African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Chelsea near £75m Zaha deal

Chelsea near £75m Zaha deal

Chelsea are in pole position to sign £75 million-rated Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, the  Mirror claims.

Tottenham, initially leading the race for the signing of the Ivorian forward, have dropped their interest in the player due to the Eagles’ asking price.

Chelsea are now cleared to sign the 25-year-old before the Premier League summer transfer window closes on August 9. 

West Ham end Brahimi pursuit

West Ham United will no longer pursue Algeria international Yacine Brahimi, according to Sky Sports .

An agreement has been reached between both clubs but personal terms could not be agreed between the player and the Premier League club.

Meanwhile, the Hammers are still in talks with Porto over the signing of Mali international Moussa Marega.

The Portuguese champions and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are yet to reach a common ground in their valuation for the player.

Marseille turn to Mikel Agu

Marseille are considering a season-long loan deal for Nigeria and Porto midfielder Mikel Agu, Le10 Sport reports.

The French Ligue 1 side are interested in strengthening their midfield with the 25-year-old who spent last season on loan at Bursaspor.

Marseille are preparing a loan offer with an option to sign the midfielder permanently at the end of the season.

Koulibaly ends Chelsea chase with new deal

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has penned a new five-year contract ending speculations linking with a €90m move to Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Italian club president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed that the Senegal international has committed to fresh terms after rejecting €90m bids from three different clubs this summer.

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Bordeaux close in on Kalu

French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux are closing in on a €8 million deal for Nigeria’s Samuel Kalu, Lequipe reports.

The 20-year-old who scored seven goals in 37 appearances across all competitions last term has been chosen as a replacement for Malcom who left for Barcelona this month.

Cameroon appoint Seedorf & Kluivert as coaches

Cameroon have appointed Dutch legends Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert as their national team head coach and assistant coach respectively.

Seedorf managed relegated Deportivo La Coruna last season in the Spanish La Liga while Kluivert was the former PSG sporting director.

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Konyaspor terminate Eto’o contract

Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o has ended his seven months union with Konyaspor by mutual consent, the club announced .

The four-time African Footballer of the Year joined the Turkish Super Lig side from rivals Antalyaspor in January and went on to score six goals in 14 appearances.

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Leicester & Monaco agree Ghezzal deal

Monaco and Leicester City have reached a €14m agreement for the transfer of Algeria international attacker Rachid Ghezzal, according to Lequipe .

The 26-year-old is expected to replace Riyad Mahrez at the King Power Stadium and also link up with manager Claude Puel who he worked with at Lyon.

Ghezzal has been permitted by the French giants to travel to England for talks and a medical on Friday.

Iwobi signs new Arsenal deal

Nigeria international Alex Iwobi has signed a new four-year contract with Arsenal.

The deal will keep the 22-year-old at the Emirates Stadium until 2022.

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Ahmed Musa joins Saudi club Al Nassr

Saudi Arabia top-flight club Al Nassr have completed the signing of Ahmed Musa on a four-year deal from Leicester City.

Both clubs reportedly agreed on a £14.8m fee with several add-ons, which will see the deal rise to as high as £25m.

Zaha wants Chelsea move 

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is ready to push for a move to Chelsea this summer, the Mirror reports. 

Zaha rejected an improved deal worth £125,000-a-week earlier this summer and has told his teammates of his desire to join Maurizio Sarri’s team before the transfer window closes on August 9.

The Ivorian star who has also attracted interest from Tottenham, might table a transfer request to force his move out of Selhurst Park.

Everton lead race for Slimani

Everton are leading the way to sign Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, according to Correio da Manha via Sport Witness .

The Algerian striker has been heavily linked with a move away from Leicester this summer, after a short career at the King Power Stadium.

Marco Silva looks set to strengthen his squad with Slimani who has scored just eight goals since his record move from Sporting CP.

Fenerbahce, Sporting CP have also shown interest in capturing the 30-year-old.

Awoudja signs pro contract with Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich has handed youngster Maxime Awoudja his first professional contract.

On Thursday, the centre-back who has been with the Bavarian since the age of nine was given a three-year deal.

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Konyaspor sign Diagne on free transfer

Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor have signed Fallou Diagne on a free transfer from Werder Bremen.

The Anatolian Eagle offered the 28-year-old defender a two-year deal with an option for a further year.

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West Ham in talks for Brahimi

West Ham United have contacted Porto over Yacine Brahimi transfer, the Sun claims.

Manuel Pellegrini is prepared to cash in on the Algeria international who has a year left on his contract with the Primeira Liga champions.

Brahimi registered 12 goals and ten assists in 48 games in all competitions last campaign.

Napoli target Serge Aurier

Napoli are eyeing Tottenham defender Serge Aurier as an alternative if they fail to sign Mattero Darmian this summer, the D aily Mail reports.

The Ivorian right-back struggled for game time in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad last season as competition with Kieran Trippier reduced him to 17 matches in his debut English Premier League.

Napoli have tabled a revised bid for £18million-rated Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian and if should the deal fall through, the Italian side will turn their focus to Aurier.

Crystal Palace sign Kouyate

Crystal Palace have signed Senegal international Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham in a deal reportedly worth £9.5m.

The 28-year-old penned a four-year contract at the Selhurst Park after ending his four-stay with the Hammers.

Sow retires from Senegal duty

Senegal forward Moussa Sow has announced his retirement from international football to focus on his club career with UAE side Shabab Dubai.

The 32-year-old who was part of the Teranga Lions’ squad to the 2018 World Cup scored 19 goals in 50 international appearances for the west African nation.

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Kone joins Strasbourg

Strasbourg have completed the signing of Lamine Konte on a season-long loan deal from Sunderland.

The French Ligue 1 outfit hold the option to make the Ivorian’s move permanent next summer.

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Javier Aguirre named new Egypt coach

The Egyptian Football Association have confirmed the appointment of former Mexico and Japan manager Javier Aguirre as their new national team handler.

Aguirre succeeds Hector Cuper who resigned after the Pharaohs’ disappointing elimination from the 2018 World Cup in June.

Everton in talks with Stoke over Ndiaye

Everton have started discussions with Stoke City over the signing of Badou Ndiaye this summer, the Sun claims.

The Toffees face competition from Wolverhampton and Galatasaray who have shown interest in signing the Senegal international following the Potters’ relegation to the second tier of the English league.

Ndiaye might link up with compatriot Idrissa Gueye at the Goodison Park should Marco Silva secure his services.

Tottenham set to beat Chelsea in race for Zaha

Tottenham Hotspur are plotting £45 million move to make Wilfried Zaha their first summer signing, according to the Sun .

The Eagles have reportedly turned down Chelsea’s offer of £30m cash plus Danny Drinkwater but Spurs are ready to table a further £15m in add-ons plus a massive sell-on clause.

Despite the speculations surrounding Zaha’s future at Selhurst Park,  Roy Hodgson is confident of holding on to the Ivorian forward who is valued at £70 milliion.