Friday, June 25

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Arsenal edging closer to £50m White deal
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Arsenal edging closer to £50m White deal

Talks between the Gunners and Brighton have progressed over the 23-year-old centre-back Arsenal are edging closer to the signing of Ben White from Brighton. The clubs have been in regular dialogue since the Gunners had an initial offer of around £40 million ($56m) rejected for the 23-year-old defender. And while a deal has still yet to be struck, Goal can confirm that negotiations are progressing well and both sides are now close to reaching an agreement.
I’m Totally Calm – Villarreal’s Pau Torres speaks on joining Man United
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I’m Totally Calm – Villarreal’s Pau Torres speaks on joining Man United

Villarreal centre-back, Pau Torres, has insisted that he is ‘totally calm’ about his situation after being asked directly about Manchester United’s interest in signing him this summer. Torres has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United. The 24-year-old is on Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shortlist of players to sign, and the Premier League giants have made the signing of a central defender one of their priorities this summer. The Spain international has a release clause of £51million, but Man United are hoping to lower that figure in negotiations. Asked about Man United’s interest in signing him, Torres, who is currently at the Euro 2020 with Spain national team, told Goal, “I have a contract at Villarreal, I just won the first title for the ...
Gattuso in talks to Replace Mourinho at Tottenham
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Gattuso in talks to Replace Mourinho at Tottenham

  Gennaro Gattuso has emerged the leading candidate to replace Jose Mourinho as Tottenham Hotspur manager after talks with Paulo Fonseca broke down. Spurs had verbally agreed on terms with Fonseca over a two-year deal, but negotiations between the two parties broke down on Thursday. Sky in Italy claims the deal was scuppered by financial reasons. Spurs’ new managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, is a huge fan of Gattuso and considers him a more appealing appointment. Gattuso left Fiorentina today, 23 days after having joined as manager. This follows a dispute with the Serie A club over which players to sign this summer. Paratici had tried to appoint former Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte but talks broke down earlier in June.
Plateau Pastor Regains Freedom after 7 Months in Boko Haram Captivity
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Plateau Pastor Regains Freedom after 7 Months in Boko Haram Captivity

Rev. Polycarp Zongo, a pastor at COCIN Wild Life Park Jos, Plateau State, has regained freedom seven months after he was kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Gombe State. The cleric was among several humanitarian workers and civilians released by the terrorists on Monday, June 14 in Maiduguri, Borno State. Rev. Zongo on Tuesday, June 15, recounted his experience during a prayer session held at the COCIN RCC Garki, Abuja. He, alongside two Christian women, were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists on October 19, 2020. In a video released by the sect two weeks after the kidnap, the pastor explained how he and the two unnamed women were kidnapped while travelling from Jos to Gombe State for a conference. "On Monday, 19 October 2020, I was traveling to Gombe for a church...
Everton close to Nuno Appointment
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Everton close to Nuno Appointment

Former Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is edging closer to being appointed Everton's new manager. Negotiations over a number of issues including the length of contract are still to be finalised, but the club are hopeful he will be confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor within the next week. Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of last season after four years in charge, was close to becoming manager of Crystal Palace earlier this month before negotiations broke down. The Portuguese, 47, emerged as an early favourite for the Everton vacancy, with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri impressed with Wolves' development during his tenure at Molineux. West Ham manager David Moyes was also considered a front-runner for a possible return to Everton, where he led the club from 20...
34-year-old Nigerian man kills estranged wife, mother-in-law, then commits suicide in U.S
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34-year-old Nigerian man kills estranged wife, mother-in-law, then commits suicide in U.S

A 34-year-old Nigerian man recently separated from his wife attacked her parents' home in Douglasville, Georgia, killing her and his mother-in-law before taking his own life. Udoamaka Nwamu, of East Point, Fulton County, took a handgun to his in-laws’ home in Douglasville on Sunday, June 6, where his estranged wife, Kaliyah Nwamu, was staying, and fired shots into the front and back of the house on Long Lake Drive. Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds said in a news release on Tuesday, June 8, that the gunshots resulted in multiple 911 calls and deputies were dispatched to the house. Before they arrived, Nwamu forced his way inside the home. Deputies were met with gunfire from the house and were forced to take cover, while an emergency response team and hostage negotiator were sent...
“Respect your Citizen’s Rights”- United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken Kicks against FG’s Twitter ban
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“Respect your Citizen’s Rights”- United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken Kicks against FG’s Twitter ban

