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Real Madrid make opening bid for Mbappe as PSG forward turns down six contract renewal offers
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Real Madrid make opening bid for Mbappe as PSG forward turns down six contract renewal offers

The World Cup winner's deal in Paris expires next summer, and the Spanish giants feel they can force a sale this month Real Madrid have submitted their opening offer to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, Goal can confirm. The Spanish giants are optimistic about getting a deal done before the transfer window closes next week, as they feel Mbappe will not sign a new contract in Paris with his current deal expiring at the end of this season. While Madrid have been hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic, they feel they are in a position to force PSG into selling one of the best footballers in the world.
It’s regrettable Oyo Muslims, other Nigerians couldn’t observe 2021 Hajj – Makinde
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It’s regrettable Oyo Muslims, other Nigerians couldn’t observe 2021 Hajj – Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said that it is regrettable that Muslims in the state and other parts of the country could not partake in this year’s Hajj. Makinde made this disclosure via a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa. The Governor in the statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday, congratulated Muslims in the state for witnessing this year’s Eid-el-Kabir. He maintained that it was unfortunate that Muslims in the state who intended to perform this year’s Hajj could not do so due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Makinde, while speaking further, called for tolerance and religious harmony at all times. He then urged Islamic faithful to reflect on the essence of the festival, which he described as the “Festival of Sacrifice.” “It was r...
Senegal confirmed as 2021 Cosafa Cup guest participants
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Senegal confirmed as 2021 Cosafa Cup guest participants

The regional football competition returns after it was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic African football powerhouse Senegal have been named as guest contestants at this year’s Cosafa Cup tournament. It will be the 20th edition of the Cosafa Cup which will be staged in Gqeberha from July 7 to 18. The draw for the tournament is expected to be held on Thursday with 12 teams participating.
Man Utd-linked Sancho unsure over future but says he’s ‘very happy’ at Dortmund
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Man Utd-linked Sancho unsure over future but says he’s ‘very happy’ at Dortmund

The 21-year-old England international is the subject of fierce speculation over a possible move to Old Trafford Manchester United target Jadon Sancho admits he cannot say for certain what the future holds for him, while insisting that he is happy at Borussia Dortmund. Sancho has long been a top transfer priority for the Red Devils, but Dortmund have been equally stubborn in holding on to one of their top young stars. But the England forward could be available for a fee of around £78 million ($108m), although it remains to be see whether United can match that valuation due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
310 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Nigeria
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310 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Nigeria

310 new cases of COVID19 were recorded in Nigeria on Saturday, December 5.   According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, FCT recorded 128 new cases, the highest for the day. Other states with new cases include Lagos-86, Kaduna-26, Katsina-20, Rivers-19, Oyo-7, Benue-5, Edo-5, Jigawa-5, Ogun-5, Bayelsa-2, and Kano-2.   Nigeria now has 68,937 confirmed new cases. 64,650 patients have been discharged so far with 1,180 deaths recorded.   See a breakdown of the number of cases per state below.
Robertson backs Liverpool boss Klopp’s call for help to limit player injuries
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Robertson backs Liverpool boss Klopp’s call for help to limit player injuries

The Scotland international feels five substitutions would go a long way to easing the problem Andy Robertson has backed his Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s appeal for help from football’s governing bodies in a bid to limit the number of injuries players are picking up. The 2020-21 season is a condensed one on account of the previous campaign finishing late due to the coronavirus pandemic. As such, teams are being forced into quick turnarounds in order to fulfil their fixtures. Klopp has been vocal on the subject, and hit out at the broadcast partners for his side being asked to play games so close together.
Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates
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Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates

