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$247m: Al-Hilal prepare Mbappe offer to mash PSG world transfer record

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The Saudi government wants to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe for Al-Hilal and is prepared to give him a huge contract as reported by Foot Mercato.

According to The Athletic, PSG will receive an offer that would obliterate the world transfer record they set when signing Neymar from FC Barcelona in 2017 if interest from numerous teams in the Saudi Pro League is engaged.

Mbappe also moved to the French capital in said year when joining on loan from Monaco. The arrangement came with an obligation to purchase him for a €180 million ($200 million) fee 12 months down the line, therefore making the then-19-year-old football history’s most expensive teenager.

In spring 2022, when his five-year contract at the Parc des Princes was expiring, Mbappe looked set to sign for Real Madrid only to perform a shock U-turn and extend with PSG until 2024.

The extension comes with an optional season, but Mbappe has already informed his Qatari employers that he plans to walk next summer.

This has caused PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to issue a public ultimatum to the Russia 2018 winner which clearly outlined he must renew if he doesn’t want to be sold in the coming weeks.

On Friday, PSG put Mbappe up for sale as reported by various outlets, and dropped him from their Japanese tour for not meeting a July 15 deadline to commit his future to them.

Reporting the news, The Athletic said Mbappe has attracted interest from various outfits in the Saudi Pro League who are prepared to pay more than the €222 million ($247 million) PSG shelled out for Neymar six years ago.

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At Foot Mercato in France, they explain that the Saudi government, which through the Public Investment Fund has control over four of the country’s biggest clubs, is ready to make the 24-year-old a huge offer to join Al-Hilal.

Al-Hilal missed out on Lionel Messi last month when the Argentine decided to snub both former club Barca and the Saudis’ reported €500 million ($556 million) a year proposal to join Inter Miami instead.

It is currently unclear whether Mbappe would be offered these kinds of figures by Al-Hilal, but his signing would be a major coup for a championship that already boasts Cristiano Ronaldo and Ballon d’Or holder Karim Benzema.

To tempt Mbappe, the package from the Middle East might have to exceed the €1 billion ($1.11 billion) across 10 years he was presented by PSG, in what would be sport’s highest-paid contract of all time, as reported by Defensa Central.

This would see Mbappe earn €100 million ($111 million) per term, and this offer or anything higher from Saudi Arabia would put the France international in a good position to knock Ronaldo off the top of Forbes’ list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes.

As things stand, though, Foot Mercato reports how Mbappe’s “official” position is that he wants to see out his PSG contract and stay until June 30, 2024 at least.

This would have him receive a loyalty bonus from PSG which MARCA have put as high as €170 million ($189 million), and then also a considerable signing-on fee from his next club ahead of the 2024-2025 season.

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According to Sky Sports, PSG believe this is Real Madrid, who now might have to come in with a cash offer for Mbappe to avoid losing out on him once more.

 

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We’re ready for CAF Champions League – Enugu Rangers

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We’re ready for CAF Champions League – Enugu Rangers

Newly crowned champions of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Rangers International FC of Enugu have announced its readiness to compete in the Confederation of African Cup, CAF Champions League starting in August this year.

The General Manager of the club, Barr. Amobi Ezeaku, flanked by the Group Managing director of Afrinvest, Dr. Ike Chioke and Hon. Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Barr. Lioyd Ekweremadu disclosed this to newsmen ahead of the presentation of their NPFL trophy to their supporters in Enugu.

Ezeaku, who affirmed Rangers’ unwavering commitment to flying the nation’s flag in the African elite club competition, acknowledged the formidable nature of the championship.

He also disclosed that the club had since scouted for seasoned players across the continent, whom he believed would bolster the squad to navigate the demanding competition.

Amobi, who commended Governor Peter Mbah and the state ministry of sports for the support the club received during the last season’s campaign, also lauded its shirt sponsors, Afrinvest, for going outside the the scope of the contract to ensure that Rangers performed better away from home.

For him, the victory in the just concluded NPFL league season, meant that the club must look at general development, particularly the facilities.

“What our victory means is that we must look at the development of the facilities.

“We’ve gone round Africa to scout for players that will fit into era we’re entering now, which is the CAF Champions League. We’re going to do our best to make us proud on the African continent

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“We’re not just going to participate but compete favourably because we now have the means and the support base to do that.

“We believe that that the kind of coaches we have, we will rule Africa”, Ezeaku said.

The group managing director of Afrinvest, Dr Chioke commending Rangers for their victory said that sponsoring Rangers Jessy and supporting them was the best deal they have had.

He disclosed that Rangers has helped market them across the world as the best trusted cooperate organization to do business with.

Earlier, the Hon. Ekweremadu expressed gratitude to Gov. Peter Mbahs support which contributed immensely to the Rangers Victory as new champion of NPFL.

He assured that the state government would do everything to make sure that Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium wears a new look and meet international standard before the CAF competition commence.

Ekweremadu disclosed that state government has concluded arrangements to build stadium across all the senatorial district to enhance sport development.

