Football NewsSunday 1st January 2017

La Liga Leaks: ‘€90m bid for Diego Costa’, Liverpool ‘join race for Jese’ & Lyon ‘want Carlos Vela’

La Liga Leaks: ‘€90m bid for Diego Costa’, Liverpool ‘join race for Jese’ & Lyon ‘want Carlos Vela’

Hello, good morning and Happy New Year to you all. Perhaps you woke up with a hangover, or by kids jumping on your bed, but get strapped in because the January transfer window is officially open. This means more rumours than usual, more ‘agents’ and ‘journalists’ on your Twitter feeds searching for retweets and who knows, maybe even a few transfers too.

It seems like 2017 isn’t going to signal the end of the Chinese Super League’s spending as two former LaLiga players are linked with January moves there: Diego Costa and Ever Banega.

Diego Costa is having a fantastic season at Chelsea and it appears he’ll be dangled the carrot of earning more than he could ever imagine by Tianjin Quanjian, a newly promoted side managed by Fabio Cannavaro. A €90m bid is mentioned in ‘MARCA’s’ article today saying that hope that’ll be enough to convince Roman Abramovich to part with the Spanish international. However with Michy Batshuayi struggling to adjust to the Premier League you feel it would take at least double that €90m on offer for Chelsea to even consider selling the man leading their title challenge.

Over in Italy, and picked up by ‘Estadio Deportivo’ over here in Spain, Ever Banega is a €30m target for Andre-Villas Boas’ Shanghai SIPG as well as Cannavaro’s Tianjin. The player’s agent was only talking the other day about interest in his client from various clubs around the world but it remains to be seen whether Inter Milan would consider selling Banega for €30m just six months after signing him on a free transfer.

Sticking with the Sevilla theme, and in the same newspaper, it appears Timothee Kolodziejczak will be the first man to leave the club this January. Jorge Sampaoli’s men are flying high in LaLiga, are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and remain in the hunt for the Copa del Rey too. However ‘Kolo’ is someone who has found opportunities hard to come by and is on the verge of moving to Borussia Mönchengladbach for a fee in the region of €10m.

Another player linked with a move away from LaLiga is Carlos Vela. The erratic Mexican is in fine form this season but only has 18 months left on his current deal at Real Sociedad. Sources in France, picked up by ‘AS’, say Vela has emerged as a transfer target for Lyon. I’m not sure how financially strong Lyon are these days but it seems unlikely a move for Vela would be successful as La Real wouldn’t be keen on selling a star player at this stage of the season.

Jese Rodriguez is one of the few players linked with a move this month that appears almost certain to happen. A tough six months in Paris, with very little game time, has made both PSG and he believe a loan move is the right answer. Las Palmas are desperate to sign him to bolster their ranks and will point to the rejuvenation of Kevin-Prince Boateng as proof that it’s a good place to sort your head out and focus on football.

The issue for Las Palmas is the high wages the Spaniard earns at Paris. There’s no way they could cover them and this opens the door for other clubs to swoop in. Liverpool have been linked with a move for Jese, reported today in ‘MARCA’, as they look to continue their challenge at the top of the Premier League. It goes without saying they could easily match his current wages and that might tip the scale in their favour should they push hard for the ex-Real Madrid winger.

In the same transfer based article, Gerard Deulofeu’s future is mentioned. He’s endured a tough start to life under Ronald Koeman and is wanted by Las Palmas and Deportivo de la Coruña, but it appears Milan could be his next destination. The fallen Italian giants are interested in a loan move and hope Deulofeu could propel them into the Champions League positions this season.

Barcelona‘s hunt for a new right back could soon be over as Darijo Srna is officially free to sign for another club today. Currently on the books of Shakhtar Donetsk, Srna has been in contact with the Catalan giants for a few months now and a move could officially be sealed for him to join on in the summer, should the two clubs be unable to agree a fee this month.

Meanwhile at Valencia, and first reported by ‘Superdeporte’, the in-turmoil club have apparently secured the services of Kiko Femenia. The 25-year-old, who is out of contract at fellow LaLiga side Deportivo Alaves in the summer, is seen as Joao Cancelo‘s replacement. After unsuccessful spells at both Real Madrid and Barcelona, Femenia has been an ever-present for Alaves this season and with doubts surrounding Cancelo’s future, it makes sense to bring in an established full-back as soon as possible.

Other news and rumours in brief:

  • Diego Simeone told the media: “No, I’m not leaving Atletico,” following his side’s friendly match the other day. Speculation continues to link him with a move away from Madrid but Simeone insists he has no plans to do so, despite reducing the length of his contract in the summer. (Various)
  • Jota Peleteiro‘s second spell at Eibar hasn’t gone to plan and he’ll return to Brentford. (MARCA)
  • Fresh after his agent Jorge Mendes spoke on his client’s future, it’s now the turn of James Rodriguez‘s father to confirm that his son “is going to stay at Real Madrid” until at least the summer. (AS)
  • Alfred N’Diaye is a possible transfer target for Malaga after failing to establish himself at Villarreal. (Estadio Deportivo)