Manchester United football club of England is in talks to sign Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo

Manchester United soccer membership of England is in talks to signal Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo in keeping with new stories.

 

The English membership is reportedly ‘determined’ for a striker following a 3 months damage to Marcus Rashford and a shock 2-Zero loss to Burnley on Wednesday.

 

Man U  had made former Solksjaer participant, Erling Braut Haaland, certainly one of their prime targets forward of January, however a deal broke down due to doubts surrounding the construction of the deal and the agent Mino Raiola’s plan to tear off the membership in any future sale of the participant.

 

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However in keeping with Sky Sports activities on Friday, United have made shock approaches for  two former Premier League gamers Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani and need them both of them on 6 month mortgage offers. The membership has included the names of each strikers on a their switch sheet in keeping with Sky Sports activities.

 

Slimani is a Leicester participant however is on mortgage at Monaco whereas Ighalo performs within the Chinese language league with Shanghai Shenhua.

 

If Manchester United signal Ighalo, he’ll be the membership’s first senior Nigerian participant in historical past.

Talking after the 2-Zero defeat at Liverpool final Sunday, Solskjaer stated he’ll think about momentary options within the mortgage market.

“It’s simply an unlucky scenario we’re in,” he advised Sky Sports activities.

“It may be as a result of the window is open, that we have a look at some short-term choices.

Boxing Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has revealed his camp is in talks with undefeated WBC

Boxing Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has revealed his camp is in talks with undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion for a attainable struggle later this 12 months.

 

Wilder alongside Fury stays the one prime heavyweight fighter that’s undefeated, and a conflict between Wilder and Joshua or Joshua and Fury might be mouthwatering particularly as Fury might be preventing Wilder subsequent month.

Joshua might struggle at Tottenham’s new stadium in March or April. The IBF have ordered the Nigerian fighter to defend towards Pulev, whereas the WBO need him to face Usyk, and an settlement is but to be reached on which a type of two might be his subsequent opponent. however Joshua says he desires to struggle Wilder later this 12 months and will like a Fury win towards Wilder so they might struggle in Tottenham’s stadium.

He added on Wednesday: “The one which I don’t struggle, I’ll struggle finally.

“Within the heavyweight division everyone seems to be welcome to problem so even when it doesn’t occur first time, considered one of them will struggle me sooner or later. We’ll find yourself preventing anyway.”

“I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a 3rd struggle lined up in the direction of the top of the 12 months however we now have to throw a curveball in there.

“One thing that will get Wilder’s consideration offering he wins in order that he thinks to himself: ‘despite the fact that I’ve a rematch clause, I’ll see how I can manipulate my contract, get out of it, and struggle for the undisputed championship’.”

He stated: “The doorways are open. I’m wishing him (Fury) effectively in February. Think about having that struggle, at Tottenham? That will be phenomenal.

“I’m supporting Fury [against Wilder] as a result of think about the native children with the ability to watch the undisputed championship struggle on their doorstep. I’d find it irresistible to be right here within the UK.”
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Requested in regards to the prospect of preventing at  Tottenham’s state-of-the-art 62,000 capability the 30-year-old responded: “Why not. An excellent alternative.

Inter Milan participant, Victor Moses joins Nerazzurri on mortgage to purchase on the finish of the season.

Victor Moses is formally an Inter Milan participant. The 29-year-old Nigerian participant has joined the Nerazzurri on mortgage with an possibility to purchase on the finish of the season. He has been handed the quantity 11 jersey on the membership after he was unveiled at Inter’s stadium on Thursday night.

 

Inter Milan, one of many European continent’s largest membership, wrote a protracted article on their official web site about Moses after signing him. Learn it under.

“The thread that binds Victor Moses to the ball is infused with ardour, deep which means, pleasure and struggling. It’s a narrative of braveness and willpower, of monumental energy and character.”

 

“He as soon as performed on the streets of Kaduna, Nigeria, the place the place he was born. Right here, come rain or shine, a barefooted Moses would run with the ball at his toes.”

#WelcomeVictor: Inter Milan unveil Victor Moses, hand him number 11 jersey (photos)

 

 

” And on a kind of days, when he was accelerating and dribbling, one thing occurred that might change his life ceaselessly: he immediately discovered himself with out his father Austin and mom Josephine, each of whom have been killed in their very own dwelling throughout non secular riots.”

“On that actual day, Moses, who was not at dwelling exactly as a result of he was enjoying soccer with buddies, was compelled to develop up. He hadn’t even turned 12.”

