Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Saturday, October 20.
International and European club football
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has warned South Africa that the Super Eagles will be a tough prospect ahead of the teams’ meeting next month in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers; goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon claims he wouldn't want Paris Saint-Germain to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final; and Russian club Rubin Kazan have been banned from playing in the Champions League and Europa League if they qualify for either tournament in the next two seasons.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Wigan Athletic midfielder Sam Morsy has expressed his delight at helping Egypt qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations; Jose Mourinho has been granted an extension by the Football Association until Wednesday at 6pm to respond to his charge for alleged abusive language; and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has said Paul Gascoigne deserves to be in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame after the ex-Light Blues star's nomination was withdrawn.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Turkish Super Lig-based striker Asamoah Gyan says he deserves more respect for what he has achieved in the colours of Ghana’s national team; Ajax fans have banded together for an incredible cause after raising the funds to build a statue of club legend Johan Cruyff; and Neymar’s former Santos teammate Ganso believes that the Brazil international superstar has developed into a better player since moving to Paris Saint-Germain.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Barcelona have no plans to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, the club's vice-president Jordi Cardoner has said; Michael Laudrup has contacted Real Madrid regarding the possibility of managing them in the future; Anthony Martial has reportedly rejected a number of offers from Manchester United, who are trying to tie him down to a longer-term deal with his current contract expiring in 2020; and Napoli's £88m asking price for centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has not deterred Barcelona, who are willing to spend big to solve their defensive problems, according to Corriere dello Sport.