It has been a quiet day at the Emirates on transfer deadline day.But many Arsenal fans are not too surprised.Is the lack of news in the red half of north London a sign of a lack of ambition from the club’s board? That was the view of some Gooners, who were hoping to see another striker arrive before the 6pm cut off point.So far, Petr Cech is the only first team player to arrive during the transfer window, so here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from Arsenal fans. 1 Arsenal fans are a bit annoyed at the lack of action from manager Arsene Wenger
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…John Stones will consider signing a new contract at Everton but only if they promise to let him leave for Chelsea if the Premier League champions match the £38million offer made at the end of last month. If Everton agree to the conditions, Stones’ advisors will seek to have the stipulation confirmed in a signed document. (Daily Mail)Roberto Martinez has ruled out Everton signing any free agents this autumn – and maintains the club’s business is done until the New Year. (Liverpool Echo)Lucas Leiva, the Liverpool midfielder, has admitted he thought his Anfield career was over before regaining his place before the transfer window closed. (Daily Telegraph)Louis van Gaal has admitted that the projected £58.8 million fee paid by Manchester United for Anthony Martial was “ridiculous”, but claimed that the teenage France striker had been signed with the club’s next manager firmly in mind. (The Times)Manchester United paid a bargain £6.5m for Bastian Schweinsteiger when they lured the 2014 World Cup winner from Bayern Munich in July, it has been revealed. (Manchester Evening News)Arsenal and Manchester City are ready to battle it out to sign Isco from Real Madrid. (Daily Express)Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is weighing up a swoop for Dwight Tiendalli. The Dutch defender was released by Swansea on transfer deadline day and is on the look out for a new club. And the Foxes have taken the 29-year-old on trial ahead of a potential free transfer move. (Daily Mail)Tottenham will consider loan offers for rising attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard in January if fails to make a first team impact. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…MLS chief dismisses suggestions Steven Gerrard could return to Liverpool on loanArsenal and Tottenham poised for transfer tussle over Swiss wonderkid Breel EmboloRoy Hodgson believes Manchester United’s Luke Shaw can be as good as Ashley Cole for England‘Don’t judge England until the 2018 World Cup,’ – ex-Liverpool winger John Barnes tells talkSPORTWayne Rooney eager to end Manchester United goal drought against Liverpool
1 Firmino scored a wonderful volley this week. It was not the Liverpool star, it was another Firmino – Hugo – who plays for Clube Oriental de Lisboa in Portugal – and what a strike it was! If Roberto Firmino scored this goal for Liverpool, it would be all over the back pages and across social media. Playing against Vitoria Guimaraes, the visitors had a free-kick near the corner flag. The ball was floated to towards the far corner of the penalty box and Firmino struck a first-time volley into the top corner. It was well worthy of a match-winner, but the game finished 1-1. But this goal was one you dream of scoring for your Sunday League team. Take a bow!See below! WATCH: Hugo Firmino scores stunning volley in Portugal’s second division!
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke predicted the election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president could trigger an English bid for the 2030 World Cup.Among those congratulating Infantino on his surprise victory was ousted former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, a man whose leadership meant the FA had ruled out attempting to draw future tournaments to England.Infantino’s victory came after a second round of voting at the world governing body’s extraordinary congress in Zurich, as the 45-year-old Swiss lawyer saw off Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain.The FA backed the winning candidate on Friday, and Dyke welcomed Infantino’s election after a “terrible few years” for FIFA.Dyke exclusively told talkSPORT: “He’s a man we trust.“This is the beginning, FIFA has been a very corrupt organisation for a long time but at long last we have the beginning of a reform programme and a president we trust, who’s not just a politician.“We’ve known him for some time as secretary general at UEFA and we have always found him pleasant, competent, organised, a good leader and that is what FIFA needs.”Dyke also confirmed the FA, which emphatically lost out to Russia in voting for the 2018 tournament, may be tempted to bid for the World Cup now that FIFA has a new leader.He told Sky News: “The reason we wouldn’t deal with a Blatter FIFA is because we didn’t think we’d win. And there was so much bad blood from the last time we tried – at Government level as well as at the FA level. It was almost impossible to deal with him. This is a new day, a new dawn. I think we will certainly try to win some tournaments.“(The World Cup in) 2026 will go to North America, but we will maybe go for 2030.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After banking money for the past few fiscal years and watching the local library foundation host countless fundraisers, the City Council on Tuesday night finally agreed to make up the difference. Bridging the gap could amount to more than $3.5 million, even with the $1.9 million already earmarked for the building and roughly $600,000 put up by the Redondo Beach Library Foundation. But no one wanted to sit on the plan, considering how the library’s $6.3 million price tag has grown significantly over the past couple of years. After weighing a list of capital improvement projects and hearing pleas from residents toting signs, the councilmen ranked a new Artesia Boulevard library their top priority and asked staff members to find money for it. They’ll revisit the issue at a meeting Nov. 20, when the staff is expected to return with funding options. At 10,800 square feet, the library would be the city’s first new public building in more than a decade, the most recent being the Alta Vista Community Center in south Redondo, completed in 1996. The main library on Pacific Coast Highway was built shortly before that. Mayor Mike Gin said he believes the foundation’s ongoing support helped influence the council’s decision to make it a priority. “This project I think really speaks volumes of our community’s dedication and commitment in partnership with the city,” Gin said. “Were it not for the dedication of (citizens groups), we would not be here.” Foundation President Becky Sargent summed up her reaction Wednesday morning in one word: “Relieved.” As the years passed and the project lingered in the planning stages, Sargent said some donors were beginning to rethink their pledges. “We have been looking at the possibility of a withdrawal of funds by supporters of the project. With much regret, they felt that they needed to tell us if this was not going to get under way, they