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Arsenal offer to sign Sami Khedira as part of deal for Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 31 Jul 2019 11:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.9kShares Arsenal offer to sign Sami Khedira as part of deal for Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani Advertisement The 25-year-old is highly rated at Juve but has mainly been used as cover (Picture: Getty)However, Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juventus rejected the offer and still see Rugani as an important squad member despite Matthijs de Ligt’s arrival from Ajax over the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWith Giorgio Chiellini also nursing a calf injury, Juve are wary of letting Rugani go – though that has not deterred Arsenal.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 CityAccording to Gazzetta, the north Londoners have returned with an improved offer that would se Rugani move to the Emirates on a two-year loan, while they would also sign World Cup winner Khedira as part of the deal.The German, who is on a massive salary, is considered surplus to requirements at Juve – who bolstered their already competitive midfield with the signings of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot – and has played no part in pre-season.center_img The Gunners want to bring in a new centre-back before the transfer deadline (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are refusing to give up on signing Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani after their initial approach was rebuffed and are willing to take Sami Khedira off their hands as part of the deal.The Gunners are expecting a busy end to the transfer window and want to bring in a new central defender before the deadline, with both Shkodran Mustafi and club captain Laurent Koscielny likely to leave.That could leave Unai Emery short of options at the back – an area that was already a weakness – and that prompted Arsenal to enquire about the possibility of signing Rugani on loan. Comment Khedira will likely need to take a pay cut if he wants to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Juve have struggled to offload him despite interest from Fiorentina and Valencia, though Arsenal could offer an escape route – as long as the Old Lady agree to loaning out Rugani.Khedira has already fuelled speculation that he could join Arsenal after he was spotted at the Emirates for their pre-season friendly against Lyon, though Emery played down his visit at the time: ‘Khedira is a very good player but this is the first time I have heard his name mentioned.’Arsenal are expected to confirm the club-record £72million signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille imminently, though Emery is still desperate for upgrades in defence with Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney another target.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 Arsenallast_img read more

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Beer on tap and a bold trendy style to match in this stunning Gold Coast house

first_imgNot quite industrial nor is it barnhouse. The homeowner thinks she might have invented a new style. A MEGA renovation has flipped this property into a one-of-a-kind family home.The remarkable renovation bares no resemblance to its former style except for an exposed timber beam in the living room.7 Cedar Place is a bold and trendy house but what style is it? Homeowners Erin and Mark Hill said they were not a fan of the exposed beam when them bought the house in 2014 but said it became an important part of their design.Mrs Hill said she couldn’t describe the style in one word but said she was inspired by her love for natural materials.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoThe Hill family did a mega flip at 7 Cedar Place “I think I might have invented a style in the process,” Mrs Hill said.“I don’t read style magazines and I don’t watch the renovation television shows, I just stepped inside the house and had a great vision for it and I’m excited I pulled it off.”Soak your troubles away in this glamourous bathroom The Hill family replastered and rewired the entire house and said they lived without a kitchen for three months.“Every window and every door has been replaced, the hard part was doing it with four kids,” Mrs Hill said.The family were never fans of the timber beam but said it has grown on them The couple said they were originally after more space when they bought the property.“It was a three-bedroom house and we had a family of six so we needed to make some more room. We started by extending the garage and ended up with this,” she said.Copper combines with timber and creates a trendy and warm houseThe stunning design features bold and trendy features including a glass pivot door and beer on tap.last_img read more

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Sweden’s AP7 aims to grow private equity exposure by SEK10bn

