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Harry Redknapp is being considered as the next manager of Nigeria.
Current Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr sees his contract expire at the end of the month and there is serious doubt over the German's future.
It has led the Nigerian hierarchy to review their options meaning Redknapp could be set for a return to management.
A Super Eagles source told the Star : “The feeling is Harry Redknapp will be coming to manage Nigeria soon.’’
The African nation and the former Tottenham boss have previously held discussions about the role.
That was back in 2016 but negotiations broke down, however they are confident of completing a deal this time round.
The vast majority of Nigeria's players ply their trade in Europe and are well known.
Friendlies are also held in London on a regular basis given the amount of Nigerians playing in the Premier League which could prove advantageous in discussions.
Redknapp has never tried his hand at international management despite being heavily linked with the England job back in 2012.
He was favourite to replace Fabio Capello who had resigned just months before that summer's European Championships.
The FA ultimately opted for Roy Hodgson despite Redknapp guiding Tottenham to the Champions League quarter-finals 12 months earlier.
His hugely successful spell in north London came to an end in 2012.
Since then he has taken charge of QPR and Birmingham - helping the former achieve promotion from the second tier back in 2014.
His last job was at St Andrews but he was shown the door in September 2017 and subsequently said there was "every chance" it was his final job in football.
Borussia Dortmund were in clinical mood on Saturday afternoon battering Schalke 04 4-0 as Bundesliga returns after coronavirus lockdown.
However, the victory was in an empty stadium with players also observing social distancing during celebration.
19-year-old striking sensation, Haaland opened scoring in 29 before Raphael Guerriro(two goals) and Hazard joined.
The England captain thought he had scored the equaliser at St Mary’s only to have the goal chalked off for offside and injuring himself in the process
With around a quarter of an hour to play at St Mary’s and Jose Mourinho’s side trailing 1-0, Kane side-footed a tidy finish in for what looked like the equaliser – but the linesman had his flag immediately up for offside.
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Kane felt his left hamstring straight away, and was promptly replaced by Erik Lamela.
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer has reportedly come up with a list of five attacking targets for the January window as the Red Devils boss is looking to bolster the squad.
Red Bull Salzburg hitman Erling Braut Haaland is top of the priority list while Everton winger Richarlison is also being targeted.
According to reports from the Mirror, Solkjaer could be left frustrated in his attempt to lure Richarlison to Old Trafford. Carlo Ancelotti, the new Toffees boss, sees the £70million-rated Richarlison as central to his plans for the club, and will have the final say on transfer dealings.
Since switching to Merseyside on a big-money transfer from Watford, Richarlison has established himself as an important player for his club and country.
The Brazilian started off as a wide left-winger but has showcased his versatility while playing as a centre forward as well. The 22-year-old has scored six goals and provided two assists for the Toffees in the Premier League so far.
Ancelotti asserted that taking Everton to the Champions League is the long-term goal and objective, and certainly, it won’t be achieved by selling his key players. Thereby, it is unlikely that United would be able to land Richarlison in January and only crazy money can soften Everton’s stance on the Brazilian.
Everton began their new era under Ancelotti with a hard-fought win against Burnley in their previous game. The Toffees will face Newcastle United next at St James’ Park on Saturday in the Premier League.
ITALIAN SERIE A: Juvenus 3 - 1 Udinese
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus beat Udinese to go top of Serie A - for a few hours at least.
The Portuguese blasted in a crisp shot from the edge of the area for a fourth goalscoring game in a row.
He then smashed in a first-time shot from Gonzalo Higuain's through ball before Leonardo Bonucci headed home to make it 3-0 before the break.
Ronaldo almost grabbed his first Serie A hat-trick as he hit the post, before Ignacio Pussetto's late consolation.
Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon made his 646th Serie A appearance, one short of Paolo Maldini's all-time record. It was Buffon's 700th league appearance including Serie B and the French top flight.
Inter Milan will go back to the top if they avoid defeat at Fiorentina (19:45 GMT).
Erling Braut Haaland has emerged as the talk of the town around Europe after his heroics with RB Salzburg at the UEFA Champions League, where he’s incidentally also the current top-scorer with six goals from only three games!
While Salzburg have been placed in a difficult group against defending champions Liverpool and Serie A giants Napoli, they’ve shown a lot of fight by nearly taking points from both of them.
