African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Sadio Mane agrees long-term Liverpool deal

Mane agrees long-term Liverpool deal

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has agreed a new long-term contract that will see him remain at Anfield until 2023.

The deal, set to be finalised before the end of 2018, quashes transfer rumours linking the Senegalese forward who joined the Reds two years ago to Real Madrid.

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Wolves target January move for Balde

Wolverhampton Wanderers are planning a move in January for Inter Milan attacker Keita Balde who has struggled to make an impact for the Nerazzurri this season.

Tuttomercatoweb reports that Inter who have the option to buy the Monaco loanee permanently at the end of the season are not ready to pay around €30m for the deal with the Senegalese yet to score a goal in 13 matches so far.

The Nerazzurri are interested in letting Balde return to Monaco in January, after which Wolves may step in with a loan bid which is believed to cost around around £4.5million.

Parma want Ounas

Parma are interested in Napoli winger Adam Ounas and could look to do a deal in January, Gazzetta Parma claims.

The 22-year-old has made just one start this season, and in total has played only 144 minutes across all competitions.

The Algeria international has scored a goal this season [against Sassuolo] but it’s expected he may move on loan in January to get more playing time.

Elneny set to leave Arsenal

Mohamed Elneny is set to leave Arsenal in January, with the Gunners willing to accept a bid of £15 million for the Egyptian.

The Sun claims that Leicester City are keen on signing the 26-year-old midfielder who is yet to play a Premier League game this season.

Unai Emery is reportedly preparing to use any funds from a potential sale to bankroll a move for Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals

Wolves hold Diagne talks

Wolverhampton Wanderers have held talks with the representatives of Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne over a January transfer move, ESPN reports.

The Premier League outfit are ready to bolster their attacking options with Diagne and the next round of negotiations between both parties has been scheduled for next week.

The 27-year-old has scored 12 goals and provided two assists in 12 league appearances for Kasimpasa who are third in the Turkish Super Lig table.

Man Utd’s £80m bid for Koulibaly rejected

Napoli have rejected an £80m bid from Manchester United for Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Mirror .

The Senegalese defender is understood to be one of Jose Mourinho’s prime targets heading into the January transfer window with a new centre-half high on the Portuguese’s wish list.

But Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis does not want to sell Koulibaly for anything less than £89million (€100m).

Onana to return to Barca?

Barcelona have started plans to replace Netherlands shot-keeper Jasper Cillessen with La Masia academy product and Ajax first-choice goalkeeper Andre Onana, according to Marca .

Cillessen is reportedly considering an exit from the Camp Nou in January and the Cameroon international is a potential replacement lined by Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Since his arrival in Amsterdam, Onana has established himself has a key player in Erik ten Hag’s team and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in his services.

PSG join race for Man Utd’s Bailly

PSG have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in expressing an interest in Manchester United’s defender Eric Bailly, Daily Mail reports.

The Paris outfit are the latest club keeping tabs on the 24-year-old who is frustrated with his lack of playing time at Old Trafford.

Bailly has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho, who wants a new centre-back in January but the Portuguese gaffer believes the Ivorian can still improve.

Burnley monitor Samatta

Burnley sent scouts to watch Tanzania international Mbwana Samatta in a Belgian top-flight encounter between Royal Mouscron and Genk last Saturday, Sport Witness reports.

The 25-year-old could be a great addition to Sean Dyche’s team as forwards Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes have only four goals between them this term.

The Genk forward has been impressive in front of goal this season with 19 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions.

Rostov ready to sign Ndong

Rostov are ready to sign free agent Didier Ndong and pay Sunderland a compensation fee, according to iSport .

The Russian Premier League side are willing to pay Sunderland the sum of €4m in January after the Gabonese midfielder was sacked by the League One club for breach of contract in September.

Obafemi ditches Nigeria for Ireland

Southampton youngster Michael Obafemi has declared himself ‘all in’ for Ireland despite indications his international future will still be up in the air after the international break.

The Dublin-born attacker was raised in London and has Nigerian parents, thus, making the Super Eagles and England national team options for the teenager.

Obafemi was an unused substitute in Thursday’s goalless friendly between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Mourinho requests Koulibaly signing

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has proposed a move for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

Metro  claims that Mourinho has told the club hierarchy of his desire to bolster his back-line with the £88 million-rated Senegalese who recently extended his stay with the Italian outfit till 2022.

