Why Barcelona must pay Lionel Messi until 2025 – even if he moves to Inter Miami

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Lionel Messi announced his decision to join Inter Miami about a month ago, but his name is still a hot talking point around former club Barcelona. As a result, when Barcelona president Joan Laporta was interviewed by local outlet La Vanguardia, Messi came up. Laporta assessed the situation the club is in with their long-time … Read more

The new transfer deadline? Why June 30 matters for Chelsea, Barcelona and more

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It’s not the transfer deadline that calls for countdowns on scrolling news pages. Nor is it one with the potential to irrevocably shape a season. Yet June 30 has quietly become a date of growing importance on the football calendar – for some in the industry it is beginning to feel akin to a third … Read more

Real Madrid’s search for a new striker? Some at the club worry it’s over

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The summer has only just begun, but Real Madrid have already done a lot of business. There have been several departures: Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Mariano Diaz and Eden Hazard. Meanwhile, Nacho, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos will all stay after agreeing contract extensions. In terms of new faces, Brahim Diaz is back … Read more

Ilkay Gundogan’s Barcelona transfer: Why Manchester City’s captain decided to leave

The day after his Manchester City side beat Liverpool 4-1 in the Premier League on April 1, Pep Guardiola enjoyed a well-deserved afternoon. Guardiola had invited some friends to watch the game on Saturday and, after attending a morning recovery session at City training on Sunday, met them for lunch at Japanese restaurant Musu in … Read more

Transfer news mailbag: Thomas Partey’s Arsenal future, Christian Pulisic’s situation and more

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We’ve done it once, so let’s do it again. The transfer window is now in full swing, with bids being rejected and clubs trying to sign key players away from other teams. Our readers took the mailbag from earlier this week and threw a few more questions our way. We just had to get back … Read more

Transfer mailbag: Latest from Rice to Arsenal, Kane’s future and what now for Mbappe?

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The transfer window officially opened on Wednesday and there has already been activity throughout the Premier League and Europe – most notably England midfielder Jude Bellingham’s switch from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid. To keep track of all the ins and outs this summer, you can follow along Athletics‘s live transfer blog, while our dedicated … Read more

Jude Bellingham is a done deal – but Real Madrid’s summer has just begun

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After finishing the season with three titles – the European Super Cup, Club World Cup and Copa del Rey – Real Madrid have already embarked on a summer of change. Senior figures at the club have concluded that they need to speed up the famous “transition” that manager Carlo Ancelotti has referred to on many … Read more