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Rooney returns to Everton after 13 years of leaving club for Man U

Rooney ends Man Utd career and returns to Everton 

Wayne Rooney has completed a return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years playing for Manchester United.

The two clubs have been locked in transfer negotiations this week, with Romelu Lukaku set to go the other way for an estimated £75 million.

The England striker, 31, left Goodison Park in 2004 for £25.6m and returns for a reported £10m to help fill the void left by Lukaku’s departure.

Rooney becomes the latest arrival at Goodison Park in an ambitious summer rebuild by Ronald Koeman, with big-money deals for the likes of Jordan Pickford, Micheal Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez already wrapped up.

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A product of the Toffees’ academy system left for Old Trafford over a decade ago after emerging as one of the most exciting talents in world football.

That reputation was enhanced during a record-breaking spell with the Red Devils which saw him overtake Sir Bobby Charlton as the club’s leading all-time goalscorer – while claiming the same record with England.

Rooney also collected an enviable collection of silverware with United, including five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, three League Cups, the Champions League and the World Club Cup.

Despite all of that success, Rooney found himself slipping down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho in 2016-17 and, with his game time limited, speculation regarding a move elsewhere soon began to surface.

Everton were quick to express their interest in bringing a home-town star back to his roots, and that deal has now been completed.

“Wayne has shown me that ambition that we need and that winning mentality – he knows how to win titles and I’m really happy he’s decided to come home,” Everton manager Ronald Koeman told the official Everton site.

“He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don’t have any doubts about his qualities. It’s fantastic he’s here.”

Why Ronaldo will never forgive R. Madrid over tax fraud allegation

Image result for Cristiano RonaldoIt is very obvious that Manchester United are watching the Cristiano Ronaldo show with renewed interest after the Real Madrid striker made it plain he is “outraged” at what he feels is unfair treatment by tax authorities and is now determined to leave Spain.

The 32-year-old feels he is being singled out for disproportionate treatment after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of €14.7m.

A source close to the player claims the “outraged” Portugal international “feels great indignation” following the public speculation about his tax affairs and a sense of “injustice” at the allegations – which he contests – and he has made a decision to leave the country.

Ronaldo, who signed a new five-year contract in November, has made no secret of his affection for United – the club he left to join Madrid in 2009 after six years at Old Trafford – and José Mourinho, who shares the same super agent Jorge Mendes, would relish his return as he seeks to build a team capable of a title challenge and a successful campaign in the Champions League.

United remain one of the clubs with the financial muscle to offer a competitive package for Ronaldo – they are predicting record revenues of up to £570m this year – and his return would be a dream commercial move.

 He has a €1bn (£880m) release clause in his current Madrid deal and United – now without Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wages on the books and the potential to lose Wayne Rooney’s financial burden soon – would be able to meet Ronaldo’s wage demands of around £400,000 a week. Paris Saint-Germain could match United’s offer but the Old Trafford move presents Ronaldo with his fairytale moment and a far grander stage on which to perform. The potential availability of one of the world’s most marketable players will also naturally alert the Chinese Super League clubs.

Reports that Ronaldo wanted to leave Real were sparked on Friday in the Portuguese newspaper A Bola. It claimed his decision was “irreversible” and that he has already told his Madrid team-mates that he wants to leave.

The root of Ronaldo’s anger stems from Spanish prosecutors’ lawsuit against the player, accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7m by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has categorically denied any wrongdoing. Real backed that assertion, saying they were confident the Portuguese forward had acted legally.

Following the tax allegations, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself with his fingers to his lips on Instagram with the caption: “Sometimes the best answer it’s to be quiet.”Earlier this week Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute released a statement which read: “There is no tax evasion scheme … There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything.”

Ronaldo’s frustrations at his treatment come after leading Real to three Champions League titles, scoring twice in last month’s final against Juventus in Cardiff as they became the first club to retain the trophy. He also became only the second player to score in three different finals and remains the competition’s record goalscorer with 105.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi took a similar stance in threatening to quit Spain in 2014, also claiming he had been singled out for special treatment when he was accused of concealing €4.1m from the authorities. The Argentina international was found guilty and subsequently lost an appeal against a 21-month prison sentence – under Spanish law sentences under two years are usually suspended – and a €2.1m (£1.8m) fine.

Paul Pogba agent, Raiola in trouble over transfer to Man U.

Image result for Paul PogbaWorld football governing body,  FIFA is set to conduct an investigation into the transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United after documents displaying the huge fee paid to agent Mino Raiola got exposed to the public. The documents claimed that Pogba earns a wage of £8.61m, equivalent to £165,588 a week, and will receive an annual loyalty bonus of more than £3.4m from next year.
Both his contract and that of teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic were negotiated by super agent Raiola, who would pocket an incredible £41m after bringing Pogba from Juventus to Old Trafford.​

The huge figures are divulged in a new book entitled Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football, and it is based on the research of Der Spiegel journalists Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger.

Nigeria football fans electrocuted in viewing centre tragedy

Nigeria football fans electrocuted in viewing centre tragedy

A high tension wire cracked and dropped on the football viewing centre during Manchester United’s Europa League encounter versus Anderlecht

Tragedy struck during Thursday’s Europa League encounter between Manchester United and Anderlecht as over 30 football fans were electrocuted at Nyagasang, Calabar.

