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- EPL: Chelsea after Victor Osimhen

- Zanaco FC’s bid for K1m worth Malawian striker ignored

- Qatar Stars League: Coutinho joins Al Duhail on loan

EPL: Chelsea after Victor Osimhen

Chelsea have made Napoli striker Victor Osimhen their top target for the 2024 January transfer window.

They have reportedly already made contacts with the Nigeria international’s team to sign him from Napoli next year, according to 90mins.

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Zanaco FC’s bid for K1m worth Malawian striker ignored

Zambian Super League side, Zanaco Football Club have also failed to secure the services of Malawian striker Christopher Jacama Kumwembe.

In a letter seen by BolaNews dated August 15, 2023, and signed by their chief executive officer, Modest Hamalabbi, the Bankers expressed interest in signing Kumwembe, who plays for Mighty Mukuru Wanderers in Malawi.

“Zanaco Football Club hereby writes to express interest in acquiring the services of Christopher Kumwembe from your club on outright purchase or loan,” read part of the letter, which was addressed to Wanderer’s chief executive officer Roosevelt Mpinganjira.

Zanaco’s interest followed that of the Green Buffaloes, who had also approached the Malawian club for the player but failed as the team said the player was not for sale after pricing him at $80,000.

READ MORE: Why Malawi’s Kumwembe deal to Green Buffaloes flopped

However, BolaNews sources have revealed that Wanderers did not respond to Zanaco’s interest despite the Zambian club following up on the matter.

In a telephone interview with BolaNews in Malawi, Mpinganjira said they have not changed their stand and that the player is not for sale.

“We have not changed our stand; Kumwembe is not for sale, so I cannot say much about it.

“We spoke to the coach [Mark Harrison], and he said he has plans with the player. So, we cannot sell him.”

Kumwembe has been a center of attraction for a lot of teams in Africa following his performance at the last Cosafa Cup, where he scored a goal in three games.

He joined Wanderers this year from Civil Service United FC and signed a three-year deal.

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Qatar Stars League: Coutinho joins Al Duhail on loan

Philippe Coutinho has joined Qatari side Al Duhail on a season-long loan from Aston Villa. The club have confirmed with a post on twitter.

The Brazilian playmaker started only 7 Premier League games last season for Villa, as he struggled with injuries.

He joins Al Duhail, the team that won the Qatar Stars League last season. He has made 43 appearances during 18 months with Villa, scoring 6 times.

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Süper Lig: Pepe joins Trabzonspor

Nicolas Pepe has agreed terms with Turkish side Trabzonspor and signs on a free transfer. The BBC have reported.

Earlier in the week, the 28-year old was expected to join Besiktas after having a change of heart.

Pepe’s contract was terminated by Arsenal after failing to impress and is now heading to the Turkish side. The winger still had one year remaining on his contract with the Gunners, who signed him for £72m from Lille in 2019. He made 112 appearances and managed 27 goals and 21 assists during that time at the Emirates.

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Saudi Pro League: Terry to join Al-Shabab

John Terry has verbally agreed to join Saudi side Al-Shabab FC as their new manager. Reports the the Sun. The Chelsea legend has been in talks with the Saudi club for over 2 months regarding a deal.

The 42-year-old has been offered a 2 years contract which could go up to 4 years if the parties agree.

This will be the first full managerial role that Terry will take on, after working as a consultant in Chelsea’s youth academy.

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Belgian Pro League: Hazard completes move to Anderlecht

Thorgan Hazard leaves Borussia Dortmund to join RSC Anderlecht for a fee believed to be €4m. The 30 year-old winger signs a 3 year contract with the option of a 1-year extension. Skysports has reported.

The Belgian international has been with Dortmund for 4 years, but played on loan at PSV for the last six months. In the 123 matches he featured for the German side, he scored 18 goals and managed 21 assists.

Hazard decided to make the switch after failing to make it into Dortmund’s starting lineup.

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Saudi Pro League: Gray set to join Al Ettifaq

Demarai Gray is close to making a move to Al Ettifaq for around £10m from Everton, the Dailymail have reported.

Gray will be signing a four-year contract with Al-Ettifaq, who are managed by ex-Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard.

The 27 year-old winger stated on social media that he wants to leave the club after falling out with manager Sean Dyche. He refused to train in pre-season after he returned from international duty with Jamaica.

Gray has scored 12 goals and supplied six assists in 75 appearances across all competitions since joining Everton in 2021.

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Belgian Pro League: Schmeichel joins RSC Anderlecht

Kasper Schmeichel leaves OCG Nice and signs a one year contract with RSC Anderlecht. The contract includes the option for another year, reports The Sun.

The former Leicester City goalkeeper had his contract terminated by OCG Nice on deadline day.

The 36-year-old shot stopper was frustrated when he lost his first choice spot at Nice to Marcin Bulka.

Anderlecht finished in 11th place in the Belgian Pro League last season. They will be looking to improve with their new addition this term.

The Danish goalkeeper made 479 appearances for the Foxes and played a key role in helping them win the Premier League in 2016.

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Süper Lig: Bailly signs for Besiktas on a free

Eric Bailly has signed for Besiktas on a free transfer from Manchester United, The Mirror have reported. The Ivorian defender has signed a one year contract with the Turkish giants. The transfer window in Turkey is open until Friday the 15th of September.

Jose Mourinho signed the 29-year-old from Villarreal in 2016 for £30m and made him he’s first choice center-back. He made only 113 appearances for the Red Devils since joining, but mostly struggled with injuries during his time at old Trafford.

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Saudi Pro League: Al Ittihad planning new Salah bid

Al Ittihad are preparing another offer to sign Mohamed Salah from Liverpool before the Saudi transfer window closes on Thursday. This is according to Sky Sports.

The Reds turned down £150m from Al Ittihad last week, however, the Saudi club are looking to increase their offer. Reports suggest that the offer could be nearly £200m, with Salah pocketing £1.5m in weekly salaries.

Liverpool on the other hand, have maintained that they are not looking to part ways with the 31-year-old forward. Salah scored on Sunday in the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa and looks happy at the club. The Egyptian King’s contract at Liverpool runs until 2025.

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