Month: July 2017

Latest transfer rumours and closed deals in international football

Latest transfer rumours and closed deals in international football




Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo does not want to see Kylian Mbappe join Real Madrid because he is wary of losing his star status at the club, according to Diario Gol.

The Champions League winners have been linked closely with Monaco’s wonderkid, with rumours of a summer signing continuing to circulate.

But Ronaldo is reportedly worried sharing the spotlight with Mbappe will harm his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or again, and would not look kindly on the blockbuster signing.




Gareth Bale Real Madrid Champions League 060317

Manchester United will offer Real Madrid £90 million for Gareth Bale, but will wait until next summer to do so, says an exclusive report from the Express.

The former Tottenham star has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, though Zinedine Zidane’s desire to keep hold of the attacker has ended any potential deal.

Jose Mourinho retains an interest in Bale, though, and will launch a fresh approach for his services in 2018.




Kylian Mbappe Monaco 2017

Monaco would be willing to sell Kylian Mbappe if they were to receive a bid of €180 million, according to L’Equipe.

The Ligue 1 champions are continuing talks over a contract extension with the teenage forward amid interest from Manchester City and Real Madrid.

And they are now set to consider selling, but only if their demands are met financially.




Gareth Bale Real Madrid ICC

Manchester United are on red alert after being given hope of signing Gareth Bale by Real Madrid, according to The Telegraph .

Jose Mourinho’s side could be on the verge of a fresh move after Zinedine Zidane could not guarantee that Bale will stay with the club this summer.

Madrid are hoping to sign Kylian Mbappe in a record deal, with the former Spurs man seen as the most expendable of Los Blancos’ stars.




Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal

Milan’s CEO Marco Fassone and Massimo Mirabelli had a meeting with agent Jorge Mendes in which the subject of Cristiano Ronaldo was broached, according to Sky Sports .

The Serie A club bosses were hoping to be alerted to any situation that would see the Portugal star leave the club, though there are no negotiations over a potential deal at this point.




Kylian Mbappe France England

Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Monaco regarding a €180 million deal for teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, reports Marca .

Once a record-breaking transfer is pushed through, the France international striker will pen a six-year contract with the reigning La Liga champions.




HD Karim Benzema Real Madrid

Arsenal and Liverpool could make a move for Karim Benzema should Real Madrid decide to sell the French striker, Don Balon reports.

Madrid reportedly have set their sights on Monaco star Kylian Mbappe, with the club planning to use Benzema to help finance the move. While the Gunners and Reds are in contention for Benzema, the 29-year-old also could end up at Monaco to help lower the price for Mbappe.




Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele is looking to secure a move to Real Madrid this summer, according to Don Balon .

The France international has given up on Barcelona making an approach and is now seeking to join the reigning La Liga champions.




Karim Benzema Juventus Real Madrid UCL 03062017

Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez has decided that it is time to sell Karim Benzema, Spanish outlet Diario Gol reports.

With €35 million having been spent on the striker back in 2009, Perez feels he has made plenty of money back on his investment and that now is the time to cash in on the 29-year-old in order to finance a move for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe




Marco Asensio Eibar Real Madrid LaLiga 04032017

Marco Asensio wants to be rewarded by Real Madrid for his progress last season following interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus, according to  Don Balon .

Madrid president Florentino Perez is determined not to sell Asensio, but the forward is looking for an important role in Zinedine Zidane’s team and a contract matching the terms which the likes of Arsenal and United can offer.




Kasper Dolberg Ajax vs Lyon

Real Madrid have made Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg and Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi if they fail to sign Kylian Mbappe, Marca  reports.

The European champions are in search of a new striker after Alvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea and will target a cheaper option should talks over Mbappe break down. The Italy Under 21 international and the Denmark No.9 would be brought in to play a back up role to their star forwards.




Marcus Rashford Jose Mourinho Manchester United Swansea

Real Madrid have drawn up a shortlist of striker targets should they fail to land Kylian Mbappe this summer, according to  Diario Gol .

