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Al-Nassr ‘keen to sign £20m-rated Bailly from Man United’



Saudi Arabia Pro League club, Al-Nassr FC, have reportedly registered their interest in Manchester United’s Eric Bailly, as the centre-back prepares to leave the 20-time English champions during this summer’s transfer window.

The 29-year-old made the move to Man United from Villarreal in 2016, and he has made 113 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, with his most productive season at the club proving to be his first, when he featured on 38 occasions.

Bailly has struggled with various fitness issues in recent years, though, and he only featured seven times during the 2021-22 season before spending the 2022-23 campaign on loan at Marseille.

The Ivory Coast international made 23 appearances for Marseille last season, but he largely found it difficult to make his mark for the French outfit.

Bailly was left out of the Man United squad that travelled to the United States for their pre-season tour, with the defender not in the plans of Red Devils head coach Erik ten Hag.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Bailly will make a decision on his future ‘soon’, with Al-Nassr approaching him to discuss a switch to Saudi Arabia.

Romano claims that Al Ettifaq are also keen to bring him to Saudi Arabia, while Fulham are keeping a close eye on the centre-back’s situation.

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth has also claimed that former Man United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Al-Nassr, has spoken to him about a move to Saudi Arabia.

“Interest from Saudi Arabia in Manchester United defender Eric Bailly. Talks ongoing with two clubs over three year deal worth £20m,” Sheth wrote on his Twitter account.

“Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to him direct to tell him about League and lifestyle. Bailly not on United’s US Tour. One year left on contract and one year option.”

Al-Nassr have already signed one player from Man United this summer, with Alex Telles completing a move to the Saudi Arabian outfit on Sunday.

Journalist Mohammed Hamdi has claimed that Al-Nassr are willing to pay £20m to sign Bailly, who has not taken to the field since playing the final 26 minutes of Marseille’s 1-0 loss to AC Ajaccio on June 3.

Man United have already moved two centre-backs on this summer, with Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones departing Old Trafford at the end of their contracts.

There remains speculation surrounding the future of Harry Maguire, but Ten Hag has said that he wants the England international to remain at Old Trafford for the 2023-24 campaign.

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Record-breaking Lamine Yamal now worth €1 billion at 16 years of age




Lamine Yamal is now worth €1 billion (£866m/$1bn) at just 16 years of age, with Barcelona inserting a huge release clause in his new contract.

The talented teenager, who has continued to rewrite the record books at Camp Nou and with the Spain national team, has committed to fresh terms through to 2026. Barca have moved to ensure that they will remain the ones to benefit from Yamal’s undoubted potential.

Barca have said on the club’s official website: “Lamine Yamal has whizzed up through the youth ranks and is regarded as one of the hottest properties to come out of La Masia in recent years.

He was just 15 years, 9 months and 16 days old when he made his league debut against Betis on 29 April 2023, making him the youngest player ever to appear in a competitive fixture for the team. Xavi Hernandez has gradually been using his services more and more, and after joining the squad for its preseason tour, he become the youngest ever starter for FC Barcelona in a game against Cadiz this season, and against Royal Antwerp he became the second youngest player ever to appear in the competition.

And despite his youth, he has already won his first international cap for Spain. In a game against Georgia he not only became the youngest player ever to play for ‘La Roja’, but also the youngest ever goalscorer.”

Yamal is following in some illustrious footsteps after stepping out of the famed La Masia academy system – with fellow graduates including Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Carles Puyol and Pep Guardiola.

Barca have made a habit of tying hot prospects to deals with mammoth release clauses – having had their fingers burned when Paris Saint-Germain triggered a €222m (£192m/$234m) option on Neymar’s contract back in 2017 – with similar terms having been thrashed out with the likes of Ansu Faiti, Pedri and Gavi.

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Sports Ministry Will Prioritise Funding For All Sports – Minister Enoh




The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh has reiterated that his administration prioritizes the funding of sports in the country, as the Ministry will work with all sports federations to determine focus areas, through budgetary submissions.

The Minister made this known during a briefing with pressmen in Asaba, the host city of the 7th National Youth Games. He stated that his experience in this area, while serving as the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation (Federal House of Representatives) led him to proactively direct on the necessary steps to take for the proper funding of sports in the country.

“The only way to provide for the proper funding of sports is to look at the number of federations, an itemization of their peculiar activities, and to provide as needed,” Senator Enoh said. “For example, if in 2024, a particular sport will undertake pieces of training, and participate in competitions (both local and international), the only way to solve the incident problem of lack of funds, athletes missing out on competitions because of finances, is to provide for all of these ahead of time,” he added.

“As much as possible, I am going to push for this to be done, because it is the only way that we can properly budget for sports development. The ministry is desirous of making credible progress in this regard,” The Honourable Minister concluded.

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Man United fans fly ‘Glazers Out’ banner over Tampa NFL stadium




Man United fans fly 'Glazers Out' banner over Tampa NFL stadium

A group of Manchester United supporters based in the United States have flown a banner reading “Glazers Out” over the Raymond James Stadium in Florida.

The banner was seen over the stadium ahead of the Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — the NFL franchise owned by the Glazer family, who also own Premier League giants United.

The banner was organised by Manchester United supporters groups based in Pittsburgh and Tampa. Footage of the plane and its message was shared online before the match, which the Eagles won 25-11.

The move is the latest protest against United’s owners by fans who are keen for them to sell the club.

The Glazer family, who have owned United since 2005, announced last November they were considering “all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions.”

This led to bids being lodged by prospective buyers, but despite receiving several offers, the Glazer family are still yet to make a final decision on whether to sell their stake in the club.

United have failed to win the Premier League since legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with their last Champions League success coming in 2008.

Former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag was appointed as the club’s new head coach last year. United won the Carabao Cup in Ten Hag’s first season in charge and reached the FA Cup final while securing Champions League football with a third-place finish in the league.

However, United have endured a difficult start to the new season, losing three out of their first six Premier League games.

The United manager’s problems have been exacerbated by several off-field issues.

Brazil winger Antony has agreed to a leave of absence from the club in order to address accusations of abuse made by three women, while fellow winger Jadon Sancho is training away from the first team group following a public spat with the Dutch head coach.

Forward Marcus Rashford walked away unhurt after being involved in a car crash following United’s 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

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