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Swansea winger set to become Manchester United’s first signing of the summer

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Daniel James will undergo a medical with Manchester United on Thursday ahead of his £18m move from Swansea.

Manchester United are close to completing a deal for the 21-year-old winger and Wales international, who has one-year left on his contract with Swansea city, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to begin his rebuild of the club.

It is understood the initial fee is worth £15m plus an additional £3m in additions, with personal terms already agreed.

He’s currently part of the Wales squad preparing for European qualifiers against Croatia (Saturday) and Hungary (Tuesday).

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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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‘I felt heartbroken’ – Nigeria’s Chinedu Obasi claims refusal to pay bribe cost him 2014 World Cup

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Nigerian striker Chinedu Obasi has claimed that he was dropped from the Super Eagles squad for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil because he refused to pay a ”bribe.”

Although he was not part of the team that played the World Cup qualifiers at that time, Obasi stated that he was offered a chance to be part of the party to Brazil if he paid a bribe.

According to the 33-year-old who was a regular player in Schalke 04, a top European club at the time,  he felt heartbroken when his name was dropped from the Super Eagles squad list because he did not give those in charge money.

Enugu born Obasi who was part of the Nigeria U-20 squad that finished second at the Fifa World Youth Championship in 2005,  also spoke about how an injury in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa cost him a move to England and how disappointed he was after he was denied participation in the 2014 World cup despite his fine outing with Schalke in the 2013-2014 Bundesliga season.

”I was playing for Schalke, I was playing in the Champions League and I was doing well. Two days before the list came out, I was asked to pay some money if I want to be in the team,” Obasi said in an Instagram Live video.

?I felt heartbroken? ? Nigeria

“I felt like I’ve paid my dues for the country, I shouldn’t do this. If I was a young player, maybe I would have done that, but it was a bit personal for me and I felt very heartbroken. I was supposed to move from Hoffenheim to England and I got injured playing for Nigeria at the World Cup [in South Africa].

After that competition, nobody called me to know how I am doing. I spent a lot of money to get fit. All people talked about was the injury. They don’t care to know what I went through on a daily basis making sure I get my body in shape, to stay healthy.

“It takes a lot of dedication, money, investing in myself, and my body. I went through surgery, did everything I can. Now the competition is coming up, you’re inviting me to the national team. I’ve exhausted my own money and you want me to pay, which is a slap in the face for me.

“I said I’m not comfortable doing that. They said I should know the system, and I should act like I’m a Nigerian. I said it’s not about being a Nigerian but doing the right thing.

?I felt heartbroken? ? Nigeria

Obasi has not played for the national team since 2011 after a friendly game against Argentina in Bangladesh, where he scored a goal in their 3-1 loss and still remembers his bad experiences.“

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