Stubborn Pochettino was ‘close to axing Eriksen’ just before season started

May 31, 2020

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO was ‘close’ to axing Christian Eriksen just before the season started, according to reports.According to the Independent, that is because the Spurs boss does not like keeping players who are into the final year of their contracts.2 Mauricio Pochettino considered ostracising Christian Eriksen as he entered the final year of his contractCredit: ReutersEriksen’s deal at Tottenham runs out next summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.But he has just a few hours left if he wants to secure a move away before the European transfer window closes.For now, though, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, and a crucial one at that.Given the nod to start from the outset in yesterday’s North London derby, he repaid his manager’s faith within ten minutes.After Bernd Leno parried Erik Lamela’s tame shot, the Dane, 27, reacted first to tap into the empty net and give Spurs the lead.Although Harry Kane added a second, Spurs allowed Arsenal back into the game and had to settle for a point as their away form continues to struggle.But with Eriksen set to stay in North London for another year, Poch admitted he will throw a “big party” when today’s deadline passes.There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult… I am optimistic. Mauricio Pochettino on Christian EriksenHe told talkSPORT: “Tuesday, we party. Finish the transfer window after tomorrow, I think Tuesday we are going to make a big party and celebrate.”Because I think it was my worst period after five years in Tottenham.”On Eriksen, Pochettino added: “His mind is clear that he wanted to play.”It’s nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer], that’s why it was clear.”There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult.”I think nothing is impossible in football. I am optimistic.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong”The most important thing is [the next] 24 hours and [we] hope that everything will be clear for everyone.”Christian Eriksen had a big performance. The whole team had a very good performance.”I enjoyed it a lot. You want to win, but you hope to play these kind of games every week.”2 The Dane tucks in the opening goal of the North London derby but could not inspire his side to victoryCredit: Richard Pelham – The SunMauricio Pochettino is counting down the hours until the European transfer window closes but says he’s optimistic about keeping Christian Eriksenlast_img read more

Time ticking on Tonga vs Australia test

May 26, 2020

first_imgIt’s been nine months since Mate Ma’a Tonga’s memorable run to the World Cup semi finals, which included a famous victory over New Zealand in Hamilton.The Kingdom’s request for a rematch against the Kiwis in October was rejected by New Zealand Rugby League, who also vetoed Tonga’s desire to host the Kangaroos in Auckland.Woolf said despite both sides wanting the match to go ahead roadblocks keep getting in the way.”Our first option was that we wanted to play against New Zealand but it was very clear early on that that was not going to happen,” he said.”And as soon as I mentioned it to (Australian coach) Mal Meninga it was something that he jumped at straight away and he’s really pushed it and really helped the process along the way.”You’ve certainly got two teams that want to play but the other difficulties around it have been particularly to do with finances and who’s going to fund it and who’s going to underwrite it.”As well as venues. When it came to New Zealand it’s certainly been a bit frustrating.”New Zealand Rugby League expressed concern that a test between Tonga and Australia in Auckland would overshadow their own clash against the Kangaroos at Mount Smart Stadium a week later.But Woolf disagreed saying matches like these could grow the international game.”It was very disappointing. I can certainly see the points of view of New Zealand Rugby League but the other thing that I thought was a real positive for everyone was the interest that our game against England (at the World Cup) generated to the New Zealand Rugby League public and the exposure to our game that that gave in New Zealand,” Woolf argued.”Even though it didn’t include a New Zealand team I thought it was a real positive for rugby league in the country, therefore I thought it was a positive for us to play over there again regardless of who we were playing.”Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) boss Todd Greenberg was also supportive of the fixture but finding a venue and financial backing was proving to be a major obstacle, Woolf said.”For a game to go ahead you need support from a local government, you need support from a stadium and it needs to be financially viable,” he said.”And the later that goes obviously that decreases your opportunity to sell it a little bit as well, or to promote it. That, from my understanding, is the biggest hurdle at the moment.”I have been told through the Queensland Government and through Suncorp Stadium (in Brisbane) there’s some interest there and some support there as well but I’m not sure what the actual figures are that are holding up the game.”Cronulla forward Andrew Fifita, who switched allegience from the Kangaroos to represent Mate Ma’a Tonga ahead of last year’s World Cup has also voiced his frustration.Woolf said a decision needed to be made sooner rather than later and he called on the NRL and Rugby League International Federation to step in and underwrite the game.”I’d be thinking in the next couple of days it certainly needs to be made but it’s been a difficult one and a frustrating one,” he said.”There’s been a lot of roadblocks put in the way and it’s a funny one because everybody that you talk to – whether it be a general fan or people who can act on it – tells you that it’s a game that they want to see and a game that everyone wants to happen but everywhere we turn there seems to be roadblocks put up so it’s very frustrating.”last_img read more

