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Newcastle have £13.75m bid accepted for Norwich star; Arsenal man to follow

The 12-times capped Northern Ireland international was the subject of a failed £8m offer from Liverpool earlier this summer.  Jurgen Klopp had identified Lewis as the man he wanted to provide competition to Andy Robertson.

However, Norwich were said to be holding out for nearer £20m and rejected Liverpool’s approach. The Reds have since brought in Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

Liverpool’s failure to agree a deal, however, has opened the door for Newcastle. They are in the markey for a new left-back after Danny Rose returned to Tottenham.

The Athletic is now reporting that Norwich have accepted a bid from Newcastle of £13.75million. That deal will rise ‘significantly’ depending on performance-related add-ons.

The report also claims Norwich will insert a sell-on clause into the contract.

It will be Newcastle’s first signing this summer, following the collapse of their Saudi Arabian-backed takeover.

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Done Deal: Arsenal complete signing of Dani Ceballos.

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium and after an inconsistent start to life in north London, the midfielder became an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s side during the second half of the campaign.

Ceballos formed an impressive partnership alongside Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park and played a key role in helping Arsenal win their 14th FA Cup with excellent performances against Sheffield United, Man City and Chelsea.

The Spanish international returned to Madrid this summer but with a regular start spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side looking unlikely, Ceballos decided another loan move away from the Bernabeu was the best decision.

He had other offers to remain in La Liga but Arteta convinced Ceballos to return to Arsenal and the midfielder reportedly flew-in to North London on Thursday to undergo his medical and put the finishing touches on his move.

The formalities were swiftly completed and Arsenal confirmed on their official website on Friday night that Ceballos has now completed his move to the Emirates and has rejoined the club on another season-long loan from Madrid

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Kylian Mbappe rated the most valuable player in the world as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fail to make top 20

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Paris Saint-Germain and France striker, Kylian Mbappe has been rated as the most valuable player in the world.

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According to CIES Football Observatory, the 21-year-old has the highest estimated transfer value of players across Europe’s big five leagues, and is worth an eye-watering £231million in today’s market despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

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He is followed closely by four English stars – Raheem Sterling £173m, Jadon Sancho – £159m, Trent Alexander-Arnold £152m, and Marcus Rashford – £136m. 

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Lionel Messi and his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo failed to make the top 20.  The Barcelona superstar valued at £89m, took 22nd place, while the Juventus playmaker was rated at £55m to take the 70th spot.

Kylian Mbappe rated the most valuable player in the world as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fail to make top 20
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SPORT: Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi To Become World’s First Billionaire Footballer

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Cristiano Ronaldo has touched a significant milestone off the field as he becomes the first billion-dollar footballer, beating arch-rival Lionel Messi who remains second in the list of richest footballers.

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However, Cristiano Ronaldo earned $105 million in the past year, landing him at No. 4 on the 2020 Forbes #Celeb100 list, one spot above Lionel Messi—and making him the first soccer player in history to earn $1 billion.

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In his mid-thirties but Cristiano Ronaldo continues to set record both on and off the field. The Juventus and Portugal footballer has now beaten his arch-rival, Lionel Messi, in becoming the first billionaire footballer in the world.

Ronaldo finished at the No. 4 spot in 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100, with Barcelona captain Messi No. 5. Overall, Ronaldo is only the third athlete to touch the billion-dollar mark, with Tiger Woods being the first (having done so in 2009) and Floyd Mayweather the second (in 2017). The Portuguese footballer, in fact, is the first athlete to do so when it comes to a team sport.

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French champions, PSG confirm £52m signing of Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan following successful loan spell

French champions, PSG confirm ?52m signing of ?Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan following successful loan spell

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French champions, Paris St-Germain have confirmed the signing of striker Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan following his successful loan spell.

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The Argentina international, 27, signed a four-year deal with PSG which runs until June 30, 2024, after the French club agreed to pay a fee of €50m (£45m) with €7m (£6.2m) in add-ons for Icardi, who first joined them on loan from Inter on September 2.

