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Sources: Atletico to sign Trippier, Hermoso

Hector Herrera outlines why he chose Atletico Madrid and the achievements he hopes to accomplish with his new club.
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Atletico Madrid are set to complete the signings of Kieran Trippier and Mario Hermoso  after making a breakthrough in the negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol respectively on Tuesday, sources have told ESPN FC.

Atletico are finalising the details of both deals which will be completed at around €25 million each and that will serve to complete Diego Simeone's defensive overhaul following the summer departures of key players Juanfran, Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis.


Atletico slump to biggest defeat of season against ruthless Espanyol

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Atletico Madrid fell to their heaviest league defeat of the season as they were crushed 3-0 by Espanyol on Saturday, missing the chance to mathematically guarantee they finish second in La Liga ahead of neighbours Real Madrid.

Espanyol took the lead right before halftime when Atletico captain Diego Godin slid the ball into his own net as he scrambled to clear a cross from 20-year-old left back Adria Pedrosa, who had burst forward from his own area on the break.

The Catalans' top scorer Borja Iglesias...

Espanyol apologises for racist slur by employee before match

An employee of Spanish club Espanyol was heard racially insulting a Girona supporter before Saturday's La Liga match between the teams, prompting the club's head of communications to apologise.

Spanish newspaper ABC said a group of supporters aimed derogatory chants at Espanyol's players as they got off the bus outside Girona's stadium and match delegate Jose Maria Calzon responded by insulting one of the fans.

A journalist reported the exchange on Twitter and Espanyol's communications chief Agustin...

Lionel Messi shirt swap death threats not Gerard Pique's fault - Barca director

Barcelona director Guillermo Amor says it's unacceptable to hold Gerard Pique responsible for the death threats received by Espanyol player Adria Pedrosa.

Pedrosa, 20, has been subjected to a barrage of abuse from his own supporters after asking to swap shirts with Barca forward Lionel Messi at the end of Saturday's Catalan derby at Camp Nou, which Espanyol lost 2-0.

La Sexta journalist Maria Martinez led the criticism against Pique, claiming he was to blame for the threats because of the player's...

Weekend numbers: Jadon Sancho overtakes Lionel Messi; Christian Eriksen equals David Beckham

The return of club football coincided with the real Lionel Messi standing up, inspiring Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Espanyol with a brace, maintaining a 10-point gap at the top of the table. Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid were almost embarrassed by bottom-placed Huesca, Karim Benzema's 89th-minute goal saw them pinch it 3-2.

Liverpool opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester City, though, do have a game in hand...