04 September 2020 18:40

Rakitic and Vidal are the first two players to leave Barcelona this summer.

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Spanish outlet Sport claims that the Spanish club has reached an agreement with the representatives of Vidal to allow the 33-year-old to leave the club on a free transfer. The Chilean will become the second 'high-paid' player to leave Barcelona after Ivan Rakitic returned to Sevilla. Vidal was told he could leave Barcelona this summer last week by new head coach Ronald Koeman. The veteran midfielder has entered the final year of his contract but Barcelona are willing to let him leave for free. Rakitic and Vidal are the first two players to leave Barcelona this summer.

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The Star's James Shield highlights some of the key things the contest told us about Chris Wilder's side, who saw John Lundstram and Billy Sharp hit the target, as they prepare for September 14th's visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers. It's the same old: Billy Sharp: At the end of last term, Chris Wilder challenged his team to score more goals. The opening, which came when Chris Basham lost his footing bringing the ball out of defence, would almost certainly have been exploited by a top-flight side. Sheffield United continued their good pre-season form with a 2-2 draw at home to Preston this afternoon. That unbeaten run looked in danger just after the half-hour mark when the visitors hit the woodwork twice, first through Scott Sinclair after an excellent dribble from his own half, beating three United players before seeing his left-foot effort beat Wes Foderingham but come back off the post.

Tom Barkhuizen was on hand to follow up but with the goal gaping, he hit the same post and United breathed a sigh of relief. That miss came back to haunt Preston moments later when John Lundstram, making his first start of the summer, side-footed home from just inside the area. Preston were level inside 10 minutes of the second half from the penalty spot after Jack Robinson barged Barkhuizen to the ground with a clumsy challenge. This time Ben Pearson handled the ball after a flick by Mousset and Billy Sharp bagged his third of pre-season, sending the keeper the wrong way. Didn't get forward as much as normal as Preston tested the United defence more than any other team this pre-season but he produced a number of timely tackles and clearances. Another good display from the wing back, particularly in the second half when he was United's best outlet. Got United on the ball and kept his team on the front foot, similar to Tuesday night at Derby, his delivery from wide areas and set pieces was a real threat. United's best player - full of energy and running, constantly driving forward and linked up well down the left with Bryan and Robinson. Took his tally for pre-season to three from the penalty spot in the second half and almost had an assist too when he sent Mousset clean through on goal but the striker scuffed his effort wide.

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