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Manchester United line up De Dea replacement

Manchester United see young goalkeeper, Dean Henderson as the man who could eventually fill David de Gea’s gloves.

When asked if he had spoken to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before his loan return to Sheffield United, he said:

“He’s just told me to keep progressing and doing what you’re doing, and there’s no reason why you can’t make a breakthrough one day,” Henderson responded to reporter.

“I can only focus on myself and not look at any external things that are going on around me. At the end of the day, I can only affect what happens in my career.

“I’m just going to keep working hard – day in, day out – to be the best version of myself and be the best goalkeeper I can be.” 

Emmanuel Adebayor may return to Premier League

Togolese international, Emmanuel Adebayor might make a shock return to the Premier League.

West Ham, Sheffield United and Watford are reportedly looking at the striker.

More details to follow…

Jeventus plot Dybala, Lukaku swap deal

Juventus are preparing an offer for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

According to Sky Sports Juventus will include Tottenham target, Paulo Dybala as part of the deal.

That would be a bitter blow to both Inter Milan and Spurs, with Inter having long been keen to sign Lukaku with Antonio Conte a huge fan of the Belgian.

Tottenham Hotspurs meanwhile are reportedly set to make a bid for Dybala as they seek an ambitious club-record deal for the Argentine.

But with Lukaku wanting out and Dybala apparently on United’s radar, the two teams could end up doing a big-name swap deal.

Ceballos demanded no-buy clause in loan contract with Arsenal

Dani Ceballos requested Real Madrid to include a no-buy clause in the loan deal not to allow Arsenal to buy him after the season-long loan spell.

According to Spanish publication AS, the player does not want a permanent deal with the North London club.

Arsenal confirmed Ceballos loan deal last Thursday.

The Gunners are understood to be paying around £15m covering the player’s wages and loan fee throughout the 12-month.

Ceballos, 22, had expressed his desire to play regular football this season, but it appears his still believes he could have a long-term future with Los Blancos.

Gareth Bale

Real Madrid’s Bale set to move far East

Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale, is set to join Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League.

According to Spanish newspaper, Marca, claims Bale is to sign a three-year deal.

The Welshman will earn £19.7m (€22m) per season if the deal go through.

Reports claimed that the deal is almost done and it will be finalized.

Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, want Bale out as the winger fits no where in his plans.

Super Eagles stars set to storm Onyekuru’s wedding

Super Eagles striker, Henry Onyekuru is set to tie the nuptial knots with his long-time girlfriend and mother of his son, Esty, on Saturday in Benin, Edo State, with several Nigerian internationals in attendance.

Onyekuru and Esty have been dating for a while and have a one-year-old son together.

The 22-year-old who made one substitute appearance for the Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt recently moved into his new mansion in Lekki in June.

John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Osimhen, Wilfred Ndidi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are some of the players who have confirmed their attendance.

Onyekuru joined Everton in 2018 but has spent two seasons on loan at Anderlecht and Galatasaray due to work permit issues.

Gernot Rohr backs Okoye to solve Super Eagles crisis

Gernot Rohr has told newsmen in an exclusive interview that he is shifting to young Fortuna Düsseldorf II, goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, as he looks to solve the goalkeeping crisis that has rocked his team since Carl Ikeme quit due to illness.

Rohr’s number one at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Daniel Akpeyi, came under scathing criticisms for a largely unconvincing display, as the Eagles ended up in third-place after beating Tunisia 1-0 in the classification game.

The German gaffer gave his three keepers Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Francis Uzoho the chance to play at the AFCON as he continued his search for a solution to the problematic goalkeeping department, but he told our correspondent he would add the Okoye to his goalkeeping options.

Maduka Okoye

Maduka Okoye

Okoye, 19, was born in Germany to a Nigerian father and German mother.

Because of his dual citizenship, Okoye is eligible to play for either Germany or Nigeria but the former Bayern Leverkusen safe hands has expressed his desire to represent Nigeria ahead of his country of birth, thus making the job of convincing him easier for Rohr and his technical crew.

The youngster, who plays in the Bundesliga 2, was invited to the U-23 national side for an Olympics qualifier earlier in the year but club commitments held him back.

“My aim is to improve all the departments in the team. The most important ones are the goalkeeper and then the goal scorer, they are already two challenges now, we’ve been working on it for a long time now,” Rohr said.

DONE DEAL: Saliba joins Arsenal, pens 5-year deal

Arsenal have beaten rival Tottenham Hotspur to sign teenage defender William Saliba.

Saliba joins the Gunners from Saint-Etienne for £27m and signed a five-year contract.

The 18-year-old will continue with the Ligue 1 side next season before joining Arsenal in 2020 summer.

His return to Saint-Etienne next season was a non-negotiable clause of the deal.

“We’re delighted William is joining us.

“Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.

“He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group,” Unai Emery said.

DONE DEAL: Arsenal signs Ceballos on long-term loan

Arsenal have secured Real Madrid midfielder, Dani Ceballos on a season-long deal.

Ceballos becomes Arsenal second signing this summer following Gabriel Martinelli’s arrival earlier in the window.

The Spanish international has featured for Real Madrid 56 times since he joined from Real Betis.

“We’re excited to see Dani join us. He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision,” Unai Emery said.

Ceballos, has capped six times by his country, and also won the European Under-21 Championship in Italy in June.

The 22-year-old Spanish has been assigned number eight jersey following Aaron Ramsey’s departure to Juventus.

He could make his debut against Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.

FIFA: Nigeria now 33rd in new ranking

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria now 33rd in world, as continental champions make big move

Following the continental tournament ending in the past month, there are some significant changes in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking.

Brazil (2nd) moved up by one, over-taking France (3rd). Belgium (1st) retain leading spot beats Brazil with 20 points.

Uruguay (5th) moved up three, Colombia (8th) moved up five and Venezuela (26th) moved up seven.

Argentina (10th) moved up by one leaving the 11th position. Mexico (12th), USA (22nd) and Haiti (83rd).

Senegal (20th) reached their best-ever ranking position while Algeria (40th) moved up 28 surprising everyone.

Nigeria (33rd) moved up 12, Madagascar (96th) moved up 12 and Benin (82nd) moved up 6.