Arturo Vidal sues FC Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo)
Remember Arturo Vidal? Remember how great he was for Bayern Munich? Well, his stay at Barcelona hasn’t been going to well, and this season the Chilean has found himself on the bench more often than he’d like.
Therefore, according to MD, Vidal has sued Barcelona for 2.4m euros in bonus payments that he claims have not been paid by the club. Apparently, Vidal was supposed to receive a bonus if he reached a total of 60 games played. However, to be counted as a game as per the terms of the contract, the appearance had to be for a period of 45 minutes at least, so Vidal does not match the criteria.
Speculation suggests that the lawsuit is an attempt by the Chilean to force a move away from Spain in January. At the moment, the Catalans are reluctant to let him leave, but Inter Milan are interested in Vidal’s signature. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins AC Milan
As AC Milan continue their unfettered slide into footballing irrelevance, a 38 year old Ibrahimovic has returned to Italy to give the ailing giants a much-needed kick in the gonads.
Between him, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Franck Ribery, Serie A is looking more like a retirement league than MLS.
Herbert Hainer won’t go to Doha (AZ)
In an interview with AZ, Bayern President Herbert Hainer revealed that he won’t travel to the winter training camp in Doha:
Are you not going to FC Bayern’s training camp in Doha?
No. That’s where those who can play soccer have to go.
Tired of watching the players practice?
I see them from my office, so I don’t have to fly to Doha.
Chinese Super League introduces a salary cap (Daily Mail)
The Chinese Super League, famous for offering huge contracts to European castoffs, is now going to introduce a salary cap of £42k a week. While this won’t affect current contracts, it will mean an end to the era of stars going to CSL for one huge contract before retirement.
The salary cap doesn’t affect players who are already under contract, but there will likely be a mass exodus once these remaining contracts expire. For Bayern striker Sandro Wagner is among those plying his trade in China at the moment, it’ll be interesting to see if he chooses to retire once his contract runs out, or moves to a different league (maybe MLS?).