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Aston Villa’s El Ghazi joins Everton on loan

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Anwar El Ghazi has joined Everton on loan from Premier League rivals Aston Villa for the rest of the season, the Merseyside club said on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Dutch winger is the third player to arrive at Goodison Park during the ongoing transfer window after full-backs Vitalii Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson signed full-time deals.

“I’m really excited. Everton is a big club, I cannot wait to get started,” El Ghazi told evertontv.

“I want to show my quality to my teammates, to the club and, of course, the fans. I want to put a smile on their faces. I’m ready and willing to work hard for it and for all of us to work together.”

Everton are 15th in the table, a place below and three points adrift of Villa.


The Toffees confirmed they had signed El Ghazi hours after it was announced left-back Lucas Digne had moved in the opposite direction from Everton to Birmingham-based Villa.

El Ghazi joined the Midlands side on loan from French club Lille in 2018, with the switch then being made permanent a year later after he had helped Villa gain promotion to the top flight via the Championship play-offs, scoring in the final.

He has since scored 15 goals in made 71 Premier League appearances and netted the winner in a 2-1 victory at Everton in May 2021.

El Ghazi, capped twice by the Netherlands, could make his Everton debut at basement club Norwich on Saturday.

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EPL: Barcelona demand one Man Utd player to approve De Jong transfer

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Barcelona are trying to include Manchester United’s Harry Maguire in the deal for Frenkie de Jong, the UK Sun reports.

United and Barcelona remain locked in negotiations for de Jong, with Erik ten Hag making the midfielder his top transfer target this summer.

However, Barca have asked for Maguire to be part of the deal.

United, however, rejected that request with the club and are now close to agreeing on a straight cash deal worth £69million.

A number of defenders have been given the green light to leave Old Trafford this summer including Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

But Ten Hag is not willing to let Maguire leave.

Maguire arrived at United for £80m in 2019 and was named captain after just six months at the club.

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Bayern Munich give Barcelona one condition to sell Lewandowski

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Bayern Munich wants at least €60m (£52m) if they are to sell striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, Sky Sports reports.

Earlier this week, Barcelona made a €40m (£34.4m) offer to sign Lewandowski but Bayern insisted the Poland international was not for sale, even though he has only a year left on his contract.

Lewandowski had last month told Bayern he wants to leave the club this summer and would not extend his contract beyond the end of the 2022/23 season.

The 33-year-old would like to move to Barcelona this summer rather than wait to become a free agent.

Meanwhile, Oliver Kahn, Bayern Munich’s chief executive, had since revealed that the 2021 FIFA World Best player would not be leaving the Allianz Arena this summer.

“We would be stupid to sell a player who scores 30 to 40 goals per season,” Kahn said.

“He has a contract until June 2023 and we will definitely have him with us for another season.”

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U.S. swimmer Alvarez saved from drowning by coach at world championships in Budapest (Photos)

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Anita Alvarez loses consciousness in pool at world championships in Budapest

American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after losing consciousness in the pool at the world championships in Budapest before being rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes.

Spaniard Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after she saw Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her solo free final routine.

She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes has had to rescue Alvarez after she leapt into the pool during an Olympic qualification event last year and pulled her to safety along with the American’s swim partner Lindi Schroeder.

“Anita is much better, she is already at her best. It was a good scare, to be honest,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was jumping in. I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine. She has to rest.”

In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said 25-year-old Alvarez would be assessed by doctors on Thursday before a decision was made on her participation in Friday’s team event.

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A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA's Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA’s Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
USA's Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
USA’s Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

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