Manchester United’s surprise move for Romelu Lukaku has left Alvaro Morate in limbo.
Morata is now hoping that Chelsea will come back in for him and spend the money that they had intended to spend on Lukaku, before they were out-manoeuvred this week by United. If Morata were to end up at Stamford Bridge it would mark the eventual conclusion of a courtship that has lasted for years.
Antonio Conte has been a long-term admirer of Morata and hoped to sign him after arriving at Chelsea in 2016. Morata, too, has always wanted to play for Conte ever since his time at Juventus. Morata played for Max Allegri, but in a team built by Conte, whom all of his team-mates still revered.
But the contact between Chelsea and Morata had gone quiet recently as Chelsea targeted Lukaku instead. Morata had an offer from Milan but had been convinced by Jose Mourinho, who gave him his Real Madrid debut, to go to United. But United and Real Madrid could not agree a fee.
FIFA wielded the big stick on Friday and suspended the Sudan Football Association (SFA). The order effectively stripped Sudan from participating in all international competitions.
Manchester City and Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho is close to making move worth £25 million (about N1.25 billion) to former English Premier League champions Leicester City.
Super Eagles’ England-based goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is to begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia, according to media reports in London on Thursday.
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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, paid a condolence visit to the family of orator, elder-statesman, distinguished diplomat and the Danmasinin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, on the Third day prayer in Kano State.
While on the visit, the Acting President paid a courtesy call to the Emir of Kano.
According to the Acting President, "One of the things for me that is heart-warming is that we can still talk about a truly great Nigerian. You know these days, sometimes it’s hard to find role models, very difficult to find people who you can say - I would like to be like this person."
"I do not know how many people spoke the English language better than Alhaji Maitama Sule. If there’s anything that I would have wanted to take away from him before he left, it’s that great power of oratory and eloquence that he had."
The Super Eagles have dropped to the 39th spot from 38th in the July FIFA World Rankings.
arcelona and Lionel Messi have finally come to an agreement and the player will renew his contract with the Catalan club until 2021, with a further one-year option.
As for the Argentine's release clause, under the new deal it will be set at 300 million euros.
For the Blaugrana, this is a relief as they can now fully focus on their other summer business now that the star of the team has committed his future to the Camp Nou institution.
The 30-year-old, who is currently enjoying his honeymoon after last Friday's wedding, will put pen to paper on this new deal next week when he returns to Catalonia to join his teammates for the start of pre-season training.
A 26 year-old Nigerian, Samuel Adepoju, has turned a star in India as he flawlessly sings a folk song, the Lollipop Lagelu in Hindi.
On his Facebook Wall, Adepoju also showcases his other Hindi songs, one of them a dancehall version of a song Brown Rang by Honey Singh.
On Monday, Enyeama tweeted a photo with some of his fellow outcasts, who also include Montenegro international Marko Basa, France international Marvin Martin and , stating: "Always a pleasure to be back with the team."