Arsenal ‘one step away’ from signing Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jul 2019 11:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link183Shares Arsenal ‘one step away’ from signing Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid Ceballos only started 13 La Liga games for Real Madrid last season (Getty Images)Ceballos is currently on holiday after being given an extended break following Spain’s success at the European Under-21 Championship earlier this summer but is due to return on July 22.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe midfielder was one of Spain’s star performers during the tournament after being unable to secure a regular role under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.Earlier this month, AS claimed that Tottenham were leading the race to sign Ceballos with Mauricio Pochettino speaking directly to the midfielder in an attempt to persuade him to join Spurs.But it now appears Ceballos is set to join Spurs’ north London rivals on a temporary deal for the upcoming campaign.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 CitySpeaking at the end of June, Ceballos admitted he would be open to leaving Madrid on loan in order to get more playing time.‘I don’t want them [Real Madrid] to sell me,’ he told Onda Cero.‘But I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be.’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 Arsenal Dani Ceballos is reportedly set to join Arsenal on loan (BPI/REX)Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to reports in Spain.The 22-year-old has made it clear that he wants more playing time this season having started just 13 games in La Liga last term.Ceballos has also attracted interest from Tottenham and Liverpool.But according to AS, the midfielder is ‘one step away’ from joining Arsenal on loan.ADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Unai Emery has played a key role in convincing Ceballos to join the Gunners ahead of their Premier League rivals. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Auctions heat up across the city on Super Saturday

first_imgInside 20 Morley St, ChelmerMr Robson said the location was also a big draw card.“It’s on the highside of Chelmer,” he said.“There’s a lot of love for homes in this area. The home at 33 Bowler St, Paddington.At 33 Bowler St, Paddington, the mood was tense and the crowd remained silent as two bidders fought it out for ownership of the architecturally designed home. Inside 33 Bowler St, PaddingtonThe three-level home sits on a generous 542sq m block less than two minutes walk from the popular restaurant and shopping precinct on Given Tce. On the ground level, there are two bedrooms, a media room, bathroom, wine cellar and two car garage.Upstairs is the main living quarters of the home, where the master suite with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite opens out onto a balcony that has urban views and city glimpses. Inside 33 Bowler St, PaddingtonThere is also a large living room area and a north, north-east facing covered patio. At the rear, there is an open plan kitchen, dining and library area which flows out onto the covered deck, backyard and pool area. 20 Morley St, ChelmerWITH nearly one hundred homes expected to sell under the auction conditions this Super Saturday, Brisbane was buzzing with nerves and excitement from prospective buyers all across the city. Bidders raise the paddle at the auction of 33 Bowler St, Paddington. Pic Annette DewMr Degn said contemporary homes are hard to come by in Paddington. “There’s a market for new product, but the stock is few, and often sell before listing,” he said.‘People are waiting for these homes, and are ready to pounce.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago Inside 20 Morley St, ChelmerMr Robson said buyers were entranced by the home’s unique style.“It’s very different for Chelmer,” he said.“Most of the homes here are traditional Queenslanders, so to have something as unique as this I think really appealed to a lot of buyers. Inside 33 Bowler St, PaddingtonMarketing agent and auctioneer Andrew Degn of Place Real Estate, Paddington, said it was an unusually “tense and serious” auction. The home at 33 Bowler St, PaddingtonA loft bedroom occupies the third level of the home. Mr Degn said the layout appealed to buyers most. “They loved having the kitchen and dining area open straight out onto the deck, flat grass and pool area,” he said. A tense crowd at the auction of 33 Bowler St, Paddington. Pic Annette DewMore than five minutes of silence went by before an opening bid of $1,950,000 could be persuaded by Mr Degn. The home at 20 Morley St, ChelmerThe home sits on a 602 sq m block close to the river and has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two car garage, as well as high ceilings and an open plan layout which includes a living and dining area that opens out onto the outdoor alfresco deck by the pool. Auctioneer Andrew Degn at Paddington. Pic Annette DewNegotiations between the vendor, Mr Degn and the soon-to-be new owners raised the price to a final result of $2,220,000. The home at 20 Morley St, Chelmer.In Chelmer, this stunning Georgian style home sold under the hammer for a pretty penny.Marketing agent Brad Robson of Place Real Estate, Graceville said the property at 2 Morley St, Chelmer sold to a local couple looking to upsize to accommodate their growing family for $1,675,000. The home at 20 Morley St, ChelmerMr Robson said there was a lot of competition among buyers to secure quality homes in Chelmer. The home at 20 Morley St, Chelmer“If there were more homes to sell, we would sell them,” he said.“There hasn’t been a big swell of properties for sale in Chelmer yet this year. “It’s a sought after area where demand outstrips supply, so yeah buyers are competitive.”last_img read more

