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Roger Assalé seeking to force Montpellier move

Eurosport report that Ivorian international and Young Boys forward Roger Assalé is seeking to force the Swiss club that he belongs to to enable him to join Ligue 1 side Montpellier this month.

Young Boys want an overall agreement worth €6m in order to part with the 26-year-old, MHSC’s 3rd and potentially last offer was €4m.

Montpellier boss der Zakarian has been on the record to state that he wants Assalé to join.

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Five things we learnt from Wallabies v All Blacks

The French farce that robbed the Wallabies of victory in the most dramatic of finales in Melbourne would have been laughable but for the consequences.Think about it for a moment. Forwards drop to their knees to have phantom injuries looked at to waste time. Scrums take forever to set. Endless TMO decisions waste time.French referee Mathieu Raynal plucked a law never sighted before to penalise Bernard Foley for a delay in taking a kick for touch in the final minute of a Test. He was a ref who wanted to own the result. Le Diabolical.The All Blacks took advantage and stole it 39-37 at the death to keep the Bledisloe Cup.It was a sour end to a thrilling Bledisloe Cup clash at Marvel Stadium.So what else did we learn?   1 VALETINI TIMEThe high-octane fuel to the Wallabies’ first half fightback from 10-all down to 10-was Rob Valetini. Just as forwards Tadhg Beirne (Ireland) and Pablo Matera (Argentina) had huge games to inspire their sides to upset wins over the All Blacks this year, the Wallabies found a man willing to crank it up to that level.He found an urgent second effort to bullock over for the Wallabies’ first try. He was in a rolling maul but extracted himself to get into position for his big run.He hurtled forward on other occasions, made a steal and was generally the forward leader who was needed.With five minutes to play, his forced penalty looked to have won the Test when Nic White slotted the penalty goal.2 BERNARD FOLEY COMEBACKThere were queries over whether Bernard Foley still had any juice to play more Test footy at 33 after three years away from this level.In six quick minutes in the second half he proved he has. His short pass for the first Andrew Kellaway try came after he’d wriggled a way through two big forwards.His follow-up was a perfectly weighted long pass that hit Kellaway on the fly for another try.Foley got better and better. He definitely has a part to play for the rest of the year.3 TRIGGER HAPPYJust how many Tests worldwide have been played 15-on-15 for the full 80 minutes this year? It wouldn’t be many.Four yellow cards in the Test distorted the action. Some riveting play made up for it but mismatched numbers is no way to play the game.Pick just one. The Jake Gordon yellow card for collapsing a maul just didn’t stand up. Fair enough on others. The Wallabies still need to be more disciplined generally. Frustrating.4 HUGE EFFORTThis was the effort Australians wanted to see. Coming back from 31-13 down against the All Blacks is rarely done.To do so with 13 men defending for nearly 10 minutes is nearly impossible.There was huge heart to the Wallabies display. There were desperate bodies everywhere, making tackles, forcing pressure on the Kiwis and fighting back.What a Test.5 THE FULLBACK QUESTIONAndrew Kellaway is the fifth player used at fullback this season. He certainly showed enough to suggest he might be the answer.His speed and timing into the line was excellent and he has a knack for making those few valuable metres out of his own territory to settle things until the cavalry arrives.Click Here: cheap nike shoes

PSG SD Leonardo on Layvin Kurzawa: “Arsenal have never called us, we have nothing.”

Speaking to reporters after PSG’s 1-0 victory in the Coupe de France last night against FC Lorient, Sporting Director Leonardo was asked about supposed Arsenal talks for the club’s left-back Layvin Kurzawa.

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“We have never received an offer, zero, for Kurzawa. He is playing a lot of matches, he is here. We have not had a concrete offer, he is a player who is also coming to the end of his contract but we have not received anything. Arsenal have never called us, we have nothing.”

Renato Sanches praises Ligue 1: “It is very physical & very competitive.”

Speaking in an interview with the official Lille website, Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches complimented the quality of Ligue 1.

“It took me time to adapt to my new life, it took me about a month… each league has their weak points and strong points. The French league is very physical, very competitive, there are an enormous amount of talented players. If you take PSG out if it, all the teams are worthy of each other. This is the league that most closely resembles the Premier League of the divisions that I have played in. It is very physical and very quick, you have to constantly be on it.”

