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African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Moussa Wague to be promoted to Barcelona's first-team

17:43 BST 30/05/2019
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Wague to be promoted to Barcelona's first-team

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is set to promote Senegal right-back Moussa Wague to the first team next season, according to Sport.

Wague joined Barca's youth team last summer and has impressed on several occasions when invited to the first team.

He was handed his debut La Liga debut against Huesca on April 13 and was a regular participant in training with the first team.

Balde open to Premier League move

Monaco loane Monaco winger Keita Balde is interested in a move to the Premier League, according to SkySports.

The Senegal winger spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Inter Milan, where he scored five goals in 24 league games, but the Nerrazzuri are not looking to make the move permanent.

Balde moved to Monaco in 2017 on a five-year deal and he is valued between £22m and £26m.

Mikel set to leave Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough will not be offering Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel a new contract, SkySports reports.

Mikel joined the Riverside Stadium outfit on a short-term deal in January and made nine league appearances as they finished seventh in the Championship table.

The former Chelsea midfielder will become a free agent this summer, alongside Stewart Downing after the club make a decision to release them.

Monaco chase Aurier

Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier could return to Ligue 1 this summer with Monaco interested in adding him to their defensive ranks.

France Football claims that the French outfit have entered negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur over the signing of the 26-year-old.

Monaco also see Aurier as a signing that will provide competition for Djibril Sibide in the right-back position.

Kessie’s future in doubt after Gattuso exit

Franck Kessie is uncertain about his future at AC Milan after the departure of manager Gennaro Gattuso, Calciomercato has reported.

The Ivorian midfielder was a regular fixture in the Rossoneri’s set-up this season, playing 3625 minutes of football in 42 appearances across all competitions, with seven goals and three assists to his credit.

Kessie is still under contract at the San Siro until 2022.

Solskjaer to give Bailly second chance

Eric Bailly will have a chance to prove himself to manager Ole Gunnar Solskhjaer when Manchester United travel to Australia for their pre-season tour.

Bailly has been heavily linked with a move away from the Old Trafford with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly interested in his services.

According to ESPN, Manchester United are not ready to sell the Ivory Coast international to their rivals and Solskjaer is ready to give him a second opportunity to cement his spot in his team this summer.

Rennes sign Niang permanently

Rennes have exercised the purchase option to sign Mbaye Niang permanently from Torino after his impressive loan spell.

The Senegal international has signed a four-year deal that will keep him at the Roazhon Park until 2023.

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