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Barcelona's exciting XI if they complete Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski transfers

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Barcelona have been tipped to prise Mohamed Salah away from Liverpool at the end of the season and also complete a move for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski. The forwards will be entering the final year of their respective contracts this summer and are yet to put pen-to-paper on new deals.

Salah has become one of the best players in the world during his time at Anfield, while Lewandowski has continued to bang in the goals season after season in Germany. And the pair would surely only enhance their reputations at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona have endured a tough campaign this time out after being thrown into financial turmoil following the COVID-19 pandemic. And they crashed out of the Champions League at the group stages.

But if they sign Salah and Lewandowski, they will surely once again be a force to be reckoned with. And Express Sport takes a look at their exciting XI, should they complete the transfers.

Goalkeeper – Ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been a rock for Barcelona between the posts for nearly eight years and has kept an incredible 126 clean sheets in his 316 appearances for the club. Boss Xavi is likely to be happy with what he’s seen from the German and should keep him as his No 1 for now.

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Forwards – Salah, Lewandowski, Aubameyang

Salah and Lewandowski would be thrust straight into the Barca team should the Catalan giants sign them. And they represent a huge upgrade on the attackers Barcelona currently possess. Salah would be confident of transferring his Premier League performances into La Liga, while the Egyptian’s presence could also help the Spaniards compete in the Champions League once again.

The Liverpool ace could line up on the right side of the attack, with ex-Arsenal forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who has been imperious since moving to the club, playing on the left. And that would leave space for Lewandowski to lead the frontline. The Poland international has already bagged an astonishing 45 goals this season and could score even more at the Nou Camp.

With that sort of team, Barca would once again be regarded as one of the best teams in Europe and could dominate competitions for the next few years.

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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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