Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Wednesday, July 25.
International and European club football
England manager Gareth Southgate has been nominated for the FIFA Coach of the Year award, the Player of the Year nominees include Egypt’s Mohamed Salah alongside regulars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and others, and Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has come out in support of Mesut Ozil over his claims he is being treated unfairly by the German FA.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Goalkeeper Fabri has completed his transfer to Fulham from Besiktas, West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is looking for more signings before the season starts, Fenerbahce are getting closer to signing Swansea City’s Andre Ayew, and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says Moussa Dembele’s latest injury is down to his explosive style of play.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe hid a back injury from France at the 2018 World Cup, Justin Kluivert has turned his attention to performing strongly in Serie A after leaving Eredivisie giants Ajax, Turkish Super Lig club Eskisehirspor are eyeing a move for Nigerian attacker Chinedu Obasi, and FC Dallas have signed Chilean midfielder Pablo Aranguiz.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Manchester United are reportedly poised to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich, Barcelona may hijack Roma’s move for Malcom, Richarlison is close to completing his move from Watford to Everton, West Ham United may move to sign Mario Lemina from Southampton, Roma are set to challenge Arsenal for the signature of Steven Nzonzi, and Liverpool have put a £27m price tag on Divock Origi.