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A Premier League STAR at the heart of a DARK AFFAIR with the Albanian MAFIA

Granit Xhaka could be linked to a plot with the Albanian mafia, Erik ten Hag is reviewing his position on Cristiano Ronaldo, and the resumption of Ligue 1 is eagerly awaited in France, find in your Foot Mercato press review the latest information from the European sports press.

00:00 Them against all
01:00 Drunk from Wijnaldum
02:00 Siuuuu again soon
02:45 Come back Auba
03:40 “You leave us stranded”
04:15 The Xhaka bomb

Xhaka in turmoil?

In England, a terrible case of corruption shakes Arsenal and in particular a player: Granit Xhaka! According to the Daily Mail, the Swiss international is suspected of having participated in a cheating plot involving the Albanian mafia. Basically, the FA investigation was triggered by suspicious bets that emerged towards the end of Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Leeds United last season, ‘with €55,000 being wagered that Xhaka would be warned in the last 10 minutes of the match. Astonishingly, Xhaka received a yellow card from referee Andre Marriner in the 86th minute when he was slow to take a free kick, despite his side winning and having full control of the game. Video of the incident shows the midfielder standing on the ball in his own half for around 20 seconds before being penalized. And still according to the daily, “NCA investigators have discovered evidence of large sums being put in cryptocurrency in markets that are not regulated in this country, with much of the activity having taken place in Albania from where the Arsenal player is from.” For the moment, nothing indicates that the midfielder is directly involved in this affair but the investigators have serious doubts and are looking for proof… In short, this story may be far from over!

CR7 available from the launch of the Premier League

Still across the Channel, the Cristiano Ronaldo file still makes a lot of ink flow. Yesterday, the Daily Star delighted us with a superb front page, which was in puns by resuming the celebration of CR7. Well this morning the tabloid is doing it again! “Siuuuu again soon”, “we see each other again sooner than expected”, has fun on a daily basis. Because yes, there is a real turnaround for the Portuguese. If his desire to leave Manchester United remains intact, Erik ten Hag must backtrack with his player because Anthony Martial has been injured, so inevitably the Mancunian manager needs CR7 this weekend for his first Premier League match against Brighton . This is also the idea on the front page of the Manchester Evening News: “it’s time for the match for Ronaldo”! For the Daily Express, “Ronaldo is on borrowed time.” The Red Devils are determined to keep him and hope the start of the season works in their favour. We are still far from the outcome of this thrilling case…

Ligue 1 is finally back

In France, it’s the big return of Ligue 1 tonight! And this start to the season is on the front page of L’Équipe, which ignites and titles: “Them against all.” “The Parisians are once again advancing as the big favorites for the title of champion. But their rivals have long teeth, starting with Lyon, which opens the season tonight against AC Ajaccio. And yes, because it is Olympique Lyonnais who opens the ball for this new season and as indicated by Le Progrès, it is “objective of renewal” for Les Gones. “With the return of their glorious elders and the arrival of the Americans, OL want to look up again.” Even Corse Matin is impatient to see Ajaccio back in Ligue 1 because it’s “the big comeback.” Finally, it is the Spanish daily AS which is delighted with the return of football, not only French because it is necessary that “the show begins!” “Three major football championships start today: the Premier League, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1. Haaland, Mané and Mbappé, among other stars, will light up their competition. City, Bayern and PSG are the favourites.”

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