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Kylian Mbappe: Madrid, United, Arsenal, PSG, City and Liverpool's sales pitch

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:33:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe is the most sought after man in world football. The France international, 18, scored 24 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions last season and starred as Monaco reached the semifinals of the Champions League and won Ligue 1.  His blistering form has led to plenty of talk in the gossip columns about his next club. From Real Madrid to Manchester United, Arsenal to Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe is a wanted man. Here, we've selected the clubs Mbappe has been linked...

Circumstances ripe for Real Madrid to pursue Gianluigi Donnarumma

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:49:00 PDT

Ronaldo is rumoured back to Man United, Donnarumma to Real Madrid and much more headline the rumour rater. With the saga of Gianluigi Donnarumma's AC Milan future in question, Gab Marcotti looks at how the club can keep him around. While one sizeable Real Madrid transfer rumour rumbles along against the backdrop of the Confederations Cup, another involving a sizeable man looks likely to gather momentum in the coming days. "Man" may be pushing it a bit when referring to young Gianluigi Donnarumma, who isn't legally able to buy a beer in a number of countries. But what the AC Milan and Italy keeper lacks in life experience he more than compensates for when he pulls on his gloves. Despite turning 18 only last February, Donnarumma...

Trending: Juventus release Dani Alves, Ronaldo stars for Portugal

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Craig Burley believes Pep Guardiola's defence still needs improving, even if Dani Alves decides to join Manchester City. Thursday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... JUVENTUS: Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender. - Juventus' general manager Beppe Marotta says that Alex Sandro can leave this summer if he is no longer happy, and confirmed a suitable bid has been received. - Sampdoria forward Patrik Schick arrived in Turin...

Ronaldo, Donnarumma don't have "player power" as clubs still in charge

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:22:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti assesses Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real and the theories regarding his reasons for wanting to leave. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden addresses the latest news on Cristiano Ronaldo and looks ahead to his upcoming press availability. The FC panel remark on the continued rumours of Ronaldo's exit from Madrid, and if that means Mbappe would fill his place. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says you must presume Ronaldo is innocent following tax evasion reports. This may be remembered as the summer of player power. Cristiano Ronaldo, speaking via his minions, says he has made an "irrevocable" decision to leave Spain and Real Madrid. Gianluigi Donnarumma, who only became old enough to legally buy alcohol in Europe last February, turns down a contract extension that would have made him one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the world. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sit tight as their contracts tick down towards free agency at Arsenal. Marco Verratti's...

Transfers: How much would Ronaldo, Mbappe, Lukaku or Sanchez cost?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:21:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti assesses Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real and the theories regarding his reasons for wanting to leave. The FC panel remark on the continued rumours of Ronaldo's exit from Madrid, and if that means Mbappe would fill his place. The transfer window is upon us and there are plenty of big-name players who are being linked with moves. But how much would they cost? The CIES Football Observatory research team has developed a unique approach to estimate the transfer value of players on a scientific basis. The model includes multiple variables on player performance (minutes, goals, etc.) and characteristics (age, contract, etc.), as well as data on employer clubs and potential recruiting ones. In June they revealed Neymar...

Real Madrid could still have a bright future without Cristiano Ronaldo

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:29:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains why he believes Real Madrid should make every effort to sign Monaco star, Kylian Mbappe. Sir Alex Ferguson once famously said he would not sell Real Madrid "a virus" when the Spanish club was attempting to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish capital during the 2008-09 season. Eight years later, it seems the same virus could be the cure to Manchester United's ills, with the Portuguese superstar reportedly hankering after a move back to the Premier League. Rumours surrounding Ronaldo's future remain nothing more than conjecture but a little fuel was added to the fire on Sunday when...

Zidane asks Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Madrid while Pepe lures him to PSG

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:12:00 PDT

The FC panel debate the rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo requesting a move out of Spain, possibly back to Manchester United. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Zidane, Pepe luring Ronaldo to opposite paths Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos have made phone calls to Cristiano Ronaldo to try to convince him to stay at the Bernabeu -- while at the same time Pepe is trying to convince him to leave, according to Marca. The Spanish newspaper reports that Zidane took it upon...

