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Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid look set to usher in new era without Cristiano Ronaldo

ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti shares the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo’s links to Juventus, including his motives for wanting to leave Madrid. The FC crew answer your tweets on the top prospects to replace Cristiano Ronaldo should he leave Real Madrid and the best goalkeeper so far at Russia 2018. ESPN FC’s Raphael Honigstein explains how both Juventus and Real Madrid are benefitting from having Cristiano Ronaldo linked with a move to Turin. Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid with one clear message: The club needed a change and he felt it was time he moved on to allow that change to happen. Whether he knew of Cristiano Ronaldo’s intentions and apparent willingness to leave the club is up for debate, but he got out to let someone else step into the breach. Sergio Ramos said Zid...

Cristiano Ronaldo rumours lead Juventus shares to spike in Italian Stock Exchange

ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti shares the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo’s links to Juventus, including his motives for wanting to leave Madrid. The FC crew answer your tweets on the top prospects to replace Cristiano Ronaldo should he leave Real Madrid and the best goalkeeper so far at Russia 2018. Speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential move to Juventus has caused the Italian club’s share price to soar to the point where the team had to issue a statement about the rumors.. Juventus stock has surged as reports have grown that Ronaldo is on the brink of leaving Real Madrid in a €100 million transfer to the Serie A club. The share price jumped by 11.19 percent on Thursday and surged another 7 percent on Friday. That forced Juventus to release a statement that it says cam...

Real Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi closing in on Borussia Dortmund loan

Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi appears to be closing in on a loan move to Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in the German media. Bild have reported that the full-back is primed to join the Bundesliga heavyweights on a two-year loan deal. He featured nine times for Los Merengues last season, primarily standing in as a replacement for Dani Carvajal when the latter was injured. However, Real’s signing of Spanish right-back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad places another obstacle in Hakimi’s path, with the 22-year-old set to understudy Carvajal. Odriozola’s arrival pushes the 19-year-old Hakimi, a favourite of former Real manager Zinedine Zidane, closer to the exit door. Only the agreement of personal terms stand between Hakimi and Dortmund, with Los Blancos understoo...

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential Real Madrid exit could pave the way for Marco Asensio’s reign

ESPN FC’s Raphael Honigstein explains how both Juventus and Real Madrid are benefitting from having Cristiano Ronaldo linked with a move to Turin. As the Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus rumours continue to gain momentum, ESPN FC’s Craig Burley explains why he’s not sold on the move. Marco Asensio was nine years old when he bumped into Florentino Perez in the Port de Mallorca. His son posing next to the Madrid president’s boat, Asensio’s father introduced himself and said: “This is Marco. Some day he’ll play at Real Madrid.” When that prophecy was realised in December 2014, Perez said he remembered that day. Asensio has often recounted the story of Rafa Nadal’s involvement in the affair, but Perez was always one step ahead. Asensio’s...

Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Real Madrid for Juventus? Not so fast

ESPN FC’s Raphael Honigstein explains how both Juventus and Real Madrid are benefitting from having Cristiano Ronaldo linked with a move to Turin. Cristiano Ronaldo flew home from Russia and the World Cup on Monday but he didn’t stay out of the headlines for long, as evidenced by the massive headlines on Tuesday linking him with a move to Juventus. As with all things involving Cristiano and Real Madrid, nothing is quite straightforward. Here’s an attempt to make sense of it. Q: So Juventus have made an offer, have they? A: Easy there. Juventus haven’t confirmed anything and it’s worth noting who pushed this story initially: Marca, the Madrid-based paper close to Real Madrid, and A Bola, the Portuguese daily. Q: Why is that relevant? A: Well they come out at th...

How the biggest teams in football could lure Cristiano Ronaldo to their club

Where will Cristiano Ronaldo go? After Real Madrid won the Champions League in May, Cristiano Ronaldo cast doubt over his future. “It has been great being at Real Madrid,” he said. Was Ronaldo simply angling for a pay rise? Probably. Was he trying to hog the spotlight? Most definitely. But his cleverly worded yet vague statement put the world on notice that CR7 might be back on the market. The latest rumours link Ronaldo with Juventus.  Even at 33, he wouldn’t come cheap — those Bugatti Veyrons don’t pay for themselves, you know — but how would some of the biggest clubs in football try to lure Ronaldo? By appealing to his vanity, of course. There’s already a famous Ronaldo statue (which was recently redone to increase the likeness, a piece of art w...

Honigstein: Real Madrid testing the waters with Ronaldo

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Real Madrid target Alisson not ‘untransferrable’ – Monchi

AS Roma’s Alisson revealed he feels happy in Serie A and that he is focusing on winning the World Cup with Brazil. Gab Marcotti and the ESPN FC crew discuss how far along Liverpool are in their contract negotiations with Roma’s Alisson. ESPN FC’s Steve Nicol explains why Roma’s Alisson has to be Liverpool’s No. 1 transfer target this summer. Roma sporting director Monchi says his club has not received any bid for reported €60 million Real Madrid target Alisson Becker — but admits the goalkeeper is not “untransferrable.” Marca have claimed that Allisson, 25, currently playing for Brazil at the World Cup, is top of their list of goalkeeper targets for this summer — with Manchester United’s David De Gea, Chelsea’s Thibaut Court...

Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas’ ‘guardian angel’ leaves Bernabeu

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid’s first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking. Real Madrid goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis, referred to as the “guardian angel” of Keylor Navas, has left the club to join Real Sociedad. Llopis worked with Navas at Levante before becoming part of Madrid’s staff, helping the Costa Rica goalkeeper to come through some difficult spells to produce key saves. However, after Zinedine Zidane resigned as coach and was replaced by former Spain national coach Julen Lopetegui, Sociedad confirmed that Llopis was joining their goalkeeping set-up. Lopetegui, a former goalkeeper, had been expected to retain both Llopis and Zidane’s fitness coach Antonio Pintus, but will now need to add at least on...

Real Madrid’s deals for Julen Lopetegui, Raul de Tomas symbolic of new club direction

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid’s first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking. An emotional Julen Lopetegui discusses the pain of his sacking as Spain manager and the pride he has in accepting the Real Madrid job. When Raul de Tomas hangs up his boots, he wants to be a boxer. He loves the physical aspect of the sport and says he uses it to blow off steam. Before he steps into the ring, though, he has a dream that is more pressing. “Every night, I go to sleep thinking about being a Real Madrid player,” he told Diario AS. He has a fighting chance to do just that after signing a five-year deal with the club on the back of a stellar campaign with Rayo Vallecano. He scored 24 goals in 32 games, which saw Real Madrid’s nei...

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo should pay bigger tax fine than ¬18.8m – union

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning 88th minute free kick completed his hat trick and secured a vital 3-3 draw against Spain in the process. The guys respond to your tweets about Cristiano Ronaldo following his heroic display for Portugal against Spain in the World Cup. The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world’s elite players. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick against Spain set several World Cup and international records for the Portuguese superstar. Officials at Spain’s tax authority have called for “reconsideration” of the deal done with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Earlier this week, sources told ESPN FC that an agreement with tax prosecutors would see Ronaldo admit wrongdoing over his image ri...