African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Al Nassr plot £40 million move for Ahmed Musa


Al Nassr plot £40 million move for Ahmed Musa


Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr are ready to splash a whopping £40 million to sign Nigeria’s World Cup star Ahmed Musa from Leicester City, Leicester Mercury claims.

Following his impressive performances at the World Cup, the 25-year-old has attracted interests from several European teams this summer including Galatasaray, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town.

Musa joined Leicester City from CSKA Moscow for £16 million in January 2016 but has been restricted to regular first-team action in Claude Puel’s team.


Goztepe make loan move for Omeruo


Chelsea have agreed to sell Cote d’Ivoire midfielder Jeremie Boga to Serie A club Sassuolo for £3.5 million, Goal understands.

The 21-year-old is now set to agree personal terms with the Italian side after spending last season on loan with Birmingham City in the Championship.

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Goztepe make loan move for Omeruo


Turkish Super Lig club Goztepe have made an inquiry to take Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo on a season-long loan, according to Sporx .

The Nigeria international is yet to play a competitive game for the Blues since his transfer from Standard Liege in 2012 and he has spent the l ast three seasons on loan in the Turkish top-flight with Alanyaspor and Kasimpasa. 


Amrabat joins Saudi club Al Nassr


Morocco star Nordin Amrabat has penned a three-year deal with Saudi club Al Nassr from Watford.

Following his decent performances at the just concluded World Cup in Russia, the winger has earned himself a deal worth $10 million [£7.5 million] and will continue his career in the Middle East with the Saudi Professional League outfit.

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Fenerbahce reach agreement with Bolasie


Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has agreed terms with Fenerbahce as he closes in on a loan move to the Turkish Super Lig, Fanatik claims.

The DR Congo international is expected to join the Istanbul outfit in a matter of days following Marco Silva’s approval for the winger’s temporary departure.


Bissouma close to Brighton switch


Brighton and Hove Albion are close to completing an £18 million swoop for Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma, according to  Record .

The Seagulls are set to beat Porto to the signature of the versatile 21-year-old who had a fine campaign in the French Ligue 1 last season.

The Mali international could be the second African player to join Chris Hughton’s side this summer after Nigeria’s Leon Balogun.


Trabzonspor keen on Didier Ndong


Trabzonspor have intensified their chase for Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong by submitting an undisclosed offer for the midfielder, according to Taka .

Ndong has attracted interests from Cardiff City and Serie A clubs including Fiorentina and Atalanta after seeing a £6.6million move to Italian side Torino fizzle out this summer.

The Gabon international is one of the top earners at the Stadium of Light that the club want to get off their books as they prepare for life in the third tier of the English league.


Napoli demand £80 million-plus for Koulibaly


Napoli have placed an £80 million price tag on Kalidou Koulibaly to fend off interest from Chelsea, Mirror reports.

The centre-back has been a long term target for the Blues but the Partenopei are reluctant to see one of their key players follow former manager Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho to the Stamford Bridge.


Olympiacos terminate Emenike’s contract


Greek giants Olympiacos have released Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike after struggling regain top form, according to Gunes .

The 31-year-old is now a free agent this summer despite having a year remaining in his contract with the Legends.

Emenike joined Olympiacos from Fenerbahce in July 2017 and was sent out to Las Palmas on loan where he didn’t play a single game in the second part of last season.


Gael Kakuta returns to Rayo Vallecano


Rayo Vallecano have reunited with Gael Kakuta after the DR Congo international signed a four-year deal.

The former Chelsea forward joins the La Liga club from Hebei China Fortune after spending last season on loan at Amiens.

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Leicester City to offer Ndidi improved contract


Leicester City are set to have talks with Wilfred Ndidi over an improved deal as a reward for his impressive displays in the past campaign, DailyMail claims.

The Nigeria international who was the best tackler in the English Premier League last season , currently earns £35,000 per week at the King Power Stadium.


Napoli in advanced talks with Sabaly


Napoli held a positive meeting with Youssouf Sabaly’s agents over a possible move, according to Sky Italia .

The Serie A side want to agree terms with the Senegal international before coming to the table with Bordeaux who have requested around €12 million for the right-back.


Wilfried Bony wants Championship fight with Swansea


Wilfried Bony is keen on staying with Swansea City next season and help them return to the English Premier League despite reported interests from Besiktas, according to BBC .

The Ivorian managed just two goals in 15 appearances before a torn ACL ruled him out for the rest of last season.

