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

Strathclyde slashes equities to crystallise 2017 gains

first_imgThe UK’s largest public pension fund sold 10% of its equity exposure in December as part of an ongoing risk-reduction exercise.The £21.2bn (€23.7bn) Strathclyde Pension Fund cut more than £1bn from a passive equity mandate run by Legal & General Investment Management during the month, according to an investment strategy report presented to the fund’s trustees on 28 February.Strathclyde director Richard McIndoe’s report laid out plans to reduce the scheme’s equity exposure to 52.5% of the portfolio, rebalancing in favour of its short-term and long-term “enhanced yield” allocations. December’s activity meant Strathclyde finished 2017 with 57.5% of its portfolio weighted to equities. The pension fund  – for council workers in and around Glasgow, Scotland – began reducing its stock market exposure last year after an actuarial valuation showed it to be 105% funded as of 31 March 2017. The scheme generated a return of 12.5% a year in the three-year period to this date.It is moving to a broadly diversified strategy including private debt, emerging market debt, global credit and UK infrastructure, the latter with a focus on renewable energy. McIndoe said the fund planned to retain its target allocations for private equity and the direct investment portfolio, meaning the strategies would become a larger part of the overall equity portfolio.Rebalancing favours credit, EMD, infrastructureManagers including Barings, Oak Hill, Ashmore and DTZ stood to benefit from the shift, the strategy report said.Barings and Oak Hill were to receive £420m between them, the report said, for additional investments into existing multi-asset credit strategies. Ashmore stood to receive £210m to invest in emerging market debt. These allocations are part of Strathclyde’s “short-term enhanced yield” silo.In the “long-term enhanced yield” silo – designed to provide inflation protection as well as income – the scheme planned to invest 2.5% of the portfolio with global infrastructure managers.“In the first instance this should look at open-ended pooled funds as these can achieve fairly rapid deployment of capital, good visibility of existing assets and a stable long-term allocation with the option of some liquidity,” the report said.“Consideration should then be given to closed-ended funds which could provide a long-term yield, and a more specific focus on individual market segments in addition to core holdings.”The current allocation shift is scheduled to be implemented by 2020. Under Strathclyde’s longer-term plan, yet to be formally agreed, it could shift its equity allocation down further to 42.5% and then 32.5%.last_img read more

Brisbane’s most talked about home sells after one inspection

first_imgThe home has a unique, glass wine cellar.Graya Construction also renovated the property next door at 29 Rockbourne Tce, which sold in October for $2.99 million.Mr Wakely said the appetite for high end, residential property in Brisbane was stronger than ever. This house at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington, has sold for $3m.It was the first time Mr Wakely had taken a buyer through the property — and the first time he had seen inside it himself as it had previously been listed with another agent.The brand new home was built on an elevated corner block only 5km from Brisbane’s CBD. One of the bathrooms in the home at 33 Rockbourne Tce. Inside the home at 33 Rockbourne Tce.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoNamed ‘Woodrock’, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom property has multiple living spaces separated by a landscaped terrace.The Graya brothers, Rob and Andrew Gray, commissioned award-winning Brisbane-based architect Tim Stewart to design the house. MORE: A window to make a splash The kitchen at the home at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington.Features include a striking swimming pool with glass feature window, outdoor dining area with double-height ceiling, built-in barbecue, glass wine cellar, polished concrete floors and marble benchtops.“It’s one of the best houses in Brisbane and they’re lucky people to get to live in it,” Mr Wakely said. “It’s definitely a head turner.”center_img Solani and Liam Jooste with Rob Gray of Graya Construction in the swimming pool at 33 Rockbourne Tce, which has sold for $3m. Picture: Jamie Hanson.ONE of the most talked about homes in Brisbane — with arguably the best swimming pool in the city — has sold for $3 million to a family who opened the cheque book after just one inspection.The luxury Paddington property at 33 Rockbourne Tce has been turning heads since it was built by the dynamic brother duo, Graya Constructions, last year. RELATED: Meet the home turning heads Rob and Andrew Gray during the construction of the house at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen.“I’m getting calls every day since 2019 started from expats and buyers from Sydney, Melbourne, Noosa,” he said.“There are a lot of people moving to Brisbane because we haven’t seen the growth Sydney and Melbourne have, so people are looking to Brisbane as the next hot spot to see growth.”Paddington is a high demand suburb with a median house price of $1.15 million, according to the latest CoreLogic figures. ‘Woodrock’ at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington, was architecturally designed by Tim Stewart.Selling agent Ben Wakely of Urban Property Agents recently acquired the listing and managed to sell it to a young family relocating from the Gold Coast who had originally inquired by another property on Mr Wakely’s books, which was no longer available.“I told them about Rockbourne, which I’d just signed up, took them through and within 20 minutes, they knew it was the house for them,” Mr Wakely said.last_img read more

