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Trophée des Champions final: Lille end PSG’s Dominance
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Trophée des Champions final: Lille end PSG’s Dominance

Lille on Sunday defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the Trophée des Champions final at Bloomfield. Xena’s first-half thunderbolt proved the difference as Lille secured the Trophee des Champions for the first time, in the process ending the competition’s eight-year domination by PSG. The midfielder was teed up by Burak Yilmaz before blasting in from long range on the stroke of half-time. PSG were unable to make their possession count from there on in. The story of the final could have been different, however, had Abdou Diallo taken the best second-half opportunity. He failed to convert a headed effort from inside the six-yard box with just Leo Jardim to beat. After dethroning PSG as Ligue 1 champions in the last campaign, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men ha...
Tottenham’s youngest ever player and goal scorer Devine signs first professional contract
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Tottenham’s youngest ever player and goal scorer Devine signs first professional contract

The teenage midfielder has committed his future to the north London outfit through to 2024 Tottenham's youngest ever player and goal scorer Alfie Devine has signed his first professional contract.Devine has been handed a new three-year deal at Spurs after turning 17 on Sunday, and will remain in north London until 2024. The English midfielder scored on his senior debut for Tottenham last season, making history in the process, and will hope to establish himself in the first-team squad under new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo in 2021-22.
James Rodriguez rules out Real Madrid return and open to Serie A move amid rumours of Everton exit
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James Rodriguez rules out Real Madrid return and open to Serie A move amid rumours of Everton exit

The midfielder was linked with a move back to the Spanish giants but he doubts that will happen James Rodriguez has ruled out ever returning to Real Madrid. The midfielder spent six years at the Spanish giants, though two of those seasons were on loan at Bayern Munich. Rodriguez left the Spanish capital last summer to join Everton, but rumours of a possible return began circulating when coach Carlo Ancelotti left the Toffees to take up a second spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.
UEFA Super Cup final: Villarreal Suffer Major injury blow ahead of Chelsea Clash
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UEFA Super Cup final: Villarreal Suffer Major injury blow ahead of Chelsea Clash

Villarreal have suffered a major injury blow ahead of their UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea on August 11. The LaLiga side confirmed in a statement on Friday night that midfielder Dani Parejo suffered muscle damage ahead of the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea. Parejo was stretchered off in Villarreal’s pre-season friendly draw against Levante on Thursday. The statement read, “The midfielder [Dani Parejo] from Madrid suffered muscle damage yesterday to his right calf. “Medical tests carried out on Dani Parejo have confirmed that he suffered muscle damage to his right calf during yesterday’s friendly match against Levante UD at the Villarreal CF Training Ground (Ciudad Deportiva). “The recovery time will depend on the player’s progress.” The reigning Europa Leagu...
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‘A moment of undeniable strength’ – Pogba backs Biles over mental health admission at Olympics

The Mancehster United midfielder offered his support to the gymnast after she opted to take a step back in Tokyo Paul Pogba was among the stars to speak out in support of Simone Biles after the American gymnast opted to take a step back and withdraw from events at the Olympics. Biles announced on Thursday that she would not be participating in the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Games to focus on her mental health. Her announcement came shortly after she opted to remove herself from the team competition, earning her praise from several top athletes for valuing her own well-being in a time of immense pressure.  
Man United offer four players in swap deal for Neves
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Man United offer four players in swap deal for Neves

Manchester United have reportedly offered Wolves four players to choose one in a bid to sign their midfielder, Ruben Neves. Express Sport reports that the four players are Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Dean Henderson and Jesse Lingard. Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is eyeing the Premier League title next season and plans for the Red Devils to play more on the front foot as a result. Dalot is currently being linked with AC Milan and Real Madrid. He doesn’t appear to be in Solskjaer’s plans for the future, having spent last season on loan at AC Milan. Bailly, on the other hand, enjoyed a positive first year at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho but, since then, has been frequently plagued by injuries. Lingard is another who, like Henderson and Bailly, wants to play ...
We Don’t Want you here – PSG supporters warns Pogba
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We Don’t Want you here – PSG supporters warns Pogba

