Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Mendy makes world record Manchester City switch

Mendy makes world record Manchester City switch

Benjamin Mendy has completed his switch from Monaco to Manchester City, with the English side paying £52 million for the left-back.

With the deal, Mendy, who turned 23 on July 17, has become the most expensive defender in football history and eclipses the £45m fee City paid for Kyle Walker last week that made the England star the game's most expensive full-back.

The France international has signed a five-year deal with the Etihad Stadium outfit, becoming their fourth major signing of a window that has also seen them sign Benfica goalkeeper Ederson as well as Mendy's Monaco team-mate Bernardo Silva.

Manager Pep Guardiola is focussing on the long term with City, explaining on Thursday that the players he is targeting this summer "are young players, with the next three, four, five years in mind".

Mendy, who joined Monaco last summer in a €12m deal from Marseille, helped the Stade Louis II side win the Ligue 1 title last season, creating nine goals in only 32 outings in Ligue 1 and Champions League combined.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Real Madrid 1 Manchester United 1 (1-2 pens): De Gea proves his worth to Mourinho

Real Madrid 1 Manchester United 1 (1-2 pens): De Gea proves his worth to Mourinho

David de Gea showed Real Madrid what they are missing by playing the hero act for Manchester United as they won 2-1 on penalties after a 1-1 International Champions Cup draw in California on Sunday.

The Spain international, a long-time reported target of the Champions League winners, saved spot-kicks from Mateo Kovacic and Oscar before Casemiro hit the crossbar with his shoot-out kick - having scored from 12 yards in normal time - to hand United victory.

United took the lead shortly before half-time thanks to a sensational piece of play from Anthony Martial, the forward jinking away from Dani Carvajal, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez to give Jesse Lingard the simplest of finishes at the back post.

Casemiro levelled from the penalty spot after Victor Lindelof could only stop a rampaging Theo Hernandez by crashing into him before the Brazilian missed the decisive penalty in a poor shoot-out.

United remain unbeaten in the four matches they have played on their tour of the United States after holding off Madrid in searing temperatures, while the first pre-season match for Zinedine Zidane's men ended in defeat.

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Upgrade needed!' - Batshuayi calls for EA Sports to give him better FIFA stats

Upgrade needed!' - Batshuayi calls for EA Sports to give him better FIFA stats

Michy Batshuayi may have been Chelsea's star in this week's International Champions Cup action, but he also wants recognition in the virtual world.

Batshuayi was on top form as his two goals helped inflict a painful 3-0 defeat on Arsenal during the week.

After a difficult debut season in the Premier League, the pair of stunners will give the Belgian added confidence going into the new campaign.

He might also earn an upgrade on FIFA 18, if EA Sports heed the message left on Twitter.

"Upgrade needed bro," he pleaded, attaching as evidence his double against the Gunners in a bid to improve his stats.

Currently Batshuayi is a four-star weak foot player, and has a lowly 61 for curve and no 'Finesse Shot' trait.

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Neymar and PSG: 222m to be paid via the personal sponsorship of Qatar

Neymar and PSG: 222m to be paid via the personal sponsorship of Qatar

After a meeting this week with Paris Saint Germain's sporting director, Artero Henrique, and with the lawyer and member of the Parisian board of directors, Sophie Jordan, Neymar's father is committed to having his son sign for Paris Saint Germain once they deposit the 222 million euros of his termination clause, which it appears will be done via the personal sponsorship of Qatar.

The terms of the verbal agreement reached between PSG and Neymar cover a duration of six seasons, and in each the player would receive 30 million net, the same that Messi earns after his renewal, but not including a signing bonus.

After the experience last summer, when the situation was very similar - Neymar Sr. ensuring that his son's decision to leave Barcelona was taken and that it was only a matter of choosing between PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester City - PSG are maintaining prudence and do not want another disappointment.

However, according to what the player's father has said to them, it seems that this time Neymar will keep his word. PSG's board are working to find the best formula so that the payment of the 222 million euros will not conflict with UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FPF) rules.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

West Ham announce club-record signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke

West Ham announce club-record signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke

West Ham have announced the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City on a five-year deal for a club-record fee of up to £25m, with a guaranteed £20m plus an additional £5m in potential add-ons.

The 28-year-old had been agitating for a move and after rejecting two earlier bids Stoke finally relented. Arnautovic will bolster the Hammers’ squad following the addition of Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart on loan, and the imminent transfer of Javier Hernández.

