It’s becoming something of a January tradition. A few rumors, a big money signing, a Premiership manager bemoans China’s ability to outspend on players. In 2016, it was Ramires and Wayne Rooney. This year, Oscar (for £51 million) and Carlos Tevez (possibly £70 million) have gone; Diego Costa is the subject of rumors, and Yaya Touré reportedly turned down a huge offer to play in China. Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, said this week that China is paying “crazy money” and it “looks like they broke the market.” Tevez will earn a reported £615,000 per week. That does seem crazy. Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. But should the football leagues and major clubs
Lionel Messi's father has told Cadena Ser "there is no danger" that his son will not renew his contract with Barcelona, despite rumours over his future. The Spanish radio station claims negotiations with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu over a new deal have already started, and early indications are positive. Neymar, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano have all put pen to paper on new deals at the Nou Camp in recent months but Messi is yet to follow, despite his current contract expiring at the end of next season.
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — Silence and mourning are slowly being replaced by boisterous fans and hope. As the Chapecoense club rebuilds after the air crash that killed 19 players and nearly all members of the staff and board of directors, so is the town of 200,000. Like many in Brazil, football is the oxygen for everything: gossip, community pride and heated debate. On Saturday, Chapecoense’s 20,000-capacity Arena Conda will host the team’s first match since the tragedy almost two months ago. Lines outside are filled with fans excited about the club’s and the city’s restart. Fifty coffins lined the same field in November, where this time Chape’s reconstructed team will play Brazilian champion Palmeiras