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Transfer Talk: Real Madrid ready £112 million bid for Eden Hazard, also targeting Mauro Icardi

1 hour 16 minutes ago
Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea want all their top players to stay. After Eden Hazard hinted at a Chelsea exit, the FC crew explain why it makes sense for him to join Real Madrid this summer. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the Premier League and the top European leagues? TOP STORY: Real Madrid to move for Hazard, Icardi Real Madrid are preparing a £112 million bid for Eden Hazard and have also tabbed Mauro Icardi a target.  Madrid have been closely linked with Hazard for the last couple of seasons and already consider...
Jack Rathborn

Andre Schurrle set for Borussia Dortmund exit as talks open with another club

2 hours 25 minutes ago
Andre Schurrle sat out Borussia Dortmund's International Champions Cup friendly win over Manchester City as he is holding talks with another club, the German side have said. Dortmund claimed a 1-0 win over the Premier League champions through Mario Gotze's penalty; with Schurrle playing no part. 9 @Andre_Schuerrle war bei #MCFCBVB nicht im Kader, da er aufgrund von Verhandlungen mit einem anderen Klub freigestellt ist.— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 21, 2018 Afterwards, the club tweeted an update on the former Chelsea man, which confirmed he had sat out the match as held talks with another club -- and sporting director Michael Zorc later added that he had...
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AC Milan target Champions League football after boardroom reshuffle

3 hours 16 minutes ago
Former AC Milan midfielder Kaka believes Cristiano Ronaldo can help to raise the level in Italy and help Italian teams become great again in Europe. Juventus' new man Cristiano Ronaldo shares what he hopes to achieve during his time at the club. ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes speaks to Paolo Maldini about Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus and Italy's hopes for the future. AC Milan confirmed the "dawn of a new era" following the change of ownership which allowed for them to be re-instated in the Europa League -- and the club is targeting Champions League football. A recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) saw them banned from competing in this season's Europa League due to financial irregularities. However, former owner Li Yonghong was finally forced out of the club by U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management after failing to pay back the €32...
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Prince Tjiueza the early star of COSAFA U-17 Cup

4 hours 13 minutes ago
Namibian fans may find it hard to keep their feet on the ground after they began their COSAFA U-17 Cup campaign with an emphatic 8-3 victory over Seychelles on Thursday. However, in Prince Tjiueza, the Baby Warriors boast the outstanding individual of the competition so far, and a player who has the quality to fire the Namibians to the title. Regardless of the young forward's class in his four-goal display in the evisceration of the Seychelles, this bout was a long time coming for a Namibia side...
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Christian Pulisic, Jadon Sancho impress Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre

4 hours 15 minutes ago
Mario Gotze converted after Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick to lead Borussia Dortmund past Manchester City in an ICC showdown in Chicago. Mario Gotze discusses Borussia Dortmund's win over Manchester City in the ICC and describes how the German side is feeling early in preseason. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson feels Christian Pulisic must improve his end product at Borussia Dortmund this season. CHICAGO, Illinois -- Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre believes the club have have two very talented teenagers after watching their display in the 1-0 International Champions Cup win over Manchester City on Friday. In his first match in charge of the club, Favre heaped praise on 19-year-old Christian Pulisic and 18-year-old Jadon Sancho. Pulisic started the Bundesliga side's first preseason match, and immediately made a nuisance of himself on City's left side. The U.S. international had drawn...
Austin Lindberg, general editor, ESPN FC

Chicago Fire sign Nicolas Hasler from Toronto FC with Jon Bakero heading the other way

5 hours 31 minutes ago
Christian Ramirez and Darwin Quintero each scored in the first half for Minnesota United FC in a hard fought 2-1 win over New England. The ESPN FC crew debate whether Major League Soccer's punishment for Mike Petke's outburst was fair, given the substance of his complaints. Alejandro Moreno runs through his awards for Week 20 in MLS, including the best and worst of Zack Steffen and a bit of magic from Alphonso Davies. Check out every goal from Week 20 in MLS, including Paul Arriola's big night at D.C.'s new home and Dom Dwyer helping Orlando City end its slump. Chicago Fire have agreed a deal to sign right-back Nicolas Hasler from Toronto FC for a fee of $50,000 with Jon Bakero going the other way. The Fire have been in need of a new right-back and Hasler should slot straight into the first team. The Liechtensteiner started 11 games last season, contributing three assists. He signed for Toronto last summer, starting nine of the 20 matches played in 2017 and appearing in two playoff games. Bakero heads to Toronto after the Fire made aggressive moves to...
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New York Red Bulls to complete Andreas Ivan signing once visa is processed

