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Barcelona didn't buy Neymar, but he still cost them

At the end of a very long, very hot summer in which it felt like every day was Groundhog Day, another performance played out in public and in the press as if they were all stuck in Punxsutawney.

FC Barcelona didn't buy Neymar, but he still cost them.


Two years after Neymar walked out, mere days following vice-president Jordi Mestre saying he was staying "200 percent," president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisting he was "relaxed" about it and Gerard Piqué announcing "se queda" --...

Real Madrid spent big this summer but Bale, James and the old guard still reign supreme

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe joins the panel to talk how Spanish football will respond to the tragic death of Luis Enrique's 9-year-old daughter, Xana.
Zinedine Zidane's been relying heavily on his established, aging stars despite a summer of heavy spending in Madrid.

It was Saturday afternoon. The sun was out, the bars were full and they were back at the Bernabéu. They'd waited a long time; there hadn't been a truly meaningful game there for six long, depressing months, not since the week they lost everything, beaten by Ajax, beaten by Barcelona twice, just beaten. There had been no game at all for over three months when they'd watched Real Madrid lose, ending the season as they'd played it. Those that had watched, that is: many had walked. Attendances...

By the numbers - Zinchenko unbeaten in 23, Grealish loses 20 straight

What a weekend of football. 

In England, Chelsea clung on for a point against a rampant Leicester City, Liverpool battled their way to a tough away win at Southampton, Arsenal beat Burnley and a VAR-aided Tottenham Hotspur held Manchester City.

In Spain, Barcelona lost to an incredible Aritz Aduriz goal at Athletic Bilbao, while Real Madrid won handsomely at Celta Vigo. In Germany, Bayern Munich drew at home against Hertha Berlin while Borussia Dortmund dismantled Augsburg in front of the Yellow...

QUIZ: Ronaldo? Messi? Neymar? Mbappe? Find out which star you are

The world's top football players are all quite different, but which one are you most like? Find out below.

Transfer Talk: Barcelona ready to pounce as De Ligt's Juve deal stalls

The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the latest gossip below.

Top free agents in 2020 | What do Europe's elite need

TOP STORY: Barcelona wait in the wings for De Ligt

Barcelona are waiting in the wings should Juventus' deadlock with Ajax over the transfer of Matthijs de Ligt continue, according to Marca.

The Spanish daily claims that Juve have an accord with the player's camp but have been unable to meet Ajax's demands for...

Transfer window: Cavani, Willian, Matic, Silva lead top 2020 free agents

Some big names are available on a free transfer in summer 2020 from Europe's biggest clubs if they don't put pen to paper soon. Here are the top players, with the help of Transfermarkt.

Edinson Cavani (PSG)

Edinson Cavani celebrates during Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 match against Nimes.
Edinson Cavani failed to get a move in January.

The Uruguay striker was close to joining Atletico Madrid in the winter window, but PSG's demands for €20m scuppered the deal. Now he'll have his pick of clubs in the summer and will likely still choose Atleti, although they might have other plans to boost their strikeforce by then.