Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea will have to break the transfer record for an African player to sign Nigerian international winger Samuel Chukwueze this summer, Spanish sports daily Marca says in new report.
Chukwueze, 20, has played 64 official games for Villarreal’s first team, scoring 12 goals with seven assists to his name and according to Marca, the winger now has a release clause of 100 million euros (approximately N39 billion).
According to French publication, France Football, Liverpool attempted to sign Chukwueze in January with an offer of 35 million euros which was swiftly rejected by the Spanish club but if interested clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea break the bank to sign Chukwueze for 100 million Euros, he will become the most expensive African footballer in history, surpassing Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé signed for 80m Euros in August 2019.
Chukwueze has a contract with Villareal till June 30, 2023 and has been a massive revelation since he broke out into the scene, attracting the attention of European heavyweight clubs.
Daniel Amokachi Snubs Okocha, Kanu, Names Mikel Obi Greatest Nigerian Player
Former Super Eagles player and current football coach, Daniel Amokachi, has snubbed the likes of Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo to declare former Chelsea player John Mikel Obi as Nigeria’s greatest ever player.
Mikel, 32 has had a distinguished playing career, winning 9 major silverware including AFCON, two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Carling Cup, the FA Cup, and Europa League while Kanu also had a distinguished career winning trophies and playing in big clubs like Inter Milan, Ajax and Arsenal, but Amokachi who earned 44 caps for Nigeria feels Mikel is Nigeria’s greatest ever player.
‘Mikel (Obi) is the greatest player,’ said Amokachi on Brila FM’s Show “The Bull’s Pit”.
‘He has won everything that a player can hope to; the Champions League, Europa, AFCON in 2013 and he also captained the national team.
‘As a footballer, your laurels count and that will surely count for Mikel because nobody has won that much in Nigerian football.’
Odion Ighalo Wins First Man Utd Award
Odion Ighalo has won his first award at the Old Trafford club after his sparkling effort goal against LASK in the Europa League.
Manchester United made this known in a statement on its official website on Saturday.
“Ighalo has won the club’s March Goal-of-the-Month award,” the statement read.
“The Nigerian’s driven shot to open the scoring against the Austrians, after some skilled ball juggling in the build-up, took home 32 percent of your votes in our Official App.
“Ighalo narrowly beat off fierce competition from Scott McTominay, whose memorable late goal against Manchester City received 26 percent. Bruno Fernandes’ first strike from open play for the Reds, at Everton, finished third in the poll with 16 percent.
“Of course, March was cut short due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the Reds’ games versus Tottenham Hotspur, LASK and Norwich City being postponed.”
Ighalo joined United in the January transfer window from Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua.
Odion Ighalo was running to be named Manchester United’s Player of the Month for March but lost to Bruno Fernandes.
Ighalo was nominated alongside Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Fred.
Ighalo only arrived at Old Trafford in January, signing a six-month loan deal with the Red Devils.
In March, he scored three goals including a brace in their 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup. Ighalo also netted once and provided an assists against LASK in the Europa League last 16 first leg.
In total, the Nigerian striker has scored four times in three starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Cristiano Ronaldo Poses Topless In The Gym With Sisters
Cristiano Ronaldo might be locked down in Madeira but he is clearly not letting himself go amid the Coronavirus crisis.
The Juventus forward retreated to his native island towards the start of the month after his mother suffered a stroke and he has decided to stay there as COVID19 spread across the world.
While the Serie A season has been suspended, Ronaldo has been staying at a luxury villa that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
And the 35-year-old has kept up his famously stringent workout regime, posing in a photo that his sister Katia uploaded to her Instagram.
The Portuguese forward showed off his six-pack and incredible dorsal muscles, and pulled up his shorts in trademark style as he stood with members of his family, including his niece Alicia and other sister Elma.
Ronaldo was in top form during the season before Serie A was suspended, and had hit a staggering 13 goals in his last 11 matches in all competition.
He has also been clear to his followers that they must follow the government advice and stay at home: “If you ever dreamed of playing for millions around the world, now is your chance. Play inside, play for the world.”
It was revealed over the weekend that Ronaldo will join forces with his agent Jorge Mendes to help fund the fight against coronavirus in Portugal.
AS report that Mendes has spent a significant amount of money buying 200,000 gowns and three ventilators for the hospital in Porto, where a National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) field tent has been set up to facilitate with operations due to a flood of coronavirus patients.
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