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FOOTBALL NEWS: Mourinho Could Quit Over Woodward Frustration, Arsenal’s £30m Plan, Pogba In Swap Deal, Liverpool Target Fekir Speaks Out + MORE…

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MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho could leave the club if they make a poor start to the season. That is according to former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince. Mourinho has been a disgruntled figure during United’s pre-season campaign, which has seen them lose three times.
After signing three players early on in the window – Diogo Dalot, Lee Grant and Fred – Mourinho has been keen to make at least two more additions but now appears resigned to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward bringing in just one new player before Thursday’s deadline.
The big spending by United’s rivals has also rattled Mourinho, who fears for their chances of competing for trophies this season.United begin the Premier League season against Leicester before facing Brighton, Tottenham and Burnley.
And Ince reckons Mourinho’s frustration with Woodward and a slow start to the season could lead to the Portuguese leaving or the club sacking him. Ince told Paddy Power: “Jose has said that he wants to stay at United for life. To be fair, most managers would say that.
“But managers do get frustrated. They want to take the club forward, they want to build and bring players in. He sees Liverpool spending big and he wants to compete.“If he feels he’s not getting that from Ed Woodward and the Glazers, he’s going to be grumpy.
“The start of the season is so important for United, they’ve got to get off to a good one. “If not, it’s going to go back to the same situation as last season, where the fans were on his back. “If it does, he’ll say enough’s enough and walk out – or the board might say the same and make a change.”

Courtois AWOL, Butland in
Thibaut Courtois has gone AWOL as he tries to force a move away from Chelsea. Courtois wants to join Real Madrid and is hoping a deal can be struck before Thursday.
The goalkeeper has not turned to up training at Chelsea today and the Daily Mail reckon that’s because of his determination to secure a move to Spain.
He will likely cost £35m if terms can be agreed. Meanwhile, Sky Sports say that Jack Butland is Chelsea’s top target to replace Courtois if an agreement with Real can be met. An error by Butland that led to a goal aided Stoke’s 3-1 defeat to Leeds in the opening game of their Championship campaign on Sunday.

Fekir open to transfer
Nabil Fekir admits he could still leave Lyon after almost joining Liverpool earlier this summer. Lyon appear open to selling Fekir at the right price and had agreed a £53m deal with the Blues before the World Cup – only for the transfer to fall through.
Liverpool are not expected to renew their offer for the France international this summer. But the World Cup winner says he could still leave the Ligue 1 side before the French transfer deadline on August 31.
“As you can see, I am in Lyon. I am very happy here,” Fekir told Lyon’s official club TV station. “But the transfer window is still long and everything goes very quickly in football. “We don’t know what will happen in the future but I am very happy at Lyon. I feel brilliant in this squad.
“We have very good players, a great atmosphere. It is a bit like the French national team: a mixture of youngster and older players, with some players more experienced than others.
“We have a good group, very homogeneous. We feel good together and I hope that Lyon will have a very good season.”

Man Utd deal backed
Manchester United can go head-to-head with Premier League champions Manchester City if they bolster their defence with a centre-half, says Peter Crouch.
“Looking in from the outside, you don’t need to be a genius to realise this summer has not gone as they would have wanted,” said Crouch.
“A word of warning, though, to anyone who feels they are in trouble: never write off a Jose Mourinho team.
“When all the players are back, look at the depth of their squad. Tell me how a team with Paul Pogba in midfield and Romelu Lukaku up front won’t win loads of matches? Pogba is someone I’m very keen on watching over the next 12 months.
“He should come back from the World Cup full of confidence and I want to see him stamp his authority on the biggest games, like he did in April’s Manchester derby. If United add a central defender, they have the quality to push City all the way.”

Real Madrid transfer worry
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos admits the club will find it hard to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. Real sold Ronaldo to Juventus earlier this simmer and the club are seeking a new superstar to stand in the Portuguese’s place.
But Kroos concedes that may not be possible. “When you lose 50 goals over a season, it is really tough to replace,” Kroos said.
“Cristiano was hugely important to us over the years and he has been decisive for us in all of our success but I have no doubts we will be very hard to beat again.”

Luiz on Willian
David Luiz has revealed that his close friend Willian told him he wanted to stay at Chelsea – and he did not need any persuading.
The Brazilian winger has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United and Barcelona but Luiz is confident his team-mate will stay in west London.
Luiz said: “We never talked about him leaving. We are friends for a long time. “Since the beginning, he told me he loved Chelsea. To leave Chelsea, would be something totally out of the reality – if he really wanted to leave or if Chelsea really wanted to kick him out.
“This is not the reality. Chelsea loves Willian, Willian loves Chelsea, so that’s great. “He’s a fantastic player and a fantastic friend. I’ve known Willian since I was eight, so a long time. Willian loves Chelsea. He played on Sunday after coming back after the World Cup, and he has already shown his quality. I wanted him to stay.”

Man Utd’s Maguire bid
Manchester United will reportedly launch a bid for Harry Maguire despite claims they are closing in on Toby Alderweireld. Manchester United have been linked with both Maguire and Alderweireld as they target a successful end to the summer transfer window.
Having dropped their interest in Barcelona powerhouse Yerry Mina because of his agent’s financial demands, claims have circled they are closing in on Alderweireld.
But Sky Sports say United will launch a bid for Maguire before the transfer window shut on Thursday. And Sky Sports say United are aware they will have to pay more than the £75million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk back in January, while the Daily Star claim Leicester want £80m for his services.
Should the Red Devils land Maguire, then Rojo is expected to leave.
Wolves and Everton have both been linked with the Argentina international, who signed from Sporting Lisbon four years ago.

