Sunday, September 19

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Varane talks up Ronaldo benefit at Man Utd & hopes to recreate Ramos partnership with Maguire
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Varane talks up Ronaldo benefit at Man Utd & hopes to recreate Ramos partnership with Maguire

  The World Cup-winning defender believes working with the iconic Portuguese on a daily basis will raise collective standards at Old Trafford Raphael Varane believes working with Cristiano Ronaldo on a daily basis helps to make you a better player, with Manchester United set to benefit from the Portuguese's presence after taking him back to Old Trafford. The Red Devils pulled off a stunning coup during the summer transfer window when returning the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to English football 12 years on from seeing him depart for Real Madrid. Despite now being 36 years of age, Ronaldo has hit the ground running with three goals through his opening two games for United, and Varane believes the all-time great will help to raise collective standards in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's ...
‘I didn’t feel they wanted to keep me’ – Wijnaldum claims lack of faith from Liverpool officials led to Anfield departure
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‘I didn’t feel they wanted to keep me’ – Wijnaldum claims lack of faith from Liverpool officials led to Anfield departure

  The midfielder, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window, has insisted that he originally wanted to extend his stay with the Reds Georginio Wijnaldum says that a lack of faith from Liverpool officials led to his departure from Anfield, as he has claimed that they "did not give me the feeling of wanting to keep me". Liverpool paid £23 million ($32m) to bring Winaldum to Merseyside from Newcastle in the summer of 2016, and he went on to establish himself as one of the most influential members of Jurgen Klopp's squad. The Dutchman helped the Reds win a sixth European Cup and first league title in 30 years, but wasn't given a contract extension beyond the 2020-21 campaign and ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in June.    ...
Barcelona are lucky to have Depay after Messi exit – Eto’o
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Barcelona are lucky to have Depay after Messi exit – Eto’o

The Dutch star joined the Camp Nou outfit on a free transfer in June and he has made a fine start in La Liga with two goals in his first three matches Samuel Eto’o said his former club Barcelona are lucky to have Memphis Depay after they lost Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-German in August. Depay joined Ronald Koeman’s side from Lyon on a two-year contract and he has instantly established himself as one of their key players. Following his impressive pre-season outing with the Blaugrana, Depay has contributed two goals and an assist in Barca's first three La Liga matches of the season.
Nkechi Blessing Sunday and Grace Makun say they can never Leave their Husbands for Cheating
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Nkechi Blessing Sunday and Grace Makun say they can never Leave their Husbands for Cheating

Nkechi Blessing Sunday and Grace Makun have said they can not leave their husbands for cheating on them. Nkechi Blessing took to Instagram to write: "So, cus my husband cheated I will leave him? Pls to where exactly?" Grace Makun, who is married to Yomi Casual, then responded: "Team marital no leave no transfer gather here." Nkechi replied: "We dey here gidigba."
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Joe Dodoo: Doncaster Rovers sign Wigan Athletic forward

The 26-year-old has signed a two-year deal to link up with his former coach Richie Wellens Ghana prospect Joe Dodoo has sealed a transfer from Wigan Athletic to League One side Doncaster Rovers. Dodoo is eligible to represent England or Ghana internationally. In March 2013, Dodoo was called up to the England U18 team and played in a match against Belgium. On May 20, 2016, he was called up to the Ghana squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritius, but since he required Fifa to approve his change of nationality, he was unable to play, but trained with the squad.
Carragher makes Salah contract prediction and hails Liverpool for keeping key men from Barcelona & Real Madrid
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Carragher makes Salah contract prediction and hails Liverpool for keeping key men from Barcelona & Real Madrid

The Reds legend is delighted to see proven performers commit to fresh terms at Anfield rather than go chasing a dream elsewhere Jamie Carragher expects Mohamed Salah to be "the next one to sign" a new contract at Liverpool, with the Reds saluted for bucking a trend that once saw star turns lured away from Anfield by the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Few are looking for a way out at present, with a summer that delivered little transfer activity producing a flurry of fresh terms for key men. Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson have all committed to new deals, with the expectation being that Salah - who has been linked with La Liga giants in the past - will be the next to put pen to paper.
‘It was a dark moment’ – Fekir explains why Liverpool transfer fell through at last minute
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‘It was a dark moment’ – Fekir explains why Liverpool transfer fell through at last minute

