Group A: PSG and Manchester City face off. Could be a very strange Messi versus Ronaldo matchup.
Group E: Bayern Munich and Barcelona relive the 8-2 Champions League thrashing Bayern put on Barca a year ago.
The Great Migration
Not often do two of the biggest names in sport have legit transfer rumors swirling about them days before the deadline. But here we are.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus → Manchester City
Kylian Mbappe: PSG → Real Madrid
Both players want out. Now, it’s down to the clubs to make the deals.
Going to the wrong Manchester: For those of us who may not remember - that’s how long Cristiano has been one of the best in the world - he started his career at Manchester… United. He’s been adamant about not joining City:
“To play for City not United? I’m not going to do that. Why? Because my heart’s in Manchester United, that’s why.” - Ronaldo in 2015.
But the stars have aligned:
With Harry Kane deciding to stay at Tottenham, City need a world-class striker.
At 36, Ronaldo still fits the bill -- he scored 101 goals in 134 appearances for Juventus.
The last major hurdle? Juventus wants a $33 million transfer fee.
A lesson in persistence: A day after submitting a $180 million transfer offer for Mbappe, which PSG immediately rejected, Real Madrid upped the ante with a $212 million bid for the French superstar.
Likely, they’ll need to increase that offer a couple more times for PSG to accept.
Win-win: With Mbappe adamant he won’t resign with PSG when his contract expires next summer, the next best thing for the club is to sell him now. Otherwise, PSG risks getting nothing in return.
For example: When Leo Messi’s contract ran out with Barcelona, the club was forced to let him walk for free. Despite his market value being well over $100 million.
By moving Mbappe now, PSG makes sure to get maximum value in return.
Looking ahead: The transfer window closes on August 31st. Outlets are saying Ronaldo’s move is ‘a done deal’ but Mbappe’s isn’t quite there yet.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(18-6) Connecticut Sun76vs. (10-14) LA Sparks 72
The Sun have quietly won seven straight and now sit atop the league standings after another strong night from Brionna (23 pts) and Jonquel Jones (22 pts).
(40-86) Baltimore Orioles10vs. (63-66) LA Angels 1
After Shohei Ohtani blasted his league-leading 41st home run to open the game, things fell apart quickly for the Angels. LA has now dropped five of six.
The Orioles, fresh off a 19-game losing streak, now have their first two-game win streak since early July.
Stat:Chris Sale became only the second pitcher to throw three immaculate innings, recording three strikeouts in nine pitches for the third time.