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La Liga News: 24 June 2015; Jackson Martinez Set to Join Atletico Madrid, Dispute Over La Liga Start Date Continues

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AFE, LFP row over League start date | Football Espana
There is disagreement over whether the first round of League games in the 2015-16 season should start on August 15 or August 22. AS reports the LFP wants to kick off the new campaign on August 15 but the players’ union, the AFE, are of the belief that a week later would be better, when temperatures might be cooler.

Roma may lose out in race to sign Real Madrid captain due to high wage demands | Forza Italian Football
Roma have been linked with a surprise move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Morgan De Sanctis is currently the Giallorossi’s No.1, however the 38-year-old is approaching the end of his career and the hierarchy at the club are now seeking a replacement for the forthcoming Serie A season.

Ramos' Real Madrid future dependent on Perez - Guardiola - ESPN FC
Pep Guardiola says that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez "holds the key" to Sergio Ramos' future -- amid speculation that the centre-back could this summer join Manchester United, or even La Liga rivals Barca. The Spain international, 29, has two years left on his contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, however his future is uncertain as talks over a pay-rise are reportedly deadlocked while United are said to be keen to sign the player in part-exchange for Madrid target David De Gea.

Zinedine Zidane would have taken Real Madrid job | Sky Sports
Zidane was one of Ancelotti's assistants as well as the coach of Real Madrid's reserve side last season. As a player, Zidane took Real to Champions League glory, scoring one of the competition's greatest goals, a spectacular volley in the 2002 final against Bayer Leverkusen, as well as to the La Liga title.

Martinez agent confirms Atleti move | Football Espana
"The deal has been closed today. We want to thank Milan, who tried until the end. We feel very honoured, but he can’t be in two places at once," Pompeo is quoted as saying. "Atletico is a big club and have done a lot of important things in their League and in Europe. Jackson goes there wanting to do great things and to do his best to make Atleti even greater, that is his dream.

Atlético Madrid tie up Plus500 deal - SportsPro Media
The online trading services firm will become the front-of-shirt sponsor of the Spanish soccer club. Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports indicate the deal could be worth €11 million annually to Atlético.

Report: PSG to make Arda offer | Football Espana
Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly offer €25m for Atletico Madrid’s Turkey international midfielder Arda Turan. AS cites stories from Turkey that say the French club have turned to Turan after deciding Angel Di Maria - reportedly a Barcelona target - was out of reach.

Arda Turan wants transfer to Premier League, says agent | Sky Sports
The Turkey international has two years left on his contract with the Spanish outfit but agent Ahmet Bulut says he wasnts to leave Vicente Calderon stadium this summer. "His intention is to leave Spain this summer," Bulut told Spanish sports newspaper AS. "His will is to leave and to play in the Premier League, that is the path he would like to take to continue his career.

Valencia set to sign PSV's Zakaria Bakkali - Inside Spanish Football
According to De Telegraaf’s Telesport, Valencia look to be the club that rescues Bakkali from his football purgatory after the 19-year-old barely played for PSV last season after refusing to sign a contract renewal. Bakkali, who at 17 became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in Dutch Eredivisie history, has been linked with a move to Sevilla, Lille, Stoke City, Benfica, Celtic, Sporting Lisbon, Anderlecht, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, as they all recognise the Belgian international’s incredible talent.

Alfonso Pedraza to West Ham United seen as a blow to Spanish club - Sport Witness
Spanish newspaper Marca explain on Wednesday that reports, which they say started in the British media, that Spanish U19 player Alfonso Pedraza could be moving to West Ham United are a big blow for his club Villarreal. He isn't the only youngster from the Spanish club who is attracting interest from Premier League clubs and the situation is creating wider worry in Spain.

Levante agree to negotiate sale of club to Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver - Inside Spanish Football
La Fundación del Levante has agreed to negotiate the sale to American multi-millionaire Robert Sarver where the commission representing Levante will be comprised of club president Quico Catalan, Fundación president José Manuel Fuertes, legal counsel Javier Martínez and Luis Calero, and lawyer Enrique Grima.

Betis and Sporting Gijon battling for Real Madrid youngster |
Betis and Sporting Gijon are fighting to sign Real Madrid wonderkid Diego Llorente on loan this summer. The Los Blancos homegrown defender is one of the biggest talents in the youth teams and Florentino Perez wants him to leave on loan to a La Liga side in order to get minutes of play and gain experience.

Osasuna may have paid Barca and Madrid - Valladolid chief - ESPN FC
"Osasuna was a team that looked dead and buried at that moment, and then they beat Madrid and Barcelona," Suarez said. "The first thing I thought was: 'You are asking me to help you [with money] to cover these affairs.'"

New faces in La Liga (III): UD Las Palmas | FC Barcelona
UD Las Palmas were among the favourites to win promotion to the top flight for the first time in 14 years, and they finally achieved their target. But they did it the hard way, finishing fourth in the table and having to go through the play-off process to confirm their place. They won both ties by virtue of the away goals rule, first against Valladolid (1-1 and 0-0) and then Zaragoza (3-1 and 2-0) to make amends for letting a similar chance slip away in equally dramatic fashion twelve months earlier.

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