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Lucas Torreira to join Arsenal in ¬30 million deal – Sampdoria chief

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira would fit in at the Emirates. The FC guys answer your tweets on Arsenal’s next No. 1 goalkeeper, what a 48-team World Cup will be like, Antoine Griezmann’s decision and more. Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that midfielder Lucas Torreira is set to join Arsenal in a €30 million deal. Arsenal have been in talks to sign the Uruguay international, although the deal is dragging out with the player competing at the World Cup in Russia. But Ferrero said live on Sportitalia on Tuesday that Sampdoria have accepted an offer for the holding midfielder. “Torreira’s gone for €30m,” Ferrero said. “I bought him from Pescara when nobody believed in him....

Atletico Madrid may report Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann approach – chief

With Antoine Griezmann yet to announce his decision on his future, the FC crew discuss whether staying at Atletico would show a lack of ambition. Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal insists he belongs to the club and will do all in his power to help them improve. Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin said his club are considering reporting Barcelona for an illegal approach for Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona’s board made a public attempt to persuade Griezmann to make a €100 million switch to the Camp Nou this summer, but the France international used a television documentary last week to announce his decision to sign a new deal that ties him to Atletico through 2022-23. “We have proof of the contacts,” Gil Marin told Cadena Ser. “There is n...

Barcelona to probe Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti roles in Antoine Griezmann decision

Antoine Griezmann has finally announced his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, and the FC panel can’t quite believe how he went about it. World Cup: Antoine Griezmann (58′) France 1-0 Australia Barcelona will speak to Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti over their involvement in Antoine Griezmann’s decision to turn them down and renew his contract with Atletico Madrid. Pique’s company produced the documentary in which Griezmann rejected an offer to sign for Barca, while Umtiti publicised the airing of the programme via social media. Barca had no idea the documentary was being made and were shocked at the manner in which Griezmann’s decision was finally revealed after months of talks with the France forward. “As a club, we respect Griezmann’s decision ...

Brendon Santalab joins Perth Glory from Western Sydney Wanderers

Daniel Arzani and Trent Sainsbury remaine hopeful ahead of Australia’s crunch game against Denmark, on Thursday. Socceroo Daniel Arzani reflects on his World Cup debut, and just how proud he is to be representing Australia in Russia. Former Denmark player Kasper Lorentzen previews Thursday’s crucial Group C match between Denmark and Australia, in Samara. Veteran striker Brendon Santalab has quit Western Sydney Wanderers to join A-League rivals Perth Glory, where he will reunite with former mentor Tony Popovic. The 35-year-old Wanderers faithful was offered an administrative role only with the Red and Black next season, despite the 2017 Wanderers Medal winner wanting to extend his career. He was snapped up by the Glory. “Brendon is a player that brings invaluable experienc...

Eden Hazard: Chelsea must improve for me to stay this summer

While Belgium’s star power is no secret, the FC crew question if it will be enough to see them through to a deep run in the World Cup. Fresh off Belgium’s 4-1 win over Costa Rica, the FC crew highlight their concerns about Roberto Martinez’s side and assess how far they can go. The World Cup always delivers some surprises, so the FC crew key in on the teams with potential to shock the world, for better or worse. Eden Hazard said he only wants to stay at Chelsea beyond this summer if the club is in a position to improve on last season. Chelsea disappointed despite winning the FA Cup last season, finishing fifth in the Premier League, and are yet to sign any new players or settle their managerial situation despite both Hazard and Thibaut Courtois publicly challenging the cl...

Juventus move best for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer – father

ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner explains how important it is to come out flying in a World Cup opener, which may have contributed to Serbia’s defensive nature. Despite Keylor Navas’ heroics for Costa Rica, Aleksandar Kolarov’s inch-perfect free kick was all Serbia would need to secure Group E opening win. Despite Keylor Navas’ heroics for Costa Rica, Aleksandar Kolarov’s inch-perfect free kick was all Serbia would need to secure a Group E opening win. The father of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic believes a move to Juventus this summer would help him follow in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and win the Champions League and Ballon d’Or. The 23-year-old still has four years left to run on his contract, but he is being tipped to move on this summer ...

