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Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his move to English Premier League Champions Chelsea from Monaco. Bakayoko, 22, is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals. He recently made his debut for France in the same line-up as new team-mate N’Golo Kante, and is widely recognised as one of the best young central midfielders in European football. Bakayoko, who has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.14 shirt, said: ‘I am very happy to be here and to join this…

Ronald Koeman highlighted the impact of Wayne Rooney and declared himself pleased with his side’s efforts after a 2-1 win over Gor Mahia in Tanzania. The Blues’ game against Kenya’s most successful side was the culmination of a trip to Tanzania to celebrate the Club-record partnership with gaming giant SportPesa. On his first appearance since returning to the Club, Wayne Rooneyopened the scoring with an incredible 30-yard effort on 34 minutes in front of a raucous crowd at the National Stadium. Gor Mahia then levelled just before the half-time interval, but Kieran Dowell’s second-half strike – another long-range goal – earned Koeman’s side victory…

Hours after departing from Nairobi on Tuesday morning, Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia have arrived in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania safely. The SportPesa Super Cup champions are scheduled to play Everton FC on Thursday July 13, 2017 at the National Stadium. A total of 26 players made the Dar trip and will hold training sessions later in the day at the Uhuru and National Stadiums. Accompanying them is new coach Dylan Kerr who was unveiled by the club on Monday. Among the Everton players who will travel to Tanzania is returnee Wayne Rooney, who is looking forward to some game time…

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku was arrested in Los Angeles last week following a noise complaint – and is due to appear in court on 2 October. Lukaku, who is set to have a medical at Manchester United before a £75m move, was given a “misdemeanour citation” after officers responded to five other noise complaints at the same location. A Beverly Hills police statement said Lukaku was released at the scene following the incident on 2 July. Lukaku has been on holiday in the US. The Belgian has been pictured on social media taking part in fitness sessions with Manchester United’s…

Chelsea have completed the signing of Antonio Rudiger from Roma. The 24-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Blues and will wear the No.2 shirt. The defender said: ‘It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this. ‘I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player.’ Technical Director Michael Emenalo added: ‘We are pleased to be able to bring in a player of proven quality who adds to our defensive options. ‘Antonio is still young but is experienced at club and international…

Six-year-old ‘superhero’ Bradley Lowery died in his parents’ arms today after losing his long and brave battle with cancer. The young Sunderland fan earned the love and admiration of millions as he fought the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma and in his short life raised more than £1million to help others through his Bradley’s Fight charity. Today his bereft mother Gemma revealed on Bradley’s Facebook page that her son had died at 1.35pm. She said: ‘My brave boy has went with the angels today, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family. He was our little superhero and put the…

Manchester United have agreed a fee of around £75m with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku. The 24-year-old Belgium international scored 25 Premier League goals last season. United, who have been chasing Lukaku for most of the summer, will not now be pursuing their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. The move for Lukaku is not connected to talks aimed at taking United forward Wayne Rooney to Everton. Jose Mourinho’s side are hopeful of concluding a deal in time for Lukaku to join the squad before they depart for a pre-season tour to the United States on Sunday. The striker was…

Alexandre Lacazette became our second signing of the summer on Wednesday when he agreed to join us from French club, Lyon. We spoke to our new striker for the first time and discussed why he wanted to join us, being inspired by Thierry Henry, the secret to his chance conversion rate and more. Click the ‘Play’ button above to watch our interview and you can also read a transcript here: Alexandre, congratulations – how does it feel to be an Arsenal player? I am, of course, delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club. Throughout my childhood,…

John Terry has signed for Aston Villa to continue his playing career beyond the age of 37 in the Championship. Villa owner and chairman Dr Tony Xia confirmed the Chelsea legend’s arrival on Monday morning, tweeting: ‘Welcome JT to Birmingham city…Aston Villa! #UTV! @AVFCOfficial Announcement shortly!’ Local rivals Birmingham City had also been chasing Terry before Steve Bruce convinced the 36-year-old to head for Villa Park — with Xia clearly poking fun at Villa’s neighbours in his tweet. Terry had been in search of a new challenge since agreeing with Chelsea that his 22 years at the club had come…

Former Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu says the recent death of Ivory Coast’s Cheick Tiote should be a wake up call to act over heart problems in Africa. Tiote, who was 30, died earlier this month after collapsing as he trained his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. Kanu battled heart problems during his career says it is time to address heart related problems on and off the field. “I’m talking to friends so we can do something to create awareness to try to help children in Africa,” Kanu said. “Tiote’s death was not good news. It’s not the first time it is…

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