This time next week the January transfer window will be set to close. The next seven days could see plenty of teams scrambling around frantically to sign new players, but so far it has been a quiet month across the Premier League in terms of transfers. Arsenal: None – Yep, they really need nothing.
It’s six days to Sunday, the first time we’ll see Bruce Arena manage the United States men’s national team since his rehiring late last year. The Yanks host Serbia in San Diego before moving to Chattanooga for a match against Jamaica. Both matches should be open-and-shut wins, as the Americans’ MLS-only lineup get “B-teams” from Serbia and Jamaica. Possible starting center back Matt Hedges and his FC Dallas teammate, Kellyn Acosta, will miss through injury, while Arena sent Kekuta Manneh to Wales for Vancouver Whitecaps camp. That leaves 28 names — full roster at bottom — and the level of competition means Arena can take risks, like his choice to try Graham Zusi at right back. Arena used several
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has suggested he is ready to risk Cristiano Ronaldo in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals at Celta Vigo despite the Ballon D'or suffered a knock during the weekend victory over Malaga. Ronaldo set alarms bells ringing at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday after missing the workout as Los Blancos started the preparations for the decider trip to Vigo.