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Extra Time: Modric vs. Iniesta; the ideal Italy striker

The guys respond to your tweets about the Ballon d'Or, Luka Modric vs. Andres Iniesta and who Gab Marcotti thinks is the ideal No. 9 for Italy.

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man City preparing shock move for suddenly out-of-favour Isco

Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding Miguel Almiron, Aaron Ramsey, Christian Pulisic and many more in Transfer Rater. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: Man City to offer Isco an escape route from Madrid? Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper...

Transfer Talk: Man City preparing shock move for suddenly out-of-favour Isco

Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding Miguel Almiron, Aaron Ramsey, Christian Pulisic and many more in Transfer Rater. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: Man City to offer Isco an escape route from Madrid? Pep Guardiola is set to go back to Real Madrid in the hope of luring Isco away from the Spanish capital. Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, ...

Real Madrid have not agreed deal for Exequiel Palacios – River Plate

The FC panel answer your tweets on how Santi Solari's first season should be judged, what dressing rooms are like at half-time and much more. River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has denied reports in Spain that a deal has been reached to sell midfielder Exequiel Palacios to Real Madrid. Diario AS said Madrid had agreed terms to sign Palacios in the winter window and a deal would be completed as early as next week. "He has not been sold, but there is an interest from Real Madrid in Palacios," D'Onofrio told America TV. "The Real Madrid sporting director spoke to [River Plate sporting director Enzo] Francescoli regarding their interest…

Real Madrid make Santiago Solari permanent manager until 2021

With Santi Solari announced as Real Madrid's permanent manager, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains why he's the right man to lead Real Madrid forward. Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that interim manager Santiago Solari has signed a contract to make him the permanent coach of the club until 2021. Solari, 42, had been coaching the club's Castilla youth side and stepped up when Julen Lopetegui was sacked after the 5-1 Clasico defeat at Barcelona in October. On Monday a source at the Spanish federation [RFEF] told ESPN FC that all the relevant paperwork had been filed to change Solari's status to permanent –  with league rules mandating…

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari relaxed over future as decision day over job looms

Sid Lowe breaks down what Santiago Solari has done to get the best out of Real Madrid, with the club winning his first three matches in charge. Real Madrid interim coach Santiago Solari has claimed his only focus is on Sunday's match at Celta Vigo, with decision time over his future fast approaching. La Liga rules state Solari must either be confirmed as full-time manager or vacate his interim role, with the deadline for the decision on Monday. Asked whether the Vigo match was decisive for his hopes of becoming Madrid manager, Solari said: "In this sport every game is decisive, for many reasons. "If you lose points you cannot recover them….

Extra Time: Derby analysis, Santi Solari’s hair and more

The guys respond to your tweets, and a tweet from Ian Darke, about derby analysis, Santi Solari, what makes Craig Burley happy and future pundits.

Transfer Talk: Keylor Navas to follow Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses the latest transfer rumours around Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, Jadon Sancho and many more. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January. TOP STORY: Navas to follow Ronaldo to Juventus? Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thum...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Keylor Navas to follow Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses the latest transfer rumours around Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, Jadon Sancho and many more. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January. TOP STORY: Navas to follow Ronaldo to Juventus? With Thibaut Courtois signed to replace him, three-time Champions League winning goalkeeper Keylor Navas could choose to leave the Bernabeu in January, according to reports. Calciomercato suggests that Navas is upset with losing his starting place and is already searching for…

Karim Benzema 8/10, Toni Kroos 7/10 in Real Madrid rout over Viktoria Plzen

Real Madrid could easily have been a goal and a man down in Wednesday's Champions League Group A game at Viktoria Plzen, before two goals in 143 seconds from Karim Benzema and Casemiro put them on the way to a comfortable victory. Benzema and Gareth Bale made it 0-4 by half-time, and Toni Kroos' neat chip was the cherry on top in the second half. Positives Benzema's first goal and Kroos' strike were both pieces of solo magic which Madrid's big players have not been providing enough of lately….

Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior ‘transmits joy’ with his football – Santiago Solari

Steve Nicol comes to the defence of oft-criticised Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, asking where his high-profile teammates have gone. Real Madrid interim coach Santiago Solari has hailed the natural talent of 18-year-old starlet Vinicius Junior, while declining to say whether he would bow to pressure to start the Brazilian in Wednesday's Champions League Group G game at Viktoria Plzen. Vinicius, a €45 million signing from Flamengo, has been one of the few bright spots in Madrid's season so far, and helped break the deadlock in last weekend's 2-0 La Liga win over Valladolid when entering as a late substitute, leading to further…

European Super League plans detailed by leaked email sent to Real Madrid – reports

As plans for a European super league start to emerge, the FC crew discuss how it would work and how it would impact European and global football. A leaked document sent to Real Madrid last month appears to show that plans are still ongoing for a long-speculated European Super League featuring the continent's top football clubs. An Oct. 22 email to Real Madrid from Madrid-based investment firm Key Capital Partners included a "binding term sheet" of 11 clubs and five "initial guests" to form a breakaway, private league, according to multiple news outlets that received the document among thousands of others from the "Football Leaks" whistleblower…