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Thursday Kickoff: Bale, Bayern, Ronaldinho and more


Leaked contract details of the world’s most high-profile players are emerging on the internet, and one Welsh international has been thrust into the spotlight this morning.

According to the official transfer agreement, which was recovered and published by Football Leaks, between Tottenham and Real Madrid for Gareth Bale, the Spanish club spent a total 100 million Euros to complete the transaction. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the German club did not turn in Real Madrid, which is now serving a two-window transfer ban by FIFA. (REPORT)

Brazilian star Ronaldinho, 35, said he “will play for a little longer.” (REPORT)

Mesut Ozil will be ready to play for Arsenal against Chelsea on Sunday, while Chilean star Alexis Sanchez will likely be available for selection as well, according to head coach Arsene Wenger. (REPORT)

Liverpool has reportedly made a $34.7 million (£24.5 million) offer to sign Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira for his services. (REPORT)

In a post on his personal Instagram account, Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes thanked Manchester United’s supporters amid links to a move away from Old Trafford. (REPORT)

Werder Bremen has acquired 27-year-old center back Papy Djilobodji on loan from Chelsea for the remainder of the Bundesliga season. (REPORT)


U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he’s happy with Jordan Morris’ decision to turn down a deal with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in favor of signing with MLS franchise Seattle Sounders. (REPORT)

Patrick Vieira was formally appointed head coach of New York City FC ahead of the club’s second season. (REPORT)

Robbie Keane thinks the LA Galaxy need a shakeup, while Steven Gerrard expects the team to be as strong as ever if the five-time MLS Cup champions land the players currently being linked to the team. (REPORT)

Alejandro Bedoya scored the game-winning goal for FC Nantes against fourth-division club FC Mantes in extra time on Wednesday, sending his club into the round of 16 in the Coupe de France. (REPORT)

Clint Dempsey hopes to compete with the U.S. Men’s National Team in the Copa America Centenario this summer, and is not worrying about being left out of Klinsmann’s rosters during World Cup qualifiers in November and January camp. (REPORT)

Here are the results from Wednesday’s top leagues and results:


  • Leicester City 0 – 2 Tottenham
  • Liverpool 3 – 0 Exeter City


  • Celta Vigo 0 – 0 Atletico Madrid
  • Athletic Bilbao 1 – 2 Barcelona


  • Sassuolo 1 – 1 Torino


  • Lazio 0 – 1 Juventus


  • Chambly Thelle FC 0 – 2 Lyon
  • Concarneau 1 – 3 Troyes
  • FC Mantes 0 – 1 FC Nantes
  • Trelissac FC 1 – 1 Lille
  • Evian Thonon Gaillard 1 – 3 AS Monaco
  • Boulogne 1 – 3 Lorient
  • Marseille 2 – 0 Montpellier


  • Atlas 1 – 2 Coras Tepic
  • FC Juarez 1 – 0 Guadalajara
  • Celaya 1 – 1 Pachuca
  • Leon 5 – 0 Necaxa

What do you think of Bale’s official price tag? Do you think FIFA was tipped off by Bayern or another club?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. “I’m really eager to get back on the field, to find a team that really needs me and a place I can go to score a lot. I’m very intent on getting a deal done, I just have to party a little more first…”


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