Sports Burst! Pep Guardiola Takes Easy Way Out

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By TIm Stannard (@LaLigaLoca)

'Tis true that it is the last days for transfers in Europe - the window is being gently closed by a grey, old lady in Kansas to cut off a slight breeze rather than slammed shut - but Monday's big news is a move taking place next summer. And that move is the confirmation that Pep Guardiola is going to join the good ship Manchester City.

The current Bayern boss is set to sign a three-year deal with Manuel Pellegrini being handed a cup of tea, some cake and gently nudged aside to the exit door at the end of the season.

Arsenal in not spending money shock

From the blistering thrills and spill of Man City on transfer deadline the Scrooge-like spendthrifts of Arsenal, where not a lot is going to happen says Arsene Wenger, unless Leo Messi literally knocks on his door and asks for a move. "I won't say, 'Please go back to Barcelona'" chortled the Frenchman, who probably would send him back to Spain, noting that he already had Olivier Giroud up front.

LA retirement home to get new resident?

MLS outfit, LA Galaxy, will be shuffling through the ridiculously complex transfer rules in the league to see if there is a way to bring in John Terry after Chelsea decided not to hand the defender a new contract, thus continue the completion of their 'Panini England 2006' sticker collection but in human form. And speaking of the home of the Californian retirement home featuring Gerrard and co, Nigel de Jong might be joining up after his contract was ended at AC Milan.

Milan derby breaks tradition with goals

It is AC Milan who caused shock waves across the football world on Sunday by participating in a Milan derby which actually had goals. Three of them, in fact, and all for the home side who trounced an Inter team that missed a penalty with the scores at 1-0. Inter, the former league leaders have now gone four matches without a win to be slumped in fourth, nine points off the top.

Higuain flourishes in no-pressure environment

Napoli continue a blisteringly good run which sees just one Serie A defeat in 21 matches. Empoli were knocked off 5-1 with another goal for Gonzalo Higuain, who is enjoying a fine non-choking campaign in Italy. Juventus trundled along with a comprehensive 4-0 win at Chievo to sit two points off Napoli. Fiorentino fell further behind after a goalless draw at Genoa whilst Roma showed signs of life again after a 3-0 home win victory against Frosinone.

Real Madrid crush cannon-fodder once again

It was Groundhog Day in La Liga with Real Madrid. A 6-0 win over the hapless cannon-fodder of Espanyol and a hat-trick for Cristiano Ronaldo had the local press declaring a bold new era for Zizou as boss, probably to be undone Betis-style on the road at Granada next weekend.

But the big fun to be had was in the Camp Nou where a slightly ill-tempered Atletico Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona - and reduced to nine men - but almost got away with a 2-2. Valencia lost (again) in La Liga under the tutelage of a perplexed Gary Neville, whilst Villarreal hammered their ice axes into the frozen face of the Champions League places in fourth.

More breathing space for PSG at top

There was a massive sigh of relief for PSG on Sunday. Matters had been getting a little tight at the top of Ligue Un, going into February, but a 2-0 win at Saint-Etienne for the Parisiens and Monaco crashing 3-0 at Angers sees the cushion for PSG a little more plump at 24 points. Phew.

Coming up today

La Liga finishes its latest round with an intriguing affair between a Depor team that is doing surprisingly well this season and a Rayo side stuck in deep do-do in the relegation zone. The fun starts at 2.25 on beIN SPORTS.