Santos delay Gabigol announcement

Santos had hoped to announce the return of Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa from Inter today, but it was postponed by red tape.
The striker was sold for €29.5m in the summer of 2016, but never received a single Serie A start, while his loan at Benfica hasn’t gone any better.
A comeback to Brazil is all decided, with Gabigol taking a pay cut to help the loan with option to buy go through smoothly.
According to Globoesporte, Santos were planning to announce the transfer on Friday evening, but were delayed by red tape issues and missing documentation.
They are still confident that he’ll be in the stands on Monday so that he can be presented to the fans ahead of their Paulista Championship game against Bragantino.
Santos intend to pay approximately one quarter of Gabigol’s salary, leaving the rest to be covered by Inter.

Inter considering to make a move for Liverpool’s Sturridge

After having snapped up Argentine defender Lisandro Lopez on loan from Benfica, Inter are looking to strenghten the other departments of their squad.

As reported previously the Nerazzurri are currently locked down in negotiations with Barcelona for Rafinha as well as with Jiangsu Suning over former Chelsea player Ramires with Lyon’s Grenier on standby should any of those two negotiations not be concluded.

So now the Nerazzurri turn to their attack and according to several reports in the UK they are looking at Liverpool’s English international Daniel Sturridge. The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker has no played since December 6th due to an injury but before then he has scored thrice in 14 appearances across all competitions this season. Given Inter’s financial restrictions the Nerazzurri are looking to make a loan offer for Sturridge but it is unlikely that Liverpool will accept.

Torino, Belotti: ‘I am a problem? This is false…”

Andrea Belotti has had a negative year to date with Torino as he has been injured a lot. Mihajlovic is now gone as there have been reports of tension between Belotti and team owner Urbano Cairo. Here is what he had to say on the matter as he wrote a comment on his Instagram account: ” Tension between me and Cairo? This is totally false and absurd!”.

Lisandro Lopez flies out for Inter

Lisandro Lopez was spotted at the airport taking a flight to Milan, where he should undergo a medical with Inter tomorrow.
Portuguese paper Record claims the Benfica defender was seen embarking on a flight to Milan.
He is expected to have a medical tomorrow before signing the loan deal.
Inter should pay €0.5m for the six-month loan spell, with an option to buy outright for another €9m.

Mauricio Pellegrino calls for use of VAR in Premier League

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has called for the introduction of VAR in the Premier League following the “injustice” of his side’s 2-2 draw with Watford.
The Saints were denied all three points at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon due to a late Abdoulaye Doucoure goal, which was scored via the French midfielder’s hand.
Video assistant referees are being trialled in domestic cup competitions over the next few months, beginning with the FA Cup third-round tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace earlier this week, but a frustrated Pellegrino now wants to see it rolled out in the English top flight.
“For sure [we should have won] but football is like this sometimes, small details change everything,” he told BBC Sport. “We are very sad but we have to accept the rules. It’s part of football.
“I never see this type of mistake in the Premier League before. To live [with] this injustice is really hard. I think we have to try [VAR] and analyse if it’s possible to help the sport to make better decisions, even for the referee.”

Southampton, who had earlier led 2-0 in Hertfordshire, return to action next Sunday with a home match against Tottenham Hotspur.

De Maio set for Sassuolo

Bologna defender Sebastien De Maio is reportedly on the verge of moving to Sassuolo.
The 30-year-old centre-back only joined Bologna from RSC Anderlecht in July for €2m, but has found playing time difficult to come by.
He has made 11 appearances this season between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.
According to Sportitalia, De Maio is ready to move from Bologna to Sassuolo this month, on loan with obligation to buy at the end of the season.
The Frenchman is effectively a replacement for Paolo Cannavaro, who retired in order to join brother Fabio at the Guangzhou Evergrande coaching staff.
He had also been linked with a return to his old club Genoa, where he played from 2013 to 2016, Stoke City and Crystal Palace.

Liverpool could replace Coutinho with AC Milan’s Suso

After having cashed in on Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to FC Barcelona for €160 million and spent around half of that income on Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool are looking to strenghten their attack with the rest.

The Liverpool Echo report that Jurgen Klopp and the club’s directors are looking to replace Coutinho by bringing back former Spanish winger Suso, who is currently playing for AC Milan. 

According to the report, AC Milan have already informed Liverpool that they do not want to part ways with the player who has developed into a great player with the Rossonero whom he joined three years ago from Anfield for around €1 million.

The player himself is also reportedly sceptical of returning a club that dismissed him and did not believe in him but this could change in the summer. When signing a new contract with AC Milan a redemption clause of somewhere around €40-50 million was inserted and if AC Milan fail to qualify for the Champions League whilst Liverpool do qualify for the tournament, then he could rejoin Liverpool and AC Milan can’t do anything to stop him.

Darder downs Malaga

Espanyol midfielder Sergi Darder scored the only goal of the game against his former club to plunge Malaga and Coach Michel into deep trouble.
Signed from Lyon in the summer, Darder found the corner of the net in the sixth minute after being set up by Sergio Garcia in the decisive goal of a flat and frustrating encounter for the hosts.
Chory Castro and Adalberto Penaranda were among those guilty of missing presentable opportunities for the Andalucians, who’s lack of firepower was once again telling.
The Costa Del Sol club now lie five points adrift from safety after their latest defeat – their 13th in 18 league games  – while Espanyol climb two places to 14th.

Sevilla fans stage protest

Sevilla fans protested outside the club’s stadium on Sunday following on from their derby defeat at home to Real Betis.
Los Rojiblancos were sunk 5-3 by their city rivals in a damaging defeat on Vincenzo Montella’s La Liga managerial debut, but the protests were aimed at the club’s board.
Sevilla’s president Jose Castro was the main target of the protests, which took place ahead of Sevilla Atletico’s home clash with Lorca on Sunday morning.
Castro’s salary and club structure was criticised, while there is also growing discontent with sporting director Oscar Arias and the transfers and salaries he has sanctioned.
Sevilla currently lie 5th in La Liga and remain in both the Champions League and Copa Del Rey, but performances and results have both come in for criticism this campaign.