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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lionel Messi and Argentina, Gold Cup favourites, Lampard and Gerrard

Lionel Messi will have to wait at least another year to lift an international trophy with Argentina.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

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Saturday's Copa America final loss to Chile marked the second time in a year Lionel Messi has come up short in a major tournament with Argentina. With another Copa scheduled, but not guaranteed, for next year and a World Cup three long years away, is the Barca legend doomed to finish his Albiceleste career...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Can Radamel Falcao be the player he once was at Jose Mourinho's Chelsea?

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth wonders if Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho will appear smarter at the end of the season in regards to the Radamel Falcao transfer saga.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley addresses Radamel Falcao's reported loan move to Chelsea, where he now joins former teammate in Diego Costa.

There was a lurch into the third person as Radamel Falcao defended his Manchester United performances.

"Falcao was always there," he said, speaking in Chile ahead of Colombia's Copa America campaign. "It depends what criteria you are using. People said I was not on the field and not scoring goals but I was always there."

It was a problematic choice of words, considering goals are the criteria by which forwards are measured and especially when signs of them becoming a more "complete" player, as appears...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Joe Allen among Liverpool's unwanted XI

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol reacts to Balotelli's agent saying that his client is not leaving Liverpool.

Is this the summer Liverpool finally get it right in the transfer market? Have lessons been learned? Signing seven players by the July 1 opening of the window suggests that the club's much-criticised and mysterious transfer committee has chosen to get its business done early rather than later when prices begin to inflate. The new faces so far: attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino, strikers Danny Ings and Divock Origi, midfielder James Milner, right-back Nathaniel Clyne, goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and...

Douglas Costa ends strife at Shakhtar to get Bayern Munich chance

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have bolstered their attacking options with the capture of Douglas Costa.

Douglas Costa will work under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich just a few months after publically stating his desire to unite with his bitter rival, Jose Mourinho.

Back in January, when trying to persuade Shakhtar Donetsk to sell him to Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian midfielder hailed the Special One.

"To play at Chelsea is a dream for any player. What catches my eye is the coach. He is very intelligent and has been victorious wherever he went," he claimed.

He has been desperate to leave Ukraine...

 By Rory Smith

Why don't teams spend big on buying defenders in the transfer window?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Mark Donaldson weigh in on Petr Cech's imminent move to Arsenal and discuss why goalkeepers aren't all that expensive.

June is a deceptive month for football. This is not, perhaps, immediately apparent on the back pages of newspapers and homepages of websites, where the fevered talk of swoops and deals and big-money signings begins almost as soon as the last ball of the season is kicked. By and large, though, June is a month of positioning and posturing, one colossal stand-off as everyone waits for everyone else to move.

Still, it is possible to discern certain patterns in the transfer market so far. First and...

Terry, Walcott, Carrick and Van Persie available in 2016 as deals expire

The transfer window is open and the ESPN FC crew look at the possible ins and outs in the Premier League.

The summer transfer market is already being shaped by players whose previous clubs proved unable or unwilling to keep them when their contracts were expiring.

Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, James Milner, Danny Ings and Glen Johnson have all moved on this summer and the window next year will be no different.

As a host of players enter the final year of their deals, coveted footballers can find themselves in an even more enviable position when they are able to enter the market without...