football news round-up – sunday, june 17

09:00    17 Jun 2018

Celtic's Odsonne Edouard
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Sunday, June 17

International and European club competition

Egypt team manager Ihab Leheta has confirmed that Liverpool FC forward Mohamed Salah is ready to play against World Cup hosts Russia after taking part in full training on Saturday, while Belgium hope that defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany will be back from injury during the World Cup group stage, but will wait until Sunday’s deadline before finalising their 23-man squad.

English Premier League & Scottish Premiership

Switzerland Grant Xhaka, who recently signed a new contract at Arsenal, will be an "important" player according to the new club manager Unai Emery, while Scottish champions Celtic have announced that they have completed the signing of striker Odsonne Edouard on a permanent four-year deal for a club record fee of £9m.

French Ligue 1 & Major League Soccer

FC Nantes have announced Miguel Cardoso as Claudio Ranieri's replacement at the helm of the club's senior team, while Los Angels Galaxy announced the signing of veteran defender Sheanon Williams, who joined the club as a free agent.

Spanish La Liga & Italian Serie A

Julen Lopetegui has decided to maintain Zinedine Zidane's pre-season planning and Real Madrid's preparations are set to take place at their training ground in Valdebebas, Madrid, while, while Frosinone overcame Palermo 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff final on Saturday to earn promotion back to Italian Serie A after a two-year absence.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Southampton are reportedly on the brink of pulling off the shock signing of Norwich City's highly-rated 15-goal midfielder James Maddison, while Barcelona are said to have made Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara their main target for the midfield following Antoine Griezmann's decision to turn them down and remain at Atletico Madrid.

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