Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 12:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Arsenal ready to submit offer for Amadou Diawara as Mikel Arteta seeks Lucas Torreira upgrade Lucas Torreira has struggled to win his place back in the Arsenal starting XI after recovering from an ankle injury (Picture: Getty)The Uruguay international, who is also interesting the likes of Fiorentina and AC Milan, featured prominently during the early part of Arteta’s reign but struggled to win his place back after recovering from an ankle injury.Roma, themselves, are interested in signing the 24-year-old and, according to Corriere dello Sport, would be willing to entertain the possibility of a swap deal involving the combative Diawara who impressed last season following his move from Napoli. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal enjoy cordial relations with Roma after the two clubs reached a mutually beneficial agreement recently over the deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan effectively rip up the remainder of his Gunners contract and join the Serie A side on a permanent basis. Ghana international Partey had been Arsenal’s first choice to bolster their midfield but are not in a position to activate his £50m release clause and the 27-year-old now looks likely to sign a new contract. MORE: Arsenal to announce Gabriel Magalhaes transfer after defender signs five-year contractMORE: Gareth Southgate explains decision not to include Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka in England senior squadFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Mikel Arteta is hoping to overhaul Arsenal’s midfield this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are preparing to tempt Roma with an opening £27million bid for midfielder Amadou Diawara after abandoning their pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.Mikel Arteta has largely focused his efforts so far this summer on strengthening his defence. After securing new deals for Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and David Luiz, Arsenal are preparing to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille imminently. With captain and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to commit his future to the club, Arteta’s most pressing concern now centres on bolstering his central midfield.With Mateo Guendouzi still in exile and Dani Ceballos back at Real Madrid after a successful loan spell in north London, Granit Xhaka represents the only senior and in favour midfielder available to Arteta ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTorreira shone during his first season at Arsenal following his £24million move from Sampdoria but struggled when Unai Emery deployed him in a more attacking role at the start of last term. Advertisement Comment
Client giving Australian money to property agent for buying house. Property and real estate concept. housing, Australian money, generic propertyLOCATIONS within 5km of the CBD have topped the list of Townsville’s fastest selling suburbs.Newly released CoreLogic figures which analyse sales in the last financial year show that houses in West End, Belgian Gardens and Mysterton sold the quickest.A total of 47 homes sold in the 12-month period in West End with the average time on the market being 59 days followed by Belgian Gardens where homes stayed on the market for 63 days.Mysterton and Hermit Park tied for third place with an average market time of 73 days.Forty-four homes were sold in Hermit Park and 13 in Mysterton.Explore Property Townsville principal Dean Dank said while he was surprised North Ward didn’t make the top three, buyers were becoming increasingly interested in city fringe areas thanks to projects such as the North Queensland Stadium.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Explore Property Townsville director Dean Dank. Picture: Shae Beplate.“Very much the fringe of the city is being taken and I think that comes about from activity from the stadium and people starting to chatter about being close to town and getting the benefit from the city scape changing,” he said.“The public transport hub and the stadium is going to change inner city living so people want to be in walking distance to the city.“I think areas like South Townsville will also lift in the future and it will be a boost for those little pubs that have been forgotten about like the Ross Island Hotel, Victoria Park and Bellevue Hotel.“Those little pubs will be watering holes for people coming out of the stadium like Caxton St in Brisbane.”The CoreLogic figures also revealed Townsville’s top growth suburbs for the financial year.Rosslea topped the list with a year’s median price growth of 13.3 per cent bringing the median value to $363,970.The suburb has seen new, high-quality homes being built, thanks to the Fairways development, which has received strong interest from gold enthusiasts.Jensen came in second with a 3.8 per cent increase in price growth while Pimlico and Hyde Park recorded a yearly price growth of 3.4 per cent.
NEW YORK >> It seemed safe to rule out Kobe Bryant playing a full 82-game NBA season in his 20th and perhaps final year with the Lakers.Who knows what plans Father Time has in store for the 37-year-old Bryant after suffering three season-ending injuries in consecutive years. Amid the Lakers’ quest to preserve Bryant, it appeared likely he would sit out some if not all of the team’s 17 sets of back-to-back games.But Lakers coach Byron Scott revealed a slight change of plans following the Lakers’ 99-95 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.“‘This might be my last year. If possible, I’d like to play every game,’” Scott recalled Bryant telling him recently. “I’m with that and we’ll see how it plays out.” “I don’t think they were used to someone as direct as me,” said World Peace, who posted eight points on 3-of-4 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s loss against the Knicks. “I do it to help. A lot of people walk on eggshells. I don’t walk on eggshells. I eat eggs.”World Peace reported feeling confident he would return to the NBA during overseas stints last year in China and Italy. He described himself with a straight face as “one of the best small forwards in the world.” The Lakers would not go that far, though they liked World Peace’s leadership and hustle enough to retain him on the roster on a non-guaranteed deal worth $1.5 million. “I didn’t think I’d ever come back,” said World Peace who noted he could try to play for two or three more years. “But I earned my way back. I worked hard.”Memory laneBryant’s physical skills may have eroded. But his mind has not.He still remembered vividly scoring his first point off a foul shot on Nov. 5, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in what marked his second career NBA game. “When I got in the game, I felt like how it was when there were VHS tapes,” Bryant said. “You hit the forward button and the TV is moving really fast.”Both Scott and Knicks coach and former Lakers teammate Derek Fisher both cited faulty memory despite being in attendance. But Scott noted, “it brought a smile to my face that I was at least there” after recently watching a highlight of that game.What’s your number?It did not take long for Fisher to earn Scott’s respect during his rookie season. But it happened well before Fisher showed off his work ethic or talent. Fisher planned to wear the No. 4 only to switch to No. 2 for one specific reason. Scott returned to the Lakers and had once worn No. 4 during the ‘Showtime Era’ when he won three NBA titles. Fisher joked the gesture “changed the course of history for me” before eventually winning five NBA titles as a role player in two separate stints with the Lakers (1996-2004, 2007-2012). “He did the right thing,” Scott said, chuckling. “He was young and a rookie, and I was a vet.” Scott plans to start Bryant when the Lakers (1-5) play in Miami on Tuesday and in Orlando on Wednesday. But Scott said he has not determined whether Bryant will play fewer minutes than the 29 minutes per game he has averaged through six contests. “I know there’s going to be some games he’s not going to play, but that’s not his mindset,” Scott said of Bryant. “Right now this early in the season, we’ll go with the flow.” Say it like it isEven as he played near his hometown in Queensbridge, New York, Metta World Peace never felt at home.The New York Knicks acquired him in the 2013 offseason after the Lakers waived him. But he averaged 4.8 points in only 13.8 minutes through 29 games before both sides negotiated a buyout. World Peace argued his short stint had little to do with injuries or a decline in play. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error