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Barca wise to extend Busquets


Neymar signing a good start, but Barcelona have work to do this summer

Neymar has extended his contract at Barcelona, keeping the Brazilian at the club until 2021.

After months of negotiations and speculation, Barcelona announced their first signing of the summer on Friday morning. To be truthful, it was in fact Neymar who announced his contract renewal, which was quickly described as the best signing Barca will make this season.

In an act that demonstrated both the extent to which player power has eclipsed the standing of clubs and how contract renewals now generate as much media interest as transfers, Neymar jumped the gun and revealed the news with a...

Barcelona hope Samuel Umtiti bucks trend after troubles in transfer market

Samuel Umtiti is heading to Barcelona from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

"Barcelona have signed a centre-back," is not a statement which often breeds hope among the club's supporters given their dealings in this position in recent years. A more adequate word than hope, perhaps, would be trepidation.

Barcelona have signed Dmytro Chygrynskiy. Barcelona have signed Martin Caceres. Barcelona have signed Henrique. Barcelona have signed Thomas Vermaelen.

None of those covered the club in much glory.

Fans have tired of the incessant links with Thiago Silva and / or Marquinhos...

 By Ed Alvarez

Real Madrid should ignore Manchester United over Raphael Varane

Raphael Varane has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid.

Real Madrid's lack of homegrown youth prospects means the fans look to the club's younger signings from elsewhere for inspiration. But in the case of Raphael Varane, a €10 million arrival from Lens five years ago, supporters are starting to feel concerned.

This is a pivotal summer for Varane and Madrid, and many supporters are hoping the Frenchman, 23, responds to Zinedine Zidane's calls to stay. If he did leave, the 11-time European Cup winners do not have adequate backup, especially in their...

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...