I expect big things from him – Ronaldinho names best player in Premier League

Brazilian legend, Ronaldinho, has identified Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus as one of the best players in the Premier League.

Ronaldinho said he expects big things from Jesus this season.

Jesus has been impressive for Mikel Arteta’s side since joining the Gunners from Manchester City this summer.

In an interview with the Mirror, Ronaldinho said: “When Gabriel joined Manchester City, I said he would go on to be one of the best players in the world. When he was given a chance, he showed what he was capable of – but at Manchester City, he was never shown the love a player of his quality deserves.

At Arsenal, he has been given the chance to be the focal point, he has been shown the love by the coach and the fans, and already he is repaying that,” the Barcelona legend added.

“This season, I expect big things from him – he will repay the love shown in him by showing he is not just one of the best players in the Premier League but also in Europe.”

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Anything is possible – Arteta speaks

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said ‘anything is possible amid reports linking winger Nicolas Pepe to Nice.

Pepe joined Arsenal for a club-record £72 million deal from Lille back in 2019 but has failed to meet the expectations of the club and fans.

The Ivory Coast international started just five league games last season, scoring one goal and providing one assist.

Reports in England claim Pepe has been deemed surplus to requirements, with Arsenal willing to listen to offers

As a result, Pepe has drawn the interest of Nice in the past few days.

Apart from Nice, the likes of Leeds United, Marseille, Lyon and Sevilla are all said to be interested in signing Pepe.

Asked about Nice’s interest in Pepe, Arteta said at his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League tie with Bournemouth on Saturday: “What we can communicate, we always do when it’s the right moment.

“We discussed that we have a big squad, we have made some decisions and we allowed some players [to leave]. Until the window is closed, everything is possible with any player.”

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Guardiola hints at unleashing Man City’s latest signing on Newcastle

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has said new signing Sergio Gomez would walk straight into his team for their clash at Newcastle on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola addressed the press on Friday ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League game against Newcastle..

Asked about Man City’s latest signing, Guardiola said, “He is settling into the department, his mood is exceptional and he is starting to know us. Yes, he’s ready. I think he’ll be part of the plans against Newcastle.”

Guardiola does not expect his side to do any more business in the transfer window unless something goes wrong in his squad.

City made Gomez their fifth signing of the summer earlier this week, following Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega.

Asked if their business was done, he said: “Apparently yes, but if there is a problem that we don’t expect maybe…”

Guardiola is excited to see what Haaland can do this season following his impressive start to life in the Premier League.

He said: “We are delighted with Erling. It’s just a question of time, making connections.

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We’ll give him time – Tuchel Reacts

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has reacted to the club’s latest signing, Cesare Casadei.

Tuchel said Chelsea would give Casadei time to learn how the Blues train and behave on a daily basis at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had earlier on Friday confirmed the signing of Casadei from Inter Milan.

The Italian midfielder signed a six-year contract with the Premier League giants.

Reacting, Tuchel said during his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s away Premier League tie with Leeds United on Sunday, “We will give him time to learn the language, learn Chelsea, learn how we train and behave here on a daily basis.”

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Anthony Gordon not for sale – Lampard tells Chelsea

Everton boss, Frank Lampard has said that he is not selling Anthony Gordon to his(Lampard) former club, Chelsea.

Chelsea has made the young striker one of its targets this summer but Lampard said Gordon is not for sale.

The Blues have made two offers for the player which were rejected by the Toffees with the last being in the region of £45 million, for the 21-year-old academy graduate.

Lampard, who addressed the press on Friday ahead of the Premier League clashes, said, “Anthony Gordon is an Everton player, and that’s it for me, I don’t want to talk about hypotheticals.

“He has got a huge value to the team and to me. We are not looking at it as ‘Where can we go with this deal?’ Anthony is a great player for us.

“We know his value but he’s a big player for me and the team.

“You can’t ask me to assure anything, it’ll be naive of me to assure anything. I can’t assure I’ll be here by the end of the window.”

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New coach delays Onyedika’s AC Milan move

Danish SuperLiga club, FC Midtylland is waiting to appoint a new coach before deciding on the future of Raphael Onyedika.

The young midfielder is a subject of interest from Serie A champions, AC Milan.

The Rossoeneri this week submitted a €4m bid for Onyedika which was turned down by FC Midtylland.

The Danish giants want around €8m for the player.

Former manager, Bo Henriksen was sacked last month by FC Midtylland and the club is in the process of appointing a new gaffer.

Onyedika moved to Denmark’s local side, FC Ebedei in 2019.

The 21-year-old has four years left on his contract with FC Midtylland.

