Manchester United played to a one all draw with Anderletch in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final first leg.
Leander Dendoncker’s late, late equalizer denied United the win after Henrikh Mkhitaryan ha put them ahead in the 36th minute. Jose Mourinho’s men will though carry an away goal in the second leg next week. Other matches saw Ajax beat Schalke 2-0, Celta Vigo were 3- 2 winners over Genk, while Lyon beat Besiktas 2-1.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have made a sensational move to break the contract stalemate with Alexis Sanchez by offering to make him the highest paid player in Premier League history on 300,000 pounds a week.
This comes after the 28-year-old Chilean was linked with a move to English sides Manchester City, Chelsea and French champions PSG. The current English Premier League earner is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba who gets on 290,000 pounds a week.
Arsenal is set to demand 50 million pounds should they fail to reach an agreement with him.
Staying in football, Chinese investors Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux have completed the 628M pounds takeover of AC Milan, promising “significant capital increases.
The Serie A club has been owned by former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi since 1986. In that time they won eight league titles and five European Cups.
However, the seven-time European champions have not won a Serie A title since 2011 and finished seventh, 10th and eighth in the last three seasons.
They are currently sixth in the league, 20 points behind leaders Juventus.
With football flowing in his veins, the former Tusker FC player and manager is well known for his football predictions prowess. With the weekend promising a number of mouth watering fixtures, Ghost Mulee has given his professional insights on the same.
In the English premier league fixtures, Arsenal will be tackling West Bromwich in Saturday’s early kick off and Ghost believes Arsenal won’t even break a sweat against ‘The Baggies’.
French giants, Paris Saint-Germain will be welcoming high flying Lyon and after the former were stunned by Barcelona in the historic 6-1 Champions League knockout rout, Ghost expects Lyon to cause a shocker away from home.
Below are a number of Ghost Mulee’s football predictions.
Mgeni njoo mwenyeji apone ni mojawapo ya misemo mingi ambayo inaashiria ukarimu, wema na upendo. Ijapokuwa yeye sio mgeni, mtangazaji Gidi alimnufaisha mwenzake, Ghost Mulee siku ya Jumatano baada ya kurejea nchini kutoka ziara yake ya bara uropa.
Gidi alirejea nchini mwishoni mwa juma lililopita baada ya ziara ya mwezi mzima ya bara Uropa, ambapo alibahatika kuzuru nchi kadhaa zikiwemo; Dubai, Ufaransa, uhispania na Italia kabla ya kurejelea majukumu yake ya utangazaji siku ya jumatatu.
Kando na ilivyokuwa uzoefu au mtindo ambapo Ghost Mulee ndiye aliyekuwa na juhudi za kumtunuku mwenzake Gidi kila alipotembelea nchi zingine, hatimaye Gidi alionesha ukarimu wake wakti alipomzawadi mwenzake na jezi murwa kutoka klabu ya kandanda ya Lyon, ya Ufaransa.
Mtangazaji huyo hakuwachia hapo kwani pia alimzawadi mzalishaji wa kipindi cha Gidi na Ghost Asubuhi, bwana Justice Langat kofia maridadi kutoka Lyon pia.
Alex Iwobi scored his first goal for Arsenal as they continued their preparations for the new season with a 6-0 friendly win over Lyon.
The 19-year-old winger, who is the nephew of former Bolton forward Jay-Jay Okocha, capped an impressive first half with Arsenal’s third goal.
Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also on target for the Gunners in the first half.
Mesut Ozil netted a fifth on the hour before Santi Cazorla’s late strike.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions on Friday that he could sign almost any player in the world after club director Lord Harris said he has the backing to break the club’s transfer record for a top striker.
If this performance, albeit against a rusty Lyon side, is an indicator of their potential in front of goal this season then Wenger may well elect to leave the money in the bank.
The rollercoaster career of former France international Yoann Gourcuff suffered a new blow Sunday when Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed he was surplus to requirements.
“He’s a great player but he just couldn’t fit in,” Aulas said of the 28-year-old he signed in 2010 for 22 million euros ($25million) on a five year deal worth 450,000 euros per month for the former AC Milan and Bordeaux attacking midfielder.
The Lyon president was talking the morning after Paris Saint Germain’s 2-1 win away at Montpellier erased their slim hopes of winning the Ligue 1 title with a game to spare.
“What would have been wonderful is if he could have proved with Lyon what a great player he is,” Aulas told French television on Sunday.
“This is not great news for him,” Aulas admitted. “But it stops here.”
Operating on a more modest economic system than in their heyday when they won seven straight titles between 2002-2008, the club have been offloading those remaining players on big salaries.
The 31-times capped Gourcuff, France’s player of the year in 2009, was infamously frozen out by star players Franck Ribery and Nicolas Anelka at France’s disastrous 2010 South Africa World Cup campaign, which ended in a player strike and first round elimination.
Lyon have had a successful run with a young team built with up to nine first team starters coming from not only the youth team, but also the Lyon area.
Their 2014-2015 campaign, which has seen them return to the Champions League, has been marked by the emergence of Alexandre Lacazette, who has scored 27 times in the league with a game to go.
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