  The Real Betis attacker, then at Lyon, was at the centre of a protracted transfer saga as he saw a switch to Anfield collapse Nabil Fekir has opened up on his failed move to Liverpool three years ago, with the World Cup winner revealing that it was issues with his agent rather than an injury that doomed a switch from Lyon. The Real Betis attacker was at the centre of a protracted transfer saga, with the Reds attempting to pry him away from Lyon in 2018. The hopes of the France international, victorious at the World Cup that summer, were apparently scuppered by a medical issue with the deal all but done - but now Fekir says that it was his management that sunk the swap in the end.
Henry Meja: Tusker and Harambee Stars forward signs for Swedish top side AIK
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Henry Meja: Tusker and Harambee Stars forward signs for Swedish top side AIK

The youngster - who scored 10 Premier League goals for the Brewers - now joins his international teammate Eric Ouma in Europe Football Kenya Federation Premier League side Tusker and AIK have confirmed the transfer of Harambee Stars striker Henry Meja to the Swedish club. As the Brewers are beefing up their squad for the 2021/22 season, Meja, who scored 10 goals for the champions, has left to sign a long-term contract with AIK.      
‘I need to change games like De Bruyne’ – Grealish admits to feeling pressure over £100m price tag at Man City
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‘I need to change games like De Bruyne’ – Grealish admits to feeling pressure over £100m price tag at Man City

The midfielder has opened up on the weight of expectation that comes with being the most expensive player in English football Jack Grealish has insisted that he needs to change games like Kevin de Bruyne at Manchester City, while admitting to feeling pressure over his £100 million ($138m) price tag. City broke the British transfer record to prise Grealish away from Aston Villa at the start of August, tying him down to a lucrative six-year contract. The 25-year-old made his debut for Pep Guardiola's side in their Community Shield defeat to Leicester, and has since started all three of their Premier League fixtures at the start of the new season, but he hasn't been completely satisfied with his performances.
Saul follows Hazard and Salah footsteps at Chelsea with new shirt number
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Saul follows Hazard and Salah footsteps at Chelsea with new shirt number

The Spain international midfielder, who has joined the Blues on loan from Atletico Madrid, takes a jersey last filled by Mateo Kovacic Chelsea have officially announced Saul Niguez's squad number at Stamford Bridge, with the Spain international midfielder taking the No 17 jersey in west London. The 26-year-old has arrived in English football on a deal that includes the option for a permanent transfer in 2022. Saul takes the shirt that has been vacated by Chelsea's new No 8, Mateo Kovacic.
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Benzema makes Mbappe transfer admission as Real Madrid remain keen on PSG superstar

The France international striker already on the books at Santiago Bernabeu expects to be joined by his fellow countryman at some stage Karim Benzema expects Kylian Mbappe to become a Real Madrid player "one day or another", with the Blancos retaining long-standing interest in the Paris Saint-Germain forward. Efforts were made late in the summer transfer window to get the World Cup winner onto the books at Santiago Bernabeu, with Goal able to confirm that a €220 million (£189m/$260m) offer was tabled. No deal was done, meaning Mbappe continues to run down the final year of his contract at Parc des Princes but Benzema believes it is only a matter of time before the 22-year-old swaps life in the French capital for the Spanish equivalent.
Arsenal chief claims ‘most exciting’ transfer strategy after record £145m spend
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Arsenal chief claims ‘most exciting’ transfer strategy after record £145m spend

Vinai Venkatesham concedes there is much work to be done at Emirates Stadium, but believes positive steps are being taken Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham is encouraged by the club's record £145 million ($200m) spend during the summer transfer window and claims the Gunners will continue to scour the market for "Europe’s most exciting young talent". Mikel Arteta is seeing questions asked following a pointless start to the 2021-22 Premier League campaign, but he has been backed by his board. Deals have been done for Nuno Tavares, Ben White, Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu - with all of those recruits aged 23 or younger.
Things they have said have not been fair’ – Moriba claims Barcelona told lies in press prior to RB Leipzig transfer
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Things they have said have not been fair’ – Moriba claims Barcelona told lies in press prior to RB Leipzig transfer

