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Man City Make £40m Bid For Atletico Madrid Defender, Gimenez

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Manchester City have had an offer of €89m rejected by Atletico Madrid for defender Jose Gimenez.

Pep Guardiola has identified his defence as an area for improvement in this transfer window and has already signed Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for a reported fee of £40m.

However, he wants more reinforcements in the backline, with a world-class starting defender on his wishlist to reportedly play alongside Aymeric Laporte.

Throughout the off-season, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has been the player most frequently linked with plugging the hole in City’s defence, but the Serie A side’s asking price combined with the player’s age have led to Guardiola looking elsewhere.

Gimenez is the latest player City have targeted, and, according to AS, they have already had two bids turned down for the Uruguayan.

Last week, a €70m offer was rejected, with a subsequently increased offer of €89m also turned down by Atletico Madrid.

The latest negotiation from City included a number of performance-based bonuses, but Atletico are adamant that if Gimenez is to leave the club it will be after his €120m release clause is triggered.

AS reports that Gimenez is not pushing for the move, but will be happy to speak to City should Atletico agree on a fee.

Last season, Man City and Atletico found themselves in a similar stalemate surrounding the transfer of Rodri, which was eventually broken after his €70m release clause was triggered.

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Simon, Amoo Nominated For CAF Player Of The Year Awards

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Nigerian duo, Moses Simon and Akinkunmi Amoo have been nominated for the CAF Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

CAF released the first list of nominees for the Men’s categories namely Player of the Year, Interclub Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, and Club of the Year on Thursday.

Simon made the shortlist following an impressive outing for Nigeria at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations early this year in Cameroon.

The winger also starred in his club, Nantes Coupe de France success last season.

The former Levante player scored six goals and recorded eight assists in 30 league appearances for Nantes last season.

He will battle the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Riyadh Mahrez, and co for the award.

Amoo made the shortlist in the Young Player category after an impressive campaign for his Danish club, FC Copenhagen.

The CAF Awards 2022 will be held ahead of the final of the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco scheduled to take place between 2 July – 23 July.

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Manchester United Reject Signing Neymar

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Manchester United reportedly decided against signing Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar in a swap deal with former midfielder Paul Pogba back in 2019, Express UK reports.

Neymar has continued to be linked with a departure from PSG this summer as he’s irked by comments made by the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Al-Khelaifi had recently said: “A possible departure for Neymar this summer?

“What I can tell you is that we expect all players to do a lot more than last season.

“You have to become humble, you have to avoid injuries, suspensions and fouls that change a game.”

However, one team linked with the 30-year-old Brazilian international is Manchester United, although they could have already acquired him three years ago.

Man United’s former chief executive Ed Woodward rejected the opportunity of bringing Neymar to Old Trafford.

PSG reportedly approached Man United about the possibility of exchanging Neymar with Pogba, but the Premier League giants deemed the former Barcelona star to be too expensive.

Neymar’s wages of around £606,000 a week reportedly put Woodward off, and the former executive was also keen to keep Pogba at United.

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Arsenal Gives Jesus Jersey No 9

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Gabriel Jesus will wear the number 9 shirt at Arsenal for the 2022/2023 season.

The Brazil striker is in the final stages of completing a £45 million move from Manchester City, having undergone his medicals with the Gunners.

On Wednesday, Jesus was caught on camera at the Emirates Stadium donning his new shirt, Goal reports.

The no 9 shirt has become available following the departure of Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal as a free agent.

Lacazette, who has re-joined Lyon this summer, wore the jersey since the 2017/2018 campaign.

Before then, Arsenal’s No.9 spot was filled by Lucas Perez, Lukas Podolski, Chu-young Park, Eduardo and Julio Baptista.

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