Transfer rumours

Two days until the transfer window opens again, and although there are many rumours, the actual number of moves confirmed to date is very low, with Valencia's Gavilán and Deportivo's Pablo Alvarez the only ones to move from one first division club to another. Valencia could be active though after the club's announcement that they have no further use for Cañizares, Albelda and Angulo, although they are now back-peddling furiously having realized the indemnity payments which will be required. If they do leave they will not be able to play for a Spanish first division club this season as this is not allowed once the player has played five times for their team. They could however agree terms and then go out on loan outside of Spain until the summer.

The other big story this winter is about Ronaldinho, who is having a poor season at Barcelona. Chelsea and AC Milan are watching every move, and he could be allowed to go in January to maximise profits and make room for Barça's promising youngsters. Right now it's about 50/50 whether he goes or not.

A bit more activity in the second division, where bottom club Las Palmas have already made five signings, including Tete González, who the press release described as being similar in style to "Binny Sandwich". Has Vinny Samways changed his name, or is there some new talent we have not heard about? We should be told! (29.12.07)

PS Several African players have been granted EU status under an international agreement, including Diarra, Eto'o, Touré, Koné, Webó, Ettien and the Uche brothers. The move frees up non-EU spots in the respective clubs.