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Real Madrid's quiet transfer window wise in a financially inflated market

Zinedine Zidane admitted his side were far from brilliant during their hard fought 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo in La Liga.

After the usual avalanche of semi-news generated during the silly season, the moment to examine facts has finally arrived: aside from recovering Alvaro Morata -- previously loaned to Juventus -- and getting Marco Asensio back from Espanyol, Real Madrid have made no major moves in the transfer market.

The already well-known squad has been analysed ad nauseam this summer. Most analyses agree on two major lines of thought: first, another defensive midfielder would have helped significantly a very...

 By Rob Train

Mariano Diaz has earned an unlikely chance with Real Madrid's first team

Zinedine Zidane says that he will not be bringing in new players to his squad prior to the transfer window closing.
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Mariano Diaz is an unlikely first-teamer for Real Madrid and will be fighting for a place after January.

Barring any transfer deadline day mayhem at the Bernabeu, Mariano Diaz will spend the next few months as a Real Madrid first team player. That, for a player with the 23-year-old's profile, is an incredible achievement.

There will be several former canteranos viewing Mariano's stratospheric rise with a twinge of envy: Borja Mayoral and Jese Rodriguez -- both who rose through the ranks as the next big thing in their time -- chief among them. Mayoral secured a decent loan move to Wolfsburg this summer...

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Europe's Deadline Day: Real Madrid, Juventus and others still active

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe explains why Barcelona are interested in Paco Alcacer.

With deadline day approaching, ESPN FC's European correspondents assess their side's business so far and suggest what else needs to be done.

BARCELONA: It's been a busy summer for Barcelona with six players signed so far and 13 shipped out in various forms. The defence has been strengthened in the form of centre-back Samuel Umtiti and left-back Lucas Digne, while midfielders Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes have joined the club, too. Claudio Bravo's request to move to Manchester City means goalkeeper...

 By Ed Alvarez

Luka Modric continues to thrill for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid can and will improve.

Last Saturday, Luka Modric reached his fourth anniversary playing for Real Madrid. To cynical ears, his words after his team's 2-1 victory over Celta may have sounded exactly what you would expected from the Croatian maestro, perhaps a bit too much like a PR statement.

"These have been four wonderful years, I'm very happy here and I hope I can play many more years in this club. We've won a few titles and I'd like to win a lot more," he said.

However, those who follow the team not only on the pitch,...

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Las Palmas win; Atletico and Valencia struggle

Zinedine Zidane admitted his side were far from brilliant during their hard fought 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo in La Liga.

On a weekend when favorites Barcelona and Real Madrid earned hard-fought wins and Las Palmas continued to impress, here is what we learned from La Liga ahead of the international break.

Morata on target for Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata scored his first goal for Real Madrid since returning to his former club this summer from Juventus in Saturday's 2-1 home win over Celta Vigo.

The Spain forward had not scored for Real at the Bernabeu since May 17, 2014 when he struck twice against Espanyol in La Liga....

 By Michael Wade

Tottenham line up Isco loan after Real Madrid block James Rodriguez sale

ESPN FC's Alison Bender and Janusz Michallik assess the latest transfer rumours, including Wolves' interest in Mario Balotelli.
Isco looks to be the odd man out in Real Madrid's crowded midfield, with Tottenham reportedly snatching up the Spaniard on a yearlong loan.

The summer transfer window is beginning to swing shut. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse for the latest gossip ahead of deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Spurs line up Isco loan

Tottenham are set to sign Real Madrid star Isco on a seasonlong loan, with an option for a permanent deal next summer, according to the Sunday Mirror. Although the Spanish international has attracted interest from Chelsea, it's Spurs -- who can offer Champions League...