“It feels special to me to be a West Ham player,” said Arnautovic, who has 62 caps for Austria. “Everyone knows that West Ham is a big Club, with big history and I’m happy to be a part of it now. I can’t wait to get started.

“I played against West Ham at the old stadium – I didn’t play last year at the new stadium because I was suspended – but I came to the game and I can only say it is a massive club with a lot of fans. They are crazy for football and this is what I like. The club is still growing, getting better and better and that’s why I’m here.”

Arnautovic joined Stoke in 2013 from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for £2.3m and quickly established himself as a regular in the side, scoring 26 goals in 145 appearances for the club.
Juventus 1 Barcelona 2: Neymar shines with superb brace

Juventus 1 Barcelona 2: Neymar shines with superb brace

Neymar stole the show as a dominant Barcelona recorded a 2-1 win over Juventus at the International Champions Cup on Saturday.

Linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar only needed 45 minutes at MetLife Stadium to once again show what he is capable of.

The Brazil international scored a first-half brace, a neat finish followed by a spectacular individual goal in New Jersey.

Neymar dribbled past five Juve markers before finishing for his second goal as Barca dominated in Ernesto Valverde's first game in charge.

Lionel Messi was also typically impressive, but he had to play second fiddle to Neymar before Barca played a different XI in the second half.

Juve were much-improved after the break and managed to pull a goal back through Giorgio Chiellini.

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OFFICIAL💥: Man City💎 Sign Danilo from Real Madrid

OFFICIAL💥: Man City💎 Sign Danilo from Real Madrid

Manchester City have completed the signing of Brazilian right-back Danilo from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £26.5million.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Danilo's arrival takes City's spending on full-backs past the £70m mark this close-season after they paid an initial £45m for Tottenham's Kyle Walker – a deal that could rise to an eventual £50m.

City have seen a number of defenders depart the club since the end of last season. Aleksandar Kolarov was sold to Roma on Saturday, following Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna in leaving.

"I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City," the 26-year-old told the official Man City website.

"There has been strong interest from other Clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola."
Liverpool 2 Leicester City 1: Coutinho shines as Klopp's men prosper

Liverpool 2 Leicester City 1: Coutinho shines as Klopp's men prosper

Philippe Coutinho treated Liverpool fans in Hong Kong to a performance full of promise for the new season as the Reds beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League Asia Trophy final.

Having overcome Crystal Palace 2-0 in their previous game of the pre-season tournament, Jurgen Klopp's side looked sharp and cohesive as they scored two first-half goals following Islam Slimani's 12th-minute opener for Leicester.

Mohamed Salah combined with Coutinho to equalise and the Brazilian playmaker scored a superb solo effort to put Liverpool ahead before half-time.

With three weeks to go until the start of the season, Klopp will have been pleased to see his forwards linking up intuitively, with winger Salah gelling well with his new team-mates after joining from Roma in June.

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Bayern Munich 0 AC Milan 4: Ancelotti's side battered as Bonucci makes debut

Bayern Munich 0 AC Milan 4: Ancelotti's side battered as Bonucci makes debut

AC Milan stunned Bayern Munich with a commanding 4-0 victory in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.

Kessie opened the scoring with 14 minutes played, the midfielder reacting quickest to prod in Ricardo Rodriguez's deflected cross after good interplay between the full-back and M'Baye Niang.

Eleven minutes later, Milan doubled their lead. Bayern's dreadful defending from a Rodriguez free-kick allowed Cutrone to ghost in unmarked and head beyond Christian Fruchtl from 12 yards.

Milan made it 3-0 in style. Niang started a counter-attack from his own half, exchanged passes with Cutrone and released Giacomo Bonaventura into the area down the left, the midfielder crossing for Cutrone to tap home his second.

The Bundesliga champions were looking resigned to their loss and Calhanoglu took full advantage with five minutes left to play, the Turkey international collecting Gustavo Gomez's pass, drifting infield from the left and blasting low past Fruchtl before a single Bayern challenge had been attempted.

Ancelotti will be looking for much more when they meet Chelsea in Singapore in three days' time, while Milan will take renewed confidence into next Thursday's Europa League qualifying first leg against CS U Craiova.

