RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo Arturo Vidal is claiming €2.4 million in unpaid bonuses from Barcelona in a move that the Catalan club believe is an attempt to force a January exit, sources have told ESPN. Vidal’s lawyers filed a complaint to the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) earlier in December, in which they alleged Barca have only paid the Chile international €1.7 million of the €4.1 million he is due in bonuses. Sources at the club told ESPN they were “surprised” by the demands being made by Vidal and his representatives, saying the player’s payments are in order and they think he is trying to engineer a move to Italian side Inter Milan next month. However, Barca remain reluctant to let Vidal leave in the middle of the season. Carles Alena has already been allowed to join Real Betis on loan until the end of the campaign, reducing the number of options available in midfield. The same sources said it would take an offer of around €20 million – similar to what Barca paid Bayern Munich for Vidal in 2018 – for the Blaugrana to even consider changing their stance. “I am not in charge of that, that’s what I have my agent and my lawyer for, to take care of bonuses and things like that,” Vidal told ADN at an event for former teammate Rodolfo Madrid in Chile on Friday when asked about the dispute. “It seems unfair to me that my claim is not being recognised, but it’s not an issue that has anything to do with why we’re here today.” Speaking in November, Vidal, who will turn 33 in May, said he would look to leave Barca in January if he was not playing regularly. He stormed out of training when he learned he would not start the Clasico against Real Madrid in December, but did start the next game, scoring his fifth goal of the season in the 4-1 win over Alaves before Christmas. Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the Serie A leaders would be keen on signing Vidal, who previously played under the club’s coach, Antonio Conte, at Juventus. “I said when I arrived [in Chile] that I would speak about that issue when I am [in Spain],” Vidal added when asked about his future. “I am on holiday [until Jan. 2] and I just want to speak about what’s going on today.” ESPN also contacted Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich, but at the time of publication he had not responded to a request for comment.Tags: Arturo VidalCarles AlenaESPNFC BarcelonaReal Betis
U.S. Soccer has announced the U.S. women’s national team schedule leading up to the 2019 World Cup, a 10-game series the federation has dubbed the “Countdown to the Cup.”Eight of the 10 games will take place in the United States, with the USWNT opening its 2019 campaign with matches in Europe against France on January 19 and at Spain three days later. The 10 matches will also include the SheBelieves Cup, a three-game tournament against powers Japan, England and Brazil set to take place in late February and early March. After friendlies against Australia and Brazil in early April, the U.S. will then embark on a three-match “Send-Off Series” against South Africa, a yet-to-be-determined opponent, and Mexico. From there, the USWNT will head to France as it looks to become the second team to successfully defend a Women’s World Cup tittle. “This schedule checks a lot of important boxes in our preparation for the World Cup,” head coach Jill Ellis said in a federation release. “We’ll get to experience a variety of teams in regard to their strengths and styles of play and almost all of the countries will be in their World Cup preparation as well. “We are playing tough games in Europe, which is vitally important, and also get to play quality opponents in front of our home fans at venues all across the USA. It will go fast, but these games will be a major factor in pushing us to be at our peak once we arrive in France next summer.”The U.S. will learn its fate for the World Cup on Saturday, when the Final draw will be held in Paris.Full USWNT schedule belowDateOpponentLocationTime (ET)Jan. 19FranceLe Havre, France2:30 p.m.Jan. 22SpainAlicante, Spain 2:30 p.m.Feb. 27Japan (SheBelieves Cup)Chester, Pa.7 p.m.March 2England (SheBelieves Cup)Nashville, Tenn.4:30 p.m.March 5Brazil (SheBelieves Cup)Tampa, Fla. 8 p.m.April 4AustraliaCommerce City, Colo.9 p.m.April 7BelgiumLos Angeles, Calif.9 p.m.May 12South Africa (Send-Off Series)Santa Clara, Calif.4:30 p.m.May 16TBD (Send-Off Series)St. Louis, Mo.8 p.m.May 26Mexico (Send-Off Series)Harrison, N.J.12 p.m.