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BREAKING: Ipswich Town Appoint Former Super Eagles Winger As First-Team Coach



Former Nigeria international Sone Aluko has been appointed as first-team coach of Premier League outfit, Ipswich Town.

After joining the Tractor Boys from Reading, the winger announced his retirement from active football on May 6th, 2024 after the club secured promotion to the English elite division.

Before heading to Portman Road, Aluko had represented Aberdeen, Rangers, Hull City, Fulham, Reading and Chinese outfit Beijing Renhe.

He will work under Kieran McKenna as the club hopes to make a lasting impact when the 2024/25 Premier League gets underway.

Aluko was a player at Ipswich for the last three seasons

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“It is a real privilege to start the next phase of my career by joining the first-team coaching staff here at the Club,” Aluko told the Club website.

“Learning from the Manager and all the coaching staff here is a fantastic opportunity for me. It is a great time to be at Ipswich, and I’m really looking forward to helping the squad continue to learn and take on the challenge of the Premier League.”

Manager McKenna expressed his delight in having the former Super Eagles forward join his technical crew while talking up his abilities.

He said: “We’re delighted to add Sone to our coaching team.”

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“His work ethic and values have been important for the Club over the last few years, and we know he will continue to bring those qualities to his new role.

“Sone has strong relationships with players and staff at the Club and he will be a big addition for us.”

Ipswich Town begin their campaign against Liverpool on August 17th.

Aluko represented England at U16, U17, U18, and U19 levels. He was selected in the 23-man provisional squad for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship but did not make the final cut.

A year later, he switched allegiance to Nigeria and was a part of the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt. There, he played in games against Venezuela, Spain and Tahiti.

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He was called up to the Nigerian senior national team for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland on May 29th, 2009. He scored his first goal for the Super Eagles in a 2–2 draw on November 19th, 2014 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier….READ FULL ARTICLE

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Transfer: Neves decides on club to join between Man Utd, PSG




Benfica youngster, Joao Neves, has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain despite interest from Manchester United.

Neves has been linked with a move to Manchester United and PSG this summer.

But it looks like PSG is poised to win the race for the 19-year-old.

PSG manager, Luis Enrique, has played an important part in convincing Neves.

Enrique’s side have offered to pay £59 million, including add-ons to Benfica for the player’s signature….READ FULL ARTICLE

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Man Utd’s De Ligt plan after Yoro deal; Calafiori to Arsenal explained; Chelsea latest; Spurs




Manchester United are on the cusp of announcing Leny Yoro as a £58million signing from Lille today as one of the biggest moves of the summer transfer window, and they won’t stop there. A plan is being hatched to sign Matthijs de Ligt in a further boost to their defence aided by Mason Greenwood’s sale to Marseille.

Arsenal are being forced to wait for Bologna to settle an issue with Riccardo Calafiori’s club Basel before they can press ahead with that deal, although young goalkeeper Tommy Setford should join in the meantime. Mikel Merino is another target for the Gunners.

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Over at Chelsea, Nico Williams remains linked whereas Victor Osimhen is in talks to join Paris Saint-Germain. That deal would see Romelu Lukaku finally leave for Napoli. West Ham are chasing Jean-Clair Todibo while Tottenham and Liverpool remain active in the market. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours, gossip and signings via our blog!…READ FULL ARTICLE

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FC Bayern Munich apparently makes mega offer for Xavi Simons




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Following captain Waldemar Anton, striker Serhou Guirassy is also moving from VfB Stuttgart to Borussia Dortmund within the Bundesliga. The transfer is complete after days of uncertainty, with the Guinean national striker signing a contract with BVB until June 30, 2028. Guirassy is moving thanks to an exit clause worth a reported 18 million euros.

“I had the best two years of my career here,” said the 28-year-old in a statement from VfB. On social media, he thanked the Stuttgart fans for their support and described the decision to leave the club as “probably the hardest” of his career so far.

A failed medical check last week had delayed BVB’s agreement with Guirassy. A further examination showed that the attacker’s injured knee does not require surgery. According to the doctors’ assessments, he will probably be fit to play this summer after an individual rehabilitation program, Borussia announced.

FC Bayern are apparently serious about their efforts to sign Xavi Simons. According to information from the French sports newspaper “L’Equipe”, the Munich team have made an offer for the Paris St. Germain attacker. The Dutch international was loaned to RB Leipzig last season.

According to “L’Equipe”, Bayern are prepared to agree to a loan deal until the summer of 2025, with an obligation to buy afterward. The transfer fee is said to be 90 million euros. The most expensive transfer in Bayern’s club history is Harry Kane, whose signing cost 95 million euros.

Xavi’s contract in Paris runs until 2027, and he told PSG officials before the European Championship that he did not want to return to Paris. “Xavi Simons played a very good European Championship and had a great Bundesliga season with Leipzig last year,” said Bayern’s sporting director Christoph Freund. “He will have a really good career at the highest level. He has everything, including mentality and character. But there is nothing more to say.”

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According to media reports, Bayer Leverkusen is about to sign Martin Terrier. The attacker, who is contractually bound to French first division club Stade Rennes until 2026, is said to be moving to the German champions for around 20 million euros and is already in Leverkusen for a medical check.

