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Justin Gaethje punches Tony Ferguson (Getty Images)
Justin Gaethje punches Tony Ferguson (Getty Images)

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Daily sports briefs | The biggest soccer news from around the globe, the NBA is back and UFC fighter Tony Ferguson is ready to get back into the cage.

THE BIGGEST FOOTY NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Nathan Ake - Looks set to sign for Man City for £40 million from relegated Bournemouth. Good deal for Man City as he suits their style of play and they desperately need a centre-back to compliment Aymeric Laporte. The only problem is they are both left-footed ... ideally you want a left- and right-footed centre-back pairing.

Raul Jimenez - Manchester United are apparently on the verge of pulling off a bargain £27 million transfer of goal-machine Jimenez from Wolves. Jimenez banged in 17 goals this season, ironically exactly the same number of goals that potential teammates Marcus Rashford AND also Anthony Martial scored for Man United in the EPL this season. Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer has a juggling act to fit all his attacking players into one team particularly if United manage to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. But playing in the Champions League next season means that he will have to have quality depth in his squad.

Newcastle takeover deal is OFF - Saudi consortium PCP Capital Partners have pulled out of their proposed £300mln takeover of Newcastle. The deal, which had the potential to launch the Magpies into a tier of elite clubs, is now off the table as the consortium became frustrated with the protracted due diligence process undertaken by the Premier League. The proposed takeover had divided Newcastle fans who on the one hand would loved to have seen their beloved club become a mega-club, but on the other were concerned about the human rights abuses associated with the Saudis. The winner? Owner Mike Ashley who gets to keep the £18 million non-refundable deposit paid by the Saudis to begin the negotiations.

NBA SEASON RE-OPENS WITH EVERYONE TAKING A KNEE

In a powerful show of unity, players and coaches for the Pelicans, Jazz, Lakers, and Clippers all knelt in protest of racism before the restart of the NBA season in the Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida. LeBron James added that he hoped that their actions had made founder of the taking-the-knee protest "Colin Kaepernick" proud.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: It was an impressive display and the statement got maximum attention. Can't wait for Donald Trump's reaction. For the record, LeBron got the game winning bucket as the Lakers pipped crosstown rivals the Clippers 103-101.

FERGUSON CALLS OUT CONOR AND POIRIER

Tony Ferguson is ready to get back into the cage, calling out Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier as potential opponents in an eliminator for the winner of October's title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov (my goal is to be able to spell this without searching by year-end) and Justin Gaethje.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Either of these two match ups would make A LOT of sense for all involved. For Ferguson, a massive payday if he fought Conor and a good one if he fought Poirier. For Conor, it would get him right back in the picture and a win would almost guarantee him a rematch with Khabib (should Khabib overcome Gaethje of course). Poirier is an elite fighter who deserves another crack at the title too. Stylistically any combo of these proposed fights would be must-watch TV. GET IT DONE DANA!

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