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Oil money- Newcastle agree deal that would be Premier League’s third most-expensive

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After drawing 3-3 with Man City, Newcastle United are about make a signing that would be more expensive than Erling Haaland’s summer arrival, and Marc Cucurella to Chelsea.
Newcastle United have agreed to a club record £63 million deal to sign Swedish striker Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad, in a move that would see him the third most expensive Premier League signing this summer.
Eddie Howe’s side who drew 3-3 with champions Manchester City on Sunday, have been looking to bolster their attacking lineup but missed on several targets including French forward Huge Ekitike, and Watford’s Joao Pedro.

Newcastle boss Howe has continued to be backed by the riches of the new Saudi owners, with Isak’s deal to also include a £4.2m in potential add-ons and 10% of any future sale.
Newcastle’s record signing

The £63m deal for Real Sociedad striker will eclipse the £41.5 million that the Magpies paid to land Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon in the January transfer window.
The Sweden international scored 44 goals in 132 games for Real Sociedad after he joined them from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in 2019.
At St. James’ Park, he will compete for playing time with Chris Wood and Callum Wilson as the senior forward options as Newcastle looks to keep their perfect start to the season intact.
Premier League’s third most expensive arrival this summer

The £63 million will also mean that Isak is not the third most expensive signing in the Premier League this season, surpassing the likes of Erling Haaland who joined Manchester City from Dortmund, and Marc Cucurella who joined Chelsea from Brighton.

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Still leading the 10 most expensive transfers in the Premier League this summer window is Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez who joined from Benfica for £67.5 million.

The second most expensive is Brazilan midfielder Casemiro who only recently joined Manchester United from Champions League winners Real Madrid, following a £63.59 million agreement.

Newcastle have five points from three games after a win against Nottingham Forest and draws against Man City and Brighton.

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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