 

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Euro: Holders Italy snatch 1-1 draw with Croatia to reach knockout phase

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Euro: Holders Italy snatch 1-1 draw with Croatia to reach knockout phase

Mattia Zaccagni’s superb last-gasp strike fired Italy into the Euro 2024 knock-outs with a 1-1 draw against Croatia in a fraught Group B clash on Monday.

Italy progress in second place behind winners Spain and will face Switzerland in the last 16, while Croatia are on the verge of elimination but could still progress depending on other results later in the week.

With only two points it is unlikely Zlatko Dalic’s side will qualify as one of the four best third-place teams but it is still possible.

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Croatia midfielder Luka Modric became the oldest goalscorer in the competition’s history with his strike after 55 minutes, just 33 seconds after Gianluigi Donnarumma saved the 38-year-old’s penalty.

It seemed enough for his team but Zaccagni whipped a brilliant strike into the top corner on the break in the 98th minute to send Italy through from what was dubbed a “group of death”.

After shipping five goals in the first two games, Dalic opted to shore up the midfield by bringing in Mario Pasalic and Luka Sucic amid four changes.

The coach also kept established trio of Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic despite their struggles in the 3-0 defeat by Spain and 2-2 draw against minnows Albania.

Luciano Spalletti’s Italy beat Albania 2-1 but were dominated by Spain in a 1-0 defeat and the coach shifted to a 3-5-2 formation, dropping Juventus’ Federico Chiesa.

Croatia dominated the opening exchanges against a defensive Italy side knowing a draw would send them through in second place behind group winners Spain.

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On his first start at the tournament 21-year-old RB Salzburg midfielder Sucic forced a fine early save from Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma with a vicious drive from range.

Azzurri forward Mateo Retegui’s header was deflected narrowly wide at the other end on a rare forray forward, with the two-time winners happy to slow the game down and waste time at corners and throw-ins as early as the 20th minute.

Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic made a stunning stop to thwart Alessandro Bastoni, found by Nicolo Barella’s tempting cross, as the holders gained control without taking risks.

Dalic, who steered Croatia to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup final and semis respectively, threw on powerful striker Ante Budimir for the second half.

It gave his team a focal point and they looked instantly more threatening and swiftly reaped their reward.

Italy substitute Davide Frattesi handled Andrej Kramaric’s effort and after a VAR review Croatia were given a penalty.

Donnarumma clawed out Real Madrid midfielder Modric’s effort but the veteran could not be denied 33 seconds later.

The Italian goalkeeper made another fine save in the aftermath from Budimir as Croatia kept the pressure up and Modric smashed home the rebound from close range.

He beat the previous record for oldest Euros goalscorer set in 2008 by Austrian Ivica Vastic by 32 days.

Modric was replaced with 10 minutes to go and even some Italy supporters afforded the playmaker an ovation, while they nervously eyed the ever-advancing clock.

Croatia thought they had progressed but Zaccagni broke their hearts in the eighth and final minute of stoppage time.

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England, France, Netherlands into Euro 2024 knockouts as Albania lose

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England, France and Netherlands progressed to the knockout stages of Euro 2024 on Monday after Albania lost 1-0 to Group B winners Spain thanks to an early Ferran Torres goal in Duesseldorf.

England have qualified from Group C and France and Netherlands from Group D as at least three of the four best third-placed teams at the Euro tournament.

All three sides play their final group-stage matches on Tuesday, where they will seek a top-two finish in order to ensure a kinder draw for the last-16 stage.

England have four points and sit top of Group C before their match against Slovenia in Cologne.

A win will ensure Gareth Southgate’s men top the group, or a draw will suffice if Denmark fail to beat Serbia in the section’s other clash.

France and Netherlands played out a goalless stalemate in Group D on Friday, leaving both on four points.

France take on already-eliminated Poland and Netherlands face Austria, who know a win against the Dutch would ensure their spot in the knockouts with six points.

If both France and Netherlands win or draw on Tuesday, they will be separated for first place on overall goal difference, then overall goals scored, then disciplinary points and finally their European qualifiers rankings.

 

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Germany survive Euro 2024 scare as Hungarian Star suffers horror injury

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Germany Survive Euro 2024 Scare As Hungarian Star Suffers Horror Injury

The Germans, who last won the Euros in 1996, will take on the Group C runners-up — currently slated to be Denmark — in the last 16.

Germany survived a scare to finish top of Group A at Euro 2024 as Niclas Fuellkrug’s stoppage-time goal rescued a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, while Scotland were eliminated after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat against Hungary whose striker Barnabas Varga suffered a sickening injury.

Dan Ndoye’s first-half goal in Frankfurt had put Switzerland on course to climb above hosts Germany into top spot.

But Fuellkrug’s late header ensured Julian Nagelsmann’s side advanced to the last 16 in pole position with seven points.

The Germans, who last won the Euros in 1996, will take on the Group C runners-up — currently slated to be Denmark — in the last 16.

