Syrian-born midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud targeted by Manchester United and Manchester City

Ozer McMahon 11/02/2016
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Incoming City boss Pep Guardiola has reportedly already identified 20-year-old Dahoud as one of his prime summer targets, as he looks to overhaul an aging squad.

However, the current Bayern Munich coach is expected to face competition for the youngster’s signature, as United are hoping to steal a march on their city rivals and clinch his signing.

Although born in Syria, Dahoud has already represented Germany at Under-18 and Under-19 level, and after an impressive season to date in the Monchengladbach engine room, he looks a full Germany international in the making.

City witnessed him up close twice in this season’s Champions League group stage, with Dahoud performing impressively against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The young midfielder’s contract is due to run until 2018, and with no buyout clause present, he could be at the centre of a Manchester based bidding war.

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Martinez spent just a season at Atletico.

Martinez, 29, whom Evergrande called “world class” on their website, is the latest Europe-based player to head to the increasingly wealthy Chinese Super League.

Atletico bought the player from FC Porto, where he had scored an impressive 92 goals in 133 games, but he struggled to establish himself in Spain, scoring just two goals in 15 La Liga appearances.

But Evergrande used the English epithets “goal poacher” and a “fox in the box” to describe him in their Chinese-language statement announcing the deal.

The purchase broke the week-old Chinese record buy, Jiangsu Suning’s 28-million-euro purchase of Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires.

It took the Chinese Super League’s total spending during the current transfer window to 203.9 million euros, according to website transfermarkt which tracks commercial dealings in the sport, second only to the English Premier League.

Chinese businesses have invested huge sums in football since President Xi Jinping, an avowed fan of the sport, declared that hosting, qualifying, and winning a World Cup were national goals.

In the past, Chinese clubs’ highest-profile international signings tended to be ageing stars in their 30s nearing the end of their playing days.

But many of those bought in the current transfer window have been in their late 20s.

Biggest Chinese Super League transfers

  • Martinez - Atletico to Guangzhou (Dhs184.5m)
  • Ramires - Chelsea to JS Suning (Dhs111.2m)
  • Elkeson - Guangzhou to SIPG (Dhs73.5m)
  • Gervinho - Roma to HB China Fortune (Dhs71.5m)

Questions have been asked about whether some are past their prime, but David Hornby, sports business director of the Mailman brand management group in Shanghai, said: “These are not guys at the end of their career just looking for a pay-out.”

In 2015 a powerful political committee headed by Xi released a 50-point plan to put his ambition into effect, including establishing tens of thousands of soccer schools and making the game compulsory for some elementary and middle-school students.

Investors have since ploughed more money into football in “an attempt to be looked favourably on by the government,” said Tom Elsden, sports strategy manager at Mailman.

“This has stimulated the growth of football immensely. It’s really that government mandate that’s pushing it.”

Factoring in the top two levels of the sport, Chinese clubs have so far spent 252.7 million euros in the current transfer period — which runs until February 26 in China — while English clubs splashed out 295.1 million euros before the European window closed on Monday, according to transfermarkt.

The second-tier China League One ranked ahead of the Bundesliga, Spain’s Primera Division and Ligue 1 for spending.

Evergrande, the reigning Asian champions and China’s most successful club, are managed by former Brazil and Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The club, mostly owned by property developer Evergrande and internet giant Alibaba, sold Brazilian striker Elkeson to domestic rivals Shanghai SIPG last month.

But Martinez will join Brazilian international Paulinho in a squad who won a fifth consecutive domestic crown in October.

The following month they claimed their second AFC Champions League title in three years.

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Comprehensive round-up of the completed Jan transfers in La Liga

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It was an unusually quiet January transfer window for most clubs in La Liga but here is your definitive guide to all the deals that did take place.

Athletic Bilbao

Sitting in 6th in the division, 10 points adrift of the Champions League qualifying spots, Athletic will almost certainly be vying for a spot in the Europa League come the end of the campaign. Given the club can only sign players with Basque nationality, they continue to rely on their youth system rather than a cheque book.