couldn’t support it,” said Sargent, a former school trustee. “I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the decision.” Still, she said, the foundation doesn’t plan to stop working and will continue rounding up donations for more books, computers and other amenities. It remains to be seen how the council will fill the budget gap, but a likely source is the workers’ compensation and general liability reserve funds. The council considered transferring or borrowing money from the $16.4 million pot Tuesday but decided to wait for new information. Following the advice of city consultants, staff members had recommended keeping a sizable cushion in reserves to pay for unexpected or ongoing workers’ comp claims. And while some councilmen indicated they’d favor putting at least some of that money toward a library, they want staff members to collect data from other cities and analyze the effects of having a smaller reserve fund. Councilman Steve Aspel said he didn’t want to make a drastic reduction to the workers’ comp budget. But, he added, “we have to reduce this somehow, so we can use the money for citizens’ needs.” A new north branch has been a long time coming. The existing building at 2000 Artesia is overstocked and cramped with only 3,663 square feet of space. It was built in 1949, and Redondo’s population has more than tripled since the library was last renovated in 1960. The foundation kicked off a campaign in August 2004 to help make the project a reality. Redondo Beach, which had been planning for a replacement well before that, had also applied for a chunk of state bond money. But hopes sank in December 2004 when the Public Library Construction and Renovation Board doled out the remaining $80 million from a 2000 library bond measure and passed up Redondo. Later, officials gave the library fund most of a $1.1 million reimbursement from the state, which borrowed motor vehicle license fee money during the budget crisis. The total, though, was still short. “I think we’ve finally reached the point where the council and I are going to take some real, concrete steps toward funding the gap,” Gin said. The library wasn’t the only project to get a lift this week. City leaders also agreed to find money for a traffic-calming device at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and South Francisca Avenue and for repairs to the Redondo Beach Historical Museum at Dominguez Park. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUILDING: Leaders will look for ways to bridge funding gap of as much as $3.5 million. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER The long, frustrating campaign to replace the tired and tiny Redondo Beach north branch library may be nearing its final chapter.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Tropical moisture flowing from the south replaced the hot, dry Santa Ana winds that roared in a week earlier and spread fires over more than a half-million acres, destroying more than 2,300 structures, including 1,700 homes. The number of deaths directly attributed to the fires officially rose to seven. Officials confirmed that the flames killed four suspected illegal immigrants whose charred bodies were found near the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, said Jose Alvarez, a public information officer for San Diego County emergency services. Identification of the victims was continuing. Although more than a dozen blazes were surrounded, containment of nine other blazes ranged from 97 percent to just 25percent. More than 21,000 structures were considered threatened, and more than 15,000 firefighters were on the lines, the state Office of Emergency Services said. “It’s very overcast right now, no wind. Low humidity, about 30 percent. They’re talking about rain,” said Audrey Hagen, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in San Diego. Active fires burned in the Lake Arrowhead resort region of the San Bernardino Mountains 100 miles east of Los Angeles, and in rugged wilderness above isolated canyon communities of Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles. A big blaze 60 miles northeast of San Diego stopped its advance toward the mountain town of Julian. One home burned Saturday morning in Arrowbear, east of Lake Arrowhead, after power was restored in the area and an electrical fire erupted in the residence, said Mike Huddleston, an investigation supervisor with the San Bernardino County Fire Department. A wildfire was about a mile from thousands of homes in Arrowbear, Green Valley Lake and Running Springs. Rain began falling in the mountain range during the late afternoon. “The fire is moving away from the residences, but with the wind anything can happen,” said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jones. Forecasters said there would be a weak flow of wind out of the north and northwest today and then a return to calm and drizzle. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a news conference that he would work to improve problems in the state’s deployment of firefighting aircraft when major wildfires erupt. The Associated Press reported Thursday that nearly two dozen military helicopters stayed grounded for days after several wildfires broke out because state personnel who must be on board were not immediately available. Two of the California National Guard’s C-130 cargo planes also couldn’t help because they’ve yet to be outfitted with tanks needed to carry thousands of gallons of fire retardant, though that was promised four years ago. “There are things that we could improve on and I think this is what we are going to do because a disaster like this … in the end is a good vehicle, a motivator for everyone to come together,” Schwarzenegger said. “I remember after Katrina, as sad as it is, but it takes sometimes a disaster like this to really wake everyone up and affect things.” In Southern California fire areas, about 4,400 people remained in 28 shelter sites, but others waited out the fires in makeshift encampments. In Highland, at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, about 20 people were in their sixth day of living in a Wal-Mart parking lot, getting daily visits from sheriff’s officials who reported their 17 homes were still intact. “What are the chances of that? The hundreds of people staying at the shelters, I still don’t think they have the comfort of knowing that kind of information,” said Robert Newbourgh, 44. Light rain also fell on the Rancho Bernardo section of San Diego, where more than 360 homes were lost. National Guard troops patrolled and postal trucks delivered mail to homes that were still standing. “Everybody is really happy for me and I’m sad for them,” said Helena Hyman, a retired school administrator whose cul-de- sac home survived with five ruined homes on each side. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RAIN: Showers offered some relief on Saturday. Drizzle and calm winds are expected today. By Garance Burke THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAKE ARROWHEAD – Firefighters battled stubborn wildfires across Southern California on Saturday, but scattered showers brought a welcome improvement in conditions.
