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August 2, 2021

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Real Madrid’s low-key summer is just how Ancelotti likes it

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11:00 AM ET Sid LoweSpain writer When the board went up, so did Carlo Ancelotti. They were coming toward the end of Real Madrid‘s first proper preseason game at Ibrox, just not quite quick enough. Their new coach, who is also one of their old coaches, had seen enough, so......

Sources: Man Utd, Madrid agree to Varane deal

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4:21 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United have agreed to a deal with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane, sources have told ESPN, with a fee of approximately €41 million ($48.4 million) — plus add-ons totaling €8.2m ($9.7m) — set to clinch the France international defender’s signing. The transfer will be......

No Messi until January? Barcelona face brick wall in registering new deal

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Barcelona have hit a big stumbling block in their attempt to register Lionel Messi’s new contract — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: An ex-Man United star wanted by Chelsea. Jump to: Romero a Chelsea, Juve target after United exit | Premier League clubs’ COVID fears | Barca back......

Barcelona’s efforts to push Griezmann back to Atletico show how dire their finances are

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11:09 AM ET Sid LoweSpain writer “Anything can happen in football,” said the Atletico Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo. Even Barcelona following up their decision to let a striker go to Atletico Madrid for free, pay a chunk of his salary and help them win the league by… well, letting a......

Messi will sign new deal, but here’s why Barca’s problems aren’t over yet

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10:30 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona have reached an agreement in principle for Lionel Messi to sign a new five-year contract, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean the club’s problems are solved. They still have a gross debt of €1.2 billion and if La......

Messi, Barcelona agree new deal – sources

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8:54 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Lionel Messi and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the forward to sign a new five-year deal with the Catalan club, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Sources added Messi has accepted a significant wage reduction to prolong his stay. Messi was a free......

Ronaldo, Mourinho jibes in leaked Perez tape

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Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo during their time at Real Madrid. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Real Madrid president Florentino Perez called Cristiano Ronaldo an “imbecile” and Jose Mourinho “abnormal” while he also stated the two had “huge egos” in two audio recordings from 2012 that were leaked on Wednesday. Both Portuguese......

Sergio Ramos joins PSG on two-year deal

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5:05 AM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Sergio Ramos will join Paris Saint-Germain after agreeing a two-year deal at the club, it was announced on Thursday. Ramos, 35, left Real Madrid when his contract expired on June 30 after failing to agree an extension, bringing an end to 16 years......

Sources: Man Utd closing in on Varane deal

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Manchester United are close to finalising a deal for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, sources have told ESPN. The France international, whose contract at Bernabeu is due to expire in June 2022, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top defensive target and sources have said that United are ready to move for......

Messi’s contract held up by La Liga rules – pres.

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5:02 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona president Joan Laporta says La Liga’s financial fair play rules are holding up Lionel Messi signing a new deal with the club. Messi, 34, became a free agent for the first time in his professional career on Thursday as his contract with......

Messi set to become free agent as Barca deal ends

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6:27 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Lionel Messi is set to become a free agent on Thursday but Barcelona remain confident of agreeing a new contract with the forward, sources have told ESPN. Messi’s deal expires on Wednesday and he is yet to sign a renewal to extend his......

One player each of the top European clubs should sign

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The summer transfer window is back to normal this year (whatever normal is), though given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the global financial crisis and Euro 2020 being pushed back, clubs are still finding things tough. 2 Related Free transfers of big names like Sergio Aguero, Georginio Wijnaldum and David Alaba......

Transfer Talk: Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract just a matter of time

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Amid all the action at the Euros and Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened for some leagues, with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here. TOP STORY: Messi new contract coming......

La Liga: Barca risk losing Messi over wage bill

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9:22 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned Barcelona they risk not being able to register Lionel Messi next season if they don’t reduce their wage bill. Messi’s deal expires in nine days’ time and he has not yet made a public decision on......

Five swap deals we’d like to see, including Varane and Rodrygo for Mbappe

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As we have seen over the past 18 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global financial market, clubs will have to get creative if they are looking to move players on, or bring in new arrivals. 2 Related The transfer rumour mill is still turning......

Barca complete Depay signing from Lyon

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12:54 PM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona have completed the signing of forward Memphis Depay on a free transfer from Lyon, the Catalan club have confirmed. Depay, 27, will join Barca when his contract with Lyon expires at the end of June. – La Liga on ESPN+: Stream LIVE......

Sergio Ramos leaving Real Madrid after 16 remarkable seasons. How did it come to this?

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> Sergio Ramos is the boy who didn’t become a bullfighter because his mum wouldn’t let him, but who hasn’t believed that anything else in his life, from that day to this, is impossible. – Official: Ramos, legendary defender, leaving Real Madrid– 16 things about Ramos’ 16 years at Real......

16 things about Ramos’ 16 glorious years at Real Madrid

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It’s official! Sergio Ramos will leave his beloved Real Madrid, the club he’s represented since he was a teenager and led to so much glory over the years. The 35-year-old, who was unable to agree a new contract with the club, will depart after a rare season without delivering at......

Top summer transfer targets: Hakimi, Silva, Varane and more

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The COVID-19 pandemic saw last summer’s transfer window impacted across Europe. Not much has changed in 2021, with loans, free transfers and cut-price deals still on the agenda for many clubs. 2 Related Some have already begun to make their moves — with Liverpool signing RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate......

LIVE Transfer Talk: Arsenal looking to sign Betis midfielder Fekir

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Nabil Fekir is on the radar of Arsenal, but the club are far apart from Real Betis on a proposed fee. Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images With most of the major European seasons now complete, the rumour mill has been sent into overdrive as clubs ponder their moves ahead of what will be......

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