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    Football Round-Up: Arsenal Want To Splash Cash On Aubameyang To Replace Sanchez

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    Arsenal have held transfer talks with Borussia Dortmund over a sensational move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang, 28, would be the superstar calibre of signing that Arsenal believe would soften the blow of Alexis Sanchez.

    Manchester United are red hot favourites to land Sanchez with discussions ongoing over a player-plus-cash deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

    Arsenal’s new recruitment chief Sven Mislintat knows both players from his time at Borussia Dortmund and both could get done this window. Sanchez is still expected to join United this week after they blew Manchester City out of the window with personal terms of up to £400,000-a-week and a £30m signing on fee.

    Arsenal want to get that done sooner rather than later so they can press on with their own plans. Even though Aubameyang has a bad boy reputation, Mislintat has provided glowing reports and Dortmund are ready to sell.

    Dortmund want £60m, Arsenal will not pay anywhere near that but the deal is likely to drag on. Arsenal are also keen on Bordeaux’s Brazilian Malcom but Aubameyang appears No1 priority.

     

    Aubameyang would provide a threat or competition to Alexandre Lacazette but Arsenal are also set to sell Theo Walcott to Everton for £20m.Chelsea have also entered the race for Sanchez but United are confident that offering Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 28, as part of the deal would make them favourites. (Telegraph)

    Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, wants to return to Manchester United. (As.com – in Spanish)

    Midfielder Emre Can, 24, says he has not signed an agreement to join Juventus in the summer and that he is still talking to Liverpool about extending his stay at Anfield. (Times – subscription required)

    Swansea City have held talks with Atletico Madrid over deals to bring 30-year-old France forward Kevin Gameiro and Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 29, to south Wales during the January window. (Wales Online)

    Everton are trying to complete a £20m deal for 28-year-old Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott this week. (Mirror)

    Bournemouth have approached Arsenal about bringing Walcott to the south coast on loan for the rest of the season. (Sun)

    La Liga side Sevilla are confident of securing a loan move for 24-year-old Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. (ESPN)

    A move to the Premier League would interest 25-year-old Marseille and Guinea midfielder Bouna Sarr, who is a target for Leicester. (L’Equipe – in French) 

    New Wales boss Ryan Giggs is weighing up an approach to make former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes part of his backroom staff. (Mail)

    West Ham fear their England striker Andy Carroll has had his head turned by the prospect of a loan move to Chelsea(Mirror)

    Alternatively, the Blues’ bid to sign 29-year-old Carroll is set to fail with the Hammers only prepared to consider a permanent deal. (London Evening Standard)

    French football expert Julien Laurens is “convinced” Paris-St Germain’s 25-year-old Brazil forward Neymar and on-loan France striker Kylian Mbappe, 19, will one day become Real Madrid players. (BBC Radio 5 live)

    West Brom are offering £12m for Fulham’s Scotland midfielder Tom Cairney, 26. (Sun)

    Birmingham City are interested in signing Feyenoord’s 27-year-old Dutch left-back Miquel Nelom. (Mail)

    British financier Amanda Staveley is increasing her bid to buy out Newcastleowner Mike Ashley, with a new offer in excess of £300m. (Express)

    New Stoke manager Paul Lambert will earn a £1m bonus if the Potters avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Telegraph)

    Cardiff have held talks with Bournemouth over English striker Lewis Grabban, 30. (Bournemouth Echo)

    Hearts’ attempt to sign Go Ahead Eagles’ 26-year-old Dutch striker Leon de Kogel is on hold after the two clubs failed to agree terms. (Record)

    Bologna and Italy forward Simone Verdi, 25, is expected to agree a move to Serie A rivals and leaders Napoli. (La Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

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    Who Is Fooling Who: Express FC Unveils New Sponsor, Cancels Melbet Contract Few Weeks After Signing…

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    Express FC players celebrate their goal in their new jersey in their first game of the season against UPDF yesterday

    Just a month after Express FC unveiled Melbet betting company as their sponsor, the Wankulukuku based club have terminated the contract.

    Last week, Express FC unveiled sure bet, another betting company as their new sponsor.

    When Grapevine asked, Express CEO, Isaac Mwesigwa what happened to the Melbet deal, he refused to reveal more details but disclosed that the club went into mutual understanding with melbet to terminate the contract.

    “We are happy with this new deal because it will help us more during the league,” he said.

    Former, Express chairperson, Nakiwala Kiyingi told theGrapevine that, “we are happy to have this wonderful deal and it will help us.”

    When asked her whether the current chairman, Kiryowa Kiwanuka is still a club chairman, she said that she cannot comment on the matter.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Tension As Real Stars Awards Shortlists Best Performing Sports Stars For September…

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    L-R: Basketball's Tony Drileba, Jacob Kiplimo, Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes and JKL's Brenda Ekon

    Real Stars Awards has shortlisted the best performing Ugandan sports personalities in different sports disciplines.

    This time, in the September monthly awards, four disciplines will be awarded and these include; football, athletics, cricket and basketball.

    The awards will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 4th October, at 256 route, Lugogo.

    The nominees are: In football, three players are contesting for the award and these include; Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes, for his good performance in COSAF championship  where Sand Cranes reached semifinal, Bruno Bunyaga of Buddu and St. Lawrence University where he took the university into the semifinals and Buddu to quarter finals and Blacha Mulamba of Gomba who played a big role to Gomba performance.

    In Cricket, the nominees are; Juma Miyaji, Riazat Ali Shah and Patricia Timogo for their good performance for the cricket Cranes, where they won the African T20 challenge.

    In Basketball, the nominees are; Tony Drireba of city oilers, who helped his team reach the finals of National basketball league, Ariael Okai of Nam blazers, who helped the club to reach its first final of National basketball league and Brenda Ekon of JKL Lady Dolphins who helped her club to reach the finals.

    In Athletics, the nominees are, Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Chebet and Andrew Komoi.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Express FC Unveils New Sponsorship Deal..

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    Express FC team

    Express FC yesterday unveiled a partnership with betting company, Melbet at Wakulukuku stadium.

    This was after their previous sponsors betway refused to renew their partship with the club.

    The details of what is in the sponsorship package are not known but according to Melbet country director, Andrew Kamwesigye, the betting company is going to support Express in everything they need to compete favourably in all tournaments from the Super League to continental competitions.

    Addressing journalist at Wakulukuku, Express Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Isaac Mwesigwa said, “Melbet will help us in our journey to defend the CECAFA club Championship, branding the stadium and providing players’ kits for both home and away games.”

    The deal is for one year and will be renewable.

    Melbet was the official shirt sponsor for Kyetume FC last season.

     

    By Juma Ali

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