Arsenal ready to submit offer for Amadou Diawara as Mikel Arteta seeks Lucas Torreira upgrade

first_img 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 Commentlast_img read more

With NBA Draft date set, NCAA announces new withdrawal date

first_imgWith the NBA officially setting the date for the NBA Draft as Oct. 15, the NCAA has announce that its withdrawal date for early entrants wishing to retain college eligibility will be Aug. 3 or 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine, whichever comes first.NCAA vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt told Sporting News previously the organization had planned a withdrawal date it would announce once it got the official word on the NBA Draft but didn’t want to pre-announce out of respect for the league. The Division I men’s basketball oversight committee determined the new date “allows a reasonable amount of time for all men’s basketball student-athletes to make a choice about starting a professional career,” according to a release from the NCAA. It still is unclear what sort of process the league might follow relative to the combine and individual player workouts for specific teams. “This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” Gavitt said in a release.The NCAA chose to remove its original date of June 3 when the league announced it was postponing the draft indefinitely.MORE: Key dates to know in NBA’s return However, with the established date coming well after most colleges will begin their fall terms — the University of Iowa, where Sporting News Player of the Year Luka Garza could return from the early entry list, is scheduled to begin in mid-August — the NCAA needed to establish a date farther in advance of the actual draft than the original 2020 plan had been.There are 163 collegians on the early entry list, although many already have announced they have closed to the door to a possible college return.Among the top players who could return to school, along with Garza, are Villanova forward Saddiq Bey, Butler guard Jared Butler, Gonzaga center Filip Petrusev and Tennessee big man Yves Pons.last_img read more

Haitians are vulnerable, susceptible to political manipulation and exploitation

first_imgDear Editor,I wrote the press earlier this month, asking the Minister of Citizenship and/or our President to explain the sudden arrival in Guyana of a very large number of Haitians, reported on extensively in our media.According to the media reports, the Haitian arrivals are carefully organised with obvious official Government support. Their arrival has coincided with a highly suspect House-to-House Registration exercise with questionable legal authority and disputed justification.In response to these public concerns, Minister Felix disclosed that in the last six months, 8436 Haitians arrived and 1170 are supposed to have departed. Those who have left are acknowledged by the Minister to be mostly doing so illegally, The Minister seemed unable, however, to provide convincing documentation in support of his statement.In the current highly-charged political environment, with the Opposition and, for instance, the Private Sector Commission, opposed to the “registration” which is being carried out without the legally required scrutineering, it is perfectly reasonable to ask the question: where are the seven thousand odd unaccounted-for Haitians?In these circumstances, it is perfectly reasonable to also ask, not only where, but how are the Haitians occupied? They have not come as tourists and they are not authorised to work!In reactions, these questions have been vigorously and vociferously labelled as a “xenophobic attack” meaning racism, against the Haitians.I cannot speak for others, but as far as I am concerned, the application of this label, in this context is utter rubbish, and, if anything, is in itself racist in character and concept.The Haitians are our Caricom brothers and sisters and are understandably and undoubtedly fleeing their own impoverished circumstances in search of a better life and deserve our empathy and assistance.I wonder, however, if it has occurred, at all, to those, some otherwise very intelligent people amongst them, who so readily and conveniently employ this emotive use of race in pursuit of their own unspoken agenda, that the Haitians are both vulnerable and susceptible to political manipulation and exploitation of the worst kind.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more