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Barcelona enjoy a perfect week

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Way-too-early look at next season: Real Madrid land Mbappe, Sancho to Man United?

The 2018-19 season isn't over yet, but with the international break upon us, we thought it would be a good time to look ahead to next season.

Here, our writers and correspondents give their predictions for what will happen over the summer and how Europe's biggest teams will line up for their first game.

Premier League

MAN CITY -- Jonathan Smith

Who will be signed?

The spectre of a potential transfer ban is hanging over Manchester City. It's possible that they may be busy in this summer's...

Jaime Mata had given up on football, but now he could win his first cap for Spain

Alexis Nunes and Ale Moreno flex their knowledge in predicting European Qualifying fixtures containing Belgium, England and France.

"Thank you very much for the messages, but that's not me," Juan Mata tweeted last week. The Manchester United star received his fair share of congratulations after Luis Enrique announced the new Spain squad ahead of the Euro 2020 qualification campaign, although he's not actually returning to the national team for the first time since 2016. Instead, Getafe striker Jaime Mata was called up and is expected to make his national team debut during this international break thanks to his incredible first...

Lionel Messi's hat trick vs. Betis wasn't his best, but a timely reminder of how brilliant he is

Shaka Hislop chooses not to get drawn into comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following the Argentine's 33rd La Liga hat trick.

It's a remarkable thing when a sportsperson produces a moment of exceptional all-time achievement, but the reaction to that excelsior moment becomes almost as powerful as the event itself. I'd argue that Lionel Messi fused those wonderful, human themes together on Sunday night: immense action followed by extraordinary reaction.

In my lifetime there have been many examples. Not identical, mind you, but moments that live on for reasons other than the athletic achievement no matter how important...

Lionel Messi routinely delivers magic for Barcelona, but his third goal vs. Betis was interstellar

Here are three sentences whose words do no justice to the majesty of their content: In the depths of a molecular cloud, a star is born. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Lionel Messi chipped Pau Lopez in Barcelona's 4-1 win at Real Betis on Sunday.

All three of the above sentences represent events that are noteworthy on an intergalactic scale. They all mark moments where aliens, sitting peacefully in their suburban homes, looked up to the skies from their Sunday papers and said: "Things done changed."


LIVE Transfer Talk: Real will have to pay £200m to land Eriksen from Tottenham

Shaka Hislop presents his weekly Power Rankings, where quite a few Premier League clubs find their way into the top 10.
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes give their early predictions of how the Champions League quarterfinals will pan out.
Despite them being big underdogs, Alejandro Moreno believes Manchester United have more of a chance than people think in their quarterfinal Champions League tie against Barcelona.
Antoine Griezmann sits down exclusively with ESPN's Martin Ainstein to discuss his love for American sports and his hopes of finishing his career in MLS.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals, and keep track of who has joined the big boys. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Real will have to pay £200m to land Eriksen

If Real Madrid want to sign long-term target Christian Eriksen this summer it will cost them a world-record fee, according to the Sunday Star.

The British tabloid claims that...

Lionel Messi bags hat trick, Luis Suarez impresses as Barcelona thrash Real Betis

Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez put on a show for the fans at Benito Villamarín Stadium, leading Barcelona to an easy victory.
Shaka Hislop chooses not to get drawn into comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following the Argentine's 33rd La Liga hat trick.

Lionel Messi scored a stunning hat trick as Barcelona beat Real Betis 4-1 on Sunday to move 10 points clear at the top of La Liga.

Messi opened the scoring in the first half with an arrowed free kick into the top corner and added Barca's second just before the break after a brilliant no-look back-heel assist from Luis Suarez.

- Messi humbled by Betis fans' standing ovation

Suarez, who missed two brilliant chances to further extend Ernesto Valverde's side lead, eventually added the third with a...