African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Manchester United’s Eric Bailly not for sale

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to African stars in the summer transfer market


Eric Bailly not for sale


Eric Bailly will not be leaving Manchester United this summer despite Jose Mourinho’s plans to reinforce his defence, according to Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils have assured the Cote d’Ivoire international that his future is secured at the club as they look to sign Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld before the transfer market closes.

Bailly has played in every of Manchester United’s pre-season games and he is most likely to get the nod for their Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 10.


Zaha cools Crystal Palace exit rumours


After deleting a cryptic, Instagram post on Friday, Wilfried Zaha has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Crystal Palace.

The Sun reports that the 25-year-old posted on his Instagram story to confirm that his deleted message that reads – ‘Today is the day I make a change with everything’ – has nothing to do with football.


Aboubakar emerges as Sevilla top target


Sevilla have made Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar their transfer priority as they look to strengthen their attacking force, Estadio Deportivo reports.

Aboubakar who is still under contract with Porto until 2021, attracted interest from Pablo Machin following an impressive 2017-18 campaign where he scored 24 goals across all competitions.

The La Liga outfit are also targeting Fluminense youngster Pedro Guilherme Abreu to challenge Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel.


Ayew completes Fenerbahce move


Fenerbahce have announced the signing of Andre Ayew on a season-long loan deal from Swansea City. 

The Turkish giants confirmed the capture of the Ghana international during a public presentation on Friday.

Read the full story here


Iwobi close to new Arsenal deal


Alex Iwobi is close to signing a new deal with Arsenal, head coach Unai Emery has confirmed.

Ahead of the Gunners’ International Champions Cup game against PSG, Emery revealed that the Nigeria international whose contract runs until 2020 will soon ink fresh terms to commit his future to Arsenal.

Read the manager’s full comments on Goal!


West Ham hold talks over Marega move


West Ham United are targeting a deal for £22 million-rated Porto forward Moussa Marega, according to Daily Mail .

The Hammers have opened discussions for the Mali international who scored 23 goals last season in Porto’s successful league campaign.

With Porto reportedly interested in Cheikhou Kouyate, the East London outfit could include the Senegal captain in the deal in order to make the move possible.


Ikeme retires from football


Nigeria and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has called time on his career as a footballer having been kept out of action for 12 months.

The 32-year-old confirmed his retirement from professional football through a statement from his club on Friday.

Check out the full story on Goal right here !


Umar joins Rizespor on loan


Aminu Umar has been given a chance to continue in the Turkish top-flight next season after reaching a season-long loan deal with newly promoted Caykur Rizespor.

The Nigerian striker scored five goals in 31 league appearances for Osmanlıspor last term but was not enough to save them from relegation.

Check out the full story on Goal right here !


Sabaly expected at Napoli


Bordeaux defender Youssouf Sabaly is expected at Napoli for medical examination on Friday, Mercato365 reports.

The Partenopei are not ready to risk the signing of the Senegal international who has problem with his medial collateral ligament.

If the result turns out positive, club President Aurelio De Laurentiis will then make the decision of either signing the 25-year-old or PSV defender Santiago Arias after ruling out the arrival of both players at the Stadio San Paolo according to Calciomercato .


Leicester in talks for Jordan Ayew


Leicester City have opened talks with Swansea City over the transfer of Jordan Ayew, The Times reports.

Claude Puel is keen on strengthening his squad with the versatile forward who scored seven goals in Swansea City’s underwhelming Premier League campaign last term.

Ayew has attracted lots of interests this summer, notable was Fulham’s £8 million offer that was rejected by Graham Potter’s side.


Nottingham Forest want Sheyi Ojo


Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for £10m-rated Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, according to the Sun .

Ojo is currently on tour with Liverpool in USA but the Reds are ready to cash in on the winger as he is nowhere near the first-team set-up.

The 21-year-old scored four times in 24 appearances during his last loan spell in the Championship and helped Fulham win promotion to English top-flight last season.


Essien completes Uefa B coaching license


Chelsea legend Michael Essien is close to becoming a football manager after completing Uefa B coaching license, according to Ghana Soccernet .

The 35-year-old is now eligible to coach in Ghana Premier League but needs a Pro License to qualify for a coaching job in the English Premier League.

 


Crystal Palace & Porto in talks for Kouyate


According to  SkySports News , Crystal Palace are discussing a £10 million summer move for Cheikhou Kouyate as they look to bolster their midfield following the departure of Yohan Cabaye.