They had gathered at the popular viewing centre when a transformer nearby exploded twice – with a high tension wire dropping on the structure built with zinc.

Report gathered showed that 28 of the victims died on the spot while two died in the hospital with about 50 others injured.

Meanwhile, the Old Trafford giants have expressed their sympathy for the victims of Thursday’s tragedy in the Cross River state capital.

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Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.

Manchester United agrees to sign Victor Moses for €90m fee

The fee agreed with Chelsea surpasses the amount paid for Pogba in 2016, and the Nigeria international will reunite with former boss Jose Mourinho

 Manchester United have agreed a world record deal to sign Victor Moses for €90 million on 1st April, Goal understands.

The Nigeria international has been in fine form this season for Antonio Conte’s rampant Chelsea side despite playing in an unfamiliar defensive role.

According to Manchester United representative AP Ril-Fool, the Premier League club met with their Chelsea counterparts earlier on Friday to discuss a deal to bring Moses to Old Trafford.

It is now understood that United have settled on a fee of €90m for Moses, which eclipses the previous record set when they paid €89m for Paul Pogba  in 2016.

He will sign a five-year contract for the Red Devils on the first of April.

In a statement, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck admitted the offer was too good to refuse.

“We cannot turn down a transfer of this magnitude because, generally speaking, it is the biggest in Chelsea’ history,” said Buck.

“We have been very happy to have Victor here but it is part of our strategy, as a club and a company, to develop players to a level where they get so attractive that the biggest clubs will buy them for large sums of money.”

The winger is said to be ready to accept a €14m annual salary at Old Trafford, which would almost outshine the wages he is currently earning at Chelsea.

When the player joins Manchester United, he will link up once more with the Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho, who is expected to offer the Nigerian to fellow Premier League clubs on a loan deal so he can prove his worth to his manager.

Up Man U! What you missed as Zlatan goal seal title for Man U against Southampton

Man uSweden football star,  Zlatan Ibrahimovic has clinched the EFL Cup trophy for Manchester United with a late goal against Southampton.

The Red Devils won the EFL Cup after Zlatan’s late header gave United a 3-2 win against Southampton at Wembley.

It looked as if the game was heading towards extra time until the 35-year-old Ibrahimovic scored in the 87th minute.

The retired Swedish international followed up his earlier free-kick with his 26th goal so far during the 2016/17 season.

Southampton were the better side throughout the final match but they will look back on two refereeing decisions.

The first of those decisions came when the referee wrongly disallowed an early goal from striker, Manolo Gabbiadini.

Furthermore, United winger, Jesse Lingard avoided getting a second yellow card early in the second half of the game.

Southampton had gone over two weeks without a game ahead of the EFL Cup final against United.

And while the Saints started the match much brighter than United, they lost concentration in the fourth minute.

This allowed Paul Pogba to strike on goal from 25 yards but his shot was straight at goalkeeper, Fraser Forster.

However, the Saints should have been ahead in the 11th minute when Gabbiadini converted a cross into the net.

However, the assistant referee flagged Southampton left full-back, Ryan Bertrand who was standing at the back of Gabbiadini offside.

Southampton remained on the ascendancy but in the 19th minute, United took the lead against the run of play.

That was after the prolific Ibrahimovic curled a free kick into the corner from 25 yards.

Despite the setback, Southampton remained on top of the situation and shot-stopper, David de Gea twice had to make saves.

United stayed dangerous on the break and they doubled their advantage when the Southampton defence slept off.

Lingard was able to slot the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 16 yards.

Frustration was starting to get the better of Southampton but in the 45th minute, they halved the deficit.

That was when Gabbiadini scored from close range after connecting with a low cross.

Moments after the game restarted, De Gea made another fine save but from the resulting corner, Southampton got their equalizer.

After United failed to defend the set piece well, the ball fell perfectly to Gabbiadini who volleyed into the net.

It was a lovely goal from the January recruit who took his overall to five goals in three matches.

Chances became few and far between as the second half went on but Lingard should have scored his second goal.

That was when the England international sliced his volley over the crossbar instead of actually scoring.

A perfect cross from Ander Herrera then found Ibrahimovic who made no mistake in powering a sweet header past Forster.

Top 4 will leave Man Utd behind – Mourinho

Top four will leave Man Utd behind - Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has claimed that the Premier League’s top four will “leave” Manchester United as the Red Devils enter an enforced break.

A 16-game unbeaten run in the English top-flight has lifted the Old Trafford outfit to within touching distance of the Champions League places.

They are, however, about to see their rivals given an opportunity to edge back into the distance.

United are set to turn their attention to other endeavours, with continental and domestic cup fixtures approaching.

A home Europa League clash with St Etienne on Thursday is followed by an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Blackburn Rovers, a return date in France and the EFL Cup final against Southampton.

With his side not in league action again until March 4, Mourinho concedes that a hectic schedule is offering positives and negatives.

“They will leave us,” he said of United’s top-four rivals.

“The other teams will have points so, for sure, it’s going to happen.

“That’s the way it is. I don’t think it is easy, because you want to play the competition, but at the same time we have motivation.

“We play the Europa League, so let’s enjoy the Europa League. We also have a cup final. I don’t believe anyone goes to Wembley not happy to go, so we go, we play.

“We know in this moment that Southampton are probably going to have some days off. I don’t know if they go to a summer camp to some nice, beautiful place with nice weather to prepare for the final.

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