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Barcelona-midfieldThe arrival of Andre Gomes from Valencia has caused quite a bottleneck in the Barcelona midfield that will surely see one, if not two, of the midfields leaving the Camp Nou this summer.

Barca play a traditional three-man midfield that is centered by Sergio Busquets. Last season Luis Enrique usually played Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta in front of Busqests.

But this summer Barca have brought in Gomes, Denis Suarez and Sergi Robert to provide competition for Rakitic and Iniesta. Add in Rafinha, who missed most of last season through injury, and Arda Turan who struggled in his first season at the Camp Nou and Luis Enrique is looking at a very crowded midfield. One that is one or two players too many.

gomes-barcelonaIt is not a good week for the European Champions. First they lose out on Paul Pogba to Manchester United. Then James Rodríguez, who Real were planning to sell to fund some new purchases, announces that he is staying at the Bernabéu, despite a €85 million bid for Manchester United for the services.

And then to top it all it, Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, who was the European Champions top target this summer, and who was rumored to be all set to move to Madrid, suddenly ends up at bitter rivals Barcelona, as once again Madrid president Florentino Pérez failed to close out a sure thing.

kevin-GameiroSevilla have confirmed the signing of Franco Vazquez as president Jose Maria del Nido insists the club will not sell prized striker Kevin Gameiro for less than €40million.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be weighing up moves for the France striker who scored 29 goals last season helping lead Sevilla to a third-consecutive title in the Europa League.

Del Nido has fielded offers for his top scorer, but is standing firm telling Radio Sevilla:

“It is true that there are clubs bidding for Gameiro, but we will not sell for less than 40 million.

Diego Costa celebrates his winnerAccording to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo, Chelsea striker Diego Costa is close to sealing a sensational return to the Champions League finalists.

The Spain international left the the Vicente Calderon in a £32 million deal in 2014 and scored 21 goals in a superb first season in London, as Chelsea claimed the Premier League and League Cup.

However, persistent injury problems and inconsistent form highlighted a poor second season in England, and Cerezo suggested this week that Atleti would be keen to bring him back to the Vicente Calderon to reignite his career.

James Rodriguez RMReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says the size of his squad makes the subject of James Rodriguez’s future “complicated”.

Rodriguez has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks, reportedly attracting the interest of West Ham and Manchester United.

Zidane appears reluctant to allow the Colombia international to leave but concedes he may not be able to offer him regular first-team football.

“The idea with James is the same as with everyone else – he’s a Real Madrid player,” said Zidane.

CR7RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to appear for Real Madrid until September 11 as he continues to rehabilitate the knee injury suffered against France in the final of Euro 2016.

According to Madrid-based newspaper Marca, Ronaldo visited a specialist clinic while on holiday in Ibiza with the intention of accelerating his recovery with oxygen treatment.

Despite the innovative medical care, Ronaldo is now understood to be facing a spell on the sidelines which will rule him out of Real’s first three games of the season.

zidane1It is only mid-July and already Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has clashed with the club’s president. This time the topic of disagreement is 17-year-old Martin Odegaard.

Zidane did not want to take the young midfielder on the club’s pre-season tour which has kicked off in Canada but Florentino Perez insisted, in the pair’s first major disagreement since Zidane took over last January.

Perez wants Odegaard on the tour because first team involvement is written into his contract and because his presence in North America will help Madrid find a new club for him this summer.

uefabestplayerUefa has announced their top 10 Best Player shortlist and as expected the list is dominated by players who play in La Liga, as the seven of the ten players play for Spanish clubs, with two coming from Germany and one from Italy.

The list is compiled by journalists from each of the 55 countries in UEFA, who rank their top five players in Europe for the last season.

The top 10 will be whittled down to three next month, with a jury to decide who will take the crown, last won by Lionel Messi.

atleti-fans-champions-leagueAtletico Madrid kick off their 2016/17 La Liga campaign on the back of a superb season that ended on a heart-breaking note, with Los Rojiblancos in the title race until the second-last fixture of the season, while losing out to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on penalties.

With Diego Simeone confirming his future with the club in addition to superstars like Antoine Griezmann also signing new contracts, Atletico Madrid will face the 2016/17 season with new optimism.

RM11TrophiesReal Madrid will kick off their 2017-17 La Liga season on the weekend of 20th and 21st of August. Real Madrid’s first opponents will be Real Sociedad, with the game taking place at Anoeta stadium. The European Champions will end the season away to Málaga.

The derbies against Atlético de Madrid will be on matchday 12, the weekend of the 20th of November, at the Vicente Calderón; and on matchday 31, the 8th-9th of April, at the Santiago Bernabéu. The first game against Barcelona will take place on matchday 14, the weekend of the 4th of December, at the Camp Nou. The second game will be played on matchday 33, the weekend of the 23rd of April