Hola groguets! Here's the latest news on the Villarreal front....
interesting result from this online poll. Alexis Sanchez seems to have become the new Barca "item"
Nilmar: has NOT been included in the Brazil squad for the Copa America. Fred has instead? Come on now. I suppose I should feel disappointed, but frankly I'm happy to see him get some rest over the summer.
Jozy Altidore: scored one goal and assisted on another last night as the USA defeated Canada, 2-0. Feeling seems to be he might be included in the Canella deal. As I recall, Sporting were one of the clubs that asked about him coming on loan last January. (h/t to Kenez for the EPM link)
As that EPM article says, in the absence of any significant transfers out, César (assuming Juan Carlos is either loaned out or sold with a buyback clause), Canella, and Camuñas, plus a center-back, are the priorities for Villarreal.
As noted the other day Sarabia (RM Castella player) might be signed and go into the B team, but one player who has definitely been signed, for the sum of 25,000 Euros, is Toño, a defender who played for Castellón last year and was wanted by Valencia as well.
For those of you unfamiliar with the history of Villarreal and Castellón: Castellón de la Plana is the major town in the area, about three times larger than Vila-real, and CD Castellón was in the Primera off and on in the 1970s and 80s. In fact, in 1989/90 Villarreal played in the third division, Castellon in the Primera. Since then of course their paths have diverged, and Castellon is playing in the Segunda B and facing large financial difficulties. How things can change.
Speaking of financial difficulties, Real Zaragoza has officially filed for bankruptcy. They still owe us a transfer fee or two, I believe.
And finally, news from Vila-real is that next year's ticket prices will remain unchanged, though the official announcement will come tomorrow. Excellent news for fans of the Submarine!