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PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games
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PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been suspended for two matches, following his red card against Lille last Saturday. This means the Brazilian international will not feature for PSG when they tackle Strasbourg this weekend and Saint-Etienne on April 18, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has announced. Neymar was sent off during PSG’s 1-0 home defeat following an altercation with Lille defender, Tiago Djalo, who was also dismissed. Neymar and Djalo were given three-match bans, but with one of those games suspended. PSG’s defeat against Lille means Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now three points behind Christophe Galtier’s side on the Ligue 1 table. Meanwhile, Neymar was impressive for PSG in their Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-2 victor...
PSG vs Lille: Pochettino Criticizes Neymar, Others after Ligue 1 Home Defeat
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PSG vs Lille: Pochettino Criticizes Neymar, Others after Ligue 1 Home Defeat

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has criticized his players, including Neymar, after his side’s Ligue 1, 1-0 home defeat against Lille on Saturday. Pochettino explained that PSG players didn’t create enough chances against Lille, adding that they showed a lack of aggression in the final third of the encounter against the visitors. Jonathan David’s first-half goal gave Lille all three points against PSG at the Parc des Princes as Neymar, and Tiago Djalo were sent off late in the second half of the match. The result means PSG are in the second position on the Ligue 1 table with 3 points behind leaders Lille after 31 games. “We didn’t score, and they did. They created fewer chances than us, but they were more clinical in front of goal,” Pochettino said at his ...
Neymar Involved in Tunnel Tussle with Djalo after Red Card for PSG vs Lille
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Neymar Involved in Tunnel Tussle with Djalo after Red Card for PSG vs Lille

The Brazil forward was sent off during the 1-0 defeat and continued the argument as he went down the tunnel Neymar had to be separated from Tiago Djalo in the tunnel after both were shown red cards during Paris Saint-Germain’s loss to Lille. With PSG trailing heading into the final couple of minutes, Neymar and Djalo tussled for the ball near the touchline before the latter was bundled over. In his haste to get the ball, Neymar shoved Djalo to the floor and was shown a second yellow card by referee Benoit Bastien - while the Lille man was also dismissed for a foul-mouthed rant.
Ajax accidentally leave record signing Haller out of Europa League squad
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Ajax accidentally leave record signing Haller out of Europa League squad

It is not yet clear if the club will be able to correct their error or if they will be without the forward for their last-32 tie against Lille Ajax have confirmed that they have accidentally left club-record signing Sebastien Haller out of their Europa League squad. Haller was brought in from West Ham last month , with the striker joining the Eredivisie giants in a €22.5 million (£20m/$28m) transfer from the Premier League outfit. The Ivory Coast international has started well for Ajax, scoring two goals and adding four assists in six league appearances thus far.
Pires says Arsenal’s Pepe not cut out for the Premier League
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Pires says Arsenal’s Pepe not cut out for the Premier League

The Gunners legend also had his say on Mesut Ozil's exit from the club Arsenal legend Robert Pires has claimed Nicolas Pepe is not cut out for the rigours of the Premier League. Pepe arrived at Arsenal from Lille in 2019, and the £72 million ($99m / €81m) transfer fee placed huge expectation on his shoulders. The 25-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance, but not enough to justify the fee and Pires feels it is a mindset problem that Pepe will struggle to change.  
‘Pepe has a big future at Arsenal’ – Arteta still believes in £72m winger, says Campbell
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‘Pepe has a big future at Arsenal’ – Arteta still believes in £72m winger, says Campbell

A former Gunners striker is confident that the Ivory Coast international "will come back better" after being sent off against Leeds United Nicolas Pepe has a "big future" at Arsenal, according to Kevin Campbell, who says Mikel Arteta still believes in the £72 million ($96m) winger. Pepe has flattered to deceive since arriving at Emirates Stadium from Lille for a club-record fee in the summer of 2019. The 25-year-old established himself as one of the most exciting young players in Europe at Stade Pierre-Mauroy but has so far been unable to build on that reputation in the Premier League.
Milan 0-3 Lille: Ibrahimovic subbed off as Yazici hat-trick halts Rossoneri’s unbeaten start
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Milan 0-3 Lille: Ibrahimovic subbed off as Yazici hat-trick halts Rossoneri’s unbeaten start

