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La Liga News: 5 September 2015; Manchester United Hit Back at Real Madrid, Mateo Musacchio Nearing Villarreal Return

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Manchester United have third-costliest squad Europe - CIES - ESPN FC
Manchester United's summer spending has given them the third most expensive squad in Europe, behind only neighbours Manchester City and Real Madrid. According to the CIES Football Observatory, only Real (£428.5 million) and City (£408.1m) paid more in transfer fees to acquire their current group of players.

Man Utd hit back at 'clumsy' Real Madrid over David de Gea | Football News | Sky Sports
A heated statement has been released after Real president Florentino Perez branded United's conduct in the deal as a "disgrace" and claimed their negotiating team "lacked experience". A £29.5m deal for De Gea to join Real sensationally broke down at the last minute after the relevant documentation was received by La Liga 28 minutes after the deadline on August 31.

Florentino Perez deserves blame for failed David De Gea move - ESPN FC
Sometimes, you just have to stand back and admire Florentino Perez's arrogance. Not literally of course -- he's not Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal after all -- but the Real president is apparently to be applauded for his handling of the David De Gea transfer.

Real Madrid fans must stop whistling stars says Perez - ESPN FC
Florentino Perez has called on Real Madrid fans to stop whistling players after admitting that Iker Casillas' exit from Real Madrid left a "bad impression." Casillas spent 25 years at the club and made 725 official appearances for Los Blancos before departing for Porto in July with two years left on his contract.

Keylor Navas refuses to discuss failed Manchester United transfer - Inside Spanish Football Inside Spanish Football
Early Monday afternoon, Real Madrid reached an agreement with Manchester United over the transfer of David De Gea to the Santiago Bernabeu and Keylor Navas in the opposite direction. After signing his new contract after undergoing his standard medical, Navas was informed that he would not be joining the Red Devils, but would be forced to return to the club that just tried to force him out earlier in the day.

Atletico Madrid revel in transfer success Real Madrid woe - ESPN FC
On the face of it, transfer deadline day was set to be a difficult one for some Atletico Madrid supporters. However, by the time the window shut, things had turned out rather well. They'd actually quite enjoyed it. There had been tears, but they were smiling now. Laughing their heads off, in fact. They do so love it when a plan comes together and their team's plans had come together. Other teams' plans, by contrast, had fallen apart.

Mathias Kranevitter provides Argentina hope for the future - ESPN FC
If friendlies are for learning and experimenting, then perhaps too many of Argentina's in the last few years have been strolls in the park and while this one was far from an even match, it at least gave us one or two glimpses of what could be coming in the future for Gerardo Martino's team.'s weekly wonderkid: Ángel Correa -
A tricky, skilful forward, Correa can operate out wide or centrally and can use his acceleration to play on the shoulder of the last defender as a classic No9 or as a second striker. He possesses wonderful technique, quick feet and his attitude and work ethic in recovering from his earlier career setback has impressed many at Atlético.

Mateo Musacchio nears Villarreal comeback after five months - ESPN FC
Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio is nearing a return to playing five months after suffering a horrific leg injury. Musacchio, 25, fractured his fibula and dislocated his left ankle during a Primera Division game at Getafe on April 12.

Villarreal 2015-16 compared to 2014-15 - Villarreal USA
What a busy summer (a carryover from January). I know we have some folks on here who have joined us quite recently and may not be so familiar with last year's squad. So, by way of reminder, here was Villarreal's squad when the transfer window closed in the fall of 2014.

Vicente Del Bosque should coach Spain to 2018 says Villar - ESPN FC
Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has backed Vicente Del Bosque to stay on until the end of the 2018 World Cup, even though the Spain coach has himself said he plans to step down after next year's European Championship in France.

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