Barcelona keen on Bangoura


Barcelona are interested in a January move for Rayo Vallecano winger Lass Bangoura, according to Sam May.

The Catalan giants are looking to add to there forward line following the departure of Pedro in the summer to suffering Premier League champions, Chelsea.

The Guinea born player known by the name of “Lass”, 23, is the man Barca are keen on the most when the transfer window opens in January. The wideman started his career at Rayo, before heading out on-loan to Granada.

Paco Jemez, the Rayo manager stated: “For Lass, if Barcelona follow him, it would be great news”.

It seems a move could happen, with Bangoura falling out with manager Jemez, having been “expelled” from the recent training session, when his team faced the reserves in a practice match.

The news comes after Lionel Messi continues to be linked with a move away from the La-Liga champions, as speculation mounts. The Barca transfer ban does come to an end on the 1st January so it seems a move could happen. Susana Monje, Barcelona vice-president stated: “We can sign and shall make an effort to do so, but we have to be prudent”. She later added: “The club has made profits, it is solid and that means we can cover the players salaries”.

At the age of 23, the Guinea International, who wears the number 19 shirt, is quick, skillful and a strong character, something that would suit the Nou Camp side. He would also help with the latest injury woes, Barca are suffering.

It is also understood that Barca are interested in a move for Celta Vigo’s inform winger Nolito, 29 who has caught the eye following a number of impressive displays.


Chelsea target January move for Teixeira


Chelsea are interested in a January move for Brazilian attacking midfielder, Alex Teixeira, according to Sam May.

Teixeira, 25, currently plays for Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk and is the latest samba star to be linked with a move away from Mircea Lucescu’s side.

The Brazilian star has since revealed that the Stamford Bridge side are interested in his services. The number 29, has been in outstanding form for Shakhtar recently scoring 16 goals in 11 league games, seven more than anyone else in the Ukrainian Premier League and bettering that of goal machine, Robert Lewandowski.

The former Vasco De Gama player would follow in the footsteps of his fellow countryman, Fernandinho (Manchester City), Luiz Adriano (AC Milan) and Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich) who have all left for one of Europe’s top five leagues.

He claims Jose Mourinho’s side are interested in his signature stating: “”It’s all rumours so far. I’m glad to hear a club as big as Chelsea is interested on me.” He also added: “It would be important to play a tournament such as the Premier League, and better yet if it came in January. I’m welcoming a new challenge.”

With many of the Chelsea players underperforming this season it seems a move away from the Donbass Arena could be on the cards. If the move was to materialise then he would compete with playmaker Oscar, for the number 10 role. Only Willian has lived up to Chelsea’s expectations this season.

It is understood that Mourinho is also interested in Yevhen Konoplyanka, 26 who joined Sevilla this year from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on a free transfer. Also on his wish list is Andriy Yarmolenko, also 26, currently of Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev.

Williamson checks-in at Wolves


Wolverhampton Wanderers have competed the signing of Mike Williamson from Newcastle United on a one-month loan deal, writes Sam May.

After losing centre back Kortney Hause who is out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, Kenny Jackett has acted fast to secure the services of 31-year old Williamson.

Hause was stretchered off in Wolves 3-1 home defeat to Middleborough on Saturday leaving Championship side short at the back.

Williamson on the other hand, has been with Newcastle since January 2010 after signing from Portsmouth. He has made 150 league appearances for the Wearside club. He has since stated that his move to Molineux is a “no brainer”, having suffered frustrating times on the sidelines.

The Stoke born defender could make his debut at Birmingham this weekend. He said: “I have always admired the club from afar and it’s a privilege to be a part of it. I have heard a lot of good things about the manager. The bigger the games the better for me, derbies are always a special occasion and more than just three points on the line. I relish going straight in and hopefully we can get a positive result at Birmingham.”

He won promotion from the Championship back in 2010 with Newcastle. The 6ft 4 defender joins a Wolves side who are 10 points away from the play-offs, sitting in 14th place.

Williamson said: “We should aim for the play-offs and see where it takes us. I am here to enjoy myself, learn and experience a new culture and a new way of doing things. All of us have an in-built desire to succeed and do well and that’s what we’re paid for.” He also added: “It’s frustrating when you’re not part of it but you just have to keep your head down. You never know in football what’s around the corner. An opportunity like this has come up and I’m happy to take it.”

His agility in the air and leadership skills will help to sure up the Wolves defence and his Premier League experience is something that will benefit Kenny Jacketts men in the long run.

Barcelona target January move for Coric


Catalan giants Barcelona are targeting a January move for young Croatian teen, Ante Coric, according to Sam May.

The young attacking midfielder, 18, has been likened to Croatian footballing legend Robert Prosinecki, and has attracted interest from around Europe. It is understood Chelsea, Porto, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich are interested in his signature.

