Arjen Robben wants huge salary increase to join Manchester United | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Arjen Robben wants huge salary increase to join Manchester United

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 18, 2014

Robben

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben wants a huge salary increase to join Manchester United, according to The Metro.

If reports are to be believed, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal who looks set to become the clubs new manager in the near future is desperate to bring Robben to Old Trafford in the up coming market.

Manchester United could offer the German giants as much as £25 million in order to land the winger this summer.

However, with Robben earning as much as £160,000- a-week at Bayern, it appears that the player would only sign for United if he was offered a huge payincrease. At 30-years-old, the Dutch international is approaching the twilight years of his career and would have to make do without Champions Leaguefootball at The Theatre of Dreams.

It remains to be seen, however, as to whether Manchester United will step up their interest in the superstar in the coming weeks, but their immediateattention will turn to appointing Van Gaal as manager.

Manchester United fans will be hoping a deal with Van Gaal can be concluded in the near future, so the club can concentrate on transfer activity.(GivemeSport)

Manchester United favourites to sign Cesc Fabregas | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Manchester United favourites to sign Cesc Fabregas

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 18, 2014

Fabregas

Manchester United appear to be favourites to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, at least with the bookmakers anyway.

According to the latest transfer odds from SkyBet, the Red Devils are now listed as evens to sign the Spaniard before the summer transfer deadline, with Arsenal Fabregas former club having drifted out to 12/1.

Manchester City are also at 12/1, with Chelseas chances of completing a deal obviously considered slightly more unlikely at 16/1.

Next on the list of possible destinations is Liverpool at 20/1, while the quartet of Tottenham, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus are all priced at 25/1.

Fabregas future at Barcelona appears to have been subject to considerable doubt for some time now, with rumours suggesting that the Catalan giants were prepared to listen to offers for his services this summer.

Although he is yet to be formally appointed as Manchester Uniteds new permanent manager, Louis van Gaal is widely expected to take the reins at OldTrafford this week and you have to assume that the Dutchmans impressive track record and considerable reputation in the game will make it far easier for the club to attract a higher-caliber oftransfer target.

Central midfield is also a particular area of the current Manchester United squad that will require immediate attention from Van Gaal, with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick having performed poorly throughout a turbulent 2013/14 campaign under David Moyes.

Fabregas who is rated at around the £45 million mark would be an expensive purchase, but one thatwould surely help elevate Manchester United back into title contention(GMS)

BREAKING: Wenger celebrates FA Cup success with new three-year contract | INFORMATION NIGERIA

BREAKING: Wenger celebrates FA Cup success with new three-year contract

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 18, 2014

Wenger and Sagna

Frenchman will enter a third decade at Arsenal and be given £100m transfer kitty after agreeing a deal until 2017 worth £7.5 million a year Arsène Wenger is preparing to enter an unprecedented third decade as Arsenal manager after agreeing a new three-year contract that will commit him to the club until 2017.

Worth £7.5 million a year, the contract had been offered to Wenger regardless of whether Arsenal won the FA Cup but the 64-year-old has now pledged to follow up his verbal agreement by putting pen to paper before he travels to the World Cup.

A formal announcement is likely this week, potentially Wednesday or Thursday. (Telegraph)

More to follow

David de Gea to be offered new Manchester United contract | INFORMATION NIGERIA

David de Gea to be offered new Manchester United contract

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

De Gea

Manchester United are set to offer De Gea an improved contract to keep him at the club, InformationNg understands

After a somewhat disastrous campaign for the Manchester Club, De Gea been one of the few positives and rightly deserves the player of the year for the club.

If the deal is completed, De Gea would see his weekly wages rise from £52,000 to £85,000.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have continued to monitor his developments.

Barcelona though are front runners to lure him to Spain, after Valdez decided to leave the club, and Pinto struggling.

But with this new bumper deal, De Gea is likely to sign and stay at Old trafford.

Yaya Sanogo taunts Jose Mourinho on Twitter | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Yaya Sanogo taunts Jose Mourinho on Twitter

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

Yaya Sanogo

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo took a swipe at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Twitter ahead of the clubs FA Cup final win over Hull City this weekend.

The Daily Star on Sunday reports how the 21-year- old Frenchman introduced as a second half substitute at Wembley taunted the Portuguese tactician for his failure to deliver a single trophy during his first season of a second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Earlier this year, Mourinho caused a stir when describing Arsene Wenger as aspecialist in failure,

but its the Gunners boss who had the last laugh after guiding Arsenal to a dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory.

It was quite a gamble taken by the former Auxerre star in the build-up to the showpiece final though, and after Arsenal found themselves 2-0 down inside the opening 10 minutes he probably wished hed never posted the message.

Last tweet bfore history, who would have guess we wld be in this position 1 month ago ? So José how much trophy did you get this year ? he tweeted.

Thankfully for Sanogo the Gunners hit back with goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey, ending the north London clubs nine-year spell without a trophy.{GMS}

Phil Jones: England can win the World Cup | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Phil Jones: England can win the World Cup

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

Phil Jone§

England defender Phil Jones has insisted Roy Hodgsons side are good enough to win the World Cup.

The 22-year-old continues to make good progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury and joined up with other members of the squad for the England Footballers Foundation charity dinner on Sunday night Roy Hodgsons squad fly out to Portugal on Monday for a five-day training camp ahead of a pre-World Cupfriendly with Peru on May 30 and Jones is adamant that confidence within the squad is high.

There is a real buzz about what is going to be a fantastic tournament and all the lads are excited about it, Jones told Sky Sports News.

