Sports Burst – The Madrid-Manchester Love Triangle

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By Tim Stannard


1) Madrid and Manchester’s transfer destinies intertwined

Well, these two clubs are going to get to know each other rather well. There might even be some kind of Airbnb hook up to save travel costs as both European mega-monsters are involved in deals involving three big hitters of the football world.

One move looks quite likely, another seems iffy and another near impossible, but it is the latter making the most headlines on Monday. The ‘quite likely’ is Alvaro Morata who may have to break into his honeymoon this week to finish off the etchings of a move to Old Trafford. The ‘iffy’ is David de Gea, the rumors about whom have begun to resurface again, mainly because of the subject of the third deal – Cristiano Ronaldo.


The media world is up in arms still after Friday’s news that the footballer reportedly wants to leave Real Madrid in a huff over charges of tax fraud. Indeed, matters got so Loony Tunes that even Bayern Munich were brought into the equation as a buying club before quickly being ruled out, by those that know better.

Pepe apparently wants the footballer to join him at PSG, even though he’s not there himself yet. But Manchester United remain the front-runners even though everyone knows that CR7 will go nowhere in the end. But it’s far too early to ruin the fun.

Tune into the special Summer XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT for the latest news on the Ronaldo rumor mill.


2) Bodyguards for Dollar-rumma

The other big transfer story being chewed over on Monday is Gianluigi Donnarumma with the bust-up with Milan turning as ugly as expected. On Sunday, Milan fans threw fake ‘Dollar-rumma’ bills towards the player during Italy’s U-21 clash against Denmark. That took place in Poland, so excellent commitment to the cause.

Soon after his delightful agent, Mino Raiola, claimed that the footballer’s life was at stake. “Donnarumma’s family was threatened, both with not playing anymore and threatened with death,” claimed Raiola to Italian media. That rather dramatic allegation was dampened on Monday

“As a club, I really don’t know what more we could’ve done to give Gigio and his family the desire and pleasure to remain,” sighed Milan CEO Marco Fassone who is set for a great summer.

Want to hear more about the wacky and wild transfer market? You do! Perfect. Then go to our Facebook site at 12:30PM ET / 9:30AM PT for the daily Transfer Tracker show. Today, it features Kay Murray and Mr Ray Hudson.


3) Australia and Germany battle each other and VAR

But if transfers are not your thing – what’s wrong with you?! – then there is real football taking place on Monday. Well. The Confederations Cup anyway. The final match of the first-round group stages is to be completed and sees Australia against Germany with probably a fair amount of VAR bafflement thrown in for good measure.


The European U-21 Championships are also underway with Slovakia taking on England and host nation Poland facing Sweden. If you can’t make it for those games due to work or crazy notions like that then tune into the XTRA for all the best highlights.


4) Vikings collide as Champions League restarts

Spain, for one, still haven’t finished the current season but the Champions League draw for the next campaign has been for the very early stages.

Pleasingly, Sheriff are back in town and there might also be a Viking derby between FH Hafnarfjördur of Iceland and Víkingur from the Faroe Islands which could replicate a Game of Thrones battle scene. An early, early preliminary round will be needed to make that dream come true.

This seasons competition officially gets underway on the 27th June.



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