French midfielder Samir Nasri has joined La Liga side Sevilla from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal, both sides confirmed on Wednesday.
Nasri scored 27 goals and won two Premier League titles in five years in Manchester, but after an injury-plagued 2015/16 season, new City boss Pep Guardiola had criticised his condition when he returned to pre-season overweight.
“The attacker arrives on loan from Manchester City until June 30 2017 without an option to buy,” Sevilla said in a statement.
it’s been a pleasure thanks to everyone in the club and the fans for the 5 amazing years and wish you best of luck for the season,” Nasri posted via his official Twitter account. Naijabet.com
After making a strong impression as a substitute for the last 15 minutes of City’s 3-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, Guardiola even opened the door for Nasri to stay and fight for his place at the Etihad.
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Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has had a medical ahead of a move to Valencia, according to reports.
Mangala, who started 24 Premier League games for City last season, is expected to join Valencia on loan for the remainder for the season.
Defender Shkodran Mustafi left Valencia for Arsenal on Tuesday in a deal that could be worth up to £35m to the La Liga side NaijaBet.com
Managla, who was part of France’s squad for this summer’s European Championships, does not appear to feature in manager Pep Guardiola’s immediate plans.
Guardiola has already reinforced his defence with the acquisition of John Stones this summer, with Nicolas Otamendi partnering the England international at centre-back in City’s last two Premier League games.
Mangala, 25, joined City in a £32m deal from Porto two years ago.
Stoke City have signed striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City on a season-long loan, the Premier League clubs announced on Wednesday.
Ivorian Bony, 27, has been a bit-part player at City since signing from Swansea City in January 2015, with Argentina’s Sergio Aguero leading the line at the club.
“Bringing Wilfried in was a no-brainer for us, to be perfectly honest, because he knows the Premier League and has scored plenty of goals at this level,” manager Mark Hughes told the club’s website. Naijabet
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Manchester United’s Anthony Martial needs to show greater consistency, France coach Didier Deschamps has said.
Martial enjoyed a strong start to his United career since signing from Monaco in September, scoring 11 goals in 31 Premier League games last campaign but has been unable to find the back of the net under manager Jose Mourinho.
“Anthony started the season very early and he has already played a lot in a system that is different to ours. He needs to be more consistent despite his qualities,” Deschamps media of about the 20-year-old. Naijabet
“He can make the difference in a game because he’s fast and powerful and can score and assist. At this age, even if he has already proved a lot, he has to go through that stage. He has to maintain a certain level of performance for weeks and months.”
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Serge Gnabry is to be unveiled as a Werder Bremen player on Wednesday after completing his move from Arsenal, the Bundesliga club have announced.
Gnabry, who impressed for his country as they won Olympic silver at this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, is expected to join Bremen on a four-year contract for an initial fee of €5 million, according to Bild.
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Fulham are in discussions with striker Emmanuel Adebayor, according to Sky sources.
The 32-year-old is available on a free transfer after his short-term contract with Crystal Palace expired at the end of the season.
The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham forward made seven appearances and scored one goal for Alan Pardew’s side after joining on a six-month deal in January. NaijaBet.com
Adebayor, who in May told Sky Sports he hoped to stay with Palace, was reported to be of interested to Turkish side Caykur Rizespor earlier this month.
Rizespor coach Hikmet Karaman claimed a deal had been ‘agreed in principle’ to reunite Adebayor with former Arsenal team-mate Mathieu Flamini at the Super Lig club.
On Monday, Fulham joined Wolves in bidding for derby striker Chris Martin, according to Sky sources.
Meanwhile, Adebayor’s most recent club, Palace, are in a tussle with Bournemouth over the loan signing of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
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Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani has stoked the flames of recent speculation linking the Real Madrid midfielder with a return by claiming he is sure a reunion will happen.
Malaga president Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani has hinted that Isco could return to the club.
The midfielder has heavily been linked with a move away from Real Madrid after finding first-team opportunities limited at Santiago Bernabeu, with Malaga and Tottenham interested. NaijaBet.com
Isco enjoyed a fruitful two years at Malaga before joining Madrid in 2013, and now the club’s president has stoked the flames of a possible return.
