Arda Turan Returns To Barcelona After Loan Spell


Turkish international Arda Turan ended his loan spell with Basaksehir Istanbul on Tuesday and will return to Barcelona after two years marked by violence on and off the pitch.

“During a meeting yesterday, our player Arda Turan asked approval from our president Goksel Gumusdag to leave to write a new chapter in his career,” the club said in a statement, adding that Gumusdag approved the request.

Turan, 32, joined Basaksehir in January 2018 on loan from Barcelona where he had struggled to impose himself since leaving from Atletico Madrid in 2016.

He made only 39 appearances for the Super Lig club, who failed to lift any trophies during his stint with the team.

One of Turkey’s best-known sportsmen and a strong supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the midfielder lately made more headlines for his violent antics.

Turan was given a 16-match suspension after shoving and verbally abusing a referee in May 2018.

In September, he received a suspended sentence of almost three years over a brawl involving a famous singer at an Istanbul nightclub.

FIFA Reduces Players’ Loan Per Club To Eight

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FIFA has agreed steps that will limit the number of players clubs can send out on loan from next season and will also limit the amount of money paid to agents in commissions, world football’s governing body announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, FIFA said it had taken “a series of key steps to protect the integrity of the system and prevent abuses” following a meeting of its Stakeholders Committee.

From next season, the number of international loans out and in permitted per club will be limited to eight, with that figure dropping progressively to six by the 2022/23 season. The number of players that can be loaned between the same two clubs will be capped at three.

However, the cap will only be applied to players aged over 21, or “non club-trained” players aged 21 and under.

The measures are aimed at curtailing “abusive and excessive practices”, with FIFA citing the hoarding of players by clubs and the distortion of competition when teams bring in several players on loan from a bigger club with whom they have a close relationship.

“Players’ development is suffering as they are moved from one club to another with no clear career plan. The current loan system has facilitated player hoarding with clubs putting numerous players on their books and then loaning them out to other clubs,” FIFA said in a confidential document seen by AFP.

The measures appear to be aimed at clubs such as Chelsea, who have habitually had vast numbers of players out on loan in recent seasons.

Monaco have as many as 18 players currently loaned out, including seven at Belgian side Cercle Brugge.

The recommendations will be endorsed at the upcoming FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai, scheduled for October 24.

However, they will not immediately apply to domestic loans, with the document stating that member associations will have three years in order to implement rules on a loan system “in line with FIFA principles”.

Meanwhile, in an effort to curb the amount of money going out of the game and into the pockets of agents, FIFA stakeholders also agreed to limit commissions as “conflicts of interest plague football’s transfer system”.

As a result, a selling club will not have to pay more than 10 percent of a transfer fee received to an agent acting on their behalf.

Agents representing a player will be entitled to a maximum of three percent of that player’s total remuneration and another three percent for representing the buying club.

In 2016, Mino Raiola was paid 27 million euros for his role in Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United for a then world-record fee of over 100 million euros.

The new measures are designed to limit “financial incentive of agents to engineer a possible transfer” and to create “more transparent and objective forms of remuneration”, the document stated.

“Certain measures will certainly not please some agents, but there was a consensus on these measures and there have been discussions going back more than a year,” a FIFA official told journalists at the organisation’s Zurich headquarters.

“This is an important step towards making transfers more moral.”

The measures will also be endorsed at the FIFA Council in Shanghai.


Beware Of Fraudulent Loan Offers, CBN Warns Nigerians

CBN Reviews Capitalisation Of Tier 2 Microfinance Banks


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned Nigerians against fraudulent loan offers being circulated across social media platforms.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, said while the CBN has several development finance intervention programmes from which different categories of businesses have benefitted, the bank does not do so through direct interaction with prospective applicants.

The bank further stated that there are clearly spelt out procedures for accessing its intervention funds, which are disbursed through Participating Financial Institutions (PFI’s) such as Deposit Money Banks, Development Finance Institutions and Microfinance Banks.

It, therefore, warned members of the public, particularly the youth and owners of small-scale businesses to disregard any message requesting them to send their personal details.

“These messages are fake and anyone who enters into corresponds with them, does so at his or her own risk,” the statement read.

Bayern Munich Offer Coutinho Fresh Start On Loan

Bayern Munich’s Croatian headcoach Niko Kovac (C) poses with his new recruits Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Mickael Cuisance (L) and Bayern Munich’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho prior to a training session at the team’s training ground in Munich, southern Germany on August 20, 2019. Christof STACHE / AFP


Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has joined Bayern Munich on a one-year loan worth 8.5 million euros ($9.5 million) with an option to buy, the Spanish club confirmed Monday.

“The agreement provides for an option for Bayern to buy at a 120-million-euro fee,” Barcelona said.

The 27-year-old Brazilian joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for an initial 120 million euros in a deal that included another 40 million euros in potential add-ons.

But the international midfielder’s stint at Barcelona never worked out as hoped despite huge excitement around his arrival at the Camp Nou.

