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Barnwell: How far can Bale carry Wales?

Euro 2016

Sergio Ramos' great escape

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Ballon d'Or on the line for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale?

The After Dark panel discuss Gareth Bale's influence for Wales and how Cristiano Ronaldo took on a different role against Croatia.
The After Dark panel discuss Gareth Bale's influence for Wales and how Cristiano Ronaldo took on a different role against Croatia.

They were similar interventions, crucial contributions to rescue wretched games. They were separated by four hours and about 200 kilometres. They both featured men who are more accustomed to scoring goals than supplying them.

Gareth Bale's cross was turned into the Northern Ireland net by the unfortunate Gareth McAuley. Cristiano Ronaldo's shot gave Ricardo Quaresma an open goal. Wales and Portugal are Euro 2016 quarterfinalists, thanks to their Galacticos.

The Real Madrid colleagues may have been...

 By Rob Train

Madrid could target Milik, Hector, Gomes or Perisic following Euro 2016

The ESPN FC crew discuss Real Madrid's rumoured interest in Robert Lewandowski.

International tournaments often produce a few big-money moves involving players who make their mark on the biggest stage.

With the Euros now entering the business end, clubs will be starting to target reinforcements. Real Madrid will be watching developments closely, even if president Florentino Perez has a transfer ban hanging over his head, which if enforced will prevent new players arriving at the Bernabeu for the entirety of 2017. 

Real hardly require a huge overhaul, and while the...

Man United get green light to sign £50m James Rodriguez from Madrid

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the possibility of James Rodriguez moving from Real Madrid to Manchester United.

As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Man United free to sign James

Manchester United have been given the green light to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, but he would set them back around £50 million, according to the Mirror.

With the Copa America Centenario set to conclude this weekend, Rodriguez, 24, will soon be free to resolve his future at club level following a frustrating season that...

Real Madrid would benefit from Alvaro Morata vs. Karim Benzema battle

After exercising their buy-back clause, Real Madrid have re-signed their youth academy product after two years with Juventus.

In one of the most expected news stories of the summer, two days ago Real Madrid and Juventus announced that Alvaro Morata will return to Real Madrid after Euro16.

Real Madrid's short announcement stated that Morata will participate in the squad's pre-season training, something that sounds a bit too obvious when a player already is part of a team.

However, it is that rather extraneous sentence which raises a big question: Will Morata participate ONLY in pre-season training, or will he stay for...

 By Tom Marshall

James Rodriguez, David Ospina leave club worries behind to propel Colombia

James Rodriguez discusses Colombia's hard fought match against Peru in the Copa America quarterfinals.

CHICAGO -- Colombia's David Ospina was doing a TV interview after his heroics in last Saturday's penalty shootout victory against Peru when an ecstatic James Rodriguez interrupted to plant a big kiss on the goalkeeper's cheek.

"David is a great, I hope he stays [in the national team] for a long time," stated a delighted Rodriguez after the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal, in which Ospina made a key penalty save. "I think he is the greatest."

Family off the field -- Rodriguez is Ospina's brother-in-law...

 By Rob Train

Diego Llorente and Marco Asensio fates a priority for Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner discusses which club will be the better platform for Paul Pogba and who Juventus should look to if they're unable to hold onto Alvaro Morata.
Marco Asensio, No. 25, spent last season on loan at Espanyol, and the Barcelona-based club might like to keep him.

When Zinedine Zidane returns from his holiday in India, one of the items at the top of his to-do list will be trimming his squad ahead of the 2016-17 season. There are unlikely to be any arrivals while the European Championship is in full flow, allowing Zidane and his staff a bit of time to identify positions that need strengthening and to assess the first-team prospects of the players officially returning to the fold on June 30 after loan spells.

Denis Cheryshev has already gone, signing a five-year...