The road to Euro 2020 is almost complete, and Goal has the complete guide about everything you need to know for next summer's tournament Euro 2020, the 16th edition of the flagship UEFA competition, is being styled as a celebration, with games being held across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever tournament (though it will strictly be 61 years). The European Championships qualification stage is now complete, despite the future of the tournament was cast in doubt and postponed an entire year thanks to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 features 24 teams - 20 from automatic qualification and the remaining four decided through the play-offs.
Our recession will be shortlived- Lai Mohammed
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Our recession will be shortlived- Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the Federal government is confident that with the intervention policies, with the fiscal and monetary interventions have been put in place, the current economic recession will be short-lived.   The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS had two days ago said that Nigeria’s economy has slipped into another recession, the second time since 2016.   Speaking during an interview with NTA today November 25, Mohammed said the recession is inevitable due to the global collapse in oil prices occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. He said other countries like Finland, Hungary, Spain, and others have gone into recession due to the fall in the price of crude oil worldwide.   “It is true we are in a reces...
Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief
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Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief

Gennaro Gattuso's side have been prevented from travelling to Turin by local authorities after Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive Juventus’ huge Serie A clash with Napoli on Sunday is increasingly likely to be postponed after the fixture was thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic. Local health authorities have blocked Napoli from travelling to Turin due to a possible Covid-19 outbreak after two players, Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, tested positive. A member of the team’s staff has also tested positive, as have two staff members at Juventus.
Dortmund set to host fans for their Bundesliga opener as Covid-19 restrictions loosened
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Dortmund set to host fans for their Bundesliga opener as Covid-19 restrictions loosened

The German giants announced a small crowd will be in attendance for Saturday's clash at Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund's season-opening Bundesliga fixture at home to Borussia Monchengladbach is set to be played in front of around 10,000 supporters. Bundesliga clubs have reportedly been given the green light for fans to return to stadiums for the start of the 2020-21 season in Germany amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019-20 campaign resumed behind closed doors in May due to Covid-19, which forced the league to be postponed in March.  
Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals get new dates
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Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals get new dates

The African inter-club competitions have been given new dates to complete their schedules The Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup are set to recommence in October after an agreement was reached by the Executive Committee of the continental governing body on Thursday. Both tournaments were suspended in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and there had not been clarity on when it was ok to resume the competition. The first legs of the Champions League semi-finals were initially set to be played on September 25 and 26, while the return legs were scheduled for October 2 and 3. The two single-leg semi-finals of the Confederation Cup were billed for September 22 and the final on September 27.  
Ukrainian church leader who blamed COVID-19 on gay marriage, tests positive for the virus
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Ukrainian church leader who blamed COVID-19 on gay marriage, tests positive for the virus

A prominent religious leader in Ukraine who blamed the Coronavirus pandemic on same-sex marriage has tested positive for the virus, his church announced.   Patriarch Filaret, 91, the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate, contracted COVID-19 and was subsequently hospitalized, the church confirmed a statement shared on its website and on Facebook over the weekend. In a follow-up statement released on Tuesday September 8, the church said its leader’s health is “stable” as “treatment continues.” "We ask you to continue to pray for His Holiness Patriarch Filaret, so that the All-Merciful and Almighty Lord God will heal the Patriarch," the statement continued.   Back in March, Patriarch Filaret in an interview with a local Ukrainian TV station r...
Fernandes won’t suffer second-season dip at Man Utd, says Neville
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Fernandes won’t suffer second-season dip at Man Utd, says Neville