Gilas begins buildup with closed-door practice

January 19, 2020

first_imgMOST READ Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwenty-one days before the start of the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers, Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is going down to business as he is set to hold his first practice session behind closed doors.The outspoken mentor made the announcement on Friday afternoon as he begins his preparations for the pair of home-and-away games later this month.ADVERTISEMENT “Yes we will practice but behind closed doors. No Gilas player/coach will grant any interview in the meantime. I hope you understand,” he wrote on his Twitter account @coachot.Yes we will practice but behind closed doors. No Gilas player/coach will grant any interview in d meantime. I hope you understand #💪❤️FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog— Chot Reyes (@coachot) November 3, 2017 View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Players who were earlier named in the national team pool are expected to show up, especially those were part of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup squad which finished seventh place in Lebanon.Reyes is expecting a high turnout, especially with all 12 PBA teams giving the players the green light despite the impasse that has divided the Board of Governors in relation to the status of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene WATCH: ’Emotional’ Hayward recalls how his family felt after horrific injury Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Nyenabo Confirmed as Ambassador to Brussels, EU

January 14, 2020

first_imgAn emotionally-charged Liberian Senate in executive session yesterday reportedly gave their blessings for their colleague, Grand Gedeh Senior Senator Isaac Nyenabo, to represent Liberia as Ambassador to Brussels and the European Union (EU). Senator Nyenabo served the Liberian Senate for nine years as Senator, and briefly as Senate Pro Tempore before he was voted out by his colleagues.“I am presently filled with excitement; please allow me time to prepare and address the entire membership of the Legislative press corps by Thursday,” Amb. Nyenabo told our reporter.Known as the “four-pointer,” Isaac as Senator was respected among his colleagues and Journalists for his vast knowledge on both the Constitution and Rules of the Senate which he was always prepared to quote verbatim.During his recent confirmation hearing, then Ambassador-designate Nyenabo promised to work hard to ensure that Liberia’s image within the European Union is enhanced, saying he is ever prepared to make the necessary strong representation the country needs.Amb.  Nyenabo, who is presently working on his Doctorate degree, is a proud holder of several credentials in professional and academic disciplines. From Cuttington University Graduate School of Professional Studies, he received the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Sector Management Summa cum Laude, (2010-2012) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Magna cum Laude in Finance, (2009-2011).  From the University of Liberia’s Ibrahim Babangida School of International Relations, he received the Master of Arts (MA) – Summa cum Laude in International Relations & Diplomacy (2008 –2010).During the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), outgoing Senator Nyenabo served as Comptroller at the Ministry of Finance.As an ardent sports lover, he led the Invincible Eleven/Majestic Sports Association as interim president.In a related development, the Senate at its 86th day sitting yesterday confirmed several nominees who recently appeared before Senate committees; among them, Mr. Augustine K. Blama, Assistant Minister for Budget, Ministry of Finance & Development Planning, and Jordan Solunteh, Director General of the Cabinet, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden has most child abuse cases in Region 10 – CCPA Director