Denmark, two points behind leaders England, play Serbia in their last group game on Tuesday.

Germany are also on track for a potential quarter-final clash with Spain, who have been among the best teams at the tournament so far.

Switzerland, who reached the quarter-finals at the last Euros in 2021, have now made the knockout stage in six successive major tournaments.

As Group A runners-up with five points, the Swiss will face the second-placed team in Group B in the last 16.

Although Germany were already through to the last 16 after beating Scotland and Hungary, Nagelsmann opted against resting his stars as he named an unchanged team for a third successive game.

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Switzerland took a shock lead in the 28th minute as Ndoye met Remo Freuler’s cross with a close-range volley that flashed past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Ndoye’s first international goal was made in Bologna as both he and Freuler played for the Serie A club last season.

Adding to Germany’s problems, Jonathan Tah was booked, earning the centre-back a ban for the first knockout game.

Germany dominated possession but Ilkay Gundogan scuffed wide with the goal at his mercy after Yann Sommer parried Jamal Musiala’s stinging strike into the midfielder’s path.

Their pressure was finally rewarded in stoppage-time when Fuellkrug rose highest to power his header into the top corner.

– Scotland misery –
In Stuttgart, Scotland were unable to secure the victory that would likely have taken them into the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time.

In 11 previous appearances at major competitions — eight World Cups and three European Championships — Scotland had bowed out at the group stage.

Once again, they will fly home early after taking just one point from their three matches.

Steve Clarke’s team, who lost to Germany and drew with Switzerland in their first two games, were sunk by a goal 10 minutes into stoppage-time from Kevin Csoboth, whose clinical finish capped a rapid raid from the Hungarians.

Hungary may not secure a last 16 berth despite their victory as they have only three points from their three games.

The four third-placed teams with the best records from the six groups will move into the last 16.

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Hungary’s win came at a cost as Varga was stretchered off after a sickening collision.

Varga collapsed to the pitch and was struggling to move after chasing a long cross into the area as Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn came to collect the ball.

After a long delay, medics took the 29-year-old from the pitch while a sheet was draped around the stretcher.

Hungary captain Dominik Szoboszlai appeared to be in tears as he consoled his stricken teammate.

Varga was immediately taken to hospital after the incident where he was said to be conscious and talking.

“The condition of Barnabas Varga is stable,” the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) wrote on X.

“The Hungarian national team player is currently in one of the hospitals in Stuttgart. We will inform you immediately if there is any news on his status.”

In Group B on Monday, Italy take on Croatia, while Spain, already qualified in first place, face Albania.

Italy are second in the group with three points, while Croatia and Albania both have one point.

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Rangers crowned 2023/24 NPFL champions

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Rangers Crowned 2023/24 NPFL Champions

Team captain Amobi Ezeakwu received the trophy and the winning prize of one hundred and fifty million naira from the Nigeria Football Federation president Ibrahim Musa Gusau.

Rangers International Football Club of Enugu, the flying antelopes have been crowned champions of the Nigerian Premier Football League 2023/2024 season.

The flying antelopes emerged champions with a 2-1 victory over Gombe United at the Zaria road stadium in Jos to clinch its 8th league title amazing 70 points from 38 matches played during the concluded league season.

Team captain Amobi Ezeakwu received the trophy and the winning prize of one hundred and fifty million naira from the Nigeria Football Federation president Ibrahim Musa Gusau.

Dignitaries who witnessed the match included the top Nigeria Football Federation board led by the chairman and other members of the football governing board; league board chairman Gbenga Elegbeleye as well as plateau state governor Caleb Mutfwang and his counterpart from Enugu Peter Mbah.

With the victory Rangers International will represent Nigeria alongside Remo stars in the African Champions League competition.

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Super Eagles job: NFF divided over minister’s choice of Amuneke

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There are serious indications that some members of the Nigeria Football Federation are grumbling about the latest development by the

There are serious indications that some members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are grumbling about the latest development by the Sports Ministry to allow former U-17 coach, Emmanuel Amuneke to oversee the remaining games of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

The PAPERS reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) axed Finidi George‘s tenure as Super Eagles coach and announced plans to hire a foreign technical adviser in the wake of the team’s shambolic 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign so far.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria, were recently defeated 2-1 by Benin Republic in the fourth round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

A reliable source from the Glass House told ThePAPERS that there are rumours from the Sport Ministry that the rejected Emmanuel Amuneke could eventually be appointed as interim coach of the Super Eagles for the remainder of the World Cup qualifiers before appointing a foreign coach.

This development, according to the source, will not be welcomed by the top executive members of the NFF, while some are already grumbling to decline the approach of the Sports Ministry whenever it comes up.

The PAPERS had earlier reported that former Tanzania national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke was the anointed candidate of the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, John Enoh before NFF appointed Finidi George for the top job.

It is yet to be confirmed if the speculations could amount to the announcement of Amuneke as interim Super Eagles coach.

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