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What Man Utd target Paulo Dybala has demanded in wages ahead of Romelu Lukaku swap deal

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Lukaku is keen on a switch to Juventus and, with both players valued at £75m, a swap deal could be concluded swiftly ahead of next Thursday’s transfer deadline. The only stumbling block that could halt a deal now it seems is from Dybala himself. Not only is he having to weigh up the wages on offer in the deal, he needs to decide if theme will be a good one for his career. The 25-year-old endured his worst season at Juventus last time around under the then boss Massimiliano Allegri. READ MORE:What Man Utd target Paulo Dybala really thinks about Old Trafford transfer Dybala wants £350,000 per week to join Man Utd from Juventus (Pic: GETTY) After bagging 26 goals in all competitions the season before, Dybala struggled to get a good run in the side and only managed 10 goals in the last campaign. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo did not really help his cause much, with Allegri opting to play more reliable attacking players at times. Dybala is regarded in Italy as a luxury player who can off…

Gunners expected to complete record €80m Pepe deal

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Lille president Gerard Lopez expects Arsenal to complete the club-record €80m signing of winger Nicolas Pepe today. Ivory Coast International Pepe scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last year and had been previously linked with the likes of Manchester United and Napoli. The 24-year-old, though, is now on the verge of completing a move to the Emirates Stadium. Any deal is expected to include Arsenal paying in instalments, while the overall fee will eclipse Arsenal's previous record - €60m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018. Speaking to French media outlet RMC Sport on Wednesday, Lille president Lopez said: "He is the one who made the decision, I think it should be (confirmed) in the next 24 hours. "It is €80m fixed. If we pushed this deal out a little bit longer, we could have had five or six offers of the same nature. "In talking with Nicolas and his agents, the discussion centred on a few clubs so we preferred to focus on the projects that interested the player…

15 Migrants Die Of Hunger, Thirst In Stranded Boat — UN

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Thousands of migrants mostly from the Horn of Africa arrive there every year in the hopes of moving on to wealthy Gulf Arab states and escaping poverty and unemployment at home. About 15 Ethiopians died after the boat trying to smuggle them into Yemen broke down and left them stranded in the sea without food or water for a week, the U.N. migration agency said. Survivors said some died from hunger and thirst and others drowned themselves, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. “A number reached Yemen but died before they could get medical help,’’ it added. Yemen is more than four years into a civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the impoverished nation to the brink of famine. But thousands of migrants mostly from the Horn of Africa arrive there every year in the hopes of moving on to wealthy Gulf Arab states and escaping poverty and unemployment at home. “The migrants were travelling from Djibouti to Yemen when the smugglers’ boat broke do…

We Have No Hand In Buhari’s Cambridge Documents, WAEC Official Tells Tribunal

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A West African Examination Council (WAEC) official, Henry Adewunmi, who said he has worked with examination board for 30 years told the Presidential election tribunal that the assessment result issued to President Muhammadu Buhari by Cambridge Assessment Center is not a document from WAEC. Adewunmi said this on Wednesday when President Muhammadu continued the defence against the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging his victory during the February 23 presidential election. President Buhari’s lawyer, Mr Wole Olanipekun, had earlier called four witnesses including Henry Adewunmi who is also a deputy registrar in charge of exam registration at WAEC. President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affair, Sarki Abba was also one of the witnesses called up by Mr Olanipekun. In his witnesses testimony, Mr Adewunmi who was subpoenaed from WAEC and led in evidence by President Buhari’s lawyer, Mr Wole Olanipekun, told the tribunal that 18 candidates sat for t…

SALAH IN THE LIST FOR FIFA AWARDS

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The long-awaited shortlists for four of The Best FIFA Football Awards – the top individual awards in world football - have been revealed. The 42 names for The Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Player and Coach awards are spread across five continents, with the global game truly represented across the nominees. The shortlists were selected by two panels of experts – one for men’s football and one for women’s football. Voting is now open for these four awards, and the decision will be split between four key pillars of the beautiful game: the players, the coaches, the fans and the media. The four groups of voters – namely: national team captains, national team coaches, selected media and the fan vote conducted on FIFA.com – are weighted evenly (25% each) when determining the final result. Two-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to reclaim his crown from last year’s The Best FIFA Men’s Player Luka Modric, while The Best FIFA Women’s Player trophy will have a totally new name on the hon…

Good News For Rohr: Ighalo chages mind on Retirement

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Odion Ighalo has hinted he could be back playing for the Super Eagles just weeks after announcing his retirement from international football. The Chinese Super League striker shocked Nigerians when he announced his retirement from the national team following the Super Eagles win over Tunisia in the third-place match at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. After defeating the Carthage Eagles, Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr revealed the former Watford man has retired from the National team. “He has been very strong for us,” Rohr told ESPN. “And it is sad, that he wants not to continue. “But the door always is open for him any time.” The former Granada striker then took to his social media pages to confirms Rohr’s comments, saying he is done with the Super Eagles. Odion Jude Ighalo ✔@ighalojude

Transfers Disappointment For Enyeama

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Vincent Enyeama’s long wait for club football will have to continue after Ligue 1 side Dijon decided not to offer him a deal despite undergoing trials with them. The former Super Eagles goalkeeper has been without a club since he was released by Lille last summer. He has not played competitive football for over two years and was reported to be having trials at Dijon with the hope of securing a deal. However, Les Rouges decided against offering the 36-year-old a deal, although Enyeama seems to take the decision in good faith, thanking the club for the opportunity. Despite the setback, the former Hapoel Tel Avi shot-stopper does not plan on retiring, saying he still hopes to find a new club soon. View this post on Instagram
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The European transfer season is at its summer peak with top clubs hot in pursuit of football stars in preparation for the new season. Several top Nigerian football players have been caught in the thick of the to and fro movement of the transfer market and more are still expected to follow. Ex-U17 star Chidera Ejuke has already completed a switch from Valerenga to Heerenveen while Semi Ajayi is now a Baggie after dumping relegated Rotherham to join West Brom. Not to forget that Club Brugge has coughed out 8 million euros to snap 21 year old David Okereke from Spezia. Soccernet’s Imhons Erons focuses attention on other Nigerian youngsters whose switch to relatively bigger clubs could be sealed in the coming days Renowned scouts from Barcelona, Watford, and Ajax have, at different times, gone to watch the Nigerian lad in action. But it appears the 19-year-old’s mind is set on putting pen to paper for Belgium giants Anderlecht where he aims to continue his development. Paul Onuachu, FC Mid…