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News From Spain: La Liga to implement eight anti-economic lever rules ahead of transfer window

Barcelona shocked the world when they went on a remarkable spending spree last summer. Despite their burgeoning €1.3b debts and significant losses, their recruitment passed the €150m-mark, and despite La Liga’s salary and spending limits, it was all managed through what Joan Laporta termed ‘economic levers’. This, of course, was a friendlier term than the …

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News From Spain: New Serie A candidate for right-back slot at Barcelona emerges

Barcelona’s hunt for a right-back is will documented at this point, given their struggles to find a settled option there this season. So far this season, Xavi Hernandez has used five different players in the position, with Sergi Roberto playing 568 minutes there. Through injury, suspension, and technical decision, Xavi Hernandez has rattled through various …

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News From Spain: Real Madrid star on ‘revenge’ mission following World Cup disappointment

Often papers in Spain have a habit of selling the return of an injured player as ‘the new signing’, but Real Madrid may be about to get a different player back for the La Liga return. According to Diario AS, Karim Benzema is set on a revenge mission for the second part of the season. …

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News From Spain: “I’m earning as if I just came from the B team” – Barcelona veteran on drastic salary cut

Barcelona’s financial problems have had a major impact throughout the club and even though few will feel sympathy for highly-paid footballers, it has led to significant financial sacrifices. In contrast to many other businesses, the incompetent management of Barcelona is there for all to see though. On Tuesday night, Barcelona vice-captain Sergi Roberto came out …

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News From Spain: Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha to battle it out for their Barcelona futures

The right wing position at Barcelona is a famous one, perhaps mostly because of the exploits of Lionel Messi, who played much of his Barca career there. Nowadays, with Messi having departed for Paris Saint-Germain, there are new protagonists to take up the mantle of the right of Barca’s famous front three. Currently, the main …

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News From Spain: Atletico Madrid want to replace Rodrigo De Paul with Argentina teammate

Rodrigo De Paul was a key part of the Argentina side that were crowned world champions in Qatar on December 18. Atletico Madrid‘s dynamic midfielder started every match during the tournament for Lionel Scaloni’s side, despite struggling with injury during the knockout stages. Alongside Enzo Fernandez and Alexis Mac Allister, the trio were formidable for …

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News From Spain: Adil Rami continues war of words with Argentina World Cup stars

Despite the World Cup final having been nine days ago now, the fallout from Argentina’s victory is still rumbling on. With several controversial moments having happened since the match on December 18, many of which have involved La Albiceleste keeper Emiliano Martinez, there is still plenty of animosity between the French and Argentinian camps. One …

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News From Spain: Benfica receive two huge offers for Real Madrid target Enzo Fernandez

Following his spectacular World Cup campaign, Enzo Fernandez has become one of the most sought-after players in world football. The Argentine has been shot into the spotlight following his exploits in Qatar, in which he was declared as the tournament’s Best Young Player. As such, the 21-year-old has become a wanted man across Europe, with …

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News From Spain: ‘He is intelligent, inside and out’ – Eric Garcia hails former Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique

With Gerard Pique’s retirement, Barcelona have lost one of their greatest defenders of recent times. He was a colossus on the pitch, and perhaps no set of people knew that more than his teammates. One of those teammates from his final days at the club was Eric Garcia. The 21-year-old joined the Blaugrana from Manchester …

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News From Spain: Sevilla and Atletico Madrid battling it out for World Cup winner to strengthen defence

Neither of Sevilla or Atletico Madrid have enjoyed their first half of the season, although the latter are in a much healthier position. Both have been unable to rely on a strong defence, which has been a feature of their best play in recent years. As such, Jorge Sampaoli is looking to bring in an …

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News From Spain: Crowd of Premier League clubs including Liverpool trailing 50m Villarreal winger

After two summers without major sales, it would be no surprise to see one or two of their young talents exit in January. One of the prime candidates to leave is Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze. The 23-year-old was close to leaving at the end of the transfer window in the summer, with Everton showing strong …

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News From Spain: Tottenham pull ahead of Atletico Madrid in race for sturdy centre-back

Atletico Madrid are looking to strengthen their central defence, but they may find Antonio Conte standing in the way. Not counting Reinildo Mandava, who was initially slated for a left-back role, Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic are the only solid options in the centre of defence. Both have also suffered from injuries and poor …

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News From Spain: Real Madrid and Barcelona duo spend Christmas holidays together in USA

French duo Jules Kounde and Aurelien Tchouameni may have taken different routes to the top of Spanish football, but both have gotten there after leaving Bordeaux. The pair are good friends and following France’s defeat in the World Cup final, the pair decided to spend their Christmas break together in the USA. On his Instagram, …

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News From Spain: Atletico Madrid target dismisses interest – ‘There is nothing to speak of’

Atletico Madrid are looking to strengthen their forward line and had identified the number nine of one of their rivals as a primary option, however they will need to persuade him to join them. With Matheus Cunha already at Wolves and Joao Felix on his way out sooner or later, Los Colchoneros only have Alvaro …

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News From Spain: Analysis: Why Real Madrid are interested in Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies

Real Madrid have one area of their starting team where there are more doubts than anywhere else: full-back. On the right-side, Dani Carvajal has mixed in significant injury issues with inconsistent performances over recent years. That said, when the going has gotten tough, he was excellent in Europe last season, shutting down Liverpool’s Luis Diaz …

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News From Spain: Fabrizio Romano reveals the four clubs that have been approached about Joao Felix

Portugal star Joao Felix is on his way out of Atletico Madrid, the only question is where to and when. His desire to leave has been confirmed by Chairman Miguel Angel Gil Marin after Felix was benched by Diego Simeone from mid-September until the World Cup. Given he arrived for €129m, his exit fee will …

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News From Spain: ‘Now say it without crying’ – Argentina squad laughs off Adil Rami criticism of Emi Martinez

Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has come in for significant stick for some of his antics during and after the World Cup final. Including from other footballers, but his teammates have laughed in the face of that criticism. Martinez’s strong character came through in a big way as he first saved the day for Argentina in …

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News From Spain: Barcelona to lay out contract terms and conditions to Borussia Dortmund starlet

Barcelona are set to enter into negotiations with teenage starlet Youssoufa Moukoko, after he turned down his latest contract offer. The 18-year-old German international has been in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund for several months over a new deal, with his expiring in June of 2023. Sport reference BILD in saying that he has rejected their …

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News From Spain: ‘Now say is without crying’ – Argentina squad laughs off Adil Rami criticism of Emi Martinez

Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has come in for significant stick for some of his antics during and after the World Cup final. Including from other footballers, but his teammates have laughed in the face of that criticism. Martinez’s strong character came through in a big way as he first saved the day for Argentina in …

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News From Spain: Karim Benzema’s agent continues beef with France coach Didier Deschamps

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has retired from France duty, but that does not mean the drama surrounding his presence is over. A number of reports have come out about Benzema’s presence at the World Cup. Benzema had a muscle injury just before the start of France’s campaign which was due to keep him out …

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