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Santos Laguna, Toluca linked by their owners

Liga MX

Real Madrid, Santos agree €54m Rodrygo deal for 2019

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking.
An emotional Julen Lopetegui discusses the pain of his sacking as Spain manager and the pride he has in accepting the Real Madrid job.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater.
The FC crew react to Real Madrid's appointment of Julen Lopetegui as manager, questioning the timing as he prepares to lead Spain at the World Cup.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the tricky situation Julen Lopetegui finds himself in as he coaches Spain before taking over at Real Madrid.

Brazilian club Santos have announced an agreement to sell teenager Rodrygo to Spanish giants Real Madrid next summer.

Rodrygo will move in July 2019 in a deal that will cost the European champions a total of €54 million, sources have told ESPN Brasil. 

The 17-year-old had been linked with Barcelona for some months, with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain among the other clubs said to have been monitoring his progress.

However Madrid made the decisive move and have agreed a deal with...

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain want Rodrygo but must meet €45m clause - Santos

The FC crew answer your pressing Twitter questions regarding Bayern's summer plans, whether Guti is a good fit for Real Madrid and more.
The FC panel respond to reports of Cristiano Ronaldo's unhappiness at Real Madrid and discuss why this story doesn't seem to go away.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains why Cristiano Ronaldo's repetitive threats to leave Real Madrid are losing value.
Steve Nicol and Craig Burley defend Sergio Ramos for appearing unapologetic upon learning Loris Karius suffered a concussion in the UCL final.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid at exactly the right time after rumours suggest a rift with Florentino Perez.

Santos president Jose Carlos Peres says his club have received offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain for emerging star Rodrygo -- and any suitor will have to pay the 18-year-old attacker's €45 million release clause.

Rodrygo had been linked with Barcelona for some months, but after a spectacular nine minute hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Vitoria last weekend, Madrid are reported to have moved ahead in the race for his signature.

ESPN Deportes reports that the European champions...

Barcelona can't sign Rodrygo until Neymar debt paid - Santos president

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe explains what's delaying Antoine Griezmann from making a decision on his future.
Toby Alderweireld to Man United? Jorginho to Man City? ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down those rumours and more in Rumour Rater.

Santos president Jose Carlos Peres says they will not negotiate a deal with Barcelona for Rodrygo Goes while the La Liga champions still owe them money for Neymar.

Rodrygo, 17, is the subject of a €30 million bid from Barca, according to multiple reports in Spain, while there's also interest from a number of other European clubs.

However, Peres says Santos won't discuss a transfer with the Catalans until they pay them the €14.5m they believe they are still owed over the 2013 transfer...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico will miss Nestor Araujo at World Cup but top defender will return

After Mexico's preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn't take to Russia.

TORREON, Mexico -- It's naturally a bitter disappointment whenever a player is forced to miss a World Cup due to injury, but the news on Wednesday that Nestor Araujo will not be part of Mexico's squad that travels to Russia was particularly cruel.

The 26-year-old center-back almost didn't make it as a pro and has gone through more ups and downs in his career than most seasoned veterans. As a teenager in Cruz Azul's youth system, Araujo was close to packing his bags and returning to his native...

 By Eric Gomez

Liga MX champions Santos Laguna set new blueprint for recruitment

ESPN FC's Tom Marshall catches up with Jorge Villafana, who helped Santos win the Liga MX title two days after being robbed at gunpoint.

MEXICO CITY -- Santos Laguna cemented one of Mexico's most memorable playoff runs in recent history on Sunday, beating Toluca 3-2 on aggregate to win their sixth league championship.

On the way to glory, they defeated three teams with 28 league titles between them -- a feat never accomplished before in Liga MX. In addition, they did it without the benefit of the big names that have seemingly been flooding the Mexican league for years now.

There was no sight of Andre-Pierre Gignac, Keisuke Honda,...