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Arsenal Confirm Signing of Defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne 

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of defender William Saliba for a fee of £27 million ($34m).

The Gunners have been hot on the trail of the Frenchman for a number of weeks and the deal was finally announced on the club’s official Twitter page on Thursday afternoon.

 

The 18-year-old made 16 appearances for Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 last season as the club finished fourth.

 

He is the second signing Unai Emery’s side have made in a short space of time, with Dani Ceballos also announced as an Arsenal player on Thursday afternoon.

 

We’re delighted William is joining us,” said head coach Unai Emery 

 

“Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.

 

He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.”

 

The defender has been capped by France at youth level and was called up to their Under-20 setup in March 2019 following his impressive performances in his home country.

 

Despite appearing for the French national team, Saliba is also of Cameroonian descent.

 

Prior to his senior debut for Saint-Etienne in September 2018, the centre-back had appeared for the club’s academy and reserve side but was fast-tracked to the first-team setup after only a handful of appearances for the latter.

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Lionel Messi looks completely different after shaving ( see photos)

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Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has shaved off his beard ahead of Spain’s La Liga restart in june.

The Argentine playmaker, 32, shared is bareface on Instagram and he looked completely different after shaving off his beard.

Lionel Messi has shaved off his beard and he looks completely different (photos)

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Italian Top Flight Propose June 13 Restart

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Serie A has proposed June 13 to the Italian government which would see the Italian top-flight get back underway on June 13, according to Marca’s report.

There are 12 matchdays left to round up the 2019/20 Italian season, and the league made their proposal clear in a statement released on Wednesday.

With regard to the resumption of sport in the g activity, it has been indicated, with respect for the decisions of the government and in accordance with the medical protocols that protect the players, the date of June 13 for the resumption of the championship,” the statement read.

Recalls that, Serie A has been suspended since March 9, with Juventus topping the League table with a one-point advantage over Lazio.

This latest update follows the decision taken by the Italian Football Federation to postpone the deadline to end the 2019/20 season until August 2.

Though, whilst there is an enthusiasm for football to return to Italy, Vincenzo Spadafora, the minister of sport, urged caution on the matter.

“The government line was one of care to protect the health of everyone,” he confirmed.

“The images of the dead remain in our memory and that’s why we want to reopen with the utmost care.

“As minister of sport, I’m clear on the social importance that football has, and it would be crazy if I didn’t recognize that.

“I want to make it clear that if Serie A will return, as we all wish, it will be because we reach that possibility that we can guarantee security for all involved.”

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FIFA cancels ‘The Best’ awards for the Year 2020

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The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 ceremony, which was scheduled for September has been cancelled by the world football governing body FIFA due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 11 awards that are awarded to the best footballers across the world – including The Best FIFA Men’s Player prize – will remain vacant as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak, according to Marca report.

According to Marca, FIFA president Gianni Infantino felt that a night of celebration wasn’t relevant during this pandemic.

Assessing the impact of the pandemic on football and recommendations made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, the FIFA Council’s Bureau has formulated several decisions regarding the future FIFA events.

These include setting January 20 to February 6, 2021 as the new dates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama tournament originally for 2020.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India will now take place on February 17 – March 7, 2021, and the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania will take place from September 12 to October 3, 2021.

And the 70th FIFA Congress, originally slated for Addis Ababa, will now be an online event taking place on September 18, 2020.

Praising the decision as “logical”, the report said that since football matches across the globe have been suspended or even outright canceled, there was little reason to bother with an awards ceremony.

 

 

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