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Barcelona star, Ansu Fati, set to complete his move to Brighton

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FC Barcelona forward, Ansu Fati, who was expected to be the next Lionel Messi, is on the brim of joining Premier League club, Brighton on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old Spanish player is expected to arrive in England for his medical later today, August 31, and then sign the deal that will keep him at Brighton until June 30, 2024.

Both FC Barcelona and Brighton have verbal agreement in place for a loan deal that comes with no buy option and the Premier League side will cover the main part of Ansu Fati’s salary.

Fati is no longer a regular player at Barcelona, where they need to make room on their squad so they can sign Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo on a short-term loan.

Tottenham were also interested in Fati, but it’s believed that Brighton’s style of play under manager Roberto de Zerbi convinced him to sign with them.

The move is an important win for Brighton, who will play in European football for the first time in their history this season after qualifying for the Europa League.

Ansu Fati, who was born in Guinea-Bissau but decided to play for Spain and was a member of their World Cup squad last year, is regarded as one of the game’s most promising young players.

In 2021, he extended his deal with Barcelona through 2027 and the club added a buyout clause of 1 billion euros to the deal.

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France FA Gives Update On Kylian Mbappe’s Injury After Clash With Austria

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The French Football Federation (FFF) has confirmed that Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose during the Euro 2024 game against Austria on Monday, June 17, 2024.

Kylian Mbappe who was expected to lead the assault on Austria found himself on the receiving end when his face caught the shoulder of Kevin Danso while anticipating a free-kick from Antoine Griezmann in the 85th minute of the game.

The incident left the 25-year-old Frenchman with a bleeding nose, and had to be attended to for minutes before he got back to his feet. Funny enough, he was shown a yellow card in the 89th minute for going down seconds after returning to his feet.

Coach Didier Deschamps had to substitute him in the 90th minute with veteran striker, Olivier Giroud as the game ended in a 1-0 win courtesy of an own goal from Maximilian Wöber in the 38th minute.

After the game, the FFF confirmed that Kylian Mbappe might play the rest of the European Championship with a face mask. However, the football body didn’t confirm whether or not the new Real Madrid signee will be available for France’s next Euro 2024 game against the Netherlands on June 21.

“He has returned to the base camp of the French team,” the FFF said.

“He will undergo treatment in the coming days, without undergoing surgery immediately.”

During the post-game press conference, coach Didier Deschamps said: “We need to check it out but it seems quite complicated, which is really very unfortunate for us. He didn’t get off lightly.”

He added: “I’m not going to go into hypothesis but the French team with Kylian will always be stronger with him.

“If the news doesn’t go along these lines then we will have to fight without him.”

Note that Kylian Mbappe has scored 47 goals in 80 appearances for France so far in his international career.
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Euro 2024: Lukaku’s brace disallowed as Slovakia stun Belgium

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Belgium suffered a 1-0 defeat to Slovakia, leaving them with a mountain to climb in their Euro 2024 campaign in Germany.

Romelu Lukaku’s two disallowed goals added to the frustration for the Red Devils at the Deutsche Bank Park.

The match started badly for Belgium when Ivan Schranz capitalized on a poor pass by Jeremy Doku, putting Slovakia ahead early.

Schranz’s strike, just minutes into the game, ended up being a bitter pill for the Belgians.

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Belgium’s star striker Romelu Lukaku thought he had equalized twice, only to be denied by the officials on both occasions.

His first goal was ruled out for offside, a decision met with dismay by the Belgian supporters.

The second disallowed goal came after a review by the snickometer, which detected a handball in the build-up.

Despite their struggles later on, Slovakia held on for all three points in the Group E encounter.

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Official: Chidera Ejuke becomes Sevilla’s first summer signing

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Nigerian international Chidera Ejuke has officially joined Sevilla, becoming their first signing of the 2024/25 season.

The club in a statement welcomed the Zaria born, who is versatile in attack but primarily plays on the left wing.

His European career began in 2017 with Valerenga in Norway.

At 19, Ejuke made a huge impact at Valerenga, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists in 59 appearances over two seasons.

His performance earned him a move to Heerenveen in the Netherlands, where he netted 10 goals and six assists in just one season.

Ejuke’s next step was a transfer to CSKA Moscow, where he added 10 goals and eight assists to his record, and gained European experience with five UEFA Europa League appearances.

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Recent seasons saw him on loan at Hertha Berlin and Royal Antwerp.

At Antwerp, he made four UEFA Champions League appearances this season under coach Mark van Bommel.

On international level, Ejuke debuted for Nigeria in 2020 after progressing through various youth levels, including the Under-17.

He has since earned eight caps, participating in World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaigns for the Super Eagles.

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