• Transfers: Tighadouini close to signing for Malaga

    (TheAtlasLions.com) NAC Breda striker Adnane Tighadouini is on the verge of signing for Spanish outfit Malaga reported Dutch media on Friday.

    Tighadouini has agreed terms with Malaga while the latter needs to show bank garantees to NAC before the deal is done.

    Other clubs from Spain like Granada, Oviedo, Sevilla are chasing Tighadouini but the young Moroccan is keen to play for Malaga.

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  • U23: 28 players called up for clash with Tunisia on July 19th.

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U23 coach Hassan Benabicha has called up 28 players for a training camp ahead of CAF U23 qualifiers match against Tunisia on July 19th.

    The training camp will be held in Rabat between July 9th and 20th.

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  • Transfers: Real Madrid Looking at Medhi Benatia as Replacement For Sergio Ramos

    Real Madrid have identified Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia as one of Manchester United target Sergio Ramos’ potential replacements.

    Ramos is said to ready to leave the club this summer due to a contract wrangle and Manchester United have already made their first bid for the defender.

    With his relationship with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on a rapid slide, the club are aware that they might find it hard to hold on to him and therefore, they are already going about their business of identifying replacements for the 29-year-old.

    Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi is believed to be their top target if Ramos decides to pack his bags but the club are also looking at other options.

    According to Sky Italia, Bayern Munich defender Benatia has emerged as a target and Real Madrid could make a move for the Moroccan should they lose Ramos.

    Benatia joined Bayern Munich from Roma last summer in a big money move but form and injuries didn’t allow him to nail down a starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s team last season.

    He has also been linked with a move back to Italy but his agent has claimed that Benatia is keen to continue with the Bavarians.

    Despite his willingness to stay at the Allianz Arena, Benatia has made his way on to Real Madrid’s shortlist of targets who could replace Ramos in the team.

    http://www.insidefutbol.com/2015/07/01/real-madrid-looking-at-medhi-benatia-as-replacement-for-sergio-ramos/218410/?

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  • Moroccans Abroad: After He Decided to Play for Morocco, Milan to Sell Hachim Mastour

    Morocco World News

    Rabat- Shortly after he made his international debut with Morocco earlier this month, AC Milan are said to be willing to offer Moroccan starlet Hachim Mastour to the Turkish side of Besiktas.

    The Italian giants are reportedly offering 17-year-old Hachim Mastour and 3 million euros in order to sign Besiktas winger of Moroccan origin Kerim Frei.

    According to Italian media reports, the Istanbul club has decided to accept the offer and Frei may soon be in Milan to discuss with the Rossoneri.

    Frei is one of the most promising young players in the Turkish Super Lig and still has three years left on his contract with Besiktas.

    However, several Italian media outlets deemed as “strange” Milan’s decision to forgo Hachim Mastour for a player like Frei, who is definitely a “good talent but not that quite impressive.”

    The 21-year-old scored four goals and provided one assist in 43 appearances in all competitions for Besiktas this season.

    Media reports speculate that if a deal is to be concluded between the two sides it would be very “surprising” given the fact that AC Milan has invested heavily in Mastour, who is dubbed the Moroccan Messi.

    Frei, whose mother is Moroccan, was first spotted by Swiss side Grasshoppers at the age of 13 and was snapped up by Fulham just three years later.

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  • CHAN 2016 Qualifiers: Final round fixtures

    (TheAtlasLions.com) The final round of the CHAN 2016 qualifiers will be held in Tunisia in October.

    Here are the fixtures:

    -Thursday 22 October 2015 - Tunisia vs Libya

    -Sunday 25 October 2015 - Libya vs Morocco

    -Wednesday 28 October 2015 - Tunisia vs Morocco

    Morocco leads with 4 points followed by Libya 3 points and Tunisia 1 point.

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  • Transfers: Karim El Ahmadi set to join Saudi Al-Ittihad

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi (30) is set to join Saudi outfit Al-Ittihad reported Saudi media on Friday.

    He played for FC Twente and Feyenoord before moving to the Premier League with Aston Villa in 2012

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  • Transfers: Málaga Club de Fútbol makes first instalment on purchase option for Amrabat

    Once the purchase option was exercised for Nordin Amrabat on 30th April, and before the deadline set by Galatasaray, Málaga Club de Fútbol has now paid the first instalment to the Turkish club for the Moroccan international. Amrabat, who has signed a contract with Málaga CF until 2018/19, will be presented when he returns to Málaga after the summer holidays.

    Following the purchase option for Amrabat which came into effect on 30th April, Málaga Club de Fútbol made the first instalment this morning, before the deadline. Amrabat who is currently enjoying his holidays, signed his new contract with Málaga CF before the end of last season, and is bound to the Martiricos Club for the next three seasons, until 2018/19.

    http://www.malagacf.com/en/new/first-team/malaga-club-futbol-makes-first-instalment-on-purchase-option-for-amrabat/241/73108

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  • Transfers: Adnane Tighadouini close to signing for Bani Yas

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Reports from The UAE suggest that NAC Breda striker Adnane Tighadouini is close to signing for local team Bani Yas.

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  • Transfers: Bilal Ould-Chikh joins Benfica

    (TheAtlasLions,com) FC Twente starlet Bilal Ould-Chikh (17) has signed a 5-year deal with Portuguese giants Benfica reported O Jogo on Wednesday.

    Ould-Chikh had a contract with FC Twente running till summer 2016.

    He will be the third Moroccan player to sign for Benfica besides Adel Taarabt and Mehdi Carcela.

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  • Moroccans Abroad: Adnane Tighadouini set for move abroad, £750,000 asking price

    The NAC Breda winger was linked with the Hornets last month, as per MondoUdinese, and a new report in Voetbal International looks to have sped up the chances of him heading to England.

    A Moroccan youth international, the 22-year-old netted 12 goals in 32 Eredivisie games during the 2014/15 season, playing from a wide attacking position. He has come to be known for his goalscoring exploits, and although he is not much of a creator, his attacking talents are impressive.

    The original report claimed that Watford were looking at moving for him, and now they have been handed a boost in the race to sign him.

    Tighadouini was originally waiting upon an offer from one of the top five clubs in the Netherlands before deciding on his future, although as no offer has come to him, he is looking for a move abroad.

    NAC Breda are looking to let him leave due to the financial benefits of his sale, and the report states that the club are looking for a value of just over €1 million, which equates to roughly £750,000.

    There are no indications as to whether Watford will follow up their interest and formalise a concrete offer for the talented winger, but right now they look a good option to sign him.

    It is also stated that the youngster is on the radar of clubs from the Middle East and Spain, but as of yet no offers have been submitted for his services.

    http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2015/06/23/report-adnane-tighadouini-set-for-move-abroad-750000-asking-pric/

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