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has kicked against the Buhari-led government's decision to suspend Twitter operations in the country. In a statement released yesterday June 10 by his media aide, Ned Price, Blinken argued that the restriction of social media use has no place in a democracy. The statement reads “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter. The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter. Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democ...
Why I Rejected Tottenham Job – Conte
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Why I Rejected Tottenham Job – Conte

  Former Inter Milan and Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has revealed why he rejected a move to coach Tottenham Hotspur. Conte said that he wasn’t ‘convinced’ by the project sold to him by Tottenham’s board during talks to become the club’s next manager. The 51-year-old was in advanced negotiations with Tottenham earlier this month with a view to replacing Jose Mourinho, who is now the coach of AS Roma. Speaking on why he rejected a move to Tottenham, Conte was quoted by Metro UK as saying, “Money is not my obsession. “I look at projects and I am ready to stay at home if they don’t convince me. “I like difficult challenges, but if there is something with a club that does not convince me, I prefer to say: no, thank you.”
Isaac Herzog Elected as Israel’s 11th President
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Isaac Herzog Elected as Israel’s 11th President

Jewish Agency chairman, Isaac Herzog has been elected as the11th president of the State of Israel after receiving 87 votes from parliamentary members in a secret ballot vote in the Knesset plenum. 60-year-old Herzog's opponent, Israel Prize-winning educator Miriam Peretz received 27 votes and three Members abstained. Had she been elected, Peretz would have become Israel’s first woman president. It was the largest victory in any presidential election in Israel’s history. Herzog will take over from President Reuven Rivlin when his term ends on July 9. Wednesday’s presidential vote came as Israeli politicians from across the spectrum were holding 11th-hour negotiations to cobble together a new administration aimed at ending Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 12 straight years in office. ...
Bandits Demand N110m Ransom for Tegina Islamiyya Children
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Bandits Demand N110m Ransom for Tegina Islamiyya Children

The bandits who kidnapped over 100 children attending Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School have demanded N110m ransom for their release. On Sunday, May 30, armed bandits stormed the Islamic school in Tegina, in Rafi Local Government Area, Niger State, and abducted children attending Islamic lectures. 11 children who were too young and could not walk were later released. The school headmaster, Alhaji Abubakar Alhassan, said on Tuesday, June 1, that the abductors have now called to ask for N110m ransom. He added that the bandits made contact with the school on Monday, May 31, and threatened to kill the students if the ransom is not paid. Alhassan told reporters the bandits claimed to have 156 children in their custody. Alhassan said the State Government has insisted that it would n...
Update: Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could be forced into paying Deontay Wilder £5.65m to step-aside
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Update: Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could be forced into paying Deontay Wilder £5.65m to step-aside

Boxer, Deontay Wilder could be in for a £5.65million pay day from Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury after a US court ruled in his favour. Fury and Wilder were meant to fight last summer for the third time as stipulated in their contract but Coronavirus restrictions plus Wilder's claim of injury stopped the match from going through. After Fury began negotiations to fight Joshua, Wilder came back asking that his fight contract with Fury be respected and carried out but Fury rejected his proposal saying the contract timing has already expired. Now a court has ruled that the trilogy fight clause in the Deontay's contract with the Gypsy King must be honoured by September 15. The decision will be a major problem for Fury and Joshua who have a 200 million dollars fight scheduled i...
Rabiot Juve’s Midfielder Attracting Interest From Chelsea, Barca
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Rabiot Juve’s Midfielder Attracting Interest From Chelsea, Barca

Chelsea have reportedly joined Barcelona in the race to sign Juventus French midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The former PSG star, who has played 41 times in all competitions for the Italian giants this season, would be available for around £17million in the summer transfer window. According to Calciomercato, Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique has already begun negotiations with Barcelona, but Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is also interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge. The 14-cap international, 26, signed for Juventus on a free transfer from Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain side in July 2019. Tuchel said back in 2018: “For me he is a great player and can become a top player,” and although Rabiot was frozen out due to contractual reasons, the German is still keen on a reunion....
Messi’s Father Arrives in Barcelona
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Messi’s Father Arrives in Barcelona

  Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, on Sunday arrived in Barcelona from Argentina, ESPN reports. It is understood that Messi Sr. plans to fly to Italy this week to handle some “personal issues” and that no talks have yet been scheduled with Barca. A meeting with new Barcelona president Joan Laporta has not yet been ruled out, but no date has been agreed on to begin negotiations over a potential new deal for Messi. Messi’s current contract expires in June and the 33-year-old has said that he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision. Laporta, speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao, said he was “convinced” the Argentine would remain at Camp Nou. The Barca president is putting the finishing touches to the...
Neymar requests return to Barcelona, stops contract talks with PSG
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Neymar requests return to Barcelona, stops contract talks with PSG

  Brazilian star, Neymar told the new Barcelona board about his desire to return to Camp Nou in the summer, according to ARA. Sports journalist, Gerard Romero, also confirmed the report, adding that the Brazilian International has stopped the negotiations over his new contract with PSG. According to the report, the PSG star is well aware of Lionel Messi’s desire to remain in Barcelona. For this reason, Neymar, who left Barcelona a few years in a world-record transfer, wants to return to Camp Nou. The 29-year-old forward has scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists for PSG in 19 appearances this season. Recall that Neymar’s former agent, Andrea Cury, had hinted that the Brazilian forward will play with Messi again at Barcelona. There are rumours about Messi movin...
Kidnappers Murder Pastor after Taking N2m Ransom
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Kidnappers Murder Pastor after Taking N2m Ransom

A Lagos-based pastor, Frederick Aramuwa has been found dead after being kidnapped while travelling along the Ipele/Idoani Road in Ondo State. Aramuwa who was travelling from Lagos to his hometown, Ifira-Akoko in Ondo State had reportedly been missing since March 31. His kidnappers reportedly demanded for ?10 million ransom, which was reduced to ?2 million after negotiations. Channels Television gathered that after the ?2 million ransom was paid, it was the lifeless body of the pastor that was discovered in the forest. His remains have since been deposited in the morgue at the General Hospital, Ipe-Akoko. Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro who confirmed the death of the pastor said the deceased’s remains were discovered tied to a tree in the forest. Ikoro added ...
It’s not Our Job to Negotiate with bandits – Governor El-Rufai says
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It’s not Our Job to Negotiate with bandits – Governor El-Rufai says

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has once again restated his position to never negotiate with bandits and kidnappers. Following the repeated attacks by criminals in some parts of the North, there have been calls by some Nigerians for government to negotiate with the criminals so they can lay down their arms. Cleric, Sheik Gumi, has been championing the calls for negotiations with bandits as well as granting them blanket amnesty. Speaking at an expanded meeting of the state security council today Tuesday, March 17, Governor El-Rufai said his job as governor is to enforce the law and help to prosecute people who commit offenses, and not negotiate with criminals like bandits. “We will not engage with bandits or kidnappers. Private citizens like clerics and clergymen can do so ...
Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury Finally Sign Deal for Undisputed World Heavyweight title Fight
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Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury Finally Sign Deal for Undisputed World Heavyweight title Fight

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have finally signed a two-fight deal for an undisputed world heavyweight title fight.The British boxers have been locked in negotiations in the past months.They have now finally finalised terms for the blockbuster battle, with a date and venue to be confirmed.Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports: “All parties have now put pen to paper.“We will be working hard over the next few weeks to confirm the site and date for the biggest fight in boxing.”Joshua defeated Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev last December to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA titles, while Fury currently holds the WBC belt.
Real Madrid to Sell Varane to Man Utd on One Condition
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Real Madrid to Sell Varane to Man Utd on One Condition

  Real Madrid is ready to sell defender, Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer on one condition, AS reports. Varane has drawn the interest of Man United in the past. The France international currently has less than 18 months in his contract with Real Madrid. The former Lens star is believed to be keen to experience life away from Santiago Bernabeu. Varane must first inform Real Madrid of his decision to leave the club before the La Liga champions open negotiations with Man United for the centre-back. Real Madrid is keen to keep Varane but they will not allow the player to enter the last season of his contract without extending his deal. Zinedine Zidane’s side are presently under huge financial pressure and they can’t afford to lose Varane cheaply in ...
Solskjaer Reacts as Man Utd Announce new Appointments
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Solskjaer Reacts as Man Utd Announce new Appointments

