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

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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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Three Clubs Join Race For 22-Year-Old Arsenal Target

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Three European clubs have reportedly joined the race for AS Roma forward Patrik Schick ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

The 22-year-old has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League with North London giants Arsenal.

The Czech Republic international star has been mooted as a possible replacement for injured Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck suffered what looked like a season-ending injury while he was in action for the Gunners in their Europa League clash at home to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

The England international star sustained a serious injury in his right ankle while he was trying to connect with a cross from Stephan Lichtsteiner.

It was revealed that the extent of his injury would be determined in the next 72 hours.

Since his injury, the Gunners have been linked with several forwards including the aforementioned Schick.

Patrick Schick spent last season on loan at AS Roma from fellow Italian Serie A side before his move was made permanent in a £17m deal in the summer.

According to a report from popular Italian news outlet Corriere Dello Sport, Arsenal will have to battle with other interested sides like Sevilla, Crystal Palace and Real Valladolid.

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Chelsea prepare for life after Willian, Pedro with Mexico international

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Hirving Lozano

Chelsea are already raising concerns about the age of their star wingers, Brazilian international Willian and Spanish international Pedro who are all within 30 years.

This is an indication that both Blues players might not last longer at the Stamford Bridge with the club already preparing to bring in replacements even before they are gone.

PSV winger Hirving Lozano has been pointed as the best fit for both players and the West London side are reported to be preparing a bid to have him switch over to London ahead of the winter transfer window which opens in coming month.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate to have the player’s signature having learnt that Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested in the 23-year-old.

A release clause of about £42 million has been placed for the player should any club seeks for his signature but that is not a big deal for the Italian manager who is bent on having the player join his side in coming months.

Howbeit, the former Napoli boss has won the heart of the Chelsea owners with his great performance which has helped his side gone unbeaten so far in this competition. He is expected to have the backing of the management as well in having some additions so as to stand a better chance of winning a title.

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Chelsea swoop in to sign another Real Madrid player

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Marco Asensio

Chelsea are reportedly gunning for the signature of Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio with a bid to make a move in the winter transfer window which opens in the coming month.

Asensio who is much younger is expected to come fill the space for Spanish player Pedro and Brazilian Willian who are not living up to expectations and also having age as a disadvantage to them having both clocked 30.

Asensio’s quality is in no doubt will fit into the Chelsea team with manger Maurizio Sarri willing to break the bank for the Spanish winger

The Spanish international is also interesting a number of big clubs who are monitoring his progress with the likes of Liverpool also showing some interest.

The former Mallorca player who joined Bernabeu in 2015 for a fee of £5 million has made a lot of progress with his fee already raised to the sky. He has got a release clause of about £75 million considering the investment on the 22-year-old.

The decision would be left for Real Madrid to make on either releasing the player or not but the West London team will do all it takes to lure him to the Stamford Bridge as soon as the January transfer window.

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Another claim made on Eden Hazard’s future

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A latest claim has been made on the future of Chelsea star Eden Hazard by his brother Thorgan.

Thorgan reveals that his brother has not considered leaving the West London side despite speculations linking him away from the club.

Hazard has been linked with Real Madrid with the Champions League holders keen on having his signature to fill the space already created by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo who is now with the Italian champions Juventus.

The Spanish giants had accused Chelsea of keeping Hazard against his wish, describing it as a form of slavery of the layer.

Meanwhile, Hazard himself fuelled the speculations of his move when he claimed to be nursing a long term wish of playing at the Bernabeu, adding that it has been a fan of the club as a child.

All is expected to remain calm with the claim by Thorgan who says his brother will be going nowhere, noting that he still has his heart at the Stamford Bridge where he hopes to win the Champions League.

Howbeit, Hazard is yet to sign a new deal with his employers despite the whole speculations some weeks ago that he is ready to hold talks with the club.

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Bournemouth Target Man United Defender As Nathan Ake Replacement

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Phil Jones

South Coast club Bournemouth have identified Manchester United defender Phil Jones as a potential candidate to replace Nathan Ake in the event that they decide to cash in on him when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

As reported by The Sun, Manchester United centre back Phil Jones is one of many Red Devils stars with less than a year on their respective futures at Old Trafford.

Phil Jones has been linked with other Premier League sides like Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, partly due to the uncertainty surrounding his future at Manchester United.

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake could be on his way out of the club with several teams such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United interested in him.

Phil Jones would certainly be a potential replacement for Nathan Ake if Bournemouth decide to cash in on the Dutch international.

Jones was one of the final signings made by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson before he left the club at the end of the 2012/13 season.

