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    LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS: Barca Offering Liverpool Dembele Plus Cash For Salah: Madrid Boss Selling Ronaldo/Benzema: Conte To Real Madrid: Arsenal/ Man United Sign Youngsters



    LIVERPOOL superstar Mohamed Salah could head to Barcelona in a stunning swap deal involving Ousmane Dembele, reports in Spain claim.
    The Egypt international has been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield in recent weeks, with Real Madrid and Barca tracking the ex-Chelsea ace.
    And according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Barca may up their interest in Salah in the coming weeks.
    They sensationally claim Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is willing to offer Dembele and cash for Salah this summer.
    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of France international Dembele and Bartomeu is hoping to use the German’s interest to sign Salah.
    Don Balon add that Bartomeu’s first choice is Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
    However, if the Barca chief cannot land the striker, the Spanish giants are ready to use Dembele in a deal to secure Salah.
    Salah, 25, had a sensational season under Klopp this year, with the winger netting 44 goals in all competitions.
    The Egypt star has been vocal on his Anfield future in recent weeks, with Salah claiming he’s happy under Klopp.
    When asked if he will leave Liverpool, Salah told Egyptian TV channel ON ENT: “All that I can say is that I’m happy to be here and I’ve adapted to the prevailing atmosphere.”

    Neymar deal claim made by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
    REAL MADRID will have their work cut out to prise Neymar away from Paris Saint-Germain.
    That’s the verdict of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who says the Brazil international will not be joining him at the Etihad either.
    Neymar is regarded as one of the world’s top talents and there would be a queue of clubs waiting if PSG made him available.
    Real are not prepared to bide their time though having tracked the 26-year-old since he emerged at Santos and initially missed out on a deal for him to Barcelona.
    Real are eager to get Neymar on-board this summer as Florentino Perez looks to overhaul the ageing squad Zinedine Zidane left behind.
    However, Pep Guardiola claims a deal between Bernabeu and Parc des Prices chiefs is unlikely to be struck ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
    “Madrid? Yes, I’ve seen that, but I don’t know, I don’t know,” Guardiola told Goal.
    “I know that it’s not easy to leave PSG. Leaving PSG will not be easy because PSG are PSG, but in football we know that everything’s possible.”

    Tottenham step up their pursuit of Anthony Martial
    Tottenham will accelerate their interest in Manchester United’s unsettled winger Anthony Martial next week.
    Sportsmail understands officials from the north London club are planning talks with United chiefs as they look to keep to their promise of acquiring manager Mauricio Pochettino’s top transfer targets.
    Martial has not been named in France’s World Cup squad meaning a deal can be concluded swiftly if both clubs can agree a fee.
    Pochettino has identified the pacy forward as one of his priorities ahead of next season as he looks to build a squad capable of sustaining a title tilt.
    The Argentine will be given at least £100million to spend on new talent this summer and is pre-pared to splash a significant percentage of that on Martial.
    United will look to recoup as much of the money they spent to bring the 22-year-old to Old Trafford in 2015 as possible.
    Martial signed for an initial £38m, but the transfer was loaded with expensive add-ons which pushed the price up to a maximum of £58m.
    United’s determination to maximise income from any Martial sale will be the biggest stumbling block towards a deal, particularly given Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s reputation as a fierce negotiator.

    Madrid presidents wants to off-load Ronaldo/Benzema
    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has an audacious masterplan.
    And that plan involves creating a new front-three at the Bernabeu who are capable of closing the gap on runaway La Liga winners Barcelona.
    Spanish website Don Balon claim the Real Madrid chief wants his new attack to comprise of Robert Lewandowski, Gareth Bale and Neymar.
    The report says Perez wants to get Karim Benzema off the books and is prepared to sell Cristiano Ronaldo should the Portugal superstar object to Neymar’s arrival.
    There has been plenty of speculation that Lewandowski, who scored 41 goals in 48 competitive games last season, could leave the Bundesliga champions.
    And his interest in signing former Barcelona star Neymar to Madrid has been well documented, although PSG have made it clear they do not want to sell their world-record forward.

    Pep Guardiola Coy on Yaya Toure’s allegations
    Pep Guardiola says he is not prepared to comment on allegations from Yaya Toure which accused the manager of having an agenda against African players.
    The Ivorian midfielder made a string of wild allegations on Monday in an attempt to ‘bust the myth’ of his former manager at Barcelona and Manchester City, reports the Manchester Evening News.
    Toure left the Etihad last month following eight years at the club and believes Guardiola undervalued him during his final two years at the club.
    However, Guardiola says he would not be commenting on the issue.
    “I’m not going to comment on those comments,” he told reporters at a golf competition at the PGA Catalunya de Caldes de Malavella. “I have nothing to say.”
    Guardiola’s comments come just hours after the player’s agent Dimitry Seluk defended his client, rubbishing the coach’s achievements and suggesting that he will never win the Champions League again because of his poor treatment of Toure .
    “God sees everything. As a man who acted with Yaya, the legend of the club, which under different pretexts did not give the opportunity to go on the field,” he said.
    “He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City. And I’m sure that many African shamans in the future will not allow Guardiola to win the Champions League.
    Real Madrid set to swoop for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte
    Massimiliano Allegri’s reluctance to take the Real Madrid job has turned the troubled European champions towards another Italian coach – Antonio Conte.
    The Chelsea boss is emerging as the only manager with a recent proven track record who is likely to be available this summer.
    Thursday will mark one week without a manager since Zinedine Zidane left Madrid after disagreeing with the board over plans for next season.
    Real want to buy a goalkeeper, pursue the signature of Neymar, offload Ronaldo and were not willing to give Zidane full power in the transfer market.
    Conte has complained of being in a similar situation at Chelsea on occasions and his abrasive attitude had made him someone the club did not immediately consider when they drew up their first post-Zidane shortlist.
    But with Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp wedded to their current clubs and tied to long contracts, Madrid started to widen the net.
    Spanish media have claimed Allegri had been offered the job but turned it down. That has seen the Conte option gain ground.
    Madrid have host of quick alternatives available to them. Arsene Wenger, Guti, Michel and Michael Laudrup could all be recruited with no need for compensation or lengthy negotiations.
    But the board are not satisfied that any of them would be popular or successful appointments.