A club legend has acknowledged the fact that the Portuguese was "shattered" towards the end of the 2019-20 campaign, but expects him to return fresh Gary Neville has expressed his belief that Bruno Fernandes won't suffer a second-season dip in form at Manchester United. United spent €55 million (£49m/$66m) to bring Fernandes to Old Trafford from Sporting CP on January 30. He quickly set about repaying the club's initial investment, as the Red Devils embarked on an impressive unbeaten run before the coronavirus pandemic stopped play in March.
Marks & Spencer to Cut 7,000 Jobs over the Next three Months due to COVID-19 Pandemic
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Marks & Spencer to Cut 7,000 Jobs over the Next three Months due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Marks & Spencer, one of the largest British retail clothing and food companies is cutting 7,000 jobs over the next three months across its stores and management due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a statement, the company said: "We expect a significant proportion will be through voluntary departures and early retirement. In line with our longstanding value of treating our people well, we will now begin an extensive programme of communication with colleagues. "The streamlining programme is an important step in delivering on our cost savings programme and ensuring we emerge from the crisis with a lower cost base and a stronger more resilient business." Chief Executive Steve Rowe added: "In May we outlined our plans to learn from th...
Chelsea youngster Gilmour can become a ‘world-class’ player, says former Rangers boss
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Chelsea youngster Gilmour can become a ‘world-class’ player, says former Rangers boss

A man who tried to persuade the teenage midfielder to remain at Ibrox before he turned professional is excited to see him progressing with the Blues Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour has the potential to become a "world-class" player, according to former Rangers boss Mark Warburton. Gilmour was enjoying a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge before the coronavirus pandemic stopped play in March, having been promoted into a first-team role by Blues boss Frank Lampard. The 19-year-old has featured in seven games in all competitions, with his standout display coming in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Fuss is made over Grealish, but McGinn does the unseen work’ – Souness hails Aston Villa midfielder
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Fuss is made over Grealish, but McGinn does the unseen work’ – Souness hails Aston Villa midfielder

The Scotland midfielder is set to be every bit as important to the Birmingham side's survival hopes as the Manchester United target John McGinn may be key to Aston Villa’s Premier League survival hopes this season and not necessarily Manchester United transfer target Jack Grealish, according to former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness. With the Premier League campaign set to restart this week after a three-month recess due to the coronavirus pandemic, Villa find themselves in the teeth of the relegation battle. The Birmingham club are second bottom of the standings but only a couple of points from safety.
‘I love not seeing Liverpool academy players again – that means they’re excelling’ – McManaman
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‘I love not seeing Liverpool academy players again – that means they’re excelling’ – McManaman

The former England winger says that it is a positive sign if he does not have too much interaction with the players Former Liverpool player Steve McManaman has said that he is delighted that he is not seeing much of the club’s academy players because it is evidence that they are thriving. Speaking ahead of the return of Premier League action for the first time in three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Academy mentor said that the players’ lack of interaction with him is evidence of their success while training with the first team. There was further encouragement on that front for the Premier League leaders in a 6-0 friendly win against Blackburn at Anfield as Jake Cain and Leighton Clarkson both featured, with the latter netting the last goal.
Tottenham’s Champions League hopes are over if they fail to beat Manchester United, says Sherwood
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Tottenham’s Champions League hopes are over if they fail to beat Manchester United, says Sherwood

The former Spurs manager says there will be no margin for error for his old club when they play host to the Red Devils next week Tottenham's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League will be over if they fail to beat Manchester United on June 19, according to Tim Sherwood. Spurs endured a miserable six-game winless run before the 2019-20 season was temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Jose Mourinho's men exited Europe and the FA Cup during that period, while also slipping to eighth in the Premier League standings.
Edouard plays down Arsenal talk and would ‘love to be a part’ of 10 straight Celtic titles
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Edouard plays down Arsenal talk and would ‘love to be a part’ of 10 straight Celtic titles

The Frenchman admits that he's found it "flattering" to be linked with the Gunners, but he remains committed to his duties with the Hoops Odsonne Edouard has played down talk of a potential summer move to Arsenal, insisting he would "love to be a part" a tenth straight title win for Celtic. Celtic were awarded the Scottish Premier League crown for a ninth successive year in May when the decision was taken to cancel all remaining fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hoops were 13 points clear of Rangers having played a game more than their arch-rivals, and Edouard picked up the Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals in 27 appearances.
Nigerian government not ‘excited about opening sporting activities’ – Mustapha
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Nigerian government not ‘excited about opening sporting activities’ – Mustapha