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Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 matches in all competitions before the French season was officially ended on 30 April because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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A statement issued by the Inter Milan club on Sunday, read: ‘The statement read: ‘FC Internazionale Milano announces the transfer of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain FC: the striker, born in 1993, has permanently moved to the French club.

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‘The Club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career.’

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PSG also released a statement, saying: ‘Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce the signing of Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal, following the striker’s loan from Inter Milan during the 2019-2020 season.’

‘The 27-year-old Argentina international (8 caps), who also holds an Italian passport, has signed a four-year deal with the capital club until 30 June 2024.’

‘The Rosario-born player is the 16th Argentinian player in the history of Paris Saint-Germain, and has made 31 appearances for the Rouge et Bleu in the 2019-2020 season, picking up a Ligue 1 winner’s medal, scoring 20 goals and providing 4 assists.’

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NFF finally confirms Gernot Rohr’s contract extension as Super Eagles coach

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The Nigeria Football Federation has finally confirmed they have extended the contract of Gernot Rohr as the coach of Super Eagles, putting Harry Redknapp’s rumors to sleep. 

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The NFF president, Amaju Pinnick announced on Wednesday via Twitter that both parties have finalised contractual negotiations resulting in the German tactician remaining with the Super Eagles.

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I’m happy to announce that the Nigeria Football Federation and Coach Gernot Rohr have concluded all contractual discussions and he will stay on as Coach of the Super Eagles. We have always had confidence in his abilities and we are confident that the national team can only go higher from here.

We can now focus on qualifying for the World Cup and winning the Nations Cup. In truth, these are sacrosanct and Coach Rohr is aware of these conditions. Like the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development has rightly noted; we are uncompromising in these goals.

The board of the Federation & I are totally in agreement with the minister on the goals for the team and it is unwavering. In the same vein, I would like to thank our sponsors, especially AITEO group. 

AITEO’s support for our football is unquantifiable, even in these difficult times and I cannot stress enough, how much of a rock they have been. Thank you, AITEO.

With the distraction of the contract talks out of the way now, we can now face our football on the pitch, totally. Again, I never lost confidence in Gernot Rohr’s ability to take our football forward and I’m convinced our football will only get better from here on.

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NFF finally confirms Gernot Rohr

This comes days after the German tactician confirmed that he had been offered a new contract to remain the head coach of the Super Eagles for the next two years and a half. 

Rohr’s contract was set to expire in June and there had been reports suggesting that England’s Harry Redknapp was lined up to replace him.

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Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu dies at the age of 23

Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu dies at the age of 23?
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Morecambe defender, Christian Mbulu has died at the age of 23, the League Two club have confirmed. 

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A Morecambe statement read: “Everyone at Morecambe FC is deeply saddened to learn of Christian’s death and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this very sad time.

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“He was only 23 and the news of his sudden and untimely passing has been a shock to us all. Christian came to the club in January and proved to be an extremely popular member of the squad.

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“His loss will be painfully felt by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The club would ask everyone to respect Christian’s family’s privacy at this sad time.”

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The cause of his death wasn’t disclosed. 

Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu dies at the age of 23?

The English professional footballer, who started his career with non-league Brentwood, also had spells at Millwall and Motherwell before joining Morecambe following his release from Crewe in January.

Motherwell chairman Jim McMahon also expressed his shock at the sudden death of Mbulu.

He said: “We are shocked to hear of the news of Christian’s death.

“He was such a friendly, pleasant and dedicated young man who we loved having around Fir Park.

“Our thoughts are with his family during this incredibly difficult time. We hope their privacy is respected by everyone as they try to come to terms with their loss.”

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Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic, 38, commits suicide after saying “I can’t take this anymore”

Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic, 38, commits suicide after saying ?I can?t take this anymore?
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Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic has died at the age of 38 after reportedly shooting himself in the head after struggling with depression and anxiety. 

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Local media report that the retired Partizan Belgrade, Anderlecht, and Gent striker took his own life in his rented Belgrade apartment over the weekend after saying “I can’t take this anymore”.

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His heartbroken partner and singer, Ivana Stanic, told the media: ‘We had an ideal relationship, everything was great.

Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic, 38, commits suicide after saying ?I can?t take this anymore?

