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It’s been a busy week in Spanish soccer, and it’s solely set to get busier, as an additional Clasico and an additional Madrid derby have been added to the calendar. After which there’s Kylian Mbappe.
Actual Madrid drew Atletico Madrid away within the Copa del Rey, which means it is going to be three derbies in three weeks, together with the one subsequent week, and the one initially of February in La Liga. If it’s something just like the 5-3 thriller within the Spanish Supercup on Wednesday, the locals are in for a deal with.
Which they didn’t see up shut, as a result of the Supercup is in Saudi Arabia – the Gulf state pay the Spanish Soccer Federation €40m to host a four-team match in Riyadh. A lot to the chagrin of Spanish followers, who have been befuddled by the booing of Toni Kroos, and the booing of Franz Beckenbauer throughout a minute’s silence for the lately departed nice.
Actual Madrid’s reward is Barcelona on Sunday evening, after the ailing Catalans struggled to a 2-0 win over Osasuna. If there was one silver lining for Atletico Madrid, it’s that Antoine Griezmann turned their report goalscorer, surpassing Luis Aragones and transferring onto 174 objectives.
Actual Madrid are on the hunt for a striker themselves. The strains popping out of Madrid is that they need Mbappe, however not an excessive amount of. We’re unsure in the event that they’re making an attempt to play it cool, however there have been a number of rumours about Victor Osimhen of Napoli too, and Erling Haaland, who Jude Bellingham is reportedly making an attempt to recruit. The upshot is that nothing has modified, however Madridistas might must strap themselves in for an additional spherical of the sport.
Barcelona might as properly convey Jorge Mendes on board as a part of their employees, as they’ve began setting the super-agent duties to promote their star gamers. The Blaugrana are nonetheless after a central midfielder this winter, however first must chase up one among their financial levers – which they’ve been making an attempt to do for 18 months. If they may afford him, they’d fairly like Everton’s Amadou Onana. They could simply be comfortable to hold onto their stars, with Bayern Munich seeking to spend €100m on Ronald Araujo.
Possibly the striker Actual Madrid want was underneath their noses all this time? Former academy product Borja Mayoral is again within the metropolis at Getafe, and surprisingly is La Liga’s joint-second high scorer this season. Arsenal appear to suppose he’s of use, and have submitted a bid for Mayoral.
Elsewhere Girona are livid as one among their veterans David Lopez being hit with a four-game ban for calling a referee smug in October, the suggestion being they’re getting just a little too near Actual Madrid on the high of the desk. Sevilla have additionally signed Inter midfielder Lucien Agoume on mortgage with an choice to purchase, and Villarreal have loaned Ben Brereton Diaz to Sheffield United. The reason is they needed to herald Eric Bailly on a free, and at the moment are seeking to go after Wolves’ Goncalo Guedes too, who’s at the moment on mortgage at Benfica.