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I’ll sign convicted kidnappers’ death warrant – Lalong
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I’ll sign convicted kidnappers’ death warrant – Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong has said that he will be signing death warrant of convicted kidnappers in Plateau state. This was disclosed in a statement released by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut. Noting that there has been an increased incident of kidnapping in the state, Lalong said rescue of some abducted prominent persons in the state and arrest of some suspects is a good development that is worth sustaining. The statement read; “Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has commended security personnel in the State for rising up to the occasion and thwarting the attempts by kidnappers to create fear among citizens. “Governor Lalong in a message said he was glad that the swift response of the security forces to distress calls of kidnap incidents led to the...
Watford Set to sign Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu after agreeing £3.5m deal with Bordeaux
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Watford Set to sign Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu after agreeing £3.5m deal with Bordeaux

Premier League side, Watford are closing in on a £3.5million deal for Bordeaux and Nigerian winger, Samuel Kalu. The 24-year-old is expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday January 19, prior to agreeing to a four-and-a-half-year contract. The Nigeria international, who has 13 caps and two goals for the Super Eagles, will be Watford's fourth signing of the January transfer window after defenders Samir, Hassane Kamara, and midfielder Edo Kayembe. Kalu will also be the fifth Nigeria star at the Premier League club after William Ekong, Emmanuel Dennis, Maduka Okoye, and Oghenekaro Etebo.
Footballer, Ferran Torres confirms he’s dating Luis Enrique’s daughter weeks after signing for Barcelona
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Footballer, Ferran Torres confirms he’s dating Luis Enrique’s daughter weeks after signing for Barcelona

Barcelona new signing, Ferran Torres has confirmed he is in a relationship with the daughter of Spain boss Luis Enrique, just weeks after he completed his transfer to the Spanish club. Over the weekend the 21-year-old made his romance with Sira, Luis Enrique’s oldest daughter official by celebrating her winning performance in a horse-riding competition with an Instagram post. Sira Martinez., Luis Enrique’s oldest daughter, reposted the photo her boyfriend uploaded onto his Instagram Story showing her astride her horse with snaps of the first and third medals she had won.   It is believed that Torres has been in a relationship with the former Barcelona coach’s daughter Sira, aged 21, for several weeks before they made it public. Torres has previously spoken of his ad...
Arsenal manager Arteta blocked Edu from signing Tottenham right-back Emerson
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Arsenal manager Arteta blocked Edu from signing Tottenham right-back Emerson

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta blocked technical director Edu from signing Emerson Royal.   The Gunners were reportedly close to signing the Brazilian right-back from Barcelona. Emerson instead joined north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for £26m. According to The Guardian, Arsenal were frontrunners to sign Emerson but Arteta ordered the club to pull out of negotiations. Arteta's hunch about Emerson has since proven correct as the 23-year-old has failed to acclimatise to Premier League football. Edu instead signed Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna to play at right-back. The Japan international has been one of Arsenal's most impressive players this season.
Chelsea interested in signing PSG’s Kurzawa on loan
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Chelsea interested in signing PSG’s Kurzawa on loan

Chelsea are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa on loan, with the 29-year-old currently out of favour at the French club. Chelsea are looking to sign a left-back this month, with Ben Chilwell set to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury while Lyon have reportedly rejected Chelsea's offer to recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan in France. The Blues also cannot recall left-back Ian Maatsen from his loan at Coventry as the Dutchman has exceeded the number of games played as per the terms of the loan agreement. The 19-year-old has played in 21 Championship games this season and will remain at Coventry until the end of the season. Chelsea have now turned their attentions to Kurzawa, who has made only one appearance for PSG this sea...
Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I want to stay with Marseille for rest of career
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Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I want to stay with Marseille for rest of career

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is ready to sign a long-term deal with Olympique Marseille. The newly-capped France international is on a season-long loan with OM, with the deal carrying a €11m permanent option. La Provence's Alexandre Jacquin, on his Twitch stream, revealed: "He said it at a press conference, Guendouzi will stay at OM normally, for several years." Just weeks ago, Guendouzi declared he's ready to stay long-term. "It's if the club stays in Ligue 1 that I'll stay at OM," said the midfielder. "I'm signing up for the long term, it's been carefully thought out, it's not just for this year, but for the rest of my career, I want to stay here for the long term."
You must not let him leave – Ashley Cole, Redknapp warns Chelsea over ‘best player’
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You must not let him leave – Ashley Cole, Redknapp warns Chelsea over ‘best player’

