Manchester City are set to sign Nigeria international Olarenwaju Kayode from Austria Vienna on a four-year deal and send him on a season-long loan to Spanish side Girona. The 24-year-old striker finished as the top scorer in Austria’s top flight last season with 17 goals in 33 games. Kayode had been linked with a move to Newcastle United. Four other City players are to spend the 2017-18 season at newly-promoted La Liga side Girona. Brazilian £10.7million midfielder Douglas Luiz, right-back Pablo Maffeo, midfielder Aleix Garcia and Colombian winger Marlos Moreno have all signed loan deals with the Spanish club.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title with a straight-set win over five-time champion Venus Williams. The 23-year-old saved two set points and won the last nine games in a 7-5 6-0 victory under the Centre Court roof. Muguruza denied the 37-year-old a first major title for nine years, which would have made her the oldest female Grand Slam champion in the Open era. It is 14th seed Muguruza’s second Grand Slam title after her French Open triumph over Serena Williams in 2016.
French football club Paris St-Germain have launched a new website and with it a Hall of Fame – check it out here.
Who makes the list? JayJay Okoha, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho and more. A true artist on the ball, ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha lit up the Parc des Princes after a record 98 million franc move (around €13 million) with his mesmerising dribbling and exceptional shot. When he joined PSG in 1998, he received death threats, and had to call on bodyguards. His Paris debut was marked by a brilliant goal seconds after he had come off the bench against Bordeaux (3-1, 8 August 2002).
Real Madrid held an open top bus parade through the Spanish capital to celebrate their record 12th European Cup. They then continued the celebrations at the Bernabeu.
Eden Hazard is having an operation on his broken ankle today. The Chelsea forward suffered the injury during training, whilst on international duty with Belgium. It is understood he is now back in Chelsea’s care. The extent of Hazard’s injury has not been revealed but it has been reported he will miss the start of next season.
Behold the squad as released by UEFA.
Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing during training in China, a spokesman for the player has announced. In his seven years at United the Ivory Coast player made over 150 appearances, including three last season. He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February. “It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,” said spokesman Emanuele Palladino. “We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers.”
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, handed official debuts to eight players during their 3-0 win over Togo in a friendly game at the Stade Municipal de Saint Leu La Foret in Paris, France on Thursday. Prior to the start of the second half, Musa and Shehu Abdullahi were replaced by 18-year-old Wolfsburg striker Victor Osimhen and Tyronne Ebuehi. Henry Onyekuru, Uche Agbo and Sikiru Olatunbosun, Alhassan Ibrahim, Stephen Odey and Mikel Agu also made their official debuts for Nigeria, after coming on in the second half. The game was settled by an Ahmed Musa brace and a goal from Kelechi Iheanacho in the first half.
Manchester United is the most valuable football club in Europe, being worth about 3bn euros (£2.6bn), according to business services group KPMG. The Europa League winners top KPMG’s analysis of top sides’ “enterprise value”, putting it ahead of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. The study analysed broadcasting rights, profitability, popularity, sporting potential and stadium ownership. In the study of 32 teams, English clubs dominate, filling six top 10 places. Continue to see the top ten clubs…
Twenty-eight Russian athletes have had their requests to compete as neutrals rejected by world athletics’ governing body, which has approved three others. The IAAF doping review board accepted the appeals of 400m runner Kseniya Aksyonova, javelin thrower Vera Rebrik and 400m hurdler Vera Rudakova. A further 27 cases are under review as Russia’s athletics federation remains banned from international competition.
Olympique Lyonnais and Norway striker Ada Hegerberg has been crowned BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017. Thousands of fans from across the world cast their votes as the 21-year-old beat second-placed Brazil forward Marta and third-placed Canada captain Christine Sinclair. The other nominees on the five-player shortlist for the BBC World Service award were Sweden keeper Hedvig Lindahl and Germany’s Melanie Behringer. “Wow, it’s a surprise,” said Hegerberg. “It’s a huge honour to win, with such big-name footballers nominated,” added the striker, whose club will seek to retain their Champions League title – to complete back-to-back trebles – when they face Paris St-Germain in Thursday’s all-French final in Cardiff.
Nigeria and Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho will reject offers to leave the Premier League, despite interest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, Naijasportscrib understands. Iheanacho, 20, is expected to leave City this summer in search of more playing time after falling down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola, but the player prefers to stay in England. “He has been in England for the last three years and is two years away from getting his UK citizenship,” the source said. “There is no point in moving outside England right now.”
Manchester City’s chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has said that he wants Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure to stay at the club. He said the midfielder had been an instrumental player and that team manager Pep Guardiola had confidence in Toure: Yaya is one of the players that over the last six years has been instrumental to the success of this club. This year has been another year in which he has shown us on the pitch the type of player he is, the type of personality he is, and how he continues to be a player who can give to the team and to our organization. Pep [Guardiola], as you have seen obviously this year, has a lot of trust and confidence in him. So Yaya I hope will be with us and continue his journey with us.”
Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez has announced he wants to leave Leicester City. The 26-year-old, who joined from French club Le Havre for a reported £400,000 ($500,000) in 2014, said he had agreed “to stay for another season” following “a good discussion with the chairman” after the Foxes won the Premier League last year. But he added he was “fiercely ambitious” and had “informed the club I feel now is the time to move on.”
Arsene Wenger has agreed a new two-year deal at Arsenal. The agreement was reached after Wenger met with majority shareholder Stan Kroenke on Monday. The news that Wenger will stay ends a whole year of uncertainty that by the manager’s own admission has damaged the team this season. After the Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League, their worst finish for 21 years, Wenger conceded that they had played in an “absolutely horrendous” psychological environment.
Sam Allardyce has resigned as Crystal Palace manager five months after he joined the Premier League club. Allardyce replaced Alan Pardew in December on a two-and-half-year deal with the Eagles one point above the relegation zone. But the 62-year-old, who had an ill-fated one-game spell as England boss,led the club to eight wins in 21 games to guide them to a 14th-place finish. “I have no ambitions to take another job,” Allardyce said in a statement. “I want to be able to savour life while I am still relatively young, and when I am still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. “This is the right time for me. I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”
Sijtje the cow is let loose to make its prediction for the Europa League final
A cow famous in Holland for predicting the outcome of football matches has had its say on the Europa League final. And it’s bad moos for Manchester United fans after the freakishly accurate cow named Sijtje thinks Jose Mourinho’s side will endure defeat in Stockholm. The two European giants to head-to-head on Wednesday as they look lift silverware and book their spot in next season’s Champions League.
Arsenal have begun discussions to sign KAS Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru. The 19-year-old is the top scorer in the Belgium domestic league, notching his 20th goal on May 20, and has been in demand with reports last week that Everton, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion were keen. Sources close to the player said they were confident the forward would play in the Premier League next season.
Both West Ham United and Everton are considering a move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho. Iheanacho has found first-team opportunities limited following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January and could fall further down the pecking order with coach Pep Guardiola keen to add Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez to his squad. Sergio Aguero is also expected to stay at City despite speculation over his future.