  Zlatan Ibrahimoavic was taken off after an hour as Milan slumped to their first defeat of the season, with Yusuf Yazici starring at San Siro. Milan's unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt after 11 games as Yusuf Yazici's hat-trick secured an emphatic 3-0 victory for Lille in the Europa League. Inspired by the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who already has eight goals to his name – Stefano Pioli's side have made a wonderful start to 2020-21. But Ibrahimovic, who was subbed off in the 62nd minute, failed to lift the Rossoneri in a dismal showing at San Siro, with Yazici running the show.
Osimhen’s impact and Koulibaly staying make Napoli Serie A dark horses
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Osimhen’s impact and Koulibaly staying make Napoli Serie A dark horses

  The Nigerian’s seismic impact in the Italian top flight, and presence of the Senegal colossus mean Gli Azzurri could gatecrash the title conversation Victor Osimhen’s reaction 10 minutes before eventually scoring Napoli’s fourth in their 4-1 drubbing of Atalanta was striking. The effervescent frontman had just been denied by Marco Sportiello in the 33rd minute at the Stadio San Paolo, yet, his wide smile and double high-five with Dries Mertens reflected his overall mood. For someone who hadn’t been following the game up to that point, you might have thought the Nigerian was on a hat-trick and was amused at being denied his third of the afternoon. Far from it, the 21-year-old wasn’t on the scoresheet at the time, neither had he opened his competitive account for the Partenop...
Mourinho Takes Swipe At Victor Osimhen For Refusing To Join Tottenham
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Mourinho Takes Swipe At Victor Osimhen For Refusing To Join Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, has taken a swipe at Nigeria striker, Victor Osimhen, for rejecting a move to the club because he does not want to compete with Harry Kane for a spot. Osimhen eventually joined Napoli from Lille this summer. But his agent, Ariyo Igbayiola, had admitted that he held talks with Mourinho before completing the transfer to Serie A. Igbayiola says he informed Spurs that Osimhen will only join if Kane leaves the club. However, speaking on the lack of attacking options in his squad, Mourinho said he will not sign a striker who is afraid to compete with Kane. “The point is not me convincing the striker, it’s the striker convincing me. “And if the striker is afraid to come to Tottenham and the striker is afraid of competition, then I don’t...
Why I Choose Arsenal FC – Gabriel Magalhaes
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Why I Choose Arsenal FC – Gabriel Magalhaes

Gabriel Magalhaes said the influence of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu convinced him to join the Gunners after completing a reported £22 million ($30 million) move from Lille on Tuesday. The 22-year-old defender was also in demand from Manchester United and Napoli after impressing as Lille finished fourth in the curtailed 2019/20 Ligue 1 season. Gabriel adds to Arsenal’s growing Brazilian contingent since the club’s former midfielder Edu left his role as coordinator for the Brazilian national team to become technical director last year. Arteta, who has guided the Gunners to the FA Cup and Community Shield in his first nine months in charge, also helped swing Gabriel’s final decision. “Edu and I had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had...
Arsenal Officially Announce Signing Of Gabriel Magalhães
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Arsenal Officially Announce Signing Of Gabriel Magalhães

Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in a deal worth up to £27million. The central defender becomes Mikel Arteta's second major arrival of the summer transfer window. Arsenal have seen off competition from Everton, Manchester United and Napoli for Magalhaes, who completed a medical last week ahead of signing a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium. The 22-year-old who will wear our number 6 shirt joins fellow Brazilian Willian in joining the Gunners this summer. The former Chelsea winger arrived on a free earlier in mid-August after his deal at Stamford Bridge expired. Arsenal have long been hampered by defensive frailties but appear to be a more solid proposition under Arteta, who took charge last December. Magalhaes' arrival coupled with William...
Gabriel ‘Lands In London To Complete £27m Arsenal Transfer’
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Gabriel ‘Lands In London To Complete £27m Arsenal Transfer’

Lille centre-back, Gabriel Magalhaes, has reportedly landed in London to complete his £27million move to Arsenal. The Brazilian was also a Manchester United and Napoli target but they look to have been beaten to the defender’s signature by the Gunners.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1297826174811475968&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fsportinglife.ng%2Fjust-in-gabriel-lands-in-london-to-complete-27m-arsenal-transfer%2F&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px Flight Radar pictures on Twitter show private jet number E55P landing at Luton airport. Earlier this week Romano tweeted: “Gabriel Magalhaes to Arsenal, here we go! ...
Gabriel Set For Arsenal Medical After Gunners Agree £22.6m Fee With Lille
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Gabriel Set For Arsenal Medical After Gunners Agree £22.6m Fee With Lille