“He then set off for England. It was the start of a brand new life in South London, one which was marked by two necessities: to be sturdy and by no means hand over.
To assist him alongside the best way, he had an innate means to play with the ball between his toes and overwhelming bodily energy that allowed him to be the dominant determine when up towards his friends. ”

“After getting concerned in native soccer, he was quickly found by Crystal Palace. At a younger age, he started to dominate. Fairly actually.”

“Many nonetheless keep in mind the ultimate of the 2005 Beneath-14 FA Youth Cup, with Whitgift successful 5-Zero thanks to 5 targets from Moses. Three years and over 100 targets later, he made his debut for Palace’s first group.”

“That is how his path in English skilled soccer started. He moved to Wigan in 2010, the place he debuted within the Premier League, earlier than making an enormous step ahead in 2012 when he was signed by then European champions Chelsea.”
“Throughout his first season at The Blues, he scored ten targets in 43 matches, successful the UEFA Europa League within the course of. However this wasn’t sufficient to persuade Chelsea’s new boss.”

” So, along with his typical willpower, Victor rolled up his sleeves and went once more. Mortgage spells at Liverpool, Stoke Metropolis and West Ham adopted.

 

When Antonio Conte turned Chelsea’s Coach in 2016, a brand new chapter started in Victor Moses’s profession.”

“He turned an vital half of the present Nerazzurri Coach’s facet, contributing to the Blues’ 2016/17 Premier League triumph and FA Cup success in 2018. Over two seasons, he performed 78 occasions, scored eight targets and supplied eight assists. ”

“Conte used him out broad in midfield, whereas within the two years previous to this he’d usually been used as an out-and-out winger or a second striker. Extra lately, Moses has hung out at Fenerbahce in Turkey.”

“On a global stage, Moses performed for all of England’s youth groups, additionally ending as the highest scorer on the U17 European Championship. In 2012, nonetheless, he made the choice to play for Nigeria, the nation the place he was born.”
“He’s since scored twelve targets in 38 matches for the Tremendous Eagles and brought half in two World Cups. Most notably, he received the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, at which he left his mark with an help for the successful aim within the remaining.”

‘Quick and decided, shy however conscious of his skills: Victor Moses, who possesses a terrific affinity for the ball, is aware of that each time he’s taken to the pitch, his father Austin and mom Josephine have been watching on proudly.’
“And now he’s prepared to start out a brand new journey. He’s the eighth Nigerian participant in Inter’s historical past and follows within the footsteps of huge names like Nwanko Kanu, Taribo West and Obafemi Martins.”

Super Eagles of Nigeria drawn against Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria, six-time finalists have been drawn against Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in the penultimate round of the qualifying race for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar.

At a simple but colourful ceremony inside The Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo, Egypt yesterday evening, conducted by CAF’s Director of Competitions Samson Adamu, Ivorian Clementine Toure and 1998 FIFA World Cup winner Marcel Desailly, the 40 teams remaining in the race on the African continent were drawn into 10 groups of four teams each, with Nigeria heading Group C.

Just like they will fly westward twice in their remaining campaign for a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Freetown, Sierra Leone and Cotonou, Benin Republic), the Eagles will fly westward twice in the race to Qatar (Praia, Cape Verde and Monrovia, Liberia).

Nigeria’s first game, coming up in October this year, will be against the Lone Star of Liberia, who reached this stage after shoving neighbours Sierra Leone in the first round.

African champions Algeria head Group A and will have two interesting games against the Etalons of Burkina Faso, with the Niger Republic and Djibouti also in the pool.

Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles head Group B which also has Zambia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea, but the presence of Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire in Group D makes that pool most interesting. They are joined by Mozambique and Malawi.

The world cup trophy, designed by Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, is pictured during the CAF draw, for the second round of Confederation of African Football (CAF) matches for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

Meanwhile, Group E looks the most evenly set, with Mali, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda –none of which had been to the FIFA World Cup previously.

Group G is also mouth-watering, like Ghana, quarter-finalists at the only FIFA World Cup finals to have been hosted on African soil, face the country that hosted the final in 2010, South Africa, as well as Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.

Certainly, Group J is similarly something to savour, as Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin Republic and Madagascar are joined by Tanzania.

Each of the 40 teams will play two matches each towards the end of this year, with the remaining four matches coming up next year. The third and final round of the qualifiers will see the 10 winners of the pools drawn into five explosive home-and-away fixtures that will produce Africa’s flagbearers in Qatar. Those knockout games come up in November 2021.

