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Why Odegaard leaving is an indictment of Real Madrid

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6:33 AM ET Sid LoweSpain writer Most players call going to Real Madrid a dream; Martin Odegaard called it “no drama.” The truth is that it wasn’t what he wanted — not yet — but when the phone rang in August 2020, he had little choice but to return to......

Arsenal stars have already decided who gets Ozil’s No. 10 shirt

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After seven-and-a-half years, Mesut Ozil‘s time as an Arsenal player is coming to an end after the exiled midfielder struck a verbal agreement to cancel the remainder of his contract with the north London club in order to sign for Fenerbahce. Ozil is now on the cusp of completing a......

Premier League transfers on a budget: Affordable options for Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea and more

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It’s not completely impossible to acquire a game-changer in the January transfer window; Manchester United did just last year in acquiring Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP, after all. Still, it’s pretty rare. January is often a time for fringe moves and stopgaps, with teams preparing to spend much larger sums......

Are Chelsea’s summer signings to blame for club’s woes?

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In the same way that Chelsea‘s transfer ban eased expectations on manager Frank Lampard during his first season in charge, the club’s £220 million summer outlay is a key reason why he now finds himself under pressure. Lampard knows from his 13 years as a player in west London that......

Rashford tops transfer value list, Messi 97th, Ronaldo drops out of Top 100

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With a new year upon us and the January transfer window open, the CIES Football Observatory has released its latest biannual transfer value list. The CIES list charts how much a club would have to pay to sign a player across Europe’s big five leagues, based on advanced algorithms dictated......

Transfer mistakes: Pogba, Hazard, Pepe among the worst since 2010

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The world of football transfers is full of errors; no club can get it 100% right the whole time. However, some clubs have more of a track record of failure than others — whether it’s spending mountains of cash on one player (Real Madrid), consistently making poor decisions in certain......

Sources: Dallas’ Tessmann set to train with Bayern

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Tanner Tessmann has impressed in MLS this season. Abbie Parr/Getty Images Bayern Munich are set to bring FC Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann to the club to train during the MLS offseason, sources have told ESPN. Tessmann, 19, enjoyed a fine breakout year in MLS, starting nine games while developing his game......

Transfer grades: Man United a B for Diallo

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The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer window very different from its predecessors but, with football back on the agenda, the January window will open as normal for Europe’s top leagues. 1 Related Though clubs spent nearly €1.5 billion less ($1.9bn) in the summer than they did the previous year,......

Messi, Alaba, Ozil, Aguero among the top free agents in 2021

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Despite the financial downturn across the globe, clubs in Europe’s top five leagues still spent over €4.6 billion in the summer window — a drop of 43% when compared with 2019. And as the economic reality of COVID-19 hits hard in the next few months, free transfers will become even......

What clubs can learn from Cavani, Dias and James deals

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In the January transfer window, Premier League clubs will be looking for players who can hit the ground running after a year of fixture disruption and issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The winter window is usually expensive and good value is hard to find, yet the summer market saw......

Barcelona hand Messi extended Christmas break

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6:20 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona‘s La Liga game against Eibar on Tuesday after being after being given extra time off at Christmas by the club. Messi, 33, returned to Argentina last week after Barca’s 3-0 win against Real Valladolid and has been granted......

Transfer Talk: Haaland tops Chelsea’s January target list

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8:26 PM ET Nick JuddTransfer writer The January transfer window opens in a matter of days and speculation is heating up about potential deals. Check out the latest gossip below and see all official deals here. Chelsea prioritise Haaland Chelsea are believed to be prioritising the signing of Erling Haaland......

Top January transfer targets: Alaba, Eriksen, Alli and more

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The coronavirus pandemic saw the summer transfer window impacted across Europe, though some clubs still pushed through some big-money moves. Now we’re on to January and not much has changed, with loan moves, free transfers and cut-price deals on the agenda. 2 Related January is traditionally a quieter window, though......

Arsenal need a Bruno Fernandes signing in January, but who could it be?

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There’s not much festive cheer around the Emirates this year as Arsenal made their worst start to a league season for over 40 years before a crushing 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.) piled more pressure on......

Pogba to Juventus: Dybala, Bernardeschi makeweights in Man United exit

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Paul Pogba to Juventus and Paulo Dybala to Manchester United? ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest: PLUS: Lionel Messi waits for the new Barcelona president. Jump to: Messi future depends on next Barca president | Liverpool’s Wijnaldum replacement | Moukoko gives hopes to Germany refugees | Real Madrid kids win......

Why Man United should get Ronaldo back and let Pogba go to Juventus

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It’s the blockbuster deal that seems too crazy to happen, involving two of the biggest clubs in the world and their most high-profile stars, but it could be the only solution to the problems that Manchester United and Juventus are struggling to solve. In many ways, a player swap that......

USMNT star Musah’s €100m Valencia contract

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United States international Yunus Musah has signed a new six-year contract with Valencia, the Spanish side have confirmed. Valencia have increased Musah’s buyout clause to €100 million as part of the renewal, which has seen the midfielder commit his future to the club until 2026. – Stream FC Daily on......

Man United to back Solskjaer in January

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In this week’s ESPN’s Insider Notebook, Manchester United are willing to spend in January. PLUS: MLS’ Houston Dash and Houston Dynamo on their “one club” re-brand. Jump to: Saliba wants out of Arsenal | Mexico surprised by Alvarez’s USMNT call-up | Lloris and his sickbed | Camavinga in demand |......

Sources: PSG exploring summer move for Messi

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Paris Saint-Germain are exploring the possibility of signing Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi in the summer, sources have told ESPN. Messi wanted to leave Barca in August after the 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, and sources told ESPN at the time that Manchester City led the chase to sign him.......

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