Man Utd want to sign Griezmann next summer
Manchester United are expected to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann next summer, according to The Independent. Atletico are planning to bring back Chelsea striker Diego Costa - and if they can re-sign their former player they will sanction the sale of Griezmann. Man Utd will have to pay up to £100m to sign Griezmann, who is good friends with France team-mate Paul Pogba.
Atletico want to sign Icardi
Atletico Madrid are eyeing Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi. The La Liga club head coach Diego Simeone is in the market for a new attacker and an admirer of the 23-year-old striker. According to Don Balon, the 46-year-old specialist's top target is Chelsea ace Diego Costa, but he also has Icardi on his agenda. The Argentine has a tense relationship with the Serie A club fans and will be tempted by a return to Spain.
Atletico Madrid midfielder had three offers
Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has revealed that he turned down three offers from elsewhere after coach Diego Simeone told him to stay at the club. Recent reports from Spain claimed that the Portuguese midfielder, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was contemplating leaving the club to head to China. The 35-year-old held a press conference to discuss the speculation and revealed that Simeone asked him to stay put at the Vicente Calderon. He said: “Simeone told me to stay, that I am needed at Atleti. I had three offers from three countries. I am available to the club. I will stay until the end of the season. If they ask me to leave I will accept it and I will go.”
FIFA The Best. Voting results
FIFA have distributed several awards to the best persons in world football in 2016. The footballing body have published the final results of the voting with exact numbers of votes received for each nominee. Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned as the best player in the world, surpassing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. He has received 34.54% of total votes, while his main rival Lionel Messi finished the second with 26.42% share of votes. Claudio Ranieri was the top man in coaches' race, as the Leicester manager won the prize for the best coach of the year with 22.06% of total votes. Zinedine Zidane surpassed Fernando Santos with a slight advantage to come after Ranieri. The most evident choice was made in the Puskas Award winner selection. Mohd Faiz Subri from Malaysia received almost 60% of the votes to win the prestigious prize thanks to his banana style free kick golazo in Malaysian Super League. https://my.mixtape.moe/sliqlf.mp4 Finally, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool fans won the fan award as their joined singing of the world famous song "You'll never walk alone" led the race and surpassed Iceland and ADO Den Haag fans' performances. https://my.mixtape.moe/oacllj.mp4 Prizes in women's football went to the USA's Carli Lloyd as the best female player and to Germany coach Silvia Neid as the best coach. Also, futsal legend Falcao was given an award for incredible sporting career and achievements in sports. Fair Play award was given to Club Atletico Nacional with a unanimous decision for their act of respect to the Brazilian club Chapecoense.
Boca Juniors eye Atletico Madrid striker
Boca Juniors could revive their interest in Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa, according to sources in Argentina. Boca were keen on the 21-year-old last summer, but Atletico rejected their proposal to sign him on loan. It is believed Boca will make another attempt to sign Correa this month, although Atletico are unlikely to sanction his exit.
Las Palmas 0-2 Atletico Madrid. All goals and highlights (video)
Copa del Rey. Round of 16. First-leg Venue: Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera Goals: Koke 23' (0-1), Griezmann 51' (0-2)
Barcelona have highest wage average
The wage bill average of Barcelona players is revealed to be the highest among La Liga teams, AS reports. The Spanish magazine published the list of average wages with accordance to La Liga teams, with the Catalan team heading it. Barcelona players receive on average €7.13 million, while the second in row Real Madrid have an average of €6.38 million wage bill. Atletico Madrid (€3.27m), Valencia (€2.22m) and Sevilla (€2.04m) alongside with the top Grands for the top-5 of the list. Alaves (€377k), Las Palmas (€345k) and Leganes (€344k) form the lowest fraction of the list.
IFFHS. Top 10 best goalkeepers 2016
International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has revealed the list of the best goalkeepers in the season of 2016. Experts from 56 countries around the world voted for the best goalkeeper of season 2015/16: 10. Denis Onyango («Mamelodi Sundowns», Uganda) - 5 points
Villa names the best coach he worked with
Former Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid man David Villa thinks that Josep Guardiola is the best coach he worked with during his career. "Guardiola is a very strong manager. He is one of the best coaches in the world. I am happy that I had a chance to work under his command. I am proud of the things that we achieved together in Barcelona. Pep is the best coach that I worked with during my playing career," Villa said.
Copa del Rey round of 16 clashes revealed
Copa del Rey (Spanish Super Cup) has revealed the clashes for the round of 16. All grand including Barcelona and Real Madrid came to know their rivals for the stage. The holistic list of clashes looks as follows: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid vs Sevilla Las Palmas vs Atletico Madrid Alcorcon vs Cordoba Real Sociedad vs Villarreal Deportivo la Coruna vs Deportivo Alaves Valencia vs Celta Osasuna vs Eibar The first-leg clashes of the stage will take place on January 4th, the second-leg, accordingly, in a week (January 11th).