A group of Paris Saint-Germain supporters has made their feelings towards Paul Pogba clear, by hanging a banner outside Parc des Princes, telling the Manchester United midfielder he is not wanted at the club. Pogba’s future in England remains up in the air, with PSG reportedly ready to test United’s resolve with an opening offer of £43 million. The World Cup winner has just a year left on his current contract and looks increasingly unlikely to sign an extension. However, a group of PSG ultras are unhappy with Pobga, who is known to support fierce domestic rivals Marseille being linked with their club. In protest, a banner was displayed outside their stadium on Friday, which read: “Pogba you should listen to your mother, she doesn’t want you here. Neither do we!” With Pog...
Peart-Harris becomes latest youngster to leave Chelsea as he joins Premier League new boys Brentford
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Peart-Harris becomes latest youngster to leave Chelsea as he joins Premier League new boys Brentford

The 18-year-old midfielder has signed a four-year contract with the Bees as he makes the short journey across west London Myles Peart-Harris has become the latest youngster to head through the exits at Chelsea, with the teenage midfielder making the short trip across west London to Brentford. The highly-rated 18-year-old, who joins Marc Guehi and Lewis Bate in severing ties with Stamford Bridge, has signed a four-year contract with the Premier League new boys. He had spent close to a decade with the Blues, but is now taking a new challenge with the Bees as they prepare for life back among English football's elite.
Chelsea announce deal for Bate
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Chelsea announce deal for Bate

Chelsea have confirmed that Lewis Bate has joined Premier League rivals, Leeds United on a permanent transfer. The Blues disclosed this in a statement on their website on Thursday. The statement read, “Academy midfielder Lewis Bate has today completed a permanent transfer to Leeds United. “We thank Lewis for his time at the club and wish him well in the future.” Bate, 18, first started training at Chelsea at the age of eight. The midfielder captained Chelsea’s Under-18s in the FA Youth Cup final last year. Bate also featured three times for Chelsea’s development squad during their title-winning Premier League 2 campaign. He has been named among the substitutes for Chelsea senior men’s team on three occasions, most recently for in their FA Cup fifth-round tie agains...
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Everton midfielder Bernard joins UAE outfit Sharjah FC

The Brazilian is headed to Dubai after spending the last three years of his career in England Everton midfielder Bernard has completed a move to United Arab Emirates outfit Sharjah FC. The Toffees snapped up Bernard on a free transfer in 2018 following his departure from Shakhtar Donetsk, and he has since appeared in 73 Premier League games for the Merseyside club. However, the Brazilian has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the starting XI, and Everton has now cashed in on the midfielder after seeing him enter the final year of his contract.
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Smith Rowe out to emulate Arsenal’s No. 10 legends Bergkamp & Ozil after penning new deal

The midfielder has expressed his delight after inheriting a jersey previously worn by two of the most creative players in the Gunners' history Emile Smith Rowe has outlined his ambition to emulate Arsenal's No. 10 legends Dennis Bergkamp and Mesut Ozil after penning a new deal at Emirates Stadium. Smith Rowe was targeted by Aston Villa at the end of an impressive breakthrough 2020-21 campaign at Emirates Stadium, but brought an end to the speculation surrounding his future by penning fresh terms with the Gunners on Thursday. The 20-year-old has also been handed the coveted No.10 jersey after agreeing to remain on Arsenal's books until 2026, and he is now eager to follow in the footsteps of two of his idols.
Bate leaves Chelsea for Leeds in £1.5m deal and signs three-year contract with Whites
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Bate leaves Chelsea for Leeds in £1.5m deal and signs three-year contract with Whites

The 18-year-old midfielder, who snubbed the offer of fresh terms at Stamford Bridge, has agreed a deal in West Yorkshire through to 2024 Leeds United have completed the signing of Lewis Bate from Chelsea for £1.5 million, with the talented teenager signing a three-year contract with the Whites. The 18-year-old midfielder was highly regarded at Stamford Bridge, but his potential has been lured to Elland Road by the promise of a clearer pathway to first-team football. Goal revealed on Tuesday that Bate was heading to West Yorkshire after snubbing the offer of a new contract in west London.
Pogba in shock move to PSG
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Pogba in shock move to PSG