Bony is eager to repay the club’s faith but the Swans need to drop their top earners in order to balance their books and adapt to the Championship.


Sako turns down new Crystal Palace offer


Mali international Bakary Sako has rejected a new contract offered by Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

The 30-year-old is out of contract this summer and might bring an end to his three-year stay at the Selhurst Park.

Sako’s former club Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in signing him on a free transfer as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury he picked up in January.

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Bournemouth, Hull City after Kasimpasa’s Diagne


English clubs including Bournemouth, Hull City and Reading are locked in talks for Kasimpasa attacker Mbaye Diagne, Turkish Football claims.

The Senegal international could be set to leave the Turkish Super Lig club less than seven months after joining them from Tianjin Teda in January.

Diagne scored 12 goals in 17 league games in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign – a run that attracted interests from England.


Ayew, Bolasie close to joining Fenerbahce


Swansea City forward and Ghana international Andre Ayew is close to joining Fenerbahce on a season-long loan, according to Ghanasoccernet .

Ayew who returned to the Liberty Stadium from West Ham in January, is keen on top-flight football after the Swans were demoted to the Championship last season.

Meanwhile Fanatik reports that the Turkish Super Lig side representatives are in England to convince Everton winger Yannick Bolasie over a loan move this summer.

The DR Congo international has struggled for form at the Goodison Park due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for over a year.


Stoke want Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo in Shaqiri deal


Stoke City want Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo as part of the deal to take Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield, according to The Sun .

The Potters are in talks with last season’s Champions League finalist to take the Anglo-Nigerian on loan as Shaqiri edges closer to a £13.5million move to the Merseyside club.

Ojo was on loan at Fulham last season and played a key part in ensuring the Cottagers return to the English top-flight next season.


Brighton in talks for Yves Bissouma swoop


Brighton and Hove Albion are in talks with French Ligue 1 club Lille over a summer swoop for midfielder Yves Bissouma,  according to DailyMail .

The Mali international is priced at £17.7 million and still has three years left in his contract with the Stade Pierre-Mauroy outfit.

Bissouma who moved to the French top-flight from Real Bamako in 2016, has attracted interests from Everton, Schalke 04, Tottenham Hotspur and Monaco.


Badou Ndiaye set for Galatasaray return


Senegal international Badou Ndiaye is for a return to Galatasaray this summer – after spending less than seven months in the English Premier League, Milliyet claims.

Following Stoke City relegation to the Championship, the 27-year-old is pushing for a move to the Turkish Super Lig and he is ready for a €750,000 pay cut from his current earning of €2.75 million per-year at the bet365 Stadium.


Chelsea agree to end Koulibaly hunt


Chelsea will no longer chase Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly after reaching an agreement with Napoli to sign just Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho, according to Napoli CalcioLive .

Jorginho is expected to join Sarri at the Stamford Bridge when he succeeds Antonio Conte but the Italian club will still have Jose Callejon, Elseid Hysaj and the centre-back in Naples.

Koulibaly has been strongly linked with the Blues this summer following his fine defensive displays last season.


Nabil Maaloul leaves Tunisia for Qatari club


Nabil Maaloul has joined Qatar Stars League champions Al Duhail after leaving his position as Tunisia coach.

The 55-year-old guided the north African country to the World Cup in Russia as his side managed a win and two defeats before their group stage exit.

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Lyon turn to Ziyech as Fekir’s replacement


With Nabil Fekir set for new Liverpool talks after the 2018 Fifa World Cup, Lyon have opened negotiations with Ajax for Hakim Ziyech’s permanent switch, Mirror reports.

The Ligue 1 club are ready to beat Roma and Liverpool to the signing of the 25-year-old who is yet to confirm a new home after disclosing his intention of leaving Holland.

Last month, Ajax boss Erik ten Hag revealed that the Morocco international has a deal in place elsewhere .


Wahbi Khazri close to joining Saint-Etienne


Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri is finalising his permanent move from Sunderland to French top-flight club Saint-Etienne, Fox Sports claims.

The 27-year-old is set to ink a four-year deal with Les Verts that will see him earn an annual salary of €4 million [ £3.5 million].

Khazri was on loan at Rennes last campaign where he returned nine goals in 24 matches across all competitions.


Genoa approach Christian Kouame


Genoa have offered Serie B side Cittadella €4 million [£3.5 million] for the signing of Ivorian forward Christian Kouame, according to Football365 .

The 20-year-old could be heading to the Italian top-flight this summer after an impressive form of 12 goals and 11 assists in 43 league appearances last term.

