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Ighalo star as Super Eagles register a hard-fought victory over Libya




Libya vs Nigeria:

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo continue to prove his critics wrong as he was on target yet again.

The Changchun Yatai’s forward has been largely criticized by the Eagles fans as result of his lackluster display at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Having registered his first hatrick for the Super Eagles on Saturday, all eyes were on him in today’s tension-soaked encounter.

The Super Eagles started brilliantly and their constant attacking moves paid off in the 14th minute when Odion Ighalo scored a simple tap in, thanks to wonderful pass from Ahmed Musa.

The Eagles continue to enjoy large portion of possession but they couldn’t make them count in their favor. .

In the 17th minute, ruthless Eagles’ frontline doubled their lead as in-form striker Ahmed Musa found the back of the net.

When many thought the game was over, Libya began to trouble their West African opponent and their pressure produced result as Mohamed Zaebiaa nodded home past Francis Uzoho in the 34th minute, no thanks to a shambolic defence from Nigeria’s backline.

The opening half of the encounter ended 2-1 in favor of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The second half saw a determined Libyan side equalized in the 74th minute after another unimpressive display from Leon Balogun and his fellow defenders.

Sand Masaud’s shot was parried by Uzoho but the ball unfortunately fell to Ahmad Ben who made no mistake in scoring the rebound.

After series of attacking substitutions from Genort Rohr, the Eagles attack got back to life and they managed to score another fine goal.

Man of the moment, Ighalo beautifully controlled the ball before hitting it so hard that Libya’s goalkeeper Ahmed Azzaqeh couldn’t prevent it from sailing into the net.

After 90+8 minutes of action, Nigeria were able to make it three wins from four matches at the ongoing AFCON 2019 qualifying series.

Rohr’s men now top group E after South Africa’s goalless draw against Seychelles earlier today.

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Confirmed: Arsenal Target Rubbishes MLS Transfer Talks

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Marseille defender Adil Rami has debunked transfer rumours linking him with Major League Soccer (MLS).

In his recent interview as monitored by popular media channel Goal, Adil Rami reiterated his desire to stay with the French Ligue 1 giants on the back of a disappointing season.

Adil Rami has made just 18 appearances for Marseille this season.

Marseille have had a disappointing campaign having already missed out on qualification for the Champions League next season.

Adil Rami has endured a largely frustrating season after the biggest moment of his career last summer.

The 33-year-old was part of the French squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia last year via a 4-2 win over surprise finalists Croatia in their final clash.

Adil Rami helped France seal a second World Cup title.

He has been previously linked with a move to Arsenal especially when compatriot Arsene Wenger was the Gunners boss.

Wenger resigned from the post last summer and he has since been replaced by Spanish tactician Unai Emery who has led Arsenal to the Europa League final in his first season as the Gunners manager.

Adil Rami wants to stay at Marseille amidst the intense transfer rumours linking him with a move to LA Galaxy in the MLS.

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Transfer Fight: Arsenal Face Juventus Battle For Roma Defender

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Kostas Manolas

North London giants Arsenal will have to contend with Italian champions Juventus in their quest to sign AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas during this summer’s transfer window.

This is according to the publication from II Messaggero which claimed that the two clubs, Arsenal and Juventus, are keen on a summer move for Manolas.

It was revealed that the Greek international center-back has a release clause and both clubs are ready to pay it.

The player will decide whether he wants to stay in Italy or move to the Premier League this summer.

AS Roma have no power to retain the player since he has a release clause.

Kostas Manolas has been a key player for AS Roma since moving to the Italian capital club five years ago.

He was linked with the Gunners before joining Roma from Greek giants Olympiacos in the summer of 2014.

His finest hour in the Roma shirt came during the Champions League clash with Spanish champions Barcelona last season.

Manolas scored the third and final goal of the game to hand the Italians a Champions League semifinal berth via the away goals rule after their 3-0 win over the Spanish La Liga giants.

