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Africa Cup of Nations: Date switch makes African players more attractive, say agents

Cameroon won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in February African players will be “more attractive” to European clubs now the Africa Cup of Nations will take place in the summer, say leading agents. The tournament, held every two years, is being moved to June and July from January and February. Previously, Premier League clubs were among those who faced losing players mid-season for several weeks. “It’ll make my job easier as an agent. Clubs use it as an excuse not to sign African players,” said Papa Agyemang. Changes to…

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Africa Cup of Nations moved to June and July and expanded to 24 teams

The Africa Cup of Nations will feature 24 teams from 2019 onwards The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be held in June and July, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed. The tournament is usually held in January and February, causing disputes with European clubs who had to release players in the middle of the season. The 2019 event in Cameroon will be contested by 24 teams, instead of 16. The changes were rubber-stamped by the CAF executive committee in a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Africa’s flagship…

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Javier Hernandez: West Ham close to deal for Mexican forward

Javier Hernandez is Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer West Ham are closing in on a deal to sign Mexican striker Javier Hernandez from German club Bayer Leverkusen. The club are confident of signing the former Manchester United striker, 29, although no fee has been finalised. Meanwhile, Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is due to undergo a medical in the next 48 hours after the Hammers agreed a deal with Stoke City. The Hammers had two bids rejected but it is understood Stoke have accepted a fee in the region of £24m. In…

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Kyle Walker: Manchester City defender says he left Tottenham to start lifting trophies

Walker played in the Tottenham side that lost to Chelsea in the 2015 League Cup final Kyle Walker says he left Tottenham to join Manchester City because he wants to start winning trophies. Spurs finished in the top three of the Premier League in both of the past two seasons but it is more than nine years since they won a major trophy. England right-back Walker, 27, has joined City for an initial £45m. “I am hoping with the world class players we have here that we will go and…

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Women’s Euro 2017: How England became the ‘fittest team’ at Euro 2017

England open their European Championship campaign against Scotland on Wednesday Women’s Euro 2017 on the BBC Host: The Netherlands Date: 16 July-6 August BBC Coverage: Selected live commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, Scotland games on Radio Scotland and online, plus live text coverage on the BBC Sport website. When a new fitness coach started working with England before the Women’s World Cup in 2015, he was “shocked” by how little strength and conditioning work was being done amongst the squad. Ben Young, who had worked in rugby union with…

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Ivan Perisic: Inter expect Man Utd target to join tour

Ivan Perisic has played 70 times for Inter since joining in 2015 Inter Milan expect to have Manchester United target Ivan Perisic in their squad when they leave for their Far East tour on Tuesday. Croatia winger Perisic has been heavily linked with a summer move to United. Representatives of the Old Trafford club have visited Milan in an effort to negotiate a deal for the 28-year-old. There has been no agreement yet, with suggestions Inter wanted to include 21-year-old France forward Anthony Martial as part of the deal. Unless…

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Thomas Lemar: Arsenal fear missing out on signing Monaco winger

Lemar helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season Arsenal believe they could miss out on the signing of key target Thomas Lemar from Monaco. The Gunners are still trying to land the 21-year-old France international but the French champions may not be keen to let another player leave. Tiemoue Bakayoko’s departure for Chelsea and the likely departure of Benjamin Mendy mean a deal for Lemar is looking increasingly difficult. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s intention remains to keep striker Alexis Sanchez. The 28-year-old Chilean is going into the final year of…

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Sergio Romero: Man Utd goalkeeper signs contract extension to 2021

Sergio Romero has kept clean sheets in five of his six Premier League appearances over two seasons Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has signed a contract extension to 2021. Romero, 30, joined United on a free transfer in 2015 after leaving Italian side Sampdoria. Argentina’s first-choice keeper, he started the World Cup final in 2014 and both Copa America final defeats by Chile in 2015 and 2016. He was selected ahead of David de Gea for United’s Europa League final victory against Ajax in May. Romero has made 28 appearances…

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Premier League pre-season guide: All the fixtures and results

Defending champions Chelsea head to China and Singapore Premier League clubs are flying all over the world on their pre-season tours as they prepare for another gruelling top-flight season. Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are in the United States, while Chelsea and Arsenal will face each other in Beijing. Everton have played in Tanzania and are off to the Netherlands and Belgium, while Leicester City, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Liverpool are all in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. As teams aim to strike the perfect…

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Manchester City’s Nolito to have Sevilla medical

Nolito scored twice in the Champions League and four times in the league for City Manchester City forward Nolito will have a medical at Sevilla after the clubs agreed a deal for the Spain international. The 30-year-old joined City for £13.8m from Celta Vigo last summer and made 30 appearances, scoring six times. Half his goals came in his first three games, and he did not start a league game – or score a goal – in 2017. Last month he claimed his “daughter’s face has changed colour” because of…

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