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Today’s Gossip: United Agree £27m Fee For Ivorian; Chelsea Target Moses’ Replacement

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Manchester United have held talks with a Barcelona midfielder over a move while Watford could take one of Jose Mourinho’s talented youngsters on loan, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.

United Line Up £27 Million Deal For Aurier

Manchester United have agreed to a £27 million deal to bring Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier to Old Trafford, but only if his appeal against a conviction succeeds, reports the Mirror.

The Ivorian was convicted of assaulting a police officer at a Paris nightclub last September and is currently banned from entering the UK.

An appeal has been lodged though, which could allow Aurier to complete his move and reignite his career after a series of controversies in the French capital in addition to being relegated to second choice after the arrival of Dani Alves from Juventus.

The 24-year-old’s case will be concluded next week in the French courts and, if successful, lead to him penning terms on a £90,000-per-week deal.

Barcelona See Dembele As Neymar Replacement

Barcelona appear resigned to losing Neymar, with Paris Saint-Germain ready to trigger his astronomical buyout clause, meaning a search for a replacement is imminent, and the Independent reports that Ousmane Dembele is their ideal man.

The Borussia Dortmund starlet would not come cheap, but neither would another target, Paulo Dybala, with the Juventus striker likely to fetch in excess of £100m.

The 20-year-old could cost closer to £70m, and would appear to be a more realistic target too, given the Bianconeri have already lost Leonardo Bonucci to rivals Milan and would be unlikely to entertain selling more key players from the side that reached the Champions League final last term.

Chelsea To Reignite Deal For Candreva

Chelsea have received encouragement in their pursuit of Inter Milan winger Antonio Candreva, reports the Mirror.

The Italy international will be allowed to depart, likely for around £23m, but only if the Nerazzurri can secure Lazio star Keita Balde as a replacement.

The Senegalese is also wanted by Juventus, but Antonio Conte has tracked the 30-year-old since last summer.

The Blues boss would likely utilise him less in an attacking role than Luciano Spalletti, potentially as cover for Victor Moses at wing-back, though the former Lazio star could play in either of the two attacking midfield roles behind the striker in his 3-4-3 system.

Roma Bid For Liverpool Target Mor

Roma have grown frustrated by Leicester’s stubbornness to agree to a fee for Riyad Mahrez, and Gianluca Di Marzio believes focus has shifted to Borussia Dortmund’s Turkish winger Emre Mor, previously linked to Liverpool.

The story claims the Bundesliga side have rejected the Giallorossi’s offer of €20m with future add-ons and are instead demanding €25m plus a further €5m in bonuses — almost double what Fiorentina bid earlier in the summer.

A deal for Mahrez is not dead just yet but is proving especially difficult for the club’s director of football Monchi, who has prepared a Plan B in the form of Real Madrid star Lucas Vazquez.

Iheanacho, 20, is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Foxes, calling time on his three-year career with City and ending uncertainty over his future.

Mourinho Makes Contact With Barcelona Midfielder

Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto is open to a move to Manchester United and has spoken to Jose Mourinho, according to reports in Spain.

The story claims Mourinho has been in regular contact with the midfielder, who scored the dramatic late winner in Barca’s miraculous comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last season.

Despite splashing out £38.5m on Nemanja Matic, Mourinho is keen to add more depth to his midfield, but it’s reported that while Roberto wants to make the move, he wants assurances over his first-team prospects at Old Trafford.

New Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has been linked with moves for Marco Verratti, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho – leaving Roberto to fear for his place.

And Diario Gol claims Roberto is considering his options amid the approach from Mourinho and United.

Watford Hoping To Sign Fosu-Mensah

Watford are hoping to take versatile Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan.

That’s according to The Sun, who claim boss Marco Silva has spoken to his friend Jose Mourinho about the possibility of loaning the 19-year-old for the season.

Fosu-Mensah is highly-regarded by United boss Mourinho, especially given his ability to play at right-back, centre-half and in midfield.

