Barca, Man City win transfer window; Ronaldo, Leicester biggest losers

The summer transfer window has been incredible, as the top clubs around Europe spent millions to try to strengthen their sides. 2 Related According to Transfermarkt, clubs across the English Premier League spent a colossal €2.24 billion during the window — the most ever — and there were some huge moves, including Antony (€95m to … Read more

Casemiro’s Man United transfer fee is second-biggest ever for a player over 30

9:00 AM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC Manchester United‘s swift move to agree a deal to sign Casemiro this week made headlines, while the potential fee they’ll pay Real Madrid — which sources have told ESPN is an initial £60 million (€70m), with another £10m (€11m) in add-ons — has raised eyebrows for a player who … Read more

Casemiro intent on joining Man Utd – Ancelotti

7:15 AM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Casemiro wants to join Manchester United, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed, saying the midfielder wants “a new challenge” away from the Bernabeu. ESPN reported on Thursday that the Brazil international midfielder — who has won five Champions Leagues and three LaLiga titles in nine years at … Read more

LaLiga Confidential: ESPN asks players about life and football

Our first LaLiga Confidential focused on the players and their off-field pursuits. You’ll enjoy the results. Gabriel Meza The 2022-23 LaLiga season arrived on Friday (Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ in the U.S.), so what better time to see how the players are feeling about soccer in Spain and much, much more? Having done … Read more

Man Utd at disaster’s door, Chelsea-Spurs gets feisty, Madrid rally while Barca sputter

With Spain’s LaLiga and Italy’s Serie A kicking off this weekend, all of Europe’s major football leagues are back in action. And even though the seasons are barely underway in leagues such as England’s Premier League and the Germany’s Bundesliga, there already has been plenty of drama and storylines. ESPN correspondents Rob Dawson, Alex Kirkland, … Read more

Real Madrid’s unlikely goal scorers cover up new signings’ struggles in a signature comeback win

6:53 PM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC David Alaba’s goal secured a win over Real Madrid in their LaLiga season opener at Almeria. David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) Real Madrid began their LaLiga title defence by overcoming a flat start in their season opener with a 2-1 comeback win over newly promoted Almeria. David Alaba netted a divine … Read more

Xavi after Barca draw: We need more signings

Xavi Hernandez says Barcelona still need to strengthen their squad after opening the season with a disappointing goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou on Saturday. Barca handed debuts to four of their five summer signings against Rayo, with Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Andreas Christensen all starting. Franck Kessie came on in the second … Read more

Barca sell $103m of assets in race to register stars

6:29 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona have sold a further 24.5% of Barca Studios to Orpheus Media for €100 million in a bid to register all their new signings for Saturday’s LaLiga game against Rayo Vallecano. Barca have seven players unregistered heading into the first game of the season, but sources say they … Read more

Something fishy? Coentrao receives 2021 ban

Former Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao has been handed a one-match ban and an €850 fine — a year after he retired from football to pursue a career as a fisherman. Coentrao, 34, received the punishment from the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) for “insults and reputational offences” while playing for Rio Ave in a heated … Read more