    Arsenal reportedly complete deal to sign PSG youngstar
    Arsenal have completed their deal to sign Yacine Adli from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in France. The 17-year-old midfielder is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in European football. Adli reportedly rejected the offer of a professional contract from PSG, which means he would be able to officially sign a deal with Arsenal when he turns in July. Arsenal would have to pay a €255,000 (£223,000) compensation fee to PSG in order to sign Adli. According to RMC Sport, the midfielder has committed to a three-year contract with Arsenal, which also has the option for a further two seasons.

    Manchester United sign Diogo Dalot from Porto
    Manchester United have completed the £19 million signing of Diogo Dalot from Porto. The 19-year-old, who plays as a right-back but also is capable of covering on the opposite flank, has signed a five-year contract with United, with the option for a sixth season. Dalot is yet to be capped by Portugal’s national team and only made his senior debut for Porto last October. The full-back, who made eight appearances for Porto before his switch to Old Trafford, is United’s second signing of the summer after Jose Mourinho’s side secured a £52m deal for Brazilian midfielder Fred on Tuesday. ‘Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me,’ Dalot told United’s official website.

    Malcom update
    Chelsea and Liverpool have been blown out of the water in their pursuit of Bordeaux star Malcom, reports in Italy suggest.
    The Premier League duo, along with Spurs, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain, have been credited with interest in the 21-year-old.
    But Sky Italia are claiming that Inter Milan have surged ahead of their rivals.
    They report that Malcom, who Bordeaux value at £44million, “has said yes” to the Serie A outfit having turned down an approach from Wolfsburg.

    Talisca trouble
    There are more rumours regarding Anderson Talisca than you can shake a stick at. Not quite sure why you would want to…
    Anyway, Manchester United and Liverpool’s hopes of adding his name to their stacked squads are in danger.
    The Brazilian has spent he past two years on loan at Besiktas from Benfica, scoring 37 goals in 78 appearances.
    And O Jogo via TransferMarketWeb claim that’s attracted attention from a number of Chinese clubs, who are apparently willing to double or triple his wages.

    Gelson Martins to Arsenal
    Arsenal have tabled a £26million bid for Sporting Lisbon star Gelson Martins, reports in Portugal claim.
    However, Sporting snubbed the Gunners’ bid, with the Portuguese outfit demanding around £39m for the winger.
    A Bola add that Martins, who is under contact until 2021, has a release clause of £53m in his current deal.
    Martins is said to be open to leaving Sporting this summer, providing the Portuguese giants’ asking price is met.

    Laurent Blanc to Chelsea!
    Chelsea’s move to appoint Laurent Blanc has moved a step closer with bookmakers cutting their odds on him to become the club’s next manager.
    Express Sport revealed earlier this week that Blanc was set to become the new manager at Stamford Bridge with Antonio Conte set for the chop.
    And the deal is now moving closer with Betstars cutting their price from 6/1 to 5/6 that he will be the Italian’s replacement.
    BetStars Director of Trading Ian Marmion said: “Odds on Laurent Blanc to be appointed the next Chelsea manager have fallen from 6/1 to just 5/6 as the FA Cup winners accelerate their search for a new boss.”

    Alderweireld will leave Tottenham
    Toby Alderweireld is likely to head to Old Trafford this summer, former Tottenham star Darren Anderton claims.
    The Red Devils have already completed two signings this summer, with Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Porto right-back Diogo Dalot heading to Old Trafford.
    “I think [Toby] Alderweireld will leave Tottenham this summer,” Anderton told Bwin. “Until his injury he was the best defender in the Premier League so his situation is definitely a problem for the club.
    “He’s an unbelievable player and he has formed a fantastic partnership with [Jan] Vertonghen. Alderweireld will move on this summer because he wants to be paid what the best defenders earn and Tottenham won’t do that.
    “Manchester United can afford to pay him far more money and he will massively boost their chances of winning the Premier League.”

    Luis Suarez wants Miralem Pjanic arrival
    The transfer window is in full swing and we’ve already started to see a few familiar stories hit the headlines.
    The latest involves Luis Suarez, who has supposedly asked Barcelona to sign Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic.
    The 28-year-old scored seven goals and provided 14 assists for Juventus this season and is viewed as the ideal replacement for legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta.
    Spanish website Don Balon, who are known for their outlandish transfer claims, report that Suarez believes Pjanic has the perfect “philosophy” for Ernesto Valverde’s side.
    The report adds that Barcelona are prepared to offer £45million for his signature and will include Andre Gomes as part of the deal.
    If this story feels familiar then it’s probably because Don Balon recently claimed that Lionel Messi would like to see Pjanic at the Nou Camp next season.
    Telepathic thinking from the South American duo, right?


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    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…



    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.



    By Juma Ali


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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…



    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.


    By Juma Ali


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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…



    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.


    By Juma Ali


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