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What's next for Barca?

May 26, 2017 07:15 AM PDT

Saturday's Copa del Rey final vs. Alaves is an afterthought for Barcelona. They're obviously intent on victory but Luis Enrique's exit means that attention is largely focused on which direction the club take from here. Sid Lowe »

Isco has Real Madrid fans dancing to his tune ahead of UCL final

May 26, 2017 05:07 PM PDT

Sid Lowe explains why it would not be worth the risk for Zinedine Zidane to start Gareth Bale over Isco in Cardiff. Real Madrid fans were asked this week to select their player of the season and the result was further confirmation of one of the greatest personal success stories at the Bernabeu in 2016-17 as Isco garnered the most votes. It was a richly deserved accolade. In an era when every aspect of the game is scrutinised, recorded, analysed and then turned into statistical evidence that one player is more effective or more efficient than another there is little room for pure entertainment, but Isco, he of...

Liverpool to bid £50m for Naby Keita; Man City moving for Benjamin Mendy

May 26, 2017 04:56 PM PDT

The FC panel try to sort through the conflicting messages and swirling rumours regarding Antoine Griezmann's future. Liverpool are trying to raid RB Leipzig for their box-to-box midfielder Naby Keita. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Liverpool eye record Keita bid Liverpool could break their transfer record to sign RB Leipzig's Naby Keita, with the Mirror claiming the Reds are prepared to bid as high as £50 million to get the box-to-box midfielder. The Guinea international would command a fee in excess of the £38m they paid for...

Ex-Mexico boss Miguel Herrera returns to Club America

May 26, 2017 04:55 PM PDT

Miguel Herrera spent the past three seasons at Club Tijuana. MEXICO CITY -- Miguel "Piojo" Herrera has been named the new manager of Club America, the club announced on Friday. The former Mexico coach spent the past three seasons at Club Tijuana, where he recorded two first place regular-season finishes in his last two seasons in charge of the club. Herrera, who left Club America's managerial post in 2013 for the El Tri job, will have his second stint as Las Aguilas' manager. Nuestro DT para el Apertura 2017 será Miguel Herrera. ¡Bienvenido...

PSG fittingly can send club legend Maxwell out on top with cup triumph

May 26, 2017 04:29 PM PDT

With domestic seasons all wrapped up, Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes predict some of the cup finals around Europe. The ESPN FC crew discuss what lies ahead for Unai Emery and Paris Saint-Germain following a disappointing 2016-17 campaign. Amid rumours linking him to various clubs, Julien Laurens discusses whether or not PSG's Marco Verratti is set for a move. PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain will end an unsatisfying season with a Coupe de France final against Angers at Stade de France on Saturday and the curtain will come down on popular veteran Maxwell's illustrious career with the capital club as well. It is unclear what the future holds for the Brazilian left-back right now but whether he plays on or hangs up his boots, the 35-year-old will always deserve more credit than he generally tends to get. Assuming PSG beat Angers this weekend, Maxwell will...

Eden Hazard: Chelsea can send message for next year with double

May 26, 2017 03:45 PM PDT

The FC panel discuss how an FA Cup title would cap off a brilliant first season for Antonio Conte at Chelsea. Eden Hazard believes Chelsea can lay down the challenge to their rivals for next season by completing a Premier League and FA Cup double on Saturday. Antonio Conte will be seeking one in his first season as head coach when the Premier League winners face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. A six-way battle for the Premier League was anticipated this season but did not materialise as resurgent Chelsea dominated, winning by seven points from Tottenham. Chelsea's rivals will be eager to overtake...

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