Manchester City have agreed a £14m fee with Roma for striker Edin Dzeko. Dzeko, 29, joined Manchester City from Wolfsburg in 2011 and scored 50 goals in 130 Premier League appearances for the Blues. The Bosnian was part of two Premier League title-winning squads, scoring the vital injury-time equaliser in the dramatic final-day encounter with QPR in 2012. He started the 2013 League Cup final win over Sunderland at Wembley and was an unused substitute in the 2011 FA Cup final victory against Stoke.
Championship side Hull City have signed England under-20 striker Chuba Akpom, 19, on a season-long loan from Arsenal. Nigeria’s Sone Aluko plays for Hull City who were relegated at the end of last season.
Rafael da Silva will join French club Lyon from Manchester United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old right-back, who has two Brazil caps, moved to United along with his twin brother Fabio from Fluminense in 2008. However, he had fallen out of favour at the club under Louis van Gaal, starting just six league games last season. “I want to thank Manchester United fans for all the love during those eight years,” Rafael tweeted. He was left out of United’s squad for their pre-season tour of the United States, before Torino right-back Matteo Darmian joined the Old Trafford club. Rafael will join the Ligue 1 runners-up having made 170 appearances for Manchester United, scoring five goals. He won three Premier League titles, the Club World Cup and the League Cup during his seven years at United. Rafael’s brother Fabio has already left United, having joined Cardiff City in January 2014.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has rued its women’s team’s failure to qualify for the 2016 Olympic football tournament in Brazil. The reigning African champions suffered a 2-1 defeat in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday to crash out 3-2 on aggregate. The exit completes back-to-back Olympic disappointments for the Super Falcons. Equatorial Guinea will now play off against South Africa for a place in the Olympics, while Cameroon take on Ivory Coast for the other African berth. “It’s an unfortunate disappointment,” NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport. “The NFF made strong effort to ensure qualification but the first leg result proved a mountain to climb in Bata.”