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Mane, Salah, Lewandoski make FIFA best player award list

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Two African players in Liverpool Club, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Egyptian Mohamed Salah on the shortlist of 11 players for the best FIFA men’s player award unveiled Wednesday.

European player of the year Robert Lewandowski is one of players along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Besides Polish striker Lewandowski, one other winner of the Champions League with Bayern Munich made the list, Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who joined Liverpool in September.

Apart from Sallah and Mane, one other member of Liverpool and English champions, Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, is on the shortlist

Paris Saint-Germain stars, Mbappe and Neymar also make the list.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos complete the list.

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui headline a list for the men’s coach award, which also feature Bayern’s Hans-Dieter Flick and Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, who led Leeds into the English Premier League.

Three finalists from categories also including men and women’s goalkeepers, and women’s players and coaches will be announced on December 11, with the award handed out on December 17.

Shortlists for Best FIFA awards

Men: Thiago Alcantara (ESP/Bayern Munchen/Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus), Kevin De Bruyne (BEL/Manchester City), Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich), Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona), Neymar (BRA/Paris Saint-Germain), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Mohamed Salah (EGY/Liverpool) and Virgil van Dijk (NED/Liverpool)

Women: Lucy Bronze (ENG/Lyon/Manchester City), Delphine Cascarino (FRA/Lyon), Caroline Graham Hansen (NOR/Barcelona), Pernille Harder (DEN/Wolfsburg/Chelsea), Jennifer Hermoso (ESP/Barcelona), Ji So-yun (KOR/Chelsea), Sam Kerr (AUS/Chelsea), Saki Kumagai (JPN/Lyon), Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER/Lyon), Vivianne Miedema (NED/Arsenal), Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon)

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Sign Solanke, not Osimhen, Gallas warns Arsenal Coach, Arteta

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Sign Solanke, not Osimhen, Gallas warns Arsenal Coach, Arteta

Ex-Arsenal star William Gallas has warned his former side against a move for Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen this summer due to the risk of the Napoli star having a poor relationship with Gunners coach Mikel Arteta.

The Londoners are keen to acquire the services of a top-quality No. 9 at the end of the season, with several options being explored.

Osimhen is one of the top targets for the role, with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain also keen on the Nigeria international. However, Gallas is not convinced that the 25-year-old is the missing piece of the puzzle in north London as he is fearful that the ex-Lille star could clash with Arteta.

“I think Arsenal needs one striker who is different to Gabriel Jesus. One striker who is physically better can help the team play a different style of football. Osimhen, (Ivan) Toney or (Dominic) Solanke? It’s a good question!” Gallas told Lord Ping on Tuesday.

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“It’s not just about the quality of the players but it’s if the player can have a good relationship with the manager. If you have a strong character and a strong personality, that might not suit what the manager wants.

“I’m not sure about Victor Osimhen. He has a strong character but I’m not sure if he’ll have a good relationship with Arteta. If I was Arteta, I would sign for Dominic Solanke, who is also a cheaper option than Osimhen and Toney.”

Osimhen penned a new contract with Napoli in December but a move elsewhere this summer remains firmly on the cards, with a £111m release clause inserted into the deal to ensure that his exit would have to be facilitated by the Serie A outfit.

Despite suffering injuries and going off for international duty, Osimhen has still contributed goal-wise for Napoli with 10 goals scored in 19 appearances across all competitions this season.

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Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong drops hint on Osimhen’s future move

Nigeria captain William Troost-Ekong admitted he ‘knows’ where Chelsea and Arsenal target Victor Osimhen will play next season.

The Napoli star is widely expected to leave the Campania capital in the coming summer transfer window, with his new contract containing a €120-130m release clause. He’s already hinted that he’s decided his next step when speaking to the press last month.

The Napoli project has collapsed over the last six months, but Osimhen has still managed to shine despite the difficulties, scoring 10 goals and providing three assists across 20 appearances this term. At the recent Africa Cup of Nations, he scored once and provided three assists.

Speaking to Sky Sport via TMW, Troost-Ekong first discussed the struggles of his former clubs Salernitana and Udinese this season.

 “I always follow Serie A, it’s a great league. This weekend with Salernitana-Udinese will be special for me, also because it was also the last match I played in my last season. The points would certainly be more useful to Salernitana than to Udinese.”

He remembered his time at Tottenham with Harry Kane.

 “We started together 14 years ago and after training he always stayed on the pitch to try something else: shots, penalties, work with the goalkeepers.

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 “He always wanted to grow, and this ultimately led him to reach the top of the top. He is an example of the desire to improve and work harder.”

Finally, Troost-Ekong was asked if he knew where Osimhen would play next year.

 “I really can’t tell you anything, but I know!”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have  reportedly stepped up their chase for  Osimhen as they have opened talks with his representatives over his personal terms.

Chelsea are among the top European clubs gunning for Osimhen and so have begun discussions with his agents, according to transfer expert Rudy Galetti.

Osimhen, according to multiple reports, is the top transfer target for London club, who the striker supported while he was growing up in Lagos.

The Super Eagles striker is already on a good salary of around Nine Million Euros a year at Napoli after he extended his contract with the Serie A champions till June 2026.

He will want a bigger pay going forward and Chelsea can afford this. It is believed that after agreeing the striker’s personal terms, Chelsea could then begin talks with his club.

Napoli are believed to have placed a 130 Million Euros exit clause on the player’s new contract.

Rival London club Arsenal are also ready to pay Osimhen big.

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Haaland shines as Man City trash Luton in eight-goal thriller

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Haaland shines as Man City trash Luton in eight-goal thriller

Erling Haaland scored five in a stunning display of finishing as holders Manchester City thrashed Luton to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

It was the Norwegian’s eighth hat-trick for City and he also became the first player to score five in a game twice for the club.

City opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Kevin de Bruyne, who assisted the first four goals, was allowed time and space to cut the ball back for Haaland to convert.

The pair combined again 15 minutes later, with Haaland running on to a through ball before powering it past Luton goalkeeper Tim Krul and it was a similar move that brought the third, only this time with a delicate dink to finish.

Jordan Clark pulled one back for Luton with a stunning strike, curled beautifully into the top corner from 25 yards on the stroke of half-time and gave Rob Edwards’ side hope of a memorable comeback with a thumping finish seven minutes into the second half.

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However, Pep Guardiola’s team soon dashed those hopes when De Bruyne squared for Haaland to tap into an empty net after a superb pass from Kyle Walker had sent the Belgium midfielder clear.

Haaland got his fifth – matching his effort against RB Leipzig in last season’s Champions League last 16 – when he low shot went straight through Krul, who then saw a long-range strike from Mateo Kovacic flash past him for the visitors’ sixth.

Luton had opportunities in the second half with Stefan Ortega, starting in place of Ederson for City, forced into action a number of times. City might easily have added to their lead at the other end but once Haaland was replaced with 15 minutes to go, there was not the same ruthlessness and the hosts were spared any further punishment.

The one sour note for City was an injury to Jack Grealish, who was forced off late in the first half, but they are now unbeaten in 18 games and remain in pursuit a second consecutive treble.

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