‘But he had problems, he liked to drink and I think that, in addition to the problems he had with depression, is the main reason why he did it.

‘After the end of his career, he struggled to cope because football meant everything to him. 

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‘He started working as an agent, but it is a job where sometimes you have work and earnings, sometimes you don’t. He was depressed and anxious.

‘The day before the suicide he drank a little too much and I felt like something bad could happen. I calmed him down, dragged him to bed and we talked all night.

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‘When we woke up, he started drinking. I froze when I saw a gun next to him. I cried and asked him to put it away and I called his mother to talk to him.

‘I asked him to come with me and went to the bathroom to get dressed. Every now and then I looked at what he was doing and then suddenly I heard a shot. I ran away from the apartment and called the paramedics.’

Mrdakovic played for twenty clubs across 10 countries including Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Isreal. He also played nine matches with Serbia U21s and three times for Serbia at the 2008 Olympics.

Former club Maccabi Tel Aviv posted a statement, reading: “Maccabi Tel Aviv is saddened to learn of the passing of the club’s former Serbian striker, Miljan Mrdakovic, who died in tragic circumstances on Friday in his native Belgrade, aged 38.

“Mrdakovic played for Maccabi in the 2006-07 season under then-coach Eli Cohen, and as a 24-year-old he made an immediate impression when in the opening round of the season he scored a spectacular goal against Beitar Jerusalem as he beat three defenders in a solo run that began in his own half before unleashing a powerful shot from the edge of the area.

“That season was his only campaign with Maccabi Tel Aviv in which he scored eight goals and set up four others in 29 appearances. After leaving Maccabi he moved to Portugal.”

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Premier League footballer accused of ‘gang rape’ at lockdown party by woman who claims her drink was spiked

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A Premier League footballer has been accused of ‘gang rape’ by a woman who claims her drink was spiked during a lockdown party.

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This comes just days after Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19, was accused of rape in an unrelated alleged incident. 

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According to Daily Star, the alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed her drinks were spiked with drugs. She also alleged that she was assaulted by  the unknown footballer and a number of his friends in a rented flat.

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The woman reportedly complained to police the day after the alleged gang rape and the detectives interviewed her, while forensic medical staff, as well as doctors, have examined her.

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A friend of the woman said she had no recollection of the night’s events and was “acting strangely” and “out of character” 

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The friend said: “She could barely stand the night before, there is no way she was in any state to consent to sex.”

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The alleged victim said when she woke up in the flat the next morning she was naked, with scratches on her legs. She also said the player was also naked in bed next to her.

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According to the woman, when she asked him what had happened the player told her they had sex, and then left the room.

She also alleged that she received an anonymous call from someone the following day, who told her the player and his friends had spiked her drink before she then went to a police station and made the rape ­allegation.

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‘I don’t care whether it is Rohr or not we need a competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare

?I don?t care whether it is Rohr or not we need a competent coach? ? Sport Minister Sunday Dare

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has waded into the debate surrounding the Nigerian Football Federation’s negotiations with Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr for an extension of his contract.

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Rohr’s four year contract with the national team expires in June and he has been in negotiations with NFF on a new deal. Rohr has accepted new conditions such as living in Nigeria and being paid in Naira- placed in his contract, but has added his own moderations to the contract with the NFF yet to make a decision on his new deal.

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The delay to Rohr’s contract renewal has increased speculation that the federation might not want the German tactician to continue as manager of the Super Eagles.

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Sunday Dare has now come out to say what the national team needs a competent coah whether it is Rohr or not. He added that his desire is to see that the Super Eagles is in the best hands, given the quality of players in the national team.

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“All I want is a coach that is competent, I don’t care whether it is Rohr or not. The name doesn’t matter, but does he have the credentials?” Dare said in a video made available to media.  

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“Look at our footballers, they play in some of the best clubs in the world and are coached by some of the best coaches.

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“So if you want to coach a Nigerian team, you better be sound because the invited players that are going to represent the country train under the best coaches, therefore, we don’t want a player that is sounder than the coach.”

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Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and led the side to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He guided the  three-time African champions to clinch their eighth bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.