January 12, 2020

first_imgBy Utamu BellWith Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) recording the largest number of child abuse cases in Guyana in 2017, with a 22.1 per cent of the country’s total, Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Director Ann Greene has confirmed that most of the reported cases in the Region came from Linden.According to information from the Agency, the overall rate of child abuse for Guyana in 2017 is 15.8 per 1000 children.Greene recently noted the importance of understanding “rates”, in terms of population size when looking at the number of children being abused, as she pointed out that Region 10 has the highest rate.She also indicated that Region 10 has the highest rate of child neglect and sexualCCPA Director Ann Greeneabuse. Greene noted that there was hardly any neglect reported in Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), but stressed that there was a high rate of sexual abuse.“In every thousand children, 15 are being abused. If you look at last year’s stats data, it also means every two hours a child is abused; every day 11 children (are) abused. When you look at figures like that, when you give numbers, it must say something for you … in terms of the population of children. So, the rate is saying something … More people live in Region Four, so most of our abuse would be in Region Four, but (according to) rate, Region 10 is the highest,” Greene explained.In 2016, the highest rate came from Region Seven. Greene noted that these were only the reported cases, which she said were “just the tip of the iceberg”, adding that child abuse was “a hidden crime”.As such, she called for sexual regulation at the family level, as she explained that there was much more work to be done. m “It is done behind closed doors and some children really ain’t got a voice … Some children not even aware that they are being abused. We got children didn’t even know that it is wrong to sleep with their brother or sleep with their father. Because sexual regulation has to be done in the family and families perhaps don’t have the capacity to make the children understand … it’s a lot of work that we got to do,” Greene pointed out. She added that data obtained would assist the Agency in programme planning. In this regard, Greene said the Agency would be looking at the Linden community, given that most of the cases for Region 10 derived from it. Other cases, she noted, came from riverine areas such as Kwakwani.In looking at the factors which may be responsible for the high rate in the Region, the CCPA Director said a lot of it may be considered general.  “A lot of it is parents lacking the capacity to parent –- intellectually and everything they’re lacking and they put the children at risk”.Other factors outlined by Greene are poverty and substance and domestic abuse, which she explained all create vulnerability in children. Poverty, she noted, is a fundamental factor which cannot be excused. “So, we got to look at the low-income groups. Mother got to go out and work and the children are left with not proper caregivers and they are exposed … it’s not that Region 10 really different from anywhere else, it’s just that the rate comes in, in terms of the population,” she explained. Greene further explained that the Agency planned to heighten the level of awareness, which she noted, ultimately leads to an increase in reports. It is her belief that there is not an increase in child abuse, but rather in the reporting of such cases, as she explained that the rate showed that awareness programmes were working. “Getting an increase in reports could mean … people are more willing to talk…,” Greene explained.last_img read more

Hockey Canada selects its 66 player list for upcoming U-17s

January 12, 2020

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The sixty-six player roster to represent Team Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge was announced today by Hockey Canada.The selected players will be divided into three teams that will represent Canada, which are Team Canada Black, Red and White. They will be joined by teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.One hundred and eleven players were invited to a week long development camp back in July, which was the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Brad McEwen Hockey Canada’s head Scout, POE management group lead Steve Stajos and regional scouts Carl Bouchard, Barclay Branch, Barclay Parneta, Kevin Mitchell and Darrell Woodley were all involved in picking the team.- Advertisement -McEwen said, “There is a strong, talented, and skilled group of players to choose from and we feel the 66 we have selected are a great representation of the depth of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. These young men have demonstrated an ability to learn, grow, and develop while giving Canada the best chance at bringing home gold on Canadian ice.”Eight B.C. boys made the cut and will play for the red and white, they are: The official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, TSN and RDS, will air one semi-final, the bronze and gold medal games.More than 1,600 NHL draft picks have suited up since the inception of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 1986, including 13 of the last 16 first-overall draft picks (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006, Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015 and Auston Matthews, 2016).Tickets are now available. The full list of players can be found at: Jacson AlexanderDefenceVictoria, BCVictoria Grizzlies (BCHL)SC (1, 17) Massimo RizzoForwardBurnaby, BCPenticton Vees (BCHL)KAM (1, 15) Dylan CozensForwardWhitehorse, YTLethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)LET (1, 19) Team Canada Black clashes with Team Canada White at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek to open the tournament on Nov.5th at 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET). Sweden plays Russia to conclude opening night at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.Advertisement Roman BasranGoaltenderAbbotsford, BCOkanagan Rockets (MML)KEL (3,64) Alex SwetlikoffForwardKelowna, BCVernon Vipers (BCHL)SEA (3, 62) Sasha MutalaForwardVancouver, BCTri-City Americans (WHL)TC (1, 6) Josh WilliamsForwardLangley, BCMedicine Hat Tigers (WHL)MH (1, 5) Jackson van de LeestDefenceKelowna, BCCalgary Hitmen (WHL)CGY (1,16)last_img read more