Arsenal look set to complete the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes with the defender set to undergo a medical today. According to The Telegraph , Arsenal have won the race to land the in-demand Lille centre-back having agreed a £22.6million fee. It is claimed they have now agreed a five-year deal with the 22-year-old defender - and further reports claim he is set to finalise the deal with his medical. But coronavirus restrictions mean his medical is expected to take place in France before he completes his Premier League move, unless he can gain special exemption to avoid 14-day quarantine and undergo the tests in London. Magalhaes has been heavily linked with Napoli, who have also had a bid accepted. The young Brazilian has spent the week deliberating his future with offers ...
Victor Osimhen’s €60m Price Tag Outrageous – Garba Lawal
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Victor Osimhen’s €60m Price Tag Outrageous – Garba Lawal

Ex-super eagles midfielder, Garba Lawal, has disagreed with French club Lille over the €60m price tag placed on Victor Osimhen ahead of a possible transfer in the summer. Osimhen, one of the hottest transfer prospects, is almost certain that he won’t stay at Lille following his impressive performance in the French Ligue 1 last season. Despite Les Dogues dropping their asking price for the Nigeria international from an initial €90m to €60m, Lawal believes that the talented forward is overpriced. “Lille are asking for €60m because they saw the calibre of clubs asking to sign Osimhen,” Lawal says. “They wouldn’t have asked for such amount if it was an average team that was willing to sign him because there is no way they could afford it. “Take for instance, if it was Aston Vill...
Napoli may be the ‘right destination’ for Lille’s Osimhen – Agent
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Napoli may be the ‘right destination’ for Lille’s Osimhen – Agent

The Nigerian striker has been heavily linked with a switch to the Stadio San Paolo Osita Okolo, the brother-in-law and agent of Lille striker Victor Osimhen, has not ruled out the possibility of the Nigerian joining Napoli. Reports surfaced last week the 21-year-old had agreed a deal to join the Partenopei, but the player came out to debunk it as "fake news". It still has not stopped Osimhen's name from circulating in the transfer rumour mill after scoring 13 goals in 27 Ligue 1 outings with Lille finishing just a point and place shy of Champions League qualification.
Osimhen Wins Player Of The Year Award In France
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Osimhen Wins Player Of The Year Award In France

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has been voted as the Player of The Year at his French club Lille. Osimhen’s emergence as Lille’s best player in the truncated 2019-20 season is not surprising for many going by the spectacular displays of the 21-year old in what is just his maiden campaign in Ligue 1. Among other feats; Osimhen had scored 18 goals and provided eight assists in all competitions for the French Ligue 1 side, before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season. Victor Osimhen has been named as Lille’s Player of the Year. — Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) June 2, 2020 It is these breathtaking performances that have seen Osimhen be linked with a possible transfer to several top clubs across Europe. On the list of potential suitors for O...
Lille president Lopez says Luis Campos going nowhere amid Man Utd, Spurs interest
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Lille president Lopez says Luis Campos going nowhere amid Man Utd, Spurs interest

Lille president Gerard Lopez says he won't be losing Luis Campos this summer. The Ligue 1 club's sporting director has been targeted by Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. "He is not going anywhere," Lopez told the Daily Mail. "It is almost like Luis is yet another Victor Osimhen or Nicolas Pepe! "He does get offers all the time and he is very good at sharing them with me or not responding. I can see he gets aggravated by it. Money is not a driver for Luis Campos. "He is a guy that is in love with winning and winning, if possible, with young and talented players. "I can already tell you now a lot of the stories are unbelievable because the environment that he is being connected with is just not conducive to what he does. "He is a brilliant guy at wh...
French club, Lille Offer Victor Osimhen Private Jet to Fly Back to Nigeria for his Father’s Burial
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French club, Lille Offer Victor Osimhen Private Jet to Fly Back to Nigeria for his Father’s Burial

French Ligue 1 club, Lille, have offered Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, a private jet to bring him back to Nigeria for his father’s burial rites. Osimhen announced the death of his father, Mr. Patrick Osimhen, 80, on Twitter on Sunday morning, after he died in Lagos on Saturday night following a brief illness. “RIP dad. No words to describe this feeling,” Osimhen tweeted. President Amaju Pinnick, the Nigeria Football Federation also commiserated with the former Wolfburg star and revealed that his current club have offered him a private aircraft to come back to Nigeria to be with his grieving family and probably for the burial rites. “I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family,” Pinnick said. “His clu...
Victor Osimhen: Lille want €80m from Liverpool for Nigerian striker this summer
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Victor Osimhen: Lille want €80m from Liverpool for Nigerian striker this summer

