Alcácer traveled to Marbella, waiting to solve his future

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first_imgFor now, the workforce has landed in Malaga to move to Marbella, where it has been concentrated. In it was Paco Alcácer. The striker went to his club about a month ago to ask to leave the team and has offered to Atlético. The rojiblanco club was receptive, but it is not the only center forward that is on the agenda. Cavani, Piatek, Ekambi … There are several solutions that are handled. At the moment, Alcácer will be in Spanish lands, at least, until the 12th. The Dortmund will complete a concentration for the winter break in Marbella and, meanwhile, the striker hopes to solve his future. The yellow sports direction was already covered with the Haaland signing, which today was one more on the expedition and could let Alcácer go. From Germany it has been reported that the Ruhr basin club requests 40 million to let him go. It is not that amount that Atlético has in mind. The market has opened and one of the first teams to move has been Borussia de Dortmund. The English team has already signed a signing and a transfer, but there may be more. Haaland arrived, the feeling of the first part of the Champions League, and left the Weigl team to enroll in Benfica. But far from Michael Zorc, Borusser sports director, the market is closed. Yesterday he was asked about the rumors about a departure from Paco Alcácer towards Atlético and he didn’t close the doors. “I have read the rumors, but I generally do not pay attention to these things until there is something concrete; I don’t rule out that something happens before January 31, but it’s also possible that nothing happens, ”explained the Borussia leader.last_img

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Marks, set, go! Guns off for 2018 KPL season

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PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 2- After just about four weeks of pre-season training – a period which most coaches have described as short – the guns have finally gone off and the 2018 season of the Kenyan Premier League will kick off this weekend with nine matches lined up across various venues.While some teams are talking of breaking their own trophy droughts, others retaining top flight status, all eyes will be on holders Gor Mahia as they kick start a journey to pick a 17th league title, taking them four clear of rivals AFC Leopards still stuck on 13 since 1998. -Gor Mahia v Nakumatt – Kenyatta Stadium, 3pm.K’Ogalo who began their season with the Super Cup win over AFC Leopards last weekend fly off their title defense at their new home ground, the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos with a tie against the cash strapped Nakumatt FC.Head coach Dylan Kerr expects an all-out battle against Nakumatt despite the fact that his side is regarded as one of the strongest in the league due to their transfer business.Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere takes on Nakumatt’s Kennedy Onyango during a league fixture at Nyayo Stadium in 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“Nakumatt are no pushovers and last season they proved that pushing us to the wall in both matches. 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PHOTO/CourtesyWithout a Premier league title since 1998, domestic cup champions AFC Leopards launch yet another campaign to drag their names off the mud when they kick off their campaign against an experienced Posta Rangers side in Nakuru.They might have started their season with a Super Cup loss against arch rivals Gor, but head coach Robert Matano has warned anyone not to underrate the Leopards in the new season.“I am very happy with the players and what they showed against Gor. 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