The 28-year-old who joined the Hammers from Anderlecht in 2014 is reportedly not in Manuel Pellegrini’s plans following the arrival of Jack Wilshere.

And the Hammers are ready to cash in on the Senegal international this summer even though he still has three years left on his contract.

The Sun claims that Porto are also holding talks to sign the midfielder.


Dortmund eye Belhanda


Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Morocco international Younes Belhanda from Galatasaray, Get Football News claims.

Dortmund coach Lucian Favre is plotting a reunion with his former Nice midfielder at the Signal Iduna Park.

Belhanda could become the second Moroccan to join the Bundesliga club this summer after Achraf Hakimi completed a two-year loan move from Real Madrid.


‘Zaha perfect for Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs’ 


Former Crystal Palace winger John Salako believes Wilfried Zaha will be a great addition for Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur. 

The Cote d’Ivoire international previously flopped at Manchester United back in 2013 before switching back to Selhurst Park where he has rebuilt his game and reputation.

See what Salako had to say on Goal!


Napoli reject €100m bid for Koulibaly


Napoli have turned down an offer worth €100 million by an unnamed English Premier League club for Kalidou Koulibaly, Calciomercato reports.

The Senegal international has attracted lots of interests from big European clubs with Chelsea being the closest but they were blocked following the capture of Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho.

The report claims that the unnamed club could have been Manchester United who possess such financial resources as they are currently in search for defensive reinforcement.


West Ham turn to Lemina


West Ham are considering a move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina as replacement for Pedro Obiang, according to SkySports News .

Obiang is closing in on a return to his former club Sampdoria after spending three years with the Hammers.

Lemina joined the the Saints from Juventus last summer for €17 million.


Juventus & Barcelona eye Sarr


Barcelona, Juventus and some clubs in the English Premier League have registered their interest in signing Senegal’s World Cup Ismaila Sarr, agent Thierno Seydi revealed.

The 20-year-old’s impressive showings at the world stage in Russia have drawn top European scouts to monitor and request for his availability this summer.

Check out his agent’s full comments on Goal!

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EXTRA TIME: Blood Moon night and Fish on Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Togo Port 2-1 in the Caf Champions League on Friday. 

This means they’re temporarily tied on five points with both Horoya and WAC Casablanca who still have to play one another this weekend. A draw there would suit the Brazilians best.

SuperSport United’s new star James Keene and football journalist Neal Collins were commenting on the Blood Moon at the same time, while Sundowns were winning 2-0.

That was a unique event with the planet Mars coming so close to Earth, and Keene shared this photo of the sizes of these heavenly bodies.

Then there’s Mark Fish who’s aiming to inspire Masandawana on their return to form in the competition.

 

 

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AC Milan showed an interest in Kjaer last summer, agent admits

AC Milan were interested in signing Denmark captain Simon Kjaer last summer, agent Mikkel Beck confirmed, but stated the San Siro side have not made a concrete offer for the centre-back this year.

The Rossoneri have been linked with the 29-year-old as a potential replacement for Leonardo Bonucci, who confirmed on Thursday that he would like to return to Juventus after a just a year in the red and black.

Consequently, Milan have been linked with several potential replacements, including Kjaer, who gave numerous strong performances leading his national team at World Cup 2018, where they were only eliminated by eventual runners-up Croatia after a penalty shootout.

While Beck has admitted that the Serie A giants have been interested in his player in the past, there is no suggestion that a deal will be brokered this summer for a player also linked with a potential switch to the Premier League, as well as Marseille and Lyon after a previous successful stint in Ligue 1 at Lille.

“I have seen the rumours, but I have not spoken directly with AC Milan in the last few days,” Beck told Goal. “What I can say is that AC Milan were showing interest in Simon last summer at one point, but in the end he chose to go to Sevilla.

“I am not surprised by the rumours. When a player performs on such a high level at a World Cup, as Simon did as Denmark captain, then obviously there will be media speculation – and other big clubs will probably focus on him as well.

“Simon is happy to play for Sevilla in a great league like La Liga, and the club have big ambitions. Simon likes that, and he has just returned after the World Cup and started his pre-season, preparing to be ready to go all in to make it a great season.”

Sevilla’s La Liga campaign begins with a trip to Rayo Vallecano on August 19 after a Spanish Supercopa date against Barcelona on August 12.

They are already involved in European action, having defeated Ujpest 4-0 in a Europa League second qualifying round first leg clash earlier this week. The return leg in Hungary will be played on August 2.

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Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Manchester City are back in action on Sunday, when they will face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup.

Pep Guardiola’s side are currently without a win in the competition, after losing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund and 2-1 to Liverpool.

