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Transfer Rater: Arturo Vidal to Manchester United, Gianluigi Donnarumma to Chelsea

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The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Kingsley Coman to Arsenal The turnover in Arsenal's squad looks set to continue, with Unai Emery reportedly interested in the Bayern Munich winger. The Guardian claims the...
Mark Thompson, Football Whispers

Is there any future for Loris Karius at Liverpool after his nightmare?

1 day 7 hours ago
Liverpool fans at Anfield react to Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid, Mo Salah's injury and Loris Karius' goalkeeping howlers. LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool thought they had finally solved their lingering goalkeeping issue when Loris Karius finally took control of the No. 1 spot from rival Simon Mignolet at the start of 2018. But a nightmare performance as the German was at fault for two goals in the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid -- albeit one tempered by the fact he suffered a concussion -- left him with a near insurmountable task. So much so that Liverpool paid a world-record transfer fee of...
Glenn Price, Liverpool correspondent

Sydney FC won't rush into marquee signing - chief executive Danny Townsend

1 day 19 hours ago
Steve Corica has an extra $1.3million in the kitty after pocketing a transfer fee for Adrian Mierzejewski. Sprinting great Usain Bolt appears close to securing a trial stint with the Central Coast Mariners. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola takes time to meet Melbourne City players and fans in Australia. Sydney FC won't rush into signing replacements for Bobo and Adrian Mierzejewski, with chief executive Danny Townsend aiming to reel in a big fish as European transfer actions heats up. The Sky Blues are searching far and wide as they attempt to cover the loss of Bobo, who earlier this year broke the record for most goals in an A-League season, and Mierzejewski, who claimed the Johnny Warren medal in his only season with the club. They unsuccessfully courted Spanish striker Fernando Torres, while...

Andre-Pierre Gignac wants to finish his career at Tigres

1 day 19 hours ago
Former France international Robert Pires said his country mirrored the spirit they showed in 1998 during their World Cup winning campaign. The ESPN FC team answer your tweets on Kylian Mbappe's stock at PSG, the 2018 France squad vs. the 1998 World Cup winning side and much more. Julien Laurens takes issue with's omission of France's N'Golo Kante in their World Cup team of the tournament. Andre-Pierre Gignac has said he wants to end his career with Mexican club Tigres despite receiving offers to move elsewhere. France international forward Gignac said he had rejected more lucrative options to stay with the club he joined from Marseille in 2015. Although a number of clubs have expressed an interest, notably Brazilian side Santos, Gignac told Multimedios he had no intention of leaving. "I want to continue on this path and finish my career with Tigres. I have already said that several...
Ian Holyman

Juventus unveil new third kit made from recovered ocean plastics

1 day 20 hours ago
ESPN FC's Paolo Bandini delves into Gonzalo Higuain's future at Juventus and discusses the chances he'll join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Cristiano Ronaldo will again wear a kit made using plastic recovered from the oceans after Serie A champions Juventus announced they are to follow the lead of Manchester United and Real Madrid. The predominantly grey third kit, which has yellow stripes down the sides, is produced by their technical sponsors Adidas in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, a company with the aim of reducing pollution of and the amount of plastic waste in the sea by redesigning sportswear using innovative...
Ben Gladwell

Manchester United's five most pressing concerns while World Cup stars take summer holiday

1 day 20 hours ago
Stewart Robson reads between the lines of Jose Mourinho's press conference comments on Paul Pogba and feels his compliments were backhanded. Man United's Jose Mourinho puts Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup win into perspective and outlines what he hopes Pogba will take away from it. Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled to not have several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S. Jose Mourinho has again got his way with Manchester United's summer plans. Just like last year, the Portuguese coach has based himself at UCLA in California to prepare for the new season. Money-spinning trips to the Far East and Australia will have to wait at least another 12 months. It is not all good news, and Mourinho will have to do without the bulk of his senior squad in the United States and the five games against Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid. United...
Rob Dawson, Manchester United correspondent

Liverpool's Alisson travelled a hard road to world's most expensive goalkeeper

1 day 20 hours ago
With Alisson's move from Roma to Liverpool now official, the ESPN FC guys discuss where the club will finish with the Brazil goalkeeper on board. There were plenty of obstacles that almost took Alisson, starting goalkeeper for Brazil, off the pitch. Now 25, he has dealt with issues regarding his weight, height and his family's finances, while also challenging his initial choice as a player, in order to become the player he is today. This is his story, as told by those who saw him as a child, rising in the football world. Alisson was born in Novo Hamburgo, in the Porto Alegre metropolitan region. Alisson Becker carries German genes in his...
Marcelo Gomes, Rafael Valente and Vladimir Bianchini, ESPN Brazil

Villarreal's Santi Cazorla makes 'very special' comeback after 21 months out

1 day 21 hours ago
MADRID -- Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla said it was "very special" to be playing top-level football again after making his comeback following an injury-plagued 21 months. The former Arsenal playmaker, who had skin removed from his forearm and grafted on to his leg after undergoing eight operations on a persistent ankle injury, was told by doctors he would be lucky to walk properly again, let alone return to playing professionally. "To feel like a footballer again is something very special," Cazorla...

FIFA fines and warns six clubs over debts to players

1 day 21 hours ago
Clubs from Russia and Qatar are among six fined by FIFA and warned they risk one-year transfer bans for failing to settle debts to players. FIFA said the clubs also face deductions of six league points if they fail to pay the debts in 30 to 90 days. The clubs are: Kuban of Russia; Al Arabi and Al Kharaitiyat of Qatar; Zamalek of Egypt; Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates; and Mersin Idman Yurdu of Turkey. FIFA says all failed to comply with rulings by FIFA or the Court of Arbitration for Sport...
Associated Press
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