Salah retains CAF African Player of the Year gong

first_imgMohamed Salah has been named African Player of the Year for the second time in succession.Salah defended his crown after scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and Egypt in 2018.He finished as the 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot winner with 32 goals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the three-man shortlist for the award.The nominees for the main award made up the front three in CAF’s Africa Best XI of the year, with Guinea’s Naby Keita providing further Liverpool representation in a midfield completed by Atletico Madrid and Ghana’s Thomas Partey and Manchester City and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez. K I N G M O @MoSalah has been named CAF African Player of the Year for the second successive year. pic.twitter.com/ySmqzO4Xbq — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 8, 2019 The back-four was split between Serie A and the Premier League, with Juventus and Morocco’s Mehdi Benatia alongside Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – an international colleague of Mane’s.Ivory Coast duo Serge Aurier and Eric Bailly won approval thanks, in part, to their displays for Tottenham and Manchester United, while Uganda’s Denis Onyango of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns was recognised as Africa’s best goalkeeper.Africa’s best XI #AiteoCAFAwards18 pic.twitter.com/FQhnsncR0d — CAF (@CAF_Online) January 8, 2019 Salah’s second Player of the Year prize means that Liverpool players have now won the award on a total of three occasions.El-Hadji Diouf was the previous Red to receive the honour prior to Salah, lifting the CAF award in 2002 in recognition of his exploits at that year’s World Cup with Senegal.Yaya Toure and Samuel Eto’o, meanwhile, remain the all-time most successful players in the continent, having won Player of the Year four times each.The Ivorian managed the feat in four consecutive years between 2011 and 2014, while Eto’o won the prize in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Dortmund in talks to sign €42m Barca star Malcom

first_imgBarcelona and Borussia Dortmund are negotiating the transfer of Malcom, which would see the Bundesliga club pay €42 million (£38m/$47m) for the Brazilian winger, sources have told Goal. Malcom has an €180m (£160m/$200m) termination clause in his current contract with the Liga champions, but Barca would accept his departure in exchange for €1m more than the €41m they spent to sign him from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.At the time, it appeared Malcom would be heading to Roma, with the Serie A club having agreed a fee with Bordeaux, only for Barca to swoop in at the last minute to land the winger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But after a bright 2017-18 season with Bordeaux in which he scored 12 goals and added seven assists, Malcom struggled for playing time at Barca, managing 15 appearances for the club and just six starts in La Liga.He scored a goal and chipped in a pair of assists during those games, and also made another three appearances in the Champions League off the bench, scoring in a 1-1 draw away to Inter.Without opportunities during the 2018-2019 season, Malcom was a serious candidate to leave Barca this summer.However, there had been a lack of significant offers for the 22-year-old, with just a slight interest from Arsenal in a possible loan, which kept him involved in Barca’s pre-season plans.But the situation looks set to change with Dortmund, who have already brought in a pair of attacking players in Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt this summer, now involved. The 2018-19 Bundesliga runners-up enjoy good relations with Barca after the successful move of striker Paco Alcacer to Dortmund last season.Alcacer enjoyed a breakout campaign in the Bundesliga, with the 25-year-old Spain international scoring 18 goals to finish second in the Golden Boot race behind Robert Lewandowski.But, while talks are ongoing between Barca and Dortmund, if a deal is to be done for Malcom it will not be official until next week, when it is expected the Catalan club will have more transfers, both inbound and outbound, agreed.Malcom is currently in Japan along with the rest of the Barca squad for their pre-season Japanese tour and plans to return to Catalunya next Sunday after the game against Vissel Kobe the day before.last_img read more

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