Coutinho, Dembele on target in returns for Barca in friendly

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We’ve already seen some high-profile moves this summer, like Kai Havertz’ £89m move to Chelsea and Donny van de Beek arriving at Manchester United for £40m, while other major deals like Lionel Messi to Manchester City are off the cards.

Club record signing Coutinho got the third goal in the 51st, also from the penalty spot, making his first outing for the team since returning on loan from Bayern Munich, with whom he scored two goals in last month’s 8-2 thrashing of Barca in the Champions League quarter-finals.

BARCELONA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Barcelona beat second division Gimnastic de Tarragona 3-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, with Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele each making encouraging returns by scoring in Ronald Koeman’s first game in charge.

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Antoine Griezmann added to Barca’s advantage by converting a penalty in the 16th minute although defender Javi Bonilla scored a superb goal from the edge of the area to pull one back for Gimnastic on the half-hour mark.

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Koeman, who changed his entire team at halftime by making 11 substitutions, gave debuts to 17-year-old forward Pedri, new signing Francisco Trincao and American forward Konrad de La Fuente, 19, who stepped up from the club’s reserve side.

Alexandre Lacazette insists he is ‘really happy’ at Arsenal

Lacazette – who opened the scoring at Craven Cottage – has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid but the French forward dismissed any suggestions he is unhappy at the Emirates.

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Bale has another two years on his contract with Real, who seem desperate to offload him. Reports this week suggested the Spanish champions will pay half of Bale’s £600,000-a-week wage if someone takes him. 

‘The club has shown its intent with the three signings they have made in this window (Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure). It helps when you have a great and hugely knowledgeable manager. Let’s hope in the next few years, others want to join us.

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He said:  ‘I said to him (Rob Holding) change your mind because you’re not going anywhere. Again Rob is another one, he’s a difficult time. And now why I have to let him go? He’s playing so why leave this football club.’

Though Everton may appear a step down for someone who has graced clubs of that stature, Rodriguez has twice been signed under current Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti and spoke to his international team-mate Yerry Mina before committing to Goodison.

Crystal Palace ‘set to win £20m race for Brentford star Said Benrahma’

Crystal Palace look to have a clear path to sign the winger from Brentford after their major rivals pulled out the race to land him, but his potential arrival leaves the future of Andros Townsend unclear.

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Watford were the more vibrant side before half-time before retreating after the break.

Middlesbrough saw chances come and go, with Britt Assombalonga their most dangerous player, but Watford showed a resoluteness often missing last season.

Tottenham join Man United in race for Sergio Reguilon

Spurs want to sign a left-back before the transfer window closes and the Real Madrid defender is emerging as a contender to fill the role. The £25m price tag is one that both club are able to meet.

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He added: ‘At other clubs, they would be building a statue outside the ground to celebrate him but he has been treated with disrespect by Real Madrid for a long time now and clearly he needs to find a way to get out of there because he has not played enough football in recent months.’