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OFFICIAL: Barcelona complete the signing of Aguero

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Barcelona and Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero have reached an agreement for the player to join the Club from 1 July when his contract with Manchester City expires. 

The player will sign a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season and his buy out clause is set at 100 million euros. 

Aguero’s departure from the Etihad was announced at the end of March after Pep Guardiola informed City’s record goalscorer of the club’s decision not to renew his deal.

The 32-year-old, who was signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has been restricted in his appearances this season due to injuries and illness.

Aguero, one of the most influential players in the club’s history, leaves City after winning five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and six League Cups.

Despite helping reclaim the league title this season, Aguero bowed out after coming on as a substitute against Chelsea in the Champions League final, which his side lost 1-0 at the Estadio Do Dragao in Porto.

The Argentina international scored 260 goals in 390 appearances in all competitions under Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola and leaves as the fourth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history and as City’s all-time record scorer.

Eric Garcia is expected to follow Aguero in joining Barcelona this summer. The defender is a product of the La Masia academy and Guardiola brought him to the Etihad in 2017, but he made just six top-flight appearances this season.

Barcelona won the Copa del Rey but missed out on the La Liga title this season, finishing seven points behind league winners Atletico.

Meanwhile, Guardiola says he is planning on staying at City for the long term because the club “gives the manager everything he needs”, after the Spaniard guided the club to a third Premier League triumph under his tenure.

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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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