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Messi on verge of agreeing two-year deal at Camp Nou

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According to reports, Leo Messi is set to agree a two-year extension at Barcelona and could sign on the dotted line before the Copa América kicks off.

Leo Messi is close to agreeing a two-year deal to remain at Barcelona that would effectively see the Argentina international through to the end of his career at Camp Nou with a possible return to Newell’s still on the cards as a swansong for the 33-year-old. According to reports in Catalonia, Messi has been a more than willing negotiator and there are only a handful of “structural details” to be finalized before the forward signs on the dotted line.

Despite his seeming determination to leave Camp Nou last summer, all the indications recently have been that Messi is increasingly eager to continue leading Barcelona on the pitch. The arrival of Messi’s friend and Argentina teammate Sergio Agüero will have done Barça’s position no harm and the return of Joan Laporta to the president’s chair after the turbulent relationship Messi had with his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu has also gone a long way to putting the captain’s mind at ease.

If and when Messi signs his two-year deal it will open the door for a final contract offer when that expires in 2023, with the possibility that the Argentina star may decide to play elsewhere – in Argentina or the US – for a season before returning to Barcelona in some capacity other than as a player.

Laporta spoke about Messi during the presentation of Eric García, who joined Barça from Manchester City on Tuesday. “Messi’s contract renewal does not depend on the audit. I said the other day that talks are going well and they are progressing. We more or less have the results of the club audit. For this operation we set aside a reserve and we prepared a strategy. We want to make him an offer. Things are going well, but it is not a done deal yet. The thing with Leo is that it is not a matter of money from his side. From our side, we know the limits of the possibilities we have and he is showing a lot of understanding. He wants to stay and we will try our best to make that happen.

“We are ready and the sooner the better. Because that way the doubts will be dispelled and we can go about building the team more quickly. The sooner we have everything in place the better, because there is enthusiasm to get it settled and the relationship we have is good.”

 

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Breaking: Andre Ayew leaves Swansea

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Ghana’s skipper Andre Ayew has left Swansea City after the club missed out on Premier League promotion in the just-ended season.

Swansea City announced that Ayew’s contract won’t be renewed when it expires on July 1.

However, it is unclear where Andre Ayew will be heading to but reports suggest he is targeting a top-flight club in Europe.

Black Stars’ skipper has been Swansea’s top scorer for the past two seasons amassing 35 goals.

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Asante Kotoko part with Micheal Vinicius

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Ghana Premier League (GPL) giants Asante Kotoko have mutually parted with their Brazilian striker Micheal Vinicius Silva.

The Brazilian import joined the Porcupine Warriors during the second transfer window in a two and half year contract but his stay at the club has been aborted.

A statement released by Mr. David Obeng Nyarko, Ag. Communications Manager of the club read: “The Brazilian forward who scored twice in 75mins of action requested for three months leave without pay to help address some personal and family issues in Brazil.

“These issues have prevented him from giving his very best to the club and he is unhappy about the situation. Management however thought it wise to mutually terminate and help him focus on the pressing issues.”

The statement wished the Brazilian forward the best in his future endeavours.

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CK Akonnor Should Know That He Will Be Sacked Very Soon After Appointment of Greveraars – Polo

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The ex-playmaker believes the arrival of the Dutch coach is a means to an end the reign of the Black Stars head coach.

Former Ghana international Mohammed Polo believes the appointment of Dutch coach Patrick Greveraars as new Black Stars assistant coach is a part of a ploy to kick out local head coach CK Akonnor.

Greveraars was named as a second assistant on Monday, joining David Duncan, who has been deputising for Akonnor, but whose future has been cast in doubt after a reported recent fall-out with Football Association officials over player selection.

“The way things are going show very clearly that we are not capable and I feel sad for Ghana football because we cannot do things on our own without a white person. It’s very unfortunate where our football is moving towards,” 1978 Africa Cup of Nations winner Polo Otec FM.

“The second assistant to CK Akonnor is coming to take over from him [CK], that is how I see it and I feel very sad for CK Akonnor.”

Akonnor was appointed Ghana head coach in January last year, succeeding Kwesi Appiah, who had to leave after a poor campaign at the 2019 Afcon tournament in Egypt.

In March, the former Wolfsburg skipper was reportedly threatened to be kicked out after expressing displeasure over an alleged influence of football officials in his team selections.

“CK Akonnor should know that he will be sacked very soon because in Ghana when you’re told that either a technical director or an assistant coach is coming to assist you then you need to think about the sacking,” former Ghana U23 assistant coach Sarpong told West FM.

“For David Duncan, I can see he will be a scouting coach for the Black Stars or anything else.”

Akonnor has been tasked to lead Ghana into the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which kicks off in September, where the team are set to battle with South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe for a ticket to the final round.

He has also been charged to lead the Black Stars to victory at the Afcon finals in Cameroon next year.

Greveraars, who has only worked as an assistant coach in his past elite roles, and as head coach at youth roles, has had stints with the likes of Dutch sides Feyenoord and Vitesse Arnhem and Portuguese outfit FC Porto.

Source: Goal

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