Among them are Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.




Lucas Vazquez Sevilla Real Madrid Copa del Rey

Liverpool and Arsenal have shown an interest in signing Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez, according to  Diario Madridista .

The Spain international is looking to leave Santiago Bernabeu, and Roma have also been linked with his signature.




Malang Sarr Nice Ligue 1

Chelsea are facing a fight to sign teenage Nice defender Malang Sarr, according to  Sky Sports .

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in the centre-back, who has a €40 million release clause in his contract.




Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is closing in on an €80 million move to Chelsea, claimsMarca .

Morata had previously been a target for Manchester United, but the arrival of Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford, and inability to agree a deal with Madrid, has seemingly seen the Red Devils move on.

AC Milan have also shown an interest, but Morata now appears poised to join Premier League champions Chelsea to end manager Antonio Conte’s search for a top-class striker.




Alvaro Morata Napoli Real Madrid

Real Madrid won’t sign a replacement for Alvaro Morata, if the Spain international striker leaves during the transfer window, reports AS .

AC Milan and Chelsea have been linked with bids for Morata, after Manchester United seemingly ended their pursuit after bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Madrid want Morata to stay for another season, but if their €90 million valuation is met, they won’t move to bring in another striker.




Karim Benzema Malaga Real Madrid LaLiga 21052017

Arsenal will make a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema if they lose Alexis Sanchez, according to the Don Balon, via Daily Star .

Alexis has consistently been linked with a Gunners exit throughout the summer transfer window, with Arsene Wenger keen on the Real Madrid striker should he lose his star man.




Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has been offered to Real Madrid, according to  OK Diario .

The player’s agent has been looking to find him a new club, but the Liga champions have rejected the opportunity to sign the former Barcelona man.




Danilo Real Madrid

Chelsea are refusing to meet Real Madrid’s €30.8 million asking price to sign Brazilian right-back Danilo, reports the Evening Standard .

And the Premier League champions could now face competition for Danilo from Manchester City, who want to sign another right-back following their £45m capture of Kyle Walker.




Alvaro Morata Real Madrid

Chelsea have no intention of being dragged into a bidding war for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to the Daily Star .

With Diego Costa on the verge of leaving Stamford Bridge, and Romelu Lukaku opting for Manchester United, the Blues need to bring in a new name up front.

But despite strong interest for Morata from manager Antonio Conte, the Chelsea board are unwilling to go up against Milan and spend over the odds in the battle for his signature.




Toni Kroos Real Madrid

Inter are prepared to test Real Madrid’s resolve by making a big-money bid for midfielder Toni Kroos, according to  Sport  Mediaset .

The San Siro club are feeling the heat as archrival Milan have undertaken a massive spending initiative this summer, and feel that the 27-year-old Germany international could be available at the right price.

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International champions Cup results and Log standings

International champions Cup results and Log standings

Results of the International Champions Cup matches played over the weekend and current standings!!


RTH & CENTRAL AMERICA: International Champions Cup
30.07. 23:05 AS Roma Juventus 1 : 2
(1 : 1)
30.07. 03:05 Real Madrid Barcelona 2 : 3
30.07. 01:00 Manchester City Tottenham 3 : 0
StandingsASIA: International Champions Cup
29.07. 14:35 Chelsea Inter 1 : 2
27.07. 14:35 Bayern Munich Inter 0 : 2
StandingsNORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA: International Champions Cup
27.07. 06:30 Manchester City Real Madrid 4 : 1
27.07. 04:05 Paris SG Juventus 2 : 3
27.07. 02:30 Barcelona Manchester United 1 : 0
26.07. 03:00 Tottenham AS Roma 2 : 3
StandingsASIA: International Champions Cup
25.07. 14:35 Chelsea Bayern Munich 2 : 3




