Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Tuesday, January 1.
International and European club football
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is reportedly close to agreeing a deal for their upcoming matches against the Seychelles and Egypt to be held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba; and former Dutch international Wesley Sneijder says AFC Ajax have a good chance of defeating title holders Real Madrid in the teams’ UEFA Champions League last 16 tie.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended Egyptian star Mohamed Salah against accusations of diving in their 5-1 win over Arsenal this past weekend; Queens Park Rangers have recalled midfielder Ryan Manning from his loan spell with Championship rivals Rotherham; and Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos will have to wait until Thursday before discovering whether he will face disciplinary action after his side's derby win over Celtic.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have the same pedigree as Cristiano Ronaldo, according to PSG team-mate Gianluigi Buffon; Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is willing to pay £52million to sign players like Matthijs de Ligt - despite the Ajax star being heavily linked with a move to Barcelona; and Everton striker Cenk Tosun is set for talks with Fenerbahce boss Ersun Yanal as the Turkish Super Lig club attempt to convince him of a January switch.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Motherwell are looking to agree a loan move until the end of the season for Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack; Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has agreed a five-year contract with Barcelona, report SportBild; Isco insists he will not leave Real Madrid in the January window, despite speculation linking him with a move away; and Manchester City are tracking Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo - but will have to beat Real Madrid to get him.