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  1. reignman
    July 7, 2014

    Not sure how Atletico Madrid expect to be able to afford Witsel, they aren’t exactly flush with cash and he was bought for 45 mil euros just two years ago.

  2. KingGoogleyEye
    July 7, 2014

    I hope Liverpool sells Suarez to Juventus.

  3. Reboot
    July 7, 2014

    Real is about to become a dream team if they make that move, amongst others. Assuming Modric, di Maria & Illara are heading out… this is quite the XI:

    ———————Benzema————————-
    Ronaldo—————————————-Bale
    ———————–James—————————
    ———–Kroos————–Pogba—————-
    Marcelo————————————-Carvajal
    ———–Ramos———–Varane—————–
    ———————Lopez/Navas——————–

    Sickening!

    • Clover362
      July 7, 2014

      That’s a great offensive lineup but I’d be worried about giving up a lot of goals as well to the other elite level clubs.

    • Chris
      July 7, 2014

      Kroos may be going there, where is a silly buy because they already have modric. I dont see pogba going there, and i dont really see james going there. Many say james rodriguez needs to go to a big club, in fact he’s actually at a big club with tons of money to spend.

      • Brian I
        July 7, 2014

        James is at a very rich club, not a very big club. They are well known and have had success before (because of their money) but they average less than 10k in attendance…guess it depends on your definition of a big club.

      • John
        July 7, 2014

        They average 8,500 fans a game. Big Money, yes. Big Club, no.

      • bryan
        July 7, 2014

        “Rodriguez recently revealed his passion for Real Madrid, as saying: ‘It would be a dream to play there. It is the best league in the world. I prefer Real Madrid to Barcelona.’ “

      • slowleftarm
        July 7, 2014

        I would define a big club by how much they win, not their average attendance. That’s why Newcastle fans still believe they’re a big club even though they’ve won basically nothing in the last 80 years or so.

    • cformusic
      July 7, 2014

      i’ll take Neymar — Messi — Suarez with Iniesta – Busquets and whatever other 6 players you wanna play with them.

    • reignman
      July 7, 2014

      Why would they offload Modric? He was extremely good for them last year.

    • 20
      July 7, 2014

      No way Real Madrid get all of those players

      • bryan
        July 7, 2014

        why? Kroos would cost Madrid £20M, James would cost £40M (his buyout clause), while Juve want to trade Pogba for Di Maria plus cash. according to transfermarkt, Pogba is worth just short of £40M while Di Maria is worth about £24M. that leaves Juve probably asking for about £16M. in total it would be £76M (Bale cost about £80M) for those three players.

      • reignman
        July 7, 2014

        I will eat my shoe if Pogba goes for 40 mil pounds, I believe PSG has already bid more than that in the past. That site is good for a baseline but Pogba’s isn’t going for that little.

      • bryan
        July 7, 2014

        the key is Juve said they are willing to make it happen if they get Di Maria. i agree that the website is usually a baseline, so take it with a grain of salt, but it won’t be significantly more. not to a point that would price Madrid out. not with Di Maria involved in the deal and Juve really wanting him.

        we’ll see!

    • Helium-3
      July 7, 2014

      Just because there is all this individual talent doesn’t mean they can play well collectively.
      Think of all the egos that need to be managed. One time, they also had :

      Robben, Sneijder, Van Nistelrooy, Higuain, Robinho, Saviola, Julio Baptista, Cannavaro

      Robben and Sneijder did not play well until they left Real Madrid. They thrived as big
      fish in small pond.

      • Alex H
        July 7, 2014

        I wouldn’t say that Robben and Sneijder can only make it in small ponds. Both of them won the UCL with Bayern and Inter respectively. It doesn’t get much bigger than that.

      • Helium-3
        July 7, 2014

        Bayern and Inter are great teams, but they are not at the galatico level as Real Madrid. Maybe they know the secret that you can have too many superstar players for them to work well collectively.