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba is set for a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain, Marca reports. PSG have already reached an agreement with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola earlier this week to sign the France international this summer. Pogba’s future at Manchester United is uncertain. The 28-year-old has appeared to be on the verge of leaving Old Trafford many times. Pogba presently has 12 months left on his current contract with Man United. PSG will have to battle Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus for Pogba’s signature. The French Ligue 1 giants have already signed the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi and Sergio Ramos this summer.
Lokonga picks out his best position for Arsenal after completing £18m transfer
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Lokonga picks out his best position for Arsenal after completing £18m transfer

The 21-year-old midfielder has become the latest addition at Emirates Stadium and believes he has plenty to offer Albert Sambi Lokonga has picked out his best position for Arsenal after completing an £18 million ($25m) move to Emirates Stadium. The promising 21-year-old midfielder has become the latest addition to Mikel Arteta's ranks, with the Gunners buying into the potential of a Belgium U21 international. It remains to be seen where Lokonga will slot into Arsenal's plans, with the likes of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny also competing for midfield berths, but Lokonga believes his versatility can be put to good use.
‘I will be back’ – Rangers and Nigeria midfielder Ofoborh after heart test
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‘I will be back’ – Rangers and Nigeria midfielder Ofoborh after heart test

The West African promises to return to action after the Scottish giants confirmed he was battling heart condition problems Nigeria midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh is confident of making a quick return to football action after Rangers revealed he has a problem with his heart. The 21-year-old is yet to play for the Scottish giants since he joined them on a free transfer and on Monday the club’s boss Steven Gerrard confirmed he will not feature in the ‘short-term’ while the heart issue is assessed. Ofoborh, who last season featured for Championship side Wycombe Wanderers on loan from Bournemouth, has taken to his Instagram page to react to the statement by Gerrard.
Rennes ‘open’ to selling Man Utd-linked Camavinga, says Ligue 1 club’s president
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Rennes ‘open’ to selling Man Utd-linked Camavinga, says Ligue 1 club’s president

The French side could part ways with a prized asset if they receive a suitable offer, with the Red Devils reportedly interested in a deal Rennes president Nicolas Holveck says the club are "open" to selling Manchester United-linked midfielder Eduardo Camavinga this summer. Camavinga has emerged as one of the top young prospects in European football since breaking into the Rennes senior squad as a 16-year-old in 2019. A number of high-profile potential suitors are being credited with an interest in the Frenchman, including United, and Hovleck has now responded to the speculation surrounding his future.
Barcelona Offer two Players to Man United
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Barcelona Offer two Players to Man United

  Barcelona have offered Manchester United the opportunity to sign two of their players this summer in an exchange deal for midfielder, Paul Pogba. According to the Daily Express, the two Barcelona players are Antoine Griezmann and Samuel Umtiti. Barcelona president, Joan Laporta is making it his personal mission to make a major signing this summer and is reported to have set his sights on a deal to bring in Man United midfielder, Paul Pogba to Camp Nou. Laporta is desperate to bring Pogba to Barcelona. Pogba’s future at Man United is unclear. He has appeared to be on the verge of leaving Old Trafford many times. Pogba currently has 12 months left on his current deal with Man United. Barcelona will have to battle Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus f...
Eagles stars Convinced Etebo to join Watford
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Eagles stars Convinced Etebo to join Watford

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has revealed that his compatriots William Troost-Ekong and Isaac Success were instrumental in him joining Watford this summer, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. Emmanuel Dennis, Tom Dele-Bashiru and Dapo Mebude are the other Nigerian players at Watford. The 25-year-old joined the Hornets last week from English Championship club Stoke City on a season loan deal, with an option to buy. It is Etebo’s third loan deal away from Stoke since he signed a five-year contract with them just ahead of playing for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The midfielder, who overlooked a deal to stay at Galatasaray for another season, said Troost-Ekong and Success acted as persuaders in luring him to Vicarage Road. “The very minute they knew there was an offer fr...
CAF deadline: NPFL clubs face heavy fixtures
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CAF deadline: NPFL clubs face heavy fixtures

With the draws for the preliminary round of matches for the 2021/22 CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup less than a month away, clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League are faced with a heavy fixture schedule. The Confederation of African Football at the end of its Executive Committee meeting, which was chaired by its president, Patrice Motsepe, on Friday in Rabat, Morocco, said the draws for both competitions would be held latest August 15. “The kick-off will be September 10, 2021. The draw for the preliminary rounds will be made on August 15, 2021 at the latest. Bids to host the interclub finals will be open in November 2021,” CAF said in a statement on its website. With Nigeria needing to present representatives for both competitions, NPFL clubs will have to play mo...
Kaizer Chiefs have very limited resources’ – Egypt great Ahmed Hassan questions Amakhosi
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Kaizer Chiefs have very limited resources’ – Egypt great Ahmed Hassan questions Amakhosi