The teenage midfielder turned down a contract extension at Camp Nou before sealing a deadline day switch to Germany Ilaix Moriba has slammed Barcelona, claiming they were telling lies in the press prior to his transfer to RB Leipzig. Moriba graduated to Barca's senior squad in January after 11 years in the club's academy ranks, but ultimately decided against extending his contract at Camp Nou. The Blaugrana chose to sell the 18-year-old on deadline day instead of letting him leave for nothing next year with Leipzig snapping him up for an initial €16 million (£13m/$19m) fee, and he is relieved to have moved on after being targeted with hateful messages from supporters.
Reputation hasn’t been damaged after collapse of Man City transfer – Tottenham star Kane
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Reputation hasn’t been damaged after collapse of Man City transfer – Tottenham star Kane

The striker aimed to force a move through to the Etihad before admitting defeat last week Harry Kane believes that his reputation hasn't been damaged after his failed push to secure a transfer to Manchester City this summer. The Tottenham striker made it clear that he wanted to leave the club in search of trophies after so far failing to bring home silverware in his Spurs career. But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy held firm amid City's efforts, forcing Kane to admit defeat last week and announce he is staying with Spurs.    
Stephen Odey: Randers FC sign Genk striker on loan
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Stephen Odey: Randers FC sign Genk striker on loan

  The Nigeria international will continue his professional career at the Danish Superliga side Danish top-flight side Randers have confirmed the signing of Nigeria international Stephen Odey from Genk. The striker, 23 - who began his professional career at NPFL side MFM – was loaned to the Danish Superliga side in a bid to get regular playing time. Since his transfer to the Belgian top-flight side from FC Zurich, Odey has struggled to justify his signing.  
Arsenal defender Bellerin in talks over Real Betis transfer
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Arsenal defender Bellerin in talks over Real Betis transfer

The Gunners right-back could seal a loan move away from the club before Tuesday's 11pm transfer deadline Hector Bellerin is in talks over a deadline day move away from Arsenal. The right-back has spent the summer looking for a transfer, with the Gunners open to letting him leave after more than a decade at the club. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been interested, but Bellerin is now closing in on a loan move to Real Betis for the season.
Atletico Madrid reject Barcelona’s Felix bid as transfer deadline approaches
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Atletico Madrid reject Barcelona’s Felix bid as transfer deadline approaches

The last-ditch attempt to add attacking reinforcements underlines the Catalan club's difficult market position Atletico Madrid have rejected a loan bid from Barcelona for forward Joao Felix, Goal understands, and have refused to enter negotiations on the eve of the transfer deadline. The offer was made through agent Jorge Mendes, with the Blaugrana expressing enormous interest in a player they have targetted before. But Atletico Madrid do not need to sell, and they consider Felix to be the crown jewel of the future of the club and are therefore not thinking of letting go of a player of his talent - even less so 24 hours before the market closes.
Bayern Munich confirm Sabitzer transfer from RB Leipzig in €16m deal
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Bayern Munich confirm Sabitzer transfer from RB Leipzig in €16m deal

The Austrian midfielder reunites with Julian Nagelsmann after weeks of speculation, and will wear No 18 at Allianz Arena Bayern Munich have completed the long-awaited transfer of Marcel Sabitzer, signing the Austrian international midfielder from Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig. Sabitzer is the third person to cross from Leipzig to Munich this summer - after manager Julian Nagelsmann joined the Bundesliga champions, followed by central defender Dayot Upamecano. The central midfielder has signed a four-year contract until 2025 and will wear No 18. It is widely reported that the transfer fee is €16 million (£13.7m/$18.9m).  
Juventus decide against bringing Barcelona outcast Pjanic back to Turin as they close in on PSV starlet Ihattaren
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Juventus decide against bringing Barcelona outcast Pjanic back to Turin as they close in on PSV starlet Ihattaren

The Bianconeri were contemplating whether to bring back a former talisman before the summer window closes, but have decided against it Juventus have decided against offering Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic a potential return to Turin as they close in on the signing of PSV starlet Mohamed Ihattaren, Goal can confirm. Pjanic moved to Barca from Juve in an exchange deal involving Arthur last summer, committing to a four-year contract at Camp Nou. The Bosnian midfielder has since struggled to live up to expectations with the Blaugrana, and Goal has reported he is one of several first-team players the club are trying to offload before the August 31 transfer deadline.  
West Ham close to sealing €30m deal for CSKA Moscow star Vlasic after giving up on Lingard
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West Ham close to sealing €30m deal for CSKA Moscow star Vlasic after giving up on Lingard