Indeed the player has featured in every one of United’s pre-season matches but made just 11 appearances in all competitions last season and was often overlooked by Mourinho.

United have this week signed Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and are thought to be closing on a deal for Serge Aurier.

So sending Fosu-Mensah on loan for the season could be in the best interests of all parties, if the deal gets agreed.

Others

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he spoke to Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata about moving to the club

Manchester United are one of three Premier League clubs trying to sign young Manchester City starlet Jadon Sancho (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have agreed a £27m deal for Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier – even though the Ivory Coast international is currently banned from entering the UK (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are back on the trail of Antonio Candreva after getting a boost to their hopes of landing him from Inter Milan (Daily Mirror)

Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez is increasingly hopeful of getting his big-money transfer to Roma and is ready to force a move if necessary (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have enquired about the availability of Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are eyeing a move for Monaco winger and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho (Daily Mirror)

Alexis Sanchez has left his Arsenal team-mates convinced he wants to leave the club as he returned to training on Tuesday (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger has told Sanchez, 28, he will not be sold to another English club this summer (The Times)

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, 28, plans to stay and fight for his place at the club next season

John Terry has laid down the challenge for Aston Villa this season in stark terms by insisting that only winning the Championship would be acceptable (Daily Mail)

Watford are hoping to take versatile Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan (The Sun)

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole, 33, is on the verge of being sacked by Indonesian side Persib Bandung, whose manager said “he plays very badly” compared to other foreign players (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are interested in signing Paris St-Germain’s 24-year-old right-back Serge Aurier, who is currently banned from entering the UK. (Mirror)

United have also made an enquiry about Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker, but are not expected to sign the 22-year-old this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool are not interested in Barcelona midfielders Rafinha or Andre Gomes, both 24, who have been mentioned as part of a possible swap deal for Philippe Coutinho. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is finally having his medical at Leicester, who agreed a £25m fee for the 20-year-old Nigerian weeks ago. (Leicester Mercury)

City have insisted on a £50m buy-back option for Iheanacho. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are weighing up a move for 26-year-old Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri. (ESPN)

Tottenham target Suso is in contract extension talks with current club AC Milan, with the 23-year-old former Liverpool forward expected to sign a new five-year deal. (TMW, via Talksport)

Chelsea are targeting Inter Milan’s 30-year-old winger Antonio Candreva. (Mirror)

Everton are considering a move for 23-year-old Lazio defender Wesley Hoedt, who is valued at £12m. (Liverpool Echo)

Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo, 31, is set to sign for Turkish club Besiktas, despite rival interest from Swansea City and Leeds. (AS – in Spanish)

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, 28, plans to stay and fight for his place at the club next season. (London Evening Standard)

Leicester City have rejected a £7m bid from Derby County for 23-year-old forward Tom Lawrence. (Leicester Mercury)

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, is ready to force through a move to Roma, with the Foxes still reluctant to sell. (Mirror)

Barcelona are lining up Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele, 20, and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, 23, as potential replacements for their Paris St-Germain-bound forward Neymar, 25. (Independent)

The Spanish club would be interested in one of four PSG midfielders in a possible part-exchange deal for Neymar: Angel di Maria, Julian Draxler, Adrien Rabiot and Marco Verratti. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Barca are also considering a move for Atletico Madrid’s 26-year-old forward Antoine Griezmann. (Cadena Ser – in Spanish)

Brazil international Neymar is expected to return to training with his Barca team-mates on Wednesday. (ESPN)

Chelsea are considering an individual fitness regime for striker Diego Costa, 28, who is training away from the club in Brazil. (Telegraph)

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole, 33, is on the verge of being sacked by Indonesian side Persib Bandung, whose manager said « he plays very badly » compared to other foreign players. (Daily Mail)

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World Cup 2018: Appiah unveils the reasons for Ghana’s failure!

