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La Liga: Barcelona eye Wilfred Ndidi

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Barcelona are interested in signing Wilfred Ndidi from Leicester City in the summer, according to Don Balon.

Quique Setien is looking to strengthen his midfield after this season and has marked Ndidi as one of his options.

Ndidi has established himself as one of the top tacklers in the Premier League in the last two seasons.

According to Spanish publications, Don Balon, the former Real Betis manager has shown a strong interest in signing the Leicester City’s midfielder.

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Barcelona duo Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic were set to leave the Nou Camp in the summer. While the former was allegedly said to be unhappy, the latter had fallen out with the squad and the board after being demoted and replaced with Frankie De Jong, signed from Ajax.

Brazilian, Arthur Melo, has failed to replicate the form he displayed at Gremio, which made the Catalans pushed for his signing.

The central midfield position has been a problem for Barcelona since the departure of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. The club have struggled to replace the duo but the manager was confident that the signing of Ndidi would help to bolster that position.

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The 34 capped Eagles’ player has scored two goals and recorded one assist in 29 games this season for the Foxes.

At 23, Ndidi is already a super-regular for three-time African champions, Nigeria, and an ever-present in coach Gernot Rohr’s team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

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The tough-tackling midfielder is renowned for his ball-winning abilities, his movement and positioning off the ball, and the impressive number of interceptions he makes per game.

The Super Eagles star is said to be valued at around €35million and Setien would be ready to sanction a deal at that price.

Despite playing from a defensive position, Ndidi has scored twice for Leicester.

He has also attracted attention from Arsenal.

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Odion Ighalo set to leave Manchester United

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Odion Ighalo set to leave Manchester United

Manchester United’s attempts to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal has hit a brick wall, according to SportsMail.

The six-month agreement expires in just one week.

Shanghai Shenhua have rejected United’s requests to keep Ighalo at Old Trafford for another three months.

The Chinese Super League have asked Ighalo, to rejoin the club to prepare for the start of the delayed season.

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Unless United can make a late breakthrough in negotiations, Ighalo will return to Shanghai when his loan ends next Monday.

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The 30-year-old scored four goals in eight matches before the COVID-19 shutdown and resumed training with the United squad at Carrington last week.

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Although he would prefer to finish the season in England, Shanghai have the final say and are determined to get Ighalo back.

 

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My childhood friend who forgot me once he became famous- Man calls out Kelechi Iheanacho

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My childhood friend who forgot me once he became famous- Man calls out Kelechi Iheanacho

A social media user who seems to have been a childhood friend of Nigerian football star, Kelechi Iheanacho has disclosed how the football star forgot about him once he became famous.

The user identified as Godswill Uche revealed how they grew up together in the same neighbourhood in Owerri, Imo state.

He said, “We played the street balls together under the rain and scorching sun. We attended the same primary school; Unique Nursery and primary school Umualum Nekede No 4 b/stop as at then but has relocated to a new site now. We did almost everything together but today grace has found you and you’ve risen and clapped your way into the corridors of fame and stardom, you’re now a celebrity not just in Nigeria but all over the world.”

Bala towards the end of his story urged stars not to forget the people who were with them before they rose to stardom.

“Don’t call them lazy, poor or feel irritated when you see them coming to you. We all started from somewhere and grace found you,” he added.

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Lille to fly Osimhen home in private jet for father’s burial rites

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The Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] is among those who have condoled the Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen over the death of his father.

The Lille striker announced the passing of his father on his Twitter handle after reports emerged that Mr. Patrick Osimhen, 80, died in Lagos on Saturday night following a brief illness.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, in a press statement, said he had reached out to the player following the outbreak of the sad news, and he assured the former U-17 World Cup winner of the empathy and support of the country’s football family at this challenging moment for the youngster and his family.

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Pinncik revealed that his French side Lille had promised to provide a private jet that would convey the player home from Europe for the burial.

“I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family. His club, Lille OSC of France have given him a private aircraft to come to Nigeria to be with his family and probably for the burial rites. We have applied for landing permit but we are yet to get this. However, we are still on it and hopeful for the sake of the young lad.

“The loss of either parent is usually a moment of heartbreak for anyone. We condole with Victor (Osimhen) at this moment and pray that God will grant his late father eternal rest, while also granting the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”

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