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Evening ticker: Atletico blanks Real in cup action; Victor Valdes nears Man United move; and more



For the second time in four days, Real Madrid found themselves on the losing end.

The reigning Champions League winners were knocked off by crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, 2-0, Wednesday in Copa del Rey action. The loss comes just days after Real, who were without Cristiano Ronaldo, dropped a contest to Valencia that snapped the club’s history 22-game win streak.

Atletico Madrid, who saw Fernando Torres make his return, opened the scoring in the 58th minute through Raul Garcia, who converted a penalty kick following a Sergio Ramos foul on the box. Defender Jose Gimenez added an insurance header in the 76th minute to earn Atletico the victory.

The two La Liga powerhouses will collide once again in the second leg on Jan. 15 at the Bernabeu.

Here are some more of Wednesday evening’s news and notes:


Manchester United already have a stud Spanish goalkeeper in David de Gea, but the club appears to be on the verge of adding another.

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is reportedly close to signing an 18-month deal to join Man United following a 10-week training stint.

Valdes, who made 387 appearances for Barcelona, has been sidelined for nine months after suffering a torn ACL.


Wilfried Bony’s prolific form with Swansea might earn the forward a move to one of the league’s big contenders.

Bony is reportedly nearing a move to Manchester City after the Swansea striker agreed to take a pay cut to join the reigning Premier League champions.

“Talks are going on and I really hope soon things will happen,”said Bony’s agent Francis Kacou. “There were rumors about other clubs, but at the moment it is City. There are some small details about money but I think it will go all right in a few days.”

Bony, who is set to join Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations, admitted Wednesday that he is enamored with the idea of featuring for a Champions League side.

“We don’t know what’s happened or what will be later, so now I’m just focused on the national team,” Bony said. “(But) every player wants to play Champions League and World Cups. Thats the wish of every player.

“I don’t know anything (about the deal being completed). I’m waiting like you.”

What do you make of Wednesday’s clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid? How often will Valdes play at Man United? How will Bony fare at City?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I think Valdés is old and coming off a pretty serious injury. He knows he probably can’t start at a real Champions League contender so he might as well back up at Man U get paid pretty well and if De Gea gets hurt he will get important PT and will regardless get to play less meaningful games in the FA cup and such.

    • Valdes stated he wanted to go somewhere new and has won every trophy under the moon. At some point you want to just experience other challenges.

      • Only a handful of clubs in the world who could afford to pay huge money for De Gea…

        Who do you suppose is interested? I suppose it could be Real. Barca seem to have a good crop of GK’s with Ter Steigen and Bravo… Real just went out and got Navas…

        Doubt anyone in Italy could afford it (juventus might but they have buffon)

        No one in Germany could afford it except for Bayern and they have Neuer

        PSG is probably the only French club… maybe them.. idk how they feel about Sirigu

        Doubt Man City go away from Hart for De Gea… Arsenal won’t pay the money… Chelsea don’t need him… Liverpool probably won’t pay the money… Tottenham don’t need him

        I don’t see a market for a record fee type of GK at the moment…

        could be wrong of course.

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