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Transfer Talk: Paul Pogba offered to Barcelona to escape Man United, Jose Mourinho

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 01:38:00 PDT

follow site Gab Marcotti says N'Golo Kante wouldn't fit at Barcelona, but Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop think he could be a replacement for Sergio Busquets. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. TOP STORY: Pogba offered to Barcelona to escape Mourinho After two difficult years at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba could have found a way out. According to Mundo Deportivo, the midfielder has been offered to Barcelona by agent Mino Raiola, who has told the club that Pogba is unhappy playing for Mourinho. The two joined United in summer...

Spain were poor at World Cup but La Liga's influence on final is evident

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:17:00 PDT

go The ESPN FC crew discuss England's inability to adjust to Croatia's pressure and question if they underestimated their offensive prowess. "I'd be more worried if Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo had left." It was late last summer and Neymar had just walked out on FC Barcelona, and out of Spain, but the league's president Javier Tebas wasn't bothered. Not that he -- a man whose every word is calculated, not just a reply offered but a role played -- would have said so if he really was. That much was proven again this week. Twelve months on and Cristiano Ronaldo is the one leaving. "Five years ago, I would have been more worried,"...

Transfer Rater: N'Golo Kante to Barcelona, Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:35:00 PDT

source The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Eden Hazard to Real Madrid With Cristiano Ronaldo having left for Juventus, Real Madrid have identified Hazard as a replacement. According to the Daily Mail, Real have prepared...

Transfer Rater: Eden Hazard and Adrien Rabiot to Barcelona, Diego Godin to Juventus

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:33:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Diego Godin to Juventus The Uruguayan has emerged as a transfer target for Juventus, who want to add another arrival from La Liga following the capture of Cristiano Ronaldo....

Transfer Talk: Neymar lobbying PSG to bring Luis Suarez in from Barcelona

Sun, 8 Jul 2018 03:59:00 PDT

After Brazil's elimination, Neymar's sub-par World Cup compels the FC crew to reassess whether he is still one of the top 3 players in the world. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. Neymar demands Suarez as Cavani replacement Neymar has reportedly proposed Paris Saint-Germain move for Luis Suarez after growing tired of playing alongside Edinson Cavani. The Brazil forward's rationale for linking up again with his former Barcelona teammate is that he considers the Uruguayan to be "a winner," Sport claims. Barcelona will likely rule out...

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi finally have rivals for the Ballon d'Or

Thu, 5 Jul 2018 06:47:00 PDT

ESPN's Dalton Cara captures the emotions of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, whose World Cup dreams ended on the same day. MOSCOW -- There has been a passing of the baton at Russia 2018. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo remain the greatest footballers in the world, but if this World Cup has shown us anything, it is that a new wave of superstars have broken through to claim their place at the summit of the global game. Messi and Ronaldo both exited this tournament at the round of 16. They both had their moments of brilliance in which they stamped their mark on the World Cup -- Ronaldo's hat trick against Spain and...

Yerry Mina's future looks bright after World Cup, but not at Barcelona

Wed, 4 Jul 2018 01:45:00 PDT

Episode 22 of Project Russia chronicles ESPN's Charlie Gibson's travels all over the country to cover the World Cup round of 16 matches. Relive England's triumphant penalty shootout win over Colombia in LEGO style, as they now build momentum heading into the quarterfinals. With three goals in three games, each one celebrated with an outlandish dance, Colombia's Yerry Mina has been one of the stars of the World Cup, and the adoration he's received back home has been badly needed after a nightmarish six months at Barcelona. Mina's fall from grace in Spain and his resurgence in Russia was clearly on the defender's mind when he spoke to reporters following Colombia's penalty shoot-out defeat to England, as his stoppage-time header had temporarily kept his side in the...

Transfer Talk: Juventus consider Ronaldo offer; Chelsea ready to sell Willian to Barcelona

Tue, 3 Jul 2018 05:42:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein explains how both Juventus and Real Madrid are benefitting from having Cristiano Ronaldo linked with a move to Turin. As the Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus rumours continue to gain momentum, ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why he's not sold on the move. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. Juventus could table £88m Ronaldo offer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus could be happening, with Sky Sports reporting that the Italian champions are considering submitting a bid of around £88 million to Real Madrid. Juve are said to be weighing up whether a move for the Portugal captain "is feasible from a financial point of view." Speaking...

Lionel Messi's Barcelona retirement: Presidential hopeful Victor Font on a new era

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 03:17:00 PDT

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu discusses his visit to Harvard University to explain what the club represents on and off the field. In an interview with ESPN FC, Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu discusses potential summer activity and the state of La Masia. When he was young, Victor Font would look away from the Camp Nou pitch when the opposition attacked. The supporters sat around him would laugh. It didn't matter what game it was, he refused to look when Barcelona were under pressure. In fact, some of his best memories from a childhood supporting Barca are of the Joan Gamper Trophy, an annual friendly which is used to introduce the squad for the forthcoming season. Font remembers those games vividly. In an era of no social media and with fewer games...

Transfer Rater: Paco Alcacer to Southampton and Paul Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 03:09:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Paco Alcacer to Southampton Barcelona's clear intent to trim the deadwood from their squad this summer may ultimately lead to the sale of Paco Alcacer. Although the Spanish...

Transfer Talk: Barcelona line up ¬70m Thiago move amid Real Madrid interest

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 08:28:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on this summer's transfer window and whether Thiago or Christian Eriksen would be a better fit for Barcelona. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. Barcelona, Real Madrid battle for Thiago Thiago Alcantara will be the focus of Barcelona and Real Madrid as the Spanish giants go head to head for the Bayern Munich star. The Spain international is currently in Russia for the World Cup, but after five years in Germany, Sport says he set for a move back to La Liga. Bayern will sell for €70 million,...