Energinet Kicks Off Thor Feasibility Studies

first_imgEnerginet has commenced the feasibility studies for the Thor offshore wind farm in the Danish North Sea.Preliminary investigations start immediately, while the first vessels will begin working on the project site after the summer holidays, the Danish transmission system operator said.Energinet’s Board of Directors decided that approximately DKK 180 million (some EUR 24 million) will be used on the investigations.According to Chairman of the Board Lars Barfoed, it is important that thorough feasibility studies are conducted to make sure Denmark receives the best and most competitive bids for constructing and operating the project.“If bidders know the geology under the seabed, know the environmental consequences, wind conditions, currents, wave heights, etc., we remove a lot of uncertainties and risks and get a sharper price. This makes the offshore wind farm cheaper for Denmark and the Danes,” said Barfoed.Thor is the first of three 800MW offshore wind farms to be constructed in Danish waters before 2030, with an option for the developer to boost the wind farm’s capacity to up to 1,000MW.The project will be built off Nissum Fjord in the North Sea and is expected to feature 13-15MW turbines set to be operational between 2024 and 2027.last_img read more

Wintershall Dea farms out Shrek licenses off Norway

first_imgWintershall Dea has farmed out its 30% stake in the Shrek licenses (PL838/838B) in the Norwegian Sea to Lime Petroleum.Wintershall Dea said on Tuesday that the licenses, located near the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea, come from DEA Norge’s legacy portfolio, and the divestment is part of an ongoing asset management process for the merged Wintershall Dea company.“Having started to operate as one company, the farm down in Shrek is part of a global portfolio and budget optimization that helps to reduce our high level of exploration expenditure in 2019,” said Roy Davies, Head of Exploration in Norway.In the event of a commercial discovery in the Shrek well – due to be drilled later this year – the development solution will be a tie-back to the Skarv field where Wintershall Dea is the second largest owner. In this way, the company will still benefit from a discovery in Shrek even after exiting the license.Wintershall Dea added it expects to participate in a further five exploration wells in Norway before the end of 2019.Polish oil company PGNiG is the operator of the license with a 40% share and Aker BP is another partner with a 30% interest.PGNiG plans to start drilling the Shrek well between September 1 and November 30, 2019, following the completion of the drilling of the production wells at Aker BP-operated Skogul and Ærfugl fields. The well will be drilled using the Odfjell Deepsea-owned Nordkapp semi-submersible drilling rig.last_img read more

6 persons suspected of overpricing alcohol

first_imgThe police were able to recover 107gallons or 532 liters of alcohol valued at P154,280. * Ernalyn Veras, 28, of Barangay TanzaBonifacio The entrapment was carried out onTuesday by the Mandurriao police in coordination with the CriminalInvestigation and Detection Group of the Iloilo City Police Office. ILOILO City – Six persons werearrested in Barangay Tanza Bonifacio here in an entrapment operation. Demand for alcohol is high due to thecoronavirus disease 2019 pandemic./PN * Princess Angel Jamolo, 23, ofBarangay Tanza Bonifacio SEIZED ALCOHOL. Police officers check these plastic containers of alcohol seized from a group in an entrapment operation in Iloilo City. The group is suspected of selling alcohol at an overprice at a time when the city is battling to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Mandurriao policemen conducted theoperation at around 6 p.m. They transacted with Jamolo to buy P20,300 worth ofalcohol and these should be delivered in the City Proper. * Jennefer Frayco, 32, of BarangayRizal Pala-Pala * Keifer Jhon Vera, 22, ofBarangay Rizal Estanzuela The other suspect, Conrado Sorongon,42, of Barangay Buhang, Jaro district, was taken to St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilodue to an underlying medical condition, said Valencia. The suspects would be charged withviolation of Republic Act 10623 (Price Act), Republic Act 7394 (Consumer Act ofthe Philippines), and Department of Trade and Industry’s Memorandum CircularNo. 20-07 prohibiting hoarding, said Valencia. They could not be reached for commentas of this writing. They were hoarding and sellingoverpriced alcohol, according to Police Major Marlon Valencia, Mandurriaodistrict police chief. * Gracel Mae Castro, 34, of BarangayRizal Pala-Pala The following suspects were detainedat the Mandurriao district police station: Valencia said they planned theentrapment after an informant alerted them about a group selling alcohol at asteep price.last_img read more

