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Nigeria international, Henry Onyekuru, joins Monaco from Everton

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Monaco have announced the signing of Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru on a five-year-deal from Everton.

Onyekuru, who signed for Everton from Belgian side KAS Eupen two years ago, has been unable to obtain a work permit required for him to play in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old has sealed a permanent switch to the Ligue 1 side after spending the last two seasons on loan with Anderlecht and then Galatasaray.

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The Blues paid around £7million for the Nigeria international back in 2017 and are expected to make a small profit from the deal with Monaco.

“I’m very happy to join a great club like AS Monaco. I will give everything to improve and help the club to have a great season. I look forward to meeting my teammates,” the 22-year-old told Monaco’s website.

Onyekuru, who has made 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, originally joined the Premier League side in 2017.

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The winger scored 14 league goals in Turkey last season and reportedly joins the Ligue 1 outfit for 17 million euros ($19 million).

Leonardo Jardim’s options in front of goal could be strengthened further with Sevilla’s France forward Wissam Ben Yedder being linked with a move to Stade Louis II.

However former club captain Radamel Falcao and Portugal wide-man Rony Lopes have been linked with moves away from the Principality.

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NFL to ban jersey swaps over virus fears

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Post-game jersey swaps will be prohibited under a range of coronavirus safety protocols set to be introduced by the NFL for the upcoming season, reports said Thursday.

USA Today reported that under the new measures put in place for the 2020 campaign, players from opposing teams would not be allowed to be within six feet of each other after the game.

The rule effectively prohibits post-game gestures such as jersey exchanges and handshakes, a measure that was greeted with scorn by some NFL players on Thursday.

“This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell,” San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman wrote on Twitter.

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“Players can go engage in a full-contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game.”

Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson was similarly perplexed, writing simply: “That’s DAMN silly bro.”

Texans wide receiver Randall Cobb added simply: “This has to be a joke.”

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A draft of the game-day protocols and an infectious disease emergency response plan for training camps were sent to NFL clubs on Wednesday, USA Today reported. The protocols were drawn up by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

Other measures to be put in place include strict body temperature monitoring, with no one who registers a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher allowed into stadiums on game days.

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Players and coaches would be “encouraged” to wear face coverings on the sideline but masks would not be mandatory.

However, game crew and medical staff would be required to don protective masks.

In a further move, home teams would be obliged to stay at hotels on the night before games and head directly to their stadium.

Team arrivals on game day would be staggered while locker and training rooms will also be regularly disinfected.

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EPL: Pogba names four Man Utd players he loves watching

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Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has named the four Red Devils teammates he enjoys watching in action.

Pogba has completed his comeback from long-term injury since the Premier League restart last month.

The France World winner has helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to win four out of their first five games.

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However, Pogba said he has been hugely impressed by his attacking teammates, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood so far this season.

According to him, he loved every minute of watching them from the sidelines or further back on the pitch.

The former Juventus star said this ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Thursday night.

“From behind (them) I just enjoy it. I am enjoying just watching Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Mason, who all played the last game, and seeing them score goals,” Pogba told United Review.

“You just keep applauding, and it’s beautiful, they make me enjoy football every time.”

He added:

“As well though there is the defensive work that people do not talk about – they do it. The pressing, they do it, and that’s what you maybe do not see that much.”

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EPL: Man Utd put up six players for sale to fund sancho’s transfer (see full list)

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Manchester United is ready to sell at least six players this summer transfer window, as it looks to fund a move for Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho.

Recall that Man United remain favourite to agree to a deal for Sancho this summer.

According to Daily Post, Dortmund has already told Man United to sign Sancho before August 10.

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Man United have seen their revenue streams hit hard because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will have less money to spend this summer.

The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, is hoping he can sell some of the club’s fringe players to raise funds for Sancho, who has a £115million price tag on his head.

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According to the Athletic, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Alexis Sanchez, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard could all leave Old Trafford this summer.

Smalling, Sanchez and Rojo are on loan at AS Roma, Inter Milan and Estudiantes respectively.

Lingard, Dalot and Jones are not regular starters under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

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