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Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has described Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alex Sandro as “perfect” signings as the pair reportedly close in on moves to Stamford Bridge. Monaco midfielder Bakayoko is poised to join Chelsea for £40 million, while Sandro is set for a club record £60 million move from Juventus. Bakayoko produced some excellent performances for a vibrant young Monaco side last season – he had an average pass accuracy of 87% in Ligue 1 – and Burley believes that the 22-year-old would be an excellent acquisition. Burley told ESPN FC: “Well last summer all the talk was Fabinho, who…

Crystal Palace have announced the appointment of Frank De Boer as their new manager. De Boer, 47, has agreed a three-year deal with the south London club. The former Netherlands defender, who played for Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers, succeeds Sam Allardyce, who stood down after securing Palace’s Premier League status at the end of last season. “It is a great honour to take charge of such an historic club, a club that is known around the world for its hugely proud and passionate fan base,” De Boer told cpfc.co.uk. De Boer has enjoyed a successful coaching career, guiding Ajax to…

Liverpool have completed the signing of Roma forward Mohamed Salah on a five-year deal, with the fee rising to £34.3m, according to Sky sources. Jurgen Klopp’s side had an initial offer of £28m rejected earlier in June ,but they have been dogged in their pursuit of the former Chelsea player and that persistence has been rewarded, with the contract officially beginning on July 1. The 25-year-old had a medical at the Melwood training ground on Thursday and will wear the No 11 shirt next season, with Roberto Firmino switching to take the No 9 shirt. “Mohamed has the perfect mix…

The government of Tanzania has asked SportPesa Limited to organise a friendly match between Everton and Young Africans or Simba SC on July 12 at the National Stadium. This comes in the wake of reports that newly crowned SportPesa Super Cup champions Gor Mahia want next month’s friendly match against Everton to be held in Nairobi instead of Dar es Salaam as announced earlier. Director of Sports Development in the ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Yusuph Singo confirmed that yesterday that they would like to see the English Premier League side face one of the country’s football heavyweights…

Chelsea will begin their title defence at home to Burnley when the 2017-18 Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of 12-13 August. Newly promoted Newcastle host Tottenham, while Brighton welcome Manchester City and Huddersfield visit Crystal Palace. Spurs’ first game at Wembley will be against Antonio Conte’s champions on the second weekend of the season. The precise date of games will be set once TV schedules have been decided. The league is set to finish on Sunday 13 May 2018, a week earlier than last season, with the World Cup finals in Russia starting on 14 June. The…

Emmanuel Adebayor has said his move to Premier League side Crystal Palace in 2016 was the ‘worst decision’ of his career. The 33-year-old former Manchester City and Tottenham forward joined Palace on a six-month loan spell in January last year. But he was released at the end of that season after scoring just once in 15 appearances, and Adebayor admits the move could not have gone any worse. ‘I had some great experiences in England in clubs who are among the best in the country,’ said Adebayor, who currently plays for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. ‘The only error that I…

English Premier League (EPL) outfit Everton FC have parted ways with Ivory Coast international Arouna Kone. The 33-year-old striker struggled with a long-term injury during the 2016/17 campaign and he made only six league appearances without scoring a single goal. The Toffees made an announcement on their official website: “Everton can confirm Arouna Kone and Conor McAlenywill leave the Club when their current contracts expire at the end of the month. “Kone will depart, having made 62 appearances and scored 10 goals for the Blues during his four-year stay. “McAleny played three times for Everton’s first team and spent the…

The football world yet again on Monday had been shocked to news of another footballer collapsing & unfortunately dying while playing the game they loved. Ivorian and Beijing Enterprises midfielder Cheick Tiote has died after being rushed to hospital.The 30 year old died after collapsing during training in China after suffering a heart attack. According to Wikipedia search 138 footballers have died while playing a game, died directly from injuries sustained while playing, or died after being taken ill on the pitch. Following an increase in deaths, both during matches and training, (Federation of International Football Associations) considered mandatory cardiac…

Ivorian and Beijing Enterprises midfielder Cheick Tiote  has died after being rushed to hospital on Monday The 30 year old  had swapped Newcastle with the second division Chinese club this past January. He had 55 appearances with Ivory Coast and was also part of the Ivory Coast squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. This is how clubs and former team-mates paid tribute after star’s tragic death: “Mr Tiote has made outstanding contributions to the club since joining, and has won over the club, coaching staff and teammates with his superb skills and professionalism,” said Beijing Enterprises in…

Ghana and Juventus midfielder  Kwadwo Asamoah has been a target for West Ham  and Turkish side Galatasaray . The former Udinese  man have had a limited game time this season and  was an unused substitute in Cardiff as Juventus were beaten by rampant Real Madrid in the champions league final. The  Hammers may lose out to Galatasaray because of a difference of 2.5 million euros in valuation for the player according to greenstreethammers.com. Asamoah can play every position along the left side of the field as well as central and defensive midfield and would be a wonderful addition to the…

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