RelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Victor Moses will reportedly return to Chelsea next summer with Fenerbahce “highly unlikely” to sign the versatile attacker on a permanent deal at the end of the season. The 28-year-old joined Fenerbahce on an 18-month loan deal in January having been deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. Moses has scored five times in 17 appearances for the Turkish giants, who have the option to sign the Nigeria international on a permanent deal ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. However, according to the Daily Star, Fenerbahce are reluctant to meet Moses’s £75,000-a-week wage demands, while the club are also not prepared to pay the transfer fee required to sign him. The attacker has made 128 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions – including 40 outings during the 2016-17 season as the capital giants landed the Premier League title. The former Crystal Palace youngster – out of contract in June 2021 – only made two league appearances in the first half of the 2018-19 season, though, before joining Fenerbahce on loan.Tags: ChelseaFenerbahceVictor Moses
Liverpool remain keen on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24, but are still refusing to pay the £32m asking price – despite selling 20-year-old forward Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49m on Tuesday. (Daily Mirror) The Sun’s back pageManchester United are ready to sell winger Angel Di Maria to Paris St-Germain for £42.8m. The Red Devils spent £59.7m on the 27-year-old last summer. (Le Parisien via Star) But United are also interested in a swap deal that would see Di Maria go to PSG with 28-year-old forward Edinson Cavani moving to Old Trafford. (Daily Express) Manchester City and Liverpool are both interested in signing 18-year-old Fulham forward Patrick Roberts. The Championship club want £10m for the teenager. (The Sun, subscription required) Chelsea are confident of beating both Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro after meeting a £22m release fee in the 27-year-old’s contract. (Daily Star) Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, 27, is prepared to go on strike to force a move to Manchester United. The Spanish side value the Argentina defender at £37m. (The Sun, subscription required) Arsenal have made a £10m bid for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam, with the 24-year-old being lined up to challenge Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal at left-back. (Mediaset via Talksport) Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell could be leaving Arsenal for good, with former Manchester United boss David Moyes ready to spend £6m to take the 23-year-old to Real Sociedad. (Daily Mirror) Southampton are close to replacing Morgan Schneiderlin, who has joined Manchester United, with 24-year-old Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie. The Netherlands international will cost £12m. (Daily Mail) Daily Express back pageSwansea boss Garry Monk says forward Michu will not play for the club again. The 29-year-old was loaned out to Napoli last season. (South Wales Evening Post) Leicester believe new manager Claudio Ranieri will convince out-of-contract midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, to agree a new deal with the club. The pair worked together when Ranieri was in charge of Inter Milan in 2011-12. (Daily Star) Former Leicester midfielder Muzzy Izzet believes the Foxes have made the wrong choice in appointing Ranieri. (Talksport) Argentina legend Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi’s international career and said it is time to stop giving the Barcelona forward, 28, special treatment. (Daily Telegraph) Chelsea and Tottenham might have to pay more than £15m a year to use Wembley while they redevelop their stadiums. (Times, subscription required) Robert Lewandowski’s agent has told Manchester United it will cost them more than £35m to sign the 26-year-old Bayern Munich striker this summer. (Independent) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports linking midfielder Mesut Ozil, 26, with a move away from the Gunners. (Sky Sports) The back page of the MirrorNew Aston Villa assistant Ray Wilkins has advised midfielder Jack Grealish to “live like a monk” to fulfil his potential after the 19-year-old was disciplined last month when pictures appeared to show him passed out in the street in Tenerife. (Daily Mail) Championship sides Burnley and Cardiff are both considering moves for Wigan’s Wales international midfielder Emyr Huws, 21. (Shoot) Sunderland have failed in an attempt to sign Zenit St Petersburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts, 30. The clubs had agreed a £5m fee but the Black Cats could not agree personal terms with the player. (Times, subscription required) Midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, hopes his move from Manchester United to Everton will help restart his England career. Cleverley last won a cap in November 2013. (Liverpool Echo) Cleverley’s 24-year-old Toffees team-mate and fellow midfielder James McCarthy is a target for Manchester City after they missed out on Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph. (Daily Express) West Brom are close to signing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 28, from Crystal Palace in a £3.5m deal. (Birmingham Mail) Best of