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Man City chief defends spending, blasts La Liga

The FC guys mention Manchester United's '99 treble winners and Arsenal's '98 side when questioning if Man City are the best team of the Premier League era.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes joins the party in Manchester to get the fans' thoughts on City's treble-winning season and Vincent Kompany's departure.

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has defended the club's spending and accused La Liga president Javier Tebas of hypocrisy over allegations that they are distorting the transfer market.

The Premier League champions, who are under investigation from Uefa over a potential breach of Financial Fair Play rules, have spent more than £1 billion on players since they were bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.

- Man City keep or dump: Who stays for Pep's all-conquering side?
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Messi wins European Golden Shoe for sixth time

Alejandro Moreno feels Barcelona should have decided to move on from coach Ernesto Valverde even before their lacklustre defeat in the Copa del Rey.
Valencia denied Lionel Messi and Barcelona a fifth straight Copa del Rey victory with a thrilling 2-1 win in Seville.
Spanish Copa del Rey: Lionel Messi (73') Barcelona 1-2 Valencia
Spanish Copa del Rey: Rodrigo (33') Barcelona 0-2 Valencia
Spanish Copa del Rey: Kevin Gameiro (21') Barcelona 0-1 Valencia
Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop are at odds to whether Ernesto Valverde or the Barcelona players were at fault for their Champions League exit.

Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for the sixth time overall and third year in a row.

Barcelona star Messi, who retains the award after his record-breaking fifth win last season, ended the champions' La Liga campaign with 36 goals, three ahead of second-placed Kylian Mbappe, who scored once in PSG's 3-1 loss to Reims on Friday.

Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella finished third in the rankings with 26 Serie A strikes. 

The Golden Shoe table is ranked on points rather than goals,...

De Ligt discusses future amid United, Barca link

As the tug of war for Matthijs de Ligt continues, ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti weighs in on Barcelona and Man United's chances of landing the young Dutch star.
Frank Leboeuf joins ESPN FC to talk Paul Pogba and Manchester United, explaining why the France star might be ill-suited for the United captaincy.
Paul Mariner says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wealth of experience and knowledge will be an asset for Marcus Rashford to find consistency at Man United.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop looks at a few reported Man United young transfer targets, headlined by Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon.
Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol discuss the reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will offer the Manchester United captaincy to Paul Pogba.

Manchester United and Barcelona transfer target Matthijs de Ligt has said he will make a decision on his future after Netherlands' upcoming UEFA Nations League campaign, but added he does like the Premier League.

The Ajax captain, 19, is one of the most sought-after players in this summer's transfer market after an impressive campaign where he led the Amsterdam side to the Dutch league and cup double -- as well as the semifinals of the Champions League.

- When are the Premier League fixtures published?
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Sources: Utd see Barca winning De Ligt chase

Frank Leboeuf joins ESPN FC to talk Paul Pogba and Manchester United, explaining why the France star might be ill-suited for the United captaincy.
Paul Mariner says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wealth of experience and knowledge will be an asset for Marcus Rashford to find consistency at Man United.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop looks at a few reported Man United young transfer targets, headlined by Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon.
Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol discuss the reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will offer the Manchester United captaincy to Paul Pogba.

Manchester United expect top summer target Matthijs de Ligt to resist their advances and complete a move to Barcelona, with Old Trafford sources having told ESPN FC they believe the Spanish champions struck an agreement with the Ajax captain two months ago.

De Ligt, 19, has emerged as one of the most-sought after players in Europe this season after playing a key role in Ajax's run to the Champions League semifinal. The defender also led the Amsterdam giants to their first Eredivisie title since...

Barca's Valverde unfazed by Copa loss: 'I feel fine'

Alejandro Moreno feels Barcelona should have decided to move on from coach Ernesto Valverde even before their lacklustre defeat in the Copa del Rey.
Valencia denied Lionel Messi and Barcelona a fifth straight Copa del Rey victory with a thrilling 2-1 win in Seville.

SEVILLA, Spain -- Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says Ernesto Valverde should not carry the blame for the surprise Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia, while the coach insists he feels "fine" despite his side's disastrous end to the season.

Barca wrapped up a fourth league title in five years in April but have seen their hopes of winning the Treble go up in smoke over the last 19 days. They gave up a three-goal lead in their Champions League semifinal against Liverpool on May 7, losing...