Chambers medical
Calum Chambers is set to have a medical today at Fulham ahead of a season-long loan. Chambers signed a new four-year deal in July and looked set to play a prominent role under new manager Unai Emery.
The 23-year-old defender has played an active role in pre-season and started Saturday’s 2-0 win over Lazio. But according to the Daily Mail, Chambers is set to move to the newly promoted Fulham.
The report says Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic wants experienced defenders because new signing Alfie Mawson is not expected to be fully fit until September.

Paul Pogba swap deals
Manchester United star Paul Pogba will hold talks with his agent this week as he looks to seal a move away from the club, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho could also receive offers from Juventus and Barcelona with the Portuguese getting a player in return if the club decide to sell. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim he has decided to leave United.
Barcelona and Juventus are the two clubs battling for his signature with Pogba thought to be open to a move to both. In a bid to convince United to part with the Frenchman, who they paid Juve £89m for in the summer of 2016, both teams are considering offering a player in any potential deal. Mundo Deportivo claim the Italian side will offer Miralem Pjanic, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, to the Portuguese boss.
But the former Chelsea boss will also be alerted to Barcelona’s proposed offers. The report claims defender Yerry Mina and midfielder Andre Gomes could enter the equation if Pogba opts for the Nou Camp.

Courtois ultimatum
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has ordered Real Madrid transfer target Thibaut Courtois to make his plans clear to him after dismissing quotes from the goalkeeper’s agent, suggesting his future remained unclear.
speaking after Chelsea’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, Sarri delivered an ultimatum to the 26-year-old – who has 12 months to run on his contract.
Sarri said: “I have no reaction on the agent. I am not interested in the agent. I want to hear from Courtois. “If Courtois says the same tomorrow I have to speak with my club of course, because I want only players with a very high level of motivation. But I have nothing to add to the agent.”

Arsenal’s £30m plan
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reportedly decided who he wants to sign as he faces a defensive crisis. Arsenal have problems at left-back with Sead Kolasinac set for two months on the sidelines having picked up a knee injury in the recent friendly against Chelsea.
Nacho Monreal hasn’t featured in Arsenal’s preparations for the new season having returned from the World Cup with a knee injury. And the Daily Mail report the new boss will target AC Milan full-back Ricardo Rodriguez before the transfer window closes on Thursday (5pm). It’s claimed that Milan are keen to keep hold of the 25-year-old and it may cost Emery £30million to get his man.

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I Will Revenge Against Semata- Moses Golola

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Having lost to Umar Semata in a fight at freedom City, Moses Golola has asked for a revenge fight.

Golola is scared Semata invaded his territory having been the darling of kick boxing in Uganda for quite some time. Semata became the first Ugandan to beat Golola who had previously thumped the likes of Ronald Mugula, Titus Tugume and Kikenwa a.k.a ‘Baby Ndunya’.

“Semata mulindidde mu kkoona tajja Ku mpona, said Golola (meaning, Semata will find me around the corner and he will not survive, I will have my revenge).”

Golola had earlier promised his supporters that he is going to retire after the Semata fight and concentrate on his academy but he seems to have changed his mind.

Golola was beaten at Freedom City in a five-round fight by the Thai based Semata.

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CRANES: Cold Weather May Affect Players In Maseru

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2019 AFCON qualifiers:
Lesotho vs Cranes,

Uganda Cranes arrived in Maseru for the second leg against Lesotho as they seek to earn more three points in the 2019 AFCON CUP qualifiers.

The team held a recovery session on Sunday evening and will conduct the final session on Monday night at the Setsoto stadium prior to Tuesday business with Lesotho.

Cranes skipper Denis Onyango, is optimistic that they can pick more three so as to top the group with ten points. “We have the power, desire and talent to get the three points in Maseru but God has to be part of this project,” said Onyango.

Emmanuel Okwi scored a brace on Saturday and Farouk Miya got a third as Cranes continued to dominate group L. According to Grapevine sources in the Cranes camp, the weather may turn out to be a problem for the Cranes players because it is too cold in Maseru.

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Semata Breaks Golola’s Record To Become First Uganda To Stop Him

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Umar Semata, one of the technically gifted kick boxing fighters in Uganda, proved his doubter’s wrong when he beat Moses Golola at Freedom City in the early hours of Sunday morning, and was massively attended.

Golola was beaten in the fifth round. Semata showed that he is technical enough to stop the motormouthed Golola, who spent 90 days in Kabale preparing for his fight.

The Muay Thai fighter who had most of his fights outside the country ended Golola’s record and became the first Ugandan to beat him. Golola has dominated kick boxing with 36 wins out of the 41.

Golola had previously lost to Mate Zamboki at Kyadondo, Andras Nagy, in 2011 and Richard Abraham in 2014 at Speke Hotel in Munyonyo.

Semata had his 45th career victory from 78 fights.

How Golola was beaten:

Golola found his size in Semata, and many who enjoyed the fight at Freedom City’s state of the art Auditorium or live on TV will agree with me when I say that Semata was a class apart when it came to technical aspects of the fight compared to Golola.

Golola threw more heavy punches but Semata was using both kicks and punches which helped him score more points.

The kick boxing game is growing

Before the main fight, there were 12 under card fights, Paul Ababa beat Joshua Lumunya in the first fight of the night.

Allan Claude edged James Christon, Mududa Khalifan was beaten by Ivan Khoreta, Maxwell James was too much for Joel Semanda, Rebecca Among also managed to beat Brenda Masendi in an all-Women’s affair.

 

By Mutebi Edward

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