Paul Pogba: The most expensive football transfer in history

TVC E. French star Paul Pogba has moved from Juventus to Manchester United for a reported 89 million pounds which would be make him the world’s most expensive player if confirmed. Here are the most expensive transfers in football history: Paul Pogba (FRA) Juventus to Manchester United – 89 million pounds ($116.4 million, 105 million euros) Manchester United had been linked to offers for Pogba even when Louis Van Gaal was still coach. But the machine really started turning when Jose Mourinho took over on his mission to get United back into the Champions League frontrunners. The fact that Pogba had played for United as a teenager and was released for a pittance makes the transfer even more incredible. For a while Real Madrid had been contenders for Pogba’s signature. Gareth Bale (WAL) Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid – £85.1m – 2013 Welsh forward whose performances for an attractive Spurs side persuaded Real to...

Nigeria’s LMC signs development deal with La Liga

The League Management Company has signed a five year partnership deal with the Spanish Premier League - La Liga for the development of the Nigeria Professional Football League. Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko signed on behalf of the Nigeria Professional Football League while President of La-Liga, Javier Tebas signed for the Spanish League. Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, and the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Alfonso Sebastian counter- signed as witnesses. The pact will focus on key areas of capacity development, training for coaches and club administrators; inter club exchanges and commercial activities including joint marketing....

Benitez ‘born dead’ at Madrid – Calderon

TVC E, SPORTS - Rafa Benitez was ‘a dead man walking’ at Real Madrid after being their fourth choice to take over last summer, according to former club president Ramon Calderon. He insists Madrid approached then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Germany’s World Cup-winning coach Joachim Low, and Jurgen Klopp. But all three turned down the offer. Benitez lasted just seven months at the Bernabeu before a 2-2 draw with Valencia prompted his sacking in January. According to Calderon, Benitez was never wanted by the Madrid hierachy, who only turned to him in desperation. ‘Benitez was a coach who was already a dead man walking from the start at Real Madrid,’ he explained in an interview with Omnisport. ‘That’s because he was not the chosen one, he was the fourth option. They tried to bring [Jose] Mourinho but the Portuguese did not want to go back. ‘After that they tried to get Joachim Low, and he didn’t want...