Roma had earlier lost the first leg 4-1 in Spain.

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Revealed: Man City Must Pay World-record Fee For Man Utd Target

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Harry Maguire

Premier League champions Manchester City will have to pay a world-record transfer fee for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire if they want to sign him this summer.

This is according to widespread reports emanating from the British media.

It was revealed that the Citizens have set their sights on Harry Maguire as the direct replacement for Vincent Kompany.

Manchester skipper Kompany will leave the club this summer after 11 years of service to the treble winners.

The Belgian made 360 appearances for Manchester City during that period and he has been appointed in a player-manager role at Anderlecht.

Vincent Kompany will join Belgian top flight giants Anderlecht at the start of the new season.

England international star Maguire is the defensive target for Manchester City and they have to pay more than the world-record fee for Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk according to the Daily Mail.

Liverpool paid £75m to sign Van Dijk from fellow Premier League club Southampton last year and Leicester City is expected to demand more than that amount.

Manchester City is keen to sign a new defender following the exit of club skipper Vincent Kompany who led the Citizens to the domestic treble for the first time in the history of English league football.

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Deal On!!! Liverpool exposed in “secret” contact with star defender

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De Ligt

The Merseyside outfit Liverpool have been reported to be in secret contact with Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Reds team have been linked with the star Defender over the past few months and it is speculated that they will Strike a deal at the end of the season.

Top European sides have also been linked with the signature of the Ajax star defender with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid looking to secure a signature.

However, a well-renowned Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims that the Reds team have already contacted the camp of the player without the knowledge of the public.

It is now unclear if Liverpool will win his signature, as they will like to land the defensive partnership with his countryman Virgil Van Dijk.

The quality of the Liverpool team is not in doubt. They have conceded fewer goals in the just concluded season but manager Jurgen Klopp will seek to have the player in order to have a more formidable team for the coming season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool was unlucky to lose out of the English Premier League title.

They have the hope to win the Champions League as a consolidation when they clash with Tottenham in June.

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Offers coming in for 15-m rated Liverpool star

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Simon Mignolet

The Merseyside outfit are set to part ways with their star goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the summer transfer window as offers are beginning to come in for him.

Simon Mignolet has since been reported to be seeking a move out of the club as a result of his lack of playing time.

It has been observed that Simon Mignolet spent all the English Premier League season on the bench without a single playing time as a result of the presence of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

According to The Mirror, Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth all keeping tabs on his situation at Anfield as they consider a swoop.

There are already suggestions that Liverpool will not stand in the way of the goalkeeper and have already been reached after talks held.

Simon Mignolet will seek to find a playing time away from the Anfield which means he will not be at the club in the coming season.

Norwich are favorites in the deal for the star goalkeeper but they will have to cough out the sum of £15 million before they are able to land him ahead of the coming season.

Alisson Becker has been the better goalkeeper for the Reds boss since joining from the Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma.

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EPL Defender prefers Move To Liverpool Over Man United

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Ryan Sessegnon

Merseyside outfit Liverpool had a very successful last season and this can be attributed to their defensive powers with star defender Virgil Van Dijk doing a good job to help manager Jurgen Klopp team secure a total of 97 points in the domestic league.

However, a number of players seem to be attracted to the Reds team and Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon is one of those that would love to join the Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Man United have made inquiries about Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon as they are desperate to have a better and improved team ahead of the coming season.

Emerging reports claim that Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon prefers to join Liverpool than Red Devils when the summer transfer window opens.

Liverpool have got a solid defence but they lack depth at full-back positions which makes Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon a good fit to join the club in the coming season.

Ryan Sessegnon, who is 19 will be a great addition to the Liverpool team because of the potentials he has already displayed.

It is therefore yet to be seen if manager Georgian Club will make a move for Ryan Sessegnon when the summer window is opened.