Haaland has featured heavily in their success, netting in all three games and even silencing the Anfield crowd at one point with an equalizer. The Norwegian’s goal-scoring phenomenon isn’t being disregarded, as many clubs are on the hunt for his services.
As per the Guardian, Manchester United and Juventus stand just a bit ahead of the queue involving nearly 20 clubs monitoring Haaland’s progress at Salzburg this season.
The Red Devils have particularly been linked with the teenager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had worked with him at Molde last season.
The Norwegian gaffer was asked about a potential move in winter or later, but refused to comment on the young striker. United are in the hunt for a striker after being unable to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer and finding themselves with limited options upfront.
Haaland had himself been asked about a potential move to Manchester, but discarded a potential move by stating how bored he was with constant links to the Red Devils.
There have been talks about United’s history with his dad Alf-Inge Haaland- who was a Manchester City player- potentially ending any chances of a deal between the two. But Alf-Inge has himself reiterated that his past problems won’t be an issue for a potential deal.
But The Red Devils face hefty competition for the teenage sensation, with Juventus being on his heels to sign up a top-quality striker for the future.
They already spent big to seal the deal on Matthijs De Ligt in the summer, but are desperate for a proper goal-scorer as Gonzalo Higuain’s replacement.
Salzburg are looking to make a hefty profit on the Norwegian having signed him for around €9 million in January. They’re aiming to sell him for around €60 million in the summer if their hand is truly forced.
Napoli apparently tried getting a deal done recently by contacting Haaland’s representatives but were dismissed as Salzburg would not consider selling him before the end of the season.
Apart from United and Juventus, there are a number of elite clubs to have scouted the young striker. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal have all sent scouts to analyze his performances.
It looks like a wild chase for Haaland is guaranteed next summer, as United will really have to up the ante in order to secure his services for the future.
After having an extremely disappointing start to the season which sees them sit just two points above the relegation zone, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Manchester United are planning future transfers to save them from this mess.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had explained beforehand that their problems aren’t going to be solved anytime soon and that a longer process will be needed for them to get back amongst the top.
United are looking towards the next few transfer windows to remove the deadwood and bring in players in line with Solskjaer’s philosophy to promote young British players through their system.
It seems like they’ve set their sights on one particular player, as James Maddison is apparently on their radar to be signed sometime in the next summer transfer window.
According to Manchester Evening News, United are allegedly optimistic at getting the England International signed during the next summer transfer window.
Maddison is obviously a crucial part of Leicester City’s attack and has been impressive with his work on the bigger occasions.
He scored against Liverpool at Anfield and won the game against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season, even earning his national call-up from Gareth Southgate as a reason.
According to MEN, United are confident that Maddison will accept their offer to sign for the Red Devils as he’s a boyhood United fan and in great terms with former team-mate Harry Maguire.
At 23 years of age, Maddison is seen at being the perfect age for making the right impact at United and has all the values which is appreciated by the Norwegian gaffer.
United apparently want players who are respectful and will not hesitate to sign autographs for supporters when wearing the club jacket. However, they want players with the arrogance to overwhelm oppositions when they’re playing for the club.
That being said, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has no intentions of letting go off Maddison anytime soon and recently reiterated the club for being the perfect place for him to “flourish”.
He stated, “He’s a player that we very much want to keep here. He’s a very talented young player that has a lot of development to make over the coming years.”
“He recognises this is a great place for him to be, and gives him that opportunity to flourish and develop.”, the former Liverpool manager also explained.
Maddison is contracted with Leicester till 2023 after signing for the Foxes last season in a £20 million deal from Norwich City.
He’s already scored two and assisted two goals in the Premier League this season. As his valuation keeps soaring with his rising performance-level, United know they’ll have to spend big to attain his services next season.
As per a report from German outlet Bild, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have emerged as contenders in the race to sign Real Betis star man Giovani Lo Celso.
Argentine attacking midfielder Lo Celso made the move to Europe in the summer of 2016, when he joined French powerhouse PSG from Rosario Central.
After struggling for game-time during his debut campaign at the Parc des Princes, Lo Celso went on to enjoy a largely-impressive season in 2017/18, when he managed 33 appearances in Ligue 1, 18 of which came as starts.
However, despite having been short on options in midfield, PSG allowed the gifted South American to depart the French capital last summer, with Lo Celso having joined La Liga outfit Real Betis on loan with option to buy.
And the 23-year-old has since gone on to showcase exactly why he was so highly-regarded in his home country of Argentina during the early years of his career.