first_imgAP7 is set to hire as many as four private equity managers amid plans to commit a further SEK10bn (€1bn) to the asset class by the end of 2017.The Swedish fund, which acts as the government-backed default for savers in the premium pension system, says the SEK10bn will be deployed to chosen managers over the course of 2016-17, after which the exposure to private equity will increase in line with the fund’s growth.Richard Tyszkiewicz, senior director at bfinance, told IPE that AP7 was interested in fund-of-fund managers that would operate within a segregated account dedicated to the Swedish scheme.He added that AP7 was willing to consider primary and secondary private equity investments, but also co-investments, allowing for a variety of approaches across both regionally targeted and global strategies. However, managers should have at least 70% of assets in primary fund investments.AP7 hopes to shortlist 12 managers in the procurement process being run by consultancy bfinance, which earlier this year led on an equity tender worth 90% of fund assets.It added that the managers would be appointed for an initial term of three years, with an option for two renewals of two years each.Interested managers have until 20 January to apply and can obtain additional information from bfinance.AP7 has been active in private equity since 2002, when it initially invested in two funds managed by HarbourVest.The fund’s 3% allocation to private equity sits within the SEK262.5bn equity fund, which, combined with the SEK18.3bn fixed income fund, forms the basis for the Såfa default option.Funds managed by Hamilton Lane and LGT Capital Partners account for the remainder of its private equity exposure.Richard Gröttheim, AP7’s CIO, told IPE earlier this year that the fund wished to improve the private equity sector’s “openness and transparency”, noting how much private equity lagged behind listed stocks.He also said the fund would in future be focusing on cleantech investments, a sector he said would eventually account for one-third of AP7’s private equity holdings, up from one-fifth at present.“So far, it is a nascent industry, so performance has yet to show consistency,” Gröttheim told the May issue of IPE.“We are convinced this is a future industry that will grow and eventually become one of the drivers of the equity market as others adopt their technologies.”For more on AP7’s investment strategy, read IPE’s recent interview with CIO Richard Gröttheimlast_img read more

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LIME adopts Roseau Primary School

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! General Manager of LIME Dominica Mr. Jeffery Baptiste. Photo credit: Dominicacentral.com Telecommunications Company LIME is extending its commitment to the development of Dominica through the education sector.LIME officially adopted the Roseau Primary School today, vowing to assist in several aspects of the schools development.The provision of five scholarships valued at $500 each annually, upgrading of the schools computer lab through advance internet service, a monthly contribution towards the schools telecommunications services and annual staff contribution towards the schools Christmas party are among areas LIME has vowed to undertake.General Manager of LIME Dominica Jeffery Baptiste says the students, faculty and parents of the Roseau Primary School will soon see significant improvements in their lives as a result.“We will provide assistance to the school in the successful execution of an annual career day activity. We will provide support to the school’s PTA and sport,” he said.He said however, the management is particularly excited about a mentorship program in which employees of LIME will serve as mentor to students of the Roseau Primary School.“Students under the program will have direct support from a group of dedicated LIME employees to mould, inspire and guide them…” he said.Meantime Education Minister Petter St Jean is challenging other cooperate citizens to take on similar initiatives.He said in recent times, LIME has provided complementary internet for schools under a program valued at approximately $100,000 annually. “I believe that LIME has recognized that the effort to educate the children and to provide them with support required into develop into well rounded citizen, particularly among the less privileges cannot be left solely to government. I venture to say that as government we cannot do it alone. It cannot be left solely to government and as such LIME has partnered with use to share in that responsibility,” St Jean told the official launching ceremony.Meantime Principal of the Roseau Primary School Greta Roberts says the new initiative is God’s work in action.She said the new gesture will improve the lives of the students of the school.“Roseau Primary is special. It takes teachers who care deeply about children’s progress. It takes teachers who see the best in children, teachers who can inspire and motivate children no matter who they are or where they come from. It had to take a company like LIME to see that need and come in to assist us,” she said.She said the majority of the children have potential.“They have that ability to strive for success and all they ask for is our support and that push to get them there and with the help of LIME we can do this,” he added.Roberts is hoping that the relationship will last a lifetime.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img 34 Views   no discussions Share EducationLocalNewsPrimary LIME adopts Roseau Primary School by: – September 7, 2011last_img read more

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Batesville water main flushing begins Thursday

first_imgBatesville, In. — Water main flushing in Batesville will be done Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19. Flushing is an annual process designed to remove sediment and improve water quality.On Thursday beginning at 5 a.m. Tekulve Avenue & East Pearl Street east of Eastern Avenue; Township Line Road; Lammers Pike including all areas on the north side of State Road 46 not listed. All of Mitchell Avenue, west on Columbus Avenue and all of Huntersville Road. North of Columbus Avenue. All of Columbus Avenue west of Mulberry, including Locust Avenue, E.G.S. Boulevard, Lakeshore Drive, Valley Drive and Valley Court. All of Hillendale, State Road 129, Coonhunters Road, County Road 1400 to the crossroads, including all of State Road 229 south of Batesville and all of Delaware Road.On Friday beginning at 6 a.m. all other areas of the Batesville water system not completed on Thursday.The flushing process can release metals like iron and manganese that can potentially discolor water. The combination can discolor clothing and make the water unsightly to drink. The most notable difference customers may experience is fluctuation in water pressure.For questions please call 812-934-3811, after hours please call 812-212-8532.last_img read more