Cristiano Ronaldo loves Man United but it doesn't mean he's leaving Madrid

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:39:00 PDT

The FC panel debate the rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo requesting a move out of Spain, possibly back to Manchester United. Where Cristiano Ronaldo will play his football next season is up for grabs. Whether the tax case against him will be proven or resolved is, also, a matter for conjecture. What is hard fact, however, is that Real Madrid's record goalscorer, their triple Champions League winner and first Ballon D'Or winner for football played while at the Santiago Bernabeu since Alfredo Di Stefano in 1959 is royally upset with his club and much of what surrounds it. Significantly before the accusation that his...

Man United rightfully wary of pursuing Cristiano Ronaldo given Real history

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:58:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden addresses the latest news on Cristiano Ronaldo and looks ahead to his upcoming press availability. The FC panel debate the rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo requesting a move out of Spain, possibly back to Manchester United. MOSCOW -- Manchester United have a pretty poor track record when it comes to dealing with Real Madrid, one of a number of reasons why nobody at Old Trafford is getting too carried away by the prospect of luring Cristiano Ronaldo from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. United may have kept David De Gea from Real's clutches two years ago, when the Spain goalkeeper appeared all set for a return to his home city with the European champions, but it was only because of a paperwork hitch on Madrid's part...

Real Madrid rebel Cristiano Ronaldo offered free beer for life

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:22:00 PDT

Recent revelations that Cristiano Ronaldo may just be available to purchase this summer has thrown the football world into turmoil with potential suitors feverishly digging down the back of the couch to scramble together the necessary funds. However, without the financial clout to compete with PSG, Manchester United and the like, a club from the German third tier have submitted a non-monetary but nevertheless enticing offer for the Real Madrid superstar. Hey @Cristiano, we're still looking for...

Man United, PSG to battle over Ronaldo as Madrid hold out for €200m

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:22:00 PDT

With Ronaldo reportedly intending to quit Real Madrid, ESPN FC's Mark Ogden assesses the chances of a Man United return. The FC crew evaluate Cristiano Ronaldo's future with Real Madrid and assess the possibility of a Manchester United return. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Man United, PSG to do battle for Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo has begun to pack his bags, it would seem. The Times reports that the Portuguese, "angered and saddened" by the accusation of tax evasion and the reporting of the case in Spain, has informed Real Madrid that he intends to leave that club -- and asked representatives...

Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid exit talk: United legend could return

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 01:30:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden gives his take on the Cristiano Ronaldo exit rumours. It's the biggest news of the summer so far -- Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave Real Madrid.  The Portuguese superstar, who has 600 career goals to his name, is said to be angry at an ongoing tax investigation in Spain. It has led to suggestions he could leave Real Madrid, the club he joined for a then world record £80 million in 2009.  But where could he end up? ESPN FC's bloggers and correspondents discuss Ronaldo's options this summer.  MANCHESTER...

Report over Cristiano Ronaldo's future suggests a simple cry for attention

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:42:00 PDT

With Ronaldo reportedly intending to quit Real Madrid, ESPN FC's Mark Ogden assesses the chances of a Man United return. Mark Ogden isn't overly convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving Real Madrid after recent reports suggesting otherwise. Reports in Portugal on Friday morning suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to leave Real Madrid this summer were quickly picked up by the Spanish press, with this in turn leading the paper that made the claim to run a second story under the headline "A Bola's report on Cristiano causes alarm bells to ring." That, of course, may have been entirely the point. During the summer recess a sensational headline is always handy for generating a few clicks. And an uncredited, online report running...