Victor Osimhen has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer - The 20-year-old was impressive for Lille in his debut season after scoring 13 league goals - The French club has now told the Reds they must cough out about €80m for the Nigerian forward French League giants Lille are reportedly willing to allow Nigerian star Victor Osimhen to join Liverpool this summer provided they meet his valuation. The Reds have been linked with a move for the Super Eagles striker and football transfer expert Duncan Castles claims they have established contact with the Ligue 1 side. Osimhen only joined Lille from Belgian side Sporting Charleroi last summer and he recorded 13 league goals in 28 appearances in his debut season. "The information I have is that Liverpool have been in contact...
Vincent Enyeama Reveals Why He Snubbed Arsenal And Tottenham When They Wanted To Sign Him Post-2014 W/Cup
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Vincent Enyeama Reveals Why He Snubbed Arsenal And Tottenham When They Wanted To Sign Him Post-2014 W/Cup

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has revealed the reason he refused signing for Arsenal and Tottenham while he was at the peak of his career. Enyeama, a Nations cup winner with Nigeria, went to Israel after leaving Nigeria, joining Bnei Yehuda in 2005 before moving to Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2007 where he spent four years. He then went to France in 2011, spending seven years at Lille where he won the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé prize of Best African player in Ligue 1, in 2014. Enyeama shone for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup with his most memorable performance the 1-0 loss to Argentina where he denied Argentina and in particular Lionel Messi several opportunities to score. After the tournament, Arsenal reportedly wanted to sign the goalkeeper and now Enyeama says he rej...
Lille defender Gabriel calm over Chelsea, Everton ‘daily reports’
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Lille defender Gabriel calm over Chelsea, Everton ‘daily reports’

Lille defender Gabriel admits he's aware of reports linking him with a move to England. Chelsea and Everton are chasing a deal for the Brazilian. Gabriel was asked about the rumours linking him with a transfer away from Lille, but the youngster has made clear he is happy where he is with the Ligue 1 club. He told France Football, “I can see them, yes. Every day, my friends send me things: clubs, lots of clubs. “I'm happy because my work, and everything I've done, is rewarded. It's not only good for me; it's good for other people around me. “But I'm happy in Lille; I'm very, very happy at the club. I love this club. I don't know what's going to happen, but the objective is to bring LOSC back into the Champions League again. “For the rest, I will let my agents and the club ...
Neymar Pays Tribute To Kobe Bryant In Goal Celebration
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Neymar Pays Tribute To Kobe Bryant In Goal Celebration

The Brazil international fired PSG to victory against Lille and paid his respects to the LA Lakers icon Neymar paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant as he celebrated his second goal for Paris Saint- Germain against Lille on Sunday. Bryant, 41, was killed alongside at least four other people when his helicopter crashed in California on Sunday morning. Football players and clubs from all over the world expressed their grief following the news of the five-time NBA champion's passing and Neymar followed up by paying his respects on the field. The 27-year-old opened the scoring for the Ligue 1 champions with a fine strike 28 minutes into the match at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Then early in the second half, Lille were penalised for a hand ball from left-back Reinildo Mandava and Neymar st...
Victor Osimhen rushed to hospital after scoring against Monaco, Lille gives update
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Victor Osimhen rushed to hospital after scoring against Monaco, Lille gives update

Lille have confirmed that Victor Osimhen is back to normal, after a health scare during Tuesday’s French League Cup game against AS Monaco. Osimhen had opened the scoring in the 19th minute before he was taken off after complaining of chest pain. The Super Eagles striker was replaced by Loic Remy and rushed to a hospital. Remy got two more goals as Lille won 3-0 at Stade Louis II. After the game, Lille manager ‎Christophe Galtier, allayed fears that Osimhen may face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. “We just talked to him, he’s fine. Everything is back to normal. He experienced dizziness and pain,” Galtier told Canal+.
Lille Coach Confirms Oshimen As Penalty Taker After On-field Debate With Ikone
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Lille Coach Confirms Oshimen As Penalty Taker After On-field Debate With Ikone

Lille coach Christophe Galtier has confirmed that Victor Osimhen is the designated penalty taker of the club after the Nigeria international was involved in an on-field debate with Jonathan Ikone during the first half of the Ligue 1 tie against Montpellier on Friday night. Five minutes before half-time, Ikone stepped up to convert a spot-kick won by Osimhen, which did not please captain Jose Fonte and manager Galtier as they wanted the rule to be applied. Speaking to reporters post-match, Galtier explained : ''I saw what happened and I'm going to talk about it with the players. ''In the last match against Brest, Victor gave Jonathan (Bamba) the chance to shoot, it was a gift. ''This is something I am going to intervene on because there were far too many people around the ba...
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Lille coach speaks on the future of Barcelona & Arsenal linked ‘hot target’ Victor Osimhen

