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Man Utd hope to sign Umtiti before World Cup

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Manchester United are hopeful they can agree a deal for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti before the World Cup, according to Sport.

Jose Mourinho is eager to strengthen his defence at Old Trafford and sees the France international as the ideal addition after Victor Lindelof failed to live up to expectations.

The Red Devils were offered hope in their pursuit of Umtiti last week as Barca club president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the club would not break the bank to keep the defender .

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Juventus are hoping to beat Bayern Munich and Chelsea to the signing of Anthony Martial, according to Calciomercato.

The Serie A side are optimistic they can replicate the kind of transfer that brought Douglas Costa from Munich to Turin for €40m, and sign the Manchester United attacker for a reasonable fee this summer.

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Martial is expected to leave Old Trafford after failing to break into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI, while Alexis Sanchez’s arrival has further decreased his playing time.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool assistant manager Zelkjo Buvac has emerged as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, Bosnian website Pravdabl reports.

Buvac has taken a leave of absence from Liverpool for the remainder of the season due to personal reasons, but could be in line for a shock move to Arsenal when he returns to England.

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The 56-year-old was Klopp’s assistant at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund before moving to Liverpool, but only has three seasons of head coaching experience in the German fourth tier.

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Women’s World Cup: Nine Countries Show Interest In Hosting

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Women's World Cup: Nine Countries Shows Interest In Hosting

Nine countries have expressed interest in hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa have formally declared their interest.

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A joint bid for the tournament could also be made by North and South Korea.

World football’s governing body, FIFA, says the deadline to submit bidding registration is the middle of April.

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Olivier Giroud Banned From Driving For Six Months For Speeding

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Olivier Giroud Banned From Driving For Six Months For Speeding

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has on Tuesday been banned from driving for six months after admitting to speeding in his Bentley in his fourth offence in nine months.

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The 32-year-old French international, who helped lead the team to World Cup victory, has been banned after he was caught driving at 60mph (97km/h) in a 50mph (80km/h) zone, 10mph above the speed limit in Willesden on 2 May 2018.

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At Willesden Magistrates’ Court, Giroud was disqualified from driving after three penalty points were added to his licence, taking him to the 12-point limit. Neither the Chelsea star nor his lawyer was in court having admitted to the offence in November.

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Super Falcons: Dennerby Invites 30 Home-Based Players Ahead Of World Cup

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Super Falcons: Dennerby Invites 30 Home-Based Players Ahead Of World Cup

Super Falcons head coach, Thomas Dennerby, has invited to camp 30 home-based players for preparations as this summer’s Women’s World Cup Finals enter a new gear.

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The nine-time African champions are scheduled to play two matches in Spain in the first week of April to further put themselves in shape for the finals.  They have been to tournaments in China and Cyprus to prepare for the big global fiesta in France, playing six matches in all.

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