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Leicester Offer £20m For Coutinho

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Leicester City are planning an ambitious move for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The 29-year-old has failed to live up to expectations since joining the Catalan giants from Liverpool in a reported £105million move, scoring just 15 LaLiga goals in 64 Spanish top-flight appearances.

The Brazilian has not played for Barcelona in 2021 after suffering a serious knee injury which ended up requiring two surgeries against Eibar in late December.

Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona are keen to offload Coutinho from their inflated wage bill, and have linked Leicester with a £20m move for the former Inter Milan star.

Current Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers worked with Coutinho at Liverpool when they went agonisingly close to winning the Premier League in 2013-14.

And Leicester are mentioned as one of a few clubs interested in signing Coutinho , with Barcelona hoping competition will help them recoup as much of the enormous fee they paid for him in January 2018.

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Tokyo 2020: Ese Brume Wins Nigeria’s First Medal

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Nigeria has its first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after Ese Brume, in the early hours of Tuesday, claimed a bronze medal after finishing third in the women’s long jump event.

Brume leapt 6.97 metres with her very first jump to claim bronze behind second-placed Brittany Reece of the United States and gold medallist Malaika Mihambo of Germany.

It is Nigeria’s first track and field medal at the Olympics since 2008 when Okagbare won a silver medal in Beijing. It also makes the long jump the first individual event to give Nigeria three medals at the Olympics with Chioma Ajunwa’s gold at the Atlanta ‘96 Olympics topping Okagbare’s silver from 2008 and Brume’s bronze.

Brume also joins Okagbare and Glory Alozie as the only Nigerians to win individual medals at both the Worlds and the Olympics.

On Tuesday, at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Brume and Reese swapped top spot a number of times and both looked set to claim gold and silver until Mihambo, with her very last jump, leapt 7.00m to add the Olympic title to the world title she won in Doha two years ago.

Mihambo started well, taking the lead on her first attempt with a jump of 6.83m.

But she was instantly overtaken by Brume with a leading jump of 6.97m which set the standard in the first of six attempts.

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Tokyo 2020: Igali Praises Oborududu, Says Wrestlers Not Under Pressure

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The Caretaker Chairman of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation and erstwhile member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Honourable Daniel Igali has declared that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games could be Team Nigeria’s best chance to be on the multiple podium.

Igali stated that the Wrestling Federation had done enough to put Nigeria wrestlers in the mix for medal(s) at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic games.

“We will continue to do our best, that’s sacrosant. I’m glad that the whole country is getting to know a bit about the work we have been doing.”

The former Olympics gold medallist said Nigerian wrestlers have had the opportunity to exhibit their talents at the Olympics.

“So far, their performance has been commendable and we’re on the brink of jostling for gold medal. There is no undue pressure or distraction from any quarter.The Wrestlers are not under any pressure. I can boldly say the athletes have the full backing of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare who has been very supportive of the team.

He said Blessing Oborududu was the project of Federation since day one of his tenure.

“Blessing Oborududu is ranked no.2 in the world, we discovered her from an inter-house wrestling competition at her High school and had her in the national camp from 2007.”

Igali expressed delight with the love Nigerians have displayed to the wrestling team at the Olympics.

“The wrestling team are determined more than ever to continue with their superlative performance and you can see how everyone in Nigeria is anxious to see us do well,” Igali said.

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Tokyo 2020: Hassan Wins Women’s 5,000m Title

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Sifan Hassan successfully negotiated the first of the three Olympic challenges she has set for herself here as she won the women’s 5,000 metres gold medal.

The 28-year-old Dutch athlete held off Rio 2016 silver medallist and double world champion Hellen Obiri down the finishing straight after waiting until the bell to make her move, and finished in 14min 36.79sec, with the Kenyan taking another silver in 14:38.36.

Hassan is also targeting the two events in which she won world titles two years ago in Doha, the 10,000m and 1500m.

Earlier the day she fell heavily while qualifying from the 1500m heats, but showed no signs of any ill effects tonight as she remained within the main pack without doing anything remarkable until the final lap – at which point she became suddenly irresistible.

“I can’t believe it,” said Hassan, who left her native country of Ethiopia as a refugee and arrived in The Netherlands aged 15.

“I used all my energy this morning and I was kind of tired.

“I couldn’t believe what happened.

“It was terrible when I tripped.

“I felt terrible afterwards and I never thought I am going to be Olympic champion.

“It has been an amazing day.”

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