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

Thomas Partey advised to reject Arsenal transfer by ex-Ghana star Derek Boateng

first_imgThomas Partey is one of Arsenal’s top targets for the summer transfer window (EPA)Thomas Partey has been urged to reject a move to Arsenal this summer by former Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng.The Atletico Madrid midfielder has a €50 million (£43m) release clause in his contract with the Spanish club and the Gunners have already opened negotiations ahead of a potential deal in the upcoming transfer window.Partey is believed to be one of Arteta’s priority targets for the summer, although Arsenal’s transfer budget is heavily dependant on where the club finishes in the Premier League this season.Reports have also claimed that Arsenal’s technical director, Edu, has approved Arteta’s push to sign the 27-year-old.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Boateng, who was capped 47 times by Ghana, believes Partey should be turn down Arsenal due to their lack of Champions League football.‘He needs to be at a place where he will be happy, respected and get a lot of playing time,’ Boateng told JoyFM. Arsenal have already held talks to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)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 Arsenalcan make all the money you want but if the coach doesn’t play you, you won’t be happy.‘I will not advise him to move to Arsenal right now because he is a Champions League player and with the look of the Arsenal team right now, they are not ready with the kind of players they have and some are going to move‘They are playing very well but you can see the inexperience hurting them and with the way the Premier League is going right now, it is going to be really tough. If he wants to move, he has to move to a team that plays in the Champions League otherwise he will lose everything.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Thomas Partey advised to reject Arsenal transfer by ex-Ghana star Derek Boateng View 3 comments Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 Jul 2020 11:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Gold Coast penthouse offers a private escape

first_imgCould get used to lazing around enjoying the ocean views. The penthouse at ‘Calypso Towers’ 88 Marine Pde, Coolangatta.EVER dreamt of escaping to a private island?The sea views from this Coolangatta penthouse’s north-facing wall of floor-to-ceiling windows make it feel like you’re in the middle of the ocean.But civilisation isn’t far away, with sweeping vistas of the Gold Coast skyline and Hinterland surrounding the rest of the luxury apartment. Even the bathrooms have views!The Calypso Tower penthouse at 88 Marine Parade will go under the hammer on Saturday at 5pm.Ray White Broadbeach Mermaid Waters agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo are marketing the apartment, which takes up the 20th and 21st floors.They described it as a luxury residence that “redefines sophisticated skyhome living” with an “array of bespoke, customised finishes”.These include imported antique wooden doors, hand-selected 200-year-old reclaimed polished hardwood floors and marble, granite and stainless-steel features throughout. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNot the worst way to wake up every day. Admire the coastline from every angle. One of the apartment’s four bathrooms. This kitchen is versatile and modern.It has an open floorplan with a lounge and family room at the heart of the modern apartment.This opens onto the main balcony, which wraps around the building and overlooks the ocean.Each of the three bedrooms have ensuites and access to one of the property’s five balconies.The upstairs entertaining retreat with kitchenette and access to two balconies is a standout feature.last_img read more

