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Paul Pogba Offered Three-Year Deal At Juventus



Juventus has reportedly offered Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba a three-year contract.

Pogba joined United in 2016 for £80 million from Juventus in a then-club record deal, but things haven’t gone as planned, and the player is set to leave with only two months left on his current contract.

Pogba’s return to the Allianz Stadium appears imminent, according to Goal, though his wage demands remain a potential stumbling block.

A return to Juventus, where he previously played before returning to United for a second spell in 2016, appears to be one of his most likely future options, and the Italian giants have now tabled an official offer to the player.

According to the report, Juventus will pay Pogba an annual salary of €7.5 million (£6.3 million/$7.9 million) plus a slew of bonuses.

However, Pogba has reportedly requested €11 million (£9.3 million/$11.6 million), creating a stumbling block between player and club regarding final wage packages.

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Sadio Mane Passes Mo Salah To Become Africa’s Highest Paid Player As Top Nine Listed



Sadio Mane’s recent move to Bayern Munich has seen him become the highest paid African player – surpassing former teammate Mohamed Salah.

The Senegal star chose to call time on his six-year Liverpool stay this summer with one year left on his deal. A switch to Bayern could earn the Reds just over £30m as the 30-year-old embarks on a new challenge, all while pocketing £250,000-a-week.

Wages are currently a sticking point in Liverpool’s negotiations with Salah, who too has 12 months left on his deal. The Reds have a firm wage structure, which they would have to break to retain the Egyptian’s services. The forward is seeking a reported £400,000-a-week despite currently earning £220,000-a-week.

Premier League players currently make up seven of the top nine earning African stars. Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey sit joint third on the list, each pocketing £200,000-a-week. The latter joined the north Londoners from Atletico Madrid two years ago.

Partey’s teammate Nicolas Pepe is also on the list, albeit he has endured a less than impressive time since his club-record move from Lille. The Gunners spent £72m on the Ivorian, who earns weekly wages of £140,000. In his three years at the Emirates he has scored just 27 times.

Pepe narrowly earns more than compatriot Wilfried Zaha, who has spent the last eight years at Crystal Palace. The winger has pushed for a move elsewhere on several occasions, only for the Eagles to stand firm on each occasion as they remain determined to hold on to their star man.

Liverpool’s Naby Keita is subject to the club’s wage structure and earns narrowly less than several of his fellow Africans, banking £120,000-a-week at Anfield. The Guinea midfielder moved to Anfield for more than £50m back in 2018 but has been unable to fully unlock his potential on Merseyside.

Andre Ayew, previously of West Ham United and Swansea City, and PSG’s Achraf Hakimi are the only two players on the list plying their trade outside of England. Ayew made a move to Qatar in 2021, now playing for Al Sadd, the team formerly led by Xavi. Hakimi meanwhile left Inter Milan for a huge fee to join up with PSG only last summer and, like most of their squad, is handsomely rewarded financially.

Highest paid African footballers

1. Sadio Mane £250,000-a-week

2. Mo Salah £220,000-a-week

3. Thomas Partey £200,000-a-week

3. Riyad Mahrez £200,000-a-week

5. Andre Ayew £180,000-a-week

6. Achraf Hakimi £176,000-a-week

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Bayern Munich Rejects Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Propoasl



Bayern Munich have reportedly rejected the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.

The 37-year-old only returned to Old Trafford last summer and has another year on his contract, with the option to extend that deal until 2024. But after a campaign which saw United record their lowest ever Premier League points tally – the Red Devils are in the midst of an overhaul.

Erik ten Hag is undertaking his first summer in charge and has already seen the likes of Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata depart. The former Ajax boss is expected to implement a system which incorporates a high press, a style that doesn’t come naturally to the veteran forward.

Ten Hag has insisted Ronaldo will be an important part of his project, having scored 24 goals in all competitions despite a difficult season collectively. Ronaldo himself has also stated he is looking forward to working with the new boss, but that has done little to stem the tide of speculation.

Spanish news outlet AS reported this week that Ronaldo is growing increasingly concerned at the club’s direction in the transfer market – having thus far failed to sign a single player. Barcelona ’s Frenkie de Jong remains United’s top target, but other moves appear to be on hold until negotiations with the Blaugrana are confirmed.

That has Ronaldo concerned, with LiverpoolTottenhamManchester City and Arsenal all improving already. Sky Sports in Germany report that the Portuguese’s agent and long-time confidant Jorge Mendes looked to engineer an exit and offered his client to German champions Bayern Munich.

However, there will be no move to the Allianz for Ronaldo, with the club’s director Hasan Salihamidzic speaking out on the speculation. ” Cristiano Ronaldo is a top player with an outstanding career. However, the rumour that is circulating is a rumour that has nothing to do with it.”

It is added that Bayern compiled a list of four reasons for not pursuing a move for Ronaldo, who could have been seen as a replacement for wantaway forward Robert Lewandwoski . The primary reason is said to be their determination to maintain a wage structure considering the goalscoring icon currently pockets around £500,000-per-week from his current employers.

Along with his salary, there was a concern with his age and perhaps most significantly, his ability to play in a high-pressing system, with a focus on players willing to put in the hard yards. Finally, with manager Julian Nageslmann some three years younger than Ronaldo, there were reservations over what his arrival would do to the dressing room dynamics.

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Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Ending Right To Abortion



The U.S. Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, declaring that Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion.

In the court’s most closely watched and controversial case in years, a majority of the justices – all of whom were appointed by Republican presidents – held that the right to end a pregnancy was not found in the text of the Constitution nor the nation’s history.

The court, in a 6-3 vote, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.

Writing for the court majority, Justice Samuel Alito said: “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.

“Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

The court’s three liberal justices dissented.

In a joint dissenting opinion, Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan heavily criticized the majority, saying: “With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent.”

“After today, young women will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had,” Associate Justice Stephen Breyer added in a dissent joined by the court’s two other liberal justices. “The majority accomplishes that result without so much as considering how women have relied on the right to choose or what it means to take that right away.”

Roe v. Wade was centered around ‘Jane Roe’, a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey, a single mother pregnant for the third time, who wanted an abortion. She sued the Dallas attorney general Henry Wade over a Texas law that made it a crime to terminate a pregnancy except in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life was in danger – arguing that the law infringed on her constitutional rights.

The Supreme Court’s ruling came in the pivotal case Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the last abortion clinic in Mississippi opposed the state’s efforts to ban abortion after 15 weeks and overturn Roe in the process.

The ruling means that individual states now have the power to decide on whether to ban abortion.

The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said that 26 states are “certain or likely” to ban abortion now.

It means the women with unwanted pregnancies in many parts of America will now face the choice of traveling to another state where the procedure remains legal and available, buying abortion pills online or having a potentially dangerous illegal abortion.

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