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La Liga News: 1 July 2015; Lucas Vazquez Set for Real Madrid Return, Atletico Madrid to Pay Jackson Martinez Release Clause

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UEFA: Spanish league must accept World Cup dates -
UEFA told the Spanish league on Tuesday to stop challenging the decision to move the dates of the World Cup in 2022 to November-December. To avoid Qatar’s fierce summer heat, the 2022 World Cup is being moved from its traditional June-July slot, resulting in European competitions stopping for around two months.

Top transfers Europe: Martinez, Mandzukic, Imbula, Kondogbia - ESPN FC
Since arriving in Portugal from Mexican club Chiapas FC in 2012, the imposing Colombian striker has been continually linked with a move away. After an impressive 92 goals in 132 matches for Porto, that speculation has finally come true, as it has been confirmed that he will play for Atletico next season (the first of a four-year deal).

Cristiano Ronaldo a 'possibility' for Portugal's 2016 Olympics squad -
The president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has acknowledged captain Cristiano Ronaldo could be an option for the 2016 Olympics squad. Real Madrid star Ronaldo would be eligible to feature in the under-23 competition as one of three permitted overage players.

Danilo ready for Real Madrid challenge after Porto move - ESPN FC
Brazil right-back Danilo says he has realised a lifelong dream by signing for Real Madrid in a €31.5 million transfer from FC Porto. Danilo, 23, had attracted the interest of Barcelona and his good friend Neymar attempted to lure him to the Camp Nou but the defender opted to sign a contract with Real until June 2021.

Lucas Vazquez to return to Real Madrid from Espanyol - ESPN FC
Espanyol have reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the sale of Lucas Vazquez, the club's president Joan Collet has said. Vazquez, 23, is set to return to Real Madrid for a fee in the region of €1 million, according to, as new coach Rafa Benitez wants him to be part of his squad for the 2015-16 season.

Arda Turan signs pre-contract agreement with Chelsea
Radio Marca presenter Carlos Sánchez Blas confirmed the news on his twitter page, his tweet translates to, "Arda Turan is close to Chelsea (pre-contract signed). "Ahmet Bulut is an associate of the agent Jorge Mendes, Felipe Luis is also represented by Jorge Mendes."

Atletico Madrid should not fear life after Arda Turan - ESPN FC
This is nothing new for Atleti. It is the business model of selling big names on which the club has operated in recent years. With rumours of a deal being completed, the Turkey international took to social media to issue a denial of sorts, however he did intimate that he is likely he will leave Los Rojiblancos this summer. "The transfer rumours are not entirely correct. My agent is currently in touch with three or four clubs. I will update you all if a deal is made," Turan said in a tweet on Sunday.

Atletico agree to pay release fee for Jackson Martinez - ESPN FC
FC Porto have announced to the Portuguese stock exchange that Atletico Madrid are to match the €35 million release clause in Jackson Martinez's contract. Martinez, 28, told the Spanish press last week that he would be moving to the Vicente Calderon, and now the move is close to completion.

Callejon to Atleti imminent | Football Italia
Spanish television claim Napoli wide attacker Jose Callejon will join Atletico Madrid this week for €15m. According to TVE, a deal is imminent between the two clubs. Callejon joined the Partenopei two years ago from Real Madrid, suggested by then-Coach Rafa Benitez.

AC Milan to announce the signing of Carlos Bacca in the coming hours - Inside Spanish Football
Sevilla and AC Milan are in the final stages of a deal that will send Carlos Bacca to Italy after AC Milan agreed to pay the Colombian’s €30 million release clause. According to Sky Italia, Bacca will undergo his medical in Colombia, where he is currently on holiday after the Copa America and will join up with the team once the deal is finalised.

Sevilla make Guidetti offer? | Football Espana
It is reported that Sevilla have made an offer to Manchester City for their forward John Guidetti. The Swede, currently at the European U21 Championships, spent last season on loan at Scottish club Celtic and was instrumental in helping Ronny Deila’s team win a League and League Cup double.

Villarreal finalise transfer for Victor Ruiz - Inside Spanish Football
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Villarreal have decided to make Ruiz’s season-long loan move a permanent one but will not pay the agreed €4 million purchase option originally agreed upon but will pay €3 million for the 26-year-old defender. Villarreal submitted a €2.5 million offer Ruiz earlier this month, but the offer was rejected as Valencia were holding out for an amount closer to their agreed fee.

Sources: Giovani dos Santos transfer to LA Galaxy in the works -
Spanish publication El Periodico Mediterraneo reported on Tuesday that La Liga side Villarreal is in advanced discussions with the Galaxy regarding a $7.7 million transfer of Mexican national team star Giovani dos Santos. Multiple sources have confirmed to Goal USA that a transfer for Dos Santos to join the Galaxy is indeed in the works, and its completion will be aided by impending changes to the current MLS salary cap and roster guidelines.

View from Mexico: It's too soon for Giovani dos Santos to join MLS -
Here's how players are measured in Europe: You’re a young player until you’re 23 years old, you go through the prime of your career between ages 24 and 28 and by 29, you should be ready to sign the last big contract of your career. That will take you up until 32, the moment when you embark upon the journey to a league full of white elephants, the arrival to Jurassic Park - a spot full of dinosaurs.

Oriol Riera signs three-year deal with Deportivo - Inside Spanish Football Inside Spanish Football
Following the relegation of Wigan to England’s third division, Deportivo began work on signing the 28-year-old Catalan forward and have confirmed the signing of the former Osasuna star on a three-year deal after a successful medical. Deportivo were supported in the transfer by Riera’s own desire to return to El Riazor after joining the Galician side on a successful six-month loan last season, making 21 appearances, 18 as a starter, and scoring four goals.

Andreu Guerao signs with A-League's Western Sydney Wanderers - Inside Spanish Football
In an announcement made on the club’s official website, Western Sydney Wanderers confirmed the signing of Andreu Guerao, who joins the club after two years at Racing Santander, where he made 63 league appearances while helping the Cantabrian side to the quarterfinals of the 2014-15 Copa del Rey and promotion to the Segunda.

Official: Eibar appoint Mendilibar | Football Espana
Eibar have confirmed that Jose Luis Mendilibar will return to the club for a second spell as Coach. The former Valladolid, Osasuna and Levante boss was last in charge of the Basque outfit for the 2004-05 season, when Los Armeros were in the Segunda Division.

Why we love transfer rumours - ESPN FC
Every summer transfer window seems to see the same football clubs linked with the same players, or at least the same type of players. Sometimes the deals actually come close to completion, sometimes they never get out of the starting gate. But we treat these little whispers just the same. We luxuriate in them, rolling about and wallowing in them, no matter how implausible they are. This is what we do in the absence of actual football.

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