Mauricio Pochettino was reported in Spanish publication AS on Tuesday to have contacted Isco with a view to convincing him to move to White Hart Lane on loan.
However, a return to Malaga is claimed to be more likely as the Spain international looks to reignite his career
Liverpool’s outcast Italian striker Mario Balotelli was to have a medical at French side Nice on Wednesday amid transfer deadline day talks between the clubs, l’Equipe newspaper reported.
The 26-year-old could be sold or loaned to Nice, the report said. Once one of the biggest hopes in Europe, Balotelli has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup and has been told he is not wanted by Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp.
A Nice official told l’Equipe no agreement had been reached and that the medical was “to save time” if an accord could be found. Naijabet
“If the situation works out, maybe late in the day, it will be done. If we don’t agree with Liverpool, he will leave again,” the official added.
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The forward has urged les Bleus to put the heartache of the summer behind them and focus on qualifying for the World Cup
Antoine Griezmann has urged France to put the memories and anguish of Euro 2016 behind them ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Griezmann top-scored with six goals and was named Player of the Tournament as the hosts reached the final of Euro 2016, only to lose 1-0 to Portugal in extra time.
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Tottenham are set to sign Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko for an eventual £30m, Sky sources understand.
Sources have told Sky Sports News HQ that an agreement has been reached for Spurs to pay five instalments of £6m to sign the France international.
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Former Arsenal star Tomas Rosicky has returned to former club Sparta Prague, 15 years after leaving the Czech giants.
“I’m really glad to be back. I’m really looking forward to it,” said Rosicky after he was unveiled on a two-year contract.
“I’m not coming here just to play. I’m coming here to win.
“The coach Zdenek Scasny gave me my first chance in the top division. It’s unbelievable we meet here again.” NaijaBet.com
Sparta’s co-owner Daniel Kretinsky added on the club’s Twitter feed: “We believe Tomas will help Sparta both on and off the pitch. He’s an extraordinary personality.
“Tomas should focus on his player role now, but I hope he’ll continue at Sparta even after the end of his career.”
Rosicky was given a guard of honour by Arsenal on the final day of last season when his contract expired with Arsene Wenger’s side.
The 35-year-old, whose 10-year spell in north London was hampered by injuries, spent three seasons with boyhood team Sparta before joining Dortmund in 2001 for a Bundesliga record fee.
Rosicky, who has 105 international caps, sustained a thigh injury during Euro 2016 and has recently been training with the Gunners to regain his fitness.
The Czech Republic captain has yet to announce if he will continue with the national team.
Marc Albrighton has become the latest Leicester City player to commit himself to the club after the Premier League champions announced he had signed a new four-year contract on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old former Aston Villa winger played a key role in Leicester’s 5 000-1 title triumph last season.
He follows Jamie Vardy, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and manager Claudio Ranieri in signing a new contract at the King Power Stadium.
“I just think there’s a really good feeling around the place,” Albrighton told the Leicester website after tying himself to the club until 2020. Naijabet
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Wayne Rooney has admitted he overruled former England manager Roy Hodgson by replacing Harry Kane on corner duty during Euro 2016.
Hodgson was criticised for a number of his tactical and selection decisions as his side failed in France, with one of the earliest debates centring around his main striker delivering dead balls rather than getting on the end of them.
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Inter Milan have signed Brazil striker Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa on a five-year deal from Santos on the player’s 20th birthday.
Inter had been leading the race for the Santos prospect, who is in Ecuador preparing to play in World Cup qualifying matches with the Selecao.
He passed his medical over the weekend and the Nerazzurri are reported to have agreed a fee of around €25 million with Santos for the services of the forward, who starred for Brazil at the Olympic Games. NaijaBet.com
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Premier League clubs have now spent more than £1 billion on transfers in the summer window.
The league had already broken its own transfer record last week, when Manchester City’s signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo pushed clubs’ gross spending up to £880 million — topping the £870m of last summer. NaijaBet.com
Arsenal completed the signing of Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia for a reported fee of £35 million on Tuesday night, which smashed through the £1bn mark with another day of dealing to go.
It is the fourth successive summer that a new record has been set for Premier League spending.
Hull became the 12th club to break their transfer record this window when Ryan Mason moved to the KCOM Stadium from Tottenham.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is in danger of missing the Manchester derby after he was charged with violent conduct by England’s Football Association on Tuesday.
