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Transfer: Chelsea officially signs Casadei, confirm deal for Charles

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Chelsea on Friday confirmed the signing of Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan.

The Blues also announced that Niamh Charles has signed a new contract with the club’s Women’s team.

Chelsea disclosed this in a separate statement via its website ahead of their Premier League tie with Leeds United this weekend.

The statement read in part, “Chelsea has completed the signing of Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan after the Italian agreed a six-year contract with the Blues.

“The teenage midfielder is considered one of his homeland’s brightest prospects after shining at youth level for club and country, being part of the Italy side which reached the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championship in the summer.

“Niamh Charles has signed a new contract with Chelsea for three more years to keep her at the club until summer 2025.

“The 23-year-old has transitioned from attacking wide player to full-back since joining Chelsea from Liverpool Women in the summer of 2020. A tenacious defender, she has already impressively helped the club clinch two Barclays FA Women’s Super League titles, two Vitality FA Cup’s and the Continental Cup while also making the final of the UEFA Champions League.”

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Transfer: Napoli consider Moffi as replacement for Osimhen

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Napoli are considering a move for Terem Moffi as a potential replacement for Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen looks set to leave the former Serie A champions in the summer. The Partenopei could bring in Moffi as a replacement for the former Lille striker.

Moffi has enjoyed a prolific campaign for Ligue 1 club, OGC Nice. The 23-year-old has already scored 11 goals for Nice this season.

The Nigerian is under contract at the club until 2027.

His compatriot Victor Boniface and Bologna star, Joshua Zirkzee, have also been linked with Napoli.

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Gusau backs Falcons to shine at Olympics

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The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau, is optimistic the Super Falcons will derive inspiration from their impressive performance at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand when they compete at the women’s football event of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Nigeria are pitted against Spain, Brazil, and Japan in a tough Group C of the tournament, which begins July 25, a day before the opening ceremony of the Games, and will run until August 10, when the Games come to an end.

The Falcons booked their spot at the Games for the first time since 2008 by defeating rivals South Africa 1-0 on aggregate in the final qualifying round.

The team’s coach, Randy Waldrum, has labelled their group the “group of death,” but Gusau believes the 11-time African champions can replicate their 2023 Women’s World Cup form, where they bowed out on penalties against England in the round of 16, having held Olympic champions Canada and Northern Ireland, and beating co-hosts Australia.

“We’ll try to improve on our World Cup performance, where we crashed out without losing a single game during regulation time. The girls have shown resilience and determination to qualify for the Olympics against all odds, and I trust them to carry that same spirit to the Games in Paris,” Gusau said.

Gusau is also setting his sights on the podium in Paris.

“After a performance at the World Cup in Australia or New Zealand, I know none of the teams in our group will take us for granted. We want to qualify from the group stage and target the semi-finals, which puts us in the medal range. I believe the team will do well in Paris and return to the country with medals on their necks. Missing three previous Olympic qualifications will motivate the girls to make their mark in Paris,” he added.

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EPL: Liverpool in talks with Arne Slot to replace Klopp

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Liverpool have opened talks with Feyenoord about appointing Arne Slot as their new manager.

According to Sky Sports, Slot is now the favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

The Dutchman is believed to tick all their key criteria for the role and the process could move quickly with the 45-year-old keen to join the Reds.

Slot lifted the KNVB Cup last weekend and guided Feyenoord to their first title in six years last season.

He appeals to Liverpool due to his aggressive, full-throttle style.

Slot’s penchant for a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation also fits Liverpool’s squad.

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