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has hailed the appointment of Darren Fletcher as the club’s new technical director, saying: “His DNA is what we want”. The Red Devils confirmed a shake-up of their top hierarchy on Wednesday. Head of football development, John Murtough, has been promoted to football director and first-team coach Fletcher will work alongside him. Transfer chief, Matt Judge, has formally been named as director of football negotiations. Speaking about Fletcher ahead of United’s Europa League Last-16 tie against AC Milan on Thursday, Solskjaer – who played alongside the Scot for four years at Old Trafford – said: “A few months back when we were making the final decision, there were a few other things for Darren. We moved [former coach] Mark Demps...
Jangebe Schoolgirls Not Yet Released, Negotiations Ongoing – Zamfara State Government
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Jangebe Schoolgirls Not Yet Released, Negotiations Ongoing – Zamfara State Government

Zamfara State Government has declared that it was yet to ascertain the release of the abducted Students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe area of the state. Recall hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted in the early hours of Friday, February 26, when armed men raided the state-run school. However, the schoolgirls are said to be released in the early hours of today (Sunday) according to media reports. Reacting, the State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Suleiman Tunau Anka took to his verified Twitter handle to clear the air on the purported release of the schoolgirls. He tweeted; “I want to call the attention of good people of Zamfara state, they should disregard any fake news regarding the released of abducted students of GGSS Jangebe by one national dai...
Four Prisoners Were allegedly Swapped to Secure the Release of Kagara Students
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Four Prisoners Were allegedly Swapped to Secure the Release of Kagara Students

Sources familiar with the negotiations that helped to secure the release of staff and students of Government Science College Kagara in Niger State, have told Daily Trust that four members of the bandits’ gang were allegedly freed to secure their release. Recall that 27 students, 3 teachers, two non-teaching staff and 9 family members of the staff were kidnapped by the bandits who launched an attack on February 17. They were however released in the early hours of Saturday February 27. The publication reported that reliable sources said the kidnappers who operate between Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State and Rafi Local Government in Niger State, had allegedly demanded the release of six members of their group arrested at different times by security agents. Four of the six named persons,...
Take Final Decision on Future with Real Madrid – Rivaldo Advises Sergio Ramos
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Take Final Decision on Future with Real Madrid – Rivaldo Advises Sergio Ramos

  Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, has advised Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, to use the two months that he would be out of action to take a final decision on his future with Zinedine Zidane’s side. Rivaldo wants Ramos ‘to ponder all the factors’ concerning his future at Santiago Bernabeu amid interest from Manchester United. Ramos is out of contract with Real Madrid at the end of this season, and negotiations over a new deal have stalled. The Spain international is already free to talk to clubs outside Spain this month, and it is believed that his agent and brother, Rene Ramos, is eyeing a move to the English Premier League. But Rivaldo believes the 34-year-old may already be targeting his next club. “Sergio Ramos will be out of action for at least two months due ...
FG May Reverse Fuel Pump Price To N160 Per Litre, Negotiations Continue Dec 7
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FG May Reverse Fuel Pump Price To N160 Per Litre, Negotiations Continue Dec 7

The pressure by organised Labour on the Federal Government to reverse the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) back to N160 per litre seems to be yielding fruits. At the end of the resumed negotiations between government and the labour movement yesterday night, the Federal Government indicated willingness to consult widely with the view to reviewing the price downward, saying it might unveil the new price at the resumed meeting slated for December 7. The Federal Government said the period between now and then would allow it embark on a wide range consultation over Labour’s request. Labour is insisting that the pump price must be reviewed downward to N160 before negotiations can proceed on the hike in electricity tariffs and deregulation of the downstream sector of the petr...
Zamfara Governor secures release of 26 young girls kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State
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Zamfara Governor secures release of 26 young girls kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has said that dialogue with bandits is still relevant just as he secured the release of 26 Katsina girls from bandits.   A statement issued on Sunday, November 8, by  Zailani Bappa, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, said the girls, aged between 8 and 12, were released to the Zamfara State Government without payment of ransom.   "The girls who were kidnapped by bandits in Faskari local government area of Katsina state were brought into the bushes of Zamfara state but were miraculously discovered by the state Government and got released through negotiations held under the state Commissioner Of Police and the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs who are in constant di...
Galatasaray confirms loan negotiations for Etebo
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Galatasaray confirms loan negotiations for Etebo

