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La Liga News: 20 August 2015; Nicolas Otamendi Joins Manchester City, Valencia Win Against Monaco

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La Liga questions: Real or Barcelona? Atletico's challenge, David Moyes' hopes and more | Sky Sports
As the La Liga season fast approaches, we look at the five key questions to be answered over the next 10 months. All eyes are on Barcelona after their historic treble-winning campaign, but new Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez will have something to say about them strolling to the title again.

Who is Real Madrid new boy Kovacic and can he displace Kroos or Modric? - Goal.com
It was a transfer story that came out of nowhere. Mateo Kovacic was expected to be a key part of Inter’s title challenge when the Serie A season gets under way on Saturday. Instead, the 21-year-old playmaker is on his way to the Spanish capital to become Rafael Benitez’s latest signing as Real Madrid boss.

Playing clause in Asensio’s loan move | Football Espana
A clause in Marco Asensio’s loan move to Espanyol form Real Madrid calls for the midfielder to play 30 games this season. Asensio’s temporary switch to Cornella El-Prat is expected to be confirmed in the very near future after Espanyol beat off interest from a host of other clubs.

Real Madrid scout £10m Chelsea target Alex Telles | turkish-football
Real Madrid scouted Galatasaray full-back Alex Telles during the Santiago Bernabeu Cup according to Fanatik. The La Liga giants lifted the trophy on home ground after a 2-1 victory over the Lions to complete their pre-season.

Nicolas Otamendi signs five-year contract with Manchester City | Sky Sports
Manchester City have announced the signing of defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia on a five-year contract. The centre-back becomes City's third big signing of the summer, following Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph. Sky sources understand the fee was £33m.

Nicolas Otamendi: All you need to know about the defender linked with Manchester City | Sky Sports
Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi is in Manchester ahead of a proposed move to Manchester City, but it appears that terms have not yet been agreed between the two clubs. Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has been impressed with the 27-year-old, picking him in his La Liga team of the season for 2014/15.

Valencia 3-1 Monaco: Nuno's men pick apart wasteful visitors - Goal.com
Valencia triumphed 3-1 over a resilient Monaco side in Wednesday's Champions League playoff first leg. Rodrigo took just over four minutes to break the deadlock, latching on to Sofiane Feghouli's simple cut-back to tap home from close range after a spell of concerted pressure from the home side.

TV deal an extra incentive for La Liga's lesser lights | Eurosport
When La Liga kicks off on Friday, some of Spain's more modest clubs will have even greater incentive to fight for their top-flight status thanks to a new framework for the collective and more lucrative sale of television rights. Unlike in other major European leagues, La Liga teams had been negotiating individual deals with broadcasters, a system that allowed heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona to hoover up roughly half the available TV cash between them.

Valverde: Calendar change helps no one | Football Espana
Ernesto Valverde has offered his thoughts on the proposed change to the Primera calendar that would see matches played on New Year’s Eve. The players’ union, the AFE, suggested only days before the start of the season that round 17, scheduled for early January, instead be played on December 30 and 31.