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Transfer Talk: Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane set for shock exit

Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner predict La Liga's notable fixtures from this weekend, but will Real Madrid get back on track under Zinedine Zidane?

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals, and keep track of who has joined the big boys. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Madrid man Varane pondering Real exit

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has stunned bosses at the Bernabeu, with L'Equipe claiming that the Frenchman is considering leaving the Spanish giants.

Varane has been in the Spanish...


Messi gets standing ovation, tops Player Power Rankings ahead of James

Shaka Hislop chooses not to get drawn into comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following the Argentine's 33rd La Liga hat trick.

It's not often a player gets a standing ovation ... from a stadium full of opposing fans. Such a plaudit is enough to top our Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Luis Alberto (Lazio), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

MLS Latino of the Week: Ignacio Piatti turns back the clock for Montreal, Carlos Vela bags a brace

Check out all the goals from this weekend's MLS action, including Wayne Rooney's hat-trick for D.C. United.
Ignacio Piatti continued his hot form against Orlando City with a brace in the Montreal Impact's 1-3 win at Orlando City Stadium.
Even at 34, Ignacio Piatti remains one of the best Latin players in MLS. The Argentine now has 71 goals for Montreal since arriving from San Lorenzo in 2014.
Even at 34, Ignacio Piatti remains one of the best Latin players in MLS. The Argentine now has 71 goals for Montreal since arriving from San Lorenzo in 2014.

Once more, Latino players across MLS provided highlights and spectacular performances to lead their teams to positive results. Starting this season, we've created an award to recognize the best -- and worst -- from players born in or with roots in Latin America.

Here are the Latinos who caught our eye the most in Week 3 of MLS:

Latino of the Week: Ignacio Piatti, FW, Montreal Impact

The Argentine was instrumental in Montreal's bounce-back win in Week 3 against Orlando City. Piatti scored twice and...

Serie A's biggest derby, Milan vs. Inter, delivers a classic. PLUS: Messi's latest magic trick for Barcelona

The Milan derby and Lionel Messi's performance at Betis raised overall what was a relatively humdrum weekend. It may be just an impression, but derbies tend to either be defined by fear and tension, or they break out into end-to-end brawls.

The 223rd Derby Della Madonnina was the latter, and if you missed it, you missed a classic.

Ahead of the game, it looked as if Sunday's meeting would mark the start of Inter's implosion: from the Mauro Icardi affair -- he was watching at home, a five minute...

Griezmann Mbappe baby name ruled out because of 'likely harm to child'

Stevie Nicol addresses the latest rumours surrounding Jadon Sancho, Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe and more in Transfer Rater.

A French couple who attempted to name their new-born child Griezmann Mbappe as a tribute to two of France's World Cup winners have been thwarted by a judge.

In November, La Montagne reported that the couple, from Brive-la-Gaillarde, wanted to name their child in honour of Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.

But the Brive registrar said that was "against the child's best interests or infringing on the rights of third parties to protect their family name"...

Lionel Messi routinely delivers magic for Barcelona, but his third goal vs. Betis was interstellar

Here are three sentences whose words do no justice to the majesty of their content: In the depths of a molecular cloud, a star is born. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Lionel Messi chipped Pau Lopez in Barcelona's 4-1 win at Real Betis on Sunday.

All three of the above sentences represent events that are noteworthy on an intergalactic scale. They all mark moments where aliens, sitting peacefully in their suburban homes, looked up to the skies from their Sunday papers and said: "Things done changed."