Galatasaray have made public their interest in signing Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo. The club confirmed in a social media post on Tuesday that they have begun negotiations with Stoke City over the future of the player. Etebo has agreed to terms with the former Turkish Super Lig champions and he’s expected to put pen to paper in the new few hours. “Official negotiations with the football player and club Stoke City FC have started regarding the temporary transfer of professional footballer Oghenekaro Peter Etebo to our club,” the club tweeted. Galatasaray is reportedly interested in signing Etebo on a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of the season. Etebo who is 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at LaLiga club Getafe and he’s ...
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‘I know that there is interest’ – Depay confirms Barcelona are considering transfer

The 26-year-old could be set to reunite with Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou as reports in France say negotiations are already underway Memphis Depay has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but says he is unsure on the likelihood of a move this summer. The Lyon attacker has emerged as a top target for the Catalan side since former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman took over at Camp Nou last month Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Sunday that Barca are not the only team trying to sign in him, however, with Serie A side Roma showing interest, too.
Ben Chilwell Close to £50m Chelsea Move
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Ben Chilwell Close to £50m Chelsea Move

Chelsea are close to agreeing a £50 million deal with Leicester City for Ben Chilwell, according to Sky Sports. The two Premier League clubs have made progress in negotiations this week. Although nothing has been signed yet, a deal is expected to be completed early next week. Leicester have constantly made it clear they will not allow their players leave for low fees, and last summer, they made Manchester United pay £80m for Harry Maguire. The former champions are not under pressure to sell, as Chilwell is under contract until 2024, but the situation could change if he wants to leave. Chilwell is understood to be keen on the move with the opportunity for Champions League football at Chelsea.
Kai Havertz Agrees Five-year Contract with Chelsea
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Kai Havertz Agrees Five-year Contract with Chelsea

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz has agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea, according to RMC Sport. Havertz is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, having shone for the Bundesliga club since making his debut in the 2016/2017 campaign. Chelsea are the frontrunners for the 21-year-old’s signature, with Frank Lampard keen to add the player to a forward line that noe has Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. next season. Havertz is also keen on moving to Stamford Bridge and has now agreed to personal terms with the Blues. Chelsea and Leverkusen still have to finalize negotiations over a fee, with the Germans’ unwilling to lower their £90million valuation of the attacker. The Premier League side, however, remain optimistic that a deal can be done in the coming days.
Osimhen Can be Napoli’s 30-goal Striker – De Laurentiis
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Osimhen Can be Napoli’s 30-goal Striker – De Laurentiis

The Nigeria forward was announced as a Partenopei player on Friday, having signed a five-year contract Victor Osimhen can be a '30-goal striker' for Napoli after signing from LOSC Lille, according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis. The 21-year old Nigeria international officially became a Partenopei player on Friday, signing a five-year deal having joined from LOSC Lille in a deal reported to be worth an initial €50 million, potentially rising to €80 million. Negotiations have been ongoing between both clubs for more than a month with the player growing frustrated at some points, but De Laurentiis is clearly happy that everything has been sorted out.
Chelsea Under Pressure to Complete Timo Werner’s Signing this Weekend
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Chelsea Under Pressure to Complete Timo Werner’s Signing this Weekend

Chelsea are under pressure to wrap up the signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig this weekend or the deal may never happen, the UK Mirror reports. The Premier League side was hoping to announce the transfer this week, after beating Liverpool to the player. The Blues are willing to pay the £50 million release clause in Werner’s current contract and have been in advanced negotiations with the German. However, Werner’s release clause expires on Monday, meaning Chelsea have just two days to seal the deal. A medical for the 24-year-old is proving to be tricky, with the COVID-19 regulations in both Germany and the UK. If all of that is not sorted by Monday, Leipzig could raise Werner’s fee and Chelsea might lose out.
Man Utd, Real Madrid jump into Barcelona Lautaro batt
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Man Utd, Real Madrid jump into Barcelona Lautaro batt

Manchester United are eyeing Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez. The Marca says United and Real Madrid are reportedly monitoring Lautaro Martinez as talks between Barcelona and Inter Milan for the striker have reached a stumbling block. Martinez, 22, looked destined to leave the Italian giants for Camp Nou this summer, with personal terms believed to be agreed. But the transfer is now in doubt with Barcelona unwilling to meet the Argentine's £99million release clause. Instead, the Catalan club are understood to have offered £62million plus left-back Junior Firpo, who they value at £37million. However, talks have reached a standstill with Inter insisting on having the entire fee paid up front. And with negotiations at a deadlock, the report adds that Manchester United an...
Man Utd in Talks to Hijack Real Madrid Target, Van de Beek
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Man Utd in Talks to Hijack Real Madrid Target, Van de Beek