Initially tried in midfield where he plays for Brazil, Coutinho was pushed into the front three by Ernesto Valverde last season but the switch never paid off and fans rarely glimpsed the form he showed at Liverpool.

“Coutinho: the story of a massive disaster,” headlined Monday’s Barcelona-based Sport newspaper.

Speculation about his future had shadowed Coutinho over the summer with French champions Paris Saint-Germain mentioned as a likely destination in a deal linked to a potential Neymar return to Barcelona.

Coutinho’s place in the side looked shaky following the arrival of French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann from Atletico in July and he was left out of the squad for the first game of the new La Liga season on Friday, a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao.

The player, who has scored 21 goals in 75 games for Barca in all competitions despite being unsettled, said he was delighted with the move to Germany.

“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe,” Coutinho said on Bayern’s website.

“I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.”

The German club hope he will provide reinforcement in attack following the departure of veteran duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the end of last season.

“With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.


Palace Sign Brazilian Keeper Perri On Loan

Lucas Perri. Credit: @CPFC_Polska


Crystal Palace have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri on loan, the English Premier League club announced Thursday.

The 21-year-old will join the south London side from Sao Paulo, with the Eagles having the option to make Perri’s move to Selhurst Park permanent.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I’m really glad to join the club. Two months ago, I knew (about) the possibility to join Palace,” Perri told the club’s website.

“Since then, I was pretty anxious to be here because I really wanted that. It’s huge, it’s a really important thing to me. It’s the opportunity of my life and I’m going to do whatever it takes.”

Injuries to Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey saw Palace manager Roy Hodgson select the 39-year-old Julian Speroni in goal for a 4-3 loss away to league leaders Liverpool last weekend.


Cardiff Sign Niasse On Loan From Everton

Oumar Niasse.                                                                                                    Credit: @CardiffCityFC


Cardiff City have bolstered their striking options in a bid to remain in the Premier League with the signing of Everton striker Oumar Niasse on loan for the rest of the season.

The Senegalese striker could soon be followed by the signing of Nantes forward Emiliano Sala, who is expected to undergo a medical on Friday, for a club record fee.

Niasse, 28, has had a bit-part role at Goodison Park since arriving in a £14 million ($18 million) deal from Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2016, going out on loan to Hull two years ago under current Everton boss Marco Silva.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock revealed that Everton defender Phil Jagielka, who played for Warnock at Sheffield United, had spoken highly to him of Niasse.

“Jagielka said he’d be my type of player and do well for us,” Warnock said.

“When I look at the squad there’s not many players on loan who are like Niasse.

“I wanted (Liverpool defender Nathaniel) Clyne but that meant I wouldn’t have been able to get Niasse because of the loan rules.

“So it could be fate and now he’s got this opportunity to put himself in the shop window.”

Warnock will be able to call on Niasse for Saturday’s crucial visit to Newcastle in the battle for survival.

However, Sala’s move is unlikely to be completed in time for him to feature this weekend.

“It’s around £15 million, but that’s what strikers cost. I like him, he’s a hard worker,” said Warnock on Sala.

Cardiff sit 17th in the Premier League, one point and one place above the relegation zone.


El-Rufai Blasts Shehu Sani, Insists Senator Will Be Defeated


Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has said that Senator Shehu Sani is an opportunist who is not working in the best interest of the Kaduna people. 

The Kaduna state governor made this assertion in a discussion with Ladi Akeredolu-Ale on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019.

He said what Shehu Sani is doing is to take “one’s advantage position to frustrate the development of a State” thus “putting politics above common sense”.

While claiming that the expectations and ambitions of the Kaduna state government have been realized to some extent, El-Rufai said the people were quite “disappointed by the attitude of the Senators representing” the state.

He claimed Shehu Sani and two other lawmakers representing Kaduna had frustrated the efforts of the state government to obtain a $350million loan which would have helped in the area of infrastructure.

Shehu Sani had in a similar interview spoken about a proposed loan of $350million which Kaduna state was to collect from the World Bank.

In the chat on that episode of Roadmap 2019, Sani said “Kaduna state wasn’t qualified for that loan because it was the second most indebted state in the country.

He said the state is indebted to “over $225million and he was asking us to approve $350million for him and then the state will be indebted to over half a billion dollars”.

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the Senate went on to say that “a non-oil producing state with very low internally generated revenue” needed to be saved from the “Chains and shackles of debt” which “He (the governor)” was going to get them involved in.

Disagreeing with Senator Sani, Governor El-Rufa told Ladi Akeredolu-Ale that “Anyone WHO represents a people and does not want the benefits of those people is clearly an enemy of the people”.

The governor went to say that, Shehu Sani uses words without knowing their meaning, noting that “there is no way a state government can borrow without clearance from the debt management office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

“There is no way the World bank will lend you or any other person money without doing their number,” El-Rufai said.