The NPFL and other leagues in the country will remain in a hiatus as gatherings of more than 20 people are still prohibited The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and secretary to the federal government, Boss Mustapha, has revealed football activities in Nigeria will remain shut down. The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended since March following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to the country. The government only recently eased lockdown in three of the most affected states in the country, Lagos, Abuja and Ogun, and limited social gathering to 20 people.
Saarbrucken 0-3 Bayer Leverkusen: Bosz’s boys cruise into DFB-Pokal final
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Saarbrucken 0-3 Bayer Leverkusen: Bosz’s boys cruise into DFB-Pokal final

Moussa Diaby, Lucas Alario and Karim Bellarabi got the goals as Bayer Leverkusen beat Saarbrucken to reach the DFB-Pokal final. Bayer Leverkusen swept aside overmatched minnows Saarbrucken to reach the final of the DFB-Pokal with a 3-0 away win. Saarbrucken were declared champions of their truncated Regionalliga Sudwest campaign – week-by-week consistency having gone hand in hand with an incredible cup run – when Germany's lower categories were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It meant the fourth-tier side had not played for more than three months by the time Leverkusen, fifth in the Bundesliga, arrived at Hermann-Neuberger-Stadion.
EFL confirms cancellation of League One and Two season
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EFL confirms cancellation of League One and Two season

Coventry City have been declared champions of the third tier while the League Two title will go to Swindon Town League One and League Two clubs have voted in favour of cancelling the rest of the 2019-20 season. The English leagues have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Premier League and Championship are set to resume the campaign, teams in the third and fourth tiers have voted “by an overwhelming majority” to declare an end to this term.
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Anambra Billionaire Oil Magnate, Chief Anthony Enukeme Is Dead

One of the richest oil magnates in the country, Chief Anthony Enukeme, is dead. According to TheNation, Enukeme died at the age of 75. The Chief Executive of Tonimas Oil and gas group, died Monday night, after a brief illness. A family source, who spoke with The Nation, said he died because of the travel ban occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. He said the deceased, who clocked 75, last January used to travel overseas every year on routine health checks but couldn’t go because of the pandemic. Enukeme had been the Chairman of traditional Prime Ministers in Anambra State for a long time A devout Roman Catholic, he was to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary on May 2 , which was shelved because of the global pandemic. Details shortly…
‘It will be different for everyone’ – Chelsea manager Lampard on ‘difficult’ preparations for behind closed doors games
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‘It will be different for everyone’ – Chelsea manager Lampard on ‘difficult’ preparations for behind closed doors games

The Blues boss has discussed the challenges facing his squad ahead of the Premier League restart later this month Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has opened up on the difficult preparations for upcoming behind-closed-doors games, insisting the experience in empty stadiums "will be different for everyone". Premier League clubs across England are currently gearing up for a return to the pitch after a three-month hiatus, with lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic slowly beginning to ease. All of the season's remaining fixtures are set to be played behind-closed-doors, with social distancing measures still in effect due to the continued threat of Covid-19. Supporters will be forced to watch on from their homes as the players get back to business in stadiums which a...
Giggs explains why Ighalo is different from other Manchester United players
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Giggs explains why Ighalo is different from other Manchester United players

The United legend is thrilled to see the Nigeria forward staying at Old Trafford until January 2021 after making a statement within three months Odion Ighalo is different from his Manchester United teammates because he is a centre forward and he gives something extra off the bench, according to club legend Ryan Giggs. Earlier this week, the Nigeria striker’s loan deal at Manchester was extended until January 2021 after his impressive goalscoring contribution between January and March. Ighalo joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team on an initial five-month loan from Shanghai Shenhua, and he returned four goals in eight games before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the football calendar from March.
Werner and Havertz are great players’ – Klopp suggests coronavirus hampered any Liverpool move for Germany duo
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Werner and Havertz are great players’ – Klopp suggests coronavirus hampered any Liverpool move for Germany duo

