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By Timothy Akintola

Updates on Casemiro, Coco Gauff, Ollie Watkins, Raphaël Varane and Germany.

Casemiro in talks with Saudi Arabian clubs ahead of potential summer transfer.

Brazilian midfielder, Casemiro is expected to leave Manchester United after two years at the club. Signed from Real Madrid for a whooping €70 million, Casemiro was a vital piece of the team’s success. However, his second season in England has been plagued by an evident footballing decline and recurring injuries. With the INEOS now in charge of the club’s football operations, United are preparing for a big clear out in the summer transfer window and it seems offers for Casemiro would be considered. The Brazilian’s representatives are already in talks with some Saudi Pro League clubs and all indications are pointing to a summer move for the acclaimed defender.

Coco Gauff equals WTA 1000 record after reaching Italian Open quarterfinals.

Seven-time WTA champion, Coco Gauff came back from a set down to secure a 5-7, 6-4,6-1 win over former World’s number 2, Paula Badosa in the Italian Open. This marks her first quarter final appearance in the competition since 2021. With this victory, Gauff marks her 60th win at the WTA 1000 events, tying the legendary Caroline Wozniacki for the most wins before reaching 21 years-old. Gauff also won her 10th Italian Open match, she joins Chris Evert, Serena and Venus Williams as the fourth American to win as many matches in the tournament before the age of 21.

Watkins contributes again in Aston Villa’s comeback draw against Liverpool.

Aston Villa solidified their 4th-placed spot after coming back from 3-1 Liverpool lead to steal a point on Monday evening. The match commenced on a disastrous note for Villa as Emiliano Martinez conceded a weird own goal 63 seconds into the match. Within 9 minutes, Ollie Watkins set up Youri Tielemans for the equalizer but Cody Gakpo and Quansah gave Klopp’s side a quick 2-goal advantage. However, a late brace from Jhon Durán was enough to secure a draw for Aston Villa. Ollie Watkins, with one assist in the game added to his tally, taking his G/A contribution to 19 goals and 13 assists in the league this season. With 32 combined goals and assists, he is the biggest contributor in the Premier League this season.

Raphaël Varane to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

French defender, Raphaël Varane has bid farewell to Manchester United after 3 years with the Premier League giants. The 5-time Champions League winner moved to Old Trafford in 2021 €25 million and won the Carabao Cup with them. Despite being one of United’s high profile players, his career at the club has been marked by injuries. In the club’s statement, Man. United wrote, “Raphaël Varane has confirmed he will leave Manchester United in the summer, upon the expiration of his contract, following three seasons at Old Trafford.”

Robin Koch to make Germany’s Euro 2024 squad over Mats Hummels.

Ahead of the upcoming 2024 Euros tournament, Germany’s head coach, Julian Nagelsmann has decided to include Eintracht Frankfurt’s defender, Robin Koch in the squad over Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels despite his huge form this season. Hummels has been immensely instrumental in Dortmund’s qualification to the Champions League final, scoring his team’s two goals. While Nagelsmann’s idea is to bring together a young team to compete at a high level, many fans still believe Hummels’ form should earn him a spot in the squad.

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