Questioning Senator Shehu Sani’s logic with regards to moving against the proposed World Bank loan, Governor El-Rufai asked, “Is Shehu Sani as knowledgeable or does he know enough economics or financial management to contest the judgment of these institutions?”

He concluded that all Shehu Sani has said is just to “Justify taking actions against the interest of 10 million people”.

Though agreeing that Kaduna has the second largest amount of foreign debt after Lagos, the governor, however, stressed that “what is important is not the level of debt but debt sustainability”.

The governor noted that he is working with the president and he is certain that soon enough the loan issue with the World Bank will be resolved, noting that he is confident with the resolution of some of the issues around financing, “we would be able to get to where we want to take Kaduna State in the shortest possible time”.

Barcelona Sign Colombian Defender Murillo On Loan

Jeison Murillo


Barcelona have signed Colombian international center-back Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia until the end of the season, the two clubs announced on Thursday.

The La Liga leaders have struggled defensively this season, conceding 19 goals in 11 league games before a run of three consecutive clean sheets, while also losing defenders Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen to injuries.

Barcelona said that they will have an option to make the deal for Murillo permanent in June for 25 million euros ($28.7 million).

Spanish media reported that Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had made a special request for the club to sign Murillo, despite the 26-year-old having played only one La Liga match all season.

Murillo has played 27 times for Colombia and has previously spent two years at Inter Milan.


Roma’s Gonalons Heads To Sevilla On Loan

Maxime Gonalons


Roma’s French international midfielder Maxime Gonalons has completed a season-long loan move to Spanish side Sevilla, the two clubs confirmed on Monday.

The 29-year-old joined Roma last year from French club Lyon and made 23 appearances for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side — 16 in Serie A.

Gonalons, who won the last of his eight caps for France in June 2015, moves after French World Cup winner Steven Nzonzi headed in the opposite direction on a permanent transfer last week for an initial fee of 26.65 million euros ($30.5 million).


Russia Star Cheryshev Joins Valencia On Loan

Russian winger, Denis Cheryshev. Credit: Getty Images


Russia winger Denis Cheryshev, one of the standout performers at the World Cup this summer, has returned to Valencia for the second stint on loan from Villarreal.

The 27-year-old, who scored four goals as Russia reached the quarter-finals on home soil, will rejoin Valencia on a season-long loan having spent six months at Mestalla in 2016.

Cheryshev moved to Spain as a child and came up through the Real Madrid academy before joining Villarreal on a five-year deal in 2016 after a series of loan spells.

He will again link up with Valencia coach Marcelino, after playing under him at Villarreal in 2014-15.

Cheryshev provides another attacking option to a club that has brought in Michy Batshuayi, who is on loan from Chelsea, and former Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro in the close season.


West Ham’s Edimilson Joins Fiorentina On Loan

Edimilson Fernandes


West Ham midfielder Edimilson Fernandes joined Italian side Fiorentina on a season-long loan on Monday.

Fernandes has found himself surplus to requirements at the Premier League club after new manager Manuel Pellegrini brought in a host of new players in pre-season.

The 22-year-old, capped four times by Switzerland, joined the Hammers in 2016 from FC Sion and made 48 appearances.

“Edimilson Fernandes has signed for Italian Serie A side Fiorentina on a season-long loan,” the club confirmed on their website.


Fulham Sign Chambers From Arsenal On Season-Long Loan

Brighton’s English striker Glenn Murray (2nd R) heads home their second goal as Arsenal’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi (L) and Arsenal’s English defender Calum Chambers (R) try to defend during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on March 4, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP


Newly-promoted Premier League side Fulham have signed Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on a season-long loan, the west London club announced on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old, who signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal last month, joins Fulham just four days before their Premier League season-opener against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage.

“I’m really excited. I watched a lot of Fulham last season, I really like the way they play football, there’s a good manager, it’s a great club, so I’m really excited for the season ahead,” said Chambers.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men were promoted with a 1-0 playoff victory over Aston Villa in May, after a late-season charge just failed to secure a top-two finish in the Championship.

Chambers, who has won three caps for England and can play either at right-back, centre-back or in midfield, previously spent a spell on loan with Middlesbrough during the 2016-17 season.

“Everyone can see that Fulham’s a club that likes to play football, play football from the back, through the lines,” he added. “That’s the style of football I like as well, so I think it fits me and suits the way I play.”

Chambers had stated his ambition to fight for a first-team place at the Emirates Stadium under new Arsenal coach Unai Emery.

But with Laurent Koscielny, new signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and youngster Dinos Mavropanos all providing healthy competition, the former Southampton player has had to make the short trip to Fulham in search of regular playing time.

He is likely to resume his former England Under-21 partnership with Alfie Mawson in the heart of the defence, after the 24-year-old signed from Swansea last week.

Serbia striker Aleksdandr Mitrovic, goalkeeper Fabri, German World Cup-winner Andre Schurrle and former Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri have all also joined Fulham in the close season.