INS

None

OUTS

Kike Sola – Middlesbrough, Loan

Atletico Madrid

Atletico allegedly made a last minute move for former striker Diego Costa on Sunday night, offering Chelsea cash plus Jackson Martinez for the volatile front man, but the deal was rejected by the London club. Their one signing brings plenty of La Liga experience which will aid in their attempt to dethrone Barcelona.

INS

Augusto Fernandez – Celta Vigo, Undisclosed Fee

OUTS

Guilherme Siquera – Valencia, 18 month loan

Barcelona

With their transfer ban now lifted, the Catalan giants finally got to register summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal during the January window. The manner in which they have been carving up opponents may render new signings redundant, but the added depth should help them in their treble bid.

INS

None

OUTS

Cristian Tello – Fiorentina, Loan
Alex Grimaldo – Benfica, Undisclosed Fee

Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo’s best bit of business this window has been keeping the sharks circling Nolito at bay. The 29 year old was linked with former club Barcelona, as well as number of Premier League clubs throughout the window. Retaining him gives the Sky Blues their best chance of finishing in a European spot.

INS

Claudio Beauvue – Lyon, Undisclosed Fee
Marcelo Diaz – Hamburg, Undisclosed Fee

OUTS

Augusto Fernandez – Athletico Madrid, Undisclosed Fee

Deportivo

Having yo-yoed between the top two tiers in the early parts of this decade, the 1999/2000 La Liga champions consolidated their place in the division last season, narrowly avoiding the drop. They have been a much better outfit this term, and currently sit in the relative lofty heights of 9th and will finish out the campaign with their squad more or less the same as it started.

INS

None

OUTS

Miguel Cardoso – Uniao da Madeira, 18 month loan

Eibar

Having finished 18th last season, Eibar avoided relegation as Elche were sent down, due to administrative irregularities, in their place. La Liga’s smallest outfit- their stadium has a capacity of 6,267 – are making the most of their second chance in the top flight are currently perched in 8th place. Their sole piece of business this window is a long term loan from the English Championship.

INS

Jota Peleteiro – Brentford Town, 18 month loan

OUTS

None

Espanyol

Only two clubs have conceded more this season than Espanyol, and Barcelona’s nearest neighbors will be hoping the signings of a new centre half and a new goal keeper, will be enough to keep the clean sheets needed to preserve their place in the Spanish top flight.

In

Oscar Duarte – Club Brugge, Undisclosed Fee
Giedrius Arlauskis – Watford, Loan

Out

Francesco Bardi – Frosione, Loan
Thievy – Reims, Loan

Getafe

There was very little movement for Getafe in this window, but they have sanctioned the sale of centre half Alexis. The 30 year old has represented the side over a hundred times during two stints but has been let go to join up by Turkish giants Besiktas.

INS

None

OUTS

Alexis – Besiktas, £1.5m (Dh7.8m)

Granada

One of the three clubs owned by the Pozzo family, that also own Watford, Granada have been much quieter than their London relatives this window. With no arrivals in January, for the team with the joint worst goal difference in the league, it could be a long run in for the Andalusians who currently occupy one of the relegation spots.

INS

None

OUTS

Gaspar Emanuel Iniguez – Udinese, Undisclosed Fee
Yroundu Musavu-King – Lorient, Loan

Las Palmas

A point outside the drop zone, it’s as you were for Las Palmas, who did no business of any kind in the January window. The Canary Islanders are back in La Liga for the first time since 2000/1 and fighting hard to remain amongst the elite.

INS

None

OUTS

None

Levante

Levante have pulled off one of the coups of the transfer market by landing Italian international Giuseppe Rossi on loan for the remainder of the season. The striker has had his fitness issues over the past couple of seasons, suffering from recurring knee injuries, but the 28 year old is keen for game time to increase his chances of earning a place at Euro 2016. Rossi is no stranger to La Liga, notching up 54 goals in 136 games for Villarreal between 2007 and 2013. Levante will be hoping his goals can fire them off the foot of the table.