The 27-year-old Frenchman, who has played for Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon and Rennes, has scored 60 goals in just over 200 first division matches and is considered to be a strong dribbler and finisher. He can be used on the left offensive side, as a hanging striker or in central attack. Terrier would be the second professional to move from Rennes to the factory club this summer after defensive all-rounder Jeanuel Belocian. Another new signing is midfielder Aleix Garcia from Spanish club FC Girona.

Joachim Löw has been out of a job for some time now. Now the vacant position of England national coach is said to have aroused the interest of the 64-year-old. However, there is a reservation from the English side when it comes to applying.

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According to “Kicker”, the exit clause of national player Chris Führich at VfB Stuttgart has expired. Accordingly, the winger can no longer be bought out of his contract, which is valid until 2028, for the transfer fee of around 22 million euros. Should a club want to sign the European Championship participant, the transfer fee would now be freely negotiable again.

In addition to FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, clubs from abroad are also said to have been interested in Führich. However, the rumours about the 26-year-old have not been made concrete. Stuttgart’s sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth now expects the offensive player to stay.

Chris Führich was part of the German European Championship squad

After a strong previous season, which ultimately led to the team finishing runner-up, VfB has already lost captain Waldemar Anton and defender Hiroki Ito due to exit clauses. Goalscorer Serhou Guirassy is close to moving to Dortmund – also due to a clause.

Hansi Flick will now be supported by Thiago Alcántara at FC Barcelona. The former FC Bayern professional will be part of Flick’s coaching team in the coming weeks, the Catalans announced. The 33-year-old will spend the entire summer with the team and will also travel with them on a preparation tour to the USA. Flick and Thiago had already worked together at FC Bayern. The former midfielder recently ended his playing career.

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The turnaround in the personnel affair comes as quite a surprise: Jadon Sancho has been rehabilitated at Manchester United. Coach Erik ten Hag has officially announced that the disputes between him and the 24-year-old star are a thing of the past.

The highly talented attacker is to be given a second chance at the club to establish himself in the long term. Sancho had already taken part in ManU’s team training last Friday. “We have drawn a line under it,” the Dutchman told the “Manchester Evening News” regarding the often differing views between him and Sancho.

In recent months, the gap between coach and professional was seen as unbridgeable – which is why the Red Devils loaned Sancho to Borussia Dortmund in the winter. But now there has been a turnaround, because “Manchester United needs good players and Jadon is a good player,” as the Dutchman explained. This means that BVB, who had at least had little hope of convincing Sancho to sign him again, will almost certainly come away empty-handed.

Defender Bright Arrey-Mbi is leaving the Lower Saxony second division club Hannover 96. As the club announced, the 21-year-old is joining the Portuguese first division club SC Braga. The transfer terms for the German U21 international have been kept confidential. According to media reports, Hannover will receive around six million euros.

Arrey-Mbi initially moved to Hannover on loan from FC Bayern in 2022. He was then signed permanently last summer. In his two seasons for 96, he played 49 competitive games. “He has steadily developed at Hannover 96 and significantly consolidated his performances. It was clear that sooner or later he would attract the interest of other clubs,” said Hannover’s sporting director Marcus Mann.

Following the resignation of Gareth Southgate, star coach Pep Guardiola is also being discussed as a possible national coach of England. According to a report in the “Independent”, the association would even consider waiting a year for the head coach of Manchester City in such a case. Guardiola still has a contract with the English champions until summer 2025 and could be free after that.

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“The Football Association is considering the idea of ​​appointing an interim coach to bring in Pep Guardiola next year,” the newspaper wrote. Although this is not the first option, it could become a realistic solution given the class and CV of the 53-year-old Catalan. The next major event for the Three Lions is the 2026 World Cup in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

The favourite to succeed Southgate, who announced his departure after almost eight years following the 1-2 defeat in the European Championship final against Spain, is Eddie Howe, who is currently employed at Newcastle United. The names Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel have also been mentioned.

Kaishu Sano is scheduled to complete his first training session with 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday. But that is unlikely to happen. The Japanese football professional is currently in custody. His new club is looking for information.

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TSV 1860 Munich has signed goalkeeper René Vollath from SpVgg Unterhaching. The 34-year-old will start training immediately, the third division club announced. The “Lions” say they are completing their goalkeeping team for the coming season with the experienced Vollath.

The goalkeeper comes to 1860 with the experience of 243 games in the third division and 38 second division appearances for Karlsruher SC. “I am ready to fully commit myself to TSV 1860 Munich,” said Vollath. He will also be involved in the goalkeeper training of the 1860 junior team.

Danish striker Emil Højlund is moving to FC Schalke 04. The 19-year-old brother of Manchester United striker and national player Rasmus Højlund is coming to the Gelsenkirchen team from FC Copenhagen. He will receive a contract until June 30, 2028, as the second division club from the Ruhr region announced.

Emil Højlund comes from a real football family: not only is his older brother Rasmus a professional, his twin brother Oscar Højlund will play for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt next season. “He is a striker who plays well and can also hold onto the ball. Despite his young age, he has very good physical qualities,” Schalke’s sporting director Marc Wilmots is quoted as saying in a club statement about the new signing….READ FULL ARTICLE

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