Chelsea legend, Ashley Cole and former Liverpool star, Jamie Redknapp have told the Blues not to allow Antonio Rudiger to leave Stamford Bridge. Cole said he hopes the club does everything to keep the Germany international who has been Chelsea’s best player so far this season, adding that there are not many centre backs like him in the world at the moment. Rudger’s current deal runs out at the end of the 2021/22 campaign and the 28-year-old is free to speak to rival European clubs over a possible move. Top European clubs such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Manchester United are all interested in signing the defender on free transfer. However, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel is hopeful Rudiger will commit his long-term future to Chelsea. “I played with him at...
Villa Agree £25m Fee for Everton’s Digne
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Villa Agree £25m Fee for Everton’s Digne

Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Everton for left-back Lucas Digne worth up to £25m. It follows several days of negotiations, in which Villa have beaten off interest from Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham. Digne is due in Birmingham later on Wednesday to undergo a medical. The 28-year-old, who has three-and-a-half years remaining on his Everton contract, told the club he wants to depart Goodison Park this month. Steven Gerrard is set to bring in his second signing as manager following the arrival of his former Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho. Villa are also interested in signing Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma as he enters the final 18 months of his contract at the Amex Stadium. Sky Sports News had been told Everton wanted £30m for Digne, one of Rafael Ben...
Man United ex-midfielder, Fellaini in shock move back to Premier League
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Man United ex-midfielder, Fellaini in shock move back to Premier League

Former Manchester United midfielder, Mariuane Fellaini could be in a shock move back to the Premier League, with Newcastle United his new destination. The Magpies are reportedly seeing the former Everton star as an ‘ideal’ signing. The relegation battling side have already signed England defender, Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid for a fee of around £12m this month. The Magpies are doing everything to remain in the top flight this season, with the club still just a point off the bottom of the league table. For this reason, they are expected to bring in more fresh legs during this transfer window. Belgian outlet, La Dernière Heure reports that the English top flight side are big admirers of Fellaini and could move for the midfielder this month. The 34-year-old former...
Player Ed Woodward regrets not signing for Man United revealed
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Player Ed Woodward regrets not signing for Man United revealed

The player, outgoing Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, still regrets not signing for the club, has been revealed. Man United confirmed on Thursday that Woodward would resign from his role on February 1. Woodward had replaced David Gill shortly after the club won the last of its 20th Premier League title in 2013. Richard Arnold will replace Woodward as Man United’s most senior executive on February 1. However, according to ESPN, Woodward views his failure to bring Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane to Old Trafford as one of his biggest regrets. Man United have been repeatedly linked with a move for Kane over the past few years, but the 28-year-old still remains at Spurs. The England captain has scored 232 goals in 361 games for Tottenham. Meanwhile, ...
Aston Villa complete sensational loan deal for Phillipe Coutinho from Barcelona
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Aston Villa complete sensational loan deal for Phillipe Coutinho from Barcelona

Aston Villa have completed the sensational loan signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona with an announcement to be made later. The Brazilian midfielder has agreed to return to the Premier League until the end of the season. The deal sees Coutinho reunited with his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard, who is the current coach of Aston Villa. According to SportsMail, Villa boss Gerrard was the key factor in Coutinho’s decision to sign for Villa given his close relationship with the Anfield legend. Following talks with Gerrard, attacking midfielder Coutinho was left completely convinced to make a move to Villa Park. Sportsmail revealed Villa’s efforts to sign Coutinho on Wednesday afternoon and the deal has moved on rapidly since then. A number of clubs across th...
Fabrizio Romano speaks on Manchester United signing Julian Alvarez this January
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Fabrizio Romano speaks on Manchester United signing Julian Alvarez this January

Football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, has said that Manchester United are not interested in signing River Plate striker, Julian Alvarez, this January transfer window. Romano made this known in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Thursday. “Julián Álvarez. Manchester United are currently not in the process to sign him in January. Rangnick staff monitored Álvarez at Lokomotiv and Man Utd sent scouts – there’s nothing else as of now. “His agent’s gonna meet with many clubs,” Romano tweeted. Recall that Alvarez has been linked with a move to Man United this month. The Premier League giants are willing to pay his €20 million termination clause. Alvarez has made 96 appearances for River Plate since making his debut in October 2018. The Argentine forward has scored 36 go...
Man United’s first January signing close to arriving Old Trafford
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Man United’s first January signing close to arriving Old Trafford