The charge relates to an incident during City’s 3-1 home win over West Ham United last Sunday when Aguero appeared to swing his left elbow towards visiting defender Winston Reid.
He faces a three-game ban if found guilty, which would rule him out of City’s trip to Manchester United on September 10, a home game with Bournemouth and a trip to Swansea City in the League Cup. Naija and Bet
“Sergio Aguero has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video,” the FA said in a statement on its website.
“The Manchester City forward was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 76th minute of the game on Sunday [28 August 2016].”
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Crystal Palace are leading the way to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan on transfer deadline day, according to British newspaper reports.
A club source has told ESPN FC that Arsenal are looking to send Wilshere out on loan this season to give the midfielder a chance to revive his injury-plagued career. NaijaBet.com
The England international has yet to make a Premier League start this season and interest in his signature is said to be high, with the Daily Mirror reporting 22 sides have made an approach.
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Gernot Rohr had his first training session with the Super Eagles on Tuesday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
The session lasted exactly 35 minutes with the team concentrating only on light workouts and stretches.
Twenty players took part in the session which got underway at exactly 6:25 pm with Rohr flagging off proceedings with a short meeting with the players and backroom staff on the pitch for about five minutes. Naijabet.com
The players then proceeded to jog around the pitch for about five minutes before embarking on another five minute session with emphasis laid on stretching exercises.
Rohr then divided the group into two with each engaging in a mini game of head tennis.
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Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old made his announcement at a news conference ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday, when he will set a new record for an England outfield player, ahead of David Beckham, by winning his 116th cap. Naija and Bet
“Come Russia I feel that will be the time for me to say goodbye to international football, my mind is made up,” said Rooney, who was reappointed England captain by new manager Sam Allardyce on Monday.
“Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England so I’m going to try to enjoy these two years and hopefully I can end my time with England on a high,” he said.
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Belgian club KAA Gent have completed the signing of Nigerian midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim on a three-year deal.
The 25-year-old creative midfielder joined The Buffalos from Slovakian champions AS Trencin on Tuesday after passing his medical test and has already been described as “an elegant player” by the club.
“KAA Gent has today completed the transfer of the 25-year-old Nigerian central midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim. Rabiu comes from the Slovakian side AS Trencin,” the club announced on Tuesday.
The Belgian outfit, which also have another Nigerian, Moses Simon, also signed from AS Trencin, believes that they have landed a player “with great technical ability.” Naijabet.com
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Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique have agreed to put off talks on a contract extension until early next year, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu said.
Luis Enrique is in his third season in charge of Barca and recently said he would only consider his future at the end of the campaign when his current deal runs out.
Barca are determined to keep the 46-year-old, who has won eight trophies out of a possible 10 in his two years as coach, beyond next year.
“We will not discuss Luis Enrique’s renewal now or at Christmas,” Bartomeu said. Naija and Bet
“The right time will be in February or March as he said that he didn’t want to talk about it until the end of the season.
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Arsenal have signed striker Lucas Perez from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old netted 19 goals in all competitions last season, including a run of seven goals in seven successive games to equal the record of former Brazilian striker Bebeto.
Perez, who also scored in Deportivo’s opening La Liga win over Eibar this season, will fit into Arsenal’s possession based football, according to manager Arsene Wenger.
“He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs, Wenger said. Naijabet.com
“He’s got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year.”
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Napoli do not need Edinson Cavani to return to the club as he would struggle to fit back into the team, according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Uruguay international Cavani spent three years in Naples before his big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.
The Serie A side were linked with bringing the 29-year-old back from the Parc des Princes following Gonzalo Higuain’s €90m move to Juventus this summer.
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Liverpool have accepted a £6m bid for Spanish winger Luis Alberto from Serie A club Lazio, according to Sky sources.
Lazio will pay £4.3m up front, with an additional £1.7m due to Liverpool if certain criteria are met. There is also a 30 per cent sell-on clause in the deal. NaijaBet.com
The 23-year-old attacker will now travel to Rome to finalise personal terms in readiness for the new season.
Liverpool signed Alberto for £6.8m from Sevilla three years ago but he has started just two games in that time and has been loaned to Malaga and Deportivo