Source: https://guardian.ng/sport/eagles-face-cape-verde-car-liberia-in-2022-world-cup-qualifiers/

Robert Farah, the world’s top-ranked men’s doubles player, suspended by the ITF

Robert Farah, the world’s top-ranked men’s doubles player, was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation on Tuesday after testing positive for a banned steroid, pending a full hearing.

The ITF said boldenone was found in the Colombian player’s system after an out-of-competition test in October.

“On 11 January 2020, Mr Farah was charged with an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.1 of the programme (presence of a prohibited substance in a player’s sample) and was provisionally suspended with effect from 21 January 2020,” an ITF statement said.

“Mr Farah had (and retains) the right to apply to the chair of the independent tribunal convened to hear his case why the provisional suspension should not be imposed but has chosen not to exercise that right to date.”

Farah wrote on his social media accounts last week: “I’m going through one of the saddest moments of my life and, without a doubt, the saddest of my sporting career.”

Boldenone is widely used by farmers in Colombia to boost the growth of cows, but it is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

In 2018, the Colombian Olympic Committee warned its athletes about the presence of Boldenone in beef.

“I’m sure that’s what generated the result from the test in question,” said Farah.

Canada-born Farah, 32, and fellow Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal won the Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles last year.

The pair were also runners-up at the Australian Open in 2018 and had been due to play in the ongoing Grand Slam in Melbourne until the announcement of his doping case last week.

Cabal has teamed up with Jaume Munar of Spain in Australia.

Source:https://guardian.ng/sport/tennis-chiefs-suspend-doubles-star-farah-over-doping/

Barcelona set to sign another striker before the end of the January

Quique Setien said on Tuesday that Barcelona is considering signing another striker before the end of the January transfer window to replace the injured Luis Suarez.

Suarez is unlikely to play again this season after undergoing surgery on his knee earlier this month, which has left Barca short in the centre of their front three.

Lionel Messi played more centrally in Setien’s first game against Granada on Sunday but the Argentinian prefers to play off the right.

Antoine Griezmann thrived down the middle for Atletico Madrid but offers less of a direct, physical presence than Suarez, who has scored 14 goals in 23 appearances this term.

“We are considering it,” said Setien, when asked if Barca would buy another forward in January.

“We are talking about that but we still have to think about it a bit more, it’s not an issue that worries me too much.

“I’m worried about the match tomorrow and the match against Valencia. It’s an issue that the sports department will consider in more depth.”

Barcelona face Segunda B side Ibiza on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey when Setien could rest key players, including Messi.

“I have more or less planned an idea for him but I have to see what happens in training and see how we can make a competitive and balanced XI,” Setien said.

Ousmane Dembele has resumed training this week after recovering from a hamstring injury and the Frenchman’s return in the coming weeks would be a major boost to the team’s attacking options.

“Dembele is an important player without a doubt,” Setien said. “He’s an extraordinary player, who hasn’t had much consistency but for sure he will be an important player for the club and we are sure he will help us a lot.

Source: https://guardian.ng/sport/barca-considering-signing-a-striker-says-setien/

Troubled AC Milan took back-to-back Serie A wins on Sunday

Ante Rebic hit a brace to snatch a late 3-2 win as troubled AC Milan took back-to-back Serie A wins on Sunday against Udinese to close in on the Europa League berths.

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic got his first start in the San Siro after scoring last weekend against Cagliari.

The 38-year-old Swede did not get to celebrate on front of the home crowd but he has provided a confidence-boost for the northern giants who have taken seven points in three matches since his return.

“We started a little tense,” said Milan coach Stefano Pioli.

“But I’m satisfied with our performance, we put our heart and soul into winning it.

“The arrival of Ibrahimovic has given us even more depth and conviction, which has helped us.”

However, Pioli’s side needed to fight back after conceding a goal after just seven minutes to Udinese who were coming off a run of three consecutive wins.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma left his line allowing Jens Stryger Larsen to finish off into an empty net.

But the hosts upped the pace in the second half with former Eintracht Franckfurt player Rebic coming on after the break to equalise minutes later.

Theo Hernandez put Milan ahead with a powerful volley on 72 minutes, to take his tally to five league goals this season.

Kevin Lasagna got Udinese back level five minutes from time but Rebic had the final word three minutes into injury time to lift Milan to eighth, one point off the Europa League berths.

Udinese is in 13th position.

Serie A leaders Juventus host Parma later on Sunday with second-placed Inter Milan travelling south to Lecce to keep the pressure on the champions.

Jurgen Klopp reveals that CAF’s decision to change the AFCON tournament timing is a bad move

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) decision to change the African Cup of Nations tournament timing from June-July to January-February is a bad move that will affect African players, saying the club’s transfer policy towards African players will be affected in the process.

