NIGEL DE JONG SAYS CITY MUST KEEP HAALAND AMID REAL MADRID'S TRANSFER PLAN

Not too long ago, Real Madrid were being linked with an audacious double swoop for Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe this summer. As it turns out, neither transpired. The Norwegian ended up moving to Manchester City, a club that his father had played for during his playing days. On the other hand, the Frenchman signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain. While Mbappe’s decision to stay at PSG did leave a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of Real Madrid fans, there was no such feeling towards Haaland and it feels like they would welcome the Norwegian with open arms if he ever decided to make the move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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CLUB BRUGGE SET TO MAKE NIGERIAN YOUNGSTER MOST EXPENSIVE SIGNING

The Belgian champions are close to beating Serie A giants AC Milan to the signature of one of Nigeria’s most recognised young midfielders in Europe. Nigerian midfielder Raphael Onyedika is on the verge of joining Club Brugge from Danish top division side FC Midtjylland if reports coming out of Belgium are anything to go by. According to the authoritative HBVL, Club Brugge have submitted a nine million euros bid to Midtjylland for the transfer of Onyedika.

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AJAX SECURE CALVIN BASSEY TRANSFER

Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam have secured the signing of Nigeria international Calvin Bassey in a €23m (£19.6m) deal. The transfer of the Nigerian defender was confirmed earlier on Wednesday. The transfer fee for Basseycould rise to €26.5m (£22.7m) with add-ons. A 10% sell-on fee was also inserted into the transfer that took the Nigerian from Rangers to Ajax. He has signed a five-year deal at Ajax Amsterdam until June 2027.

AFCON QUALIFIERS: NIGERIA IN RECORD WIN

The Super Eagles of Nigeria produced a superb performance during their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 qualifier against hosts Sao Tome and Principe. Sao Tome and Principe are one of the lowest ranked African teams and they qualified for the group stage section of the AFCON 2023 qualifiers by seeing off Mauritius in the preliminary round.

ARSENAL, NEWCASTLE EYEING MOVE FOR OSIMHEN

The Premier League duo of Arsenal and Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen between this week and the end of the January transfer window at the start of next week. A lot of news outlet especially in Italy have reported the interest of the two Premier League sides in the striker who missed the Super Eagles of Nigeria squad to the ongoing AFCON tournament due to a facial injury.

Osimhen was not part of the squad under Austin ‘Cerezo’ Eguaveon. Nigeria didn’t do well at the AFCON tournament after they were eliminated by the Tunisians at the round of 16 stage. Nigeria won all their three Group D games only to lose 1-0 to the Tunisians who advanced into the quarterfinals where they will face Burkina Faso.

DENNIS BAGS BEST PLAYER AWARD

Super Eagles of Nigeria player Emmanuel Dennis was named the best player after he scored once and assisted two goals for Watford on the way to the 4-1 demolition of sleeping English football giants Manchester United when the two teams met at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Nigeria international Dennis was the catalyst for the big home win over the Red Devils and the product of the defeat was significant for Manchester United after the club sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager.

Watford were the better team against Manchester United and they could have scored more than the two first half goals recorded if not for the combination of poor finishing and smart goalkeeping from Spanish international David De Gea in the Manchester United goal.

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