Wolves set to sign Chiquinho for an initial £3m

Wolves are set to sign Portugal Under-21 winger Chiquinho from Portuguese club Estoril for an initial £3m. The 21-year-old is due at the club for a medical today before signing a long-term contract. A former Sporting Lisbon youth player, Chiquinho, who joined Esotril in 2019, has impressed during the club’s rise up to sixth in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. He…

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Modric and Benzema scores as Madrid wins Super Cup

Real Madrid won a 12th Super Cup title as goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema secured victory against Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia. Modric curled in a brilliant strike to give Real a first-half lead at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium. Benzema then made it 2-0 with a penalty after the video assistant referee awarded a spot-kick for handball.…

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Rafael Benitez sacked by Everton

Rafael Benitez has been sacked as Everton manager after less than seven months in charge. The Toffees appointed the former Liverpool manager, 61, as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor in June. Everton, who lost 2-1 to Norwich City on Saturday, have won only one of their last 13 Premier League games. They sit 15th in the table, six points above the relegation places. The club say…

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Salah on target as Egypt edge Guinea Bissau

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal against Guinea-Bissau to kick-start Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign. But the Pharaohs rode their luck as Mama Balde had a stunning late equaliser for the Djurtus ruled out after a video assistant referee review. Record seven-time winners Egypt, who lost their Group D opener 1-0 against Nigeria, struck the woodwork three times in a game…

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Martial rejects Ralf Rangnick claim he refused to be in United squad at Aston Villa

France striker Anthony Martial has rejected interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick’s claim that he refused to be in the squad to play Aston Villa. United let a two-goal lead slip as they drew 2-2 in the Premier League game at Villa Park on Saturday. Martial has already told Rangnick he wants to leave United this month and Sevilla are…

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De Bruyne scores as City edge Chelsea

Kevin de Bruyne produced a moment of world-class quality to tighten Manchester City’s stranglehold on the Premier League title race with victory over Chelsea at Etihad Stadium. The former Chelsea player broke the deadlock in a tight game with a superb curling drive past keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with 20 minutes left to extend City’s lead at the top of the…

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North London derby postponed because of player absences

Arsenal’s north London derby at Tottenham on Sunday has been postponed because the Gunners do not have enough available players to field a side. The Premier League said it accepted Arsenal’s request to call off the game. “The decision is a result of a combination of Covid-19, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations,”…

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Liverpool held by 10-man Arsenal in Carabao Cup semi-final

Liverpool were left frustrated by 10-man Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Anfield. Granit Xhaka was dismissed after 24 minutes for denying a goalscoring opportunity. The Swiss midfielder caught Diogo Jota with a high challenge on the edge of his penalty area as he attempted to cut out Andrew Robertson’s pass. Trent Alexander-Arnold could not punish Arsenal…

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Anwar El Ghazi joins Everton on loan from Aston Villa

Everton have signed Aston Villa forward Anwar El Ghazi on loan until the end of the season. The 26-year-old becomes Everton’s third signing of the January transfer window. Others include Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko and Scotland right-back Nathan Patterson. The move follows Everton’s sale of left-back Lucas Digne to Aston Villa in a deal worth up to £25m. “Everton is a…

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AFCON 2021: Burkina Faso edge Cape Verde to revive their hopes

Burkina Faso registered an important 1-0 victory over Cape Verde in Thursday’s second Group A game at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. After an opening defeat by the hosts, this was a must-win for the Stallions, who claimed a narrow victory thanks to Hassane Bande’s 40th-minute goal. Cameroon lead the group after beating Ethiopia, while Burkina Faso and…

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