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Cardiff fans protest against Tan

first_img Press Association Malaysian businessman Tan has proved a controversial figure during his spell in the Welsh capital. In addition to changing the club colours, he has become embroiled in an unseemly conflict with manager Mackay. Tan got rid of the Scot’s head of recruitment Iain Moody in October, and last week handed the former Watford boss an ultimatum to resign or be sacked. Mackay has since been given a reprieve of sorts by chairman Mehmet Dalman but upcoming talks between manager and owner are likely to decide the Scot’s immediate future. A small group of Cardiff fans gathered outside Cardiff City Stadium ahead of the Boxing Day fixture against Southampton to protest against Vincent Tan’s ownership of the club.center_img Around 200 supporters displayed banners and chanted their disapproval at the owner’s treatment of manager Malky Mackay, as well as the changing of the club’s colour from blue to red. Fans were vocal in their support for their manager while there plenty of ‘Tan Out’ and ‘We’ll Always Be Blue’ banners to be seen near the entrance for players and officials. last_img read more

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Cricket News Not thought too much about losing series against India: Tim Paine ahead of Sydney Test

first_imgNew Delhi: The Australian cricket team are on the verge of losing the series against India following their 137-run loss in the Melbourne Test. Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team are on the cusp of becoming not just the first Asian nation to win a Test series Down Under, but they have the chance to erase 72 years of pain to win a series in Australia for the first time. Tim Paine, the captain of the side, has presided over a side which are still reeling from the bans on Steve Smith and David Warner following the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town. Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of the Sydney Test, Paine said he wanted to focus on improving the team’s performance in the final Test.“I haven’t thought too much about losing the series, that’s for sure…some guys will use different things to motivate them. My motivation is making sure we’re improving, competitive at all times and put up a really good fight against India. My focus has been on us improving and us playing the best possible cricket we can. We want to win every Test we play. At times it’s not possible. We’re playing the best Test team in the world now,” Paine admitted on the eve of the Test.Read More | BCCI announces 13-man squad for SCG Test, call on Ashwin tomorrow Ever since the ball-tampering scandal, the Australian batting has struggled. In the series against India, no batsmen has scored a century while in the last three Tests against Pakistan and in South Africa in Johannesburg, only Usman Khawaja scored a century in the Dubai Test against Pakistan. Paine admitted that the current squad was lacking experience but it is ‘work in progress’.Read More | When Rishabh Pant turns into ‘baby sitter’ for Paine’s kids“We are constantly a work in progress…as I said before, it is about trying to keep a bit of perspective, a reality about where we are at. I think we are showing signs of getting better. I think in the last Test while our batters didn’t set the world on fire, most guys got a start and showed that they can succeed at this level. So, in this Test, there is going to be a real focus from our batting group,” Paine said.Long-term planningAustralia made changes in the Sydney Test following their loss in Melbourne. Khawaja will open the batting in place of Aaron Finch, who has struggled in the entire series. Marnus Labuschagne might make his debut while Peter Handscomb will replace Mitchell Marsh. The aim for Australia, Paine stated, was to build a steady batting line-up for the Ashes which will take place immediately after the World Cup.Read More | Gavaskar could miss trophy presentation ceremony after final Test“The silver lining is that in a few Tests’ time we have some world-class players available and we are going to have some younger guys with 8-10 Tests under their belt. So, it is going to be a great thing for Australian cricket. We want to try and settle guys who we think will play long-term in their positions looking forward into the next series and then into the Ashes. But at the same time we’ve got to find the best eleven to win this Test as well, so it’s a bit of a balancing act,” Paine said.Both Australia and India might name their playing XIs just before the toss in Sydney, with Virat Kohli’s side also making some changes. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Chelsea looking to keep pace with EPL leaders

first_imgThe Blues are currently in fifth place and four points behind City.First up at 1.30pm Everton will be without the Republic of Ireland’s James McCarthy for the visit of West Ham to Goodison Park.Midfielder McCarthy sat out last Saturday’s loss to Burnley due to a hamstring problem.last_img