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Present at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and in 2014 in Brazil, Ghana will stay home for the 2018 event in Russia. The Blacks Stars failed to qualify. A counter-performance that the coach explained the reasons in an interview with Happy FM.

Ghana was no better than third place in Group E in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Blacks Stars (7 points) stayed behind Uganda (9 points) and Egypt ( 13 points).

Ghana’s national team coach Kwesi Appiah said they had a plan to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but they were unhappy in their attempts. The manager of the Black Stars revealed the reasons why they failed to reach the world and at the same time praised the Egyptian national team. He also pointed out that North Africans had a well-executed plan for their qualifying campaign that included a lot of money from investors.

Egypt qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after finishing top of Group E with 13 points while Ghana finished in third place with seven points.

« It’s a pity we were not qualified for the World Cup. Every Ghanaian is disappointed not to have been qualified, « Appiah told Happy FM.

« If we get together and get to where the blame is, we will automatically go forward. He continues.

« Egypt, for example, had a plan, they had many investors who were putting money they had voluntarily to qualify for the World Cup. « Says the Ghanaian.

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Top African scorers in the history of the C1: Aubameyang equals Adebayor!

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Top 10 African scorers in UEFA LDC history Copyright -StarAfrica.com
The captain of the Panthers of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does not end to panic the counters under the jersey of Borussia Dortmund!

Indeed, scorer on Tuesday night against Tottenham (defeat of Dortmund 2-1) during the fifth and penultimate day of the group phase of the UEFA Champions League, the ‘serial-scorer’ Gabon joined the iconic captain of the Epervier of Togo Emmanuel Adebayor ranked fifth among the best African scorers in the history of the C1 with an impressive total of 13 goals in just four contests.

Read also >> The Top 10 of the best African attackers in history

It should be remembered that Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o Jr., Africa’s worthy ambassadors across the Old Continent, are by far the two best African scorers in the history of the Cup with big ears.

The Elephant has a good lead with 44 goals scored, against 33 scored by the Indomitable Lion, while Basel’s star striker Seydou Doumbia completes the podium with 17 goals on the clock.

Here are the top African scorers in the history of the UEFA Champions League (preliminary rounds included): (22/11/2017)

44: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)

33: Samuel Eto’o Jr. (Cameroon – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, ​​Internazionale, Chelsea)

19: Seydou Doumbia (Ivory Coast – CSKA Moskva, FC Basel, Sporting Lisbon)

14: George Weah (Liberia – Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan)

13: Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo- Monaco, Arsenal, Real Madrid)

13: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon -Borussia Dortmund)

12: Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon-Porto, Besiktas)

11: Rabah Madjer (Algeria-Porto)

11: Michael Essien (Ghana- Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan)

11: Mohamed Salah (Egypt – FC Basel, AS Roma, Liverpool)

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FIFA: Africa has a new king!

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FIFA has released today its usual ranking of football nations affiliated to it. If the head at the world level has not changed, the African ranking has been turned upside down. Senegal is back in force and occupies first place ahead of Tunisia.

With a very good end of the year with a qualification to the Russian world, Senegal and the winners of the dams in the Europe zone progress in the hierarchy.
The Téranga Lions are taking advantage of their first World Cup qualification since 2002 to reach the 23rd rank, the highest ranking in their history. Senegal is now the highest-ranked African nation, having doubled two other CAF qualifiers for Russia 2018: The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia win a place and the 27th world nation, 2nd in Africa while Egypt loses a place despite his qualification. The Pharaohs are now 31 st and 3 rd on the African level. We must also note the progress of Burkina Faso, which gains 11th place 44th

The top five in the world ranking – Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium – will be in attendance, and they all keep their place in the October edition. They will however have to pay attention to Spain, which now occupies the sixth place after having overtaken France and Poland.

The African Top 10
1- Senegal

2- Tunisia

3- Egypt

4- DR Congo

5- Morocco

6- Burkina Faso

7- Cameroon

8- Nigeria

9- Ghana

10- Ivory Coast

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