Manchester United are close to completing their first signing of the January transfer window. United brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton to Old Trafford in the summer but have not been able to achieve much on the field of play. The Red Devils are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal after they were defeated for the first time under Ralf Rangnick by Wolves on Sunday. The club are now looking out for top players who are available for comparatively lower transfer fees and River Plate’s Julian Alvarez has been picked as one of such stars. Alvarez had a magnificent season with River Plate. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he scored 18 goals and provided 7 assists in 21 league appearances for the Argentine side. And it looks like U...
You’ll not win any trophies at Old Trafford – Danny Mills tells Man United-bound Ruben Neves
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You’ll not win any trophies at Old Trafford – Danny Mills tells Man United-bound Ruben Neves

Former Manchester City right-back, Danny Mills has told Wolves midfielder, Ruben Neves that signing for Manchester United would not guarantee him winning trophies. Manchester United lead the race to sign creative midfielder this January, according to talkSPORT. Mills said that making the move to United would not enhance the 24-year-old’s chances of winning trophies. The Portugal international still has two years remaining on his deal and Wolves are said to be demanding at least £50million for the midfield maestro. Wolves defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Monday and are now just three points below the Red Devils in the Premier League. And Mills says there are more reasons why Neves should remain in the Midlands. “Wolves have got as much of a chance at win...
Haaland transfer: Decision on future in ‘next few weeks’ amid rumours Barcelona confident of signing Dortmund star
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Haaland transfer: Decision on future in ‘next few weeks’ amid rumours Barcelona confident of signing Dortmund star

The Norwegian has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as he continues to set both the Bundesliga and Champions League alight Borussia Dortmund's head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl has confirmed the club are planning to make a decision on Erling Haaland's future in "the next few weeks" amid rumours Barcelona are confident of signing the striker. Haaland committed to a four-and-a-half-year contract at Dortmund when signing from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, but his stock has risen since then in scoring 76 goals in his first 75 appearances across all competitions for the German giants. A number of top clubs across Europe are now being credited with an interest in the 21-year-old including Barca, and Kehl has offered an update on his situation with the winter transfer w...
Hollantex signs African music sensation Yemi Alade as Brand Ambassador
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Hollantex signs African music sensation Yemi Alade as Brand Ambassador

 Hollantex, the leading pan-African Ankara manufacturer, is pleased to announce the signing of singer and global entertainer, Yemi Alade. As the new Brand Ambassador, Yemi Alade will be instrumental in growing the brand’s presence across Africa. She will support the launch of Hollantex's new collections and leverage her music and social media platforms to promote the brand’s beautiful patterns, showcasing the true elegance of the brand’s Ankara fabrics for today’s leading woman. “For many years ankara has served me well, allowing me to display my unique fashion sense in various colours and multi-pattern work.” Said Yemi Alade. “You can see it in my music videos, red carpet moments and my daily wear. My partnership with Hollantex is a match made in heaven”. ...
Real reason Real Madrid gave up on signing Rudiger from Chelsea
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Real reason Real Madrid gave up on signing Rudiger from Chelsea

Real Madrid have given up their pursuit of signing Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea due to his wage demands, Marca reports. Rudiger is reportedly asking for £200,000 per week – a price Real Madrid won’t pay given the success of current centre-backs, David Alaba and Eder Militao this season. Real Madrid have been in the running to sign the Germany international when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2022. The LaLiga giants recently cooled their interest in the Germany international. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will instead prioritize a renewal for Militao, with talks over a new five-year contract worth €8.5 million per annum set to begin in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, apart from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are also interested in signing Rudiger....
Everton Sign Patterson from Rangers in £16m deal
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Everton Sign Patterson from Rangers in £16m deal

Nathan Patterson has completed his move from Rangers to Everton in a deal worth £16m. The right-back has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park and becomes the club's second signing of the January transfer window following defender Vitaliy Mykolenko's arrival from Dynamo Kiev. Rangers had rejected two bids from Everton in the summer, insisting their valuation had not been met for the academy graduate who made his Gers debut in January 2020. However, Rafa Benitez made a third move for Patterson early in this transfer window which will earn Rangers a club record initial fee of around £12m, with further add-ons worth £4m.
Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City
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Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City