Lo Celso took his performances to another level altogether at the Benito Villamarín Stadium this past season.
Across all competitions, the Rosario youth product racked up 16 goals and 5 assists, proving an absolutely integral member of now-former Betis boss Quique Setién’s squad.
And Lo Celso’s stellar form has certainly not gone unnoticed across Europe.
Spurs, though, have been by far the most persistently-linked.
The reliable Gianluca Di Marzio last month even went as far as to suggest that the north Londoners had tabled a massive 70 million Euro bid for Lo Celso:
Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, meanwhile, went a step further two weeks ago, in claiming that an agreement between Spurs and Betis was ‘80% complete’.
As per the aforementioned update courtesy of SportBild this evening, though, a fresh contender has emerged to rival Tottenham in the race for Lo Celso’s signature.
The outfit in question are German giants Bayern Munich.
As per Bild’s report, the Bundesliga champions are currently engaged in negotiations with Betis.
It remains unclear, however, just how serious Bayern’s interest actually is:
The Antoine Griezmann transfer saga feels like it has been going on for an age.
Back on May 14th, Griezmann released a video announcing he would be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer.
Atletico’s president then claimed in June that he knew Griezmann would be moving to Barcelona this summer:
“I am very certain where Antoine will play, we have known since March.
“It is in Barcelona.” As quoted by Goal.
Despite all of this, Griezmann is still currently an Atletico Madrid player.
In total, Griezmann has featured in 257 games across all competitions for Atletico, in which he has scored 133 and assisted 50.
The Frenchman has also helped Atletico win the Europe League, Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
The Emirates Stadium outfit are yet to make an official announcement, but one is expected soon.
It was rumoured that Monreal was ready to quit Arsenal this summer and head back to La Liga, with Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao keen on the former Malaga left-back, but The Sun claims he penned fresh terms with the North Londoners earlier this year, and he will now head into his seventh year at the club as he is still very much part of manager Unai Emery’s plans.
The 33-year-old featured in 22 league games last term, and is expected to provide Kieran Tierney with competition and cover should Arsenal secure the signing of the Scotland international from Celtic this summer.
Monreal is expected to remain on his £65,000-a-week wages going forward, and having such experienced defender within his ranks for a little while will come as a huge boost for Emery.
The Leopards skipper believes the star-studded nation’s poor start at the Nations Cup finals will be to blame if they are eliminated
Democratic Republic of Congo captain Youssouf Mulumbu hopes the nation’s 4-0 hammering of Zimbabwe at the Africa Cup of Nations hasn’t come too late, as they look to avoid elimination.
Mulumbu, who was an unused substitute for the defeats, captained the side to victory against Zimbabwe and hopes they make it into the next round owing to the quality the team possesses.
“With the quality this team has it would be painful if we exit the competition at this stage,” Mulumbu told Goal.
“I think we would have ourselves to blame because we started badly. However, we displayed a good performance [against Zimbabwe] which we need to show again if we are to progress.”
The recently-released Celtic man then lauded his teammates, reserving some special praise for Jacques Maghoma, before looking forward with optimism.
“I am very proud of this team. A special mention to Jacques [Maghoma], he was exceptional. I think these are values we have to keep for the future if we happen to reach the next round,” he added.
“But now, it no longer depends on us. We have to pray because we are believers, we will make it, I strongly believe. I don’t believe in miracles, I believe in God.”
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Having ended in third place in Group A with three points, DR Congo face an anxious couple of days to determine if they are one of the four best third-placed sides as they seek a place in the last 16.
Malcom made the switch to FC Barcelona in July of 2018 from Ligue 1 outfit, Bordereaux.
The Brazilian is believed to have cost the Catalonian side somewhere in the region of £36m.
However, since making his big move to Spain, Malcom has struggled for game time.
The 22-year-old would manage just 24 appearances across all competitions this past season, scoring just four and assisting two.
After such an average debut season with Barcelona, Malcom is now being tipped to be sold this summer.
Spanish outlet AS are claiming that Malcom could be the player Barca sell to make room for Neymar.
Barca’s three none European spots in their senior side are currently taken up by Malcom, Arthur and Arturo Vidal.
So, if they sign Neymar, Barca will need to move on one of the above-mentioned trio and AS believe that could well be Malcom.
The report from AS mentions that Barca would prefer to sell the Brazilian to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Tottenham interested.
The Gunners have been linked with Malcom already this past season and he could well be on their list of targets this summer as they do appear to be searching for a wide player.
