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

Cricket News Afghanistan create history with maiden Test win in one-off game against Ireland

first_img New Delhi: When Afghanistan’s debut Test against India in Bangalore ended in two days and the team suffered an innings and 262-run loss, it seemed their entry into cricket’s elite format was too soon. On the other hand, Ireland battled heroically against Pakistan in Malahide but they lost by five wickets. While Ireland’s Test debut was hailed, Afghanistan’s was panned. However, in the one-off Test against Ireland at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun on Monday, Afghanistan registered history and won the one-off match against Ireland by seven wickets to get off the mark in the format. Afghanistan joined England and Pakistan as the other teams to register a win in only their second attempt. Australia are the only country to win a Test on their first attempt.It was a topsy-turvy Test match at Dehradun, which has been Afghanistan’s home for this series. After sweeping the Twenty20 Internationals 3-0, the five-match ODI series was shared 2-2 after one match was washed out. In the Test match, Ireland chose to bat but they were immediately in trouble when they were dismissed for 172. George Dockrell scored 39 and had it not been for a partnership of 87 runs for the final wicket, Ireland would not have reached the total after being reduced to 85/9. Tim Murtagh, at No.11, top scored with 54 while Yamin Ahmadzai and Mohammad Nabi picked up three wickets each. Rashid Khan and Waqar Salamkheil picked up two wickets each. Afghanistan lost their debut Test match against India in just two days.Ireland lost their debut Test against Pakistan.Pakistan and England, along with Afghanistan won a Test in their second attempt. In response, Afghanistan were boosted by Rahmat Shah’s brilliant knock and he was well assisted by 61 and 67 from Hasmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan. Rahmat had the chance to become Afghanistan’s first centurion but on 98, he was trapped LBW by Murtagh. Stuart Thompson picked up 3/28 as Afghanistan were bowled out for 314, a lead of 142. Ireland started more positively in the second innings with Kevin O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie hitting fifties.Balbirnie’s 82 and O’Brien’s 56 helped Ireland fightback but Rashid Khan, bowling through the pain of his injured finger, became the first Afghanistan bowler to take five wickets in a Test and his 5/82 reduced Ireland to 288 all out, giving Afghanistan a target of 147 . Mohammad Shahzad was out for 2 but a brilliant stand between Ihsanullah Janat and Rahmat Shah again put Afghanistan on course.Janat scored 65 while Rahmat scored 76 in addition to his knock in the first innings an despite losing a couple of wickets towards the end, Shahidi sealed history when he smashed a boundary to spark wild celebrations among the Afghanistan fans in Dehradun.The performance of both Afghanistan and Ireland in this Test match has shown that Test cricket is well and truly alive and it is THE format for cricketing enthusiasts. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Film ‘S druge strane medalje’ in SARTR and on TV SA

first_imgIn the premises of Sarajevo War Theatre, there was a press conference on the occasion of the film premiere ‘S druge strane medalje’ (The other side of the medal) by Esma Velagić in production of TV SA.The film talks about BiH para-Olympic volleyball team who won European and World Championships.‘The Golden Boys’- as they call them have broken the prejudice of being a disabled person by winning many medals, including several Olympic medals.Nonetheless, this film is not just a story of their sports achievements, but also about their life achievements too.Executive director of TVSA Mirza Sulejmanović, Velagić, manager of the Para-Olympic Volleyball team of BIH Mirza Hrustemović and manager of SARTR Nihad Kreševljaković said that the Para-Olympic Volleyball team of BiH have conquered themselves first, surpassed all obstacles, and the author of the film found the inspiration in that struggle to overcome own limitations.The film will premiere on 14 March at 9 p.m. in SARTR and on TV SA.last_img read more