Bayern, meanwhile, won their opening game, beating PSG 3-1, but were defeated by Juventus 2-0 in the second outing.

Both sides, then, will be looking for a momentum-building win, though it may be of more importance to City, who return to competitive action in the Community Shield next week.

Game Bayern Munich vs Manchester City
Date Sunday, July 29/Saturday July 28
Time 00:05am BST / 07:05pm ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United States (US) the game will be shown live on ESPN, and will be available to stream live online via ESPN+ and ESPNU.

US TV channel Online stream
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be aired on Premier Sports.

UK TV channel Online stream
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Squads & Team News


Position Bayern players
Goalkeepers Ulreich, Fruchtl, Hoffmann
Defenders Martinez, Rafinha, Bernat, Mai, Alaba, Meier, Richards, Stanisic
Midfielders Thiago, Shabani, Gnabry, Vidal, Sanches, Zaiser, Will, Jeong, Zylla
Forwards Wagner, Coman, Robben, Ribery, Wriedt, Johansson, Batista-Meier, Zirkzee

Bayern made a huge amount of changes to their starting XI against Juventus, as they were soundly beaten.

The likes of David Alaba and Arjen Robben could start against City, however, having been on the bench versus the Italian giants.

Potential Chelsea XI: Ulreich; Rafinha, Stanisic, Martinez, Alaba; Robben, Sanches, Will, Thiago, Ribery; Wagner

Position Man City players
Goalkeepers Bravo, Hart, Grimshaw, Muric
Defenders Laporte, Ogbeta, Wilson, Adarabioyo, Denayer, Garcia, Humphreys
Midfielders Mahrez, Foden, Zinchenko, Luiz, Harrison, Foden, Diaz, Pozo, Dele-Bashiru
Forwards Sane, Roberts, Nmecha, Touaizi, Garre, Bolton, Matondo

City have far from a full-strength squad, but will be able to call upon Riyad Mahrez’s talents after signing the Algerian from Leicester City this summer.

Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz are both highly regarded by Pep Guardiola, while Joe Hart could play in goal after featuring against Liverpool.

Potential Inter XI: Hart; Denayer, Laporte, Humphreys; Sane, Mahrez, Foden, Harrison, Roberts; Diaz, Nmecha


Betting & Match Odds


Bayern Munich are narrow favourites, at 19/20, while City can be found at 12/5, per dabblebet. The draw is 11/4.

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Match Preview


Arjen Robben Bayern Munich 2018

Both Bayern and City are without a number of key players, making for an intriguing, if somewhat star-deprived, encounter in the International Champions Cup.

Guardiola’s side, for example, is a shell of that which won the Premier League title, with many of their key players still on holiday after their World Cup exertions.

Riyad Mahrez has a chance to stake his claim for a regular place in the team, then, while Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz could well convince Guardiola to involve them even more in 2018-19.

Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane are the only other experienced outfield players, while Joe Hart could earn himself a transfer with a sterling display.

City need to be aware, however, that the Community Shield, and a clash with Chelsea, looms large, as does the beginning of the Premier League season.

Bayern and Niko Kovac have slightly more time, but will still want to bring all of their key players to full fitness before embarking on another Bundesliga campaign.

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Campbell unsure of Arsenal future as he returns to London

Joel Campbell says he is unsure of his Arsenal future as he returns to the club for pre-season training. 

The Costa Rica international did not take part in Arsenal’s pre-season trip to Singapore, and instead will report to London this weekend to join up with the club. 

There, the 26-year-old faces an uncertain future. Campbell admits that he doesn’t know what plans the club have for him. 

“This weekend, I’m traveling and they’ll decide what’s coming next,” Campbell told La Nacion.

“I know that I have a lot left to show in football, so wherever it may be I’ll do things as well as possible to enjoy this sport.”

Campbell has struggled to find a home since moving to the Gunners in 2011 from Saprissa in his home country. 

He has been loaned out six different times, last playing for Arsenal in the 2015-16 season. 

Last season was especially trying for Campbell, who only made nine total appearances for Real Betis due to ankle and knee injuries. 

“It was a tough season because of the injury,” Campbell said. “At the end I grew more as a person because I already had been through the good and the bad of football.

“Now with this you can be a better person in the face of the future.”

Campbell has one year remaining on his Arsenal contract and is ready to help his team in 2018-19, whichever club that may be. 

​”I’m good, happy about the season that’s coming. I hope it’ll be an important season for me and that God will free me from any injuries so I can give my best.”

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