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George Bello: Atlanta United’s 16-year-old Wonderkid on the Brink of a…

first_imgTwo years ago, George Bello was showing out on the training field—clearly standing out among his peers with his delicate touch, darting movements and pinpoint passes. Except Bello wasn’t training on the fields of his youth academy club, the Alpharetta Ambush, nor his hometown of DouglasvilleNo, he was thousands of miles away trialing at Premier League club Everton and Serie A’s Genoa.“Within an hour of seeing him, they both wanted to sign him. He was the best player on the pitch,” said Bello’s former coach and mentor David Eristavi, recalling how he watched with bemusement from the sidelines. “They couldn’t believe it. ‘Who is this kid?’” The anecdote is an eye-opening reminder of just how talented Atlanta United’s homegrown starlet really is. But despite succeeding at literally every level and now participating as a member of the first team, Bello is still somwhat of an enigma.Perhaps that’s the way Bello would prefer it, keeping to his low-key and humble demeanor. But the truth is that Bello’s potential is as high as anyone at the club, homegrown or not. This is his story.Bello has been playing the sport as long as he can remember. Having moved to the United States from his birth country of Nigeria when he was one year old, Bello credits his father for instilling his passion for the game.Growing up in Douglasville, Bello quickly moved to play in a more competitive environment with Chelsea FC’s development partner at Southern Soccer Academy in Cobb County. It was there where Eristavi first laid eyes on Bello and knew he had to at least extend an invitation for him to play in his own team’s upcoming tournament.“George was playing U9 and once I got permission from his coach, I asked if he’d come play in a tournament with my U12 team,” explained Eristavi, 60, who played professionally for 14 years, coached pro teams for nine more before spending the last 22 years in elite youth coaching.“I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I could see with his first touch and his vision—right away I knew he had the potential to play bigger soccer… I’ve never had a player like George. He’s a very special boy.”Bello played well in Eristavi’s team in that tournament, and there was no going back to SSA. He spent the next five years playing with Eristavi’s Alpharetta Ambush, logging hundreds of hours in the car as his parents carpooled him back and forth from Douglasville. It was worth it for Bello though. Playing with the Ambush, Bello teamed up with another future Atlanta United Academy teammate Zyen Jones—now at Bundesliga club Schalke—despite playing up by two age groups.Bello didn’t just accept the challenge, he embraced the competition—growing as a player, winning trophies and national club competitions. It wasn’t long before Bello drew interest from the United States Development Academy and, eventually, Atlanta United’s Academy through its current director Tony Annan.By the time I got to Alpharetta Ambush, I knew [Atlanta United] was gonna start up, which was great because I always was wondering why there wasn’t a team in Georgia,” Bello explained. “Coach Tony [Annan] has known me for a while and had wanted me to come to Georgia United. But when he went to Atlanta United, he reached out to me again and wanted me to come, so we took that offer.”Despite the loss of a quality player such as Bello, Eristavi was happy to see him move on to a bigger opportunity with Atlanta United. It’s all he ever wants from his players: to help them them develop from a raw talent to a more seasoned, versatile player that can move on to the next stage, wherever that may be.For some kids, it’s another development team, for some it’s college. But for the rare few like Bello (and Jones), Eristavi was happy to see them move to the next stage of their development.“George needed to play for an MLS club,” said Eristavi. “It was the best thing for his future—not playing with the Ambush.”At the tender age of 15 last May, Bello found himself standing in the middle of a soccer field with more than 45,000 people in the stands applauding him. Except this time it wasn’t for a shot or a tackle. Bello, alongside Atlanta United teammates Lagos Kunga and Patrick Okonkwo, were presented at Bobby Dodd Stadium as Atlanta United’s newest homegrown contingent, effective Jan. 1, 2018.Even at his extremely young age, Atlanta United brass knew they needed to lock down a talent like Bello to a professional contract.No more than a couple month later, Bello helped the Atlanta United Academy to win the club’s first trophy—the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy U16 national championship—alongside his Ambush teammate Zyen Jones and two other notable Atlanta United homegrowns in Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin.That week, Bello was awarded by the USDA as U16 player of the year despite still being on the low end of the age range at just 15.2017 effectively marked the finale of Bello’s career as a youth player. This year, he’s on a professional contract earning wages, an entirely different challenge. At just 16 years old, he’s the youngest, and therefore most physically disadvantaged, player at the club. He’s spent the year learning how to play against grown men in USL, some of which are twice his age.