RABAT, Morocco (AP) African soccer’s biggest tournament could be moved from the start of the year to the European summer months of June and July, with the number of teams being increased from 16 to 24. The proposals for the future of the African Cup of Nations were made at a two-day meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Rabat, Morocco, hosted by the Confederation of African Football. The changes appear to have widespread support. New CAF president Ahmad, who was elected in March to replace long-standing leader Issa Hayatou, promised a review of the Cup of Nations in his election campaign. The move from January-February to June-July would be especially important for CAF’s flagship tournament – its
Thibaut Courtois has rejected Chelsea's latest contract offer, as the Blues look to tie the long-term future of their number one down. The Daily Mail report that talks over a new deal are in early stages and an improved offer is expected from the Blues, but the rejection has put Spanish giants Real Madrid, long thought to be interested Manchester United's David de Gea, on red alert. Madrid have also cast an eye over the situation of AC Milan shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who reportedly declined a recent contract offer from the Italian side, as they look for an improvement on current first-team goalie Keylor Navas. De Gea had been Madrid's first choice but United's valuation of the Spain
The Independent is reporting that Manchester United is set to make a move for Serge Aurier with a deal for Monaco’s Fabinho taking too long to finalize. Aurier, 24, is a powerful defender who can play at right back or center back and he has excelled for Paris Saint-Germain in recent seasons despite issues off the field as he was fond guilty of assaulting a police officer in Paris and was also suspended by PSG for allegedly mocking teammate Angel di Maria and then manager Laurent Blanc in a periscope session. The Ivory Coast international is said to be available for $31 million, with PSG and Real Madrid in the running for Fabinho as his price is now said to have rocketed to past $51.9 million.