have been as he picked up an injury.

“I wanted to use some fresh legs for the game,” Ancelotti told Sky sports. “Iwobi had a little problem on his hamstring so I took him out and after that I put on fresh players for the end of the game.

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Usain Bolt introduces his daughter to the world in new adorable photos

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Usain Bolt has introduced his daughter to the world by sharing the first photos of the newborn as well as announcing her name.

The retired Olympic athlete welcomed his baby girl with longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett in May, and the couple have quietly enjoyed their bundle of joy over the past several weeks.

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In celebration of Kasi’s birthday, the pair decided to give the world its first glimpse of their daughter while revealing they have named her Olympia Lightning Bolt.

33-year-old Usain wrote in an Instagram post:

“I want to wish my gf @kasi.b a happy birthday and To let u know I am happy I get to spend ur special day with u. I want nothing but happiness for u and will continue to doing my best keeping a smile on ur face. ‘Now we have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt I look forward to what the future will bring for us but be reassured that I will be the ROCK for this family [sic].’ He added: ‘I Love you and happy 21th birthday.”

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