Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Friday, January 4.
International and European club football
Andres Iniesta hopes 2019 will see Barcelona win a sixth Champions League title, but the former Blaugrana midfielder knows they face stiff competition; Manchester City face a ban from UEFA competitions if allegations that they hid more than £70m in funding from the club’s owners are proven to be true, according to one of UEFA’s top men, Yves Leterme; and Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah says he feels he has done enough in his coaching career after guiding the Black Stars to the 2019 Africa.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
The Football Association has asked Watford captain Troy Deeney to explain his comments following Wednesday's 3-3 draw with Bournemouth; Preston North End have signed striker Jayden Stockley from League Two side Exeter City; and Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos will face no disciplinary action for his behaviour against Celtic.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Lyon wonderkid Houssem Aouar has revealed that he decided to turn down a move to Liverpool back in 2016; Anderlecht striker Knowledge Musona has reportedly turned to popular Nigerian self-proclaimed prophet and leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Temitope Balogun (T.B.) Joshua to seek deliverance and a career breakthrough after a recurrent injury; Ajax announced the signing of Boca Juniors defender Lisandro Magallan; and Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas will reportedly not let Gary Medel leave on the cheap with West Ham United keen to bring him back to the Premier League.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Tottenham are reportedly determined to get Christian Eriksen signed to a new deal and are ready to double his £70k-a-week wages as he continues to stall; Crystal Palace reportedly have no intention of letting Mamadou Sakho leave this month despite interest from Thierry Henry's Monaco; and Manchester United will reportedly remain frugal in the January window - unless they have the chance to sign a top quality centre-back.