Archive | July 13, 2015

Man United sign Schneiderlin….

Schneiderlin, a 25-year-old France international, has signed a four-year deal, with the option for a further 12 months for a fee in the region of £25m.. He will join Louis van Gaal, fellow new boy Bastian Schweinsteiger and their new team-mates on their flight to Seattle for the start of their US tour on Monday afternoon. Schneiderlin said: “Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make.” “I have enjoyed seven very happy years with Southampton and it’s a club that will always be in my heart. But the chance to be part of this squad to help this great club be successful was too good to miss,” the midfielder said. “I’m excited to be starting that journey on our trip to the USA. I know what Manchester United means to fans all over the world and I’m looking forward to experiencing that.”

Man Utd sign Schweinsteiger….

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Manchester United has completed the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich. The 30-year-old Germany international joins United on a three-year deal. “Manchester United is the only club I would have left Munich for,” says Schweinsteiger. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Schweinsteiger “brings a wealth of experience and is an excellent addition to our squad”.

Glen Johnson to join Stoke City….

Glen Johnson

Stoke City have agreed a deal to sign former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson. The 30-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the option for a third year, after his release by the Reds. Potters boss Mark Hughes said of the England international: “He will be a fantastic addition. He’s a talented defender who also chips in with goals.” Hiss arrival remains subject to finalising of formalities, but he has joined up with Stoke in Singapore ahead of the Barclays Asia Trophy. It comes after Hughes confirmed that he expects goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to seal a move to Premier League champions Chelsea. Right-back Johnson, who arrived at Anfield for £17.5m from Portsmouth in 2009, will link up with summer arrivals Marco van Ginkel, Shay Given, Joselu, Philipp Wollscheid and Jakob Haugaard at the Britannia Stadium. The former West Ham trainee won 54 caps between 2003 and 2014. He appeared in the 2012 European Championship finals, and last year’s World Cup in Brazil. He spent six years at Anfield, with his final game for Liverpool coming in the 1-1 Premier League draw at Chelsea in May.

Begovic completes Chelsea move….

Begovic to complete Chelsea move

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has just completed his transfer to Chelsea where he will become the understudy for first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Begovic was in goal when Nigeria defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina at the group stage of 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Nigeria’s goal was scored by Begovic’s then teammate Osaze Odewingie.

Schneiderlin set for Man Utd switch….

Morgan Schneiderlin

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is having a medical ahead of a proposed move to Manchester United in a deal worth in excess of £25m. The Saints have confirmed that an agreement is in place for the transfer. Schneiderlin now looks set to join Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on United’s pre-season tour of the United States. United have already signed PSV forward Memphis Depay and Torino defender Matteo Darmian this summer. Southampton confirmed they had rejected a bid from United for the 25-year-old France international last week. But, providing there are no unforeseen issues, Schneiderlin will now join Louis van Gaal, Schweinsteiger and their new team-mates on their flight to Seattle for the start of their US tour on Monday afternoon. Last summer, Schneiderlin was a target for Tottenham and he missed the start of pre-season after telling the club he was “not mentally or physically ready” to play after a bid was rejected. But he went on to make 30 appearances for the Saints last season as they finished in seventh place. Schneiderlin join the Saints from Strasbourg in 2008 for £1.2m and has played for them in League One, the Championship and the Premier League.

Man City agree £49m Sterling deal….

Liverpool have reached an agreement with Manchester City over the £49m transfer of Raheem Sterling. The transfer of the 20-year-old England winger is subject to contract negotiations and a medical. Sterling had asked to leave Anfield and was the subject of two bids from City in June, which were rejected. The forward, who will become the most expensive English player ever, is under contract until 2017, but turned down a new £100,000-a-week deal at Liverpool. Sterling was signed by Liverpool as a 15-year-old from QPR in February 2010 and the Loftus Road club will receive 20% of any fee the Reds get for the forward. On Saturday, Sterling was named on a 30-man list for the tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia, but was then withdrawn. Several former Liverpool players have criticised the player since he told manager Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Ian Ayre he wanted to leave the club this summer. Former captain Steven Gerrard said he was “disappointed” in the England international. “You don’t have to throw in illness, or refuse to go on tour,” LA Galaxy midfielder Gerrard added. “The fans have shown him great support, they want him to stay and I believe that he should too.” However, it is understood the Reds decided to leave him out of the tour after the player reported for duty.

Mikel Obi to stay at Chelsea….

Chelsea and Nigeria's John Mikel Obi

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to sanction the sale of midfielder John Mikel Obi, delivering a blow to United Arab Emirates suitors Al Ain and Al Wahda. The Nigeria international, who started only six league games last season, wants to leave Stamford Bridge after failing to hold down a regular starting place. The 28-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, has been told he remains part of manager Mourinho’s future plans. “There’s absolutely no truth to reports linking Mikel with a move to Turkey or any Chinese club for that matter,” a source close to the talks told BBC Sport. “Only two clubs from the UAE showed strong interest last month but they could not meet his club’s valuation. “Mikel has a contract with Chelsea until 2017, as things stand he will not be leaving the club this transfer window as speculated.” Mikel who moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2006 has increasingly become a fringe member of the squad due to the form of Nemanja Matic. With the emergence of highly-rated midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Super Eagle has fallen down the pecking order at the club ahead of the 2015/16 season. Fenerbahce are reportedly interested in signing Mikel but BBC Sport understands Chelsea will only listen to a US $16.8 million offer. The Turkish club’s president Aziz Yildirim has told the local media they cannot meet Chelsea’s valuation. “Chelsea want €15 million and Mikel asked for €5 million a season over four years. We are talking €35 million,” Yildirim told reporters at their Topuk Yayla training ground. “This definitely is not something we can pursue.” Mikel has made 339 appearances in all competitions and has won every possible honour for Chelsea in his nine-year stint at the London club. He has won two English Premier League titles, the Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League, four English FA Cup, two League Cup and the Community Shield. Mikel, who has been capped 70 times by his country, won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and appeared in all Super Eagles’ four matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Djokovic wins 2015 Wimbledon title….

Novak Djokovic

Defending champion Novak Djokovic saw off seven-time champion Roger Federer in four sets to win his third Wimbledon and ninth Grand Slam title. The Serb, 28, won 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 to overtake the likes of Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl in the all-time list of major winners. Federer, 33, had hoped to become the first man to win Wimbledon eight times. The Swiss won a thrilling second set tie-break but Djokovic came through to win in two hours and 56 minutes.

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Nigerian Premier League Results….

Sunday 12 July 2015:

Nasarawa United 1 – 1 Ifeanyi Uba

Kwara United 0 – 1 Sharks

Abia Warriors 3 – 1 Taraba United

Sunshine Stars 2 – 0 Bayelsa United

Enugu Rangers  3 – 0 Lobi Stars

Wikki Tourists 2 – 1 El-Kanemi Warriors

Warri Wolves 2 – 1 Enyimba

Akwa United 1 – 0 Kano Pillars

Shooting Stars  3 – 0 Giwa

Heartland 3 – 1 Dolphins