African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Tottenham set to beat Chelsea in race for Zaha

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 million.

Thierry Henry in talks over Egypt job

Thierry Henry has been offered the Egypt national team head coaching position, according to player agent Nader El-Sayed.

The Arsenal legend who was an assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez at the World Cup in Russia could now be set to take his first senior managerial job should he accept Egypt’s offer.

Read more here .

Aston Villa want Chelsea’s Abraham

Championship side Aston Villa have shown interest in signing Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on loan for the season, Daily Mail reports.

The 20-year-old would prefer to stay in the Premier League after playing for Swansea City last season where scored five goals in 31 league outings.

Torino reject Nice offer for Niang

Torino have turned down Nice loan offer for Mbaye Niang, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .

The Bulls are not willing to release the Senegal international who scored five goals in 23 league games during the 2017-18 campaign.

Niang was one of the standout performers in Aliou Cisse’s squad at the 2018 World Cup with a goal and an assist in three games.

Sevilla hold talks for Porto’s Aboubakar

Sevilla have held positive talks with Porto as they look to complete a €20 million (£17.8m/$23.4m) deal for striker Vincent Aboubakar, Goal understands.

The Rojiblancos have turned to the Cameroon international after missing out on a deal for Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi this summer.

Negotiations have been ongoing since Friday, but with the transfer window not closing in Spain until August 31 the teams have a month to conclude the deal should they require it.

Read more here .

Mainz 05 rule out Gbamin exit

Mainz 05 have rejected a record bid for Cote d’Ivoire international Jean-Philippe Gbamin, according to their sporting director Rouven Schroeder.

The offer reported to have come from an English Premier League club, surpasses the €26 million paid by Borussia Dortmund to sign Abdou Diallo this summer.

Read Schroeder’s full comments here on Goal! 

Mane to sign new Liverpool deal 

Liverpool are confident of tying Sadio Mane down to a long term contract in the coming weeks, the Mirror reports.

The Reds are poised to reward the Senegal forward with an improved deal following his impressive displays in the past two seasons. 

Mane is currently under contract until 2021 and he is expected to join Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino who have both committed their futures to Liverpool until 2023 this summer.

Middlesbrough want Sheyi Ojo on loan

Middlesbrough are weighing up a season-long loan deal for Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo, Daily Mail claims.

Ojo who is currently on pre-season tour with Liverpool, spent last campaign on loan at Fulham and helped them win promotion to the English Premier League.

Several Championship clubs including Nottingham Forest, West Brom and Stoke City are reportedly eyeing the Reds’ youngster.

Leicester keen to sell Slimani

Leicester City are still interested in offloading Islam Slimani on a permanent deal instead of another loan move, according to Leicestershire Live .

The Foxes have placed a £18m price tag on the Algerian forward who has struggled for form since his arrival at the King Power Stadium on a club-record fee.

Sporting CP are reported to have shown interest in reuniting with their former player but cannot meet the transfer demands. Besiktas and Fenerbahce have also indicated interest in signing the 30-year-old.

Fanendo Adi joins FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati have announced the acquisition of Fanendo Adi from the Portland Timbers in exchange for $450,000 in general allocation money and $400,000 in targeted allocation money.

The 27-year-old will play in the second-tier United Soccer League before the club makes the jump to Major League Soccer in 2019.

Read more here

Muntari want to wrap up career in Ghana

Former AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari has revealed his desire to end his career by playing the Ghanaian Premier League.

The 33-year-old who is currently without a club has not ruled out the chances of turning out for either Asante Kotoko, Hearts, RTU, King Faisal or Liberty Professionals before his retirement.

Check out the full story here on Goal !

Napoli end Youssouf Sabaly chase 

Napoli are no longer interested in signing Senegal international Youssouf Sabaly due to a knee injury he is still nursing, Gazzetta dello Sport s reports.

After agreeing a €15m fee with Bordeaux, the Partonepei have ended their interest in the 25-year-old and are poised to sign PSV’s Santiago Arias this summer.

Sabaly was injured in Senegal’s final World Cup game against Colombia back in June.

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.

Read his full comments right here on Goal!

Okiki Afolabi joins Ismaily

Egyptian Premier League club Ismaily have finalised the signing of Nigerian forward Okiki Afolabi on a four-year contract.

After helping Jimma Aba Jifar to win the Ethiopian Premier League title last campaign with 23 goals to his name, Afolabi comes as a reinforcement for the Samba Boys as they aim for good outings in the domestic league and on the continental stage.

Check out the full story on Goal  !

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.

Check out the full story on Goal !

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.

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.

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