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Sergio Ramos' situation, U-21 lessons, Marseille misery, Inter spending

The ESPN FC crew discuss the continued Sergio Ramos rumours to Manchester United, but Steve Nicol does not feel Ramos is worth the cost.
The ESPN FC panel respond to your tweets on Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League if they sign Morgan Schneiderlin and Petr Cech and whether Sergio Ramos is worth the cash.

Whenever a deal gets made, both sides walk away thinking they got a bargain. It's the whole point behind free markets. We trade, so we both can benefit.

Obviously, in the medium-term, we find out that this is often not the case -- that $40 million striker seemed like such a good idea at the time, before he scored two goals in 21 games and sulked his way through the season -- but what's crucial is that at the moment of transaction you can plausibly see how both sides think they are benefitting from...

Copa America sees rivalries renewed and plenty of drama

Miss any Copa America action this weekend? The Exploding Heads sum up how the group stage ended, including Neymar's red card and a Jamaican selfie with Messi.

As the Copa America begins its quarterfinal stage, what strikes you most about this competition is familiarity. All but Bolivia reached the last eight four years ago, and five of the eight have been ever-present at this stage since 2004.

Many see this as predictable and unsurprising, a function of simple arithmetic in a confederation with only 10 teams, which means two countries need to be invited from outside the region to bring the numbers to 12 (three groups) for each tournament.

But to some...

Brazil find rhythm minus Neymar, time to drop Falcao, De Gea/Ramos swap?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reviews Brazil's 2-1 win over Venezuela to finish atop Group C while Venezuela bow out of Copa America.

We won't see Neymar again in this Copa America. The Brazilian FA released a statement confirming that they accept the four-game ban and won't be appealing.

And guess what? Maybe it's not entirely a bad thing.

Brazil are obviously a better team with Neymar than without him. Any team would be. But when Neymar isn't there, there is no Neymar dependency. Others need to step up and, in particular, Dunga needs to figure out an alternative way of playing based around other stars. And that can only...

Spending big on strikers, attacking mids always a transfer market risk

The ESPN FC crew discuss the positions clubs should focus on first during the summer transfer window.
The ESPN FC panel explore the value for money for transfers in Europe in regards to which position may or may not have the best monetary return for European clubs.
ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses all the transfer speculation surrounding Manchester City.

Editor's note: As the summer transfer window gets set to swing open, Gab Marcotti examined the biggest moves of the past five years and gave each a grade, factoring in fees paid, players' ages and performance as well as their contract situations. Part 1, which ran on Wednesday, looked at goalkeepers and defenders. Today, we look at the attacking end of the pitch.

Having looked at goalkeepers and defenders, let's turn our attention to more attacking players. I split players into midfielder, attacking...

Spend big on goalkeepers, not defenders in the transfer market

The ESPN FC crew discuss the positions clubs should focus on first during the summer transfer window.
The ESPN FC panel explore the value for money for transfers in Europe in regards to which position may or may not have the best monetary return for European clubs.
ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses all the transfer speculation surrounding Manchester City.

Editor's note: As the summer transfer window gets set to swing open, Gab Marcotti examined the biggest moves of the past five years and gave each a grade, factoring in fees paid, players' ages and performance as well as their contract situations. The results might surprise you.

It's transfer time again. And that got me thinking about whether there are any patterns or greater truths out there, particularly when it comes to throwing around huge amounts of money.

So I divided players into six...

Copa America impressions, Falcao and Wilshere's futures, Croatia controversy

Miss any Copa America action this weekend? The Exploding Heads sum up Colombia's shock loss to Venezuela, Argentina's draw with Paraguay, Brazil's last-gasp victory over Peru and more.

So now we've seen each of the 12 teams competing in the Copa America and, of the four favorites, only Chile -- 2-0 victors over Ecuador -- looked any good. Brazil needed a late, late, late bit of magic from Neymar to beat Peru, while Argentina frittered away a two-goal lead against Paraguay and Colombia fell to a battling Venezuela.

Are the favorites flawed, or is this Copa America really that competitive?

As ever, it's probably a bit of both, but you would lean towards the latter.

Argentina, Colombia...