Duro IKHAZUAGBE with agency reportFrench Ligue 1 outfit Lille and Italian Napoli appears to have finally settled on a transfer fee believed to be in the region of 50 million Euros plus a player, Adam Ounas, before Nigerian international, Victor Osimhen, will make a switch to the Serie A club. The total amount Napoli is expected to pay Lille to conclude the deal was put at 81 million Euros.French top media, L’Equipe reported yesterday that both teams are believed to have finalised on this on Monday when they met. The worth of the much-discussed transfer has varied from 50 million Euros to as much as 85 million Euros depending on various sources.The 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner in Chile along with his management team were in Naples last week to meet Napoli chiefs and manager, Gennaro Gattuso.But shortly after the visit, speculations were rife in Italian and British tabloids that Osimhen was not interested in Napoli but transfer to a big English club like Arsenal of Manchester United.The meeting between Lille and Napoli officials has sort of put paid to all the speculations, with Gattuso in particular reported to be willing to take pay cut to attract Osimhen to Naples.Osimhen, according to scorenigeria.com.ng, will enjoy much-improved personal terms put at around four million Euros a year.He has been Gattuso’s No 1 choice to replace Poland star Milik, who is set to quit Napoli in this transfer window.Gattuso only took over the Naples team in December 2019 from Carlo Ancelotti.On Monday, Napoli President, Aurelio de Laurentiis, assured Gattuso will keep his post for next season even though the club will not qualify for UEFA Champions League from Serie A this season.A formal announcement of the transfer is now due on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Laying wreaths in the village of Miljevici in East Sarajevo on Sunday, the 28th anniversary of the killings of Yugoslavian National Army soldiers in Dobrovoljacka Street was marked, Srna news agency reports.The wreaths were laid by Republika Srpska Minister of Labor and Veterans ‘Disability, Dusko Milunovic, East Sarajevo City Assembly President Miroslav Lucic, Mayor of Pale Bosko Jugovic Municipality, and representatives of veterans’ organizations and deputies of mayors from East Sarajevo.“So far, this crime has not received a judicial epilogue, though it is evident by all forms of international war law that war crimes have been committed against soldiers who, by agreement, should have withdrawn peacefully,” said Milunovic.
Gbarnga City, Bong County was a scene of shouting, pandemonium and crying when a 29-year-old man set himself ablaze at about 4 p.m. at the Phebe Parking.Twenty-nine-year-old Papa Canmue, who reportedly said he was facing too much hardship, set himself ablaze on Sunday May 18.According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, Canmue had bought a liter of gasoline, measured in a small mayonnaise jar, which the commercial bike riders in that area refer to as Musa, with the amount of L$100.The eye witnesses told our Bong County Correspondent that they thought that Canmue intended using the gasoline in a motor cycle. But to their uttermost surprise, he poured it on himself and struck a match, which caught fire, setting him ablaze.According to the bystanders, when they saw what had happened, they tried to extinguish the blazing fire, but the 29-year-old man began to run as they ran after him.“He ran until the fire overcame him and he dropped rolling in the grass. By the time we reached him, the fire has already overcome the young and nothing else we could do,” one of the eyewitnesses explained.Investigations conducted by this reporter established that Papa Canmue committed suicide for what he (Papa Canmue) termed as living in the bondage of economic hardship.The information maintained that Papa and his family have since separated because of him not being able to provide for the home as the head.“This young man and his family have always been in quarrel for the past three years on grounds that he could not feed his family,” a close neighbor told the Observer.The investigations also indicated that Papa’s children are out of school as the result of him not being able to pay their school fees.It has been said that the latest action by Papa was his second attempt at committing suicide. They said in April of this year, he had climbed in a coconut tree in an effort to fall from the tree and finish his life as a means of liberating himself from the repression of economic hardship, but he was rescued through the frantic effort of community members, who persuaded him to come down.It is been speculated in many quarters of Gbarnga that that man was mentally unbalanced, while some are arguing that he was suffering from psychological problem. Political pundits in Bong County are of the believe that the action by Papa Canmue to immolate himself is a clear indication that the country’s economy is not meliorating for the poverty-stricken citizens evidenced by the hike in the prices of the basic commodities on the Liberian market. It can be recalled in March of this year a 33-year-old woman in Wainsue few miles away from Gbarnga committed suicide because of what she termed as over loaded with extreme hardship.One of the bystanders said, “Whether Papa Canmue was unbalanced or not, let the Government of Liberia build vocational institutions across the country as another way of providing economic security for young people who do not have the opportunity to acquire tertiary education.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away After finishing 5-11 the Arizona Cardinals were far from the best team in the NFC West last season. However, they did lead the division in a few unique categories.According to ESPN’s NFC West blog, the Cardinals have the best stadium in the division.University of Phoenix stadium, which was also home to the Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship game last season, features a retractable roof and the first fully retractable field in the country. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories