• CAF CL: Holders Wydad edge Sundowns to reach quarters

    (CAFonline.com) Defending champions, Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco booked their place at the quarters after a hard fought lone goal victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in their Group C Day Five clash on Friday in Casablanca.

    Anas Al Asbahi scored the only goal on 56 minutes with a shot that beat Sundowns goalie Denis Onyango to go three points clear at the top with a game in hand. The Moroccan giants have 11 points, three more than Horoya of Guinea, who edged AS Port of Togo 2-1 in the earlier kick-off in Conakry. Sundowns are third on five points with AS Port at the bottom with three points.

    Sundowns, winners in 2016, will have to beat Horoya in their ultimate Group C match in a fortnight to qualify for the last eight at the expense of the Guinean champions.

  • Transfers: Jawad El Yamiq leaves Genoa for Serie B side Perugia on loan. Achraf Lazaar move to Genoa fell through and he returns to Newcastle as transfer deadline closed in Italy.

  • Transfers: Celta Vigo signs U-20 forward Zinedine Labyad. He will join the youth squad of Celta.

  • Transfers: Schalke sign Morocco left back Mendyl on five-year deal

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Champions League participants Schalke 04 on Friday signed Morocco defender Hamza Mendyl from French club OSC Lille on a five-year contract, boosting their back line a week before the start of the Bundesliga season.

    The 20-year-old left back was part of Morocco’s World Cup squad in June but did not feature in their three group matches in Russia.

    He has earned 13 caps for his country and played 13 Ligue 1 matches after joining Lille in 2016 as a teenager.

    “He offers a lot of what we want from that position,” said Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco. “Athleticism, power, robust strength in attack. We look forward to joining him in his own talent’s development.”

    Schalke, Bundesliga runners-up last season, have automatically qualified for the Champions League group stage.

  • Transfers: CD Leganes signs Youssef En-Nesyri on a 5 year deal from Malaga. He will join Nabil El Zhar.

  • Transfers: Genoa working on Lazaar

    By Football Italia

    Genoa are in talks to sign Newcastle United full-back Achraf Lazaar as a replacement for Milan-bound Diego Laxalt.

    It’s widely reported a deal is done for Uruguay international Laxalt to join Milan for €14m plus €4m in performance-related bonuses.

    As a replacement, the Grifone are in advanced negotiations with Newcastle United for Lazaar.

    It would be a return to Serie A for the 26-year-old left-back, who already played for Varese, Palermo and Benevento.

    He spent last season on loan at Benevento in the Italian top flight, but the Morocco international fell out of favour.

  • Transfers: Oussama Tannane joins FC Utrecht on loan from St Etienne

  • Transfers: Kevin Malcuit completes Napoli switch

    (ESPN) Napoli have signed full-back Kevin Malcuit from LOSC Lille, the Serie A heavyweights confirmed on Wednesday.

    The 27-year-old arrived in Italy to complete a medical on Monday, with Calciomercato reporting that Napoli beat Southampton to his signature after agreeing a fee of approximately €11.5 million.

    The versatile Malcuit featured 23 times for Les Dogues in Ligue 1 last season, contributing six assists during a troubled campaign in which Lille narrowly evaded relegation to the second tier.

    He signed for Lille in 2017 after two seasons with Saint-Etienne, having previously represented Frejus Saint-Raphael and Chamois Niortais.

    He began his career with AS Monaco, but left the domestic giants in 2012 after just three league appearances.

    The wideman, who will likely compete with Elseid Hysaj for the starting right-back birth at Napoli, is eligible for France, Morocco and Mauriania.

    He was called up by the Atlas Lions in 2016, but is yet to make his debut for the national side.

  • Transfers: Manuel Da Costa in Negotiations with France’s Reims

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – Is Moroccan international football player Manuel Da Costa leaving the Turkish League?

    The summer mercato (transfer window) continues for Moroccan football players as the French league keeps on enrolling Atlas Lions. This time, it’s Istanbul’s Basaksehir defender Da Costa who is linked with France’s Reims.

    According to French outlet France Football, the French club, which is looking for experienced executives to strengthen its team, thinks that the 32-year-old football player will fit perfectly with the club’s needs. Da Costa is currently negotiating with the president of Reims.

    The French-Moroccan-Portuguese footballer, who played in the last World Cup with Morocco, has solid experience. Da Costa was vice-champion of Turkey in his last season with Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The defender, who trained in Nancy, has already played in Italy (with Fiorentina and Sampdoria of Genoa), the Netherlands (with PSV Eindhoven), England (with West Ham) and even Russia (with Lokomotiv Moscow). He also played for the Greek championship between 2015 and 2017 at the Olympiakos.

    Da Costa had a hard choice to make when it came to choosing the country he wanted to play for. Born in France to a Moroccan mother and a Portuguese father, the Atlas Lion was eligible for the three different selections, but he finally chose Morocco. He played with the under-21 selection of Portugal and France before opting for the Atlas Lions under Badou Zaki.

    Da Costa’s first match as a Lion took place on May 23, 2014, when Morocco won a match against Mozambique (4-0). He scored his first goal with the selection on March 27 of the same year, during a match against Uzbekistan. Since then, Manuel da Costa has been vice-captain of the Lions in many games.

  • Transfer News:

    - Oussama Tannane is set to join AZ Alkmaar.

    - Youssef En-Neysiri is set to join Leganes after Malaga accepted a €6 M bid.

    - Bilal Ould Chick is a free agent as Utrecht decided to cancel his contract.

    - Adel Taarabt is linked with Fenerbahce

    -Portuguese side CD Aves signs former international Issam El Adoua.



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