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PSG reject new €15m bid from Atletico Madrid for Edinson Cavani

L’Équipe report this evening that PSG today received a 2nd formal written offer this month from Atletico Madrid for Edinson Cavani.

Les Parisiens rejected the offer, worth €15m, as they feel that it does not tally with their valuation. Sources contacted by Get French Football News indicate that Sporting Director Leonardo is seeking €25m in order to sell El Matador this month.

As a result, the newspaper advances that Atletico Madrid have spent the day looking at other potential targets in attack.

Will Atletico Madrid make a third proposal? Cavani will in any case not be involved tomorrow evening in the Coupe de France against Pau.

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Leandro Paredes: “Edinson Cavani asks me a lot about playing for Boca Juniors.”

Speaking in an interview with Argentinian radio AM 630, PSG central midfielder Leandro Paredes talked about the keen interest that some of his current team-mates have been taking in his time at Boca Juniors, notably Edinson Cavani.

“A lot of guys in the dressing room ask me what Boca Juniors was like, the fans, playing at la Bombonera. With Cavani I have spoken a lot about them and he would like to play there. I think that he wants another one or two years in Europe. Then, it would certainly please him to go to Boca. He is perfect for Boca.”

Cavani is out of contract with Les Parisiens this summer.

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Florian Thauvin’s baby Alessio is born, Boubakar Kamara’s wife is expecting too

A baby boom is imminent at Ligue 1 club Marseille – winger Florian Thauvin yesterday announced the birth of his first child, Alessio, via Instagram.

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“I have the honour of announcing the birth of my son Alessio. I am overwhelmed with love and surrounded by a fantastic family. I am so happy to have you close to me to smother you with love. Thanks to my wife who has given me the best present in the world. A brilliant wife who helps me move forward and overcome each stage (of life). We are now a trio and united for life. May God preserve us. I love you both.”

Meanwhile 20-year-old central defender Boubacar Kamara on the same day announced that his wife was expecting: “Love is here, a baby is coming soon,” the Marseille man added on Instagram.

All smiles at the Vélodrome at the moment!

Kalidou Koulibaly has purchased a luxury apartment in Paris

Le Parisien report that Senegalese international central defender Kalidou Koulibaly is interested in a possible move to PSG in summer.

Currently under contract with Napoli until 2023, the player is interested in taking Thiago Silva’s place in the PSG starting XI next summer. The outlet claims that the 28-year-old wants a change of scenery for next season, with a source close to the player adding: 

“He has kind of done Italy… he wants to continue to play in the Champions’ League, to be a part of a top European club’s project, whilst advancing his career.”

Koulibaly has recently purchased a luxury apartment in Paris worth €4m. A 200m squared property that is currently under renovation and will be ready to live in from the beginning of 2021. None of this means that he will sign for PSG this summer. Napoli will want at least €75m to sell, which is a sizeable amount. A number of other clubs are also interested – the outlet notes that Koulibaly was initially more excited about a move to Manchester City than PSG, but the club’s recent suspension from the Champions’ League could change that perspective. 

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Hans-Joachim Watzke: “The pressure is not on our shoulders, it is on PSG’s.”

Speaking in an interview with RMC Sport show “Footissime,” Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke sought to apply pressure to PSG ahead of tonight’s vital Champions’ League 2nd leg Round of 16 clash, which BVB come into with a 2-1 lead from the 1st game.

“It is clear, PSG have much bigger financial means that Borussia Dortmund. I should have perhaps said that the state of Qatar has more means than Borussia Dortmund. And I know that their biggest dream is to win the Champions’ League. For us, it would be super to get into the quarter-finals but we do not have the same level of pressure as PSG… The pressure will not be on our shoulders, but instead on PSG’s shoulders. They have incredible attacking power, with five world class players. That is why this tie still sits at 50-50.”

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Benjamin Mendy self-isolating after being in contact with potential COVID-19 patient

The BBC report that 25-year-old French international left-back Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating as of today after a member of his family was admitted to hospital after displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

Manchester City had the following to say on the news:

“The club is aware that a family member of a senior men’s team player is in hospital with symptoms of a respiratory illness.He has undergone tests at hospital one of which is for COVID-19. Until the results are known, the player in question in self isolating as a precaution.”

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