Transfer Talk: Neymar angling for Barcelona return as he eyes PSG exit

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:59:00 PDT

Marcelo is confident Neymar will play for Real Madrid one day, regardless of whether Cristiano Ronaldo remains at the club. Julien Laurens loves the rumour that Neymar and Thomas Tuchel got along during their first meeting while discussing Neymar's role next season. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. TOP STORY: Neymar angling for Barca return Madrid-based outlet Marca says Neymar's representatives have contacted Barcelona to ascertain the likelihood of him returning to the Camp Nou. The Brazil superstar jilted Barca to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222 million transfer last summer, but his entourage have apparently...

Barcelona missed Antoine Griezmann but must now spend on midfield

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:48:00 PDT

Antoine Griezmann has finally announced his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, and the FC panel can't quite believe how he went about it. Barcelona's summer plans went up in smoke when Antoine Griezmann very publicly gave them the L in favour of sticking with Atletico Madrid. In a documentary that took inspiration from Lebron James' "The Decision," which aired on ESPN in 2010, we were given a glimpse into Griezmann's personal life over the past few months as he played Fortnite, basketball and weighed up his options: sign for Barca or stay at Atletico. His sister, Maud, who is also his agent, phoned him at one stage of the documentary....

Philippe Coutinho's Brazil teammates cover Barcelona star in eggs and flour for 26th birthday

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 04:32:00 PDT

Neymar leads an unpleasant surprise for Philippe Coutinho on his 26th birthday. Philippe Coutinho turned 26 on Tuesday, so his Brazil teammates celebrated the milestone in time-honoured fashion. The likes of Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus ambushing Coutinho during the morning training session at Brazil's World Cup camp and plastered the Barcelona star with eggs and flour. - Make your picks with ESPN FC Match Predictor 2018! Unfortunately, it doesn't look like poor old birthday boy Phil was overly enthralled at getting various gloopy foodstuffs mashed into his hair and clothes. In...

Transfer Talk: Barcelona favour Thomas Lemar move over Christian Eriksen

Fri, 8 Jun 2018 08:55:00 PDT

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the summer. TOP STORY: Barca plot Lemar swoop Barcelona have joined the queue of clubs circling for Thomas Lemar as Monaco prepare to lose another star player. Sport reports that the Blaugrana have already begun talks with the Ligue 1 club for the France international, who is seen as the preferred candidate to upgrade their midfield over Christian Eriksen. It is...

Abidal at Barcelona: Griezmann, Lenglet, deadwood and youth promotion his top aims

Fri, 8 Jun 2018 07:21:00 PDT

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu discusses his visit to Harvard University to explain what the club represents on and off the field. In an interview with ESPN FC, Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu discusses potential summer activity and the state of La Masia. It would have happened three years ago if Joan Laporta had returned to the Barcelona presidency. Laporta went head-to-head with Josep Maria Bartomeu in the club's elections and he thought he had a trump card: Eric Abidal. If he was elected, he said, fans' favourite Abidal would return to Camp Nou as the club's sporting director. Boosted by a Treble under Luis Enrique, though, Barca's members decided to stick with the status quo. Bartomeu saw off the Laporta challenge and the job destined for Abidal...

Lionel Messi takes Argentina teammates to his Barcelona restaurant for lunch

Fri, 8 Jun 2018 04:19:00 PDT

Argentina's players took advantage of spending an extra few days in Barcelona by visiting Lionel Messi's restaurant in the city on Thursday. Barca forward Messi took his international teammates to Bellavista del Jardin del Norte in the centre of the Catalan city for lunch after it was confirmed that the Albiceleste's friendly against Israel on Saturday had been cancelled. The restaurant, situated on the pedestrianised Enric Granados, which is filled with eateries and cafes, features a unique town-based...

Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani shaped by Salto in different ways

Thu, 7 Jun 2018 01:00:00 PDT

Cavani and Suarez hold the hopes of a nation. SALTO, URUGUAY -- ON the corner of Barbieri and Julio Delgado in the city of Salto in northwest Uruguay lies the headquarters of Nacional Futbol Club. Just five blocks from the river that separates this small city of just over 100,000 residents from the border with Argentina, its facade is decorated with photographs of Salto's two most famous sons. The photographs are from their childhood, but they are still instantly recognisable. On one side, the toothy grin of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez; on...

Transfer Talk: Mohamed Salah 'offered to Barca,' Man United eye Sevilla defender

Wed, 6 Jun 2018 03:05:00 PDT

The guys respond to your tweets about how Real Madrid could get Lewandowski, Iniesta's importance to Spain and their bold World Cup picks. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the summer. TOP STORY: Liverpool's Salah 'offered to Barcelona' Could Liverpool's Mohamed Salah be a possible summer signing for Barcelona? AS reports that Salah "could become the alternative" to long-linked Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and claims his representatives "have offered him to the Catalan side." The report adds that there have been "meetings...

Neymar remains on Barcelona lips and transfer policy a year on from shock PSG move

Wed, 6 Jun 2018 03:16:00 PDT

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu discusses his visit to Harvard University to explain what the club represents on and off the field. The magnitude of Neymar's Barcelona exit continues to grow. It's been almost a year since the Brazilian left for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222 million deal, but his shadow can still be spotted at Camp Nou. Whether it's Luis Suarez speculating, for the umpteenth time, about the reasons behind his former teammate's departure or Samuel Umtiti penning a new contract, Neymar is omnipresent. Barca's vice president Jordi Mestre moaned in February that "Neymar's behaviour created...

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