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Arsenal 0 Chelsea 3: Batshuayi brilliance downs Gunners

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 3: Batshuayi brilliance downs Gunners

Chelsea earned some consolation for May's FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal with a 3-0 friendly win over the Gunners in Beijing on Saturday.

A terrific double from Michy Batshuayi followed a goal from Willian to secure the victory for Antonio Conte's side in their second pre-season outing.

Willian and Batshuayi scored in quick succession in the first half, and the Belgian striker – undoubtedly with a point to prove following the club-record signing of Alvaro Morata – made it 3-0 with a sublime second-half strike, while Arsenal's attack too often appeared laboured.

The result and performance will be welcomed by Conte ahead of Chelsea's clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday, while Wenger will have plenty to ponder as he prepares his side for the Emirates Cup tournament next weekend.

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

 Browse free for 24hrs with the New Glo Free Data Day

Browse free for 24hrs with the New Glo Free Data Day

Subscribers of the fully integrated telecommunications company, Globacom, will henceforth be able to enjoy a day of free data once in a seven-day period as the company unveils an innovative offer that is aimed at delighting its subscribers.

The offering, tagged Free Data Day, allows subscribers to access internet free of charge for a whole day once they meet the voice and/or data usage threshold within seven days.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday, Globacom’s Zonal Business Coordinator, Lagos, Adebola Omoboya said the offering would enable subscribers on the Glo network to enjoy the freedom of brows­ing with free 200MB which can be used throughout a whole day.

“We appreciate the essence of the internet in today’s world. We are through this product empowering our customers in an unprecedented way in their business, social and educational pursuits,” he said.

In order to access the Free Data Day, subscribers are required to spend N250 or more on calls in the seven days preceding the award of the free data or spend at least N150 on calls and use a minimum of 100MB of data in the seven days preceding the award of free data day from any or a combination of methods such as Pay as you use, purchase of data plan and usage from an existing data plan.

According to Omoboya, customers would be notified when they have qualified for the Free Data Day and that they do not need to dial any code to opt in or subscribe to any platform before enjoying the benefits.

“When a customer qualifies for the offering, he would be able to enjoy free data usage throughout that day, and the fair usage policy will be applicable,” he disclosed.

Globacom also seized the occasion of the press conference to announce a mouth-watering offer for people who have not used their Glo SIM cards for 30 days. The company announced the Glo Welcome Back, which gives N6000 to such customers when they recharge their lines.

The credit can be used to browse, send SMS and make calls to Glo customers. Subscribers are required to make a recharge of between N100 and N5,000 to access the free N6,000 airtime.

Glo subscribers can access the free airtime based on the amount of recharge made subject to a maximum of N6,000.
Liverpool sign Robertson in £8m deal

Liverpool sign Robertson in £8m deal

Liverpool have completed the £8 million signing of Hull City full-back Andrew Robertson.

The Scotland international has signed a long-term deal at Anfield having completed a medical on Thursday, with his fee set to rise to as much as £10m should he meet certain criteria during his time on Merseyside.

Robertson's arrival could allow James Milner to move back to a more familiar role in midfield after he filled in admirably at left-back for much of last season, while Alberto Moreno and Jon Flanagan remain in Jurgen Klopp's squad.

The 23-year-old has played 57 Premier League matches for Hull, scoring one goal and laying on four assists, and was one of the Tigers's most consistent performers as they were relegated in 2016-17.

“It feels a wee bit surreal just now. Obviously I’m delighted," he told Liverpool's website upon his signing. "There’s been a lot of speculation over the last couple of weeks but I’m glad that the deal’s finally been done and I’m a Liverpool player."


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Chelsea complete £70m Morata signing from Real Madrid

Chelsea complete £70m Morata signing from Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata's move to Chelsea from Real Madrid has been completed, the Premier League champions have confirmed.

The 24-year-old striker has moved to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of £70 million and has agreed a five-year contract, having played 43 times for the European champions last season, netting on 20 occasions.

Chelsea's technical director Michael Emanelo added the club expect a great deal of him: "We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action.

"I think for sure this is a good signing for us, he is a young player but has a lot of experience, he went to Juventus and Real Madrid," Conte said of him.

