Feb 08, 2022
Santos Confirm Agreement With Barcelona For Two Jewels
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Getty Santos have agreed a deal with Barcelona for Angelo and Kaiky.
Santos president Andrés Rueda has revealed that his club have an agreement in place with Barcelona regarding two of the Brazilian team’s hottest young properties.
The Catalan giants have secured a “preferential option” and a “fixed purchase price” on 17-year-old winger Angelo and 18-year-old center-back Kaiky Fernandes in exchange for dropping a complaint against Santos for ignoring a previous purchase option on Gabigol.
Rueda told Diario Sport that the agreement is a great deal for both clubs and says the young duo are “two jewels” of Santos that have already attracted attention from other clubs.
“Before, Barcelona had an option for Gabigol and now they have it for two players: Ángelo and Kaiky, who are two jewels that arouse great attraction throughout the market,” he said. “In the sports field, it is great news for Barcelona. And, for Santos, it is an agreement that freed us from a TAS sanction, allows us to fulfill this commitment and move on with life.”
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Rueda also spoke about the two players and offered plenty of insight into what Barcelona fans can expect from the young duo if they do end up making the move to the Camp Nou.
Teenager winger Angelo is a skilful youngster who has already made history by becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Copa Libertadores at the age of 16 years and 105 days.
Rueda has compared the teenager to former Santos stars Neymar and Rodrygo who both left the Brazilian club after playing starring roles and moved on to La Liga.
“He is a special player. He debuted at the age of 15, he holds the record for being the youngest footballer to score in the Libertadores. Yes, he is a prodigy. Of course he has to improve in many ways, because we can’t forget that he’s only 17 years old,” he said. “He needs to mature and improve in decision-making, but this is absolutely normal, but he is a phenomenon like Rodrygo or Neymar Jr. in his time. Ángelo has that ease of dribbling lightly and quickly, he gives a lot of intensity to the game.”Praise For ‘Spectacular’ Kaiky
The Santos chief was also full of praise for defender Kaiky. The teenager is already enjoying regular football at Santos, despite his tender years, and has been praised for his consistency and maturity.
“He is a spectacular centre-back. I insist, you can not forget that he is 18 years old, although it may not seem like it. He has played the Libertadores and has a very strong degree of maturity and a very stable behavior,” he said. “You hardly see a bad match. He is also from a structured family, which has done everything so that he could succeed. His family is excellent.”
Rueda refused to confirm the price that has been agreed between the two clubs, saying only it was “confidential,” but did concede that both players “dream of going to Europe” in the future.
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Insider Sheds Light on Rising Celtic’s Future Amid Al Horford Extension
Getty Grant Williams #12, Al Horford #42, Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics will no longer have to worry about Al Horford’s next contract when his current one ends in 2023, as they have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract extension with Horford, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Boston Celtics center Al Horford has agreed on a two-year, $20 million contract extension that ties him to the franchise through his 39th birthday, his agent Jason Glushon of @GlushonSM tells ESPN. pic.twitter.com/10v0FHqIIU
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 1, 2022
While they will no longer have to worry about Horford for the upcoming free agency, what remains is how they will approach Grant Williams’ restricted free agency during the summer. After Horford’s extension had been announced, Keith Smith of CelticsBlog explained to fans how his new deal would impact Williams’ upcoming free agency.
Smith explained that Horford’s extension, along with Danilo Gallinari presumably picking up his player option next season, will put their payroll at $159.6 million. Smith then projected how much the Celtics will be over the tax for next season with a Williams extension factored in.
Boston will now be at about $159.6M in salaries for next season, with the Horford extension factored in and Gallinari picking up his PO.
The tax line projects at $162M for right now. That means re-signing Grant Williams will push the team in the range of $15-20M over the tax.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) December 1, 2022
Smith then said that with how much they are over the tax line this season, Williams’ extension “shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.” Smith added that Horford’s extension should allow the Celtics to extend Williams and fill out the rest of the roster.
The Celtics are about $25.6M over the tax line for this season. Presumably going that far over again next season shouldn't be a dealbreaker.
Essentially: even after locking up Horford to an extension, Boston has the ability to re-sign Grant Williams and fill out the roster.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) December 1, 2022
Horford originally agreed to his current contract in 2019 when he joined the Philadelphia 76ers.Insider’s Insight on Williams’ Extension
After Horford’s extension had been announced, Brian Robb of MassLive gave his insight on how the Celtics will approach Grant Williams’ extension after locking up Horford for two extra years.
“Williams is still a vital part of the Celtics rotation, but the team will likely feel less of an urgency to overpay for him in his next deal after getting Horford under contract for the next two seasons, even after Williams’ strong start to this year.”
Robb said that Williams’ restricted free agency and the limited cap room other teams have puts him in a bind regarding possible offer sheets.
“The truth for Williams is that the restricted free agent market is generally a tough spot for a role player like him given the limited cap room available for other teams to spend and an unwillingness for teams to put out offer sheets that could tie up their flexibility.”
Robb then said that extending Horford will make the Celtics more comfortable when they approach extension talks with Williams.
“The Celtics already knew this, leading to their stance in negotiations, but they now protect themselves further by having their top two bigs in Horford and Rob Williams locked up. Boston will want to keep Williams, but they can feel better about doing so on their terms.”How Celtics Approached Extension Talks With Williams
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Celtics drew the line at $50 million over four years when discussing an extension with Williams.
“During extension talks with Grant Williams, the Celtics never offered more than $50 million guaranteed over four years, league sources told HoopsHype. As I previously reported on HoopsHype, Williams would’ve taken a deal for $14 million annually. There are some around the league that believe an offer around $18 million annually could be too much for Boston to match in restricted free agency,” Scotto wrote.
With Horford locked up for the next two seasons, the Celtics may feel comfortable giving Williams what he wants. The only way to know for sure is when Williams agrees to his next contract this summer, whoever that may be with.