The RB Leipzig sharpshooter is on the verge of a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea, while the Leverkusen star may be Bayern-bound Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his admiration for German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, while suggesting the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic has affected his side's ability to compete in the transfer market. Both RB Leipzig marksman Werner and Havertz, of Bayer Leverkusen, have been winning rave reviews this season thanks to their exploits in the Bundesliga. Liverpool have been linked with both players over the course of 2019-20, but each looks set to escape the grasp of their compatriot at Anfield.
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‘Mbappe, Neymar are happy at PSG’ – Herrera insists club does not sell star stars

The two Paris superstars are linked with transfers abroad but their teammate says the duo are happy where they are Ander Herrera has insisted Kylian Mbappe and Neymar aree "very happy" at Paris Saint-Germain and said the Ligue 1 giants were more likely to buy stars than sell them. Mbappe and Neymar have been linked with moves away from PSG, with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively reportedly interested in the forwards. But Herrera said both attackers look happy at PSG, who claimed a third straight Ligue 1 title when this season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tottenham will benefit from lack of Champions League when Premier League returns, claims Kane
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Tottenham will benefit from lack of Champions League when Premier League returns, claims Kane

The England striker believes his side will have the upper hand as they look to beat the competition to a top-four finish Harry Kane believes Tottenham will have an advantage in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League because they will not be distracted by European competition. Spurs are eighth in the table and seven points behind Chelsea, who occupy the final spot that guarantees qualification to next season's Champions League. After Norwich eliminated them from the FA Cup, Jose Mourinho's team were knocked out of Europe by RB Leipzig in their last game before the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of football across the world.
Kroos: Adaptability key for Real Madrid ahead of La Liga return
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Kroos: Adaptability key for Real Madrid ahead of La Liga return

The German has stressed every side faces the same challenges of returning to play following the coronavirus pandemic Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos believes the team that adapts best when the La Liga season resumes will enjoy success. After being suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the La Liga campaign is set to get back underway on June 11. Madrid are two points behind leaders and rivals Barcelona with 11 matches remaining this season.
Southampton’s Djenepo aiming to be better than Mane
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Southampton’s Djenepo aiming to be better than Mane

The Malian forward has lofty ambitions and has backed himself to reach some impressive heights in the years to come Southampton attacker Moussa Djenepo is hoping to "become the next Sadio Mane" as he uses the Liverpool star as inspiration. Djenepo, 21, joined the club for a reported £14 million ($17m) from Standard Liege last year, and had scored two goals and provided two assists in 18 Premier League games before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mane spent two seasons at St Mary's before joining Liverpool in 2016 and the Senegal international has developed into one of the world's best attackers.
Arsenal have NOT offered Aubameyang new contract
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Arsenal have NOT offered Aubameyang new contract

Arsenal have NOT offered a new contract to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Daily Express says Arsenal have not offered Aubameyang a new contract to remain at the Emirates beyond 2021, despite reports from France stating fresh terms have been tabled. Aubameyang's future is a major dilemma for the Gunners, with the current agreement of the club's most valuable player expiring in a year's time. Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are among the many sides across Europe linked with the Gabon international, who had been valued at around £50million prior to the coronavirus pandemic. And with the repercussions of COVID-19-enforced break having taken its financial toll on the north London club, it is widely expected Aubameyang will leave this summer
Chelsea lining up move for Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi
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Chelsea lining up move for Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi

Chelsea are lining up a move for Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi. Chelsea are ready to launch a move for Ndidi as Real Madrid step up their interest in Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante. The 29-year-old, who won back-to-back leagues titles with Leicester in 2016 and Chelsea in 2017, has struggled with injuries this season and could miss the rest of the campaign due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic. Zinedine Zidane is apparently a fan of the World Cup winner and if the Real Madrid boss makes an approach for Kante, the Leicester Mercury suggests Wilfried Ndidi could replace him at Stamford Bridge. Ndidi is said to be valued at £40m by the Foxes, an affordable amount for Chelsea who would surely pick up a higher fee for Kante if the tireless midfielder is sold.
Man United open to Rabiot inclusion in Pogba swap deal with Juventus
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Man United open to Rabiot inclusion in Pogba swap deal with Juventus