        BM have Robben, Ribery and …
        Inter have Guarin, Palacio and …

      • reignman
        July 7, 2014

        I would put Bayern on the same level as Real, especially in the last decade. However Inter is clearly a couple notches behind.

      • Helium-3
        July 7, 2014

        The point isn’t debating which team is better, but which team has more galatico type of players. With too many of them, there is no guarantee all the single individual qualities can be put together to play collectively as a team.

        BM is successful because they play well collectively, just as Barca. RM on the the other hand always seem to struggle collectively with their great individual players.

      • reignman
        July 7, 2014

        Fair enough and you make a valid point. Just adding more superstars isn’t always the answer.

      • kevino
        July 7, 2014

        under your definition, evey pond besides RM is a small pond.

    • benji
      July 7, 2014

      No Modric?

    • bryan
      July 7, 2014

      i don’t see Modric going anywhere…or Illara. i think Xabi and Casemiro have more to worry about than Modric or Illara. i think Kroos, Rodirguez, Isco, and Modric will effectively be competing against each other while Khedira, Pogba, Xabi, Illara, and Casemiro would be competing.

      as much as it sucks, it sounds like Di Maria will be moving on. if not, Carlo has used him as a “LCM” in a 4-3-3 regularly, so that would just be more competition. to me, i would say these players, of the ones listed above and assuming Di Maria is gone, would be my personal focus (in no particular order):

      Rodriguez, Pogba, Modric, Isco, Illara, Kroos, and Khedira.

      and like you said, then you consider CR, Bale, and Benz are there…along with Jese and Morata. that’s a pretty balanced attack and midfield.

      • Lu
        July 7, 2014

        Real Madrid are planning on loaning Illiaramendi back to Real Sociedad according to Marca

  4. cformusic
    July 7, 2014

    love what Brendan Rogers is doing with Liverpool! Has them trending young and continental. He’s trying to identify the talent before they get on the Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea radar screen. Love that approach!

    Also love the move for Turkey picking up Prandelli! They have too much raw talent not to qualify for the next Euros and World Cup

    • Brian I
      July 7, 2014

      Agreed, would have loved to see Yedlin going there and playing/growing with Sturridge, Sterling and the rest of that young crew. Rodgers is a great manager especially with young players. He gives them a chance but still provides that discipline that they need at that age.

      • JayAre
        July 7, 2014

        I really don’t want any USMNT player in England. They don’t have a winter break and it seems to wear players down. I’d rather see them in the Dutch, Spanish, German or Italian league. Plus Liverpool wanted Yedlin to go one trial with them. What an insult. I don’t remember the last time I heard a WC player having to prove himself at a trial right after the WC especially one that played well.

      • Seven 9
        July 7, 2014

        So you expect them to just throw some millions at him after only watching him play a couple of games?
        Not going to happen. Especially an American player with their history of flopping in the EPL.

      • Brian I
        July 7, 2014

        People put to much stock in a certain league and not enough in the right team, coach and situation. Now I could be wrong and it could be a horrible fit in reality, but with what B. Rodgers is doing at Liverpool right now, I could see it as being a perfect place for Yedlin…Obviously this is all hypothetical.

        Also, Dempsey, Howard, Guzan, Friedal, Mcbride and others seemed to handle the rigors of the BPL quite well. Yedlin seems like the athlete with the type of build that could handle it.

    • SBI TroII
      July 7, 2014

      It was Galatasaray that hired Prandelli, not the Turkish national squad.

  5. Raymon
    July 7, 2014

    Any word on Jermaine Jones contract?

  6. RK
    July 7, 2014

    Emre Can has got it going on. Emre Can has got it going on.

  7. Mike
    July 7, 2014

    I love watching Pogba when he’s on the ball but he just seems so lazy to me.

    • Brian
      July 7, 2014

      Tall, lanky yet smooth players like him tend to look lazy compared to other players and not just in soccer. They just make it look so easy.

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