Astonished by how they were outplayed by the Red Devils, the African football great has questioned how the South Africans even reached the final Former Egypt and Al Ahly midfielder has questioned how Kaizer Chief qualified for the final of the 2021 Caf Champions League. Playing at that stage for the first time in their history, Amakhosi were defeated 3-0 by the Egyptian Premier League side at the Stade Mohammed V on Saturday. Stuart Baxter’s team gave as good as they got in the match until they were reduced to ten men after Happy Mashiane was sent off on the stroke of half-time for a reckless tackle on Tawfik Akram.
Mikel Arteta Reacts as Arsenal signs new midfielder
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Mikel Arteta Reacts as Arsenal signs new midfielder

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has reacted to the signing of new midfielder, Albert Sambi Lokonga. DAILY POST had earlier reported that Arsenal signed Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht on Monday. The 21-year-old joined the Gunners on a long-term contract and will wear the No 23 shirt at Arsenal. Reacting, Arteta described the Belgium Under-21 international as a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development. “Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development. “He has been coached well by Vincent Kompany and his team at Anderlecht. I know Vincent very well and he talks so highly about Albert and the positive impact he had at Anderlecht in recent seasons. “We ar...
Morrison is ‘misunderstood’ and has immediately improved Derby, says Rooney
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Morrison is ‘misunderstood’ and has immediately improved Derby, says Rooney

The Red Devils' all-time top goalscorer, who is currently managing the Rams, has been impressed by the midfielder's impact at Pride Park Ex-Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison is "misunderstood" and has immediately improved Derby County, according to Wayne Rooney. Morrison was once revered as one of the most talented young players in English football, having been part of United's 2011 FA Youth Cup-winning side alongside Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard. The midfielder never made the grade in the Red Devils' senior team, and has since played for a host of clubs across Europe without properly settling, but Rooney has handed him a lifeline at Pride Park ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
EPL: Arsenal signs Sambi Lokonga
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EPL: Arsenal signs Sambi Lokonga

  Arsenal on Monday completed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht. Sambi Lokonga joined Arsenal on a long-term deal. Arsenal made the announcement in a statement via their website. The statement read, “Albert Sambi Lokonga has joined us from Anderlecht on a long-term contract. “The 21-year-old midfielder came through the Belgian club’s youth system after joining in 2014 as a 15-year-old and signing his first professional contract in November 2017. ” Sambi Lokonga made his first-team debut for Anderlecht in December 2017. The Belgium Under-21 international was called up at senior level in March 2021 when he was an unused substitute against Greece.
‘Harvey looks in proper shape’ – Klopp says Elliott well placed to break into Liverpool first team
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‘Harvey looks in proper shape’ – Klopp says Elliott well placed to break into Liverpool first team

The Reds head coach has been impressed by the midfielder's physical condition since his return from his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott is well placed to break into Liverpool first team after reporting for pre-season "in proper shape". Liverpool snapped up Elliot from Fulham as a 16-year-old in 2019, and he has since appeared in nine senior matches while becoming the youngest player to ever start a game for the Reds. The midfielder, who spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Blackburn Rovers, was handed a new long-term contract after turning 18 earlier this year and Klopp is confident he is now ready to establish himself as a key member of his squad.
Who is Albert Lokonga? Everything you need to know about Arsenal’s £18m signing
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Who is Albert Lokonga? Everything you need to know about Arsenal’s £18m signing

The midfielder has joined Mikel Arteta's ranks from Anderlecht - here's your guide to the Belgian Arsenal have signed midfielder Albert Lokonga from Anderlecht, having also recently brought in left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica. The 21-year-old Belgian underwent a medical earlier in July before completing his move to Emirates Stadium, after Arsenal agreed a deal in principle worth up to £18 million ($25m). Goal brings you everything you need to know about Arsenal’s new signing.
Stiga: Champions League final defeat can catapult Kaizer Chiefs to league title
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Stiga: Champions League final defeat can catapult Kaizer Chiefs to league title

