African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Essien retires from international football

Essien retires from international football

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has announced his retirement from international football, after over 12 years of active service with Ghana.

The 35-year-old, who is currently without a club after parting ways with Indonesian outfit Persib Bandung, last featured for the Black Stars in 2014 at the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

AC Milan in talks with Samassekou

AC Milan have started discussions over the signing of RB Salzburg midfielder Diadie Samassekou, Football Italia claims [via RMC Sport].

The Rossoneri are interested in luring the Mali international who has just a year remaining in his contract with the Austrian club to the Italian top-flight.

Olympiacos table £6.2m offer for Zungu

Greek giants Olympiacos are interested signing Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu, Soccer Laduma reports.

Following an impressive debut season in the French Ligue 1, Zungu’s former boss at Vitoria de Guimareas – Pedro Martins – is ready to lure the South Africa international to his new team with an initial bid worth £6.2m [€7m] submitted.

Torino, Lyon and Monaco are some of the top European clubs that have shown interest in the 25-year-old.

Akpom close to £2m PAOK move

Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom is set to join Greek side PAOK in the coming days after making just 12 first-team appearances for the Gunners, Goal understands.

The 22-year-old has spent several seasons out on loan with his most recent spell at Belgian side Sint-Truiden, where he scored six goals in 16 games last season.

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West Ham reject Crystal Palace bid for Kouyate

West Ham have turned down Crystal Palace’s £11 million offer for Cheikhou Kouyate, Football London reports.

The Hammers are demanding £15 million for the Senagal international who still has three years left on his contract.

The arrival of Jack Wilshere in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad has made Kouyate dropped in the pecking order of options in the midfield and he might struggle for game time this season.

Fernando Adi hands Timbers transfer request 

Fernando Adi has requested for a move away from Portland Timbers after being restricted to limited playing time, according to MLS Soccer .

The Nigerian forward has struggled for form under manger Giovanni Savarese and has lost his starting spot to Samuel Armenteros. 

Timbers are reportedly in talks with MLS clubs to offload the 27-year-old designated player before the end of the American transfer window on August 8.

Eric Bailly not for sale

Eric Bailly will not be leaving Manchester United this summer despite Jose Mourinho’s plans to reinforce his defence, according to Manchester Evening News .

The Red Devils have assured the Cote d’Ivoire international that his future is secured at the club as they look to sign Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld before the transfer market closes.

Bailly has played in every of Manchester United’s pre-season games and he is most likely to get the nod for their Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 10.

Zaha cools Crystal Palace exit rumours

After deleting a cryptic Instagram post on Friday, Wilfried Zaha has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Crystal Palace.

The Sun reports that the 25-year-old posted on his Instagram story to confirm that his deleted message that reads – ‘Today is the day I make a change with everything’ – has nothing to do with football.

Aboubakar emerges as Sevilla top target

Sevilla have made Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar their transfer priority as they look to strengthen their attacking force, Estadio Deportivo reports.

Aboubakar who is still under contract with Porto until 2021, attracted interest from Pablo Machin following an impressive 2017-18 campaign where he scored 24 goals across all competitions.

The La Liga outfit are also targeting Fluminense youngster Pedro Guilherme Abreu to challenge Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel.

West Ham hold talks over Marega move

West Ham United are targeting a deal for £22 million-rated Porto forward Moussa Marega, according to Daily Mail .

The Hammers have opened discussions for the Mali international who scored 23 goals last season in Porto’s successful league campaign.

With Porto reportedly interested in Cheikhou Kouyate, the East London outfit could include the Senegal captain in the deal in order to make the move possible.

Ikeme retires from football

Nigeria and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has called time on his career as a footballer having been kept out of action for 12 months.

The 32-year-old confirmed his retirement from professional football through a statement from his club on Friday.

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Umar joins Rizespor on loan

Aminu Umar has been given a chance to continue in the Turkish top-flight next season after reaching a season-long loan deal with newly promoted Caykur Rizespor.

The Nigerian striker scored five goals in 31 league appearances for Osmanlıspor last term but was not enough to save them from relegation.

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Sabaly expected at Napoli

Bordeaux defender Youssouf Sabaly is expected at Napoli for medical examination on Friday, Mercato365 reports.

The Partenopei are not ready to risk the signing of the Senegal international who has problem with his medial collateral ligament.

If the result turns out positive, club President Aurelio De Laurentiis will then make the decision of either signing the 25-year-old or PSV defender Santiago Arias after ruling out the arrival of both players at the Stadio San Paolo according to Calciomercato .

Essien completes Uefa B coaching license

Chelsea legend Michael Essien is close to becoming a football manager after completing Uefa B coaching license, according to Ghana Soccernet .

The 35-year-old is now eligible to coach in Ghana Premier League but needs a Pro License to qualify for a coaching job in the English Premier League.