The Croatian midfielder could make his way to London Stadium before the August 31 transfer deadline West Ham are close to sealing a €30 million (£26m/$35m) deal for CSKA Moscow star Vlasic after giving up on Jesse Lingard, Goal can confirm. Manchester United's Lingard had an impressive six-month loan spell at West Ham last season, and David Moyes has made no secret of his desire to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent deal. However, the Hammers have been looking at alternative targets just in case they cannot re-sign Lingard, with Vlasic now set for a return to the Premier League two years on from his departure from Everton.
Guardiola expects no new signings at Man City as transfer deadline approaches
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Guardiola expects no new signings at Man City as transfer deadline approaches

The £100 million British transfer record signing of Jack Grealish is set to be the Premier League champions only major deal of the summer Pep Guardiola doesn't expect any more incomings or outgoings at Manchester City as the transfer deadline approaches. City are short of a striker after missing out on top target Harry Kane, who will remain at Tottenham, while they also pulled the plug on a move for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Several players, including Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte, have been linked with moves away from the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola is expecting to have the same squad after the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.
PSG to replace Mbappe with EPL Forward
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PSG to replace Mbappe with EPL Forward

Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing up a move for Everton forward, Richarlison to replace Kylian Mbappe this summer. Mbappe is looking set to leave the Ligue 1 club in the final days of the transfer window. Sportsmail reports that PSG have rejected a second offer of £154million from Real Madrid for the 22-year-old, but the transfer still looks likely to be completed before August 31. Richarlison’s agents are now understood to be in Paris negotiating a deal if Mbappe ends up moving to Real.Discussions between PSG and Real are expected to accelerate on Friday, with negotiations over a Richarlison to PSG deal stalling due to uncertainty over Mbappe’s future. Everton are aware of PSG’s interest in the Brazil international and face a nervous few days regarding...
‘If Kane scores 25 goals, Spurs will still want £150m’ – Waddle advises Man City target to put exit clause in contract
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‘If Kane scores 25 goals, Spurs will still want £150m’ – Waddle advises Man City target to put exit clause in contract

The former Tottenham winger believes a move could still happen in the future, but only if a prolific frontman can avoid more "verbal agreements" Harry Kane could still make a move away from Tottenham in future windows, says Chris Waddle, but only if he can get an exit clause written into a contract that prevents his valuation from remaining at £150 million ($206m). That is the price that Daniel Levy is said to have been demanding this summer, with Manchester City unable to do business at that mark after already breaking the British transfer record in a £100m ($137m) deal for Jack Grealish. Kane has, as a result, stated that he will be remaining in north London, with Waddle expecting discussions to be held regarding fresh terms for a player that will turn 29 when another market ope...
Retired matron bags 10 year Jail term for Buying Baby boy for N50,000 and selling him for N200,000
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Retired matron bags 10 year Jail term for Buying Baby boy for N50,000 and selling him for N200,000

Justice Okon Okon of an Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo has sentenced a 47-year-old retired matron, Gertrude Akpan, to 10 years imprisonment for trafficking  children. Prosecutors told the court that one Ubong Ekwere on May 12, 2018, abducted the six-year-old boy in the custody of his grandmother and sold him to Akpan for N50,000.  Akpan who is a mother of three then sold the child to one Kate Ogbonna in Owerri for N200,000 in Imo state. Delivering judgment in the case on Wednesday, August 25, Justice Okon found Akpan guilty of the unlawful removal and transfer of the boy from Akwa Ibom to Imo state and jailed her without an option of a fine. “Apart from the confession of the convict, the evidence of the prosecution witness that she assisted the police in the recovery ...
Solskjaer plays down hopes of Man Utd making more signings
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Solskjaer plays down hopes of Man Utd making more signings

