Sadio Mane set to return to full training
Sadio Mane is set to resume full training when Liverpool return to Melwood next week – and will join his teammates at the club’s pre-season camp in Germany. Initially, the Senegal forward remained on Merseyside as the rest of the squad travelled to Hong Kong on Sunday to continue his rehabilitation programme following knee surgery back in April.
No end in sight to standoff between Ajax Cape Town and Rivaldo Coetzee
There is still no end in sight to the impasse between Ajax Cape Town and want-away defender Rivaldo Coetzee‚ leaving coach Stanley Menzo frustrated over the impact on his pre-season plans. Coetzee has not reported for pre-season training‚ hopeful of either pushing for a move away from the club or to land a better deal having been named Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year in the 2016/17 season.
SuperSport United are considering relocating
SuperSport United are considering relocating from Lucas Moripe Stadium to a more compact venue to make the most of the support they draw. The club's chief executive, Stanley Matthews, said: “We are in talks with the city council about taking over Caledonian Stadium and reviving it. We feel that it could be a viable solution for us, a 6000-7000-seater stadium, close to the city hub where people can walk to the game.”
Romelu Lukaku scores first goal for Man United
Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United goal as Jose Mourinho's side overcame Real Salt Lake 2-1 in a fiery friendly in Utah. The Belgian, 24, who signed from Everton for £75m, got the winner seven minutes before half-time to add to Henrikh Mkhitaryan's equaliser after United had fallen behind on 20 minutes.
Olivier Giroud could be leaving Arsenal
Their tour of Sydney could be the last time fans see Olivier Giroud in an Arsenal shirt, with the French forward hinting he could be on his way out of the club. There has been plenty of speculation regarding Giroud’s future following the arrival of the club’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette.
Everton confirm signing of Man United’s Wayne Rooney
England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney completed a move back to his first club Everton on Sunday. The 31-year-old, who had become a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho last season, signed a two year contract on a free transfer according to the BBC bringing the curtain down on 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.
Antonio Rudiger completes move from AS Roma to EPL champions
German international defender Antonio Rudiger has joined Chelsea from Italian club AS Roma for a reported fee of £34 million ($57.7m), the Premier League champions announced on Sunday. The 24-year-old signed a five-year contract a week after helping his country win the Confederations Cup to become Antonio Conte’s first major signing of the transfer window.
Lionel Messi will avoid prison after tax fraud
Lionel Messi will not spend any time in prison despite being found guilty of tax fraud after agreeing to pay an increased fine. Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty in July 2016 of three counts of defrauding the Spanish tax authority out of £3.59m - 4.1 million euros - by hiding earnings from image rights in offshore accounts in Uruguay and Belize from 2007 to 2009. He was given 21 months in prison, but Spanish law sees all first time offenders given suspended sentences if the jail term is under two years. Messi will pay 250,000 euros - the equivalent of £221,000 - while his father will pay 180,000 euros.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in training at Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, last season’s top scorer in the Bundesliga who has been linked to a string of top European clubs, returned to pre-season training with the German side on Friday. The 28-year-old Gabonese star who scored 31 goals in the German top flight last season has been in contact with several clubs, including Paris SG, AC Milan and Tianjin Quanjian from China.
Aston Villa tipped to sign England goalkeeper Joe Hart
Aston Villa have been touted as favourites to sign England international goalkeeper Joe Hart. The Manchester City shot-stopper is desperately searching for a move away after Pep Guardiola made it clear to him last summer that he wasn’t part of his plans at The Etihad.
AmaZulu’s bid to buy their way back to the PSL approved by the PSL
The Premier Soccer League has approved the sale of Thanda Royal Zulu's franchise to Durban-based club AmaZulu. The sale has been in the pipeline since the end of the 2016/17 season after the Richard's Bay-based club earned promotion to the big league after winning the National First Division.