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United plan €500m spending spree on Osimhen, others



Victor Osimhen

United Plan €500m Spending Spree On Osimhen, Others

Following their impressive performances in Serie A, Premier League side Manchester United are reportedly ready to splash the cash on trio Victor Osimhen, South Korean Kim Min-jae and Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in the summer transfer window.

According to Italian media, Ilnapolista, United are preparing a whooping €500m in the next transfer market and at the top of their wish list are Osimhen, Kim and Kvaratskhelia.

Osimhen, who joined the Parthenopeans in the summer of 2020, is the most sought-after striker ahead of the summer transfer window  after a sensational season for Napoli.

The Nigeria international has scored 23 goals in just 30 Serie A appearances as Napoli were crowned champions of Italy for the first time in 33 years.

The report further states that the Glazers family have informed the new owners of United to make provision for massive transfer activity in the summer.


The Qatari bid for Manchester United, led by Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, seems to be in pole position for the takeover battle in its favour with the promise of an extra $1bn set aside for investment in the club.

“Manchester United are planning for the biggest transfer market plan in football history,” Ilnapolista stated.

“Sources close to the Glazers suggest whoever owns the club, they have a plan ready to invest a minimum of €500m in players this summer. United have informed Qatar of this plan.

“United gave us the list of players they wanted to sign,” explained a member of the coaching team accompanying Sheikh Jassim.

The report also stated that United manager, Erik ten-Hag, wants to reinforce the team with five players at four different positions.

“First, a striker, who they intend to cover with Harry Kane or Victor Osimhen.

“Second, a midfielder like Frenkie de Jong, Adrien Rabiot or Alexis Mac Allister.

“Thirdly, two central defenders, Ronald Araujo and Kim min-Jae for whom they offer €100m and fourth on Kvaratskhelia or Kingsley Coman.”


Fiorentina player struck by object thrown from West Ham fans



Fiorentina player struck by object thrown from West Ham fans

The 2022/2023 Europa Conference League final match on Wednesday was stopped briefly after West Ham United fans threw objects towards Fiorentina’s players.

Plastic pint glasses were hurled from the West Ham end throughout the first half of the match at the Eden Arena in Prague.


Referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande eventually halted play after Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi was hit by another missile as he went to take a corner-kick shortly before half-time.

Biraghi had suffered a cut to the back of his head and required treatment and a bandage.

A message over the PA system urged supporters to stop throwing objects on to the pitch and to respect the players, before play eventually resumed with the score still 0-0.

The match later ended 2-1 in favour of West Ham, after a late goal by Jarrod Bowen.

Fiorentina player struck by object thrown from West Ham fans


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Messi heading for Inter Miami in MLS after PSG exit



Lionel Messi

Messi heading for Inter Miami in MLS after PSG exit

LIONEL Messi has announced he is to join Major League Soccer (MLS) side Inter Miami.

The 35-year-old Argentina forward had been strongly linked with a move to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal, to join a league which already features Cristiano Ronaldo and now Karim Benzema.

However, with Messi’s two-year contract at Paris St-Germain (PSG) coming to an end this month, the World Cup winner confirmed he was set to head to the U.S.

“I made the decision that I am going to go to Miami,” Messi said.

“I still haven’t closed it 100 per cent. I’m missing some things, but we decided to continue on the path.”

MLS franchise Miami are co-owned by former England captain David Beckham.

The Florida side recently sacked Beckham’s former Manchester United and England team-mate Phil Neville as coach.

They are currently bottom of the 15-team Eastern Conference, but remain a fiercely ambitious club.

Messi had also been linked with a move back to his former club FC Barcelona.

But he confirmed that when that was not set to go through, he opted for a fresh challenge in the U.S.


“If the FC Barcelona thing didn’t work out, I wanted to leave Europe, get out of the spotlight and think more in my family,” he said.

