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Abraham, Others To leave As Chelsea Make Preparation To Land £150m Haaland

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I ‘Hope’ Chelsea Is Not Planning To Bid £150 Million For Me - Haaland

Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich is pushing Chelsea to complete a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland this summer, according to BILD.

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, wants to bring in a new striker ahead of his first full season in charge.

Tuchel’s first choice  is believed to be Haaland, who has scored 57 goals in 59 games for Dortmund.

Abramovich is also a big admirer of Haaland and is not prepared to give up easily in his efforts to sign the Norway international.

It is believed the Russian billionaire has now released funds which will enable Chelsea to land Haaland this summer, although the deal would be expected to cost in the region of £150 million.

It’s also understood that Chelsea are ready to balance that by selling at least three first-team players including Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Hakim Ziyech.

Reports in France also claim that the Premier League side are also willing to offload Kurt Zouma if their €30m (£25.6m) valuation is met.

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OLYMPICS: How Fight Over Puma Contract Caused Disqualification Of 10 Nigerian Athletes – Blessing Okagbare

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How the fight over Puma Contract caused the Disqualification Of 10 Nigeria Athletes

Nigerian sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare has accused the officials of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, of being responsible for the ban of the ten athletes participating at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic games in Japan.

Earlier, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which runs the anti-doping program for the sport, said the athletes failed to meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules for ‘Category A’ federations.

Reacting, Okagbare, via a tweet, stated that the AFN were busy fighting for power to the extent that they forgot their major responsibility, adding that athletes are always at the receiving end of the damage because the sport system in Nigeria is flawed.

Okagbare said, ”I have said it before and I will say it again. If you do not know the sport, not passionate about it us [the athletes], then you have no business there as an administrator. The sport system in Nigeria is so flawed and we athletes are always at the receiving end of the damage.

“They were busy fighting over power, exercising their pride over Puma contracts/ kits forgetting their major responsibility “THE ATHLETES ”. It’s sad that this cycle keeps repeating itself and some people will come out to say I am arrogant for speaking my truth. It is my CAREER.”

Okagbare is, however, not among the ten athletes disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics.

READ ALSO: Tokyo Olympics: 10 Nigerian Athletes Declared Ineligible

The ten athletes disqualified from the competition include Knowledge Omovoh, Ruth Usoro, Favor Ofili, Chidi Okezie, Chioma Onyekwere and Annette Echikunwoke, Rosemary Chukwuma, Glory Patrick, Yinka Ajayi and Tima Godbless.

Meanwhile, the track and field competition at Tokyo 2020 begins on Friday [July 30].

Team Nigeria is yet to win any medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

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Marcus Bettinelli Completes Chelsea Move

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Marcus Bettinelli Completes Chelsea Move

Chelsea have completed the signing of former Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli on a free transfer, it announced on Wednesday.

Bettinelli, 29, left Fulham at the end of last season after making more than 100 appearances in over a decade with the Cottagers.

The former England Under-21 international has now agreed a two-year deal with the Champions League winners where he will compete with first choice Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

READ ALSO: Tokyo Olympics: 10 Nigerian Athletes Declared Ineligible

“It’s always been a special club. I know the area very well so it’s been a dream of mine to come over to this side and it’s finally happened,” Bettinelli told Chelsea’s website.

“There were some talks a few years ago when I was a bit younger, and for whatever reason, that didn’t come about. But I’m here now,” added Bettinelli, whose arrival at Chelsea follows the departure of Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

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