Derivatives account for two-thirds of annual returns at KPN scheme

first_imgThe pension fund said it increased its strategic allocation from 2.5% to 10%, while also raising its stake in inflation-linked bonds from 12% to 15%. Equity delivered 9.5%, with actively managed global and emerging market equity, and passively managed European equity, returning 11.7% and 5.1%, respectively.The pension fund replaced 5% of its global equities with an equal stake in European equities, “as they were priced more attractively”.Listed real estate, returning 26.2%, was the best performing part of the property portfolio.Actively managed property returned 5.5%.The KPN scheme attributed the 20.5% loss in commodities to falling oil prices and replaced all its passively managed investments – through future contracts – for actively managed holdings in the asset class. According to Cees Michielse, chairman of the scheme’s investment committee, the adjustment was part of a periodical reassessment of the entire investment portfolio.“The fixed monthly extension of the futures appeared to be predictable, allowing other market players, such as hedge funds, to anticipate,” he said.The pension fund also divested its remaining stake in hedge funds.“Already a couple of years ago, we expected better results from equity and bonds, and this prediction has come true,” Michielse said.In December, the KPN Pensioenfonds sold the put options it had used to hedge the equity risk in developed markets.On the back of rising equity markets, these derivatives came at the expense of 0.5 percentage points of the annual return.The scheme said it spent 0.34% of its assets on asset management and 0.03% on transactions.The KPN Pensioenfonds, which has 58,250 participants, is on course to merge with the €900m Ondernemingspensioenfonds KPN – the pension scheme for nearly 2,000 KPN staff who are not employed under a collective labour agreement.The Ondernemingspensioenfonds KPN returned 21.2% last year. As of the end of March, the schemes’ policy coverage ratios stood at 111.2% and 114.3%, respectively. The €7.5bn pension fund of telecoms giant KPN has confirmed that almost two-thirds of its annual return of 22.6% was due to its deployment of derivatives against various risks, including an interest hedge. In its annual report for 2014, the KPN Pensioenfonds said the actual return on investments was 8%.Over the course of the year, the scheme decreased its interest hedge of liabilities – through a combination of fixed income holdings, interest swaps and swaptions – from 85% to 61%.It generated a 10.1% return on its fixed income portfolio, with Dutch residential mortgages returning 9.1%.last_img read more

PGGM’s van Dam sees inflated expectations of sustainable finance

first_imgToo much is expected from the financial sector in terms of the fight against climate change, the director for investment strategy at €238bn Dutch pension investor PGGM has suggested.Speaking at an Edhec climate finance conference in Paris this week, Jaap van Dam said: ”Sometimes it feels that the whole of society is looking at the financial sector to solve the climate change problem.”“I think that’s a much overrated thing,” he said. “Climate change is actually produced in the real world, so it’s about capital owners, it’s about capital investments, it’s about consumers, and I think the government has a very large role to play.”“If we all play our part then we can move in the right direction and at the same time deliver a good pension.” Olivier Rousseau, executive director at €33bn French public investor Fonds de reserve pour les retraites (FRR), said it was “mostly for the governments to do the job of forcing the private sector to do the right things for the climate,” whereby the private sector was broader than just investors. Palais Brongniart, where the Edhec conference was heldSuccessfully fighting climate change required investment in nuclear energy and disruptive technologies, according to Rousseau, although this was not necessarily something pension funds would be able to provide, at least not at the scale that was needed.He celebrated as “tremendous” a recent move by the European Commission to approve €3.2bn in state aid from seven European Union countries to support research and innovation in battery technology.“It’s a change in approach, a public response to a public emergency and that’s [a] very good avenue,” he said.Last week the European Commission unveiled its plan for a European Green Deal, a wide-ranging growth strategy that has been welcomed for going beyond the financial sector in the bid to drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In a discussion in the Dutch parliament this week PGGM and APG were due to call for an expansion of the current European carbon emissions trading system, and for the government to create investment opportunities that contribute to the energy transition.Supply-side issuesVan Dam said that after several years of “harvesting the low hanging fruit”, PGGM now had difficulty finding climate solution investments at scale that would meet its required rate of return.“Sometimes this frustrates our board and our participants,” he said. “If you look at the world as a whole probably 15% is sustainable and 85% not, so this is a very gradual moving thing and we’re part of the system.”He gave the recent example of PGGM and Shell being outbid in their attempt to acquire Dutch energy supplier Eneco. At the time a spokesperson described the outcome as “a real pity as this kind of large investments in local energy transition were scarce”.Andreas Stang, head of ESG at Denmark’s PFA Pension, said the renewable energy market was getting “really crowded”.Unless new projects appeared, return compression meant the pension fund would have to enter deals during an earlier phase if it wanted to continue investing in this area, or look elsewhere.Stang indicated that government green bonds were not really an attractive option given low yields, and said that PFA Pension had therefore been looking at the real estate sector to see if it could “push the envelope” on sustainability.He explained that PFA was challenging regulators to allow it to build a 10-storey office compound entirely out of wood, arguing that in Norway it was possible to build many more stories than the two-storey maximum the Danish regulators were stating.last_img read more