Over the last few weeks, Arsenal have been rumoured to be interested in a number of wide players.
Manchester United have pulled out of the running to sign Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire after being told the 26-year-old will cost £100m. (Mirror)
Nice boss Patrick Vieira, 43, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, 39, and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta, 37, are all on Newcastle’s shortlist to replace Rafa Benitez. (Telegraph)
Spaniard Arteta has been backed to take on the Manchester City manager’s role when Pep Guardiola leaves the club. (Evening Standard)
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is also on Newcastle’s radar but the Magpies would have to pay the Clarets a £10m compensation fee. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United will meet with the agent of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, to try and secure his £70m move from Sporting Lisbon. (O Jogo, via Talksport)
Juventus have asked Adidas for financial help in a bid to sign Manchester Unitedand France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26. (Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)
Manchester City are in talks with Juventus over the signing of 25-year-old Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo. (Tuttomercato, via Star)
Arsenal and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 23, says AC Milan have not made contact with him over a possible return to Serie A. (Talksport)
Bayern Munich have held talks with Paris St-Germain and France striker Ousmane Dembele’s agent over a move for the 22-year-old. (Mirror)
Netherlands Under-19 defender Sepp van den Berg, 17, is set to join Liverpool from PEC Zwolle. (Evening Standard)
Huddersfield Town’s English defender Tommy Smith, 27, is wanted by Championship rivals Stoke City and Scottish champions Celtic. (Huddersfield Examiner)
Reading are interested in signing Brazilian winger Wenderson Galeno, 21, on loan from Porto.(Futebol365)
Derby County chairman Mel Morris has described reports linking Rangers boss Steven Gerrard to the Rams as “absolute rubbish”. Derby manager Frank Lampard has been given permission to speak to Chelsea. (Derby Telegraph)
League One Coventry City have launched an investigation into the conduct of their Sandwell-born defender Jak Hickman, 20, while on holiday. (Coventry Telegraph)
Charlton Athletic’s London-born winger Tariqe Fosu, 23, has agreed to join League One Oxford United. (South London Press)
Former Wolves striker Liam McAlinden has joined League Two Walsall for pre-season training. The 25-year-old English forward was at League Two Cheltenham last season. (Express & Star)
Manchester United are pushing hard to sign Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, with the 21-year-old viewed as a significant upgrade on current right-backs Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant the defender has what it takes to succeed at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are determined to close the gap on Premier League rivals Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City next season.
And the Times say they are on the verge of signing Wan-Bissaka from Palace.
United have already signed one player in Daniel James, who touched down from Swansea nearly two weeks ago.
And the Times suggest Wan-Bissaka is set to become their second major signing of the summer transfer window.
United are on the verge of securing an agreement over the 21-year-old, which would involve a fee of £50million plus £5m in add-ons.
There is, however, a sticking point.
United are flatly refusing to change a clause installed in Wilfried Zaha’s contract, with the Ivorian the last player to move between the two teams.
Solskjaer’s side are currently entitled to 20 per cent of the profit should the Ivory Coast international leave the club.
United sold him to Palace back in 2015 for just £3m.
But with Zaha’s value rocketing to a huge £70m, it would mean United earn a substantial £13.5m of any potential fee.
Palace would likely that to be removed – or at least reduced.
And they are digging their heels in over winger, who has been linked with moves to United and Arsenal this transfer window.
Regarding Wan-Bissaka, former Palace star Neil Shipperley believes his old club should sell the player to United.
“I think it’s good business for a right back that has made 42 appearances,” Shipperley told Love Sport Radio.
“It’s a great deal for the club. This is football at the moment. There’s not a bidding war for him. Manchester United are the club. No-one else is coming in for him so you’re not going to have this bidding war.
“I think £50million or £55million is a fair deal. The fans aren’t going to like this but what they’ve got to realise is that this kid could still be in the Under-23s.
“He only came on the scene because we had no-one else to play right back. He came in and he has made that position his own.
“He’s a great player but at the end of the day, he’s a right back. He’s not a centre midfielder or a centre forward like Wilf [Zaha].
“He’s a right back and I think we’ve got a replacement in Joel Ward who is not as good as Bissaka but he can certainly play right back and do a job.
“Credit has to be given to the youth system at Palace because it’s going to be a while before we see something like this again.
“It does happen every now and again but after just over one season for a player to command a £50m+ fee is great for the club.”