More than 40 corner shops across Donegal have closed down in the last two years.And trade is down by more than 15% for those still in business according to Chief Executive of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association.Vincent Jennings said local shop owners are facing a huge uphill battle to keep their open signs up. He warned the recession is taking its toll with the government, banks and wholesalers heaping more pressure on shopkeepers.“Banks are withdrawing overdraft and loan facilities leaving some shop-owners unable to weather the economic storm.“Suppliers are increasing their wholesale prices, which the retailer cannot pass on to hard-pressed customers,” he said.Family-run and local shops are also facing the increasing threat of anti-social behaviour as well as an increase in shoplifting and hold-ups, he added. He also urged local authorities not to see the local shop owner as a soft touch for easy revenue but to set ‘realistic rates and fair charges’.‘Our customers value the convenience of shopping in well appointed stores open at times and in locations that suit them.“But the actions of the government, banks and wholesalers make it very hard for our members to survive without compromising on the value and service the shopper wants’, said Mr. Jennings.Accountants and business advisers are meeting Donegal shop owners on a daily basis trying to work out business survival plans, he said.He claimed government policy of implementing ‘excessive excises and VAT hikes’ is playing a major role in the sector’s dire difficulties. DONEGAL ‘CORNER SHOP’ IN FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL AS 40 CLOSE IN TWO YEARS was last modified: August 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:corner shopsdonegalVincent Jennings
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United and Chelsea have both expressed interest in signing Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos, who is valued at about £40m, though the French champions would prefer a swap deal if they decided to allow the 21-year-old Brazil international to leave. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea are also interested in PSG midfielder Javier Pastore, 26. (Daily Express)Manchester City are closing in on the £30m signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 25. (The Sun)Wayne Rooney is facing a three-way fight for a place on England’s right wing at Euro 2016, while Arsenal wingers Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to miss out on the squad. (Daily Mirror)Leicester City captain Wes Morgan admits that the Premier League title is “in our hands” and also reveals he was told to lose two stone during a trial at Nottingham Forest. (Daily Mail)Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has described his treatment by Jose Mourinho during his time at Chelsea as “just not fair”. (Daily Telegraph)And Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted he “hardly knew” who De Bruyne was until this season. (Evening Standard)Manchester United have agreed a deal for 16-year-old FC Zurich striker Nishan Burkart. (Blick)Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all vying for the signature of 19-year-old Roma striker Umar Sadiq. (Daily Star)Arsenal and Liverpool are set to do battle for the signature of 15-year-old Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??David Sullivan EXCLUSIVE: ‘People are JEALOUS of West Ham’s Olympic Stadium deal. It’s a good deal for the whole nation’‘Chelsea have no history!’ – Carragher takes on Jason Cundy in Sports Bar showdownLiverpool FC news: Supporter tells girlfriend he’d marry her if Reds came back from 2-0 against DortmundTottenham to battle Inter Milan to sign in-form ex-Arsenal midfielder Lassana DiarraAtletico Madrid slap £60m price tag on Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain target Antoine GriezmannFormer Marseille boss helping Tottenham in pursuit of forward target Michy BatshuayiLiverpool could miss out on Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus as Paris Saint-Germain plot £40m swoop 1 Transfer rumours and paper review Saturday, April 16
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Pep Guardiola made his first signing as Manchester City manager on Thursday, when Ilkay Gundogan arrived from Borussia Dortmund.The 25-year-old German midfielder, who is currently out of action for around six months with a knee injury, completed a move to the Etihad for around £20m, signing a four-year deal. He has been one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding performers since joining from Nuremberg in 2011. And before his Euro 2016-ending injury last month, Gundogan made 40 appearances for club and country this season, scoring on three occasions.Check out some of his best bits – including defence-splitting assists – from 2015/16 by clicking the video, above!