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Africa Sports News Mon, 21 Jun 2021

Picking an African Transfer Target XI

Goalkeeper: Andre Onana

Now that his 12-month suspension for taking a banned substance has been reduced, Onana appears set for a move this summer.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with his signature, although could there be further interest from La Liga, where both Real Madrid and Barcelona have been talked up as possible next destinations.

Right-back: Achraf Hakimi

The British media have reported that Chelsea are keen on recruiting Hakimi from Internazionale.

Sky Sports announced earlier in the week that Chelsea had matched Paris Saint-Germain’s eye-watering £56.1 million bid for the right-back, and considering the Nerazzurri’s rumoured financial issues, they may well be tempted to sell.

Sky Italia have added weight to the suggestion that Hakimi could be destined for Stamford Bridge by indicating that Inter would be keen on either Andreas Christensen or Emerson, who could be used as makeweights in any deal.

Could he be the big African mover of the summer?

Centre-back: Kalidou Koulibaly

Eternally linked with a transfer away from Napoli, could this be the window where Koulibaly finally gets his move?

He's reportedly attracted interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, although while his agent has talked up a switch away from Naples, it appears unlikely that the club will sell both him and Fabian Ruiz.

Centre-back: Edmond Tapsoba

Another player heavily linked with Arsenal this summer is Burkinabe centre-back Tapsoba, who's coming off the back of an excellent season with Bayer Leverkusen.

Their sporting director - Germany great Rudi Voller - insists the player's not for sale unless an 'immoral' offer is made, but could the Gunners put together the kind of bid that would tempt Bayer to consider selling one of their prized assets?

Left-back Maxwel Cornet

A hero of Olympique Lyonnais' run to the Champions League semi-final in 2020, Cornet is enjoying a new lease of life after being converted into a left-back.

He's been linked with a move to Leeds United, while Watford are also understood to be in talks with OL over the Ivory Coast international's future.

Midfielder: Hakim Ziyech

It’s been a tricky year for Ziyech at Chelsea, even though he has ended the season with a Champions League winner’s medal.

The playmaker now appears to be primed for the exit door, with recent reports suggesting that AC Milan were considering a triple Stamford Bridge swoop for Ziyech, Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud.

Rumours that the Morocco playmaker has hired a new agent in order to facilitate a move away from the club appear to indicate - if true - an imminent end to his time at Stamford Bridge.

Midfielder: Franck Kessie

Having helped AC Milan return to the Champions League, there's a sense that the Ivorian talisman still has unfinished business with the Rossoneri.

However, his performances this season are likely to have made some of Europe's better resourced clubs sit up and take notice, with Kessie excelling as the Lombardy heavyweights pushed their city rivals Inter close for the title.

Out of contract in 2022, could the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United or Leicester City make concrete their rumoured interest in the powerhouse?

Midfielder: Yves Bissouma

Various Premier League heavyweights have been linked with Bissouma, with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool tipped with interest in the Mali midfielder.

The favourites, however, appear to be Arsenal, with Football London confident that the Gunners are planning a major transfer overhaul this summer.

Brighton will surely be loath to lose a talent who has become such a key figure in Graham Potter's side.

Forward: Wilfried Zaha

For now, there's been no tangible movement for Zaha, who has made no secret of his desire to test himself at a higher level.

Last week, Emmanuel Petit suggested that Zaha is exactly the kind of player Arsenal need to be signing, but this compelling suggestion appears to haven fallen on deaf ears...for now at least.

As the new season draws closer, however, Zaha may emerge as a tantalising prospect for any European heavyweight who are looking for an x-factor in the final third.

Forward: Simy Nwankwo

After scoring 20 goals for relegated Crotone last season, Simy surely needs a change of scene...there's no way he should be playing back in Serie B at this stage of his career.

There's reported interest from Brighton & Hove Albion, who are understood to be sniffing around a potential £6 million deal, but Italian trio AS Roma, Fiorentina and Monza may yet make a move.

Forward: Patson Daka

The wonderkid could yet be the big transfer talking point of the summer, as he comes off the back of a remarkable campaign in Austrian football with Red Bull Salzburg.

He scored 34 times last season, prompting interest from the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and RasenBallsport Leipzig.

However, indications suggest that Leicester City are primed to snap up the Zambia hitman in a £25 million deal...will the Foxes get this one over the line?
Source: goal.com