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Jose Mourinho Still Chasing Arsenal Midfielder Granit Xhaka

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Jose Mourinho Still Chasing Arsenal Midfielder Granit Xhaka

Jose Mourinho Still Chasing Arsenal Midfielder Granit Xhaka

AS Roma boss, Jose Mourinho is still keen to strike a deal for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Xhaka was expected to head to Rome in the summer to become Mourinho’s first signing, but talks eventually broke down and the Swiss international ended up signing a new contract, committing to the club until 2024.

Nevertheless, La Gazzetta dello Sport state that Mourinho remains determined to bring Xhaka to the Stadio Olimpico as he strives to build his dream squad.

Mourinho complained about the ‘weak’ mentality of his team in the aftermath of the 4-3 defeat to Juventus and he is expected to try and make significant changes in the coming weeks.

Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira is close to joining the Giallorossi this month, but Mourinho still wants more reinforcements and he believes that Xhaka has the perfect qualities for his squad.

A January move is thought to be ruled out, with Arsenal unlikely to let Xhaka go while they are still in the hunt for a spot in the top four, but Mourinho is determined to make a move in the summer – as long as he is still in charge.

Roma’s run of nine defeats in the first 21 games is the worst record in over 40 years, and although Mourinho is not thought to be under immediate pressure, he will be expected to improve things fairly soon.

Whether Arsenal will be as willing to offload Xhaka this time around is up for debate. He remains under contract until 2024, so the Gunners will be in no rush to sell him.

After returning from his knee injury, Xhaka has been a core part of the squad this season, playing a major role in his team’s recent resurgence.

This article was originally published on 90min as Roma still chasing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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2021 AFCON: We Are Ready To THRASH Gabon For Our 3 Points – Coach Milovan Rajevac Brags

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2021 AFCON: We Are Ready To THRASH Gabon For Our 3 Points – Coach Milovan Rajevac Brags

Black Stars head coach, Milovan Rajevac says his team will bounce back after their opening game defeat to Morocco in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Sofiane Boufal scored late in the game to secure the win for the North African side in Monday’s Group C game.

Speaking at the post-match conference the Serbian coach has turned his attention to the next game against Gabon.

“It was a difficult game for us, on the pitch were two great teams of African football. Morocco scored on the first opportunity it had,” Rajevac told pressmen after the game, as per Cafonline.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate Morocco and my players on the commitment shown on the pitch. We still have two games to go and we will stay focused on them.

“It is true that we have created more scoring opportunities, but we have not been able to materialize that opportunity. We are unhappy in that respect.

“We hope to score goals and win the next two games. I will calmly analyze the goal shot conceded and see where the team lost control of the game. Right now, we will keep our focus on the match.”, he added.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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2021 AFCON: Ghanaian Defender, Philemon Baffuor Lately Joins Black Stars in Cameroon

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2021 AFCON: Ghanaian Defender, Philemon Baffuor Lately Joins Black Stars in Cameroon

Ghanaian defender, Philemon Baffour is the latest player to join the Black Stars camp at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Dreams FC right-back arrived late after he reportedly traveled to Portugal to sign a contract with Primeira Liga side Rio Ave.

His arrival means only Mohammed Kudus is left to join the team at the tournament which began on Sunday, January 9.

Ghana lost it’s first game against Morocco on Monday, following a late Sofiane Boufal strike.

Meanwhile, Philemon Baffour is expected to deputize Andy Yiadom at the right-back position at the tournament.

He is yet to make a competitive debut for the Black Stars of Ghana.

Baffuor is one of two players from the Ghana U20 team that won the Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Mauritania last year.

His inclusion has been massively criticized by Ghanaians who feel he is not cut for the national team.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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2021 AFCON – 5 Valuable Players To Watch In Cameroon

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2021 AFCON – 5 Valuable Players To Watch In Cameroon

2021 AFCON – 5 Valuable Players To Watch In Cameroon

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has just started with the tournament taking place in Cameroon between January 9 to February 6.

As ever, plenty of established stars from Europe’s top-five leagues will battle it out for the most prominent title in Africa.

With many Premier League players starring in the Cup of Nations, you can expect demand for soccer streams around the tournament to skyrocket.

Here’s a look at the five best players to watch out for in Cameroon.

1. Franck Kessie

AC Milan star Franck Kessie is one of the most in-demand midfielders in Europe, with his current contract at the San Siro running out at the end of the season.Africa Cup of Nations players to watch: Joe Aribo, Franck Kessie, Karl Toko  Ekambi | Football News | Sky Sports

The 25-year-old has been an influential figure in Serie A over the past couple of years, earning the reputation as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in Europe’s top-five leagues.

With Ivory Coast entering the tournament as one of the leading candidates savour Africa Cup of Nations glory, much will depend on Kessie, who should be his side’s driving force in the midfield.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have laid their eyes on the former Atalanta man, and there is no doubt their scouts will be in Cameroon to keep an eye on the Milan stalwart’s performances.

2. Wilfried Zaha

Heavily linked with a high-profile departure from Crystal Palace over the past few years, Wilfried Zaha is still seeking his first piece of silverware since landing the FA Community Shield with Manchester United in 2013.

African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Wilfried Zaha demands Crystal  Palace exit | Goal.com

The highly-rated winger has been nothing short of outstanding in the Premier League since swapping Old Trafford for Selhurst Park in 2015.

But despite his impressive individual showings, the 29-year-old has nothing to show for it as Palace continue to struggle in domestic affairs.

Therefore, Zaha will be looking to shine for Ivory Coast this winter and compensate for a shortage of club success by winning the most coveted international title in Africa.

3 Sadio Mane

Liverpool ace Sadio Mane is arguably one of the biggest stars in world football, let alone Africa.

Sadio Mane: Liverpool striker says this is worst season of his career |  Football News | Sky Sports

The illustrious forward could be a key factor as Senegal start the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations as the top favourites to conquer the tournament.

Surrounded by a host of top players, including Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Paris Saint-Germain’s Idrissa Gueye and Ismaila Sarr of Watford, Mane must be confident of leading his nation to their first-ever continental triumph.

He has been in stellar form this season and Senegal’s hopes of fulfiling their role as tournament favourites will massively rely on his contribution.

4 Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez might have been in and out of Pep Guardiola’s squad this season, but the Manchester City winger remains amongst the elite forwards to feature in the tournament.

Algeria's Riyad Mahrez leads Manchester City into Istanbul final | Atalayar  - Las claves del mundo en tus manos

Alongside Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer and West Ham United’s Said Benrahma, the left-footed dynamo will be one of Algeria’s standout names in Cameroon.

Mahrez has not been at his best at international level of late, but he will hope to find his feet this winter and help his nation become the first team since Egypt in 2008 and 2010 to defend the crown.

The Algeria captain has already demonstrated how talismanic he can be when he is atop his game, and now would be the perfect time for him to hit his stride.

5. Mohamed Salah

Arguably the most in-form player on the planet at the moment, Mohamed Salah is Egypt’s best hope of defying the odds to win the tournament.

Mohamed Salah: Egyptian FA chief says Liverpool forward wants Olympics  release | Football News | Sky Sports

The Premier League’s highest scorer heads into the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations amid a purple patch after netting 23 goals in 26 competitive matches for Liverpool this season.

Salah won’t be lacking motivation as he looks to solidify his status as Africa’s best player, having won the African Ballon d’Or award in 2021.

Unlike his Reds teammate Mane, the ex-Chelsea flop won’t have a star-studded squad around to help, meaning he is likely to shoulder the burden by himself.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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