Tension as Barca fail to meet Ter Stegen’s demands

first_img Loading… Read Also: Barcelona’s Ter Stegen set for new deal as club eyes transfers; reportsEven when Ousmane Dembele saw injury bring his season to a close, paving the way for an emergency signing to be made, a frugal approach was favoured in landing Martin Braithwaite.It is understood that those in power at Camp Nou remain calm when it comes to Ter Stegen, despite a protracted saga dragging on for longer than anyone had hoped.There remains a belief that an agreement can be reached when talks resume, with the intention being to tie down a prized asset through to 2027.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Best Natural History Museums In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Barcelona’s contract talks with Marc-Andre ter Stegen have reached deadlock, with the Liga giants unable to meet the demands of a highly-rated goalkeeper.Advertisementcenter_img The Blaugrana are understandably keen to keep a proven performer on their books. Discussions have been held with the Germany international regarding his future, with his current deal due to expire in the summer of 2022.Ter Stegen has remained open minded when quizzed on his plans, while speculation has been sparked regarding supposed interest from Premier League giants Chelsea.Barca had been hoping to bring any unwelcome rumours to a close by putting fresh terms in place as both sides have shown a willingness to get a deal done, but reaching a compromise that suits all parties is proving difficult.With that in mind, negotiations have been put on hold until the end of the season.Sources close to the Catalan outfit have revealed to Goal that Ter Stegen is looking to land an annual salary of around €15 million a year (£13m/$17m).That wage packet would position him among the top earners at Camp Nou, with only talismanic captain Lionel Messi sat above him.The 27-year-old believes that, after six years with the club, he deserves to have pay parity with the likes of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and former favourite Andres Iniesta.Barca are not questioning his value to the collective cause, they merely cannot afford to dig that deep when Financial Fair Play regulations are taken into account.The reigning Spanish champions were forced to tighten their purse strings during the last transfer window, with it clear that investing heavily in January was not an option.last_img read more

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Toure inspires City to victory

first_img Fit-again Toure teed up Edin Dzeko’s 24th goal of the season before firing his 23rd as Manuel Pellegrini’s men capitalised on Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea. City closed within three points of the Anfield league leaders and just one of the second-placed Blues, thanks to a Toure masterclass as muscular as it was meticulous. Yaya Toure’s peerless midfield play dragged Manchester City back into the Barclays Premier League title race in a controlled 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. Palace’s first-half forays remained scant however, with Delaney forced to intervene as Aguero hared towards Samir Nasri’s smart return ball in the home area. Jason Puncheon might boast four goals in April, but Palace’s form midfielder could find no power with a 20-yard shot. Dzeko failed to connect with a far-post cross, Dann had to cut out Pablo Zabaleta’s knock-down destined for Aguero, and Vincent Kompany headed wide from the corner. So often City’s central force, Toure then sealed his side’s dominance with a goal of effortless class, but brutal build-up. The Ivory Coast star played a simple one-two with Dzeko, then saw no reason not to repeat the feat with Nasri. Rumbling into the Palace box, with defender Delaney stumbling in desperation, Toure set himself, and dinked the ball past bystander Speroni. Palace grafted for the half’s last word, but Jerome could not reach Puncheon’s teasing cross. Marouane Chamakh wasted a chance to test the shaky Martin Demichelis after the break, firing a loose pass past Bolasie when he could have scythed on undeterred. Another sumptuous Toure chip nearly set James Milner free, before the former Barcelona fulcrum scuffed a cut-back cross after outstripping Joel Ward. One more long-range curling effort that sailed over the bar proved Toure’s final offering, the rangy midfielder withdrawn just past the hour in a clear protective measure from Pellegrini. Palace may have been subdued on the field, but the home support was determined to toast Premier League safety, and manager Pulis’ sterling turnaround job. Aguero had a gilt-edged opportunity to extend City’s lead, only to lead with the outside of his right boot and clip the ball straight at Speroni. Palace’s highly-rated keeper then kept out Dzeko’s shot despite a wicked deflection off Dann. Tom Ince had a half-hearted penalty claim rebuffed by referee Howard Webb as Palace fought to capitalise on Toure’s early departure. City were not to be denied though, leaving London with a credible title chase tucked into the bag. Toure and his team-mates are now able to draw level on points with Brendan Rodgers’ men, given victory at Palace and their game in hand. City have a trip to Everton and home clashes with Aston Villa and West Ham still to come while Liverpool travel to Palace next, before hosting Newcastle at Anfield on Sunday May 11, the final day of the season. Toure needed just four minutes to wrestle control, returning after missing two matches with thigh trouble. The 30-year-old chipped an inch-perfect free-kick into the Palace box, positively begging Dzeko to bisect Scott Dann and Damien Delaney. The 28-year-old Bosnia striker had little option but to ghost onto the cross and nod the visitors into the lead. Liverpool’s Anfield hiccup against Chelsea cracked the door, but Toure and company booted it open in south London. City’s early goal quelled any nerves, evident when Sergio Aguero’s ambitious overhead kick zipped just over Julian Speroni’s crossbar. Tony Pulis has whipped Palace into far sterner shape than to fold however, and the hosts threatened when Yannick Bolasie’s cross almost reached Cameron Jerome. Press Associationlast_img read more

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World’s top five golfers to play in RBC Heritage meet on Hilton Head Island

first_imgWASHINGTON: World’s top five golfers will be playing next week’s RBC Heritage tournament to be held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the organisers have confirmed.For the second straight week, the top five in the world will be competing as golf resumes its schedule from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown that began in March. After missing this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, American superstar Tiger Woods will also be skipping the RBC Heritage event. The Charles Schwab Challenge, which is to end on June 14, wasWorld’s top five golfers to play in RBC Heritage meet on Hilton Head Island the first PGA event back, with protocols that included mandatory testing for players, caddies and essential personnel when they arrive. All 487 tests were negative. Even without Woods on Hilton Head Island, the field for next week’s event is historically strong with 114 PGA Tour winners, including the top five players Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.Because of this year’s condensed schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA Tour expanded fields and next week’s event will feature 154 players, 22 than normal field. The RBC Heritage tournament will take place between June 18-21 and there will be no spectators at this year’s event. IANSAlso watch: #NewsMakers: Fmr Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal (Retd) Pranab Barboralast_img read more

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