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Villarreal sign highly rated Velez midfielder Caseres

Villarreal have secured the signing of highly rated Argentine midfielder Santiago Caseres from Velez Sarsfield on a five-year deal.

The Yellow Submarine have been on the hunt for a defensive midfielder following the departure of Rodri to Atletico Madrid and Caseres, 21, is the man selected to fill the void.

After playing in 11 games in 2016-17 in Argentina’s top division for Velez, Caseres broke out in 2017-18, featuring in 23 contests, all starts, for the side that finished 14th in the table.

Though that was Caseres’ first full year with the Velez first team, in that time he has reportedly drawn admiring glances from numerous European clubs, with Atletico said to have been one of them.

This season he has become a crucial part of Gabriel Heinze’s side and is said to have collected Velez somewhere in the region of €10 million (£9m/$12m).

Villarreal have finished in fifth place each of the last two La Liga campaigns and have had a busy summer to date.

The club have added Miguel Layun from Porto and Ramiro Funes Mori from Everton to shore up the defence.

They have also brought in forwards Gerard Moreno and Karl Toko Ekambi to aid in attack.

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Record income revenue for Barcelona as club tops €900 million

Barcelona announced a record income for the club with the board of directors closing the accounts corresponding to the 2017-18 season at €914 million (£809m/$1.07b).

On the field, the club saw plenty of success in La Liga, reclaiming the title in 2017-18 after a disappointing year prior had seen them cede the crown to rivals Real Madrid.

The campaign nearly saw Barca run through the La Liga season undefeated, though a loss to Levante in the penultimate game of the season denied them that honor.

However, they still set records on the field, having maintained the longest undefeated start to a season in La Liga history.

And now, the club are setting records off the field as well.

Barcelona’s income figures resulted in an operating profit of €32m and a net profit of €13m.

The figures are in line with the Catalan side’s strategic plan of reaching €1 billion of income in 2021.

Last year, Barca managed an income of €708m, which had been the previous record.

The club will present additional detail of the year-end figures, as well as the new budget, before the next general meeting.

The board of directors also expressed their congratulations to Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele for their achievements with 2018 World Cup winners France.

Barcelona will start International Champions Cup play on July 28 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

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Alexis shows off Ronaldo-like hairstyle for new season

Alexis Sanchez is gearing up for the new season with Manchester United with a fresh new look.

The Chilean winger helped United to a second place finish in the Premier League last term after joining from Arsenal in January.

The Red Devils are looking to make a stronger challenge for the title in 2018-19 after finishing 19 points behind Manchester City, and will be hoping Sanchez is at his best from the beginning.

And although the 29-year-old will be late in joining his team-mates on their tour of the United States because of an administrative issue, he is getting his hairstyle ready before he makes the trip.

Sanchez took to Instagram to show off his new streamlined look, which appears similar to the style a previous United No.7, Cristiano Ronaldo.

“New style, new season,” he posted alongside a video and pictures showing it off.

Sanchez scored two goals and set up three in 12 Premier League appearances for United last season but faced criticism for his performances.

His transition to life at Old Trafford was not all smooth, however, as he opened up about the difficulty of adapting to his new surroundings.

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And after a disappointing campaign with Arsenal prior to the January move, and missing out on the 2018 World Cup after Chile failed to qualify, Sanchez will be looking to rebound with a strong season at Old Trafford.

Sanchez’s team-mates will be in action this week as Manchester United kick off their U.S. tour with a friendly against Liga MX side Club America in Glendale, Ariz. on July 19, followed by a matchup with the San Jose Earthquake of Major League Soccer.

The Red Devils kick off their International Champions Cup slate against AC Milan on July 25.

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Tim Cahill confirms retirement from international football

Australia’s all-time leading goal scorer Tim Cahill has retired from international football after appearing in a fourth straight World Cup for the Socceroos.

Cahill came off the bench against Peru in Russia with that brief cameo in a 2-0 loss set to be his final minutes in the green and gold.

The 38-year-old confirmed his retirement from the national team on Tuesday as he ponders his club future after seeing his contract expire with Millwall.

With 107 Socceroos caps to his name, Cahill has bagged an even 50 goals for Australia – including the nation’s first ever World Cup goal in 2006 against Japan.

Just two appearances shy of matching the all-time record for Socceroos caps, there was some specualtion Cahill might play on until 2019 with Australia looking to defend their Asian Cup crown.

He has however decided to hang up the green and gold jersey with the announcement leaving his club future very much up in the air.

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