He was brought to the Dinamo Zagreb youth academy in 2013, after he was signed for £900,000, aged just 16, from Red Bull Salzburg.

Coric, is one of the brightest footballing talents in Europe, land will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Alen Halilovic who came through the ranks at the Dinamo youth academy before making the move to the Nou Camp. It seems Barcelona have close ties with the Croatian club, so a move to Spain seems more likely.

He made his senior debut against RNK Split on 16th April 2014, and scored his first senior goal for Dinamo in a two-one loss to NK Istra 1961.

Coric also holds the record for the youngest goal scorer in the Europa League at 17 days and 157 days after scoring the fifth for his side against Astra Giurgiu.

The young gem, who wears the number 24, is rated at around £5 million and is under contract until 2020. If the move materialised, then he would either join their B-side or go out on-loan to another La Liga club.

Madrid sign “the new Lionel Messi”


Real Madrid have signed, young Lucas Patanelli, dubbed “the Next Messi”, to a pre-contract agreement, writes Sam May.

The young Argentine, 15, who plays for club Independiente, was watched numerous times by the Real Madrid scouting team a few weeks back before making the move. The teen sensation was also invited to the clubs Valdebebas training complex to link up with the Los Blancos squad. It is understood that Patanelli was sold straightaway and overwhelmed by the opportunity.

The young man has a bright future ahead of him, and is currently playing in the Vellaneda-based club’s youth side. His precision on the ball, skill and reading of the game are some of his key attributes.

The player’s age does represent an issue, until he turns sixteen on 25th February; he is unable to sign a contract agreement, due to FIFA’s rulings on signing under-age players.

Reports suggested that Real Madrid are expecting to buy big in the next window, but the idea of planning for the future is something president Fiorentina Perez is committed too. With Barcelona’s famous Las Masia youth academy not producing the next Puyol, Xavi and Iniesta people have been expecting in recent years, it seems Real Madrid have leapfrogged the Catalan club with young players. Marco Asensio, Federico Valverde, Odegaard and Jesus Vallejo, are all prime examples, for the future.

Another prime target for the Galacticos is 17-year old centre back Jose Maria Amo of Sevilla, dubbed “the new Sergio Ramos”.

All you need to know: Gianluigi Donnarumma


Who is Gianluigi Donnarumma? Sam May takes a look at the goalkeeper who became the youngest player in Serie A history to make his debut for AC Milan.

Dubbed “the new Buffon”, the 16-year old, 6ft 5 shot stopper was handed his debut on Sunday when AC Milan took on Sassuolo at the San Siro. The teenager replaced the experienced Diego Lopez, 33, who dropped to the bench.

Milan were in need of three points, having suffered a poor start in this season’s Serie A campaign. Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic sprung a surprise when he included young Donnarumma in the starting 11.

The youngster had previously played in a pre-season friendly against Real Madrid back in the summer but it was his first competitive action for the Rossonerri.

He beats legend Gianluigi Buffon to the youngest player in Serie A history, with the Juventus keeper making his debut aged 17.

The move by Mihajlovic seemed to pay off. Donnarumma, who wears the number 99 looked composed and well assured between the sticks, helping Milan claim a 2-1 victory to lift them up to 10th in the table.

It is understood that Manchester United had targeted a move for the starlet back in the summer but the Italian side rejected their bid. It seems the Italian born youngster is happy to continue his development with AC Milan.

Premier League duo target move for Vardy


Liverpool and Tottenham are interested in a January move for Leicester’s goal machine Jamie Vardy, according to Sam May.

The Merseyside giants are in search of a new striker to boost their forward line, with Danny Ings out for the rest of the season due to injury and Divock Origi failing to shine. A move could be seen as a bright and intelligent one by the Liverpool supporters, with Klopp keeping a close eye on the number nine. Vardy’s work ethic would also be a factor should he make the move to Anfield.

The England International, 28, has 10 goals in 12 games for the Foxes and is in fine form following a number of outstanding displays in the Premier league. Since his promotion with Leicester two seasons ago, the former non-league star who played at Stocksbridge Park Steels, has also earned himself four England caps.

Vardy’s contribution and performance have also gone unnoticed at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham ready to make a move for the Sheffield born hot shot. With Spurs missing out on Saido Berahino in the summer it seems a move for the 5ft 10 man could be on the cards. Vardy would also form a great partnership with striker Harry Kane and help recapture his form from last season. He is said to be valued at £15 million by Leicester.

It is also understood that Spanish giants Real Madrid are interested, as manager Rafael Benitez seeks a second striker to compete with Karim Benzema. The Galacticos would also be able to register Vardy for the Champions League in January, as he hasn’t played in Europe.