Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun completed a move to Premier League outift Brighton & Hove Albion from Bundesliga side FSV Mainz on Tuesday, May 22. Balogun is the first signing for the Seagulls in the summer transfer window, and leaves German after nine years in the Bundesliga. The 29-year-old joins on a free transfer and has signed a two-year- deal at the Falmer Stadium.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has extended his contract until 2020 in a pre-World Cup boost for one of the tournament favourites. "We are going to sign a contract for two additional years," said the president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales. It is a clear sign of confidence from the Spanish federation in the 51-year-old former goalkeeper as he goes into his first major tournament in charge of the side.
Roberto Mancini is the new coach of the Italian national team. The 53-year-old takes charge of Gli Azzurri after leaving his previous post at the helm of Russian club Zenit St Petersburg. He succeeds Giampiero Ventura, who left the role last November after Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Premier League club Chelsea FC are tracking Paris Saint-Germain full-back Layvin Kurzawa with a view to making a move for the 25-year-old in the summer. According to the Daily Mirror, Kurzawa is no longer wanted by PSG as the newly crowned French champions look to sell players before pushing ahead with new signings.
Manager Roberto Mancini has agreed to leave Zenit St Petersburg by mutual consent. The 53-year-old has been heavily linked with the vacant manager’s job of the Italian national team. Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Mancini took charge of Zenit in June 2017, and they are fifth in the Russian Premier League.