Blues sign Mendy

Ibrahi­movic tests ‘pos­i­tive’ for virus

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MI­LAN, Sept 24, (AP): Zla­tan Ibrahi­mović tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus on Thurs­day, and he re­acted to the news as only he can.

The AC Mi­lan striker said he was pos­i­tive a day af­ter test­ing neg­a­tive f o r COVID19.

“I tested neg­a­tive to covid yes­ter­day and pos­i­tive to­day. No symp­toms what so ever . Covid had the courage to chal­lenge me. Bad idea,” Ibrahi­mović wrote on Twit­ter.

Ibrahi­mović missed Mi­lan’s Europa League match against Nor­we­gian club Bodø/Glimt on Thurs­day .

All Mi­lan play­ers un­der­went a sec­ond round of test­ing on Wed­nes­day af­ter de­fender Léo Duarte was found to be pos­i­tive for COVID-19 fol­low­ing tests the pre­vi­ous day.

“Zla­tan Ibrahi­mović has tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 fol­low­ing a sec­ond round of swab tests ahead of tonight’s game against Bodø/Glimt,” Mi­lan said in a state­ment. “The club

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has in­formed the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties and the player has been promptly placed in quar­an­tine at home. All other team mem­bers and staff have tested neg­a­tive.”

The 38-year-old Ibrahi­mović has scored three goals in Mi­lan’s first two matches this sea­son, in the Europa League and Serie A.

The Swedish for­ward set up an on­line fundraiser in March to help hos­pi­tals at the cen­ter of the coro­n­avirus out­break in Italy. He launched it with a video mes­sage which he ended by say­ing: “And re­mem­ber, if the virus don’t go to Zla­tan, Zla­tan goes to the virus.”

❑ ❑ ❑ Chelsea have signed goal­keeper Édouard Mendy to take their sum­mer trans­fer win­dow spend­ing over $280 mil­lion, putting the fu­ture start­ing po­si­tion of Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga in doubt.

The 28-year-old Mendy has joined from French side Rennes, the club said Thurs­day, for a re­ported fee of 22 mil­lion pounds ($27.75 mil­lion) on a five-year con­tract.

Kepa be­came the world’s most ex­pen­sive goal­keeper when he was signed by Chelsea in 2018 for 80 mil­lion eu­ros (then $93 mil­lion). But his er­rors in games have be­come in­creas­ingly costly for Chelsea – the lat­est in a 2-0 loss to Liver­pool in the sec­ond match of the Premier League sea­son on Sun­day.

UEFA de­tailed a pro­gram of na­tional team games in 2021 on Thurs­day to catch up on the sched­ule dis­rupted by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Europe’s 55 na­tional teams will play three games in­stead of two in each of March and Septem­ber, with nearly all in their 2022 World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion groups.

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