Coronavirus stalls Premier League pre-season plans to tour Asia

first_img Loading… The Coronavirus is threatening to disrupt Premier League clubs’ plans for lucrative pre-season tours in Asia this summer. The Far East — particularly China — has become a popular destination for top-flight clubs for summer training camps as they look to capitalise financially on the huge lure of the league in that part of the world. The virus, which originated in China’s Hubei province, has killed close to 500 people, with another 24,500 people across 25 countries infected. Pre-season plans are usually finalised at this time of year but clubs who intended to head to Asia, in particular China, are delaying confirming their travel due to the health concerns. Sportsmail understands at least one Premier League club with strong Asian connections have, for the time being, banned all business-related travel to the region because of the virus. Last year, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham and Wolves were among the top-flight clubs who went on summer tours to Asia. The aforementioned clubs all spent periods in China. There is obvious concern from clubs’ medical departments and decisions will be guided by the Foreign Office’s official advice. As it stands, the government are advising against ‘all travel to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China’. The Foreign Office, however, are not officially advising against travel to other Asian countries — despite the fact that Coronavirus cases have been reported in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore — all of which have been popular destinations for English clubs in recent years. Two people have died of the disease outside of mainland China – one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. There remains hope that the threat will ease in time for clubs to press ahead with plans of Far East tours – and medical staff are being regularly updated by the World Health Organisation with regards to when the outbreak is announced over. Nevertheless, the Shanghai Sports Federation on Wednesday recommended that all sporting events in the Chinese city be suspended until the ongoing epidemic is declared over. Read Also:EPL clubs agree to extend summer transfer window The World Indoor Athletics Championships, due to take place in Nanjing on March 13-15 has been cancelled, while snooker’s China Open, set to take place in Beijing between March 30 and April 5, has also been postponed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-WifeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

Greensburg man arrested after altercation

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man was arrested after an altercation.According to police, Adam Howard was arrested on the charge of battery.Police say a woman’s father called police to report that his daughter had been hit by her boyfriend.When officers checked on the woman, she told them that she had been hit.She told police that she and Howard had an argument, and attempted to leave.When she tried to leave, police say that Howard grabbed her hair and slammed her head into the floor multiple times and took her cell phone and broke it over the back of her head.The officer requested EMS.Medics did not see injuries, but the woman informed them that she was 23 weeks pregnant.last_img read more

Brayford completes Cardiff move

first_imgCardiff have completed the signing of defender John Brayford from Derby on a four-year contract. The Bluebirds had already agreed a fee for the 25-year-old, believed to be around the £1.5million mark, and the formalities of the deal have been quickly wrapped up. Brayford told Cardiff City Player: “When I heard Cardiff were interested in signing me then I was obviously very interested, especially at the prospect of playing in the Premier League and testing myself at the highest level. Derby will always be a special club to me, but this was an opportunity I couldn’t ignore.” Full-back Brayford will link up with his new team-mates ahead of Saturday’s friendly at Cheltenham. The former Crewe and Burton player made 117 appearances for Derby after making the move to Pride Park in 2010. He made 43 appearances under Nigel Clough in the Championship last term. Brayford becomes Cardiff’s second summer signing, following the club-record acquisition of Danish striker Andreas Cornelius. Cardiff are also leading the race to sign France international midfielder Etienne Capoue. There were reports in the French media earlier this week that the Ligue 1 club had accepted a bid of around £8.6million from the Premier League newboys, but that Capoue is continuing to weight up his options. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball falls from AP Top 25 for first time this season

