Barcelona are reportedly set to a launch a £20million offer for Chelsea winger Willian as his contract nears its expiry date.
The time might have come for Chelsea to cash in on one of their longest and most loyal servants.
According to reports, LaLiga giants Barcelona are eager to take winger Willian to Camp Nou before the January transfer window closes on Friday.
The experienced Brazilian has been with Chelsea since 2013, but his contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
TOP STORY – BARCA WANT WILLIAN
Barcelona will test Chelsea’s resolve with a late €23.6million (£20m) offer for Willian, Sky Sports have reported.
The Blaugrana are said to be are “long-term admirers” of the 31-year-old and hope to have him on board for the remainder of their title battle against Real Madrid.
Willian could leave Stamford Bridge on a free at the end of June if Chelsea choose not to cash in now.
Frank Lampard last month said contract talks were ongoing with the former Shakhtar Donetsk attacker, but he has not yet agreed a new deal.
Barcelona are preparing a last-minute £20m bid for Chelsea winger Willian.https://t.co/vx05mJPCXJ
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 29, 2020
– News of Barca‘s approach comes amid suggestions they have had an eye-watering €100m (£85m) offer for Richarlison rejected by Everton, rumours the Mirror indicates have been laughed off at Goodison Park.
– Chelsea, however, could be preparing their Willian replacement. According to the Daily Mail, the Premier League top-four aspirants are looking to sign 32-year-old Napoli forward Dries Mertens for a cut-price £6m fee.
– Barca, meanwhile, are trying to find a new home for Philippe Coutinho after learning Bayern Munich will not activate their €120m option to buy the on-loan playmaker, say Catalunya Radio.
– England international Danny Rose will spend the remainder of the season at Newcastle United after Tottenham accepted a £2m loan fee for the left-back, claim the Guardian.
– Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund must improve their bid from €22m to €30m to convince Serie A champions Juventus to part with midfielder Emre Can, claim CalcioMercato.
Ferland Mendy: From wheelchair to La Liga champion- Inspiring story
French defender Ferland Mendy has entered the books as one of Real Madrid’s key players who drove through all odds to becoming the winners of Spain’s most celebrated league honour, La Liga in 2020. An inspiring journey that has more to it.
Mendy[ Ferland] now aged 23 today stands as one of the greatest inspiration to young players in modern times most especially to youths in Africa, the continent he originates from and more so by his hard-courageous journey to the top where he now plays for the club considered as the most successful of the last decade[2009-2019].
The right back who owes his origin to Senegal and Guinea Conakry where his father and mother came from respectively, was born in a small community in North Central France known as Meulin-en-Yveline on June 8, 1995 and reportedly lost his father at a teenage age. But the ever determined and die-heart football fan did not saw his dream of becoming a footballer like is icon Brazil’s Ronaldinho.
The lad joined a local club Equevilly in 2002 and showcased his talent with the outfit till the year 2002 when he was spotted and transferred to Paris Saint Germain Academy. This, due to his excellent performance. He trained at and represented for club for 8 years before a health complication grounded him.
Ferland Mendy suffered medical complications including swelling hip joint, overall weakness and general overdose of fatigue. A situation which put the youngster under treatment for more than a year and saw him staying on a wheelchair for 6 months. While on wheelchair, the Franco-Senegalese was told by his Doctor that he may not be able to work again.
But fortunately for the 14-year-old, his medical complications reduced and gave way the chance not only to walk but to join a 4th division club, Mantois 78 in France where he hoped to get himself fit for football again. There, Ferland was transformed from striker to left back but kept the fire burning.
Excellent performance with Mantois led to French Ligue 2 outfit, Le Hauvre signing the promising star in 2012. A club he featured for in 47 occasions and scoring once. His speedy offensive playing style attractive a 5 Million US Dollar deal from Ligue 1 club O. Lyon which he joined in 2013.
Mendy played 57 matches for the club and now holds a record 102 successful dribbles in two Ligue 1 seasons, the best by any player. This combined with his strength and speed saw him moving to Spanish giants, Real Madrid on July 1, 2019 where he won the 2019/2020 La Liga title with the Spain capital city under manager Zinedine Zidane. A record 34th for Real Madrid.
He played 25 La Liga matches for the club this season and netted once. Ferland Mendy’s successful pairing with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Varane and Marcelo at the club is considered to have played a great role in the team’s success this season as they recorded over 16 clean sheets.
Mendy and Real are still in contention of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League title where they will face Manchester City at the quarter finals with the lad looking forward to win his first UCL title and continue representing France. A country he has played four senior matches for and is battling for the left back position with his name sake, Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy.
DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Laliga Joins Spanish Government To Promote The Return Of Tourism To Spain
The Spanish government, the Spanish Football Association, LaLiga and the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE) have come together in a bid to boost and promote Spain as a safe destination for tourism and sport.
The campaign dubbed, “Safe Sport, Safe Tourism #SpainAwaitsYou” is being promoted through LaLiga’s international match broadcasts.
The “Safe Sport, Safe Tourism” campaign, with the #SpainAwaitsYou hashtag, was unveiled at LaLiga headquarters, in the presence of Isabel Oliver, the Secretary of State for Tourism; Irene Lozano, CSD president; Javier Tebas, LaLiga President; Antonio Garamendi, CEOE President; Manuel Muñiz, the Secretary of State for Global Spain; and Faustino Blanco, the General Secretary of the Ministry of Health Bringing together the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport (via the Spanish High Council for Sport), the Ministry of Health, the CEOE and LaLiga, the initiative has been created to boost the tourism and sports industries in Spain, which are both so central to the economy and have suffered over the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic.
LaLiga is very aware of the opportunity and responsibility that it has as a global entertainment platform, which is why it will be fully supporting this initiative, whose visibility will be boosted further by a specially created logo.
LaLiga is giving global visibility to the campaign through a logo that is seen during the competition’s international broadcasts, as well as through creative pieces and posts on its social media networks (on which it has over 100 million followers), region-specific virtual perimeter advertising boards, on the virtualized stands of LaLiga matches and digital marketing strategies, among other initiatives.
LaLiga President Tebas said, “I am immensely proud that professional football can keep helping boost Spain’s visibility beyond our borders and help the country’s economy. Football and LaLiga play a key role in promoting Spain all over the world, which is why it’s so important for us to be part of this project now.
At LaLiga, we’re going to do everything in our power for Spain to come out of this situation as quickly as possible.”
On his part, CSD president Lozano said,
“time to savour the restart.
A safe return has been outlined, in accordance with a protocol that will allow the competition to start up again successfully. Everyone should know about the effort that we have put in. We know that there’s no such thing as a zero risk but all of us, with our footballers leading the way, are giving our absolute best and acting responsibly and sensibly to ensure everything goes well.”
“Spain is ready to safely welcome international tourists from 1st July. We have thoroughly prepared to ensure we guarantee the highest safety standards across our whole tourism industry by rolling out over 20 uniform protocols for the entire country. We want tourists to feel confident and we are sending out a very clear message that will be amplified by this campaign: Spain is waiting for you,” Oliver, the Secretary of State for Tourism said.
By Etienne Mainimo
CA Osasuna, CF Fuenlabrada Assisting Local Groups During Pandemic De-Escalation
Two Spanish clubs, CA Osasuna and CF Fuenlabrada have step in with support aimed at reviving the local economy with new social campaigns that aim to help their local communities make a difference.
Across Spain, de-escalation from the COVID-19 pandemic has begun, with social and business activities starting to resume under careful health restrictions. But while thigs are going back to normals, significant levels of support are needed and football clubs have a key role to play.
According to Laliga newsletter, CA Osasuna and CF Fuenlabrada, are addressing this need with new social campaigns that aim to help their local communities, using their significant profile to make a difference.
The 42 clubs of LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank have all contributed to fighting the pandemic in the form of financial donations, offering physical resources to health services, sharing messages of support, providing entertaining content to fans and much more.
Going by the Director of Communication at CF Fuenlabrada, Álvaro de la Rosa “It’s a time of great uncertainty for these companies. To survive these recent weeks, many companies have reinvented themselves but did not have a way for people to know that they were operating despite the pandemic.”
“For example, we heard from one company that made bullfighter costumes. Given the situation, its production turned to making facemasks. But not even their clients were clear if they were open,” he said.
He added that, “The services sector and small businesses have the highest economic risks after this health crisis. We have received more than 60 requests, a very high number considering that the campaign was focused on the local area and not many businesses have been active.”
“Football can help people a lot and now is when they need us most. We owe a debt to our fans after all the support they have given us. We cannot fail them,” he said.
On the side of CA Osasuna has decided to support this initiative by creating 5,000 personalised facemasks bearing the colours, crest of the club, and delivered to local people with the greatest need.
According to information, the masks will be delivered to all club members over the age of 65, as well as the staff and residents of the San Jerónimo Estella residence and to Solera Asistencial, a collection of residences and occupational services for the elderly with which the club collaborates regularly. Delivery of the masks has been made mostly by post, accompanied by a letter in which the club conveys support to its older fans.
“Osasuna is a club that belongs to its members and we must be close to them, even more so in difficult situations. We wanted to help elderly fans to the best of our abilities, because they are the ones who are being punished most aggressively by this pandemic,” the said club President Luis Sabalza. “
By Etienne Mainimo
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