International Champions Cup

Pos Team P W D L GS GA +/- Pts
1 FC Barcelona Barcelona 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9
2 Manchester City FC Manchester City 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
3 Juventus FC Juventus 3 2 0 1 5 5 +0 6
4 Manchester United FC Manchester United 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 5
5 AS Roma Roma 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 4
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur 3 1 0 2 6 8 -2 3
7 Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG 3 1 0 2 5 8 -3 2
8 Real Madrid CF Real Madrid 3 0 0 3 4 8 -4 1
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Zimbabwe sables face Tunisa in their 4th encounter of the Rugby Gold Cup. (Standings after round 5)

Zimbabwe sables face Tunisa in their 4th encounter of the Rugby Gold Cup. (Standings after round 5)

The Sables seemed to have started on the right path when they won their first game against Senegal but it soon became turbulent when they lost two consecutive games to Namibia and Kenya. However this came not as a surprise as much because both sides are ranked better than Zim on the world rugby rankings i.e 21st and 25th respectively. Due to their loses the Sables fell one place down from 35th to 36th.The Sables definately have to win this one and chances are quite high as Tunisia are ranked 51st on the world rankings.

Results of 3 previous games

zimbabwe 28  –  Senegal 16

Zimbabwe 26 –  Namibia 31

Zimbabwe 22  –  Kenya 41


Standings After Round 5

Namibia 4 4 0 0 227    57   170 4 20
Kenya 4 3 1 0 219    90   129 2 17
Uganda 4 2 1 1 152    114     38 1 11
Zimbabwe 3 1 0 2   76      88      -4 1   5
Senegal 4 0 0 4    57  185 -128 1 1
Tunisia 3 0 0 3    34  231 -197 0 0
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African Union Commission 8th Batch African Union Youth Volunteer Corps(AU-YVC) – Multiple Locations Across Africa

African Union Commission 8th Batch African Union Youth Volunteer Corps(AU-YVC) – Multiple Locations Across Africa

The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

Young African professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member State other than their own. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2018 will be from the 11th – 31st of July 2017.

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  1. Citizen of an AU Member State living on the continent or the Diaspora;
  2. Aged between 18 – 35 years;
  3. Have a post-secondary certified qualification(s) (TVET, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  4. Available in 2018 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  5. Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  6. Is proficient in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  7. Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.

Application Process (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

Before clicking the apply now button below, please note the following

1. You will need to fill in a form on the next page. This form will help us assess your suitability for the program. Kindly respect the stated word limit. You are advised to type your answers in a Word Processor (such as Microsoft Word) before pasting in the relevant fields.
2. You will also need to add in a motivation letter with a maximum of 750 words. This should be added under the ‘Cover letter’ text box. Please ensure that your motivation letter answers the following:

  • Why you want to become an African Union Youth Volunteer?
  • Why you believe you are the best candidate to be an African Union Youth Volunteer?
  • What is your experience(s) (formal or informal) in youth civic engagement and participation, youth empowerment and/or promoting Pan-Africanism?
  • How has your previous experience(s) prepared you to work in diverse teams and cultures?
  • What change do you expect to see in yourself, the organization that you will be deployed in, and the community that you will be part of after your year of service?

3. Attach a copy of your CV
4. You will ALSO need to attach the following. Please merge these as one PDF document and attach that document. You might choose to use a service such as to do this.

  • A copy of the identity page in your passport or national identity card
  • Highest post-secondary certified qualification(s)
  • Signed Letter of Recommendation verifying your volunteer experience(s)

5. Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, 31st July 2017 at Midnight GMT+3

Please note:

  1. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered
  2. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified
  3. Candidates who had applied in previous years are and still meet the eligibility criteria are encourage to re-apply

Recruitment Process & Key Dates

  1. 1st August – eligibility Check;
  2. 14th August: Successful applicants will be notified;
  3. September 2017: Pre-deployment training;
  4. 2018: Deployment of trained volunteers.

