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Barca wise to extend Busquets


Antoine Griezmann's contract extension could bring others to Atleti

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner break down what it means for Atletico Madrid to keep Antoine Griezmann at the Estadio Vicente Calderon until 2021.

Hot off the heels of sealing a £25 million deal for Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, Atletico Madrid have laid down yet another important marker in this summer's transfer window. This time it's not a new arrival, it's far more than that. The club has managed to persuade star striker Antoine Griezmann to sign a new deal that runs to 2021

"Personally I'd like to score more goals, have more time and matches to play, assist more," Griezmann told the club's official website. "My goal...

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...

Atletico's moves for Nicolas Gaitan and Sime Vrsaljko a smart choice

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti responds to the rumour that Diego Simeone is pondering his future at Atletico Madrid.
Nicolas Gaitan is a top player and a great addition.

The summer has hardly started and the transfer window is yet to open, but Atletico Madrid are not wasting any time. Los Rojiblancos this week confirmed the arrival of Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica for €25 million, while a deal for Sassuolo full-back Sime Vrsaljko looks set to follow suit.

Gaitan, 28, had been perennially linked to Atletico over the past three seasons and it they final got their man. For Atleti the deal, on paper, seems a match made in heaven. The Argentine attacking midfielder...

 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...

Pedro return to Barcelona would not make sense

The ESPN FC crew react to Diego Maradona's comments that Lionel Messi doesn't have the personality to be a leader.

It's less than one year since Pedro Rodriguez said goodbye to Barcelona, the club he had joined as a 17-year-old in 2004. Lionel Messi, wearing a floral shirt with the top buttons undone and the sleeves rolled up, sat next to Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in the front row of the press room at the club's Ciutat Esportiva training ground, watching on as Pedro explained his decision to move to Chelsea. Gerard Pique, Neymar and the rest of Barca's first team were also present.

There were no tears,...

Zinedine Zidane must find minutes for Lucas Vazquez at 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.

Anyone interested in warming the bench for three exceptional forwards? At least on paper, a handful of young, talented players would probably volunteer for that, but we've seen that the experience is far from rewarding.

The fact that both Real Madrid and Barcelona have decided to play with a three-man front line for the last few seasons has had a collateral damage: plenty of young talent from their youth teams, or even signed from other clubs, has spent too much time on the sidelines and eventually...