Liverpool did not wait long to bolster their squad for next season after the disappointment of losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. On Monday, shortly after reports surfaced that Liverpool was close to an agreement, Liverpool announced Fabinho as their newest signing, for a fee of £39m (45m euros). Fabinho has played at right back at times but makes most of his money in defensive midfield, where he is seen as a replacement for the outgoing Emre Can. The Brazilian will join Naby Keita as new Liverpool players effective July 1, when their deals officially begin.
UEFA has released their Squad of the Season for 2017-2018, with a predictably high number of Real Madrid players making their way into the Technical Observers’ selections. Of the 18, eight are from Madrid (Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Raphael Varane, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo). Liverpool have three of their own, again with no surprises: Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk, and Roberto Firmino. Kevin De Bruyne and Lionel Messi were the only members of their teams to make it, while Bayern had both James Rodriguez and Joshua Kimmich. Juventus saw Giorgio Chiellini selected, while Roma had both Alisson and Edin Dzeko.
Cristiano Ronaldo may have let his team and fans fully enjoy the Champions League title for a solid ten minutes before making the stories about him, when he said, “it has been very nice being at Real Madrid.“ He backtracked from that pretty quickly, saying they should enjoy the moment, but reports now say that he has not decided about his future with Los Blancos. La Liga president Javier Tebas said Monday, however, that he does not see Ronaldo moving, although he believes the league would be able to deal financially, as they did with Neymar’s departure.
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