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Open Thread: July 5, 2021

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Our Monday issue of the Daily Merengue!

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, YoSnail, Ezek Ix or NeRObutBlanco.

Pre-season starts today!

Even without the complete squad, Real Madrid’s pre-season starts today. Related to the pre-season, the club didn’t allow Vinicius Junior to be included in Brazil’s squad for the Olympics.

Here is our La Liga calendar for the upcoming 21/22 season:

Rumours about Varane’s departure.

Real Madrid wants to renew Varane’s contract. The player, however, is willing to try another league. So, if he doesn’t renew, the club wants to sell him before September, otherwise he can go out for free next summer. Real Madrid is looking for a fee of about €70 millions. One of the most interested clubs is Manchester United, which want to pay €40 million.

A swap deal between Varane and Pogba is not a possibility at this moment, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Madridistas on Copa America’s semi-final

Today, Brazil faces Peru for Copa America’s semi-final. Casemiro is very likely to start this game, while Militao and Vinicius will probably start on the bench. After a sequence of games starting for Brazil, apparently Militao has yet to secure his position as a starter.