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Guardiola convinced me to snub Barcelona for Man City - Brazil teen Couto

Julien Laurens discusses reports Leroy Sane may leave Manchester City for Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.
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Defender Yan Couto has told ESPN Brasil that an intervention from Pep Guardiola led to him turning down Barcelona in favour of a move to Manchester City at the 11th hour.

Couto, 17, was on the verge of joining Barca from Coritiba in January when Man City coach Guardiola phoned him and convinced him to change his mind.

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It might seem strange, given their commitment to attacking and flair, but the platform for the golden age of Brazilian football was provided by a defensive change. In the 1950s, Brazil dropped an extra player into the heart of defence, creating the modern back four.

As a result, more cover in the middle allowed Brazil's full-backs to push forward and enjoy the space in front of them. Thus, the attacking full-back was born -- a vital part of the Brazilian mix ever since Nilton Santos scored an unexpected...

Man City beat Barcelona to Brazil wonderkid Couto - sources

Manchester City have beaten Barcelona to the signing of Brazilian teenager Yan Couto from Coritiba for €15 million, according to ESPN Brasil sources.

Sources have told ESPN that Barca had been interested in signing the 17-year-old right-back, but their offer of €10m was not deemed acceptable.

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Yan Couto celebrates winning Brazil under-17 World Cup in 2019.

Couto and his agent Marcelo Robalinho travelled to Manchester on Wednesday...


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Brazilian game called off at last moment due to TV rights dispute

Coritiba fans in Brazil
Fans from Coritiba and Atletico Paranaense were left disappointed after the late postponement of their game.

A dispute over television broadcasting rights saw a match in the Brazilian Campeonato Paranaense on Sunday called off at the last moment.

The game between Atletico Paranaense and Coritiba was due to be broadcast via Facebook and YouTube after dissatisfaction with the amount that broadcaster PRC was willing to pay the clubs for the TV rights.

But referee Paulo Roberto Alves Jr was told to postpone the game just before kickoff after the competition's ruling body Federacao Paranaense de Futebol...

Colin Kazim-Richards swaps Celtic for Coritiba of Brazil

Colin Kazim-Richards
Colin Kazim-Richards is heading to Brazil.

Celtic striker Colin Kazim-Richards has left the club and joined Brazilian outfit Coritiba, the Scottish Premiership outfit announced on Thursday.

The 29-year-old, who lists Fenerbahce and Galatasaray amongst his former clubs, after starting his career at Bury 12 years ago and then moving on to Brighton and Sheffield United, joined the Scottish champions earlier this year from Dutch side Feyenoord.

Celtic wrote on their official website: "Celtic FC can confirm that Colin Kazim-Richards has left...