Having never previously made it past the group phase, the Glamour Boys went all the way to the competition before losing 3-0 to Al Ahly Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Stanton 'Stiga' Fredericks believes Amakhosi's run in the 2020/21 Caf Champions League could be the springboard for future success. The 0-3 scoreline was arguably a bit harsh on the Soweto giants as all three goals came in the second half after they had been reduced to 10 men following Happy Mashiane's red card in first half added time. It was a reckless challenge, and before that, Chiefs had made a promising start, but after Mashiane's early shower, Al Ahly turned on the style in the second half to canter to victory. Fredericks senses however that there are positives to take going forward, despite the emphatic...
Ziyech Scores Hat-trick as Chelsea Thrash Peterborough 6-1
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Ziyech Scores Hat-trick as Chelsea Thrash Peterborough 6-1

  Chelsea star, Hakim Ziyech, on Saturday, scored a hat-trick in his side’s pre-season friendly 6-1 win against Peterborough. Chelsea thrashed Peterborough at the club’s training base in Cobham despite missing a number of their star players. Ross Barkley was among those who made a surprise appearance for Chelsea against Peterborough, having spent last season on loan at Aston Villa. Danny Drinkwater was another player who was given a chance to impress Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, after returning from a loan spell in Turkey with Kasimpasa. The midfielder started in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation against Peterborough despite his last competitive game for the Blues being 1,077 days ago. Drinkwater was also joined in the squad that includes the likes of Trevoh Chalobah, ...
Man Utd don’t worry, he will arrive even better’ – Bruno Fernandes trains with ‘first love’ Boavista
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Man Utd don’t worry, he will arrive even better’ – Bruno Fernandes trains with ‘first love’ Boavista

The Portuguese playmaker is back in his homeland after competing in Euro 2020 and is looking to keep himself sharp in pre-season Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes is stepping up his pre-season training at "first love" Boavista, with the Portuguese side vowing to return the classy playmaker to Old Trafford "even better" than he was before. The 26-year-old midfielder is supposed to be taking in a summer break on the back of his efforts with Portugal at Euro 2020, but he is already itching to resume competitive action. Fernandes is working with a side he spent eight years with as a youngster and is being tipped to head back to England in peak condition for 2021-22.
Rennes the ‘best choice for me’ – Ghana starlet Sulemana
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Rennes the ‘best choice for me’ – Ghana starlet Sulemana

The 19-year-old finally ended transfer speculation by sealing a move to the French outfit ahead of the new season Ghanaian midfielder Kamaldeen Sulemana has revealed the reason he opted to sign for Rennes despite previously being linked to Manchester United and Ajax. The French side reportedly paid a €15m (£13m/$18m) fee plus add ons to FC Nordsaelland for his services. Sulemana signed a five-year contract becoming the fourth player from Ghana to turn out of Rennes after John Mensah, Asamoah Gyan, and John Boye.
Arsenal close to signing Locatelli
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Arsenal close to signing Locatelli

  Arsenal are close to signing Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo. The Gunners have made an offer worth €45million (£38m) for Locatelli, but the midfielder is waiting to join Juventus. Sassuolo are resigned to losing Locatelli this summer and are in talks with both Arsenal and Juventus. But according to SportMediaset, only Arsenal have made an acceptable bid for the Italy international. The Premier League club have offered £38m, which meets Locatelli’s asking price, while Juve have so far only proposed an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy the player next summer. Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has made a new midfielder one of his top priorities this summer transfer window, with Granit Xhaka set to join Jose Mourinho at Roma and a new partner for Thomas Partey i...
Solskjaer Identifies Player Man United should sign as Pogba’s replacement
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Solskjaer Identifies Player Man United should sign as Pogba’s replacement

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has identified Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar, as Paul Pogba’s replacement at Old Trafford. Solskjaer views Aouar as a suitable replacement for Pogba, according to ESPN. Man United will have to battle Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, who are also believed to be interested in Aouar. Aouar is under contract at Lyon for a further two years, but the Ligue 1 club are said to be open to the idea of selling the 23-year-old this summer. Meanwhile, Pogba’s future at Man United is currently unclear. The 28-year-old is yet to sign a new contract at Man United and would be allowed to leave the Red Devils for free next summer if nothing is agreed. The France international will be a free agent as of next summer and is...
Barcelona and Man Utd-linked Saul has ‘many options’, says Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent
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Barcelona and Man Utd-linked Saul has ‘many options’, says Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent

The Spain international has five years to go on his contract but is reported to be eager to leave the club this summer Atletico Madrid star Saul has not decided on his future and has offers from many clubs, according to his agent. The midfielder has been an integral part of Diego Simeone's team in recent years, making over 300 appearances in all competitions. The 26-year-old still has five years left on his contract at the capital side, but has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave.
Caf Champions League: Kaizer Chiefs eager to finish off Al Ahly in 90 minutes – Ngcobo
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Caf Champions League: Kaizer Chiefs eager to finish off Al Ahly in 90 minutes – Ngcobo

The 21-year-old midfielder explains Amakhosi's desire is avoid taking their final against the Red Devils to extra time or penalties Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has revealed Kaizer Chiefs’ game plan is to beat Al Ahly in 90 minutes during their Caf Champions League final on Saturday. The Soweto giants will face the Red Devils from Egypt in the final at Mohamed V Stadium looking to stop them from winning a second straight trophy, and tenth overall. Ahead of the game, Chiefs midfielder Ngcobo suggested the best way to handle the final is by beating Al Ahly in 90 minutes and not take the game to extra time or penalties.
LA Galaxy sign Mexico star Alvarez to two-year contract extension
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LA Galaxy sign Mexico star Alvarez to two-year contract extension

The 19-year-old played for El Tri at the Gold Cup this week, sealing his international future The LA Galaxy have announced that midfielder Efrain Alvarez has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024. Alvarez, 19, is currently away with Mexico at the Gold Cup, where his international future was sealed when he played against Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday. With that appearance, Alvarez became cap-tied to Mexico after a tug-of-war between El Tri and the United States for his services.
Juventus midfielder Arthur to miss two months after knee surgery
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Juventus midfielder Arthur to miss two months after knee surgery

TheBrazil international is to have an operation on a long-standing issue picked up last December, keeping him out for at least the next eight weeks Juventus midfielder Arthur will miss the start of the new Serie A season after he was slated for surgery on a long-term knee injury, Goal can confirm. The Brazil international will be forced to sit on the sidelines across the next two months, ruling him out of the Bianconeri's domestic openers - but could return in time for their Champions League commitments. The news will come as a blow to Massimiliano Allegri's side, as the coach returns to Turin following a three-year absence in an attempt to restore fading fortunes at Allianz Stadium.
Villarreal put Chukwueze up for sale
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Villarreal put Chukwueze up for sale

Villarreal is willing to listen to offers for Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze, ElgolDigital reports. This comes only three years after promoting Chukwueze to the first team at the Estadio de la Ceramica. The Nigerian joined the Spanish giants after impressing at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup when he helped the Golden Eaglets win the title. Chukwueze netted eight times in 38 matches in all competitions in his first season at the elite level. The Super Eagles winger managed four goals in 41 games in the following campaign, before netting five times in 40 matches last term as Villarreal ended as the Europa League champions. Villarreal manager Unai Emery is not convinced that Chukwueze fits his plans in the future, and is open to letting the 22-year-old leave. The mone...
Former Chelsea star Moses scores fourth goal in a row for Spartak Moscow
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Former Chelsea star Moses scores fourth goal in a row for Spartak Moscow

The 30-year-old opened the scoring as the People's Team cruised to a comfortable win at the Otkrytiye Arena Victor Moses continued his fine goalscoring run for Spartak Moscow with the opening goal in their 4-0 victory over Rubin Kazan on Wednesday. The former Super Eagles midfielder made it four goals in four appearances for Rui Vitoria’s side since he completed a permanent switch from Chelsea. Moses broke the deadlock at the Otkritie Arena with his strike from the penalty spot in the 10th minute.
Nobody has won more than me!’ – Jorginho talks up Ballon d’Or chances after Euro 2020 and Champions League triumph
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Nobody has won more than me!’ – Jorginho talks up Ballon d’Or chances after Euro 2020 and Champions League triumph