Barcelona are also reportedly interested in signing Koulibaly who played in all of Napoli’s matches this season. 

Demba Ba to A-League?

Demba Ba was spotted in Sydney earlier this week and his latest destination has raised hopes that he could be joining an Australian top-flight club as a marquee signing in January.

After helping Shanghai Shenhua finished seventh in the Chinese Super League this year with five goals from 17 games, the former Chelsea star will be out of action until March when the 2019 season begins.

However, Wellington Phoenix who are in need of a striker have been tipped to move for the Senegal international after failing to sign Nigeria’s Obafemi Martins and Ghana’s Michael Essien in the off-season.

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Ranieri wants Matip as first Fulham signing

New Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri wants to sign Cameroon defender Joel Matip in January, according to A Spor .

The Cottagers currently languish at the bottom of the Premier League table and Ranieri who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic this week, is aiming to sign the Liverpool centre-back to improve his team’s defence.

Fenerbahce are also interested in signing the 27-year-old defender who has made just one Premier League start since the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

Man Utd to release Bailly in January

Manchester United will allow Arsenal target Eric Bailly to leave in January, according to  Telegraph .

The Gunners face competition from rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the former Villarreal defender as Unai Emery looks to reinforce his back-line.

Bailly has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho and he is yet to make an appearance since the Red Devils’ 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United in October.

Diawara on AC Milan’s radar

AC Milan are considering a loan move for Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara in the Janaury transfer window, Tuttosport reports via Tuttonapoli .

The Rossoneri have shortlisted the Guinea international as a replacement for Lucas Biglia who is recovering from a calf injury.

Diawara who is under contract at Stadio San Paolo until June 2021 has struggled for regular playing time this term.

Slimani unhappy at Fenerbahce

With three goals so far in 13 games, Leicester City loanee Islam Slimani is not happy with the situation of things at Fenerbahce, Foxes of Leicester claims.

The 30-year-old who is on a season-long loan move from the King Power Stadium is worried that his unimpressive form might get him axed from the Yellow Canaries after Morocco duo Nabil Dirar and Aatif Chahechouhe were demoted from first-team training.

Balde to leave Inter Milan at the end of the season?

Inter Milan have no intention to sign Keita Balde at the end of his temporary stint for €34 million following his unimpressive start to life at the San Siro Stadium, reports Calciomercato .

The Senegal international who is on a loan from Monaco is yet to break his duck for the Nerazzurri after 13 matches.

Consequently, Luciano Spalleti’s side are not ready to activate the option to buy permanently when his loan deal ends in June 2019.

Premier League clubs line up for Brahimi

Everton, Newcastle and West Ham are interested in signing Yacine Brahimi on a free transfer, according to O Jogo .

The Algeria international will be out of contract at Porto at the end of the season and will be free to negotiate with clubs outside of Portugal from the start of next year.

The 28-year-old has tw goals in 14 appearances across all competitions this season.

AC Milan plan loan deal for Benatia

AC Milan are nearing a loan deal for Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia who has struggled for playing time this season.

Sport Mediaset via Calciomercato reports that Milan could sign Benatia on loan with an obligation to purchase the defender for €15m next summer.

Arsenal and Manchester United are also reported to be monitoring the Morocco captain.

Arsenal turn attention to Pepe

Arsenal have turned their attention to Lille winger Nicolas Pepe following Danny Welbeck’s horror ankle injury, according to the Sun .

With Welbeck expected to spend months on the sidelines, Unai Emery is ready to step up the Gunners’ interest in the £45 million-rated star who is also on Bayern Munich’s radar.

Pepe has contributed eight goals and five assists in 13 Ligue 1 outings this season.

Drogba retires from football

Didier Drogba has drawn the curtain of his football career after Phoenix Rising were defeated 1-0 by Louisville City in the United Soccer League Cup final.

The defeat at the Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium marked the end of Drogba’s trophy-laden career which included four English Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Uefa Champions League trophy amongst others.

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Obiang gets Equatorial Guinea call-up

Equatorial Guinea have called up West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obang for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nationa qualifiers against Senegal.

Obiang, born in Spain, is eligible for Equatorial Guinea through his family as both his parents and grandparents are from the African country.

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