Lille coach Christophe Galtier has come out to speak on the future of Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen. Osimhen who has scored 11 goals in 21 games across all competitions this season has also established himself as one of Africa's in-demand strikers, scoring four goals in his last four appearances for his motherland, Nigeria and was recently nominated for the 2019 African Youth Player of the Year award by the Confederation of African Football. Barcelona needs a replacement for Luis Suarez while Arsenal needs a new striker in case Aubameyang leaves but Galtier insists Osimhen will remain at the club when the January transfer window closes for business. Asked if the former Sporting Chaleroi striker Osimhen will stay until the end of the season, Galtier told beIN SPORTS : '' ...
Nigerian Striker Osimhen Speaks On How He Rescued His Family From Poverty
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Nigerian Striker Osimhen Speaks On How He Rescued His Family From Poverty

Super Eagles latest striker Victor Osimhen, has narrated how his emergence as a professional footballer saved his family members from poverty. The Nigerian striker, who also plays for Lille told BeIN Sport that life was tough for his siblings after his mother’s death and father’s joblessness. According to him, his father lost his job three months after his mother died. To survive, Osimhen said his brother hawked sports newspapers, while sister sold oranges in the street. The 20-year-old player also said he earlier sold bottled water in Lagos traffic to help his family survive. To also survive, the footballer narrated that he once joined his friends to scavenge for crampons and shoes at the former Olusosun dumpsite in Oregun-Ojota area of Lagos. But after emerging as a success...
Manchester United eye Boubakary Soumare, Moussa Dembele
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Manchester United eye Boubakary Soumare, Moussa Dembele

Manchester United are interested in recruiting French duo Boubakary Soumare and Moussa Dembele, sources have told ESPN FC. Soumare, 20, has represented France at youth levels and plays at Lille. He has been followed for many years by the top European clubs, including United. But the Red Devils are now ready to get the ball rolling to try to recruit him before anyone else. The club has scouted him several times this season, including against Valencia last week in Champions League group action where he had an outstanding performance in Lille's 1-1 draw with Los Che. United see Soumare as a potential heir to Paul Pogba in the midfield, with both players sharing similar profiles. With Pogba's long-term future uncertain at Old Trafford, Soumare has impressed this season with his activity,...
Nicolas Pepe Scores Two World-class Free-kick For Arsenal Vs Vitoria
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Nicolas Pepe Scores Two World-class Free-kick For Arsenal Vs Vitoria

Arsenal fans were desperate for summer signing Nicolas Pepe to burst into life. The £72m man has struggled for form since his arrival from Lille, but he finally delivered his first big moment in a Gunners shirt tonight versus Vitoria. Pepe came on late in the second half in Arsenal's Europa League tie and levelled the score at 2-2 with the most sublime of free-kicks. The technique on this is insane! That's the confidence boost he needed. And that was proven to be true in stoppage-time, when Pepe struck once again from a free-kick to win the game for the Gunners. This could prove to be a watershed moment in Pepe's Arsenal career.
Victor Osimhen Named In Ligue 1 Team Of The Week
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Victor Osimhen Named In Ligue 1 Team Of The Week

Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen has been named in French Ligue 1 team of the week. Osimhen scored Lille’s second goal in their 2-2 home draw against Nimes last Sunday. The 20-year-old has scored seven goals in nine league appearances for his club this season. The former VFL Wolfsburg of Germany striker is also in the running for Ligue 1 player of the month award alongside Algeria’s Islam Slimani and Nantes’ Nicolas Pallois. He has already scooped Lille’s player of the month award for September. Osimhen is joined in the three-man attack by Paris Saint-Germain duo; Neymar Jr and Mauro Icardi. Three other PSG players; Idrissa Gueye, Pablo Sarabia and Presnel Kipembe also made the list.
What Tammy Abraham Said About Playing For Nigeria After Chelsea’s 2-1 Win Over Lille
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What Tammy Abraham Said About Playing For Nigeria After Chelsea’s 2-1 Win Over Lille

