Spanish club, Real Madrid have reportedly completed the signing of Serbian and Eintracht Frankfurt striker, Luka Jovic for £52.4million.
According to Sky in Germany, the 21-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Spanish giants, which will earn him £43.7m (€50m) in total a year.
Frankfurt will pay Jovic’s former club Benfica around £10.5m of the transfer fee.
The striker joined Frankfurt on loan from Benfica in the summer and last month the Bundesliga club exercised their option to make the move permanent.
Jovic has scored 17 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances this season and 10 more in the Europa League.
The signing of Jovic would bring the number of new additions to Zinedine Zidane‘s squad for the 2019/20 season to three. Porto’s Brazilian defender Eder Militao agreed to a move to Bernabeu in March, while Santos forward Rodrygo Goes will join up with the squad after agreeing his move last year.
France’s Bernard Arnault Is Now World’s Second-Richest Person
Bernard Arnault is now the world’s second-richest person, according to Forbes’ calculations. The luxury goods titan behind such brands as Louis Vuitton and Moet & Chandon is worth $103.2 billion as of around noon today, up from $76 billion in March when Forbes published our annual billionaire rankings.
At the time he was the fourth-richest person on the planet. His fortune, which hit $100 billion for the first time in June, has been propelled up by record-setting shares of his conglomerate LVMH, which are up just over 50% since the start of the year.
As of Thursday, Arnault is worth $300 million more than Bill Gates, who is now worth $102.9 billion. It’s the first time since 2008 that Gates has not been either the richest or second-richest person in the world. Microsoft shares, too, have been hitting record highs, but they have not kept pace with LVMH. Plus, Gates now holds the majority of his fortune outside of Microsoft. Jeff Bezos remains number one, with a net worth of roughly $124 billion, after subtracting shares of Amazon that will soon belong to his ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos.
While it seems unlikely that Arnault could catch Bezos, both men have most of their fortunes tied up in their companies’ respective stocks, and another jump by LVMH and dip by Amazon could quickly close the gap. After all, Arnault’s fortune has already grown by $27 billion in the past four months.
To put these gains and his jump in wealth into perspective, consider this: Only five people in the world have officially ranked first or second richest in our annual billionaire rankings since 2001: Bezos, Gates, Warren Buffett, Zara’s Amancio Ortega and Mexico’s telecom titan Carlos Slim Helu.
Behind Arnault’s boom is the fact that high-end buyers continue to pick up luxury goods around the world. LVMH reported record sales and profits of roughly $52.5 billion and $11.2 billion for fiscal year 2018. Sales were up again 16% in the first quarter, to $14 billion. Profits, which are reported semiannually, will be announced in late July.
But Arnault is not complacent. He continues to innovate and refresh LVMH 35 years after he got into luxury goods with the purchase of Christian Dior. Just this week he announced a venture with fashion designer Stella McCartney. The move comes roughly 16 months after McCartney left LVMH rival Kering (run by Francois-Henri Pinault, son of French billionaire Francois Pinault) and took full ownership of her company. McCartney said in LVMH’s press release that since then a number of parties approached her about partnering but that she was won over by Arnault and his son Antoine.
The aim of the partnership is not only to grow the Stella McCartney House but also to expand LVMH’s sustainability efforts. McCartney, whose brand is known for its commitment to sustainable and ethical luxury fashion, will serve as a special advisor to LVMH on sustainability.
“I am extremely happy with this partnership with Stella. It is the beginning of a beautiful story together, and we are convinced of the great long-term potential of her House,” Arnault said in the press release. “A decisive factor was that she was the first to put sustainability and ethical issues on the front stage, very early on, and built her House around these issues. It emphasizes LVMH Groups’ commitment to sustainability.”
That deal follows the luxury group’s two highly touted partnerships with superstar singer Rihanna—Fenty Beauty and Fenty fashion house—as well as recent deals such as the acquisition of Belmond, which operates luxury hotels, trains and even safaris.
Stephen Appiah Impregnates TV Personality Vanessa Gyan : Insider Alleges
Former Ghanaian footballer-Stephen Appiah’s wife is said to be WILD—and sometimes paranoid. But this does not seem to have stopped Stephen Appiah from allegedly chopping down Vanessa Gyan and even having a child with her.
Who the heck is Vanessa Gyan at all?
Vanessa is a Ghanaian-American who made a little name within the Ghanaian media landscape as the daughter of the keyboardist of Osibisa-Kiki Gyan, and then had a low paid TV gig at eTV and briefly at GHONE.
With her being on TV, she started eating from the side table of some popular industry persons—and we guess that’s when Stephen Appiah met her or let’s say when her “trap caught a bayla”.
More than three different sources have told us this week that, Vanessa Gyan has told friends, with one saying she told her directly, in New York, that Stephen Appiah is the father of her child.
Interestingly, while some of her former work colleagues have told us that it’s known by all her friends that Stephen Appiah is the father of her child—at least so she claims, another person close to the footballer stated that, Appiah has not really accepted any responsibility for that child as he allegedly says the sex was just once.
When our source reached out to Vanessa Gyan to confirm or deny the hovering allegation that Stephen Appiah is the father of her child, she vanished into thin air, on Whatsapp, as if she is our contemporary Wukong from the Journey to the West.
Immediately our source’s Founding Editor-Chris-Vincent Agyapong messaged Vanessa about the above, she quickly changed her DP which featured her child.
Of course, the child resembles Appiah—dark and lovely, but that’s not the sort of final confirmation required on such matters.
Whatever it is, we hope the child knows the father. Girls do not joke these days with dishing out the pregnancy sauce…
Asamoah Gyan Turns Actor After Failed Music Career
Former captain of the Ghana Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, has recently ventured into the acting business. This comes as no surprise as he recently revealed that he would no longer play with the Blacks Stars in any tournament.
It would be recalled that a few years back, Asamoah Gyan ventured into the music business but that proved unsuccessful after his musician friend Castro underfaya went missing.
Via his Instagram handle he announced that he is starting a new TV Program titled, “The Adventures of Asamoah Gyan Baby Jet”.
He wrote; “Something new cooking oooo Just subscribe on new YouTube channel on my Bio. Subscribe ooooo, yoooo”.
We are anticipating the project of the footballer-musician and now actor. We just hope the movie would’nt be riddled with substandard acting that would make viewers cringe. Fingers crossed.
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