The Red Devils have already acquired the likes of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, with their Norwegian boss not anticipating further new arrivals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that Manchester United are unlikely to make further additions in the summer transfer window although did confess that "you never know in the world of football". United have been linked with the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Kieran Trippier and Saul Niguez, with there still being time for deals to be done ahead of the August 31 deadline. Solskjaer, though, insists that any further new arrivals at Old Trafford would be a "bonus", claiming that he doesn't expect there to be much activity at the club before the window closes.  
‘He cannot have another season like last year’ – Van de Beek has been given ‘clarity’ on Man Utd future, says agent
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‘He cannot have another season like last year’ – Van de Beek has been given ‘clarity’ on Man Utd future, says agent

The Dutchman's main legal representative was happy to hear Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirm over the weekend that the midfielder is in his plans   Donny van de Beek has been given "clarity" on his Manchester United future, according to his agent Guido Albers, who has insisted that "he cannot have another season like last year". Much was expected of Van de Beek when he arrived at Old Trafford from Ajax for £35 million ($48m) in September 2020, but he has so far struggled to make an impact in a United shirt. The Netherlands international has been starved of regular minutes amid strong competition for places in midfield, leading to plenty of speculation that he could move onto pastures new before the current transfer window closes.
Mino Raiola’s £275 Million Erling Haaland Demands To Chelsea Revealed
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Mino Raiola’s £275 Million Erling Haaland Demands To Chelsea Revealed

  Bild have revealed some of the staggering demands of Mino Raiola from this summer when Chelsea were trying to tempt Erling Haaland to Stamford Bridge and some of them are beyond belief. Before sealing a £98 million deal for Romelu Lukaku, it was widely reported that Chelsea were trying to sign Haaland yet they were ultimately put off by Raiola's extortionate requests. According to Bild, Raiola was asking Chelsea to pay Haaland £820,000 per week which would be part of a package worth up to £275 million. On top of these payments for the Norwegian superstar, the super agent also demanded an incredible £34 million agent's fee which ultimately deterred Chelsea from pursuing the player further. Raiola, who is notoriously known for his extremely high demands, is one of the m...
Ugbo completes £6m transfer from Chelsea to Genk as Lokomotiv Moscow make move for wonderkid Anjorin
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Ugbo completes £6m transfer from Chelsea to Genk as Lokomotiv Moscow make move for wonderkid Anjorin

The Blues are selling more homegrown talent to possibly fund a big money signing in the last week of the transfer window Chelsea are raising more funds through player sales with Genk having signed Ike Ugbo for £6 million ($9m) as Lokomotiv Moscow make an approach for Tino Anjorin. Ugbo saw his transfer to Belgium delayed after an approach from Marseille, but they couldn't come to an agreement with the Blues. Genk will pay an initial £3m ($4m) but Chelsea can earn up to £6m should all the add-ons be met, and they will earn 20 percent of any future sale.
Chelsea defender Zappacosta completes permanent transfer to Atalanta
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Chelsea defender Zappacosta completes permanent transfer to Atalanta

The 29-year-old will return to his native country after spending four seasons on the Blues' books Davide Zappacosta has departed Chelsea to join Atalanta on a permanent transfer, both clubs have announced. The 29-year-old defender joined the Blues in 2017 from Torino and has spent the past two seasons on loan in Serie A with Roma and Genoa. Zappacosta will now return to Atalanta, the club where he made his Serie A debut in the 2014-15 season.  
Chelsea offered Saul Niguez as they weigh up loan move for Atletico Madrid midfielder
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Chelsea offered Saul Niguez as they weigh up loan move for Atletico Madrid midfielder

The Spanish midfielder being offered to the Premier League's top sides before the transfer window shuts and could be of interest to Thomas Tuchel Chelsea have been offered Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez as Thomas Tuchel considers bringing in a further new addition this summer. The 26-year-old could be available on a temporary deal for a sizeable loan fee, with that option being of more interest to the Blues than a permanent transfer. Atleti have a good relationship with Chelsea and are looking to free up some space on their wage bill to help fund a move for Hertha Berlin star Matheus Cunha.  
Chelsea maintain contact with Kounde as West Ham make £26m Zouma move
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Chelsea maintain contact with Kounde as West Ham make £26m Zouma move

The Blues could make one final transfer this summer - but could do with clearing some space in their squad before doing so Chelsea have kept in touch with Sevilla's Jules Kounde as they continue to weigh up a move amid a possible Kurt Zouma sale. West Ham have a verbal agreement in place with Chelsea over a £26 million ($35m) move but have struggled to convince Zouma to move to London Stadium. Even though Chelsea haven't recently contacted Sevilla directly about Kounde, they have remained in contact with his agents over a possible summer move.
Guardiola makes Man City spending admission as Kane transfer talk rages on
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Guardiola makes Man City spending admission as Kane transfer talk rages on

