Arsenal remain focused on signing centre-back amid Philippe Coutinho speculation

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Philippe Coutinho is not Arsenal’s priority at the moment (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal may be interested in signing Philippe Coutinho on loan, but their priority is bringing in a central defender rather than bolster their attack.Barcelona have offered Coutinho to the Gunners on a season-long loan, and according to reports in France, a deal is close to being done for the Brazilian.However, other clubs, including Tottenham, are also interested in the former Liverpool man and a switch to Arsenal is not as close as previously thought.This is also because the Gunners are focusing their efforts on signing a centre-back, reports the Guardian, which is the position most obviously in need of strengthening in Unai Emery’s squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementThree targets are receiving the most focus currently, with Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano all on Arsenal’s radar. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 8:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link109Shares Daniele Rugani is being targeted at centre-back (Picture: Getty Images)Rugani looks the most likely option of the three, with Leipzig quoting Arsenal £70m for Upamecano and Umtiti preferring to stay at Barca.The Italian is surplus to requirements at Juve and although Arsenal have seen an initial offer of a two-year loan move turned down, the Turin side are keen to do a deal on improved terms.As it stands, Emery’s options at centre-back are Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Callum Chambers and an injured Rob Holding.Mustafi is on the transfer list, meaning that it will likely be Sokratis and Chambers in the middle of defence when Arsenal face Newcastle in their Premier League opener on Sunday.Improving these options remains Emery’s number one priority before the transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCoutinho’s future is still up in the air with Manchester United and Liverpool also interested in a loan deal, along with the two north London clubs.Spurs are thought to be leading the chase for his signature, partially thanks to Coutinho’s relationship with boss Mauricio Pochettino after they briefly worked together at Espanyol in 2012.However, stumbling blocks for all interested parties are the £21m loan fee that Barcelona want and having to pay his hefty £200,000-a-week wages.MORE: Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from BarcelonaMORE: Wolves looking to beat Arsenal to Juventus defender Daniele Rugani with £30m offer Arsenal remain focused on signing centre-back amid Philippe Coutinho speculationlast_img read more


first_imgMost Finn Harps fans would have taken two wins and two draws from their first four outings so far this season.But the reality was that Ollie Horgan’s side spluttered their way to a 1-1 draw against Galway United at Finn Park tonight.Harps were forced to come from behind after a stunning curling shot from Vinnie Flaherty in the 36th minute put the visitors in front. Harps tried throughout to carve out an equaliser with Ruairi Keating trying all sorts of trickery to get back on level terms.But for a team that scored no less than eight goals in their previous two games before tonight, they only managed a couple of very real chances.In fact, it wasn’t one of the starting team who equalised for Harps but sub Paul McVeigh.McVeigh, only on the pitch a few minutes found an opening in a busy Galway box to make it 1-1 in the 75th minute. Harps tried to turn the screw but they were missing the direct style of out and out striker Kevin McHugh.Harps will be happy to remain unbeaten but Ollie Horgan will perhaps not be best pleased with his side’s overall performance.Harps gave away cheap possession throughout and looked like a team short on ideas in the oppositions’ half. HARPS SNATCH DRAW AGAINST GALWAY UTD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN was last modified: March 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfinn harpsFinn ParkGalway Utdlast_img read more

Suppression of Dissent in Russia Resurges Once Olympics Ends

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 22, 2014; New York TimesIn the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, Russia, suffering from the scrutiny of the world where human rights and civil freedoms were concerned, released a number of dissidents from prison only to sentence a new grouping of dissidents within hours after closing ceremonies were concluded. All were sentenced to two to four years for their participation in a May 2012 rally protesting President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration.“Why did they sentence him?” asked Stella Anton, the mother of a man sentenced to three and a half years. “To frighten people, so that they won’t go to demonstrations, so that they won’t protest, to put them on their knees and so they’ll put up with everything that’s happening in the country.”And just in case the message was not heard, on Monday, when people gathered as close as barricades would let them get to the court for a peaceful protest of that trial and verdict, OMON, Russia’s special riot police, broke the rally up, and at least 232 protestors were herded into buses and detained. Calls went out over social media to reconvene that evening, and police again were ready, detaining an additional 426 people.This op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Vladimir V. Kara-Murza speculates that “the intentionally harsh sentences for the Bolotnaya Square prisoners, and the arrests of those who raised their voices on their behalf, are meant to serve as a warning and to prevent the reemergence of street protests.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more