?Aleix Vidal is set to leave the riches of Barcelona in January, with former club Sevilla a likely destination.
Vidal joined the Blaugrana in 2015 from Sevilla, despite not being eligible to play until the January of that season due to a transfer ban placed on the club.
The defender has found minutes difficult to come by ever since his transfer, starting in just three La Liga matches this season and fourteen overall.
At the end of helping Sevilla win their second successive Europa League trophy, Vidal earned a call-up to the Spanish national team and debuted against Costa Rica.
Not in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team picture, local source ?ABC de Sevilla report los Nervionenses are favourites to being the 28-year-old back for a fee of approximately 10m euros.
Moreover, it is also claimed fellow domestic sides Atletico de Madrid and Valencia have expressed interest in the defender in an effort to improve upon their fine domestic campaigns.
Despite featuring for an inconsiderable amount of time, Vidal managed to score Barcelona’s third in El Clasico, putting the Catalans fourteen points above Real Madrid, and nine clear of los Colchoneros.
Barcelona will look to continue their long undefeated streak as they play Celta de Vigo in the Copa del Rey round of sixteen, while hosting Levante inbetween both legs.
?Mesut Ozil’s contract is set expire within the summer, leaving many Arsenal fans worried as he is yet to sign a contract extension. However, it appears that the German midfielder may be making a move away from North London.
Caught Offside have reported that Barcelona are set to join the race along with Manchester United to sign the creative midfielder. However, sources close to the Arsenal manager have said that he would prefer to sell to the Spanish club over the Red Devils.
This is due to the fact that Arsenal will not have to play against the German midfielder on a consistent basis if he were to join the Catalan giants, only playing against the North London team if they met in the Champions League – which Arsenal currently do not feature in.
In addition to this, it prevents Jose Mourinho from having the player as the ongoing feud between the French and Portuguese managers continue.
If Ozil were to leave North London, Arsenal would prefer for the creative maestro to depart the club during the January transfer window – therefore, they can receive a suitable fee for the player or else he would leave for free during the summer.
Despite Arsenal sitting in 6th position, Mesut Ozil has had a stella season. The German midfielder has contributed towards a goal every 142 minutes and his recent strike against Newcastle is definitely worth a mention.
Arsenal’s next fixture will take place against Crystal Palace and with Mesut Ozil’s future at the club very much in the air, this may be one of the German’s last games in his four-year stay at the club.
?Former Barcelona star Neymar was quite happy to see his old teammates get one over their domestic rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.
The Catalan side beat the La Liga title holders rather convincingly, scoring three unanswered goals to extend their advantage at the top of the league standings.
According to ?Calciomercato, the Brazilian paid close attention as his former team wreaked havoc at the Bernabeu, with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal doing the damage.
It is said that Neymar sent messages to his ex-teammates, congratulating them on the result and expressing his surprise at how well their season is going.
The attacker also told his former colleagues that he’s keen to play them in the latter stages of the Champions League.
That is ironically contingent on Paris Saint-Germain getting past Real in the round of 16, though, while Barca will have to get through a historically difficult challenge themselves, with Chelsea set to be their next European opponents.
Neymar must be confident in PSG’s chances, however, given the way Madrid have been struggling this season. Having won the Champions League, as well as La Liga last season, Zinedine Zidane’s side have suffered a significant drop in form.
They can take a bit of joy from winning the World Club Cup earlier this month after beating Gremio in the Abu Dhabi final. But they will need to get a bit of momentum going if they are to have any chance of beating a rampant PSG side when the European competition returns next year.
VIDEO: Chelsea Ace Eden Hazard Weighs in on ‘Messi vs Ronaldo’ Debate Naming Who He Thinks is Better
?Chelsea star Eden Hazard has had his say on the on-going debate over who is the best player in the world – ?Barcelona’s Lionel Messi or Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The Belgian international opted for the former, who got one over on his ?La Liga rival after Barça beat Los Blancos 3-0 in the Bernebéu last weekend.
Speaking on Chelsea TV, via twitter user Breathe_Messi, Hazard said:
“Of course, when you are playing football you want to play against the best – the best team, the best players in the world. (Lionel) Messi is the best player in the world.”
The long-standing rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo has been lighting up La Liga for the best part of a decade, as both players have hit their peak in the Spanish top-tier – beguiling fans and pundits alike with performances that have seen both touted as the best player in the history of the game at times.
26-year-old Hazard has been widely tipped to have the potential to step-up to the level of the two stars, but his lack of consistency for ?Chelsea has thwarted his attempts to be considered as one of the best players in the world. ?Real Madrid are long-term admirers of the former Lille man, who are thought to see the talented midfielder as potential successor to Ronaldo.
Hazard has recovered well from ankle surgery in the summer, and is starting to show signs of hitting the form that has seen him become a fan’s favourite at Stamford Bridge in recent years.
Playing in his preferred number 10 position, Hazard has forged an impressive partnership with Álvaro Morata – scoring eight goals and contributing four assists.
Given the huge impact he had on the game – a goal and an assist – it is rather remarkable.
Research from El Periodico has revealed that Messi was walking for 83.1% of the contest, likening it playing with his two children, Thiago and Mateo, at home.
He was jogging 10.8% of the time, running 4.95% of the time and sprinting just 1.15%.
It was intelligent play from Messi, moving into the right places at the right time to hurt Madrid the most, all the while conserving energy – it must be pointed out that the 30-year-old is the only outfield player to have played every minute for Barça in ?La Liga this season.
Messi himself is said to have made six dribbles during the game, three times more than the entire ?Real team combined – their tally of two was comprised of one each from Croatian pair Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic.
He created nine chances, five of them deemed to be ‘clear’ chances, and enjoyed 864 seconds on or near the ball. All of that, and yet he spent most of his time walking…
For Messi and his team-mates, who hold a nine point lead over ?Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, they are now enjoying a well deserved Christmas break. Training will resume on 30th December, with the first game of 2018 coming in the Copa del Rey on 4th January.