The Blues boss is refusing to be drawn on whether a move will be made for a prolific Tottenham striker, but he is always looking for more talent Pep Guardiola admits that Manchester City have an "obligation" to spend on top talent, but the Blues boss is still refusing to be drawn on whether or not he will move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane before the summer transfer window closes. The reigning Premier League champions find themselves short of a prolific No.9 following the summer departure of the club's all-time leading goalscorer, Sergio Aguero. An approach for Kane is said to have been in the pipeline for a while, amid rumours of City breaking the British transfer record again with another £100 million-plus ($136m) deal, but Guardiola continues to talk around the subject ahead o...
Liverpool approve £9.5m Shaqiri sale to Lyon
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Liverpool approve £9.5m Shaqiri sale to Lyon

The winger will head to Ligue 1 after lengthy negotiations reached a conclusion Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is joining Lyon in a £9.5 million ($13m) deal, Goal understands. The clubs have agreed a fee for the 29-year-old and Lyon confirmed on Sunday that he will have a medical on Monday before finalising the transfer. Personal terms are already agreed and it is understood Shaqiri will sign a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.
I don’t care if Real Madrid sign Mbappe – Ancelotti
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I don’t care if Real Madrid sign Mbappe – Ancelotti

The PSG star continues to be linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu side but the coach says he does not know if the transfer will happen Carlo Ancelotti says he does not care if Real Madrid sign Kylian Mbappe before the transfer window closes. The striker’s future at Paris Saint-Germain remains uncertain as he has entered the last year of his contract and has stayed quiet on his intention to sign an extension. Madrid have long been linked with the France international and are said to be the favourites to sign him should he leave PSG.  
Man Utd confirm Pereira loan to Flamengo
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Man Utd confirm Pereira loan to Flamengo

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder is one of a handful of Red Devils players who could leave the club before the transfer deadline Manchester United have announced a deal with Flamengo for Andreas Pereira to go on loan for the 2021-22 season. Goal learned earlier this week that an agreement had been reached between United and the Brazilian side for the 25-year-old, with the midfielder keen to ensure more playing time ahead of the World Cup next year. Pereira was absent from United’s friendly against Burnley on Tuesday at Old Trafford as the club were open to letting him leave this summer.
‘Let’s kick him and see what he’s made of!’ – How Grealish was moulded into a £100m star by Hutton and Co at Aston Villa
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‘Let’s kick him and see what he’s made of!’ – How Grealish was moulded into a £100m star by Hutton and Co at Aston Villa

A former team-mate of the England international playmaker has lifted the lid on how first steps to superstardom were taken Jack Grealish is, for the time being at least, the most expensive player in British football history, with a £100 million ($137m) move taking him away from Aston Villa to Premier League champions Manchester City. Few could have predicted such a meteoric rise during a three-season stint in the Championship between 2016 and 2019, with questions still being asked back then of the enigmatic playmaker's attitude and ability. Fast forward to the present and Grealish has become a fans' favourite in the senior England set-up and a man Pep Guardiola was prepared to shell out a nine-figure transfer fee for - but how did such a transformation come about, and when were the ...
‘I don’t have to prove anything’ – Lukaku
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‘I don’t have to prove anything’ – Lukaku

The striker is back in England after winning Serie A with Inter, following mixed spells at Stamford Bridge and with Manchester United previously Romelu Lukaku feels he has nothing to prove in English football after returning to the Premier League in a £97.5 million ($136m) transfer to Chelsea from Inter. Lukaku is back for a second stint with the Blues, after failing to break through as a teenager. Following prolific stints with West Brom and Everton, he joined Manchester United for £75m, but was inconsistent throughout his two years at Old Trafford and was eventually sold to Italy for roughly the same price. Having hugely impressed at Inter, helping them win Serie A for the first time in 11 years, the Belgian forward has come back to Chelsea - and does not feel his mixed record in ...
Lewandowski not for sale this summer as Bayern Munich aim to keep star striker for Bundesliga title defence
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Lewandowski not for sale this summer as Bayern Munich aim to keep star striker for Bundesliga title defence