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The only reason why 25-Goal Nigeria-eligible striker will remain at Chelsea revealed

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Tammy Abraham

The West London outfit Chelsea are considering to have star striker Tammy Abraham remain at the Stamford Bridge in the coming season.

Tammy Abraham, who is eligible to play for Nigeria enjoyed a fine form in the just concluded season when he starred for championship side, Aston Villa.

Tammy Abraham was one of the best attackers in the championship last season as he delivered 25 goals to hand the hope of qualification to the English Premier League.

However, Tammy Abraham is only enjoying a loan spell at Aston Villa and there seem to be a call for him to return back to his parent Club.

The West London outfit are hit already with a transfer ban which may stop them from involving in the next to transfer windows. They, therefore, seek the return of some of their players as already hinted by manager Maurizio Sarri before the end of the just concluded season.

However, it is reported that Tammy Abraham would be asked to return if the club failed to win their appeal against the ban.

His performance at the championship has already given him the boost and attracted faith in him to deliver when he finally returns back to the Stamford Bridge.

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Manager confirms Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal £70m target is leaving

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Nicolas Pépé

The West London outfit Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of French Ligue 1 outfit Lille star Nicolas Pepe.

This is after it was confirmed by his manager Christophe Galtier that Nicolas Pepe will be leaving the club now that the season has ended.

The blues team has been handed a transfer ban but they seek an upturn as they approach the Court of Arbitration to appeal the judgment given by the world football governing body.

Therefore, Christophe Galtier has hinted that Nicolas Pepe will be available in this summer transfer window after hinting that a number of Interest clubs are already bidding for his signature.

A number of top European clubs including, Man United, Arsenal and Spanish La Liga club Barcelona are also in the chase for Nicolas Pepe.

It has been suggested that the Star Player will come in to replace Belgium international Eden Hazard who is set to leave the club to join Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid after indicating interest to play under his football Idol and manager Zinedine Zidane.

Howbeit, West London outfit will wait for the decision of CAS to be able to know their next step for new additions in the summer transfer window.

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Done Deal!!! Chelsea star agrees major deal

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Olivier Giroud

The emerging report from France reveals that the West London outfit Chelsea have already agreed on a contract extension with their star striker and France International Olivier Giroud.

There have been lots of speculation over the future of the former Arsenal player especially after he complained about lack of playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.

Although, the former Napoli boss has already refuted the claim that the former Arsenal player was granted little playing time, insisted that Olivier Giroud will be staying at the club.

The report of the move of the star striker has attracted a number of interest for his signature and it was earlier claimed that he had agreed to a deal with a French Ligue 1 outfit but latest development revealed that he has already agreed to a deal to remain at the Stamford Bridge for another year.

The Blues team have suffered lack of cutting edge especially in the just concluded season and it was expected that new players would be brought in but we the transfer ban, Chelsea will be left with no other option than to extend the contract of the former Arsenal man at the club.

However, report claims that Tammy Abraham will be returning to Stamford Bridge after his loan spell at the Championship outfit Aston Villa.

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Can Chelsea afford to keep Eden Hazard for another season?

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Eden Hazard

Belgium international Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from the West London outfit Chelsea even before the end of the season.

It is claimed that he will be moving to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid ahead of the coming season but the West London outfit have been reluctant to release the star player.

While report claims that the West London outfit are seeking for 100 million euros to be able to release Eden Hazard, other reports claim that the Spanish La Liga side have already stepped forward with and it was rejected on two occasions because it was short of the required 100 million euros.

However, keeping Eden Hazard for another year remains a big risk for the Blues team because it might amount to losing him for free at the end of the day.

The major reason why Chelsea have refused to let go of Eden Hazard is that a transfer ban has been handed to the club for breaking the rules.

Chelsea are unsure of finding a replacement for Eden Hazard which is the reason why they are reluctant to let him go.

This, therefore, raises the question of if the Blues team will be ready to keep him for another year, knowing that he will be leaving the club for free at the end of the day.

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