Ferran Torres has tested positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona following a £55m signing from Manchester City. The 21-year-old Spain international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, which is understood to be worth an initial £46.7million, and a further £8.5m in potential add-ons. Barca have set a €1billion (£841million) buyout clause into the deal. Torres had hoped to be back in action for the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid on January 12, but his debut could be delayed after the Catalan club announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 along with team-mate Pedri. A Barca statement on Monday evening read: 'Pedri and Ferran Torres have tested positive for Covid-19. The players are in good health and are isolated at home.' ...
Newcastle favourites to land Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey
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Newcastle favourites to land Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey

Newcastle United are favourites to land Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey.   Ramsey has been linked with Newcastle United and Everton in recent weeks and it seems that the Welsh midfielder is poised to get his transfer. Newcastle are desperate for reinforcements now the mid-season window is open, with Eddie Howe needing players to help his side avoid relegation. Gazzetta dello Sport says Ramsey will only return to Juve's training ground after the winter break on Monday to say goodbye to his team-mates. That's because the 31-year-old has been in 'close contact' with other clubs recently. Ramsey is desperate to move on from Juve, where he has had a difficult time since signing on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer of 2019.
Xavi admits Barcelona cannot yet register new signing Torres
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Xavi admits Barcelona cannot yet register new signing Torres

Barcelona coach Xavi admits they cannot register new signing Ferran Torres.   Torres completed an initial £46.7m transfer from Manchester City last week, just 18 months after signing from Valencia, explaining how he failed to properly settle in Manchester due to the ongoing UK government restrictions. “Ferran Torres is a spectacular signing, both as a player and a person," Xavi said on Saturday. "He's coming off an important injury, he has fantastic commitment, he's going to give us a lot, I've no doubt about it. He can play in different positions, I'm very happy with the effort made by the club to get him. "We'll see how the salary cap situation is, if it's possible right away. There has to be players leaving. If we get Dembele to resign his contract and lower his pa...
USMNT star Dike completes West Brom move
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USMNT star Dike completes West Brom move

The 21-year-old has been a breakout star in MLS and will now star at the Hawthorns West Brom have completed the signing of Daryl Dike from Orlando City, the Championship club confirmed on Saturday. The Baggies currently occupy fourth place as they look to make an instant return to the Premier League following last season's relegation. Dike, 21, is rated as one of the United States men's national team's top young attacking players and will hope to add further firepower to his new club's promotion bid.  
Arsenal make contact with Barcelona contract rebel Dembele
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Arsenal make contact with Barcelona contract rebel Dembele

Arsenal are interested in Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele. Foot Mercato says Arsenal are among clubs interested in signing Dembele and have already made contact. Dembele sees his contract at the Nou Camp expire at the end of the season and he is reportedly keen on leaving the La Liga outfit. It's emerged Dembele has been demanding €30m-a-year to re-sign with Barca, along with a €15m signing on bonus. The France attacker is also a target for Newcastle.  
Arsenal boss Arteta not giving up on Nketiah
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Arsenal boss Arteta not giving up on Nketiah

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta isn't giving up on keeping Eddie Nketiah. Nketiah is keeping his options open ahead of a potential summer transfer, with his contract expiring at the end of the season. Nketiah has signalled that he has no intention of signing a new deal, citing his lack of first-team opportunities as the reason behind him rejecting a contract offer. However, Gunners boss Arteta is expected to give the forward more opportunities over the coming month which could persuade him to commit his future to the club, says Football.London. The forward has the same agent as Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun, with the latter signing a contract just two months before his deal was set to expire last season.  
Liverpool legend names ‘brainless’ player in Chelsea squad
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Liverpool legend names ‘brainless’ player in Chelsea squad