Manchester United are thought to be open to the idea of taking Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot as part of any deal for Paul Pogba, but only if the money still makes sense for the Red Devils. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Juventus were heavily linked with a big-money move to bring Pogba back to Turin, but the financial uncertainty of the current climate has seen things slow down a bit recently. Now, if Juventus want to land the Frenchman, they will have to find a way to send some players to Old Trafford in return. According to Calciomercato, Rabiot’s name has been put on the table, and United wouldn’t be against such a move. However, the report goes on to state that United have a problem with pretty much every part of the deal. They don’t agree with Juventus’ €30m valuation of...
‘Liverpool have to earn everything all over again’ – Lijnders looking for intensity from Klopp’s side
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‘Liverpool have to earn everything all over again’ – Lijnders looking for intensity from Klopp’s side

The Reds’ assistant manager says the league leaders are determined to ensure that standards are maintained when a return to competitive action is made Liverpool will need to prove themselves and “earn everything again” when they return to action, says Pep Lijnders, with the Reds looking to maintain their intensity despite being 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Jurgen Klopp’s side are just two wins away from wrapping up a first title triumph in 30 years. With English football set to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic on June 17, it should not take long for that particular line to be crossed – although said step will be taken behind closed doors and potentially outside of Merseyside.
Humanitarian ministry debunks fraud allegation over school feeding program
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Humanitarian ministry debunks fraud allegation over school feeding program

The ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has debunked insinuations that the modified home grown school feeding Program of the Federal Government is fraught with fraudulent activities as against it’s original objective. Recall that concerns were raised by stakeholders on the motive and essence of going ahead with school feeding while the children have been on forced holiday on account of the Coronavirus pandemic. Hence some Nigerians described the new effort as fraududlent as the aim of the program would be defeated if pupils should be fed at home. Responding to inquest by the Guardian into the controversy, the ministry through its deputy Director of information Rhoda Iliya (Mrs) said, the mischief is being peddled by people who are either not clear about the programme or are focused o...
Sanwo-olu marks first year in office with frontline health workers
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Sanwo-olu marks first year in office with frontline health workers

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu marked his one year in office with awards for some healthcare workers who have contributed to helping the state managing the Coronavirus pandemic. The governor said the recognition is for the supreme sacrifice by the frontline health and emergency workers in giving their all to the response in containing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in state. Sanwo-Olu honoured leaders of various medical teams deployed to all isolation facilities across the State, presenting them with plaques of honour in appreciation of their resolve to lay down their lives in the battle against the pandemic. The 10 health workers received the plaques at a simple ceremony held at the State House in Marina as part of the low-key events marking the administration’s...
Impact of COVID-19: Rethinking The Business Of Fashion
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Impact of COVID-19: Rethinking The Business Of Fashion

“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” —Diana Vreeland The coronavirus outbreak is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. It is also having a growing impact on the global economy. This article is intended to provide fashion business leaders with a perspective on the evolving situation and implications for their brands. No one can really tell how long this would go on for, case growth keeps accelerating. Governments have launched unprecedented public-health and economic responses. The situation evolves by the day, nobody knows what the world will look like and think of possible implications and chan...
ACF begs Nigerians to show love at Eid-al-Fitr, despite COVID-19
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ACF begs Nigerians to show love at Eid-al-Fitr, despite COVID-19

