Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Saturday, June 9.
International and European club competition
Argentina attacker Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the 2018 World Cup with a knee injury, Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr says he will name his first-choice goalkeeper next week ahead of the Super Eagles’ opening match against Croatia, and Danny Welbeck says England coach Gareth Southgate has encouraged the team to play with flair and freedom in Russia.
English Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Harry Kane has signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur which will keep him at the club until 2024, Paulo Dybala says Manchester United’s Paul Pogba should return to Italian giants Juventus, Aston Villa’s Albert Adomah looks likely to stay with the club despite speculation linking him with a move to Middlesbrough, and Alan Stubbs has been named as the new manager of Scottish Premiership side St Mirren.
Ligue 1, Belgian Pro League, Turkish Super Lig, Eredivisie & MLS
Turkish Super Lig giants are set to target Middlesbrough forward Britt Assombalonga for a loan move, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly joined the race to sign Faouzi Ghoulam, Eredivisie star Hakim Ziyech has now been linked with a move to Liverpool, and MLS star Zlatan Ibrahimovic says the media cost him a place in Sweden’s World Cup squad.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Real Madrid are reportedly open to the prospect of signing Neymar from PSG for a world-record transfer fee, Manchester United may consider selling goalkeeper David De Gea, but only if they secure Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as a replacement first, and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain says he “would love to play in the Premier League”.