Liverpool legend, Steve Nicol has branded Romelu Lukaku as ‘brainless’ after Chelsea’s record signing publicly aired his grievances with Thomas Tuchel. Lukaku had in an interview aired on Thursday said he was ‘not happy’ at Chelsea and wanted to return to Inter Milan. The Belgian has since returned to the Blues lineup, scoring some vital goals for the team. Nicol believes the interview was ill-advised and fears he has done irreparable damage to his relationship with the club’s fans especially when he talked about returning to Inter Milan. “It’s kind of brainless, isn’t it. It’s some really brainless things to say,” Nicol told ESPN FC. “Listen whenever you get pulled up when you’ve slaughtered somebody then you will start to spin it the other way and say ‘oh I didn’t mean t...
Rangnick to give approval for Man Utd to terminate midfielder’s contract
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Rangnick to give approval for Man Utd to terminate midfielder’s contract

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, will give the club the approval to terminate Juan Mata’s contract, the UK Sun reports. Mata has six months left on his current deal at Old Trafford, after signing an extension in the summer. But the Spanish midfielder will not be offered fresh terms, after making only two starts for United all season. He could leave as early as January, with a return to Spain looking increasingly likely. Real Sociedad are keen on a move for Mata, who has not featured at all in the Premier League this season. And La Real are looking to convince United to “tear up” Mata’s contract so they can bring him in for free. The Basque club are currently sixth in LaLiga flight and have a big chance of making the top four and Champions League qualifi...
I would sign De Bruyne, Son Heung-min for Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold
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I would sign De Bruyne, Son Heung-min for Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has revealed his two dream signings if he was manager. Alexander-Arnold is in fine form for the Reds this season and has registered eight assists already. Yet the England international, when asked to take the managerial hot seat, admitted he would sign Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min. “De Bruyne and Son. “De Bruyne because I admire him a lot as a player. His vision, his technique, his accuracy. “Outstanding player. The assists and the chances created he does is frightening. “Son, again, an outstanding player. The speed, finishing and composure,” Alexander-Arnold told the Premier League’s Uncut YouTube show.
I’m going nowhere – Rangnick’s high-rated target replies Man United
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I’m going nowhere – Rangnick’s high-rated target replies Man United

Leeds United midfielder, Kalvin Phillips has said he is happy at the club and hopes to get a new contract. He said this amid interest from Manchester United, who are said to be in pursuit of the midfielder with Ralf Rangnick a huge admirer of the 26-year-old. Rangnick was said to have identified midfield as an area of weakness during his interview at Old Trafford and told the club to look into signing Phillips from Leeds United. Rangnick also wants Manchester United to bring in either Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham or RP Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara. It has also been reported that United will prioritize a move for Phillips over Declan Rice, who is valued at £100m by West Ham United. The England international, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, says he ...
Why I turned down Chelsea – Germany defender, Nnamdi Collins
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Why I turned down Chelsea – Germany defender, Nnamdi Collins

Germany youth international of Nigerian descent, Nnamdi Collins, has said that he turned down a move to Chelsea because he felt comfortable at Borussia Dortmund. Collins confirmed that Chelsea were interested in signing him before he extended his contract at Dortmund in 2020. The 17-year-old joined Dortmund from Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2016. Collins has represented Germany at the youth international level and he is also eligible to represent Nigeria. Speaking on how close he was to joining Chelsea, Collins told The Secret Scout: “That is right. They were very interested. “In any case, it was out of the question for me and Dortmund was always my first option. “I feel very comfortable here [Dortmund]. For sure, the Premier League is a league where I want to play one day. It...
Carabao Cup: Paul Merson names one Arsenal star who never disappoints
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Carabao Cup: Paul Merson names one Arsenal star who never disappoints

Arsenal legend, Merson has singled out Eddie Nketiah, saying that the youngster never ‘let you down’. Merson urged the player to go ahead and sign a new deal with the club after he helped the Gunners into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Tuesday. Nketiah scored a hat-trick to help Mikel Arteta’s Gunners gun down Sunderland 5-1 to book their spot in the next round of the competition. The other scorers in the game were Nicolas Pepe and debutant Charlie Patino, with former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still exiled from the squad for a ‘disciplinary breach.’ It was Nketiah’s only sixth appearance of the season but he now boasts of five goals in three matches in the EFL Cup. His current contract runs out at the end of the season but looks likely to be on the move in eithe...
Chelsea’s £72.5m bid for Brazilian defender rejected
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Chelsea’s £72.5m bid for Brazilian defender rejected

