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Transfer: PSG, Barcelona end negotiations over Neymar deal

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Barcelona have pulled out of negotiations to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, ESPN reports.

However, the Spanish champions will return next summer, for the Brazilian forward who left the club in 2017.

Barca have been locked in talks with PSG for many weeks, but both clubs failed to agree on a deal.

The LaLiga side were however encouraged by Neymar’s willingness to return to the Camp Nou and how he exerted pressure on the French club to let him go.

Speaking on Friday, PSG’s sporting director Leonardo, said the club were still open to selling Neymar if Barca made an acceptable offer, but that none had arrived.

Now with 48 hours to go until the window shuts, that is looking improbable.

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Super Eagles drop in FIFA ranking

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The Nigeria national team, the Super Eagles, have dropped one place in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday by the world football governing body.

According to the August/September 2019 edition, the Super Eagles are now placed 34th in the world, down from last time’s 33rd position.

The team recently played 2-2 draw against Ukraine in an international friendly game at the Dnipro Stadium, their first game after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where the team finished third.

Coach Gernot Rohr’s men, however, gained one point, cumulating 1482 points from the previous 1481 points.

In the African ranking, Nigeria maintained its third-place despite the drop in the world ranking, with Senegal and Tunisia also maintaining their first and second positions respectively.

Algeria climbed two places in the world rankings and are fourth on the African ranking behind Nigeria, while Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo DR, and Cote D’Ivoire occupy the fifth to tenth positions respectively.

Meanwhile, Belgium remained top of the world ranking, with France, Brazil, England, and Portugal making up the top 5.

Belgium continues to hold its place as the topmost country on the FIFA world ranking.

Uruguay, Spain, Croatia, Colombia and Argentina are the other countries who make up the top 10 of the latest FIFA rankings.

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Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Unai Emery lists strong squad for Europa League clash

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has left out Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, from the squad that has travelled to Eintracht Frankfurt, for their Europa League group game.

Rob Holding makes the trip, having not yet made an appearance on the comeback trail from a serious knee injury.

Also featuring in Emery’s 19-man squad are youngsters Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe.

Thursday’s game in Germany kicks off at 5.55pm UK time, with Group F rivals Standard Liege and Vitoria facing off in Belgium the same night.

Arsenal squad:

Goalkeepers – Leno, Martinez.

Defenders – Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Luiz, Kolasinac.

Midfielders – Guendouzi, Torreira, Willock, Xhaka, Ceballos, Smith Rowe.

Attackers – Martinelli, Nelson, Pepe, Saka, Aubameyang.

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Chelsea vs Valencia: Livescore from Champions League clash

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Frank Lampard takes charge of his first Champions League tie at Chelsea, when they welcome Valencia to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Lampard will be without Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmeri due to injuries, while the LaLiga side arrive with a full squad.

Chelsea and Valencia have met six times previously in European competition, with the Spanish club not winning any of these matches

Kick off is 8pm West African time.

Chelsea XI vs Valencia: Kepa, Christensen, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso, Willian, Mount, Abraham

Valencia XI vs Chelsea: Cillessen, Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Kondogbia, Parejo, Coquelin, Cheryshev, Rodrigo, Gameiro

Tuesday, September 17
First half: No goals.

Half time.

Second half: Rodrigo scores for the LaLiga club. 0-1.

Full time: Chelsea have lost 1-0 to Valencia.

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