U.S. international Julian Green seals permanent Greuther Furth transfer

Julian Green breaks down his first United States goal in nearly two years and the USMNT’s overall performance in their draw with France. Julian Green describes what it’s like playing under the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti and what each brought to the advancement of his career. United States international Julian Green has joined second-tier German side Greuther Furth, for whom he played on loan last season, from Stuttgart on a two-year deal. Earlier this month, Stuttgart revealed that they hoped an agreement could be reached for a permanent transfer, which was announced on Sunday. Green, 23, had said he was uncertain of what his future held after his one-year loan with the Shamrocks ended. But the forward, who returned to the U.S. national team af...

Jerome Boateng’s World Cup clouded after Bayern Munich talk up exit

Raf Honigstein explains why a photo of Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is causing problems for Germany. ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes predict the outcomes of Costa Rica-Serbia, Brazil-Switzerland and Germany-Mexico. Three days into the World Cup, we’ve already seen club football arrogantly ride roughshod over national team concerns in ways that were not totally unexpected. Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann used his presence in Russia with France as a marketing ploy to drive up viewing figures for his silly, self-demeaning “The Decision” carry-on while Real Madrid secretly snared Spain coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament with wanton disregard for the inevitable fall-out. Bayern Munich gettin...

Real Madrid, Santos agree ¬54m Rodrygo deal for 2019

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid’s first press 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. ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater. The FC crew react to Real Madrid’s appointment of Julen Lopetegui as manager, questioning the timing as he prepares to lead Spain at the World Cup. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti discusses the tricky situation Julen Lopetegui finds himself in as he coaches Spain before taking over at Real Madrid. Brazilian club Santos have announced an agreement to sell teenager Rodrygo to Spanish giants Real...

Neymar is Cristiano Ronaldo’s heir at Real Madrid – Jorge Valdano

Ronaldo expresses his admiration for Neymar and hopes he continues to break records for many years to come. Ronaldo expresses his admiration for Neymar and hopes he continues to break records for many years to come. Ronaldo expresses his admiration for Neymar and hopes he continues to break records for many years to come. Former Real Madrid player and coach Jorge Valdano believes Neymar is the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and he understands why the club have long pursued him. Ronaldo, 33, has won the Ballon d’Or five times and the Champions League four times during his nine seasons at Madrid but appears set on trying to force an exit from the club — although sources have told ESPN FC that a new contract offer could resolve the situation. But Madrid president Florentino Perez is re...

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale wants to prove himself under Julen Lopetegui – source

The FC crew react to Real Madrid’s appointment of Julen Lopetegui as manager, questioning the timing as he prepares to lead Spain at the World Cup. The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid’s first press 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. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti discusses the tricky situation Julen Lopetegui finds himself in as he coaches Spain before taking over at Real Madrid. Gareth Bale is happy at Real Madrid and keen to work under new head coach Julen Lopetegui rather than seek a move back to the Premier League, a source has told ESPN FC. Bale, who scored twice after coming on as a substitute in...

Antoine Griezmann chooses Atletico Madrid over Barcelona in ‘The Decision’ TV special

Antoine Griezmann has finally announced his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, and the FC panel can’t quite believe how he went about it. With Antoine Griezmann yet to announce his decision on his future, the FC crew discuss whether staying at Atletico would show a lack of ambition. Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke admits he’s keen for Antoine Griezmann to stay at the club because of his huge impact. Frank Leboeuf has his say about the future of Antoine Griezmann, saying he might be better suited for a move away from Spain. Antoine Griezmann intends to sign a new contract with Atletico Madrid, he revealed in a televised documentary entitled “The Decision,” ending a long-running courtship from Barcelona. Atletico’s top scorer each of the past three seasons, Gr...