Chelsea saw their €85 million (£72.5m) bid to sign centre-back Marquinhos rejected by Paris Saint-Germain last summer, according to L’Equipe. The Blues were keen on signing a new central defender in the summer after bringing in Thiago Silva on a free transfer from PSG. The French sports outlet reports that Tuchel was keen on bringing Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, two Brazilian defenders together again after both stars played for him at PSG. Chelsea were said to have made a bid of €85m (£72.5m) but PSG refused to entertain offers, saying that the 27-year-old Brazil international was not for sale.
Ipswich appoint McKenna as new manager
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Ipswich appoint McKenna as new manager

Ipswich Town have appointed Kieran McKenna as their new manager after he left his position as Manchester United first-team coach. McKenna, 35, succeeds Paul Cook to become the 19th manager in the club's history after signing a three-year deal. The Northern Irishman has worked in the first-team coaching staff at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before he remained in his position following the arrival of interim manager Ralf Rangnick earlier this month. Prior to his appointment to the first-team set-up at United, he was in charge of the club's U18 side. Former Portsmouth and Wigan boss Cook was sacked after a nine-month spell in charge of Ipswich, which ended following a run of two wins in the last nine matches of his tenure. ...
Rudiger offered £400,000 to leave Chelsea
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Rudiger offered £400,000 to leave Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger has been offered a whopping £400,000-a-week deal to leave Chelsea. The German defender is entering the final months of his current deal with the Blues and will be free to talk and reach contract agreement with foreign clubs from next month onwards. Thomas Tuchel’s side had hoped to persuade the German international to extend his stay, but are increasingly resigned to losing him. Chelsea have made an offer believed to be worth around £140,000-a-week but the defender felt he deserved a much bigger salary on par with the club’s highest earners. The Daily Mail reports that tentative early talks have made it clear that Rudiger’s suitors are prepared to offer him as much as £400,000-a-week including bonuses and add-ons. Rudiger has had interests from Juventus, Ba...
Glen Johnson advises Man Utd against signing Chelsea star
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Glen Johnson advises Man Utd against signing Chelsea star

Former Chelsea defender, Glen Johnson, has advised Manchester United against signing Chelsea’s Timo Werner. Johnson wants Man United to forget about signing Werner, adding that his move to Old Trafford would also be problematic for the German forward. Man United have been linked with a shock move for Werner since Ralf Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager about a week ago. Rangnick is believed to be an admirer of his compatriot, Werner. Werner, 25, has endured a turbulent spell at Stamford Bridge since joining the club from RB Leipzig in 2020. “I don’t think that is a good move for either party [Man Utd and Timo Werner] to be honest,” Johnson told BetttingOdds. “I don’t think it’s a good move for Manchester United and I don’t think it’s a good move for Timo ...
Man United targets Rudiger amid other interests
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Man United targets Rudiger amid other interests

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger could be making a surprising move from Chelsea to bitter rivals, Manchester United, according to The Independent, UK. Man United have made their interest in signing the Chelsea centre-back known. The Germany international, whose contract ends in June, has established himself as a key part of Thomas Tuchel’s defence. But the 28-year-old could leave the club on a free transfer if he fails to agree on a new deal. Although his boss and compatriot, Tuchel is keen on the defender staying at the club, the defender has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe. The Independent reports that Ralf Rangnick and Man United have registered their interest along with Tottenham. However, the report said the German may not want to remain in the...
Arsenal winger Pepe sets deadline for transfer decision after Everton snub
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Arsenal winger Pepe sets deadline for transfer decision after Everton snub

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe will assess his options in January if his playing time doesn't improve. The Ivorian winger was once again on the substitutes bench as Arsenal lost 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park. Pepe, the club's record signing, was snubbed by manager Mikel Arteta, who instead opted to introduce striker Eddie Nketiah as a left-winger. Having fallen out of favour with Arteta, Pepe is open to leaving the club if his situation doesn't change. A loan deal is the most likely scenario for Pepe, according to football.london. However, the 26-year-old's salary could be a stumbling block for any potential move. Arsenal paid £72.5m to sign Pepe from Lille in 2019.  
Rangnick’s first Manchester Utd signing in January revealed
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Rangnick’s first Manchester Utd signing in January revealed

