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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2019/2020 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
14 Betis 0 0 0 0
15 Real Madrid 0 0 0 0
16 R Sociedad 0 0 0 0
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Sources: Madrid will listen to €80m Bale offers

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Sources: Isco, Asensio sales could fund Pogba bid

With reports from Spain suggesting a Paul Pogba - Gareth Bale swap is in the works, the ESPN FC panel debate whether Manchester United or Real Madrid would prefer that deal more.
Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthäus tells ESPN FC that Gareth Bale is not the right age for the German champions, despite reports linking the Real Madrid forward with a move to the Bundesliga.
Steve Nicol has some strong words of advice for Gareth Bale as he and Shaka Hislop discuss Bale's future at Real Madrid.
Bayern's Thomas Muller chats to ESPN FC about Gareth Bale rumours and the recent signings of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard.
The FC crew make their predictions for where Dani Ceballos is headed after the Real Madrid midfielder posted a photo inside a London telephone booth.

Real Madrid have refused to rule out selling Isco and Marco Asensio if the money could be reinvested in signing Manchester United's Paul Pogba or another marquee midfielder, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Madrid have already spent over €300 million shaking up a squad which failed in 2018-19, with Eden Hazard the headline addition to their forward line, and centre-forward Luka Jovic and winger Rodrygo also arriving.

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Sources: Zidane told Pogba deal 'very difficult'

Paul Mariner and Steve Nicol can't believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering Paul Pogba for Manchester United's captaincy.
ESPN FC's Ian Darke weighs in on Paul Pogba's Man United future, calling on the club to sell their star midfielder and use the money to rebuild the squad.
Julien Laurens explains why naming Paul Pogba Man United captain won't be enough to convince him to want to stay.
Paul Pogba reportedly wants to leave Manchester United, but Mark Ogden explains why he might need to wait it out at Old Trafford for one more year.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti believes Paul Pogba's reluctance to extend his Manchester United contract stems from his desire to see progress from the club and not his desire to leave.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told coach Zinedine Zidane it will be "very difficult" to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

Zidane has made clear his admiration for Pogba both publicly and privately, and on Wednesday evening, during a transfer summit at Madrid's preseason base in Montreal, asked Perez and director general Jose Angel Sanchez to make another effort to sign the midfielder.

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Sources: Madrid will listen to €80m Bale offers

Steve Nicol has some strong words of advice for Gareth Bale as he and Shaka Hislop discuss Bale's future at Real Madrid.
Bayern's Thomas Muller chats to ESPN FC about Gareth Bale rumours and the recent signings of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard.
With reports from Spain suggesting a Paul Pogba - Gareth Bale swap is in the works, the ESPN FC panel debate whether Manchester United or Real Madrid would prefer that deal more.
The ESPN FC crew debate Chelsea's decision to pay over £40 million to buy Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid after having him on loan last season.
The FC crew try to make sense of Dani Ceballos' lack of playing time at Real Madrid and examine his future after he helped Spain win the U-21 Euros.

Real Madrid are willing to listen to offers starting at €80 million for Gareth Bale but have received no offers this summer, club sources have told ESPN FC, while the Wales international remains determined to stay.

Manager Zinedine Zidane froze Bale out of the first team picture towards the end of last season, but sources have told ESPN FC the four-time Champions League winner has no intention of leaving the Spanish capital, and feels he retains the support of club president Florentino Perez.

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ESPN FC's Julien Laurens and Steve Nicol examine how Harry Maguire would impact Man United's defence if they sign the Leicester star.
Steve Nicol and Julien Laurens agree that if Neymar's attempts to leave PSG fail, he may regret the bridges he has burned this summer.
The FC crew break down how they expect Aaron Ramsey will be utilised by Juventus after joining the club from Arsenal.
On the one year anniversary of their World Cup triumph, ESPN FC's Julien Laurens delves into the chances this France side will win more silverware.
Antoine Griezmann couldn't get out of the middle during a rondos drill on his first day with Barcelona, partly because he kept getting nutmegged.

The world's biggest clubs will go head-to-head in the International Champions Cup, which kicks off on Tuesday across the United States, Europe and Asia. U.S. viewers can watch all matches across ESPN's platforms. Check out our ICC landing page here.

The tournament will give the clubs to showcase top young talent. Here's who you should keep your eyes on.

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