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Transfer Rater: Iago Aspas to Real Madrid

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Real Madrid were interested in signing me in the summer - Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas

Santiago Solari's first La Liga match in charge as caretaker manager of Real Madrid ended with a 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid.

Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas has said that Real Madrid were keen to sign him last summer before choosing to re-sign Mariano.

Aspas has been La Liga's highest-scoring Spaniard for the last two years, and was reportedly a target for Real Madrid earlier this year.

The Spain international has now said that the European champions, who face Celta Vigo on Sunday, did hold an interest in him, though they did not make a formal approach.

"They didn't contact me directly but it's true that there was an interest,"...

La Liga's maverick magicians entertain Spain from their backyards

Any other 37-year-old man with a mop of shockingly bleached hair, dancing wildly late on a Sunday night, shirt off and posing like the Hulk in full "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" mode, would draw derogatory comments about his "midlife crisis." But Joaquin Sanchez is no ordinary man. No ordinary footballer, either.

Somehow, the Real Betis captain is dreams made flesh. Wildly talented at football, uproariously funny, durable given that his club's medics announced last season that he's been...

Diego Costa withdraws from Spain squad for personal reasons

Spain called up Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas to replace Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa for the upcoming UEFA Nations League encounters against England and Croatia.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said on Monday that Costa requested to be dropped for personal reasons.

Spain face England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in Luis Enrique's first game in charge, then host Croatia three days later at the Estadio Martinez Valero in Elche.

Aspas was left out of the squad last week despite having...

Transfer Rater: Iago Aspas to Real Madrid, Gary Cahill to Galatasaray

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The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Rafinha to Real Betis

Barcelona look like they're trying to trim the fat on their squad, with Rafinha heavily linked with a move to Real Betis. It would be a loan move, according...

Isco, Iago Aspas star while Spain's centre-backs struggle in draw with Morocco

A real Jekyll and Hyde performance from Spain, who stumbled through to the second round with a thrill-a-minute, 2-2 defeat to already eliminated Morocco, and then got a helping hand from Iran's late penalty equaliser in the other game to finish ahead of Portugal and win Group B.

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At times Spain give the impression they could beat anybody, especially when Isco and Andres Iniesta are combining at their dancing best. They created enough chances during a purple patch in the first half to...

Ex-Liverpool forward Iago Aspas given €40m price tag by Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino says the club will not sell Iago Aspas for less than the €40 million release clause in the player's contract.

Aspas, the leading Spanish goal scorer in La Liga with 20 goals, Aspas is a reported target of Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

Asked about the interest, Mourino told Onda Cero radio: "We are willing to negotiate, besides the fact they are two big clubs, two friendly clubs. But in this specific case, the fans will not forgive us and we will not allow...