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has said that the 2020 Eid-el Fitr celebrations came at the most trying period not only for Muslims but for all Nigerians. The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, added that this year’s Eid-el Fitr was a unique event because it came at a time when the whole world was ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Mr. Emmanuel Yawe, said on Sunday that the forum celebrates with the Muslim Ummah the end of the Ramadan fasting. The forum said, “The Forum is aware that this year’s Eid-el Fitr is a unique event because it has come at a time when the whole country, indeed the whole world is ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. it is a trying period not only for Nigerian Muslims but for all Nigerians.” The forum prays to...
‘It will not be a big deal’ – Oparanozie opens door to Nigerian League return after Guingamp exit
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‘It will not be a big deal’ – Oparanozie opens door to Nigerian League return after Guingamp exit

The Nigeria international striker could be the next high-profile star for the domestic league, with his departure from the French top-flight club Desire Oparanozie has revealed it 'will not be a big deal' for her to join a Nigeria Women's Premier League club after she parted ways with French outfit Guingamp.The abrupt end of the Division 1 Feminine 2019-20 season in France due to the coronavirus pandemic brought an end to her six-year-long journey with the club. The 26-year-old had joined the French top-flight club from Turkish women's side Ataşehir Belediyespor in 2014 and scored 45 goals in 106 appearances during her sojourn. Having confirmed her exit this week, the striker, who is now a free agent, admits she is open to the possibility of moving on to join a Nigerian club. ...
‘Liverpool hoping to get title parade at some point’ – Reds chairman Werner looking forward to end of ‘terrible situation’
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‘Liverpool hoping to get title parade at some point’ – Reds chairman Werner looking forward to end of ‘terrible situation’

Jurgen Klopp’s side are just two wins away from a first top-flight crown in 30 years, but may cross that line with no supporters to celebrate with Liverpool chairman Tom Werner is hoping that the club will get to take in a title parade with their supporters at some stage, with the Reds waiting on the end to a “terrible situation” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football in England has been in a state of indefinite lockdown since mid-March, with the 2019-20 campaign brought to a shuddering halt. Liverpool, with a 25-point lead established at the top of the Premier League table, have been left two wins short of wrapping up a first top-flight crown in 30 years.
Premier League clubs closing in on approval for contact training
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Premier League clubs closing in on approval for contact training

The English top flight returned to small group training this week and is looking to ramp up ahead of a possible resumption of play next month Premier League clubs could receive approval to resume contact training as early as this week before restarting the season in mid-June. Teams returned to training in small groups from Tuesday as the Premier League, which has been suspended since March, looks to get back underway amid the coronavirus pandemic. But there could be further progress this week as the United Kingdom culture secretary Oliver Dowden said contact training was close to being approved.
Winning trophies is in Real Madrid’s DNA’ – Zidane warns Barcelona of strong La Liga title challenge
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Winning trophies is in Real Madrid’s DNA’ – Zidane warns Barcelona of strong La Liga title challenge

After leading the team's return to training, Zinedine Zidane hopes to make a fight of this season's La Liga title race Zinedine Zidane is determined to finish the season with silverware after Real Madrid returned to group training this week. The Madrid head coach has led sessions at Valdebebas this week, with players able to resume group workouts in small numbers. It is hoped the 2019-20 La Liga season, which was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be able to get back underway next month, with president Javier Tebas aiming for a June 12 return.
Courtois: Real Madrid will keep fighting to win La Liga
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Courtois: Real Madrid will keep fighting to win La Liga

While his side may be two points behind Barcelona, the Belgian is looking forward to the return of football in Spain Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is looking to help guide his side to a league title when the season gets back underway. La Liga was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Barcelona holding a two-point lead over Madrid when the campaign was stopped. Recently, clubs in Spain have been permitted to return to training, with small group sessions permitted as teams look to regain fitness.
Serie A suspension extended to June 14
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Serie A suspension extended to June 14