Why Cristiano Ronaldo may feel his journey at Real Madrid is over

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:41:00 PDT

Mark Ogden isn't overly convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving Real Madrid after recent reports suggesting otherwise. Mark Ogden isn't overly convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving Real Madrid after recent reports suggesting otherwise. Mark Ogden isn't overly convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving Real Madrid after recent reports suggesting otherwise. Cristiano Ronaldo says his conscience is clear after being accused of defrauding Spain's tax office of €14.7 million in unpaid taxes, but he's clearly not happy. In fact, he's so unhappy that on Friday news circulated that the Real Madrid forward is ready to quit his life in Spain over the claims one of his lawyers has described as "unjust." Portuguese newspaper A Bola broke the news, saying Ronaldo, outraged by the treatment he has received and feeling that due to his status he...

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema tours with Dubai police

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:36:00 PDT

As part of his summer holiday, Karim Benzema took in a sightseeing tour of Dubai on Thursday evening. However, being a Champions League-winning superstar, the excursion was anything but standard fare. #KBNueve #DubaïPolice #Expo2020Dubaï pic.twitter.com/rKfvDutc9V - Karim Benzema (@Benzema) June 13, 2017 Indeed, Benzema went cruising through the Emirate in a brand new McLaren police super car, taking in sights such as the Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah beach and the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid...

Cristiano Ronaldo wants out at Real Madrid; Donnarumma to Bernabeu?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:31:00 PDT

Mark Ogden isn't overly convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving Real Madrid after recent reports suggesting otherwise. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: Ronaldo decides to quit Madrid It was fun while it lasted, but could this be the end for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, according to A Bola and Diario Record in Ronaldo's native Portugal as well as Spain's Marca, it could be. Portuguese daily @abola claim Ronaldo has made irreversible decision to leave Real...

Transfer Talk: Alvaro Morata's agent talks to Man United

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Alvaro Morata is reportedly edging closer to a move to Manchester United. The most celebrated arrival at Old Trafford this summer is likely to be Real Madrid's Morata, and AS reports that Mourinho will have some joy soon as the player's agent met with club officials to finalise terms on the 24-year-old's exit. For more on Man United's wish list, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Borja Mayoral faces the biggest summer of his fledgling career

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:21:00 PDT

Former France teammate Frank Leboeuf shares his thoughts on Zinedine Zidane's success so far at the helm of Real Madrid. This summer could be the biggest of Borja Mayoral's career. The Real Madrid striker has been called back to the Bernabeu after a season-long loan at Wolfsburg and has the opportunity to work his way into Zinedine Zidane's first-team plans for the 2017-18 season. The spell of the 20-year-old, Madrid-born player in the Bundesliga did not go entirely according to plan, and Wolfsburg's request to extend the arrangement was met with short shrift from club and player. Mayoral has long been viewed...

Real Madrid unveil new kit with new color trim and commemorative patch

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:11:00 PDT

The FC crew discuss where Real Madrid's recent run of Champions League titles puts them in terms of all-time clubs. Sergio Ramos and the rest of the triumphant Madrid squad showed off their new silverware to Madridistas via bus parade. Gab Marcotti and Steve Nicol see no reason why Gareth Bale couldn't stay at Real Madrid if they were to sign Kylian Mbappe. With just 55 days of the off-season left until their next competitive fixture, Real Madrid have unveiled their brand new kits for 2017-18. You may not be surprised to learn that the home strip is predominantly white, but with a cool turquoise trim replacing the more familiar purple/black/gold of recent years. ⚽���� #HalaMadrid@nachofi1990: "Everyone will like the new shirt." ����  https://t.co/s58gzde9F0 pic.twitter.com/aZrpktusko -...

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid reunion a compelling introduction to 2017-18

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:44:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest surrounding Alvaro Morata's potential move to Man United. The first official match of the new season sounds like the dream encounter for organizers UEFA. Real Madrid will face Jose Mourinho's Manchester United -- the first time that the Portuguese manager meets his former team on a football pitch since he left Madrid in 2013 -- in the UEFA Supercup. At times, it feels like football has an extremely inventive writer putting together its scripts. In this case, the fact that Mourinho and the Real Madrid players he threw under the bus during his tenure, such...

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