“It’s a great place to develop yourself. Just because it’s called ‘the second team’ doesn’t mean it’s not a place that can help you get better as a player,” says Bello, referring to Atlanta’s USL club named Atlanta United 2.Bello’s time with the USL team has been his best opportunity to show fans the kind of player he is, even if those moments have been sporadic due to a chronic hip injury that has held him out for some extended periods. Thankfully, he was able to show his talent immediately upon the start of the season and created a goal in Atlanta United 2’s second competitive match.Remember, Bello is a left back. “We know [his attacking talent] is there, so we’re not surprised,” Donnelly said following the match in late March. “He’s natural in that he sees the game very clearly, and when he sees a moment to go, he goes. That’s why he’s a huge prospect for the club, because he has the ability to play high up the field and also play in a defensive role. As I said after the game on Saturday, we have no hesitation to put him on the field and trust him for 90 minutes. He rewarded that faith with a good performance.”It’s a good description of Bello. He himself admits he’s “of two minds” when it comes to his urge to contribute both to the attack and the defense from his left back position. While Eristavi is adamant that Bello is a natural central midfielder—not a fullback— Bello is enjoying focusing on learning the nuances of the position at this point.”When I was around 10 and 11 years old I played striker,” said Bello. “Then when I got older I went to left wing, attacking mid, and then how I got to left back was at my first national team camp. They decided that would be a good position for me and I played well. I try to make myself as versatile as possible, but right now I really focus on that position so I can make myself better and improve. But I love attacking as well.”Interestingly, Bello mentions David Alaba as a player he models his game after. The Bayern Munich left back is one of the most versatile players in the word, having played just about every position at one point or another for the German superclub outside the goalkeeper’s box.Bello points out Alaba’s versatility as a specific reason why he likes him so much. And like Alaba, Bello now finds himself on the edge of the first team at his one-and-only club at an incredibly early age.On the brink of a breakthroughDespite having played only for Atlanta United 2 so far this season, the truth is that Atlanta United Manager Tata Martino is clearly a fan of Bello. The teenager has been training extensively with the first team most of the season (when healthy), and just last week, Martino confirmed that Bello would finish the season in first team training—not with the 2s.”Training with the first team is great. Practices are always intense—there’s no breaks,” said Bello. “So it’s just compete, compete, compete and try to show yourself as much as possible. I’ve learned that the pace of the game is just a different level than what the academy might be. It forces you to step your game up to another level.”If there’s anything Bello loves, it’s competition. He is clearly unphased by any physical disadvantage he faces on the pitch. He’s competed against older, bigger, stronger kids—and now adults— at every level of his career. And he’s succeeded. But now Bello has to make an adjustment. For the first time in his soccer career, he’s not stepping into first team training as one of the best players on the pitch. This is all part of his development. But the flip side of that coin is that now Bello has teammates that can support him and help his game. Oh, and being coached by Tata Martino ain’t bad either.“This is my first time being coached by one of the greatest coaches of all time, so it’s really great to go out there and be taught the game. And just to be in his presence for him to see you play is a huge blessing. He’s a really good coach. You can ask him anything and he will explain things to you. He’s always there to answer any questions you have.”Bello clearly has the talent to succeed. He’s shown it at every level, but the quality of his character, according to Eristavi, is what will make him a success.“In the four or five years he played with me, he never criticized a teammate when they did something wrong. Never,” said Eristavi. “He always motivates. He always encourages. ‘Let’s go get it! Let’s do better!’”Eristavi had a deal with his team. If the team won, Eristavi picks up the water bottles and cleans the bench area. If they lost, it was the team’s responsibility. But Bello was the only one, win or lose, picking up the empty bottles after every game.• From www.dirtysouthsoccer.comShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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