He signed for the Red Devils in 2011 after English Championship side Blackburn Rovers received around £16m for his transfer.

The England international player has not been able to live up to expectations mainly due to injuries.

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Could Klopp be falling in love with Fulham Aleksandar ?

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There are indications that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could has fallen in love with Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after their win at the Anfield.

Klopp in his expression of admiration for Mitrovic noted that no one has given his defence a good fight as the player which brings suggestions that the German manager might be seeking for his signature in the future.

This is the first time in a long while that the former Borussia Dortmund manager showered praise on an opponent which sense that he might have set his heart on the player.

There is no doubt that the Fulham man will jump at any opportunity to pen his signature for the Reds knowing that he will have the advantage to play at the bigger stage and also stand the chance of winning a title.

However, Liverpool are believed have made up their mind to look in the Premier League to sign new players having had a good buys with Virgil van Dijk and Xhendan Shaqiri who are all doing well this season at the Anfield.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is yet to win any title in his three years reign at the club and his poised to break the deadlock to win this season with the Premier League and the Champions League as the main targets.

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Man United Linked With £60m Rated Midfielder Ahead Of January

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Premier League giants Manchester United have reportedly been linked with a move for highly rated Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

The Red Devils have often lacked inspiration in the middle of the park this season and a move for the 21-year-old could be a remedy to that according to footballtransfertavern.

Ruben Neves became the most expensive player in the history of the English Championship last summer when Wolves paid a record transfer fee of around £15.8m to secure his transfer from Portuguese giants FC Porto.

He was hugely influential for the Midlands club as they won the English Championship with record points in the last campaign.

The Portuguese international player has continued his good form into the season with several impressive outings for his newly promoted side in the Premier League.

His good form has not gone unnoticed with clubs like Manchester City and Manchester United linked with a move for him when the transfer window reopens in January.

He’s presently rated at around £60m though Wolves would be reluctant to lose his services.

Ruben Neves could be a direct replacement for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba who has been linked with a return to Juventus.

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Arsenal Transfer Target To Sign New Man United Contract

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been linked with a move to top four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United ahead of the next transfer window in the New Year.

The Red Devils are not willing to let him go despite the strong transfer links to the aforementioned North London duo.

According to the publication from popular English news portal Daily Star, Manchester United will offer the England international centre back a new contract until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Phil Jones has less than a year left on his current deal at Old Trafford but the Red Devils reserve the right to activate the clause of an additional year in his Manchester United contract.

This is necessary to prevent the 26-year-old from leaving the club on a free transfer when his Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season.

With the new development, the Red Devils will be able to cash in on him next summer in the event that other clubs are interested in him.

Phil Jones teamed up with Manchester United from English Championship side Blackburn Rovers in 2011 but he has not been able to live up to the huge expectations that accompanied his move to Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Sarri has mixed feelings after Everton draw

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is has expressed a mixed feeling after his side recorded a goalless draw against Everton on Sunday.

The Italian manager is unhappy because he observed that his side have been starting games very slowly of lately which he thinks is a major reason for the draw on Sunday.

It is actually an issue for the former Napoli boss who dismissed the insinuation that his players are having physical problems because of the level of training and hard work his side have done behind closed doors.

He suspects that his side are having a mentality problem which he thinks must be addressed immediately.

On the other hand, manager Sarri is confident that his side can still challenge for the trophy as he dismissed fears of his side are already out of the Premier League race.

According to him, other teams will drop some points just like his side which makes it a balanced situation for all team.

Meanwhile, the West London side are still unbeaten in all competitions this season which puts them on the right track for a title win this season.

The Italian manager has expressed the desire to win a trophy this season with his eyes set on the Premier League and also the Europa League so as to play in the Champions League next season.

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Pique give Ousmane Dembele reason not to leave Barcelona

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Gerard Pique has unwittingly told Liverpool target Ousmane Dembele not to leave Barcelona so as not to make any mistake as other senior players like him.

It was reported that the Frenchman skipped training as a way of protesting so as to push for a move away from the club but the senior defender told the striker that he might be taking the wrong decision.

Pique was reported to have told Dembele that he has a lot of room to improve knowing that he is a talented player who has a future at the club.

Also, Demebele was warned that other players have made certain decisions that failed to work for them and he is about going the same direction if he leaves the Camp Nou on a bad note, stressing that the attitude of the young player must improve.

However, Liverpool are keen on having the player join their attack force in the January transfer window and they will make all efforts to push for a deal for the player.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is believed to be a big fan of the player and will ensure a space for him in the team not minding the competition that may arise with his already established stars.

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