Morata, who came through the Madrid youth ranks, narrowly missed playing under the Italian with Juventus, arriving at the Serie A giants for a two-season stint shortly after Conte departed for the Italy national team job, but revealed the manager's influence played a great role in him electing to move to Stamford Bridge.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bye bye to Etisalat, Welcome to 9mobile

Bye bye to Etisalat, Welcome to 9mobile

It's now official, Etisalat is no more or at least no more in Nigeria. Although the new name was first announced few days ago at a recent management meeting, the name just got official approval from NCC and a new logo has even been unveiled.

The decision for a new name came after the Middle Eastern parent company pulled out due to the inability to reach an agreement with its Nigerian business in June and gave it three weeks to phase out the brand after it had to surrender its 45 percent stake to a trustee because of the debt crisis.

When asked the reason for the new name, the reply was ..

"9 is significant with nature, the start of life, time of birth. from our entry into the market 9 years ago to our evolution 9 years after, we are still 0809ja.

We are here for you, rebranded for you because it is all about you. 9 stands for speed, quality, excellence. if you’re looking to the future, you find it with 9.9 gets you talking more, doing more, achieving more & living more".

Although this is a new name, report has it that the management and also mode of operation won't be affected.

So that means all Etisalat users will be automatically moved to 9mobile without the need to re-register.
Chelsea🔵 Agree £70m Deal to Sign✍ Morata*

Chelsea🔵 Agree £70m Deal to Sign✍ Morata*

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, the club have announced.

Reports suggest the Premier League champions will pay £70 million for the Spain international, who is yet to agree personal terms or undergo a medical.

Morata will arrive at Stamford Bridge and will be tasked with replacing Diego Costa, who is set to join Atletico Madrid after being told he is surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte.

He will become the Blues's fourth signing of the summer, with Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko already secured.

He scored 20 goals in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane's side, but struggled to hold down a regular starting berth with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo acting as competition.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Joe Hart: Goalkeeper to have medical at West Ham before loan deal

Joe Hart: Goalkeeper to have medical at West Ham before loan deal

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will have a medical on Monday before completing a season-long loan deal with West Ham.

Hart has been told he can find another club by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after spending last season at Torino.

It is anticipated City will fund part of Hart's wages and the agreement will include an option for West Ham to buy the 30-year-old.

Hart's City contract is not set to expire until 2019.
Romero signs new Man Utd deal until 2021

Romero signs new Man Utd deal until 2021

Sergio Romero has signed a new contract at Manchester United, the club have confirmed.

The Argentine, who made 18 appearances for United last season, primarily in the Europa League, which United won, is now tied to the club until 2021.

Romero made just two Premier League appearances in 2016-17, but it remains to be seen if United will retain the services of current No.1 David De Gea.

The Spaniard has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid, with reports this week again suggesting that the Spanish club could launch a bid for the 26-year-old this summer.

“I am delighted to have signed a new contract," he told United's official website. "Who wouldn’t want to be at the biggest club in the world? We have great goalkeepers here and we are always learning from each other."
OFFICIAL💥: Chelsea🔵 Sign £40m Bakayoko from Monaco✍

OFFICIAL💥: Chelsea🔵 Sign £40m Bakayoko from Monaco✍

Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his £40 million move to Chelsea from Monaco after completing his medical on Friday and signing a five-year deal.

Chelsea and Antonio Conte targeted Bakayoko as their first choice option to strengthen their midfield and they are now expected to allow Nemanja Matic to leave to make room for the France international.

Talks between Chelsea, Monaco and Bakayoko's representatives have moved slowly since they first started but all parties ultimatley came to an agreement for the 22-year-old.

Bakayoko returned from his holiday in New York to complete the final arrangements of the transfer, though a knee injury could rule him out of the Blues's pre-season friendlies.

Chelsea will next look to complete a deal for Juventus' Alex Sandro, which could break their transfer record that currently stands at £50m for Fernando Torres, as well as looking for attacking options.

Friday, 14 July 2017

KYLE WALKER JOINS CITY ON FIVE-YEAR DEAL

KYLE WALKER JOINS CITY ON FIVE-YEAR DEAL

Manchester City have announced the signing of England international Kyle Walker.

The right-back joins from Tottenham on a five-year deal and has opted to take the number two shirt.

He becomes City’s third signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of Bernardo Silva and Ederson.

“I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,” Walker said. “Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”

The England right-back, 28, became a priority target following Dani Alves' snub for Paris Saint-Germain.
Chalobah leaves Chelsea for Watford on five-year deal

Chalobah leaves Chelsea for Watford on five-year deal

Watford have completed the signing of Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea on a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old has left the Premier League champions to move to Vicarage Road for an undisclosed fee.