Huskies advance to NWJHL finals after beating Navigators 3-0

January 12, 2020

first_imgThe next goal would come at 4:08 left in the frame, in a power play, with Jared Winkel scoring on the Navigators with a feed from Geoff Dick and Gary Loewen making it a 3-0 lead.The Huskies managed to maintain their lead, winning the game and advancing to the finals.Huskies Head Coach, Todd Alexander, says his team will continue to work on their style of play as they head into the finals.“We’re just going to continue to build on what we’ve got these last three games that we’ve played in. We want to continue to play our style of the game.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies were home on Sunday for game seven of the semi-finals as they hosted the North Peace Navigators.It was an intense battle for the puck throughout the first period, but no team managed to score a goal, ending the period with a deadlock of 0-0 with 18-7 shots on goal for the Huskies.There was lots of power and energy in the second period as the Huskies continued to battle their way to the Navigators net.- Advertisement -Later on at 3:12 remaining in the frame, Gary Loewen would score a power play goal with an assist by Matthew Apsassin making the score 1-0 over the Navigators.In period three, it would take quite a bit of time before the next goal would be made.Then at 5:33 remaining in the period, Jared Loewen would score on a power play with assists by Gary Loewen and Geoff Dick making the score 2-0.Advertisement Up next, the Huskies will be facing the JDA County Kings in the NWJHL finals as they beat the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks on Sunday in game seven of the semi-finals.Winning this game also allows the Huskies to take part in this year’s Hockey Alberta Championships.A schedule for the finals has yet to be released as of Sunday.last_img read more

Evening with Greg LeMond kicks off cycling celebration

January 11, 2020

first_imgThese victories, along with several others, brought him international recognition. LeMond has been named one of Sports Illustrated’s 40 most influential people in sports in the last 40 years and is a member of the Cycling Hall of Fame. Joining LeMond for the evening is Shimano, vice president of Shimano American Corp. The Shimano name is legendary in the cycling world for quality bike designs, equipment and cycling team sponsorships. LeMond and Shimano will share anecdotes about their paths to success, including the challenges, triumphs and experiences that have catapulted them to the top of the cycling world. “An Evening with Greg LeMond Special Guest Kozo Shimano” is the first in a series of events to complement the Stage Six Finish of the Tour of California, hosted by the city of Santa Clarita. Other events to take place on Feb. 24 include: Family Ride: 11 a.m. On Feb. 23, cycling fans can experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy an evening with an icon of the cycling world – Greg LeMond. The “An Evening with Greg LeMond Special Guest Kozo Shimano” gala dinner will be held at Robinson Ranch as the precursor to the Amgen Tour of California, which arrives in Santa Clarita on Feb. 24. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6, followed by dinner, presentations on the cycling world and an opportunity to ask questions of Greg LeMond and Kozo Shimano. Tickets for the event are $100 per person. In 1986, LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France. He went on to win again in 1989, and for a triumphant third time in 1990. The whole family can catch cycle fever and participate in a 3-mile beginners ride, 5-mile intermediate ride or 7-mile advanced ride. All levels will begin at Santa Clarita City Hall and finish at the actual finish for the Amgen Tour of California. The fee for the Family Ride is $12 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger. All entrants will receive an event-numbered bib, T-shirt, medal and raffle ticket. The Family Ride is sponsored locally by Healthnet. Kids Zone: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Westfield Valencia Town Center, the Kids Zone will offer activities for younger cycling fans. A tricycle obstacle, a human bowling alley and an inflatable rock climbing wall, slide and obstacle course will be featured. Lifestyle Festival Sponsored by Healthnet: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Cycling enthusiasts of all ages can immerse themselves in the world-class sporting event. The festival will feature a health and fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food, entertainment and more. For tickets to “An Evening with Greg LeMond Special Guest Kozo Shimano,” please call Jenni Shadle at (661) 286-4012. Robinson Ranch is located at 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91387. For additional information about the Santa Clarita stage of the Amgen Tour of California please visit To post your own stories and photos, log on to 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Subpar ’06 not an issue for Figgins

