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PSG keen on Osimhen as Mbappe replacement

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According to reports from the paper, Paris Saint Germane have reportedly found Kylian Mbappe’s replacement who is set depart the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

This was made known in a latest post by BBC Sport X Platform

Osimhen, a 24-year-old Nigerian international, is being considered by PSG as the ideal candidate to step into Mbappe’s shoes. The French club is weighing up a move for Osimhen in the upcoming transfer window.

Having joined Napoli from Lille in 2020, Osimhen has become a key player for the Italian side, scoring an impressive 67 goals in 119 matches. He played a pivotal role in Napoli’s Serie A triumph last season, netting 26 goals in 32 league appearances.

Osimhen kickstarted his professional career at Wolfsburg in Germany before going on loan to Charleroi in Belgium. He later made a permanent switch to Lille, where he scored 18 goals in a single season before securing a high-profile move to Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million, potentially rising to €80 million with add-ons.

Luis Campos, currently working as a football advisor at PSG, was instrumental in bringing Osimhen to Lille in the past. Napoli’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has a track record of approving striker transfers to PSG, with Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi being notable examples. In 2022, midfielder Fabian Ruiz also made the move from Napoli to PSG.

PSG have been strengthening their attacking options with significant signings, including Goncalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani last summer, as well as wide forwards Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona and Marco Asensio from Real Madrid. The addition of Bradley Barcola from Lyon further enhances their attacking depth.

Earlier reports indicated that Nigeria, despite losing the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final, has climbed 14 places in the new FIFA global rankings, now sitting in 28th place globally and ranking third in Africa after Morocco and Senegal.

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Transfer: I want to play for a bigger club – Nwabali hints at next move

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, has dropped the biggest hint that he could leave Chippa United this summer.

Nwabali burst onto the scene at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in January this year.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper finished the competition with four clean sheets in seven appearances.

He also made two penalty saves in the shoot-out against South Africa in the quarterfinals.

This season, Nwabali has kept 11 clean sheets for Chippa United in 26 appearances.

Following his impressive performances, Nwabali has become a target for clubs abroad.

Saudi Pro League club Al Ettifaq, English Championship side Queens Park Rangers, and South African side Kaizer Chiefs have all been linked.

Following the final game of the season – a 2-0 defeat to Orlando Pirate – Nwabali dropped a hint on his future.

“Well, everyone would love to leave because when you are in some position, you need to grow,” said Nwabali.

“Like everyone in my position, I would like to grow more. I’m talking about clubs higher than this [bigger than Chippa United] because I have been giving my all to my club this season.

“I just wish to have another challenge at some other place,” Nwabali said.

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Just in: 2024-2025 Premier league start date revealed

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The 2024-2025 English Premier League campaign will commence 90 days after the 2023-2024 season ended in a historic way as Manchester City became the first side to win four Premier League titles in a row.

This newspaper platform can confirm that the 2024-2025 Premier League season will kick off on the weekend of August 17 and 18, 2024.

The forthcoming season will feature one Bank Holiday matchweek, 33 weekends of Premier League games, and four midweek rounds of league games.

In the forthcoming season, the Premier League plans to arrange the games in such a way that no club plays within 60 hours of another match. This is expected to prevent the “congested schedule across Christmas and New Year”.

Unlike last season, there won’t be games on the eve of Christmas (December 24) during the 2024-2025 Premier League season.

The forthcoming season is expected to end on Sunday, May 25, 2025, and just like last season, all the games will have the same kickoff time.

As for the 2024-2025 Premier League fixtures, the fixtures and kick-off time of all 20 clubs (380 fixtures in total) are expected to be released at 9 a.m. (UK time) on Tuesday, June 18.

Note that three clubs have been promoted to the Premier League ahead of the 2024-2025 season. The newly promoted clubs are Leicester City, Ipswich Town, and Southampton.

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Onyedika wins Belgian League title with Club Brugge

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Nigeria midfielder Raphael Onyedika has won the Belgian Pro League title with Club Brugge.

Club Brugge were held to a 0-0 draw by local rivals Cercle Brugge in their final game of the season on Sunday night.

Onyedika featured for 90 minutes in the game.

It was his 30th league game of the season for Club Brugge and he has scored three goals.

The 23-year-old also won the league title during his time with FC Midtylland in Denmark.

Nicky Hayen’s side finished the Championship playoff with 50 points, a point ahead of Union St. Gilloise.

It was the Blue and White’s 19th league title.

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