first_imgSyracuse (5-2) dropped out of the Top 25, from the No. 22 spot, for the first time this season after a 17-point loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday night and a narrow six-point win over North Florida on Saturday.After losing to South Carolina last weekend, the Orange fell to No. 22 from No. 18 and two unimpressive performances this past week knocked SU out of the poll completely.The Badgers, who were ranked No. 17 last week, stayed at No. 17 following its blowout wins over Syracuse and Oklahoma.Five Atlantic Coast Conference teams are ranked: No. 5 Duke, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 11 Louisville, No. 14 Virginia and No. 23 Notre Dame. The top five features Villanova, UCLA, Kansas, Baylor and the Blue Devils.The Orange faces Connecticut (3-4) on Monday at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on December 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez end four-match losing streak against Louisville in 5-2 SU win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Sprinting to the right corner of the court, Gabriela Knutson attempted a backhand over the shoulder volley shot to save the point. She hit the bottom of the net.Syracuse head coach Younes Limam jumped from his seated position and threw his hands up, directed toward No. 37 Knutson and Miranda Ramirez, who were down 0-2. A coach who rarely shows emotion toward his players during matches displayed a slight flash of fury in a desperate attempt at motivation.At the match’s next stoppage time, Limam pulled Knutson and Ramirez together and told them to keep their aggression up against Louisville’s No. 51 Abbie Pahz and Mariana Humberg. Limam told them they were playing the right way, it just wasn’t paying off early, Knutson said. After the 90-second exchange, Limam looked over to the opposing bench, changed his tone and said, “Great game, good job,” in the direction of the U of L players.“I wanted them to just hang in there,” Limam said, “If they stuck to the game plan, it would work out.”Knutson and Ramirez responded by taking six of the final seven games to end their four-match losing streak and help Syracuse (12-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) take the doubles point en route to a 5-2 win over Louisville (13-5, 3-4). The win marks the pair’s first doubles win since March 2 after starting the season with seven straight victories.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore Sunday’s match, Limam said Knutson and Ramirez “needed to get more confident playing together” and work more as a team. After losing to four straight opponents currently ranked in the top 60, Knutson and Ramirez needed to change their ways against No. 48 Louisville’s top pairing.The match opened with shaky net play from both Knutson and Ramirez. Down 30-15 in the first game, Knutson and Ramirez missed back-to-back close volleys to drop serve.After splitting the next two games, Pahz and Humberg played two back defense on serves in an attempt to throw Knutson and Ramirez off. At 2-2, Pahz hit low forehands directed toward Ramirez. After sinking two straight shots into the net to go down 3-2, Ramirez found her groove near the net which opened the door for Knutson to break through.Knutson opened the sixth game with an easy volley winner after three consecutive off-balance shots high in the air which got the crowd into the match.Later in that game, Knutson had a chance to close the game, up 40-15, on a misfired ball from Humberg, but hit the net instead. Knutson threw her hands up and kicked the ricocheted ball into the net. Limam looked over toward her and motioned his hands up and down, attempting to calm her down.“You’re going to have ups and downs,” Limam said, “It’s tennis, but credit to the other team, they hung on awhile.”Despite the small moment of frustration from Knutson, the Orange won the next two games, and led 4-3. During a time of stoppage, Limam told the pair not to panic and sticking to the plan, he said, because U of L would try to throw them off.At the start of the eighth game of the match, Humberg attempted a drop serve, a move rarely used in college tennis, but Ramirez responded with a quick volley to the right corner of the court.“It was really strange,” Knutson said, “I kind of took it as a little bit of disrespect, but I’m just happy we could overcome (Pahz and Humberg’s tactics).”Leading up to match point at 5-3, Humberg motioned toward the umpire to lower the crowd noise in frustration. After a warning was issued to the crowd of nearly 50 people at Drumlins Country Club, U of L’s last-ditch effort ended when Ramirez swung a ball toward the back endline to close out the match, 6-3.Ramirez and Knutson won SU’s first doubles match of the day, and the Orange picked up the doubles point after it dropping it in two previous matches.“We did better than we did the last few matches,” Knutson said, “It’s not the best we can do, but I think we’re definitely on the right track.” Comments Published on March 25, 2018 at 4:08 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more