Manchester United is currently in talks with Ajax to sign Real Madrid target, Donny van de Beek, this summer’s transfer window. According to Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, Ajax and Real Madrid have agreed on €50 million for Van de Beek. Van de Beek has also agreed to join Zinedine Zidane’s side and only medical stands in his way of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. But the Los Blancos are unwilling to approve the transfer at the same time there is major uncertainty over their finances due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the suspension of the Spanish La Liga for almost three months. However, Man United are hoping to capitalise on Real Madrid’s delay to land the 23-year-old and have started negotiations with Ajax in the past few days. ...
Bellerin drained from Arsenal pay-cut split
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Bellerin drained from Arsenal pay-cut split

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin was left drained by pay-cut negotiations last month. ESPN reports the negotiations took a toll on Bellerin as he felt caught between looking out for the best interests of his team-mates, while also recognising the financial realities of the north London club. However, the report also claims Bellerin still remains fully invested in coach Mikel Arteta's vision for the future. The 25-year-old is under contract until 2023 and this puts Arsenal in a strong position to rebuff any interest in the Spaniard. However, there is some concern at the club that the right-back may try and push for a transfer if they fail in then plans to progress
Brazilian Club Botafago Slam Yaya Toure After he Refused to Sign for Them
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Brazilian Club Botafago Slam Yaya Toure After he Refused to Sign for Them

Brazilian football club Botafogo have slammed African football star Yaya Toure for allegedly backtracking on their transfer agreement after he appeared in a video with rival club Vasco da Gama. Botafogo started negotiations with the Ivorian in February after Toure became a free agent after leaving Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai last November. Toure was supposed to be signed in March by Botafogo when football was suspended due to the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak. Surprisingly Toure appeared in an Instagram video of aspiring Vasco da Gama president Leven Siano saying, “I want to thank Leven for inviting me for this project. I cannot wait to see all the Vasco fans very soon. It's going to be Vasco." A video that infuriated Botafogo officials who were hopeful that Toure ha...
‘I Don’t Care Whether it is Rohr or Not we need a Competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare
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‘I Don’t Care Whether it is Rohr or Not we need a Competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has waded into the debate surrounding the Nigerian Football Federation's negotiations with Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr for an extension of his contract. Rohr’s four year contract with the national team expires in June and he has been in negotiations with NFF on a new deal. Rohr has accepted new conditions such as living in Nigeria and being paid in Naira- placed in his contract, but has added his own moderations to the contract with the NFF yet to make a decision on his new deal. The delay to Rohr’s contract renewal has increased speculation that the federation might not want the German tactician to continue as manager of the Super Eagles. Sunday Dare has now come out to say what the national team needs a competent...
Barcelona Defender to Join Man Utd after Rejecting Three-year Contract
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Barcelona Defender to Join Man Utd after Rejecting Three-year Contract

Barcelona defender, Marc Jurado, is set to join Manchester United in the summer transfer window. According to Sport, Jurado is expected to be named among Man United’s academy intake for next season after he rejected a three-year professional contract at Barcelona. The Spanish newspaper reports that the 16-year-old’s transfer was decided earlier this week after “several weeks” of negotiations between Man United and Jurado’s representatives with an agreement now in place. Jurado has been considered as one of the brightest prospects in the La Masia academy. The right-back has spent nine years with Barca’s youth team. Man United are now expected to pay Barcelona a small compensation fee to lure Jurado to England. Meanwhile, the Red Devils hav...
French leagues reach financial agreement with broadcasters and reaffirm plan to finish season
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French leagues reach financial agreement with broadcasters and reaffirm plan to finish season

After weeks of negotiations, a settlement has been reached which it is hoped will help secure clubs' futures during the coronavirus crisis The French Professional Football League (LFP) has announced it has reached a financial agreement with broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports for the payment of television rights. The discussions with the two broadcasters, who show Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches, lasted several weeks. As the league season ground to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, TV rights payments were stopped, forcing club presidents to organise themselves in an attempt to find common ground with the broadcasters.
Chelsea Star Willian ‘In Negotiations With Liverpool’ Over Shock Free Move To Anfield
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Chelsea Star Willian ‘In Negotiations With Liverpool’ Over Shock Free Move To Anfield