After nabbing major prizes, the Chelsea midfielder and Italy international feels he could be in the mix for another honour Jorginho sees no reason why he could not prove to be a shock winner in the race for this year's Ballon d'Or, noting that nobody has won more trophies than he has this season in terms of his rivals for the prized honour. The Chelsea and Italy star has enjoyed a richly successful few months for club and country, claiming Champions League and Euro 2020 glory with a string of pivotal performances. Speaking in the wake of the Azzurri's penalty shootout triumph over England at Wembley over the weekend, the midfielder feels he has a chance of being named the best player this year.
Euro 2020 final: Pogba sends message to Saka, Rashford, Sancho after racist abuse
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Euro 2020 final: Pogba sends message to Saka, Rashford, Sancho after racist abuse

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has sent a heartfelt message of support to three England players, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, after they were subjected to racist abuses following the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy on Sunday night. Saka, Rashford and Sancho, who came on as substitutes during England’s defeat to Italy, lost their spot-kicks against Roberto Mancini’s side at Wembley Stadium. England lost 3-2 on penalties against Italy after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes. Immediately after the game, Saka, Rashford and Sancho were racially targeted on social media. Reacting, Pogba, in a post via his Instagram account on Monday, said, “I am proud of you. You win some, you lose some. “You took the courage to take ...
Rejuvenated’ Italy can break cycle of Euros disappointments, says Zambrotta
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Rejuvenated’ Italy can break cycle of Euros disappointments, says Zambrotta

The 2006 World Cup winner is excited by the potential of the current Azzurri side, who face England in the Euro 2020 final ar Wembley today Former Italy midfielder Gianluca Zambrotta has backed the current squad to begin a new cycle of success for the Azzurri, starting with victory over England in Sunday's Euro 2020 final. Zambrotta was part of the Italy side that lifted the World Cup in 2006 but feels it has taken time for a new generation to emerge. They have not won the European Championship since 1968 and have been beaten in the final and quarter-final of the last two tournaments - though Zambrotta thinks they are capable of going all the way this time.
Former Germany star Kroos ‘no longer fits in today’s football’, claims ex-Bayern Munich supremo Hoeness
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Former Germany star Kroos ‘no longer fits in today’s football’, claims ex-Bayern Munich supremo Hoeness

The old president of the Bundesliga champions has singled out the midfielder for criticism after the national team's early exit from Euro 2020 Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has launched a stinging attack on Toni Kroos, saying the Real Madrid midfielder “no longer fits with today’s football”. The 2014 World Cup-winner announced his retirement from internationals after Germany’s Euro 2020 elimination at the hands of England last month, bringing the curtain down on a glittering international career that saw him earn 106 caps over 11 years. Hoeness was particularly critical of Kroos’ display against the Three Lions at Wembley and felt his inclusion contributed to their downfall – but Kroos himself has since responded.
Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America
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Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has paid tribute to God as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final to win the Copa America on Sunday morning. Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the first half as Argentina defeated Brazil at the Maracana Stadium. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who was promoted to the starting line-up for the final match, coolly lobbed over Brazil goalkeeper Ederson for the 22nd-minute winner. The triumph also marks Messi’s maiden piece of major silverware with Argentina, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner dominant throughout the tournament. Messi also finished Copa America 2021 with the most goals (four) and most assists (five). Reacting, Messi, in a post via his Instagram account, described the Copa America victory as a ‘beautiful ...
Ceballos leaves Premier League transfer door open but will ‘fight’ for Real Madrid future
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Ceballos leaves Premier League transfer door open but will ‘fight’ for Real Madrid future

The Spain international midfielder is eager to prove his worth at the Santiago Bernabeu after spending two seasons on loan at Arsenal Dani Ceballos has left the door open for a Premier League return to be made at some stage, but the former Arsenal loanee is preparing to "fight" for his future at Real Madrid. The 24-year-old midfielder has spent the last two seasons at Emirates Stadium, with fierce competition for places at the Santiago Bernabeu forcing him to find minutes elsewhere. He is now back in his homeland and looking to make a mark at his parent club under Carlo Ancelotti, but another stint in English football remains an option for him to consider.
Foden misses England training ahead of Euro 2020 final with ‘minor knock’
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Foden misses England training ahead of Euro 2020 final with ‘minor knock’