Tammy Abraham has said that he has not decided to play for either England or Nigeria after his goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Lille. The 22-year-old has been widely tipped for an England call-up after scoring seven goals in seven Premier League matches so far this season. The Chelsea striker is also eligible to represent Nigeria, having represented England only in friendlies and under-21 matches. And despite expectations of a call-up to England squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Abraham insist he has not yet made up his mind which country he wants to play for. “It is always a privilege to be wanted by both nations,” Abaraham told the BBC after Chelsea’s win in France on Wednesday. “I love both nations and for...
I Sold Pure Water On Lagos Streets, Life Was Tough – Victor Osimhen
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I Sold Pure Water On Lagos Streets, Life Was Tough – Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen has opened up about his grass to grace story in the city of Lagos. In his latest interview with BBC Osimhen revealed how tough it was for him growing up as a child. The Super Eagles striker, who has already scored five goals in Ligue 1 this season for Lille, said he once hawked sachet water on the streets of Lagos when he just seven-years-old. “I came from a very poor background, seven children and I was the last born. I lost my mom at the age of six and it was very difficult for my family because my dad also lost his job around that period. So I was forced to go out and get myself a life. “In Lagos, they sell water (bottle or sachet) which is the easiest, but the hardest because you have to run and give somebody the water and collect money. “It wasn’t easy, ...
Victor Osimhen Scores Again For Lille In League
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Victor Osimhen Scores Again For Lille In League

Nigeria International Victor Osimhen has just scored yet another goal in the French League for his current club Losc Lille after a summer transfer move Victor Osimhen has now scored 5 goals in 5 games for Lille. His goal gave Lille a 1-0 lead till half-time. He Is also currently the top scorer in the French Ligue 1. Fact: 5 - Victor Osimhen became the first player to score 5 goals or more in his first 5 Ligue 1 games since Mario Balotelli in September-October 2016 (6).  
“Nicolas Pepe Has Put Fear Into Arsenal Rivals” – Kanu Nwankwo
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“Nicolas Pepe Has Put Fear Into Arsenal Rivals” – Kanu Nwankwo

Arsenal Legend Kanu Nwankwo believes summer signing Nicolas Pepe has also put fear into the club's rivals, MySportDab reports. The Ivory Coast international arrived at the Emirates during the summer, signing from Ligue 1 side Lille in a club-record £72 million ($89m) deal. And the 24-year-old winger has already proved to be a real handful in his early appearances for the Gunners, averaging 3.8 dribbles per game, more than any other attacker in the English top flight. He also became the first player in 50 Premier League matches to dribble past Virgil van Dijk when he skipped past the Liverpool centre-back during his full debut at Anfield. So it’s been a good start to life in north London for Pepe, who started alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for th...
Osimhen Wins Lille Player Of The Month Award
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Osimhen Wins Lille Player Of The Month Award

Following his fine goalscoring run in the French Ligue 1 , Victor Osimhen has been named Lille Player of the month for August. Osimhen heralded his arrival in France by scoring four goals for the Great Danes in his first four games. The 20-year-old bagged a brace against Nantes to help Lille secure a 2-1 win on August 11 and another brace as they romped to a 3-0 victory over Saint-Etienne a week ago.
Super-sub, Victor Osimhen Prove His Class As He Scores Two Wonderful Goals
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Super-sub, Victor Osimhen Prove His Class As He Scores Two Wonderful Goals

This goals from Nigerian wonder kid Victor Osimhen is the best thing you will ever watch today, the super eagle striker is on terrific form. The Nigerian striker is really in form for his club Lille, his super sub in th 19th minutes of half-time prove to be class as he scored brace. Osimhen traps the ball brilliantly just inside the box before unleashing a beautiful shot on the spin into the far corner to open the scoring for Lille. The Nigeria international continued his red-hot start to life at Stade Pierre-Mauroy with two goals against Les Verts on Wednesday Victor Osimhen came off the bench to outshine Saint-Etienne duo Denis Bouanga and Ryad Boudebouz as his brace ensured Lille earned a 3-0 victory in Wednesday’s Ligue 1 encounter. The Nigerian delivered a goal in e...
Renato Sanches Leaves Bayern Munich For Just €25 Million
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Renato Sanches Leaves Bayern Munich For Just €25 Million