Reports suggested the Polish striker wished to leave Germany in the transfer window, however any deal will not happen until summer 2022 at earliest Robert Lewandowski is not for sale and will not leave Bayern Munich this summer, Goal can confirm. The veteran striker has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga champions this summer, and recent reports suggested that he has asked to leave and that Bayern had set a £110 million ($150m) price tag on his head. However, Goal can reveal that Bayern are in fact not considering a sale under any circumstances, and that Lewandowski accepts this position and will not push for a transfer.
Totenham boss Nuno unsure if Man City-linked Kane will be available for Wolves match
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Totenham boss Nuno unsure if Man City-linked Kane will be available for Wolves match

The striker continues to await his season debut as he aims to secure a transfer to Pep Guardiola's side Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has said he is unsure if Harry Kane will be available to face Wolves on Sunday. Kane, who continues to aim for a transfer to Manchester City, has returned to Spurs training as he awaits his 2021-22 season debut. The England captain will miss out on Thursday's Europa Conference League clash with Pacos de Ferreira, and would miss his second straight league match if he does not feature against Wolves.
Arsenal, Real Madrid Close to £30m Permanent deal for Odegaard
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Arsenal, Real Madrid Close to £30m Permanent deal for Odegaard

Arsenal and Real Madrid are very close to reaching an agreement for the transfer of Martin Odegaard. The Gunners opened talks with the LaLiga giants earlier in the summer over a permanent deal, following Odegaard’s six-month loan at the Emirates. Hands are about to be shaken on a deal worth in the region of £30million (€35m). Odegaard was absent from Real Madrid’s training session on Wednesday, while the final point of the deal was being discussed. The Norwegian playmaker could feature in Arsenal’s game against London rivals, Chelsea on Sunday. Arteta’s move to bring Odegaard back, signals an end in their interest in Leicester City midfielder, James Maddison. The Gunners have failed to bring down the £60m asking price the Foxes put on Maddison. ...
Kroos drops Mbappe to Real Madrid transfer hint & discusses Messi exit weakening Barcelona
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Kroos drops Mbappe to Real Madrid transfer hint & discusses Messi exit weakening Barcelona

The Germany midfielder believes Paris Saint-Germain's signing of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner could end up working in the Blancos' favour Toni Kroos has dropped a Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid transfer hint while discussing Lionel Messi's Barcelona exit potentially weakening his club's main rivals. Messi's 21-year career at Camp Nou officially came to an end at the start of the month when Barca announced that they were unable to re-sign the 34-year-old due to their ongoing struggle to get below La Liga's current wage limit. PSG subsequently swooped in to sign Messi on a free transfer, but it has been suggested that they could lose another star name in the form of Mbappe, who has yet to reach an agreement with the club over a contract extension.
‘My story at Real Madrid has been written’ – Ronaldo
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‘My story at Real Madrid has been written’ – Ronaldo

The former Blancos star has been linked with a move away from Juventus this summer Cristiano Ronaldo has denied talk he could be set for a sensational return to Real Madrid, hitting out at "disrespectful" media reports linking him with a move away from Juventus. Ronaldo is entering the final year of his Juve contract and has been recently linked with Madrid and Manchester City, among other clubs. The transfer talk also prompted Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti to deny reports he could bring the Portugal star back to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Aubameyang in shock move to Barcelona
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Aubameyang in shock move to Barcelona

Barcelona are keen on signing Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Sky Sports. The LaLiga club want to offer Philippe Coutinho in part exchange as part of a possible transfer. Earlier on Monday, Barcelona president Joan Laporta disclosed they are £1.15bn in debt. Aubameyang, 32, put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the Gunners last year until 2024. He missed Arsenal’s opening-day Premier League defeat at Brentford on Friday through illness. Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal for £56m in January 2018, netted 14 goals for last season as Mikel Arteta’s side missed out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years.
Nordin Amrabat: AEK Athens sign ex-Al Nassr winger on two-year deal
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Nordin Amrabat: AEK Athens sign ex-Al Nassr winger on two-year deal