The Manchester City midfielder played no part in a session overseen by Gareth Southgate on Saturday as the Three Lions prepare to face Italy Phil Foden has been forced to sit out England training ahead of a Euro 2020 final showdown with Italy. The Manchester City midfielder has picked up a "slight knock" and was not put through his paces on Saturday along with the rest of Gareth Southgate's squad. He now faces a race against time to be ready for a crunch clash with the Azzurri at Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening.
‘I am ready to move forward’ – Etebo on Watford move
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‘I am ready to move forward’ – Etebo on Watford move

The Super Eagles midfielder is happy to sign for the Hornets and promises to move forward and deliver for the club Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo has noted his challenge after sealing a transfer from Stoke City to Watford on Friday. The 25-year-old midfielder moved to Vicarage Road on a six-month loan deal ahead of the new season. Commenting on the move, Etebo has said on his Instagram page: “Looking forward to the next season joining Watford, it will be a new challenge and I am ready to move forward with the team.”
Jorginho is irreplaceable’ – Chelsea midfielder key to Italy bid for Euro 2020 glory, says Ambrosini
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Jorginho is irreplaceable’ – Chelsea midfielder key to Italy bid for Euro 2020 glory, says Ambrosini

The 29-year-old converted the winning penalty in the semi-final shootout - though his effect on the national team has gone far beyond that kick Former Italy midfielder Massimo Ambrosini has called Jorginho "irreplaceable" in an exclusive interview with Goal ahead of the Azzurri's Euro 2020 final against England. Jorginho has excelled as a deep-lying midfielder both in terms of winning the ball and being the catalyst for counterattacks. He also netted the shootout-winning penalty against Spain in the semi-final. Ambrosini, who played at Euro 2008, admits he wishes he could join Jorginho on the pitch at Wembley Stadium with the chance to earn the Henri Delaunay trophy.
Zidane’s next job Revealed
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Zidane’s next job Revealed

Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, will return to club management. ESPN reports that Zidane wants to take over from Didier Deschamps as coach of the France national team. It is believed the former Les Bleus midfielder is ready to wait for Deschamps to leave after the 2022 World Cup or even the 2024 European Championship. French FA president, Noel Le Graet, is also keen to appoint Zidane and would have given him the job if Deschamps decided to step down from the role. Instead, Le Graet has confirmed Deschamps will continue after a conversation surrounding about future only lasted “three minutes.” Deschamps has a contract until December 2022 and could see his deal extended until the summer of 2024 if he wants to stay and the results were positive. He has been in c...
Etebo: Watford sign Stoke City midfielder on loan
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Etebo: Watford sign Stoke City midfielder on loan

The Super Eagles midfielder is set for a new adventure in the Premier League with the Hornets Watford have completed the signing of Oghenekaro Etebo on a season-long loan from Stoke City. The 25-year-old is the latest Nigerian to join Xisco Munoz's side ahead of the 2021-22 season after Emmanuel Dennis switched from Club Brugge on a permanent deal. Etebo's move to Vicarage Road is his third loan move away from Stoke City having spent the last one and a half seasons in La Liga with Getafe and Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray
Lokonga set for Arsenal medical after £18m fee is agreed
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Lokonga set for Arsenal medical after £18m fee is agreed

  Arsenal have agreed a deal worth up to £18million with Anderlecht for the transfer of Albert Lokonga. The two clubs have been in negotiation for weeks over the 21-year-old. But an agreement has now been reached, with Lokonga set to be given the green light to undergo his medical. Arsenal have agreed an initial £15million fee, but that amount will increase due to several add-ons that will be included in the final deal. In all, the Premier League side are expected to pay close to £18million for the young midfielder, should those add-ons and bonuses be met. It is understood that the medical will take place in Belgium, to help get the transfer finalised in as quick a time as possible. He will then travel to London, where he will have to go through a period of is...
Lokonga set for Arsenal medical ahead of £18m move from Anderlecht
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Lokonga set for Arsenal medical ahead of £18m move from Anderlecht

The Gunners have reached an agreement with the Belgian club over a transfer for the 21-year-old midfielder Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle worth up to £18 million ($25m) with Anderlecht for the transfer of Albert Lokonga. The Gunners have been locked in talks with the Belgium club for weeks over the 21-year-old and have seen previous bids rejected. But an agreement has now been reached, with the midfielder set to be given the green light to undergo his medical.

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