Deadline day Transfers and Loans
Chelsea have completed the signing of PSG star David Luiz for £38 million. The Brazilian returns after two years away.
28-year old Elderson Echeijele has completed a season long loan move to Belgium side Standard Leige from AS Monaco.
Chelsea have fortified their defense with Florentina star defender Marcos Alonso. It seemed like the deal will not be completed in time but the Blues made it happen.
Liverpool’s Luis Alberto has sealed a £4.3 million move to Lazio, after failing to impress at Liverpool for three seasons.
Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry has completed a move to German side Werder Bremen in hopes of securing better playing time. The 21-year old impressed greatly at the just concluded Olympics and it doesn’t come as a surprise that he would be seeking more action on the pitch.
Samir Nasri who is considered to be surplus requirement at Manchester City, has joined Sevilla on a season long loan, without an option to buy.
English Premier League champions Leicester City have competed a deal to sign Algeria striker Islam Slimani from Sporting CP.
Roma forward Umar Sadiq has joined Bologna for a season long loan, with an option to extend the loan after the season ends in 2017
Russian Beijing 2008 athletes stripped after failed drug tests
The international Olympics committee (IOC) has withdrawn the medals of 6 Russian athletes who failed drug tests at Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Some of the athletes there were stripped of their medals are Marina Shainova and Nadezhda Evstyukhina, weightlifters who won Silver and Bronze at Beijing 2008 respectively.
Also testing positive for a banned substance was 4×400 Tatyana Farova, though she had already been stripped of her silver medal, after one of her teammates tested positive a few weeks ago. The silver medal was awarded to Nigeria, who came third in the 4×400 relay in Beijing.
The other three disgraced athletes that have also been stripped are weightlifters Tigran Martirosyan, Alexandru Dudoglo and Intigam Zairov.
Since the news of the Russia doping scandal hit, the news, the IOC has carried out over 450 retests and have used different new methods to uncover banned substance within samples.
So far, 9 athletes from Beijing 2008 have tested positive and it is expected that more would be uncovered soon.
Meanwhile, the same kind of rigorous tests are being carried out on London 2012 samples, in hopes of uncovering athletes that tried to cheat the system. So far, 250 retests have been done.
Super Eagles thrash Akwa United in a test game
Super Eagles have defeated Nigeria Premier League side Akwa United 3-0 in a test game, ahead of AFCON qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday.
The Super Eagles were clinical as they defeated Akwa United who were no match for them. Brown Ideye and Nosa Igbeibor scored first goals to give the Eagles a convincing lead in the first half, then Watford star Odion Ighalo scored the final goal in the second half.
Premier League stars Mikel Obi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa were rested while Victor Osimehen, Shehu Abdullahi and Ikechuwu Ezenwa played and impressed new Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr.
Rohr as a tough task of leading Nigeria to victory in the upcoming fixtures. After the AFCON qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday, Nigeria will then proceed to play against Zambia and Algeria for 2018 World Cup qualifiers in October and November respectively.
Hart shares heartfelt tribute farewell letter on Facebook
Manchester City’s Joe Hart is heading to Torino on loan after being deemed by coach Pep Guardiola as surplus requirement at the club.
Since Guardiola started heading the citizens, the 29-year old who joined Manchester City in 2009, became second choice keeper because he failed to impress the former Bayern Munich coach.
Though Hart’s contract runs until 2019, there is a possibility that this loan move signals the end of his era at City and Hart seems to think so as well, he took to Facebook to thank fans for their support over the last ten years.
His message read: “I just wanted to take this opportunity to address all the amazing Manchester City fans who have been so good to me.
“It’s been a difficult few weeks but that will never cloud the amazing journey and experience your great club has given to me.
“From the moment I signed in 2006, the club and its fans have given me football and life experiences I could never have imagined and I am so thankful for that.
“Football is a crazy game and, due to circumstances, I am now moving on to another chapter of my career and I am very grateful that Torino has given me this opportunity to play for their great club.
“But the feelings I felt during the recent Steaua Bucharest game [his last appearance for City, last week] will live with me forever. You can’t buy that and I will struggle to replicate them. So thank you for that and all the amazing memories.
“There are many great people at the club behind the scenes and the club is moving in the right direction, so I would like to wish Manchester City football club, all its staff and players and of course the fans, all the best for the coming season and beyond.”
Hart certainly achieved a lot with City, he won the Premier League twice, League Cup twice and the FA cup once. He will always be considered a legend by Manchester City fans.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan
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