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  • Iyassu Bekele Moves to Bulgaria

     

     

    Bulgarian third division side FC Kaliakra Kavarna have signed Ethio-American midfielder Iyassu Bekele on a 6 months deal with an option for 1 more year extension.

    Steven Henning and David Beshah, who happens to represent Iyassu, broke the news on their Facebook handle stating their happiness on the move.

    Iyassu, 24, joined local side Dedebit during the summer window after he had a brief spell in United States. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, the midfielder started off some games for the Blues in the Addis Ababa City Cup and the Ethiopian Premier League coming as a substitute.

    Kaliakra Kavarna is a third division Bulgarian side. They play in North-Eastern V Group. They failed to win 4 of their last 5 games in all competitions recently. The club spent most of its history in amateur football before making a rapid ascent to the second flight of Bulgarian football in 1980.

    Henning stated his delight after the move is materialized as Iyassu traveled on Sunday night to join his new club. “We are very happy to announce that our client Iyassu Bekele signed with Bulgarian side Kaliakra Kavarna of till the end of the season. The young midfield all-rounder will be one of the first Ethiopian ever that moved directly from Ethiopia to Europe. We wish him the best of luck,” wrote Henning on his Facebook official handle.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo Is The Fastest Earning Athlete In The World! Lionel Messi Follows In Second Place

    Cristian Ronaldo got the better of Lionel Messi as he beat his rival to become the fastest earning athlete in the world.

     

    Messi is in second spot.

     The figures released by Expert Market UK break down sports stars’ earnings based on the Forbes rich list and place them into context with the average 9-5 job of any working professional.

    The study shows that Ronaldo would need only 5.68 working days to earn 1 million pounds while Messi needed 5.96.

     

    American football quarterback Joe Flacco is third on this list.

    Sadly no Indians figure in the top 20.

    indiatimes.com

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  • CITY LAUNCH WORLD RECORD MESSI BID?

     

    Manchester City are being linked with a host of new additions across the media today as the January gossip columns go into overdrive.

    Let’s start with the Sun, who claim City are prepared to pay £100 million for Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

    They believe City officials held talks with their Barcelona counterparts last month.

    And although no formal offer was lodged, City made it clear they were willing to break the world transfer record for the Argentine, who is widely considered to be the world’s greatest player.

    The report says: “Manchester City have told Barcelona: We will pay £100million to sign Lionel Messi.

    “SunSport understands negotiations between executives of both clubs were held at the end of last month to determine if a world record transfer is possible.

    “City did not make a formal bid for the five-time World Player of the Year, but made it clear they were not afraid of topping the global high of £89m that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer.”

    “Barca have so far refused to name a price or even confirm they will sell Messi, who will turn 30 in June.

    “However, their willingness to listen to City has encouraged the Etihad hierarchy and the conversation was described as ‘positive’ by a source.”

    Meanwhile, James Ducker and Matt Law, writing in the Telegraph, believe Pep Guardiola is planning a major summer overhaul.

    They believe he will look to add at least five players to his ranks, including Southampton pair Ryan Bertrand and Virgil van Dijk and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    They write: “It is possible City could attempt a double swoop on Southampton at the end of the season, with centre-half Virgil van Dijk already on their radar and left-back Bertrand highly rated by the club. Bertrand would fill a homegrown player slot for City and has already proved he can roam up and down the flank, as Guardiola demands from his full-backs. The 27-year-old joined Southampton from Chelsea and has matured into one of the best left-backs in the country along with Danny Rose, whom Tottenham Hotspur will not sell, despite Guardiola being an admirer of him and fellow Spurs full-back Kyle Walker.

    “Bertrand signed a new five-year contract with Southampton last summer, which means City would have to pay big money to get him and there is no prospect of him moving this month.

    “City are busy identifying targets for Guardiola’s planned overhaul and the club retain a strong interest in Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but will face stiff competition for the Gabon international, who scored the opening goal of the Africa Cup of Nations this week and has 20 goals in 22 matches for Dortmund this season. Real Madrid are also chasing Aubameyang, who, according to reports in Germany on Monday, Dortmund will not countenance selling for less than €70 million (£61.6 million).”

    And, finally, the Telegraph believe Tottenham will be without influential centre-half Jan Vertonghen when the two sides meet at the Etihad this weekend.

    The 29-year-old suffered the injury during Spurs’ impressive 4-0 win over West Brom at the weekend and looks unlikely to be fit in time to play against the Blues. 

    “Tottenham Hotspur are already resigned to being without Jan Vertonghen against Manchester City on Saturday amid fears of ankle ligament damage,” the report states.

    “The full results of a scan are expected on Tuesday but manager Mauricio Pochettino fully expects to be without the Belgian in the immediate future, leaving the option of returning to a back four or, more likely, asking Ben Davies or Kevin Wimmer to play on the left of the three-man defensive system that has been working so well.”

    That's all for today, Blues. Join us tomorrow for more media musings right here on ManCity.com. 

     

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