Liverpool are considering a move to sign Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal before the January transfer window closes.
According to the UK Telegraph, the Premier League champions have been without first-choice center-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for much of the 2020/2021 season.
The duo have sustained serious knee ligament injuries.
Their absence has been felt even harder because of Joel Matip’s sketchy injury record, with the Cameroonian again picking up a knock against Spurs, while stand-in defender Fabinho also has a niggle.
Liverpool have been linked with a host of defenders like Lille’s Sven Botman and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, but neither club are likely to sell during January, particularly so late in the window.
Klopp has now set his sights on Mustafi, with the 28-year-old not starting a single league fixture for the Gunners this season.
The German defender also has six months left on his current contract, but Arsenal could terminate his contract early this month and make him a free agent.
Ronaldinho Speaks After Losing Mother
Football legend, Ronaldinho has spoke after he lost his mother, Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos last Saturday.
On Tuesday night, February 23, Ronaldinho sent a message via his social media account to thank fans and friends for their show of support following the news of his mother’s death.
“My family and I thank you all for the love and support we are receiving at this difficult time. My mother was an inspiration of strength and joy to all who knew her and will continue to exert her light in our lives forever. With the strength she taught us, we will continue our journey. Thank you ”, he wrote in his post accompanied with an image of him hugging his mother.
His mother passed away on Saturday, February 20, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from COVID-19 complications. She was hospitalized since December 2020 after having been infected with COVID-19.
Burna Boy Features In New Pepsi Advert Alongside Messi, Pogba, Sancho, Others
Nigerian Musician, Burna Boy featured in a new Pepsi advert alongside football stars Leo Messi, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho and Others.
Burna boy who is a brand ambassador for Pepsi joined other ambassadors as he voiced the theme song in their newest ad which he shared on his official Twitter page.
Super honoured to have partnered with @PepsiGlobal on a new track ‘Rotate’ with @IamBeckyG releasing on the new Pepsi “Fizz To Life” spot featuring @LeoMessi @PaulPogba @Sanchooo10 and @svandesanden #Fortheloveofit. OUT NOW! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/4zrbK3c4PI— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) February 23, 2021
The song for Pepsi is a new track ‘Rotate’ featuring Becky G on the new Pepsi “Fizz To Life” spot featuring Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho and athlete, Shanice Van De Sanden.
This is coming after his song ‘Collateral Damage‘ has been used as theme song for popular video game, “Need for Speed Heat”.
Watch the video below:
Mbappe Grabs Hat-Trick As PSG Demolish Barcelona In Camp Nou
Paris Saint Germain and France Forward, Kylian Mbappe was the hero on Tuesday, grabbing a hat-trick in 4-1 demolition of Barcelona at the Nou Camp in Champions league first leg.
Barcelona took the lead with a penalty scored by Lionel Messi in the 27th minute of the game. He put the ball into the roof of the net past the outstretched arm of Keylor Navas.
PSG responded immediately, grabbing the equaliser on 32 minutes through Mbappe.
Marco Verratti fed the ball through to Mbappe, who picked up the pass inside the box and quickly sent it into the top left corner, as the goalkeeper was helpless.
The French star got his brace on 65 minutes. A rebound wrong footed everyone except Kylian Mbappe, and he slammed the ball into the open net from close range.
Five minutes later, PSG made it 3-1 against the host. Leandro Paredes flights the free kick into the box, where Moise Kean peeled off his marker and headed straight inside the upright from the edge of the six-yard box.
Mbappe completed his hat-trick on 85 minutes to give PSG unassailable lead and a strong footing into the quarter-finals.
Julian Draxler found himself with the ball at his feet in space after a lightning counter attack. He looked and up slide the ball to Mbappe, who coolly slotted the ball past the keeper from close in.
Gernot Rohr Ask Clubless Ahmed Musa Sort Out Career Before Nigeria’s AFCON Qualifiers
Nigerian Coach, Gernot Rohr has said that he’ll like to see Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa start playing for a new club after more than three months of being without a club.
Rohr, the Super Eagles coach says he wants Ahmed Musa to be back ahead of their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March.
Nigeria will face the Republic of Benin and Lesotho in their last Afcon qualifying games next month.
Musa has been clubless since October when he left Saudi Arabian side, Al Nass, by mutual agreement and has had failed talks with West Brom of England.
Rohr says he is hopeful Musa will sort out his career soon.
“We are in touch with our captain, he is in the United Kingdom now,” Rohr told media.
“It’s not so easy to change during the season but he is free to sign where he wants and there’s no obligation to respect the transfer window for him because he was free already.”I am very hopeful that he can sign in the next few days, he wanted to come back to Europe and to play in England so it’s not easy during the season but I’m hopeful that he can sign in the club, it’s very important that everybody is playing in their clubs.
“It’s a long time that he didn’t play, I think since October, so he needs now to come back in the rhythm of the matches.” “I hope to see the fans very soon in the stadium, it’s difficult for the fans, we have the pandemic situation for almost one year,” he added.
“I want to tell them that our boys will fight to forget some disappointment from last year.”
Nigeria is currently leading Group L table of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with eight points.
Ajax Goalkeeper, Andre Onana Slapped With 12 Months Suspension After Failing Doping Test
Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper, Andre Onana, 24, has been suspended for 12 months by UEFA after he failed a doping test last October.
The suspension, which is effective as of February 5 will apply to all football activities at both national and international level.
The substance furosemide was discovered in the Cameroon international’s urine in an out of competition test on 31 October last year, but Ajax claim Onana took it “unwittingly” after feeling unwell.
“On the morning of 30 October Onana did not feel well. He wanted to take a tablet. Unwittingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed,” an Ajax statement said.
Ajax said they would appeal the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The club added: “Onana made a mistake with the product and mistakenly took his wife’s medicine, which ultimately led to UEFA’s action against the goalkeeper. The football association’s disciplinary body ruled that he did not intend to cheat. However, the European Football Association believes that, according to the prevailing anti-doping rules, an athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no prohibited substances enter the body.”
Onana and Ajax will appeal the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Ajax’s managing director Edwin van der Sar said: “We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs; we stand for a clean sport. This is a terrible setback, for Andre himself but certainly also for us as a club.
“Andre is a top goalkeeper who has proven his worth for Ajax for many years and is very popular with the fans. We had hoped for a conditional suspension or a much shorter one than this twelve months, because it was demonstrably not meant to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance.”
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