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New CEO

Man Utd are set to appoint Man City’s Omar Berrada as their new CEO, according to reports.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein took to X to reveal the news on Saturday night.

He wrote: “Led by INEOS with Glazer backing. Will take exec leadership of football + business, seat on board + report to owners. Highly regarded & many will see as major coup.”

Brighton new boy

Brighton have confirmed the signing of Football Manager 2024’s most-signed star.

The Seagulls unveiled Argentine youngster Valentin Barco on Saturday with an FM24-themed video.

Barco has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal through to 2028 after arriving from Boca Juniors.

It is understood the 19-year-old, who had previously been linked with Manchester City, cost a fee in the region of £8million.

To announce their first January signing, Brighton released a video showing them signing Barco on FM24.

The left-back is the most-signed player on the latest edition of the popular video game series, after being brought in 237,810 times by virtual managers this year.

Sancho penalty snub

Jadon Sancho failed to wrestle a penalty off team-mate Niclas Fullkrug despite “begging” his Borussia Dortmund pal for the spot-kick.

The Manchester United loanee, 23, started on Saturday afternoon for the first time since returning to the German giants.

And it ended in a positive result for Dortmund as they swatted Koln aside 4-0 to move level on points with fourth-place RB Leipzig.

However, there was an awkward moment in the second half after Sancho won a penalty when he went down in the box.

Striker Fullkrug, 30, picked up the ball as he prepared to step up from 12 yards out.

But Sancho then went over to the Germany international and attempted to take the ball from him.

RyanAir poke fun at Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has been brutally trolled by Ryanair for his claims about the Saudi Pro League.

The Al-Nassr forward compared the league to France’s Ligue 1 at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Friday.

Reacting to Ronaldo’s comments, the airline wrote: “Finally, someone funnier than us.”

Newcastle eye Kone move

The Toon are interested in signing Manu Kone.

The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is top of Eddie Howe’s list to replace Joelinton.

HITC claim the 22-year-old is seen as the ideal replacement for the Brazilian, who has yet to agree a new deal and could be sold.

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