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PSG, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Man Utd set to battle for Jadon Sancho.

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Borussia Dortmund are bracing themselves for a difficult summer with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United all reportedly set to do battle over securing Jadon Sancho’s signature.

Despite the German club’s assertion that their star asset isn’t for sale, there are significant rumours which suggest that the England international may be looking for a change of scenery at the end of the 2018/19 season.

The Daily Mail report that Liverpool have joined PSG and Los Blancos in the pursuit of the former Manchester City academy graduate, while Manchester United’s interest has been long documented.

In the two and a half seasons he’s been in the Bundesliga, Sancho has settled to senior football like a duck to water, scoring 18 goals and contributing 31 assists, a return which has seen him earn several senior England call-ups.

His contract with the German club is due to run until June 2022, although Dortmund have had no success in their attempts to secure the England forward to an extension as yet.

It has also been suggested that Sancho wants to leave Dortmund. Even so, it will be an expensive transfer for anybody to complete, especially as the German giants seem set to refuse any offer below the value of around 135 million euros.

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COVID-19: Akufo-Addo supports football clubs with GHS900K

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has authorised the Ministry of Youth and Sports to release an amount of GHS900,000.00 as first tranche of payment to support 18 premier league clubs to offset some of their expenses in this era of COVID-19 pandemic.

Each club is to receive an amount of GHS50,000.

This has become necessary due to the directive by the government to all premier league matches to be played behind closed doors to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Other clubs such as Division one, National Women’s League, CAF Champion’s League Representative and CAF Confederation Cup Representative will also receive some financial support from the government in due course,” a statement released by the sports ministry stated.

Source: classfmonline.com/Emmanuel Mensah

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Thomas Partey Resumes Training Ahead Of Tottenham Clash

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Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has refused to rule out the possibility of Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey being involved over the weekend against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs.

Partey suffered a thigh injury during Arsenal loss to Aston Villa and has resumed training ahead of the north London derby. Since the injury, the former Atletico Madrid man has missed the last three matches for the Gunners in all competitions but is closing in on a return ahead of Sunday’s tie.

He’s been training separately in the last week or so and we have to scan him again to see how he’s feeling. He’s a player that is so willing, that is pushing us every day and he wants to do it.

At the same time, we have to protect him and make sure that when he gets back in the team, he is ready to do that and to whatever extent of minutes we can use him, so it’s going to be crucial with the moment he starts to train with the team to see how he is feeling and how he is evolving day-to-day.

We don’t know again, he is really pushing every day and he’s trying to get around the doctor and the physios but he hasn’t trained with the team yet so let’s see this week if he can get a session or two and then assess him, we need to scan him again so we can see the extent of the injury and how it’s healed. I know if it’s up to Thomas then he wants to play tomorrow. We have to see medically that he is safe to participate at all.

Thomas Teye Partey is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal and is the vice-captain of the Ghana national team.

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Messi slapped with £540 fine for Diego Maradona shirt celebration

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Lionel Messi has been hit with a £540 fine for his tribute to Diego Maradona after the legend’s death.

The Barcelona superstar started his career at Newell’s Old Boys and unveiled their shirt in tribute to his fellow Argentine – who also played thereafter scoring in Sunday’s 4-0 win against Osasuna.

The goal had striking similarities to a goal scored by Maradona on his Newell’s debut 27 years ago.

He picked up the ball outside of the box, beat two defenders then fired a shot into the far corner of the net.

The celebration forced referee Mateu Lahoz to book Messi for removing his Barca shirt, in line with the Spanish FA’s rules.

It has now been confirmed that the 33-year-old has now been sanctioned.

The forward, who earns over £60m-a-year, should have to cough up a £540 fine.

And Barcelona have also been hit with a fine of £316 over the incident – although they plan to appeal.

The rule which imposes a fine for celebrations like Messi’s is not exclusive to the Spanish league, it is also applied by FIFA.

On FIFA’s official website, it states: “The IFAB, the body responsible for the Laws of the Game, decided to add a detail to Law 12 relating to ‘Fouls and Misconduct’, stating: “A player who removes his jersey after scoring a goalwill be cautioned for unsporting behaviour.”

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