January 11, 2020
first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – As Chone Figgins saw it this off-season, his optimism for the upcoming season far outweighed the hit he took to his pride. After a substandard year that Figgins blames mostly on bad luck, he got just the words of encouragement he needed from good friend Juan Pierre, the Dodgers’ new center fielder. Figgins wondered aloud what changes he might be able to work on this spring to change his poor fortune. He thought that maybe a switch here or a tweak there might prevent some of the hard hit balls that found opponents’ gloves in 2006. Pierre suggested he keep things just as they are. “Talking to Pierre he said, `Man, it’s just one of those years,”‘ Figgins said about the conversation with his former roommate in the Colorado Rockies organization. “He said he had one in `05. He said it was the best year he had but he ended up hitting less than he usually did. But because he was consistent, he was able to look at his numbers on paper and see that he had decent numbers.” Figgins batted .267 last season, nearly 20 points below his career average. But he had 93 runs scored, 52 steals and had 62 RBI, which is a career high. Looking for glove After complying with the Angels’ request to try a larger glove, Figgins said the team has requested he try an even bigger size. Figgins said he was using an 11 -inch glove last season and changed to an 11 -inch glove this off-season. He is now awaiting for a shipment of gloves over 12 inches in length. Pitchers progressing center_img Mike Scioscia is starting to feel good about progress being made by Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver. Both had a long-toss throwing session for a second consecutive day. Scioscia said that Weaver (biceps tendinitis) might have his first bullpen session after about two or three more days of long toss. Wood may move Brandon Wood took about 45 ground balls at third base and doesn’t think it will be that tough to adapt after playing shortstop for nearly all of his baseball career. “The main thing for me is to make sure my timing is on,” Wood said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners enquire about Champions League finalist, £10m bid to rival plotted, plus more rumours

January 3, 2020

first_img 6 6 Pedro (Barcelona) – Click right for more Arsenal transfer news… – The Gunners seem set to miss out on their long-term target as Chelsea, with a bit of help from ex-Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, now appear set sign the Barcelona star for £21.6m. Arda Turan’s move to the Nou Camp means his playing time will be severely restricted and the Blues believe he can add something special to their title winning squad. 6 Serge Gnabry – West Bromwich Albion are ready to offer the young German winger a chance to make an impact in the Premier League as they prepare a loan bid. A knee injury has meant the player failed to get much game time last year but could relish first-team football at another club next season as he looks to prove himself in England. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) – Click the right arrow to find out which defender the Gunners could sign from a Premier League title rival… – As the French side fail to conclude contract talks with their star striker, Arsenal could now be set to swoop for Lacazette’s signature. According to reports, the Ligue 1 side may now be happy to sell with £28m thought to be a big enough bid to prise the 27 goal in 33 games star away from Lyon. Mesut Ozil – Find out which striker the Gunners could sign this summer, next… – Arsenal could be set for a busy summer dealing with Juventus. Italian football expert James Horncastle has told talkSPORT the future of the German midfielder at Arsenal hinges on what happens to Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba in Turin. If one of the duo moves on then the Gunners may well see a bid forthcoming from the Old Lady as Massimiliano Allegri looks for a no.10. With Manchester United and Liverpool already doing plenty of transfer business, there’s a chance Arsenal could get left behind again this summer.The Gunners have only added Petr Cech to their ranks so far as they look to mount a title challenge next season and, although his quality will undoubtedly improve their side, they do need to make other additions.With Premier League rivals bringing in quality players like Memphis Depay and Roberto Firmino, while moves for Raheem Sterling and Bastian Schweinsteiger likely to arrive at Manchester City and Man United respectively, Arsene Wenger will want to move quickly in the transfer market.There are murmurs about possible transfers on the horizon, so who are the Gunners targeting? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above for all the latest Arsenal transfer rumours… Arsenal enquire about Juventus starlet Kingsley Coman – Click the right arrow for more Gunners transfer rumours… – The former Paris Saint-Germain prodigy struggled to break into the first-team last season, making just 14 Serie A appearances. His promise, though, has seen several clubs increase their interest in him but, according to Tuttosport, Arsenal have seen an enquiry turned down. 6 6 6 Jonny Evans (Manchester United) – Find out which Champions League winner could be about to deliver a blow to Arsenal… – The Northern Irish defender’s time at Old Trafford appears to be up as Louis van Gaal targets Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi and Arsenal could benefit with a £10m swoop rumoured. West Brom and Everton want the player too but it’s likely he would prefer a move to another top-four side. His signing would further bolster Arsene Wenger’s backline. last_img read more