Ralf Rangick’s first Manchester United signing as manager of the club in the upcoming January transfer window has been revealed. The Sun reports that Rangnick is set to make RB Leipzig midfielder, Amadou Haidara, his first Red Devils signing in January. The German is unlikely to spend heavily in the January transfer window but Man United can bring forward the signing of Haidara if they are willing to pay Leipzig £32million next month. Haidara has a release clause that comes into effect in the summer of 2022 in his current deal with the German club. But his dream move to Man United could come to fruition six months earlier than planned should the Premier League giants match Leipzig’s demands. Rangnick signed Haidara from Salzburg two years ago during his time at Leipzig. ...
Dries Mertens: I love playing for Napoli; but my contract…
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Dries Mertens: I love playing for Napoli; but my contract…

Dries Mertens has intimated he's willing to consider a new contract with Napoli. The striker's deal runs to June and carries a 12 month option. After scoring in defeat to Atalanta, Mertens said: “I love playing here, everyone knows that. If there is no deal, we'll shake hands and I will thank Napoli for allowing me to play here for so many years. I am honoured to be here. “One day, everything has to end. I hope it will be as far away as possible. We keep signing great players, so I have to leave them space one day, right? “The contract extension option is in favour of Napoli. I hope they will activate it, but we'll see what happens."  
Las Palmas to upgrade contract for Barcelona target Alberto Moleiro
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Las Palmas to upgrade contract for Barcelona target Alberto Moleiro

Las Palmas have moved to upgrade Alberto Moleiro's contract with an increased buyout clause. Las Palmas are pushing to agree new terms with the midfielder amid interest from Barcelona. Eighteen months after successfully signing Pedri from Las Palmas, Barca are now keen to bring Moleiro to La Masia. Las Palmas president Miguel Ángel Ramírez has confirmed plans for new contract talks with Moleiro, with his current deal running to 2023. "It would triple the release clause," Ramirez explained, which would see the option jump to €30m.
Chelsea squeeze past tricky Watford to stay top
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Chelsea squeeze past tricky Watford to stay top

A much-changed Chelsea weathered the storm to navigate their way past a tricky Watford side and stay top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road. With Liverpool and Manchester City also winning on Wednesday, Chelsea found themselves third in the Premier League with 20 minutes remaining, but regained top spot on a difficult night through Hakim Ziyech's clinical winner against the run of play. Play was halted for half an hour early in the first half for a medical emergency in the stands, with officials being alerted to the situation by players. Watford later confirmed a fan was stable after suffering a cardiac arrest. Chelsea took the lead just before the half-hour mark as two of their six changes combined, Mason Mount converting at close range from an unselfish as...
Women journalists seek end to gender-based violence in Yobe
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Women journalists seek end to gender-based violence in Yobe

Women Journalists in Yobe State under the auspices of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has said that signing into law the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act is key to ending all forms violence against women in the state. This came to the fore when Hajiya Fatima Mohammed Ahmad, Chairperson of NAWOJ in the state led other members of the Association to the Palace of Emir of Damaturu on an advocacy visit as part of 16 days activism to mark the 2021 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Mrs. Ahmad told the Monarch that they were at the Palace to seek his support and cooperation towards convincing the State Chief Executive to sign into law the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, (VAPP) passed by the State House of Assembly. She said...
Paolillo insists Suning right owners for Inter Milan
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Paolillo insists Suning right owners for Inter Milan

Former Inter Milan chief Ernesto Paolillo believes the club needs to go forward with Chinese owners Suning. Paolillo has questioned Suning's management given their problems. He said, “I hope that things will settle down economically in China, and that the Zhang family will be able to give the club more support on a consistent basis. “Their problems are the result to China's difficulties and not their unwillingness to move forward," he added. “They have shown that even though they are in debt they have been able to keep the club going. “I hope they will continue until things in China settle down and they can resume investing in football," Paolillo said. Of the transfer market, the former CEO said, “Small adjustments can be made, perhaps with a few small transfers that do not ...
Watford vs Chelsea: Tuchel reveals player dropped for failing to sign new contract
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Watford vs Chelsea: Tuchel reveals player dropped for failing to sign new contract

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Andreas Christensen is not currently being selected because of his contract stand-off with the club. Tuchel has now challenged the Danish defender to prove his commitment to the Premier League club by signing a new deal Christensen’s current deal expires next year and an extension remains unsigned after the player changed his demands. The 25-year-old has not featured for Chelsea since the international break, having been left on the bench for the last three games. “We have the hope that it (Christensen’s lack of action) influences the contract situation a little bit. “My understanding weeks ago was that Andreas wants the same as me and the club. But we have been waiting a long time for confirmation. “How he acts on the pi...
Thiago defends decision to join Liverpool and rejects Barcelona ‘rumours’
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Thiago defends decision to join Liverpool and rejects Barcelona ‘rumours’