Volunteer Entitlements:
For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and its partners will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training.

On deployment, African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:

  1. Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  2. A modest monthly stipend
  3. Health insurance cover
  4. Separation allowance upon successful completion of twelve months service

More Information:
For more information/queries, please contact Ms Prudence Ngwenya (Head of Human Resources and Youth Development Division); or Mr Daniel Adugna (AU Youth Program Officer) on

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Chelsea vs Bayern Munich, International Champions Cup: live stream and preview

Chelsea vs Bayern Munich, International Champions Cup: live stream and preview

Chelsea Football Club and Bayern meet for the first time in almost four years, since a Friday night in Prague in late August 2013, when Romelu Lukaku kicked the last ball in anger of his Chelsea career, failing to convert the decisive penalty kick in the shootout that gave Bayern the win in the UEFA Super Cup.

While that occasion was semi-competitive, this time around we’re purely in it to play it and fitness it. It’s the first of two games Chelsea have scheduled for this summer’s International Champions Cup, Singapore edition, and while that sounds important, it’s still just a friendly with an added bit of marketing.

Date / Time: Tuesday, July 25, 12:35 BST; 7:35am EDT; 5:05pm IST

Venue: National Stadium, Singapore

Streaming online: Chelsea FC vs bayern munich

Chelsea team news: Despite the drama of the first month and a half of the summer break, Chelsea’s pre-season preparations have not really missed a beat, and that’s despite the injuries to Eden Hazard, Timemoue Bakayoko, and now Pedro as well.

Things are only set to improve with Antonio Rudiger on his way to join the squad finally while Chelsea will have fellow new signing Alvaro Morata available for the first time ever as well, with Antonio Conte confirming the plan to give him minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, young Charly Musonda has been working extra hard to get back to fitness after more nagging injuries.

Bayern Munich team news: Since we last met Bayern four years ago, all they’ve done is win the German league each season and add a couple German cups as well for good measure. Surprisingly, they have managed to win exactly as many Champions Leagues as Chelsea since then, zero, and that’s despite hiring Pep Guardiola for a few seasons.

Now managed by the cuddly set of eyebrows known as Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern are looking to continue their domination of the domestic game by making smart moves in the transfer market, signing the likes of Corentin Tolisso, Nicklas Sule, Kingsley Coman, and James Rodriguez (on loan!) while not losing anyone of any significant import. That said, the double retirement of Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso have left massive voids to fill.

Bayern are coming off a draw against Arsenal and a surprisingly poor 4-0 loss to AC Milan, two results that have left fans questioning whether these pre-season marketing tours are really worth the trouble and effort and the coaching staff altering plans to rest their already weary players.

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Sri Lanka chase record total to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in one-off Test at Colombo

Sri Lanka chase record total to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in one-off Test at Colombo

After losing ODI series, Sri Lanka restore some pride as they chase down record 388-run target to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in one-off Test. Rangana Herath was star of the match for his 11-wicket haul; Dickwella and Gunaratne hit solid fifties in the chase.

The Chevrons Set a record 388-run target but Sri Lanka remained calm under pressure to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in the one-off Test in Colombo on Tuesday. Dickwella and Gunaratne, after the hosts lost two early on the final day, had a brilliant stand which put the chase on track and left very little for the batsmen to follow. Dickwella fell short of a well-deserved hundred but Gunaratne stayed there right till the end and saw his side through. For Zimbabwe, Cremer was pick of the bowlers for his four wickets but the leggie didn’t get enough support from the other end. 382 was the previous best chase in Sri Lanka in a Test match, and it was clearly a very special effort with the bat by the hosts.

Match Ended
391/6(114.5 overs)
346(102.3 overs)
377(107.1 overs)
356(94.4 overs)
Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 4 wickets


Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.

Zimbabwe: Regis Chakabva, Hamilton Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikander Raza, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor (wk), Graeme Cremer (capt.), Chris Mpofu, Donald Tiripano.

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