 

The AFCON will take place next January in the middle of the Premier League season, even though the 2019 edition took place in the summer and  Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Naby Keita for up to six weeks, leading Klopp on Friday during a press conference to warn that the move will make the club think twice before buying Africans.

‘I couldn’t respect the African Cup of Nations more than I do because I like the competition.

‘But it is an obvious problem that you play a tournament in the middle of the season, The African Cup of Nations going back to January is, for us, a catastrophe.

‘It doesn’t help African players. We will not sell Sadio, Mo or Naby just because they have a tournament in January and February – of course not – but if you have to make a decision about bringing in a player it is a massive one because before the season you know for four weeks you don’t have them.

‘That’s a normal process and as a club you have to think about these things. It doesn’t help the players, for sure. But these decisions are made without asking the players, without asking the managers, without asking anyone. It is just a decision.’

Source: https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2020/1/moving-afcon-back-to-january-slot-will-make-clubs-think-twice-about-signing-african-players-liverpool-coach-jurgen-klopp.html

Conor McGregor set to make UFC return against Donald Cerrone

Conor McGregor is set to make his long-awaited UFC return against Donald Cerrone, and the Irishman is expected to rake in a staggering $80 million from the fight.

 

The 31-year-old former two-weight UFC champion, who last competed inside the Octagon in 2018, lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov. Now, he’ll make his comeback fight against Cerrone at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this coming Saturday.

 

UFC star Conor McGregor set to earn $80million from his next fight on Saturday even if he loses

 

Despite being out of action for over a year, McGregor claims he’ll earn $80m from the fight.

 

“It’s going to be a good pay cheque,” he told ESPN. “Probably the most ever in my mixed martial arts career… I’m estimating a good $80m [£62m].

 

“We have Australia, Canada and England and Ireland… it should be a good one.

 

When asked how much money he made in his defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor said: “$50m [£38m]. They think I’m toast but I’m still the bread.

 

“I’ll be a billionaire by the time I’m 35.”

Manchester United retain the power to compete at the top

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United retain the power to compete at the top end of the transfer market despite warnings their status as the Premier League’s richest club is “at-risk”.

According to Deloitte’s Football Money League, United’s revenue of £627.1 million ($814 million) in 2018-19 put them third overall behind only Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But the consulting firm warned United could soon find themselves slipping behind Liverpool and Manchester City due to their failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Solskjaer offered a robust defence of the club’s status on Tuesday, speaking ahead of his side’s FA Cup third-round replay against Wolves.

“The most important thing for me is we get the results sorted and the performances on the pitch,” he said.

“But I know that we’ve got the resources, we’ve got the backing. If we need to go into the transfer market we are still up there so we’re still in a good place.”

United are reportedly in talks over a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who could cost as much as £70 million, though Solskjaer offered no update on that or any other moves in the January market.

Wednesday’s match against Wolves at Old Trafford could offer another opportunity for 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood, who started in the goalless draw between the two sides at Molineux on January 4.

Greenwood warning
Greenwood has enjoyed a hugely impressive season to date, scoring nine goals for United’s senior side in 26 appearances but Solskjaer cautioned against England taking him to Euro 2020, with concerns over the availability of the injured Harry Kane.

“I think Mason will have a top career, a long career, but let the boy settle in now before we talk about England and the Euros,” he said.

“His focus has to be playing for us and improving. When he plays well for us, that will happen by itself.”

Solskjaer is trying to carefully manage the demands on his younger players, and his squad as a whole, as they prepare for their 14th game in 46 days.

“It is physically and mentally demanding and we’ve got to make sure we energise them with results,” he said.

“After a performance like Norwich (a 4-0 win) they all felt good about that and used that as motivation.

“We’re not there yet, we’ve got to keep working and improving, just keep the rhythm. I didn’t play in all these games when I was playing but I felt like, as a team, we improved when we got in a rhythm of match, rest, match, rest.

“The likes of Roy (Keane), Gary (Neville), (Paul) ‘Scholesy’, they only seemed to improve and we need to get to that.”

With United well off the pace in the Premier League and needing to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit to rivals Manchester City in the semi-finals of the League Cup, Solskjaer is looking to the FA Cup as the most realistic prospect of silverware this season.

“This tournament is one that we all dream about winning when we’re young,” he said. “I loved my time in the finals and lifting the trophy, so we want to go through.”

Source: https://guardian.ng/sport/man-utd-can-still-compete-with-best-in-transfer-market-says-solskjaer/