INS

Mauricio Cuero – Banfield, Free
Giuseppe Rossi – Fiorentina, Loan

OUTS

None

Malaga

It’s not long since Malaga were trying to push into the upper echelons of the Spanish League, by going on a Doha backed spending spree, that saw them finish in the top six twice in two seasons under Manuel Pellegrini, and reach the quarter finals of the Champions League in 2012/13. Since then the club have been castigated for the debts they racked up and have been trying to cut back costs. The majority of the dealings this window were those heading out.

INS

Christian Atsu – Chelsea, Loan

Outs

Nordin Amrabat – Watford, £6m (Dh31.4m)
Marcos Angeleri – San Lorenzo, Undisclosed Fee
Adnane Tighadouini – Kayserispor, Loan
Ezequiel Rescaldani – Quilmes, Loan
Fabio Espinho – Moreerense, Loan

Rayo Vallecano

Since their return to La Liga in 2011, the Madrid based side have enjoyed a series of comfortable mid table finishes. This year they are sitting precariously close to the trap door with only five wins in 21 outings. They have looked to the loan market to reinforce their squad, bringing in a couple of defensive minded players and a winger.

INS

Manuel Iturra – Udinese, Loan
Aras Ozbiliz – Besiktas, Loan
Jose Angel Crespo – Aston Villa, Loan

OUTS

Ousseynou Cisse – Waasland-Beveren, Loan

Real Betis

It’s been a quiet window for the Green and Whites who have added a solitary player to their ranks as they look to pull clear of relegation trouble. Chelsea’s young midfielder Charly Musonda arrives on loan to bolster their options in the middle third.

INS

Charly Musonda – Chelsea, Loan

OUTS

Jordi Figueras – Eskisehirspor, Undisclosed Fee

Real Madrid

Real normally conduct their business in the summer window, but having been hit with a transfer ban for the next two windows, due to irregularities surrounding the signings of youth players, Los Blancos resisted the temptation to stock up during this window. They did change manager over the past month however, with Zinidine Zidane replacing Rafa Benitez.

INS

None

OUTS

None

Real Sociedad

It was all quiet in San Sebastian as Sociedad decline to partake in business of any kind this month. Only four points from safety, they are by no means guaranteed their place in the division next season, but they are keeping faith with their current squad.

INS

None

OUTS

None

Sevilla

It cost Tottenham £8m (Dh42.2m) to lure Federico Fazio from Andalusia to London the summer of 2014. The Argentinean however found himself a largely peripheral figure at Spurs, and returned to Sevilla on loan this month for the rest of the season. The club have also run out of patience with Italian international Circo Immobile, who has been sent back to his homeland on loan.

INS

Federico Fazio – Tottenham, Loan

OUTS

Ciro Immobile – Torino, Loan

Sporting Gijon

Experienced centre halves were the order of the day in Gijon, as Sporting look to tighten up at the back. The arrival of two international defenders should aid a side who have conceded 35 goals and sit just one place and one point above the drop zone.

INS

Ognjen Vranjes – Gaziantepspor, Free
Igor Lichnovsky – Porto, Loan

OUTS

None

Valencia

The honeymoon period in La Liga is very definitely over for Gary Neville at the Mestilla, if it ever set in, as the first time manager is still searching for his first league win in charge. Valencia are slowly slipping down the table after five draws in seven games. Neville has brought in a solitary player in an attempt to shore up his defence.

INS

Guilherme Siquera – Athletico Madrid, 18 month Loan

OUTS

None

Villarreal

Having suffered the ignominy of relegation in 2013, Villarreal bounced straight back and claimed back to back 6th place finishes in the top tier. They are currently on course to trump that, sitting in 4th with just over a third of the season remaining. The Yellow Submarine have decided not to make alterations to a squad that has seen defeat on only four occasions this term.

INS

None

OUTS

Bojan Jokic – Nottingham Forest, Loan

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