• Would André Gomes Suit The Premier League?

    Barcelona need to trim their squad. Although they famously lost Neymar last summer, those in the Camp Nou boardroom struggled to offload fringe players like Thomas Vermaelen and Arda Turan, so one of their main tasks this January is to move some players on. One of those players could be André Gomes, the 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder who Barcelona also reportedly tried to move on towards the end of the most recent transfer window, even after rejecting an offer of €35m at the beginning of June – a U-turn which summed up the club’s disorderly summer. While the player remained in Catalonia on deadline day, there has since been fresh speculation in Spain that he’ll be let go in January, with the Premier League the most likely landing spot. ...

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  • The Night Andres Iniesta Finally Made Sense

    Ah, Andres Iniesta. I know that he is one of the world’s best ever players - of course, we all do - but, until recently, I never quite knew how he did it. Leo Messi’s majesty is apparent in everything he does - from the defenders strewn in his wake like confetti, to the startling swerve he applies to his free-kicks. But Iniesta’s greatness has always seemed more prosaic. Most statisticians find it hard to quantify him, given that he doesn’t score too many goals or provide too many assists. He dribbles without flourish; his passing is clean and elegant as a minimalist painting. ...

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