Thiago Alcantara insists he made the right decision to join Liverpool. The Spain midfielder has failed to make a significant impact at Anfield since signing from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020. Reports in Barcelona have claimed new Blaugrana boss Xavi wants to bring the La Masia graduate back to Camp Nou. Thiago made his first start in almost two months in Saturday's win over Arsenal and the 30-year-old insists he wants to stay with the Reds. "As I always have been, I am a guy who plays football - I am not concerned about the rumours," Thiago told reports "I'm focused on the duty I have with my team and the years I have in contract with my team. "I just want to know about this new adventure that I have here in the Premier League and try to win all the trophies I can....
Newcastle add four names to January shopping list
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Newcastle add four names to January shopping list

Newcastle United are eyeing Liverpool striker Divock Origi. The Northern Echo says Newcastle hold an interest in signing Origi. The Reds forward has emerged as a possible transfer target for Newcastle in January. The report states that Newcastle are looking at a possible loan move for Origi when the transfer window opens in the New Year. It has been claimed Origi is among a host of potential targets for Newcastle in January, along with Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, Burnley's James Tarkowski and Man City's Oleksandr Zinchenko.  
PSG in contact with brother of Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger
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PSG in contact with brother of Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger

PSG are getting serious about a Bosman move for Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger. Foot Mercato says PSG officials have met with Rudiger's brother and agent Sahr Senesie in recent days. PSG made an attempt for Rudiger last January, but the Germany international resisted the approach to commit to the Blues. The Parisians are now trying again with the aim of signing Rudiger next summer when he comes off contract. PSG are speaking with Senesie about including a massive signing on bonus as part of the deal.
You’ll regret it – Petit warns Chelsea against letting ‘hardest defender’ leave Stamford Bridge
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You’ll regret it – Petit warns Chelsea against letting ‘hardest defender’ leave Stamford Bridge

Former France International, Emmanuel Petit has warned Chelsea against letting Antonio Rudiger leave the club when his contract expires in the summer. He advised the club to pay the Germany International whatever he wants to avoid letting him leave the club. The 28-year-old has entered the final year of his contract and is yet to agree a new deal with the Blues. Rudiger reportedly earns around £100,000 a week at Stamford Bridge but is demanding an improved deal worth about £200, 000 Bayern Munich have already shown interest in signing him and are ready to make him an offer that would be a huge rise on his current wages. But Petit, a former Chelsea defender, reckons the club cannot afford to let him leave on a free in the summer. “If he leaves, it would be a real pity fo...
England striker Abraham: Mourinho has taught me to be a monster at Roma
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England striker Abraham: Mourinho has taught me to be a monster at Roma

The former Chelsea striker has revealed the impact that the Portuguese has had on his game since his switch to Stadio Olimpico Tammy Abraham says Jose Mourinho has taught him to be a "monster" as he continues to develop an aggressive streak under the Roma boss. Abraham brought the curtain down on his five-year career at Chelsea by signing for Roma in the summer transfer window. The 24-year-old failed to nail down a regular spot in the Blues' starting XI, but is already a mainstay in Mourinho's lineup at Stadio Olimpico, and he says the Portuguese has been pushing him to work on one key facet of his game.  
LaLiga: Dani Alves set for shock return to Barcelona, to become lowest-paid player
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LaLiga: Dani Alves set for shock return to Barcelona, to become lowest-paid player

Dani Alves is set for a stunning return to Barcelona, according to Diario Sport. The 38-year-old will be presented as the LaLiga club’s new signing next week if the final meetings go well. Alves had offered his services to Barca as a free agent but the club had initially rejected the chance to re-sign the Brazil international. However, new manager Xavi Hernandes has now backed Alves’ return. It would mark a sensational return for the defender, who left the Nou Camp five years ago. He was Pep Guardiola’s first big signing in 2008 when he was 25. It is understood that Alves has told Barcelona he is well aware of the problems the club has with their salary cap and is ready to be the lowest earner in the first-team squad.

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