6 hours 12 minutes ago
The ESPN FC crew debate whether Major League Soccer's punishment for Mike Petke's outburst was fair, given the substance of his complaints. Alejandro Moreno runs through his awards for Week 20 in MLS, including the best and worst of Zack Steffen and a bit of magic from Alphonso Davies. Check out every goal from Week 20 in MLS, including Paul Arriola's big night at D.C.'s new home and Dom Dwyer helping Orlando City end its slump. New York Red Bulls are on the verge of completing the signing of Andreas Ivan, the club have announced. Once the Romanian right-winger's P-1 visa is processed, he will become the MLS side's first signing of the transfer window. Ivan, 23, had joined the team as a trial for a week in June and will take up an international spot in the squad. "We are pleased to welcome Andreas to our club," Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. "Andreas is a young, dynamic player with a lot of qualities we...
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola 'worried' about Borussia Dortmund strong tackles

6 hours 48 minutes ago
Mario Gotze discusses Borussia Dortmund's win over Manchester City in the ICC and describes how the German side is feeling early in preseason. Pep Guardiola says nothing is decided on Joe Hart's future after the English goalkeeper played 45 minutes in Man City's ICC loss to Dortmund. Mario Gotze converted after Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick to lead Borussia Dortmund past Manchester City in an ICC showdown in Chicago. CHICAGO, Illinois -- Pep Guardiola admitted he was worried about some of the strong tackles in Manchester City's first game of preseason, a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup. The City manager is without much of his first team after 16 of last season's title-winning squad were called up to the World Cup and given extended time off for the new season. Guardiola may have to use some of his fringe players for the Community Shield game against Chelsea on Aug....
Jonathan Smith, Manchester City correspondent

Chelsea's protracted appointment of Maurizio Sarri complicates truncated transfer window

6 hours 56 minutes ago
Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea want all their top players to stay. Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri declares his disinterest in the transfer market, emphasising his task as manager is to grow the players he currently has. In the aftermath of a season as disappointing as that experienced by Chelsea in 2017-18, one would have assumed that there would be an urgency to get things back on track as quickly as possible. But at Stamford Bridge, it seems that the lessons of the past have yet to be learned. The world and his wife knew that Antonio Conte's days as manager were numbered from the middle of the last campaign, and yet it was not until a week ago that Maurizio Sarri was confirmed as his replacement. There were...
Phil Lythell, Chelsea blogger

Juventus season tickets sell out after Cristiano Ronaldo arrival

19 hours 38 minutes ago
Now that Juventus have Cristiano Ronaldo, the FC crew assess the Old Lady's chances of reclaiming the Champions League title after 22 years. The FC team answer your tweets on Cristiano Ronaldo's GOAT status, how VAR would have changed the 2010 World Cup and how close Liverpool are to title contention. With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition. Juventus have sold all their season tickets for the 2018-19 season following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The Serie A champions said 95 percent of last season's ticket-holders had taken up their option to renew, with those tickets not renewed sold to club members on a shortlist within hours of going on sale on Thursday. The sellout comes despite a price hike earlier this summer, which had angered many fans. "Such is the demand for season tickets this year that there will not...
Ben Gladwell, Italy correspondent

Atlanta United boss Tata Martino on Wayne Rooney: 'He's arrived in good form'

19 hours 42 minutes ago
Wayne Rooney picked up an assist in his MLS debut as D.C. christened Audi Field with a comfortable win over Vancouver. Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said his team would be wary of facing a player of Wayne Rooney's magnitude when it plays D.C. United on Saturday. Rooney, 32, joined Ben Olsen's team from Premier League club Everton on June 28, inking a three-and-a-half-year deal with D.C., and Martino said he thought the former Manchester United forward looked to be "in pretty good form" in his debut as a substitute in a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. "Any institution, when a player...
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