Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Wednesday, August 8.
International and European club football
Former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom is in line to make his competitive debut for Greek Super League outfit PAOK when they take on Spartak Moscow in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League tonight, US billionaire Stan Kroenke is set to take sole ownership of Arsenal after making an offer to buy out Alisher Usmanov, and Hibernian have been hit with disciplinary charges by UEFA for thee behaviour of their fans in a Europa League qualifier away to Asteras Tripolis.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Burnley are reportedly looking to sign DR Congo star Yannick Bolasie from Everton, Fulham’s Rene Meulensteen says Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri is an ‘absolute steal’ for the club, Jordan Ayew is not part of Swansea City’s current plans as he tries to engineer a move away from the EFL Championship club, and Scottish giants Celtic reportedly rejected a bid from Fulham to sign Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of signing N’Golo Kante from Chelsea are waning according to an unnamed source close to the Ligue 1 club, Eredivisie giants Ajax have been linked with a move for Slovakian-based Abdul Zubairu, Newcastle United’s Henri Saivet has been ‘offered’ to Turkish Super Lig club Bursaspor, and Christian Ramirez has been traded from Minnesota United to LAFC.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Huddersfield Town are keen on signing Isaac Mbenza from Montpellier, Manchester United reportedly rejected an offer from Spanish giants Barcelona to sign Paul Pogba, Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has confirmed that former number one goalkeeper Keylor Navas is not part of his plans for the season ahead, and Leicester City manager Claude Puel says it is important that the club keep a hold of Manchester United transfer target Harry Maguire.