Renato Sanches is to get his desired move away from Bayern Munich, with the Portugal international on the verge of signing for French side Lille in a €25 million move. According to RMC Sport, Sanches is travelling to France to undergo a medical today. The 22-year old is to sign a five-year contract and will become Lille's club-record transfer. Last week. Sanches expressed his desire to leave the club following a brief cameo in the 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin. "This is not a good situation for me," he told Sport 1. "It is the second time that I want to join another club. But they will not let me go. 5 minutes are not enough for me." Sanches was then hit with a €10,000 fine fine for his comments but Bayern CEO Karl Heinz-Rummenigge stated that the former Golden Boy winner woul...
Victor Osimhen Scores Two Goals On Lille Debut Against Nantes
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Victor Osimhen Scores Two Goals On Lille Debut Against Nantes

Check out this Nigerian Next Aguero, Scores two goal on debut, this Nigerian wonder kid goals is an absolutely cracker, you hardly see this kind of goal. Nigerian Super Eagle striker, Victor Osimhen had a delightful debut for Lille as he scored two goals in the match against Nantes in the French Ligue 1. The Nigerian footballer had only joined Lille a few weeks ago from Sporting Chaleroi of Belgium for €12m and his two goals on his debut gave his new team the much needed win. Lille started reaping from his move in the 19th minute of his debut. He also coverted a Celik through-ball with 10 minutes left to play. Asides becoming the second Nigerian to score on Ligue 1 debut after Austin Jay-Jay Okocha in 1998 for PSG, the youngster took a fitting first step in replacing Nicolas Pepe wh...
Emery happy to stay patient with Arsenal record buy Pepe
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Emery happy to stay patient with Arsenal record buy Pepe

The Ivorian did not debut for the Gunners in pre-season, but his manager is hopeful of his involvement on Tyneside Unai Emery hopes to have Nicolas Pepe ready to feature in Arsenal's opening Premier League fixture against Newcastle United but insists he will not rush the winger. Pepe arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Lille last week in a reported club-record £72 million deal. However, the Ivory Coast international was in Africa Cup of Nations action this close season and, having just linked up with Arsenal, sat out the 2-1 friendly defeat to Barcelona on Sunday.
AC Milan confirm €35m Leao signing from Lille
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AC Milan confirm €35m Leao signing from Lille

The 20-year-old replaces Patrick Cutrone in the Rossoneri squad after spending just one season in Ligue 1 with Lille AC Milan have signed Rafael Leao from Lille for a reported €35 million (£32m/$39m) fee. The 20-year-old striker, who can also play on the wing, arrived in Italy on Wednesday to undergo a medical and subsequently signed a five-year deal with the Serie A side. The Rossoneri had been linked to the Portugal Under-21 international for weeks and reports suggested they would send Tiago Djalo to France as part of the deal, but the 19-year-old centre-back has not been included.
Arsenal smash their transfer record to sign £72m Pepe
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Arsenal smash their transfer record to sign £72m Pepe

The Gunners have confirmed the capture of the Ivory Coast international from Lille - who has signed a five-year contract Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Nicolas Pepe in a £72 million ($87m) deal. The Ivory Coast international becomes the club’s fourth signing of the transfer window and the deal smashes the club’s transfer record, which was previously set by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s £56m ($68m) move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018. Pepe has been in England since Tuesday morning when he travelled to Arsenal’s training centre at London Colney to undergo a medical and meet his new team-mates.
Osimhen: Lille wonderkid wants to emulate Enyeama, Odemwingie
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Osimhen: Lille wonderkid wants to emulate Enyeama, Odemwingie

The 20-year-old joined Lille from Charleroi and wants to follow the example set by Nigerians who have featured for the club Nigerian youngster and new Lille signing Victor Osimhen admitted he wants to follow in the footsteps of Nigerians who previously represented the club.The Super Eagles forward ended his association with Belgian side RSC Charleroi when he penned a five-year deal at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Osimhen is keen to get the latest move in his career off to the best possible start after taking part in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where Nigeria won bronze. Now, he hopes to make a good impression in France and emulate Nigeria’s celebrated sons - Peter Odemwingie and Vincent Enyeama - in the process. "Lille is a very good club that has a quality project and includes high-class...
Lille To Sign Nigeria’s Osimhen As Replacement For Arsenal Bound Pepe
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Lille To Sign Nigeria’s Osimhen As Replacement For Arsenal Bound Pepe

Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has been scheduled to have his medical and finalise his move to Lille this week, according to France Football. This comes as Lille star man Nicolas Pepe arrived in England on Tuesday to undergo his medical examination ahead of a £72 million move to Arsenal. The transfer fee will make the 24-year-old Ivorian the Gunners' most expensive signing, and he will sign a five-year deal which will earn him around £150,000 per week. Osimhen is expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday, before signing a 5-year contract with Lille. Belgian side Charleroi have accepted a €12m excluding bonuses offer from Lille and the youngster will sign a 5-year contract with LOSC Lille should the medical run smoothly. Osimhen netted 20 goals in all competitions for Ch...
Nicolas Pepe To Have Medical At Arsenal This Week As The Deal Is Agreed
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Nicolas Pepe To Have Medical At Arsenal This Week As The Deal Is Agreed

