There are exactly fifteen days left before the winter market closes and in the Spanish There are still many things to order. TO Rufete, director of professional football, likes to work in the shade, in an almost omerta state. But it is a proven fact that one of the priorities is to reinforce the right side. The last name to join the list is that of Ibai Gomez.
The 30-year-old player only came out in three games as a starter in League with the Athletic Club. The other six have entered from the bench. The Basque club recovered it from Alavés, where it was a fundamental piece, during these dates last season, but this campaign has not just settled in the team of Asier Garitano and it is a profile that fits what Rufete is looking for: immediate performance with experience in the League.
Ibai and Abelardo agreed in the Alavés
Hence, there have already been telephone contacts, not meetings, between Rufete and Athletic's sports management. At the moment nothing is clear. Espanyol seeks a transfer until the end of the season with a purchase option but the main obstacle would be mainly Garitano, who sees Ibai as a luxury replacement, and more with the small market that lions can access by club philosophy.
Abelard He knows Ibai well. They agreed on the Alaves and the end was indisputable, signing one of his best seasons in First. The good hit of the ball, the precision of its centers and the sacrifice were key to the good work of the babazorro set. The Espanyol coach, accustomed to playing with two points, bets heavily on players with determination from the sides.
The economic demands of Betis for the purchase option by Tello are very high
It is not, however, the only name Shuffled Rufete, who already made known that Christian Tello is on his agenda, who have already asked about him, but that the economic demands of Betis in view of a future purchase option after the transfer they are very high. TO Jony Rodriguez, of the Lazio and that like Ibai agreed with Abelardo in Alavés, they have also linked him as a possible reinforcement for the right wing. This would be the short list, today, without having the covers.
The discretion with which Rufete works also causes that until now it is an unknown if Espanyol will bet strongly on a central or not. The feelings left by Sunday's game against Villarreal will be fundamental. Then Abelardo will be able to assess better than until now what are the deficiencies and needs of his team.
It seeks to release chips to reinforce the team
In the absence of fifteen days, the machinery does not stop. From the sports management they work to add another name next to that of Raúl de Tomás as players who are going to help get the team out of the last position. And they also work to make reinforcements viable seeking outings for soccer players who will barely have minutes, such as the newly recovered from injury Pablo Piattithe side Pipe or the loan Facundo Ferreyra.