Chalobah, who will wear the number 14 shirt, impressed during a loan spell with Watford during the 2012-13 season, scoring five times in 38 appearances in the Championship to help the Hornets to the play-off final.

He played just 15 times under Antonio Conte at Chelsea last season and the club's reported pursuit of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko prompted speculation that he would be allowed to leave.

The England youth international is Watford boss Marco Silva's sixth signing of the transfer window, following Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes, Daniel Bachmann, Jorge Segura and Kiko Femenia to the club.
Rooney scores screamer on second Everton debut

Rooney scores screamer on second Everton debut

Wayne Rooney marked his second Everton debut with a stunning goal against Gor Mahia in a pre-season friendly in Tanzania.

Rooney, who completed his return to his boyhood club earlier this week after 13 years at Manchester United, took just 34 minutes to make his mark, firing home from 35 yards to give the Toffees the lead.

Kenyan side Gor Mahia won the right to face Everton in Dar es Salaam after winning the regional SportPesa Super Cup, which pitted teams from Tanzania against those from Kenya.

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WhatsApp now allows for sharing all file types

WhatsApp now allows for sharing all file types

WhatsApp has rolled out an update that allows users to share any type of files, documents on its platforms limited to 100MB.

WhatsApp now groups multiple photos as gallery. This means, when you send five or more photos, they will now appear in an album, instead of one below another. The app will display the first five pictures as thumbnail images, with the fifth picture displaying the number of additional photos that have been sent.

Further text-formatting, which includes bold, strikethrough or it italicise has been made easier by the messaging app. Now users can simple tap and hold text to select the part they want to format. Finally, WhatsApp has introduced various design improvements for voice and video calls.
OFFICIAL💥: Real Madrid👑 Confirm Ceballos Signing

OFFICIAL💥: Real Madrid👑 Confirm Ceballos Signing

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Betis for a reported €18 million.

The Champions League winners beat competition from Barcelona to signing the midfielder, who was named Player of the Tournament at the European Under-21 Championship with Spain this year.

The 20-year-old enjoyed an impressive season with Betis, scoring twice in 30 league appearances, and Madrid and Barca both contacted Betis for him.

Betis offered him a new deal, but president Angel Haro revealed on Monday that the player informed them of his decision to join Zinedine Zidane's side after agreeing a six-year contract, leaving the clubs to decide on a transfer fee.

"Real Madrid and Real Betis have reached an agreement over the transfer of Dani Ceballos, who is tied to the club for the next six seasons," a statement from Real read.

He joins just days after James Rodriguez departed for Bayern Munich and will be presented as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday before joining the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Leicester’s owner, King Power, accused of £327m corruption in Thailand

Leicester’s owner, King Power, accused of £327m corruption in Thailand

The company that owns Leicester City and funded the club’s rise to become 2016 Premier League champions has been accused of multimillion-pound corruption in the operation of its business in Thailand.

King Power, owned and run by the Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and his son Aiyawatt, is alleged to have corruptly short-changed the Thai government of its agreed share from the company’s lucrative duty free franchise at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.

King Power International, which owns Leicester, is accused of criminally failing to pay the Thai state 14bn baht (£327m) from the operation of the airport franchise, whose original grant in 2006 required 15% of the income to be paid to the government.

King Power bought Leicester City for a reported £39m in 2010, when the club were in the Championship, and then loaned the club more than £100m on players, wages and bankrolling losses, which were written off after the club won promotion to the Premier League in 2014.

It is not clear what impact the case could have on Leicester City if it proceeds and succeeds and King Power become liable to pay huge amounts of money to the government.
This Should mark the end of Windows Phone

This Should mark the end of Windows Phone

Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone 8.1 support today, more than three years after the company first introduced the update. The end of support marks an end to the Windows Phone era, and the millions of devices still running the operating system.

While most have accepted that the death of Windows Phone occurred more than a year ago, AdDuplex estimates that nearly 80 percent of all Windows-powered phones are still running Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 8.1. All of these handsets are now officially unsupported, and only 20 percent of all Windows phones are running the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS.

Windows Phone 8.1 was a big update to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system, and included the company’s Cortana digital assistant. A new notification center, UI changes, and updates to the core mobile OS.