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Musa, Fatai to clash in Champions League

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Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa and Kehinde Fatai will come face-to-face in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round after their clubs were drawn against each other on Friday, africanFootball.com reports.

Both players were born in Jos, Plateau State and started their professional football career with defunct JUTH FC of Jos.

Musa will lead the attack line of CSKA Moscow against Sparta Prague, whose attack will be spearheaded by Fatai.

CSKA Moscow will host the first leg in the weekend of 28/29 July, while the second leg  takes place in Prague in the weekend of 4/5 August.

In other Champions League pairings, Abduljeleel Ajagun’s Panathinaikos Of Greece will slug it out with Belgium’s Club Brugge.

Elderson Echiejile and his Monaco teammates will battle Young Boys of Switzerland.

Efe Ambrose and his Celtic mates are expected to go past Stjarnan after 2-0 win in the first leg to face winners of Qarabağ/FK Rudar Pljevlja clash.

Ex-Flying Eagles star Harmony Ikande’s FK Sarajevo will look to upturn a 2-0 deficit against Lech Poznań to set up a clash with Swiss team Basel.

Kingsley Madu and Rabiu Ibrahim will hope their Slovak club AC Trenčín beat Staeua Bucureşti to set up a clash with winners of the game between FK Partizan and FC Dila Gori.

Ridwan Hasan and Paul Onuachu of Danish club FC Midtjylland battle Lincoln FC to face either APOEL FC (CYP) or FK Vardar (MKD).

Nosa Igiebor will lead Maccabi Tel Aviv against Hibernians FC for the ticket to face FC Viktoria Plzeň.

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Another Arsenal player leaves Emirates Stadium

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Daniel Ballard

Arsenal player, Daniel Ballard has agreed a transfer to Championship side, Sunderland.

The player, whose move to Burnley failed through last season, has also played for Swindon Town and Blackpool on loan.

The Northern Ireland international has not had the opportunity to play a single first team game for the Gunners.

And now his stay at the club is coming to an end as he is set for an imminent move from the north London side

The Athletic reports that Ballard was very close to joining Burnley last week, but a deal could not be agreed.

The likes of former club Blackpool and Sheffield United were interested in the player.

He is now on his way to Sunderland.

Despite never making the cut for Arsenal, Ballard has proved himself on the international stage, already picking up 15 caps for Northern Ireland and scoring two goals.

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EPL: Leeds to replace Raphinha with Super Eagles forward

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Leeds United are in the race to sign Moses Simon from Nantes, according to RMC.

The Premier League side are competing with another Ligue 1 side Nice for the Super Eagles forward.

With Raphinha in talks with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona, Leeds are already looking for his replacement.

The Elland Road club is holding out for £65m for Raphinha and some of that income will be put back into the team.

Simon, 26, can play all across the frontline. He is right footed, although he played the majority of last season on the left wing.

The winger scored six goals and grabbed eight assists from 30 Ligue 1 games last season.

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Boehly set to sign two Man City players for Chelsea

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Chelsea are in talks with Manchester City over a move for both Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake, the UK Telegraph reports.

Sterling is the Blues’ top priority this summer, with Thomas Tuchel eager for the club to sign the England international.

Although Tuchel wants to bolster his attack, he is also looking to bring in defenders following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea have now turned to their former defender Ake as part of their summer rebuild.

Ake made his Chelsea debut back in 2012 and made 17 senior appearances for the club.

In 2017, he joined Bournemouth in a £20million deal having impressed on loan the previous season.

Following Bournemouth’s relegation in 2020, the Dutchman joined City in a deal worth £40million.

It is believed Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly contacted City on Monday to discuss their valuation of both Sterling and Ake with the Blues keen to sign both players.

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