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Gift Orban is poised to increase the Nigerian presence in the French Ligue 1, with Lyon reportedly nearing a deal for the Gent striker.

Olympique Lyon, a Ligue 1 team, is on the verge of acquiring Nigerian forward Gift Orban from Belgian club KAA Gent.

According to reports from Pulse Sports, Orban, who was not selected by Nigeria Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro for AFCON2023, is expected to make the move from Belgium to France this January.

Renowned transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has indicated that the 21-year-old will soon be an Olympique Lyon player.

“Olympique Lyon is set to sign Gift Orban, as the deal is being finalized,” Romano mentioned in a post on X. “It’s a fantastic signing for OL, with the final details being sorted out in the next few hours,” he added.

Orban, who was nominated for the CAF Young Player of the Year award in 2023, has been in high demand since joining Jupiler side Gent in January 2023.

He made an immediate impact, scoring 27 goals and providing two assists in 38 appearances during his first six months, helping Gent secure a place in UEFA competitions.

Before his move to Gent, Orban played for Norwegian club Stabæk, where he scored 19 goals and provided seven assists in 24 appearances.

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OFFICIAL: Bonucci announces retirement at Fenerbahce

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OFFICIAL: Bonucci announces retirement at Fenerbahce

Italy international Leonardo Bonucci has announced his retirement at the age of 37, concluding his career with Fenerbahce. “I want to finish my career with a cup,” he stated.

Bonucci joined Fenerbahce in the January transfer window after an unsuccessful stint at Union Berlin last summer.

He aimed to perform well enough this season to secure a spot in the EURO 2024 squad. However, when Luciano Spalletti omitted him from the preliminary list, Bonucci decided it was time to retire.

“It was a pleasure for me to be a part of this wonderful family,” Bonucci told the official Fenerbahce website. “I tried to show my best, on and off the field, but most importantly, we will fight our last battle tomorrow. I want to finish my career with a cup, and we have the opportunity to become champions tomorrow.”

Bonucci was honored with a special jersey signed by all his teammates in Istanbul ahead of the Super Lig showdown with Istanbulspor. Fenerbahce also needs Galatasaray to lose to Konyaspor to claim the title.

Bonucci, who turned 37 on May 1, spent most of his career at Juventus from 2010 to 2023, except for a brief spell at Milan during the 2017-18 season. His other clubs included Inter, Treviso, Pisa, Genoa, and Bari.

The central defender earned 121 caps for Italy, scored eight goals, and was part of the squad that won the EURO 2020 tournament.

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Man City 1-2 Man Utd: Garnacho & Mainoo score to help Red Devils win FA Cup! (VIDEO)

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Man City 1-2 Man Utd: Garnacho & Mainoo score to help Red Devils win FA Cup! (VIDEO)

Manchester United and Manchester City met at Wembley for the second consecutive year, competing for the prestigious FA Cup title.

A win was crucial for both sides, not only for the bragging rights in Manchester but also because the outcome of the final would determine which English teams would secure spots in European competitions next season.

Erik ten Hag’s squad had a historically poor Premier League season, finishing 8th—the lowest position for Manchester United in the Premier League era—and missing out on European football for the first time in a decade.

Despite the disappointing league finish, Bruno Fernandes and his teammates knew that a victory at Wembley could partially redeem their season and guarantee them a place in European competition next season.

Here’s how Manchester United’s FA Cup win has impacted Chelsea and Newcastle’s participation in Europe next season.

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Man Utd set to ‘sack Erik ten Hag’ even if they win FA Cup final against City

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Man Utd chiefs impressed by Atalanta midfielder Ederson

Manchester United have reportedly decided to sack Erik ten Hag regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

The Dutch coach has faced a challenging second season at Old Trafford, finishing eighth in the Premier League— the club’s lowest finish since 1990— and failing to advance in the Champions League and Carabao Cup.

Despite reaching the FA Cup final, where they will face rivals Manchester City as underdogs, The Guardian reports that United co-owners Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos have decided to part ways with Ten Hag, even if they secure a victory.

Potential replacements include Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, Thomas Frank, and Graham Potter.

This decision marks a significant move since Ratcliffe and Ineos acquired a 27.7 percent stake from the Glazer family last December, gaining control over football operations.

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