Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Tuesday, January 8.
International and European club football
Ivory Coast star Franck Kessie has called for AC Milan teammate Gonzalo Higuain to ignore speculation linking him with a move to Premier League giants Chelsea; and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick is set to meet with Victor Moses to discuss the player’s retirement from international football.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Maurizio Sarri says he is unsure whether Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud will be fit for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur later today; Derby County midfielder George Thorne has joined League One side Luton Town on loan until the end of the season; and Rangers director of football Mark Allen admits he is not sure how long the club can hold on to star striker Alfredo Morelos.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Olympique Marseille manager Rudi Garcia lashed out at his “unacceptable” side after they were embarrassingly dumped out of the French Cup 2-0 by fourth-tier Andrezieux; Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle are reportedly keen on signing Dutch defender Joost van Aken from EFL Championship club Sheffield Wednesday; and MLS star Wayne Rooney was arrested on public intoxication and swearing charges in the US before Christmas, but the footballer has blamed sleeping pills, a spokesman told British media.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Maurizio Sarri feels Cesc Fabregas needs to leave Chelsea for security offered elsewhere; Brahim Diaz is now officially a Real Madrid player after the completion of his move from Manchester City; Hearts have completed the signing of Czech striker David Vanecek; and Watford striker Stefano Okaka is closing on a loan move to Udinese, with manager Javi Gracia revealing the deal is close.