Willian is in 'favourable negotiations with Liverpool' and could make a sensational exit from Stamford Bridge this summer, according to reports in Spain. The 31-year-old Brazilian winger, who has been linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham, will see his current deal with the Blues expire in June. And Sport Witness cites a report from Spanish newspaper Sport that Willian is currently 'in negotiations' over a transfer to Liverpool. Sport reports that Chelsea's interest in signing Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho, who is on loan at Bayern Munich, could see the Brazilian depart from Stamford Bridge. According to the publication, the ongoing negotiations are 'very favourable' for the Brazil international as eyes up a potentially lucrative deal with Liverpool. Willian first arri...
Edo commissioner’s abductors contact family
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Edo commissioner’s abductors contact family

The kidnappers of Edo State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Emmanuel Agbale, Vanguard gathered last night, have contacted the family. A source said the kidnappers told the family that the commissioner was in their custody, and were said to have begun negotiations on his possible release. However, the source, who is close to the family, did not disclose what ransom the kidnappers were demanding. “They have contacted the family and are talking. The family members were even allowed to speak with the commissioner to be sure he is alive, but they are talking,” he told Vanguard. The police, on its part, said they have deployed men of several departments, including anti-kidnapping and other special squads, on the trail of the kidnappers. “We have deployed men from vari...
Man Utd, Everton given hope in race for PSG fullback Meunier
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Man Utd, Everton given hope in race for PSG fullback Meunier

Manchester United and Everton are still in the race for PSG fullback Thomas Meunier. The Belgium international is set to become a free agent this summer. Borussia Dortmund are hot on his trail, with negotiations ongoing. But according to Le 10 Sport, an agreement has not yet been reached, leaving the two Premier League clubs with a chance of signing the 28-year-old. Atletico Madrid have also shown an interest in the former Club Brugge man.
Willian welcomes Arsenal, Spurs interest after ruling Chelsea deal ‘impossible’
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Willian welcomes Arsenal, Spurs interest after ruling Chelsea deal ‘impossible’

Willian has been dealt a major blow in his contract negotiations with Chelsea. The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of the season, and the two parties have been in talks for months over an extension. But the 31-year-old says the club will not offer him a three-year deal and he will start to negotiate with other teams. "Really a very beautiful story that I built at this club, I have a very special affection for the fans, for the people who work there and I identified myself a lot here," Willian told Fox Sports. "Everyone knows that my contract ends now in a few months, so the renewal is really a difficult thing to happen. "I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we didn't talk anymore...
Agent: Why Chelsea blocked Inter Milan move for Giroud
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Agent: Why Chelsea blocked Inter Milan move for Giroud

An agent involved in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud's on-off move to Italy has explained why he's still in London. Luca Antonini admits Inter Milan did all they could to sign the Frenchman in January. “The deal did not get completed because of Chelsea. They had to find a replacement before letting Giroud go but couldn't find a suitable player and this is why Inter couldn't sign him," he told Calciomercato.com. “The future cannot be known. Due to the Coronavirus situation we are talking about everything except the market. At this moment none of us want to start negotiations. There are people who are sick, who are dying every day, and honestly it is not very nice to think about this kind of thing at this time. “Giroud is an exemplary, incredible professional and he has not said a...
US and Taliban Sign Historic ‘Peace Deal’ Agreement Today
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US and Taliban Sign Historic ‘Peace Deal’ Agreement Today

After nearly two years of protracted negotiations between the US and Taliban rulers in Doha, Qatar, the United States government and the Afghan Taliban have signed a historic peace agreement today that will reduce the number of US troops in the country and also end the Afghan war betwen the Taliban and the US military that has been going on since 2001. The first phase of the deal included a seven week no fighting scenario which occurred over the last week, and on Saturday, Diplomats from Afghanistan, the US, India, Pakistan and other UN member states have gathered along with Taliban representatives at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, to sign the peace deal. As part of the deal 6400 out of 13,000 US troops will leave Afghanistan in four months time while the Taliban meet certai...
Brazil Legend Ronaldo Reveals Reason For Barcelona Exit After One Season(Best Of Ronaldo
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Brazil Legend Ronaldo Reveals Reason For Barcelona Exit After One Season(Best Of Ronaldo

Legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima popularly known as Ronaldo, has revealed that he never wanted to leave Barcelona after his prolific season at the Nou Camp in the 1996-1997 campaign. Ronaldo joined Barca from Eredivisie giants PSV for a then world record fee and was a huge success in La Liga, netting 34 goals in 37 games in the competition. Also, he helped Barcelona win the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the Spanish Super Cup. Despite his achievements he then surprisingly moved on to Inter Milan the following summer after his contract renegotiations broke down. His move to Inter saw him set another world record fee of £19.5m, and the Barcelona president at the time Joan Gaspert recently admitted the club could not resist the money on offer...
Premier League Reveals Why Clubs may Abandon Carabao Cup, Discloses Plans for Foreign Players
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Premier League Reveals Why Clubs may Abandon Carabao Cup, Discloses Plans for Foreign Players

New Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters has hinted that some top clubs in the top flight may dump the Carabao Cup because of mooted changes to the Champions League that could add four extra games each season. “In the end, there isn’t enough space [in the calendar],” he said. “It’s not an absolute that if somehow the shape of the European competitions changes, the Carabao Cup is terminally damaged. “There are some clever fixture people out there that may be able to slot the thing together. But I think it would fundamentally alter its trajectory,” he said, according to Mailonline. He also said the Premier League will lobby during Brexit negotiations with the Football Association for top clubs to be allowed 16 foreign players in their 25-man squads. The FA want ...
Bandits Release Zamfara District Head after Payment of N5 million, Demand two Brand new Motorbikes as Ransom for his son
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Bandits Release Zamfara District Head after Payment of N5 million, Demand two Brand new Motorbikes as Ransom for his son

The District Head of Gayari in Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Muhammad Gayari, abducted by gunmen last Friday, has regained his freedom after payment of N5 million ransom. The District Head and his son were last Friday kidnapped by suspected bandits in his residence in Gayari town of Gummi Local Government Area of the state. A source who confirmed the development to Daily Trust, said that the release by the gunmen came after days of painstaking negotiations on the amount to be paid as ransom. “They demanded for N40 million, which they slashed to N16 million, and finally N5 million was paid as ransom.However, they held on to his son demanding for delivery of two new brand motorbikes before they could release the son of the district head,” he said. ...
Minimum Wage Negotiations: FEC Can’t Decide For States – Governors
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Minimum Wage Negotiations: FEC Can’t Decide For States – Governors

Negotiations over consequential salary adjustments on the N 30,000 minimum wage may run into a storm in states as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Monday said states would not pay above their capacities . The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who stated this after the forum’s meeting in Abuja said the Federal Executive Council could not decide for states . But organised labour lashed out at the NGF chairman and warned him against statements that could trigger industrial crises in states. Fayemi said the governors , at their meeting , reviewed progress in the implementation of the minimum wage law . Clarifying the forum’s position and FEC ’s decision, Fayemi said that while state governors agreed on the N 30, 000 minimum wage, FEC did not determine wh...
Thomas Cook collapses as last-ditch rescue talks fail
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Thomas Cook collapses as last-ditch rescue talks fail

Thomas Cook has collapsed after last-minute negotiations aimed at saving the 178-year-old holiday firm failed. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the tour operator had "ceased trading with immediate effect". It has also triggered the biggest ever peacetime repatriation, aimed at bringing more than 150,000 British holidaymakers home. Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook's chief executive, said the firm's collapse was a "matter of profound regret". Commenting as the company entered compulsory liquidation , Mr Fankhauser also apologised to the firm's "millions of customers, and thousands of employees". The tour operator's failure puts 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK. BBC transport correspondent Tom Burridge said 16,000 holidaymakers were booked to come back o...
Barcelona Prepare Fresh Bid For Neymar
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Barcelona Prepare Fresh Bid For Neymar

Barcelona will renew their efforts to sign Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar and put an end to a frustrating summer of negotiations, claims Sport. Real Madrid will also up the ante in bid to sign the Brazilian The Barcelona daily reports that a much-improved new offer will be filed for the Brazilian, and that a deal could be clinched in the coming days. Real Madrid, however, are still in the hunt too, with president Florentino Perez determined to snatch Neymar from under Barca's noses. In other news, Barcelona's hopes of re-signing Neymar could rest on the coming few hours of negotiations, according to RAC1's Gerard Romero. PSG are thought to have accepted Neymar's exit, but are still waiting on what they deem to be an acceptable offer from Barca or Real Madrid. The summer's bigg...

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