The pacey winger is set to continue his career in Greece after he left Saudi Arabia at the expiry of his contract last month AEK Athens have confirmed the signing of former Al Nassr and Galatasaray winger Nordin Amrabat on a two-year contract. Amrabat joined the Yellow-Blacks on a free transfer after his three-year stay in Saudi Arabia came to an end last month. The 34-year-old has immediately started training with Vladan Milojevic’s team as he gets ready for his potential debut in their Super League opening fixture against Ionikos on Saturday.
Fouad Bachirou: Omonia Nicosia sign Nottingham Forest midfielder
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Fouad Bachirou: Omonia Nicosia sign Nottingham Forest midfielder

The reigning Cypriot Championship kings have confirmed the signing of the Comoros international from the Reds Nottingham Forest have announced the departure of Fouad Bachirou to Omonia Nicosia on a free transfer. The midfielder joined the Cypriot top flight side on a two-year deal that will keep him at GSP Stadium until 2023. “Nottingham Forest can confirm that midfielder Fouad Bachirou has joined Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia on a free transfer,” a statement on the English Championship side's website read.
Liverpool agree terms for Davies to join Sheffield United on loan
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Liverpool agree terms for Davies to join Sheffield United on loan

The versatile 26-year-old defender is set to depart Anfield for the Championship outfit for a year Liverpool have agreed a loan deal with Sheffield United for Ben Davies, with the transfer set to be made official within the next 24 hours, Goal can confirm. Davies arrived at Anfield in January as emergency defensive cover during an injury crisis, but with Virgil van Dijk now firmly back in the fold, the versatile former Preston star has found himself pushed down the pecking order. There has been sustained interest from Sheffield United and they will complete the capture of the 26-year-old imminently.
Varane’s Man Utd transfer will benefit everyone at Old Trafford, says Maguire
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Varane’s Man Utd transfer will benefit everyone at Old Trafford, says Maguire

The Man Utd captain believes the competition for places following the Frenchman's arrival will force players to improve. Harry Maguire said Raphael Varane’s arrival at Manchester United has lifted the squad as he warns every player needs to be ready to fight for their place. The France international’s transfer from Real Madrid was completed on Saturday and he was officially unveiled on the pitch ahead of United’s first game of the season against Leeds. It is expected the 28-year-old will partner Maguire in the heart of United’s defence and the club captain believes Varane's arrival will encourage all at the club to raise their game.
Barcelona to replace Messi with Lacazette, Aubameyang
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Barcelona to replace Messi with Lacazette, Aubameyang

Barcelona are considering moves for Arsenal strikers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, according to Sport. However, the LaLiga club will only pursue the transfer, if they are able to offload Martin Braithwaite for a significant fee. Barca manager, Ronald Koeman, had already admitted that he would like to bring in a new striker. Due to their financial problems, the Catalans will not be able to afford a fee for either Aubameyang or Lacazette, so any deal would have to involve a player exchange. Following Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona are determined to bolster their attacking options. They can already call upon Antoine Griezmann, while wingers Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele are also capable of making a major impact. ...
Pogba will sign a new contract now that Man Utd have a trophy-winning team, predicts Scholes
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Pogba will sign a new contract now that Man Utd have a trophy-winning team, predicts Scholes

The former Red Devils midfielder has addressed the speculation surrounding the Frenchman's future after his impressive performance against Leeds Paul Scholes has expressed his belief that Paul Pogba will sign a new contract now that Manchester United have a team capable of winning trophies. Pogba only has 11 months left to run on his current deal, and it has been suggested that the Red Devils could cash in on the World Cup winner before the transfer window closes. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have both been strongly linked with Pogba, while a potential return to Juventus has also been mooted, but Scholes is confident that he will opt to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
‘I am very happy with Mbappe!’ – Pochettino brushes off whistles as forward scores in PSG win
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‘I am very happy with Mbappe!’ – Pochettino brushes off whistles as forward scores in PSG win

The manager claimed he did not hear the jeers directed at his star during the match against Strasbourg on Saturday Mauricio Pochettino proclaimed he is "very happy" with Kylian Mbappe following a 4-2 win over Strasbourg on Saturday in which Paris Saint-Germain fans whistled at the forward amid transfer speculation. Mbappe, who has been steadily linked with Real Madrid, delivered a goal as newcomer Lionel Messi watched from the stands. His boss offered praise for his focus on the task at hand and said he didn't hear any of the jeers at Parc des Princes.

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