social mediaWest Ham co-chairman David Gold revealed on Twitter he hopes former England striker Andy Carroll will be back from his latest injury setback in early September.Macclesfield’s second-half team versus Nantwich was Trialist, Cowan, Byrne, Pilkington, Haynes-Brown, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist. Robin van Persie thanked both his former Premier League clubs after his £4.7m move from Manchester United to Fenerbahce. He wrote on Twitter: “Thank you Arsenal and thank you Manchester United. Wish you all the best. After 11 great years in the Premier League, I have taken on a new challenge at Fenerbahce. Thank you to all the fans, who have supported me through the years.”And finallyFormer Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff’s wages at Shamrock Rovers will go to charity. (Eurosport) Frank Lampard bought 16 tickets for British fans to New York City’s match against Toronto, after meeting them at the club’s training facilities. (Metro) Swindon Town have banned media outlets from attending news conferences. Instead the League One club will put out interviews conducted by its own press officer on its website and a social media app. (Guardian)
Nigeria, too, should collect maximum points without undue difficulty away to the Seychelles, one of the weakest African national teams.It could be tougher for the Ivorians and Zambians, though, to collect their first points as Rwanda and Namibia respectively can be stubborn hosts.AFP Sport looks at five of the most eye-catching match-ups among the 24 scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.EgyptEgypt’s forward Mohamed Salah looks on during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 25, 2018A war of words over image rights and security between Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and the national association has overshadowed the clash with Niger in Alexandria.Salah and the national football body are contracted to different mobile phone companies and the striker also complained about sleepless nights because fans got access to hotels.After an away loss to Tunisia, Egypt must win under new Mexican coach Javier Aguirre to get back into contention and put a three-defeat 2018 World Cup campaign behind them.Ivory CoastIvory Coast star Wilfried Zaha boosted Crystal Palace by signing a new contract which ties him to them till the end of the 2022/23 season.New coach Ibrahim Kamara must have wished for a gentler introduction to one of the most demanding coaching posts in Africa than facing Rwanda away after a shock home loss to Guinea.Kamara, a surprise choice with many Ivorians anticipating a ‘big name’, must do without Crystal Palace flier Wilfried Zaha, an absentee for undisclosed “personal reasons”.Rwanda will also have a new coach with local Vincent Mashami succeeding German Antoine Hey, who quit after a first-round exit from the 2018 African Nations Championship last January.MoroccoMorocco now know they will be going home at the end of the group phase after two defeats in their first two outingsDefensive general Mehdi Benatia, who criticised Moroccan officials after a winless 2018 World Cup campaign, is a notable absentee for the visit of Malawi to Casablanca.But most of the action is likely to be at the other end of the pitch with Malawi trying to repulse attacks from opponents keen to make up for a 1-0 away defeat by Cameroon.Malawi appear to be on a hiding to nothing given that Belgian coach Ronny van Geneugden has managed just two victories in 15 matches since taking charge.NigeriaNigeria’s forward Alex Iwobi (L) fights for the ball with Zambia’s midfielder Simon Silwimba during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match October 7, 2017Not fully-fit John Obi Mikel and retired Victor Moses miss out as Nigeria seek to build after coming within four minutes of a World Cup last-16 place before conceding to Argentina.Coach Gernot Rohr also had to contend with several late withdrawals, including Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi and Serie A defenders Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong.However, after being shocked 2-0 at home by South Africa during matchday 1, Nigeria should win convincingly ahead of tougher home and away tests against Libya next month.ZambiaZambia fans. Photo/COURTESYBelgian Sven Vandenbroeck has opted to go it alone as Zambia coach after assisting compatriot Hugo Broos when they guided Cameroon to a surprise 2017 Cup of Nations title.He succeeds Wedson Nyirenda, who oversaw a shock 1-0 home defeat by Mozambique, the first time the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) had fallen to their fellow southern Africans.Vandenbroeck has recalled several of the 2012 African title-winning team, including former captain Rainford Kalaba, for a clash with unpredictable Namibia in Windhoek.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria’s main kit won the plenty of fans, and the one game in which they wore itJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 7 – Former champions Egypt, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria and Zambia are among teams needing to catch up after losses when 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying resumes this weekend.It will be easier for some than others during matchday 2 with home advantage almost guaranteeing Egypt and Morocco maximum points against Niger and Malawi respectively.