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Sadio Mané has made his way to Munich, a number of European clubs are after a promising French full back and Given Msimango wants out amid Chiefs interest. Here’s the latest.
The news of the week and potentially the news of the window surrounds the move of Afcon winner Mané. The Senegalese winger has made it clear that he wants to leave the Reds after six years and is ready for a new challenge in the Bundesliga.
After arriving in Germany yesterday for his medical, the £27 million (± R540 million) deal has been done and the announcement is imminent.
Staying with Liverpool, a shock return could be on the cards for former midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman was voted Ligue 1 flop of the season after a poor season with PSG and a recent report states that just a year in from his big move, a loan deal with the Reds is a possibility.
According to a report from GOAL, French full back Jonathan Clauss is available for as little as £10 million (R200 million) with multiple European clubs looking at the possibility of signing him.
One of those clubs is reportedly Chelsea, with the Blues said to have watched him play on multiple occasions. The 29-year-old could make for a good backup option with Reece James nailing down the right back position, and he said last year that it would be a dream to play for Chelsea.
Meanwhile in Manchester, rumours of a departure at centre forward have been rife, and a move for Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal could well be on the cards after the arrival of Erling Haaland at City.
The Gunners are yet to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and have reportedly agreed personal terms with Jesus. City value the Brazilian at around £50 million (R1 billion) and representatives are said to have flown to London in a bid to confirm the deal.
Arsenal are also set to approach Leeds United for their star winger Raphinha. The Brazilian looked set for a move to Barcelona but the Catalan club is reportedly unable to cough up the sizable fee required to recruit him.
In local news, TS Galaxy defender Given Msimango has expressed his desire “to change the environment” and said that he is ready for “a bigger challenge” amid interest from Kaizer Chiefs.
The 25-year-old has played in Mpumalanga for the past two seasons and is now heavily linked with a move to Amakhosi.
Msimango plays in the heart of the defence and Arthur Zwane may be eyeing him up to provide competition for the likes of Siyabonga Ngezana and Eric Mathoho.
Staying with Kaizer Chiefs, the Soweto giants have confirmed the departures of Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.
Interim captain Mphahlele failed to win any trophies with the club after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns.
The pair make up the list of twelve players to have been released with Yusuf Maart, Pule Mmodi and Kabamelo Kodisang still linked with moves to Soweto.
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