Well go in there with a great belief and confidence about ourselves. We know that if we play at our best then on any day we can beat any team.

Theres no point getting on the plane unless we think we are going to go far and who knows maybe we can win the tournament.

But were all confident and looking forward to the tournament.

Leighton Baines is expected to start at left-back in Englands World Cup opener against Italy next month, but says nobody has a guaranteed place in the side.

At this level, in the company you are in, in terms of the players, I think it would be foolish for anyone to think that theyre guaranteed to start a game, he said.

I think all the players will want to beright at it and fight for the place from the get-go.

The managers recent comments that we are not among the favourites to win the competition were right. Were not, but were excited by some of theplayers that have been included in the squad.

That has got a lot of people in the nation a bit more excited about our possibilities, so well go out there with that and hopefully we can do well.

England captain Steven Gerrard has also insisted there is real belief in the squad that they can do well in Brazil.

Gerrard said: I think (low expectations) can help but theres no harm in dreaming. Us players dream as well,you always say to yourself what if, what if it does happen and you prove all the doubters wrong and you go on to have a successful World Cup?

So theres no harm in dreaming but the reality is that there are a lot of top teams going to this World Cup. Itsa very difficult competition but theres excitement and belief in the squad they we can do well.

Its for real now. Its not far away and the preparations start (Monday) when we get over to Portugal and do our first training session. Theres certainly a lot ofexcitement and belief in the squad.(SKY)

Djokovic Beat Nadal as Williams Cruises Past Errani to Victories in the Italian Open | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Djokovic Beat Nadal as Williams Cruises Past Errani to Victories in the Italian Open

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Novak Djokovic won his third Italian Open title and laid down a marker for the French Open with victory over Rafael Nadal in the Rome final.

Djokovic, 26, beat the defending champion and world number one 4-6 6-3 6-3 in two hours and 19 minutes.

The Serb has now won four matches in a row against Nadal, and has been victorious at five of the past six ATP Masters 1000 events.

I was able to find positive things during the tournament but I played three very tough matches this week and it was very hard mentally, as well as physically, said Nadal

Novak Djokovic Beats Nadal to WIn French Open Tune-Up. Image Credit: Reuters.

I was a little bit tired.

This years French Open, where Nadal is eight-time champion, begins on Sunday.

In the womens singles, World number one Serena Williams overpowered home favourite Sara Errani to retain her Italian Open title.

The American, 32, powered through 6-3 6-0 at Romes Foro Italico and took her record on clay to 53 wins and two defeats since 2012.

She has now won 60 WTA titles, moving her into seventh in the all-time list.

Williams will head to the French Open, which begins next Sunday, as a strong favourite to successfully defend her title and win an 18th Grand Slam.

Source: BBC Sport

IK Uche Scores as Villareal Clinches Europa League Spot | INFORMATION NIGERIA

IK Uche Scores as Villareal Clinches Europa League Spot

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Ikechukwu Uche scored Villareals second goal in Sundays 2-1 win over rivals Real Sociedad.

The Super Eagles striker converted a close range effort on 70 minutes from a Giovani Dos Santos assist, after the World Cup-bound Mexican had gifted the Yellow Sub-marine the opener on 26 minutes.

Uche, who was not named in Nigeria 30-man provisional World Cup squad, scored 14 league goals in the 2013/14 La Liga season.

Ikechukwu Uche Celebrates Villareals Passage Into the Qualification Round of the Europa League.

The victory helped Villareal clinch the final Europa League spot in La Liga.

Coach Marcelino Garcia Torals side went into the final game of the season three points behind Sociedad, but succeeded in edging their opponents to a sixth-place finish courtesy of a better head-to-head record.

Carlos Vela scored Sociedads consolation deep into the regulation time.

Bolivia President Evo Morales Joins Top Flight Football Club | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Bolivia President Evo Morales Joins Top Flight Football Club

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, will feature for a professional football club in the country for next season.

President Morales, 54, an avid football fan, has signed for Sports Boys, a team based in the south-eastern province of Santa Cruz.

The first division club said the president is not expected to play in each game, owing to his tight schedules but would play for about 20 minutes per match.

He will receive the minimum salary, about $214 (£127).

Evo Morales Will Wear Jersey Number 10 for Sports Boys.

He loves football and plays well, said Sport Boys president Mario Cronenbold. Hell wear No. 10 shirt.

Well send him a list of matches and hell chose which ones to play in.

Mr Morales has played in several well-publicised matches with journalists, union leaders and other presidents.

In 2007 he played a match at 6,000m (19,700ft) above sea level in a protest against efforts to stop Bolivia playing its international matches at high altitude.

He suffered a broken nose, after colliding with a goalkeeper in 2006.

Victorious Eaglets Await Fulfilment of House Pledge | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Victorious Eaglets Await Fulfilment of House Pledge

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Two players from the Nigeria squad that won the 2013 Fifa U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), Musa Muhammed and Zaharadeen Bello, have sounded a reminder to the Kano State Government on the promise of a house gift made to them.

The duo were promised a house each by Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for featuring for the victorious Golden Eaglets, who clinched a record fourth Fifa world title for Nigeria six months ago.

We are still waiting for our houses many months after the Governor promised us, said Mohammed, who is now the Flying Eagles skipper.

Golden Eaglets Players Celebrates During the 2013 Fifa World Cup in the UAE.

We received the papers for the house and even keys but since that presentation, we have not been contacted by any official as regards what next.

Zaharadeen added: We are most grateful to the Governor for this gift, but to be honest the waiting is really killing. We are very anxious and so too our families.

We therefore appeal to the government to please see to it that we can move into the houses soon.