Welcome to today’s football news update. Here are the top stories and big rumours about your favourite players, teams and coaches.
At this midway point of the January transfer window, The Daily Mail reported today (17.01.2020) that Jose Mourinho‘s contract has a bonus through which he’ll earn 2.3 million euros if Tottenham finish in the top four by the end of the Premier League season.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, there could be a loan swap deal between AC Milan and Roma, with Suso and Cengiz among the players said to be involved.
Inter Milan‘s quest to strengthen in this winter window remains one of the top stories in Italy and it is continuing to dominate the front pages. Karl Toko Ekambi could complete a move away from Villarreal this weekend. According to France Football, a deal has been agreed with Lyon for the player to move for 20 million euros plus a percentage of any future sale.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are pushing to sign Bruno Fernandes and have offered 70 million euros to Sporting CP.
Barcelona are keen for the B team to win promotion this year and they’ve gone after players in the transfer market who can help with this. Barcelona have set their sights on Barcelona B winning promotion to LaLiga SmartBank this season, which is why they are looking to strengthen their team in this January transfer window.
A mix of players, ranging from promising talents to slightly more experienced names, will be brought in with the hope of raising the level of Xavier Francesc Garcia Pimienta‘s side in an attempt to fight for the playoffs in the Segunda Division B.
The recruitment department at La Masia have been working for months on different deals from around the world that are about to take place.
Led by Patrick Kluivert (the director of youth football) and Jose Mari Bakero (the technical secretary of Barcelona B), the Blaugrana are set to sign:
Albacete‘s Albanian striker will be the first to arrive. His signing will be made official on Friday, a great addition for Barcelona B, given his experience and level, which is above that of the Segunda B. At 22, Manaj has scored three goals so far this season in 10 games in LaLiga SmartBank. His journey is remarkable, despite his youth: Cremonese, Inter, Pescara, Pisa, Granada and Albacete.
Manaj arrives from the Estadio Carlos Belmonte in a deal that has the intention of improving Barcelona B‘s threat in front of goal.
Santiago Ramos Mingo
A centre-back named Ramos is about to sign for Barcelona. The Blaugrana are on the verge of bringing in the 18-year-old left-footed defender, with Ramos Mingo set to replace Ronald Araujo, who will be promoted to the first team after the departure of Jean-Clairo Todibo to Schalke.
Boca are upset with Barcelona‘s conduct with the move, however. “We’re going to get tough on this issue,” their president said.
“Obviously we’re going to have people responsible, both inside and out.”
Jun Nishikawa was one of the players who caught the eye at the last Under-17 World Cup, recording two goals and two assists in four games.
He is a midfielder who can also play on the flank, preferably on the right as he is left-footed. One of the next stars of Japanese football, he plays under Miguel Angel Lotina at Cerezo Osaka and would not arrive until February, when he turns 18. The deal for Nishikawa is at an advanced stage, and at Barcelona B he would be able to play alongside his compatriot, Hiroki Abe.
Another deal in progress and close to completion is an exchange of players with Juventus: Alejandro Marques will head to the Bianconeri while Matheus will go the other way to Barcelona. The Brazilian is a left-footed attacking midfielder who can also play on the left wing and is currently on loan at Dijon in Ligue 1.
Matheus‘ situation is set to change dramatically, though, going from the French first division to the 80-team regionalised third division in Spain.
After leaving Corinthians‘ youth academy, he was picked up by Empoli at the age of 18 and a year later he joined Juventus. Since then, he has been on a series of loans, while this season with Dijon he has played in 10 games to this point.
In fact, Matheus was chosen by The Guardian in 2015 as one of the 50 most promising youngsters in the world.