Liverpool player was ‘one step away’ from joining Barca, reasons for…

first_imgAfter their failed efforts, the Reds ended up agreeing a fee with the Bundesliga outfit to bring the midfielder to Anfield in 2018.A ‘Top Secret’ report from Wednesday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo now claims the 24-year-old was ‘one step away’ from joining Barcelona in 2017.It’s claimed the La Liga winners’ former technical secretary Robert Fernandez held several meetings with the Guinea international’s agent, with the last one being in Barcelona, where it seemed they were all but set to seal a deal for him.However, Ernesto Valverde’s side found two obstacles – increase in the transfer fee and the player wanted to ‘feel both sporting and emotionally wrapped up in this new challenge’.Embed from Getty ImagesIn addition to this, the African demanded a net salary of €7m, which did not go down well with the Spanish champions.From the Camp Nou, neither Fernandez nor Valverde were ready to promise him a place in the starting XI as the decision to include him depended on his performance in training. This is when the contacts broke down. Keita will have an opportunity to hurt Barca when Liverpool face them in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash later today.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comThere Are Many Handsome Guys in Tung Chung Who Happen to Be Single!Perfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo Liverpool were keen on signing Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2017.last_img read more

Misty Copeland dishes on her “Nutcracker” character

first_imgDisney(NEW YORK) — It’s safe to say it was an easy transition for Misty Copeland to become Ballerina Princess in the new Disney film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.Copeland, who made history as the first African American female Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, says The Nutcracker ballet has always been a staple in her life as a ballet dancer.“The Nutcracker is so much a part of what we do,” Copeland tells ABC Radio. “It’s like every Christmas season, most schools throughout the world will perform the ballet The Nutcracker. But the movie’s a bit different.”She continues, “It’s not exactly the same story that happens within the ballet, but they kind of created a part for me within the story that’s based on the book.”In the film, Copeland plays the Ballerina Princess, a dancer who reenacts what happens when Clara’s mother first comes to the Four Realms. Copeland says even though the film is somewhat different than the actual ballet, dance is still an extremely important part.“They couldn’t have a Nutcracker film and not have ballet in it,” she adds. “I think people would have like boycotted it.”With the film to hit theaters tomorrow, Copeland is excited and relishes in the notion that she’s not only made history, but lived a life-long dream.“As a classical dancer that’s not really what we envision happening, like, on our path to like be a part of a film,” she says. “So, it’s just kind of like icing on the cake. It’s like amazing to be able to bring ballet to  more mainstream and to have it be something that will live on forever in a Disney film.”  The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens nationwide on Friday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more