Saudi Arabia paying €1 billion for one year of Kylian Mbappe makes complete sense for all sides

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The money, the numbers have completely lost all meaning at this point. It should be repulsive. Vulgar. Moral beyond the pale. Even if you discount the ethical questions that come with the provenance of the money, the idea of ​​Al Hilal actually paying €1 billion (£861m; $1.1bn) for Kylian Mbappe to play for them for … Read more

Messi’s perfect free kick that announced his arrival in the United States

Lionel Messi was bent over the ball trying to catch his breath. It was the 93rd minute of his highly anticipated debut as a newly minted Major League Soccer player. Messi, arguably the greatest player of all time, who just seven months ago led Argentina to the World Cup title in Qatar, prepared to take … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo: Saudi Professional League is ‘much better’ than Major League Soccer

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Cristiano Ronaldo told members of the media on Monday that the Saudi Professional League is superior to Major League Soccer. Here’s what you need to know: Ronaldo, who plays for Al Nassr of the Saudi Pro League, was asked about potentially joining Lionel Messi in MLS. “None,” He answered following his side’s 5-0 defeat in … Read more

Liverpool have been thrown into turmoil. So what will Jurgen Klopp do about it?

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It all happened so calmly. Liverpool had moved quickly to get most of their transfer business done before the start of pre-season, with Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai arriving for a combined fee of around £95m ($125m) – the two versatile, dynamic midfielders Jurgen Klopp had prioritized in the window. This section of the … Read more

From Patrick Vieira to Andrew Robertson… the best signings in Premier League history

In the summer of 2012, European champions Chelsea were in the middle of a busy transfer window, signing Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses. While promising youngsters Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku had returned to Stamford Bridge after successful loan spells and were hoping to get their chance in the first team. Meanwhile, as … Read more

Manchester United had spoiled De Gea for too long – he was unsuitable for Ten Hag’s purpose

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In the media suite at the Brentford Community Stadium, Erik ten Hag, chastened by a 4-0 defeat in his second game in charge of Manchester United, took the question in stride. It related to his then goalkeeper, David de Gea, and the Spaniard’s suitability within the Dutchman’s tactical plans, where a goalkeeper is expected to … Read more

Nottingham Forest’s ‘quiet’ summer: Squad cuts, restructuring, careful recruitment

Last summer Nottingham Forest set a precedent – and with it expectations. Everyone knows the numbers involved now. They are likely to follow Forest around for a few more years: a flurry of 22 new additions was followed by another seven in January. Forest will forever be known as the club that made 29 signings … Read more

How Manchester United signed Mason Mount: Smokescreens, a conciliatory phone call and Ten Hag’s sales pitch

It was after three failed bids that Manchester United let it be known a week on Friday that they would walk away from negotiations with Chelsea for Mason Mount. They had a figure in mind, £55 million ($70 million), and saw Chelsea’s efforts to push for more than that as unreasonable as Mount had only … Read more

Why Mason Greenwood would not find Italy an easy opportunity to restart his career

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As Manchester United begin pre-season training this week, questions remain over the future of Mason Greenwood. Charges of attempted rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and controlling and coercive behavior were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in February this year. A nascent playing career put on hold after disrupting, in the words of Greater … Read more

Liverpool, the box midfield and where Dominik Szoboszlai will fit in next season

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There were two key questions surrounding Liverpool’s midfield rebuild this summer: which players would comprise it and which formation did the club buy? More specifically, would Jurgen Klopp return to his traditional 4-3-3 system or continue with the 3-box-3 set-up in which Liverpool ended the season. The addition of Dominik Szoboszlai appears to have provided … Read more