The June 13 target has been pushed back following a decision by the FIGC in alignment with a prime ministerial decree Serie A will remain suspended until at least June 14, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed. The Italian top flight has been on hold since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been hoped it would be clear to resume on June 13, which clubs selected as the target return date last week.
‘An inexcusable mistake’ – K-League club FC Seoul apologises after filling stadium with sex dolls
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‘An inexcusable mistake’ – K-League club FC Seoul apologises after filling stadium with sex dolls

The South Korean side owned up to the mistake after the match, admitting a clear mix-up had been made K-League club FC Seoul have issued an apology after they accidentally filled their stadium with "adult toys" during Sunday's clash against Gwangju. While the 2016 league champions claimed a crucial 1-0 win on the pitch, it's what happened off it that really caught people's attention. With fans not allowed to attend games following the coronavirus pandemic , Seoul decided to fill the stands with mannequins, only for fans to quickly realise they were in fact of the adult variety. Seoul were promptly slammed for the mistake, with Korean media since declaring that the country's international reputation is a concern because of it. The club themselves have apologised for the incid...
Everton to refund fans for remaining games of 2019-20 Premier League season
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Everton to refund fans for remaining games of 2019-20 Premier League season

The Toffees have made the decision with any possible resumption of the campaign to be played behind closed doors Everton have confirmed that all fans with tickets to the club's five remaining home Premier League games will be entitled to full refunds. The announcement comes as the competition closes in on a possible June 12 return after being suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Any possible return next month will see games played without fans and with strict safety measures in place.
Majority of Premier League players uncomfortable about returning – Willian
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Majority of Premier League players uncomfortable about returning – Willian

The Brazilian claims players are keen to return to the pitch but only when it's safe to do so Chelsea attacker Willian believes the majority of Premier League player are "uncomfortable" with the idea of the competition resuming in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Football in England was suspended in March with the top-flight currently targetting a return in mid-June. The United Kingdom has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19 with 240,000 confirmed cases and over 34,000 deaths to date.
Reus: Bundesliga players are not lab rats
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Reus: Bundesliga players are not lab rats

The BVB star is eager to get back onto the park and is targeting Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has said that he does not feel that he is part of an experiment as the Bundesliga prepares for its grand return on Saturday. The coronavirus pandemic has seen the game stopped around much of the world for the last two months, but having navigated the crisis more effectively than many of its European neighbours, Germany, which has seen over 8,000 deaths, is preparing to open its doors to professional sport once more. Reus says that he feels good to be heading back onto the field but has warned that caution must still be exercised in the circumstances, with more than 175,000 people in the country having tested positive for the virus.
Ziyech: Chelsea new boy named Ajax Player of the Year third time in a row
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Ziyech: Chelsea new boy named Ajax Player of the Year third time in a row

The Morocco international capped his impressive stay at Amsterdam with another award before his summer switch to Stamford Bridge Chelsea's latest signing Hakim Ziyech has been named Ajax Player of the Year for the third time in a row. The Morocco playmaker was outstanding in Erik ten Hag's side with a contribution of nine goals and 18 assists across all competitions this season before the Dutch Eredivisie was annulled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ziyech joined Ajax from league rivals Twente in 2016 and during his four-year spell at the club, he won the Player of the Year award thrice – the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
‘Covid-19 not a thing to toy with’ – Nigeria’s Olowookere reacts to U17 Women’s World Cup rescheduling
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‘Covid-19 not a thing to toy with’ – Nigeria’s Olowookere reacts to U17 Women’s World Cup rescheduling

The Flamingoes are set to face Ghana in the final round of two-legged ties to claim a ticket to the international showpiece Nigeria U17 women's national team head coach Bankole Olowookere has hailed the decision of Fifa to reschedule the 2020 Women's World Cup due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The Flamingoes had seen off Guinea with an aggregate score of 11-2 in the second round of the preliminaries in March, with a 6-1 first-leg win in Conakry before a 5-1 second leg triumph in Lagos. In April, Caf announced the indefinite suspension of the final round of the qualifiers which was initially scheduled for May following the global health crisis arising from Covid-19 outbreak.

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