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Commonwealth Games 2022: Team Nigeria’s Nwachukwu sets world records to win gold in discuss

Goodness Nwachukwu was at her imperious best as she won gold medal in the women’s discuss event at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The Nigerian Para-athlete broke the world record with her first throw in the event of (34.84m).

Nwachukwu then bettered that mark, setting a new WR of 36.86m which set her on course for the gold medal after just two attempts.

Team Nigeria is also guaranteed two medals from boxing after Elizabeth Oshoba and Cynthia Ogunsemilore won their quarter-final bouts.

Oshoba defeated Tiana Guy 3-2 on points in the 54kg-57kg featherweight category, while Ogunsemilore scored a knockout against Aratwa Kasemang in the 57kg – 60kg Lightweight category.

Team Nigeria will hope for more better outings on Friday (today) with more events expected to come up.

100m hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan will be in action, while her bossom friend, Ese Brume will be competing in the women’s long jump

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Falconets depart for U-20 Women’s World Cup

Nigeria’s Falconets have travelled to Costa Rica for the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

21 players led by head coach, Chris Danjuma left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday night for the biennial competition.

Danjuma kept faith with the majority of the players that took part in qualifiers.

Captain Oluwatosin Demehin, Bashirat Amoo, Chinyere Kalu and Chiamaka Okwuchukwu are some of the players who made the list.

The Falconets will face France, Canada and Korea Republic in Group C of the 16-nation tournament starting on August 10.

Danjuma’s girls will face France in their opening game at the Alejandro Morera Soto.

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Commonwealth Games 2022: Sports ministry splashes $25,000 on Team Nigeria

Nigeria’s sports ministry has splashed $25,000 on athletes who have done the nation proud so far at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The ministry, led by Chief of Staff to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Abba Yola, made the donation at a ceremony held at the Hilton Garden in Birmingham.

All gold medal winners received $5,000, while their coaches were also given $3,000 each.

Taiwo Laidi, a silver medalist in the women’s 76kg Weightlifting event, received $3,000 for her effort.

For bronze medal winners, Edidiong Joseph Umaofia, Islamiyat Yusuf and Mary Osijo, all got $2,000 each for their effort.

The other athletes, who won medals in their various events on Thursday, are expected to be rewarded soon.

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Commonwealth Games 2022: Oluwafemiayo breaks world record to win gold in powerlifting

Team Nigeria’s Folashade Oluwafemiayo claimed the gold medal in the women’s Heavyweight Powerlifting event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, setting a new world record in the process.

Oluwafemiayo lifted a new world record of 155kg to claim first position in the event.

It was the Paralympic champion’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Team Nigeria’s Bose Omolayo won the silver medal with a lift of 145kg.

Australia’s Hani Watson won the bronze medal with a lift of 127kg.

Innocent Nnamdi also took bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight category with a lift of 190kg.

His compatriot, Thomas Kure finished in fourth position.

In the men’s heavyweight powerlifting, Ikechukwu Obichukwu won silver medal with a lift of 190kg.

Team Nigeria have now won four medals from three Powerlifting events.

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Cucurella in London to sign Chelsea contract as striker refuses to leave Barcelona

Brighton defender, Marc Cucurella is on the verge of becoming a Chelsea player.

The Spaniard has successfully undergone his medical with the London club and is now set to sign paperworks.

Both clubs have been preparing the contracts through the night for it to be signed on Friday, according to Fabrizio Romano.

“Chelsea and Brighton have been preparing contracts in the night in order to get the Marc Cucurella deal signed on Friday. Medical was perfect and Thomas Tuchel is now waiting for him.

Fee confirmed as advanced earlier: £55m guaranteed plus £7m in add-ons to Brighton,” Romano tweeted.

Meanwhile, Martin Braithwaite has told Barcelona he will not leave until they pay up his contract.

The striker wants to be fully compensated for the final two years of his deal at the Nou Camp.

Braithwaite is under contract until 2024 with the club having signed him from Leganes in 2020.

Barcelona need to trim their wage bill to register new signings ahead of LaLiga’s August 13 deadline.

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PSG confirm they will sign three more players

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Christophe Galtier, has confirmed that the club will make “three more signings” this summer.

Galtier replaced Mauricio Pochettino this summer, after the Argentine failed to win the Champions League.

Since then he has brought in Renato Sanches, Vitinha, Nordi Mukiele and Hugo Ekitike.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano, PSG sporting director, Luis Campos is still looking at bolstering the squad ahead of this season.

The Ligue 1 champions are in the market for “new centre back, new midfielder and new striker”, according to Romano.

Galtier has already won the Trophees des Champions, after a 4-0 thumping of Nantes last Sunday.

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