Kylian Mbappe’s meteoric rise in European soccer has been well-documented, and the biggest story for the Frenchman this summer is whether or not the Monaco attacker will return to the Ligue 1 champions next season.
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The 18-year-old is coming off of a 26-goal season for Monaco, who reached the UEFA Champions League semifinals in 2016/17, and has gained attention from several of world’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid.
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Mbappe says that Real’s pursuit of the youngster is nothing new though, with the Spanish giants having had interest in him for several years.
“They [Real Madrid] have been trying to sign me since I was 14,” Mbappe told Canal +.
Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool are among the other clubs that have been linked to the $100-plus million player.
ESPN FC reported last week that two unnamed clubs placed bids of over $112 million for Mbappe, but both offers were quickly rebuffed.
Now, Mbappe says he’ll weigh his choices with his family before making a potentially drastic career move.
“We’re going to go away as a family and we’re going to think it over,” Mbappe said.
“For the moment, I’m going to leave my suitcases in Paris, because we’re here.” I can’t take them with me. We’ll have to sort through things, see what happens with the club. I’m under contract, I’m not free.”
In Part 2 of Everton Unseen, European football returns to Goodison Park as Everton host MFK Ruzomberok in the qualifying round of the Europa League.
Click play on the video below to get a feel for how Goodison Park will be in the second leg of the Europa League in Part 2 of this videos series.
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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it is sending in an emergency management team to run the troubled Cameroon football federation.
The panel to be appointed by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will oversee elections by next March to replace disputed polls in 2015 for the Cameroon federation board.
FIFA’s intervention comes amid speculation Cameroon could be stripped of hosting the next African Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.
CAF President Ahmad this month cast doubt on Cameroon’s ability to prepare for the expanded 24-team tournament.
FIFA says Wednesday it acted after “recent failed attempts … to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.”
Tottenham reportedly broke the bank for its first transfer of the summer.
The North London club confirmed that it had completed a transfer with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez after the Colombian international passed a medical. According to The Telegraph, the deal is worth around $54 million, a club record. The deal is subject to acquisition of Sanchez’s work permit but given the transfer fee and him being in Colombia’s squad, it’s likely a mere formality at this point.
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The 21-year-old defender brings speed and strength to Tottenham’s backline as well as a year of seasoning in the Eredivisie, which features plenty of attacking talent. Sanchez will battle with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for a place in Spurs’ three-man backline.
It’s a risk moving to a new club a year ahead of the World Cup, but Sanchez is hoping that with appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League up for grabs, he can do well enough to keep his place in the Colombia National Team squad.
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Liverpool got off to a flying start in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League tie with Hoffenheim.
With the loyal Anfield crowd behind the team, the Reds scored three goals in the first 21 minutes, two of them from Emre Can to put Liverpool well in control of the tie.
Can’s opener was followed by a goal from Mo Salah before the German international scored a wide-open goal at the back post to make it 3-0 and 5-1 on aggregate. Sadio Mane played a big role in both of Can’s goals.
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Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann went to the bench right after the third goal and brought on Mark Uth, who promptly scored to bright a little hope back to the German club.
Here’s a look at the flying first half of goals for Liverpool.
Emre Can 10′
Mohamed Salah 18′
Emre Can 21′
Mark Uth 28′