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Liverpool plotting Real Madrid double swoop to thwart Arsenal transfer plans

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Liverpool are plotting to sign Real Madrid duo Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio to frustrate Arsenal’s transfer plans.
Liverpool have already signed two players this summer and more arrivals are expected.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to capitalise on their 2017/18 campaign which saw the Anfield club make the Champions League final.

A title challenge is expected next term and Klopp is well underway in his recruitment drive.

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And Spanish newspaper Marca claim the boss is wants to bring one of Real’s attacking stars to Anfield this summer.

Winger Vazquez and attacking sensation Asensio are supposedly on Klopp’s radar.Marco Asensio
Liverpool’s interest in Asensio has been known for some time, with the playmaker regularly linked with a move to the Premier League last term.

His relationship with former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was thought to be a driving factor in his potential move to England but now Julen Lopetegui is in charge a deal may prove tough to broker.

Real are expected to offload one of their forward stars this summer, although Gareth Bale is currently the favourite to leave ahead of Asensio.

Marca claim Liverpool remain interested in the Spain gem, however.

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As for Vazquez, the report outlines Arsenal are keen on securing a deal for the Real Madrid academy product as Unai Emery pushes ahead with his transfer plans.

The Gunners have already signed a new goalkeeper in Bernd Leno and defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos expected to join this month.

Emery’s main task is to sort out an ailing defence but winger Vazquez has been identified as a viable attacking target.

Marca claim Chelsea and AC Milan are also eyeing Vazquez but that Liverpool remain in contention for his signature.

The Reds have already landed Naby Keita and Fabinho this summer and missed out on a move for nabil Fekir in June.

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I’m really grateful to our fans, Messi speaks after netting hat-trick

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Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi, was given a standing ovation by Real Betis supporters, after scoring his 33rd La Liga hat trick in their 4-1 win at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday.

Messi opened the scoring with a free kick and added the second before the break after a brilliant Luis Suarez assist.

He completed his treble late on with an exquisite chip, after Suarez and Loren Moron had exchanged goals.

The third Messi strike, which killed off any late hopes of a Betis comeback, drew an ovation from the home supporters which the Argentine international says he has never previously experienced.

“I don’t ever remember a night like this [being applauded by rival supporters].

“I’m really grateful for the way the fans responded. I honestly don’t remember an ovation like that [from rival fans],” Messi told Movistar.

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Sadio Mane top highest goal scorer in Premier League

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Following the conclusion of match-day 31 of the English Premier League, EPL, on Sunday, below are the current highest goal scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the English top-flight league.

Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane scored in his side’s 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday to take his tally to 17 goals so far this season.

Everton stars, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison scored in their side’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday to take their tallies to 12 goals each.

See top 20 of Premier League highest goal scorers so far below:

18 gaols: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

17 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenaham), Sadio Mane (Liverpool).

15 goals: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

13 goals: Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

12 goals: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Raúl Jiménez (Wolves), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Richarlison (Everton), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).

11 goals: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Joshua King (Bournemouth), Glenn Murray (Brighton).

10 goals: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Meanwhile, the match-day 32 of the English Premier League will resume coming weekend.

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Dogo explains as Sunshine Stars FC held to goalless draw in Akure by Enyimba

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Sunshine Star Football Club of Akure have played a goalless draw with Enyimba International Football Club of Aba in the match 11 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, at the Akure Township Stadium.

The week 11 fixture saw the Enyimba team doing most of the defensive playing, while the Akure-based team, Sunshine Stars FC’s strikers could not prove their potency within the box 18 of the Aba team after series of chances.

Reacting after the match which saw his team drop two points at home, the Sunshine Stars FC coach, Kabiru Dogo, who described the performance of his boys as not too good, disclosed that it was due to logistic problems within the club.

“As a coach, I’m not happy for the outcome of the match, as you can see my team played one of their best games today but we could not get the goals in the area of attacking, because football is all about goals, I could not say we did well, we didn’t do well, but there is room for improvement.

“We had opportunities to bring in new strikers into the team but due to some problems and logistics within the club, we had to manage what we have,” the Sunshine coach stated.

On his own part, the Head Coach of Enyimba International FC, Usman Abd’allah, who lauded his team’s spirit at getting the deserving one point away from home, maintained that it will help in boosting the mental stability of his boys in subsequent fixtures.

“A draw is a good one for us, even though we came here for the three points because the last two away matches because we were able to grab two point each from that match. But we thought we are going to get our first three away points but we had one point, it’s okay.

“At this moment, we are one step ahead because we are now picking up because the away points we have been getting is helping in replacing those we have lost. It’s a recovery of what we lost against Lobi Stars.

“I like the result and the fighting spirit of my boys,” Usman stated.

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