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Former Ghana star, Junior Agogo, is dead

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Former Black Stars of Ghana player, Junior Agogo died on Thursday in London at the age of 40.

The Ghanaian striker suffered a stroke back in 2015 which left him debilitated just two years after retiring from playing.

According to a number of reports in Ghana, he passed away in London on Thursday morning.

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Agent Saif Rubie tweeted:

“Just heard the news that one of my first clients ever Junior Agogo has passed away. Still can’t believe it. One of my proudest moments in football is seeing him smash the AFCON in Ghana.”

He made his debut for the Black Stars in May 2006 in a friendly against French league side OGC Nice.

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The 40-year old became a local hero after his impressive display with the Black Stars at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which was held in Ghana.

Agogo scored three goals for the Black Stars at the AFCON 2008, helping the team to reach the semi-finals and picking third place in the competition.

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He played for the national team between 2006 and 2009.

He scored 12 goals in 27 caps during the height of his career between 2006 and 2009.

Agogo had stints with Sheffield Wednesday, Chicago Fire, Queens Park Rangers, Bristol Rovers, Nottingham Forest, Zamalek, Apollon Limassol, and Hibernian

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Man City the ‘perfect place’ for Ferran Torres, says Txiki Begiristain

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Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said the club had been tracking Ferran Torres for some time and backed him to reach the “next level” under Pep Guardiola.

“We have followed Ferran’s progress closely and have been very impressed,” he said.

“He is young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger.

“He is quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments.

“I feel this is the perfect place for him to develop and with Pep in charge he can take his game to the next level.”

City have moved quickly to find a replacement for Leroy Sane after the Germany international moved to Bayern Munich in a deal worth an initial €49m (£45m/$58m) earlier in the summer.

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Guardiola is expected to follow up the signing of Torres with the addition of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake in the coming days in a deal worth £40m ($52m), with a potential further £1m in add-ons.

Torres becomes City’s first major signing of the summer following deals for Juventus forward Pablo Moreno, Brazilian full-back Yan Couto from Coritiba and Burkina Faso defender Issa Kabore from Mechelen.

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City are expecting a busy summer as they try to close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool and are likely to add another central defender and forward before the transfer window closes.

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Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery,  targets Guendouzi

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Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery will offer Matteo Guendouzi a route out of the Emirates by trying to sign him for Villarreal.

Emery was in charge when Guendouzi signed for Arsenal, with the club now looking to move the French midfielder on after disciplinary issues saw him fall out of favour with Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal had hoped to use Guendouzi in a part-exchange with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, but according to Standard Sports Barca are not interested in the Frenchman.

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So, as Foot Mercato reports, Villarreal could be an option for the 21-year-old.

While there only appears to be a handful of Arsenal fans who want to see Guendouzi stay, it does seem that plenty of supporters have one particular problem with the report.

Guendouzi’s stock remains high. He looks to be an extremely talented player with a bright future ahead of him. And Foot Mercato notes that he has been linked with Barcelona in this window.

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Therefore, several fans are imploring Arsenal to not sanction a loan move this summer. At the very least, they want to see Emery agree to an obligation to buy rather than an option.

Arteta may have to work with a modest budget during the coming weeks. So Arsenal arguably cannot afford to let any high-value players leave on loan.

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The fans are urging the club to move Guendouzi on permanently. And if a loan is the best they can do, they want Emery to commit to keeping him at the end of the season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, girlfriend spotted on romantic date (Photos)

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Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, have been spotted enjoying a dinner date with friends in Portofino, Italy.

The couple were pictured with some friends enjoying a candlelit dinner at the ‘La Langosteria’ near the small fishing village of Portofino, with the Portuguese captain donning a pair of grey trousers and a navy t-shirt which he matched with white sneakers, while his partner rocked a tight blue dress with white heels.

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The couple were joined for dinner by fellow Portuguese star, Jose Semedo, who played with Ronaldo at Sporting Lisbon.

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