“I really wanted, I was very excited to be able to return (to FC Barcelona), but after having experienced what I experienced and the exit I had, I did not want to be in the same situation again —– waiting to see what was going to happen.

“I heard that they had to sell players or lower players’ salaries and the truth is that I didn’t want to go through that, nor take charge of obtaining something that had to do with all that.”

PSG announced last week that Messi would be leaving and he had reportedly been offered a deal worth 400 million euros (343.5 million pounds) per year to move to Saudi Arabia.

Messi revealed that while his heart may have been pushing him towards a return to the Nou Camp, it was a move which he was not totally in tune with.

He felt it could have left him open to more issues down the line, having had to “walk the bullfight” at the end of his previous stay.

“I also wanted to look for something else and a bit of peace of mind,” Messi said.

“I had offers from other European clubs, but I didn’t even evaluate them because my idea was to go to FC Barcelona.

“If the FC Barcelona thing didn’t come out, analysing it, then (I was) leaving European football and much more (doing so) after winning the World Cup, which was what I needed to close my career on this side.

“Going to live in the U.S. in a different way and enjoying day-to-day much more, but with the same responsibility of wanting to win and always doing things well, but (now) with more peace of mind.”

Messi had talked with FC Barcelona manager and close friend Xavi over a potential return, but said he “spoke very little, once or twice at most” with president Joan Laporta.

“We were very excited, because when something came out we would discuss if he really wanted me to come back, if it was good for the team and for him, and we kept in communication,” Messi said.

“We never even got to talk about the contract. A proposal was passed over, but never a formal, written, signed proposal, because there was still nothing and we did not know if it was going to be possible or not.

“There was the intention, but we couldn’t advance anything, we didn’t even talk about money formally.

“If it had been a matter of money I would have gone to Saudi Arabia or elsewhere. It seemed like a lot of money to me and the truth is that my decision was for the other side and not for money.”


FC Barcelona issued a statement which claimed that the club had “presented” a proposal for Messi’s return which had been desired by both parties.

The club added that they were later informed of the player’s decision to instead head to Miami.

“President Laporta understood and respected Messi’s decision to want to compete in a league with fewer demands, further away from the spotlight and the pressure he has been subjected to in recent years,” the club statement read.

“Both Joan Laporta and Jorge Messi also agreed to work together to promote a proper tribute from Barca fans to honour a footballer who has been, is, and always will be beloved by Barca.”

On its part, MLS welcomed Messi’s decision.

“We are pleased that Lionel Messi has stated that he intends to join Inter Miami and MLS this summer,” a statement from the organisation read.

“Although work remains to finalise a formal agreement, we look forward to welcoming one of the greatest football players of all time to our league.”

In spite of not making a return to FC Barcelona as a player, Messi, a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, intends to eventually settle back in the city with his family.

“Obviously I will like to be close to the club (in the future). What’s more, I’m going to live in FC Barcelona,” he said. “It is one of the things that we have very clear with my wife, my children.

“Hopefully, I don’t know when, but one day I can contribute something to the club and help because it is a club that I love as I always said.

“I appreciate the love I had from people during my career and I will like to be here again, yes.”(dpa/NAN)

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Benzema strikes Saudi Arabia huge deal



Karim Benzema

Benzema strikes Saudi Arabia huge deal

Karim Benzema has completed his move to Saudia Arabian club Al-Ittihad after leaving Real Madrid.

The 35-year-old spent 14 years with Real Madrid, winning five Champions League titles, five Club World Cups, four LaLiga titles, four UEFA Supercups, three Copas del Rey and three Spanish Super Cups as well as leaving as the second top scorer in the club’s history with 354 goals across all competitions.


The Frenchman’s exit as a free agent came amid widespread reports he was set to move to Saudi Arabia and that switch has now been confirmed, with Benzema now set to go head to head with former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo next season.

Benzema has signed a deal to 2026 and, according to reports, will earn around € 200m per year at Al-Ittihad.

Benzema strikes Saudi Arabia huge deal

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