A few hours from now, Real Madrid and Atletico will square off in the first Madrid derby outside Europe. The game takes place at the Metlife Stadium in the International Champions Cup at 2am Spanish time. Here is AS’ front page for the game, and in what appears to be an acknowledgement of the new stars at both clubs, features Eden Hazard vs Joao Felix, both big name arrivals as their respective outfits this summer. Hazard moved from Chelsea to Real, while Felix joined Atleti from Benfica.
Rising Dutch star Matthijs de Ligt has finally ended months of speculation by officially opting to sign for Serie A champions Juventus. De Ligt was linked through out the summer to both Barca and PSG, but has chosen to further his career with the Bianconeri. He was an integral part of the Ajax side that reached the semifinals of the Champions League last season and beat Real Madrid, and somewhat ironically, Juve themselves, in the knockout stages of the tournament before being eliminated in heartbreaking fashion by Tottenham Hotspur. The reported value of the deal is £67.5m (around 75 million euros)
Tuttosport lead the way, dedicating their front page to the young defender. Gazzetta had a smaller welcome, but nevertheless had him on the front page, as can be seen below.
French paper L’Equipe has scoffed at Barcelona’s potential cash plus exchange offer for Neymar Jr. The Blaugrana have reportedly offered both Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic in exchange, plus 40 million euros for the superstar Brazilian forward.
Barcelona have already added Frenkie de Jong (75m euros), Ivan Rakitic (126m euros) and Neto (26m) to their roster this season, and exercised their buy back option on Marc Cucurella.
Neymar still retains the record for the world’s most expensive transfer, but has been long linked with a move away from Parc des Princes. Injury forced him to miss Brazil’s recent Copa America campaign, which the hosts won.
This decade has been one of Spanish domination in the Champions League. For six consecutive years between 2013 and 2018, there was at least one Spanish club always present in the final. However the 18/19 season was a bit of a shocker, with defending champions Real and cross town rivals Atleti both exiting in the Round of 16, and Barca inexplicably knocked out in the semis despite having won their first leg 3-0. Continue reading