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France striker Kylian Mbappe has asked to leave Ligue 1 champions Monaco, with Barcelona named among several big European clubs interested in signing him, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on its website. The 18-year-old shone for Monaco as they claimed the French title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season but the forward wants to leave the club “very soon,” L’Equipe said in the report. Monaco recently said it was hopeful that the teenager valued at 180 million euros ($213 million) would agree to a new contract. With Brazilian striker Neymar on the verge of a record-breaking…

Diego Costa has taken pre-season training into his own hands with an improvised training session on a Brazilian beach. In a video uploaded to Costa’s Instagram account, he is seen exercising on the sand with the help of two assistants, one holding him back while the other feeds him the ball. Blues boss Antonio Conte opted to omit the player from the club’s recent pre-season tour of Asia and Costa did not join the squad as they returned to training at Cobham on Monday. Costa, who has netted 58 times since arriving at Stamford Bridge, is reportedly keen to return…

Ten Chinese Super League clubs say they have paid off debts related to player wages, bonuses and transfers after 13 of them were threatened with expulsion. Shanghai Shenhua, who signed Argentine striker Carlos Tevez in January on what are believed to be among the highest wages in world football, and Oscar’s Shanghai SIPG are among the top-tier clubs who say their books are now clean. The Chinese Football Association said in a statement published by one team that the Asian Football Confederation had asked 18 top flight and lower league clubs on July 11 to clear their debts by an…

Former Inter Allies defender Baba Mensah has completed his move to FC Ilves in Finland. An official announcement by the Eleven Is to One side reads ”FC is delighted to announce that defender Baba Mensah has joined FC Ilves in Finland.” The tall center back joined the Finnish side after completing a one and half season deal on Monday afternoon. The 2014/15 Ghana Premier League best defender is available for his debut on Saturday when Ilves face VPS in the Veikkausliiga. Baba has experience in plying his trade in the Scandinavia having played for BK Hacken in Sweden and recently Viborg…

Monaco have accused some of Europe’s top clubs of making illegal approaches for teenage striker Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old has been linked with a big-money summer move to a number of Premier League sides, as well as other leading clubs across Europe. Monaco said in a statement that “important European clubs” have made contact with Mbappe without permission. The Ligue 1 club says it may ask world governing body Fifa and the French league to consider disciplinary action. Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco last season as they won Ligue 1 for the first time in 17…

European clubs are already exited with the news of Confederation of African Football (CAF) considering moving African Nations cup from January to June. Recommendations  for the expansion of the biennial continental football fiesta from 16 to 24 teams and also hosting the AFCON final in June and July as previously held in January/February is on top of the agenda as African football leaders met for historic symposium. Both recommendations were made after a workshop on the future of the tournament that included much of CAF’s leadership, and the decision is expected to be rubber-stamped. Several European Clubs and Coaches complain…

Real Madrid C. F. and Chelsea FC have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of Spanish striker Álvaro Morata. The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical. Morata, 24, is a Spanish international forward, and helped Real to lift a second successive Champions League last season. “The club wishes to express its thanks for the dedication, professionalism and exemplary conduct displayed by the player over the years, spanning his time in our academy right through to his spell as a member of the first-team squad,”real Madrid officially statement said. The precise details of the…

Angel Maria Villar, FIFA’s senior vice-president and president of the Spanish FA has been sensationally arrested in his native Spain along with his son in an anti-corruption raid carried out by Spanish authorities. Villar, who is also a UEFA vice-president and briefly ran European football’s governing body during the interim period between Michel Platini and Aleksander Ceferin, was detained by Spain’s Guardia Civil on order of  the country’s High Court. The arrests were made after allegations Villar used RFEF funds to secure the necessary support for his re-election from regional presidents earlier this year. In total, four people were arrested during Tuesday’s operation: Mr…

Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has disclosed that he still does not have a good relationship with his family claiming all his family cared about was his money. According to fiery Togo international, his family never get in touch with him if he sustains an injury but only to ask for money. In 2015, Adebayor posted on social media about his personal problems with his family, revealing the financial burden of supporting them during a lengthy Facebook statement. Two years on from that episode, the now Istanbul Basaksehir striker – who insists he ‘sees life in a different way’ –…

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…

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