Pedestrian critically injured in hit-and-run incident

first_imgHayden, In. — Indiana State Police say a North Vernon man is in critical condition in a Louisville area hospital after being struck by a vehicle that left the scene.A report says at 4:38 a.m. Sunday it is believed a Toyota truck struck Davon Lee Shine, 24, on eastbound U.S. 50 near County Road 700 West. Lee was found on the side of the road transported by air ambulance. He was last reported in critical condition.Investigators are looking for tips from the public to find the Toyota pickup truck. Police say the truck is likely to have front-end damage. Information can be left confidentially by calling 812-689-5000 or 812-346-5111.last_img read more

Foundation grants bring CPR training to St. Louis students

first_imgBatesville, In. —St. Louis School is committed to educating students to be productive adults and contributors to the community.Using grants from the Ripley County Community Foundation and the Rising Sun Regional Foundation 7th & 8th grade students will learn how to administer CPR. The grant dollars were used to purchase manikins, face shields and instruction materials.last_img

Goalkeeper Enyeama plans return to Super Eagles after four years

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Vincent Enyeama, former Nigeria goalkeeper and captain who resigned from the National team after his clash with former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, in 2015, has hinted of a possible return to the team. The 37-year-old in an interview with Brila FM on Friday, stated that should the country call for his services, he would oblige. Enyeama said: “I cannot say no to Nigeria, that’s the truth. “If Nigeria tells me today: ‘Vincent, we have goalkeeping problem; we need you,’ I will be there. “I can’t say no.” The former Lille goalkeeper also said that since his retirement, no one from the Nigeria Football Federation has reached out to ask him to overturn his decision and return to the Eagles. “Since I left Nigerian football in 2015, no one has contacted me,” he said Enyeama has been without a club since August 2018 when his contract with French side Lille was terminated by mutual consent, but had a failed trial with another Ligue 1 outfit, Dijon, two months ago.Tags: Brila FMSunday OlisehSuper EaglesVincent Enyeamalast_img read more

Rooney rejects claims about Twitter page

first_img It was confirmed earlier this week that Rooney submitted a transfer request a fortnight ago, which was subsequently rejected by the Old Trafford outfit. On Thursday, it was noted that Rooney no longer had the words Manchester United on his Twitter page, and instead referred to himself as an “athlete”. This was taken as a sign the 27-year-old sees his future away from the Red Devils despite David Moyes’ arrival as manager. Yet Rooney is adamant the stories are wrong, releasing a statement on his website, which read: “There’s a load of rubbish being written about me changing twitter bio saying I have deleted Manchester United from it.” Wayne Rooney has rejected claims he removed the name Manchester United from his Twitter homepage, condemning the allegations as “a load of rubbish”. The statement went on: “I have never deleted Manchester United from the bio whatever the papers are saying because it was never on there. “All that happened was that I was asked by Nike to add @nikeuk to it – the same as many other sportspeople they sponsor. Funny, no one’s written about that though! “That change was made THREE weeks ago and yet people are talking about it as if it’s something that was put up yesterday.” Little wonder Rooney is so annoyed, given the sensitivities he is already facing from United fans in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Swansea. A relationship that cooled markedly since his high-profile demand to leave in 2010 can only worsen given news of his latest transfer request. A spokesman for Nike confirmed: “In April we asked Wayne Rooney and other Nike-sponsored athletes to add @nikeuk on to their profiles due to changes in ASA guidelines relating to athletes and social media.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more