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Today’s top 10 African transfer-related stories

The transfer window has lacked real bite so far and today we look at the African players in the window.

Demba Ba snubs Premier League return

Former Chelsea and Newcastle striker, Demba Ba, has reportedly snubbed a return to the English Premier League and will instead join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. The Senegalese was closely linked with West Brom, but now seems set to join the Chinese side for €14 million and a reported annual salary of six million…

Drogba rules out Marseille return

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has dismissed speculation he could re-join his former club Olympique Marseille. The 37-year-old left Marseille for Chelsea in 2004 and was linked with a return but stated he is not keen on joining the French side…

Gradel: "I'm leaving"

Cote d'Ivoire international Max-Alain Gradel has told journalists in his homeland that he will be leaving French Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Etienne this summer. The 27-year-old winger, who helped Cote d'Ivoire to the Africa Cup of Nations title this year, has attracted interest from other clubs after an impressive season in which he finished as the top scoring African in France with 17 goals. He however did not say where he was going next…

Gervinho blasted for financial demands

Roma and Ivory Coast star, Gervinho, has been blasted for his excessive financial demands, which blocked a move to UAE side Al Jazaira. The 28-year-old was reportedly close to joining Al Jazaira after both clubs agreed a €13 million fee a fortnight ago, but “obscene demands” of Gervinho now stopped the deal…

Fiorentina made 'Egyptian Messi' insane offer

Serie A side Fiorentina are keen on retaining the services of Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah and have made him an "insane offer" to brush off interest from other clubs, according to club director Vincenzo Guerini. The 23-year-old winger was loaned to Fiorentina last season and the Serie A side reportedly have an option to extend the loan-deal for another season…

Juve ready to battle for Kwadwo

Serie A champions Juventus are ready to fight off interest in Ghana international Kwadwo Asamoah from English Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal. Tuttosport believes that the versatile 26-year-old, who can play anywhere on the left side, is wanted in England, but the Bianconeri are not keen to sell because they are short of options on the left side of defence. Asamoah missed almost the entire second half of last season due to a serious knee injury, but has returned to fitness…

Sampdoria confirm Eto’o exit

Serie A side Sampdoria have confirmed that former FC Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea star, Samuel Eto’o, will leave the Italian side after just five months. The 34-year-old is set to join Turkish newcomers Antalyaspor after his contract with Sampdoria was terminated…

Milan and Muntari part company

The deal to part ways take effect immediately. The 30-year-old joined Milan on loan back in January 2012 from rivals Inter, but made just 57 appearances in three years. He had the honour of twice captaining the team, but he failed to make a major impact after his first season…

In other news:

Former Liverpool, Juventus and PSG star, Mohamed Sissoko joined Shangahi Shenhua on a free transfer. Ghana international Jeff Schlupp has signed a new four-year contract with Premier League side Leicester City. 

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