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Man City sign Dortmund’s Akanji in £17m deal

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Manchester City strengthened their injury-hit defence on Thursday by signing Swiss international Manuel Akanji on a five-year deal from Borussia Dortmund.

Akanji will provide the Premier League champions with extra defensive depth after recent injuries to center-backs Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake.

“I am delighted to be here, and can’t wait to get started,” Akanji, who cost City a reported £17 million ($19.7 million) told the club’s website.

“City have been one of the best teams in Europe over the last few seasons. They are brilliant to watch, play an exciting brand of football and compete for trophies year in, year out, so coming here feels like the perfect next step in my career.”

The 27-year-old spent four-and-a-half seasons with Dortmund after joining from Basel in 2018.

Akanji is City’s fifth summer signing after former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez and Stefan Ortega Moreno.

Both Akanji and Haaland could face their former club on September 14, with Dortmund due to play City at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League group stage.

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Okocha Reveals Senegal’s Strength At The World Cup (See What He Said)

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Nigerian legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has hailed the Teranga Lions of Senegal for their ‘heart’.

According to Okocha, Aliou Cissé’s side are fearless, and believe they can beat any team at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Senegal booked their place in the World Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday night after beating Ecuador 2-1.

The AFCON champions will face England in the knockout stage this weekend.

Speaking on SuperSport, Okocha said,

“One good thing that this Senegalese team has got right from years back is heart. They are fearless and they believe they can beat anybody.

“Also, the character of their manager has been passed on to this team. I managed to play with him, he was not the most brilliant player, but he had heart.

“You can see from this Senegalese team that what they’ve going for them now is team spirit because they’re missing crucial individual players like [Sadio] Mane, who finished second in the Ballon d’Or.”

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Chelsea are close to agreeing a £13million deal to sign midfielder, Andrey Santos from Vasco de Gama.

According to Le10 Sport, Chelsea have moved quickly to wrap up a deal to sign Santos in the January transfer window, provided the 18-year-old does not have a late change of heart.

The report added that Paris Saint-Germain have been monitoring Santos’ displays for several months, while Barcelona and Newcastle United have also kept tabs on the 18-year-old.

It’s reported that Chelsea’s proposal ‘was considered more consistent with Santos’ expectations’ than the project put forward by PSG.

Santos made his first-team breakthrough with Vasco de Gama earlier this year.

He has quickly established himself as a regular player at the heart of their midfield.

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Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has heaped praise on Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, calling him a ‘magician’.

Neymar has been in astonishing form so far this season for PSG.

The former Barcelona star scored 11 and assisted eight goals in 11 appearances for the Parisians.

Neymar was also on target for Brazil in their 5-1 win over Tunisia in an International friendly tie on Tuesday.

Speaking after Brazil’s victory over Tunisia, Silva said at his post-match press conference (via PSG Talk):

“Neymar is amazing, a magician, he had big injuries, but this year he was able to prepare well during the holidays.

“I was with him in Brazil, and I saw him. Neymar is doing everything to help PSG.”

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