Nicolas Pépé is expected to have a medical at Arsenal this week as a deal with Lille for the forward has been agreed, according to Sky Sports. Sky Sports News understands a deal has been agreed with Lille and that the player has also agreed to join Arsenal. It’s expected the 24-year-old winger will be an Arsenal player this week. And Arsenal will spend around €80m to sign this Ivory Coast winger, paid by installments to fit their budget, according to BBC Sports and there will be a 5-year-deal.
Reasons Arsenal Dumped Zaha To Sign Pepe From Lille
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Reasons Arsenal Dumped Zaha To Sign Pepe From Lille

Arsenal have reached an agreement with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe in a club-record deal to leave Wilfried Zaha in transfer limbo, the UK Mirror reports. The Ivorian winger is set to head to the Emirates in a £72m transfer. However, the staggering fee will be paid in installments. The Gunners had made his compatriot, Wilfried Zaha, their primary transfer target, but had an initial bid rejected by Crystal Palace, who are holding out for close to £80m. The Gunners only wanted to pay a small sum up front and have now switched their attention to 24-year-old Pepe with the Ligue 1 willing to accept their staggered payments. Zaha has made no secret of his desire to leave Crystal Palace this summer and had his heart set on a move to boyhood club, Arsenal. ...
‘Pepe is a very good player’ – Emery praises Arsenal target as €80m deal nears
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‘Pepe is a very good player’ – Emery praises Arsenal target as €80m deal nears

The Gunners are in advanced talks to sign the 24-year-old winger this summer and the coach hopes he can improve the squad ahead of the new season Arsenal coach Unai Emery has hailed Nicolas Pepe as a "very good player" as his side close in on signing the winger. Sources have confirmed to Goal that Gunners are close to an €80 million (£72m/$89m) agreement with Lille as talks progressed rapidly over the weekend. Pepe had been linked to Liverpool, Manchester United, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain after tallying 23 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last term, but it is the north London side who have jumped ahead of the queue with an offer to pay Lille's asking price in instalments.
Arsenal excites fans as they agree to buy Lille winger Nicolas Pepe for €80 million
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Arsenal excites fans as they agree to buy Lille winger Nicolas Pepe for €80 million

Fans of Arsenal football club have been left excited with the English side set to make a statement signing after reportedly agreeing to buy Lille winger Nicolas Pepe for €80 million.   According to BBC Sport, the Gunners will pay in installments and an agreement over a five-year deal is expected to be reached in the next 48 hours between Arsenal and Pepe's representatives. This comes after the Ivorian winger met with Napoli during the week with the Serie A club leading the race to secure his signature amid significant interests. But their proposal has been rejected by Pepe's agent, who is pushing for a move to the Gunners. Nicolas Pepe, who signed for Lille from Angers in 2017, has scored 35 goals in 74 appearances.
Nicolas Pepe: Will Premier League sides regret missing out?
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Nicolas Pepe: Will Premier League sides regret missing out?

The LOSC Lille star looks set to seal a move to Napoli, but why did clubs in England pass over the effective wideman? After being linked with a move to some of the biggest sides in Europe in the last few months, Napoli appear primed to win the battle to sign Nicolas Pepe. The potential big money move came to light on Friday morning, following Lille president Gerard Lopez‘s admission they’d agreed a fee with the Italian club for the winger. "Napoli have satisfied our request of 80m Euros, now it will be up to the player to decide where to go, also on the basis of other proposals that his agents received from four clubs," Lopez told Tuttosport.
Napoli still want James even if club-record transfer for Pepe is completed
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Napoli still want James even if club-record transfer for Pepe is completed

Carlo Ancelotti has made no secret of his desire to sign the Real Madrid playmaker, even if they spend big on Lille's much-wanted winger Napoli will still try to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez even if they pull off a club-record deal for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, sources tell Goal. Rumours have been circulating on Friday that Carlo Ancelotti is among the host of managers around Europe wanting to sign Pepe, with a reported agreement around the €80 million (£71.9m/$89m) mark. That would be roughly double the club’s current record transfer – the €40 million outlay to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid six years ago.

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