Mali’s Football Association (FEMAFOOT) has been suspended by FIFA until further notice over government interference in football matters. FIFA took action after Mali Sports Minister Housseïni Amion Guindo dissolved the executive committee of FEMAFOOT. He has also appointed a provisional committee mandated to run FEMAFOOT
and set up elections within 12 months. FIFA said the ban would be lifted only when the FEMAFOOT board and its President, Boubacar Baba Diarra are reinstated.
The Premier League has no interest in helping English clubs in Europe, says Man United boss Jose Mourinho.United play Middlesbrough on Sunday with the 12:00 GMT kick-off coming just 62 hours after the end of their Europa League last-16 victory over FC Rostov. Mourinho says United will “probably lose” and it would be “common sense” for the game to start at 17:00. He added that football authorities in other countries are more helpful to their European contenders.
“In Italy when clubs go to the knockout stages and play on the Tuesday or Wednesday, the week before they play on the Friday. In Portugal, the week after they play on the Monday,” he explained.
Pep Guardiola is set to oversee a massive restructuring of his squad at Man City and could see 18 players leave at the end of this season. With many players out of contract at the end of the season, several on loan and others out of
favour, the Premier League side are likely to wave goodbye to a large list of players. Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna and Tosin Adarabioyo are all nearing the end of their contracts. Loanees Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer could also leave, while there is uncertainty over the futures of Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov, Fabian Delph, Fernando and Kelechi Iheanacho. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich is top of Pep’s summer transfer shortlist. And the Catalan coach wants Kimmich – who can also play in defence – to head up £200 million worth of arrivals ahead of next season.
Man United have stepped up their interest in Monaco’s 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, after their goals helped eliminate Man City from the Champions League. Meanwhile, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has refused to rule out a return to Italy with Napoli. Ibrahimovic’s former clubs include AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is favourite to become the next Middlesbrough manager after Aitor Karanka’s sacking. However, Boro are discussing whether to make a move for Guus Hiddink, the 70-year-old Dutchman who has twice been Chelsea interim boss.
Everton have their eye on Genoa’s 21-year-old Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego, to replace Lukaku if necessary.
Arsenal and Tottenham are keen on French defender Florian Lejeune, 25, who is playing in Spain for Eibar. Lejeune has a release clause of just £8.7m.
Chelsea captain John Terry, 36, will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer but could be given a coaching or ambassadorial role by the club.
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, 70, has applied to become Ghana’s national coach.
Everton’s Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku can still fulfil his dream of playing in the Champions League if he signs a new contract at Goodison Park, says three-time Arsenal Premier League winner Ray Parlour.
Sunderland should re-appoint Roy Keane as boss if the club are relegated, says former Black Cats striker Stephen Elliott.
Man City need a minimum of three new players to make a serious challenge for European titles, says the club’s former defender Richard Dunne.
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, has been warned he will be sold if he does not sign a new contract. The England international has 18 months remaining on his current deal.
Ipswich Town are set to make a summer move for Colchester United left-sided player Brennan Dickenson, 24, after he scored 10 goals in 29 League Two games.
Norwich City’s Switzerland defender Timm Klose, 28, says he faces an uncertain future at the Championship club.
Arsenal supporters plan to hire a plane to tow a banner protesting against a new contract for boss Arsene Wenger when the team play at West Brom on Saturday.
Southampton are considering a summer move for Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart. Current No.1 Fraser Forster is a target for Everton, and Claude Puel is hopeful Hart – who has spent the season on loan at Torino – could be brought in as a replacement.
Tottenham are planning summer moves for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. Gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is a long-term admirer of both players and is keen to add them to his young squad ahead of next season.
Man City are set to target Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas this summer. Pep Guardiola is willing to sell Claudio Bravo this summer, and the former Barcelona boss is eyeing the Costa Rica international as Bravo’s replacement.
Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to ignore interest from Real Madrid in order to extend his stay at AC Milan. The 18-year-old goalie is seen as one of Europe’s most promising young players and the uncertainty over his future has prompted links to some of Europe’s top sides. Madrid are looking for a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas and President Florentino Perez wants the Italian. Madrid are willing to match his wage demands, but Donnarumma would rather stay at San Siro and Adriano Galliani will oblige.
Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt is expected to be the subject of a bidding war in the near future with Bayern Munich and Liverpool waiting to pounce at the end of the season. The Reds’ interest in the Germany international is no secret and Jurgen Klopp is preparing an offer for the £20 million-rated player but it is reported that he has already opened talks with the German champions.