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I never coerced KEMSA officials to favour suppliers, Health PS

first_imgMochache had been accused by KEMSA of directing tendering processes at the Authority in an alleged scandal that continues to give COVID-19 management in the country a bad image.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache says at no time did the Ministry of Health coerce the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority to favour certain suppliers.  Susan Mochache moved to clear her name in the ongoing probe when she appeared before the National Assembly Health Committee on alleged misappropriation of public funds at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority.Mochache said that contrary to claims made by KEMSA, the authority did, in fact, overspend beyond the Ksh 758 million advised by the Ministry in the purchase of medical supplies meant to combat COVID-19 pandemic.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities   Mochache accused KEMSA of bypassing the Ministry of Health in requesting Treasury to help the Authority offset budgetary deficits despite clear directions from the ministry that KEMSA must limit its spending to the Ksh 758 million made available for the purchase of Medical Supplies.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekHealth Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe told MPs that no item has been physically stolen at KEMSA though the Authority is set to accrue some operational losses due to the procurement of some hard to sell medical supplies.Also Read  PSC to challenge Maraga’s advice to dissolve Parliament over gender ruleThe Ministry of Transport which had also been invited to explain its handling of donations made by Chinese businessman Jack Ma was sent away by the MPs for failing to provide adequate responses to queries made by the lawmakers.MPs say they have reason to believe that funds have been lost at KEMSA, and medical supplies meant for the fight against COVID-19 may have been stolen through some skewed tendering processes.last_img read more

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Governors’ statement a threat to media freedom, Media Council

first_imgMCK said that while it respected the CoG’s right to express its views and opinions on the media, any complaint against any journalist or media enterprise is to be channelled to the Media Complaints Commission operating under the auspices of the Media Council of Kenya for determination and appropriate action.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “The basis of this regulation is the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya whose provisions are very clear,” the statement noted.MCK in addition stated that both County Governments and the media sector or Fourth Estate have an important role to play in serving and informing the public, respectively, without fear or favour.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauGiven the great public interest in the delivery of services at the county-level, MCK said that county governments will by their very position and nature attract media attention, especially on allegations of corruption and impropriety.“The media have every right to question, hold Governors to account and even to hold divergent views than those propagated by their communications machinery,” MCK further stated.The statement by MCK comes after the COG on Wednesday said it had resolved to “immediately cease engaging with NMG merchandise” after the media house published a story it found unfavourable.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayThe story headlined ‘Eight governors on graft hit list’ highlighted how the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was probing abuse of office and corruption allegations against various Governors.In the story, the publication reported that the anti-graft agency had narrowed down to eight counties in its investigation into corruption.CoG Chair Wycliffe Oparanya termed the piece a “smear campaign” that portrayed them as corrupt, inept and unable to run their counties. A decision by the Council of Governors (CoG) to stop advertising with the Nation Media Group has drawn sharp criticism from the media regulator.The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) condemned the CoG following a statement saying it will block adverts to the media house after it published a story on the alleged involvement of Governors in corruption.“The Council of Governors’ pronouncement that “…no County Government will advertise…” is meant to intimidate and bully East Africa’s largest media house into submission, and by extension ensure alignment with their agenda by other media houses,” MCK’s statement read in part.Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981last_img read more

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes expects former club Man Utd to come good

first_imgMark Hughes believes it is only a matter of time before his former club Manchester United click into gear. The Stoke boss is just hoping it does not happen as they take on his current club at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day. United have faced some heavy criticism, and their manager Louis van Gaal is under considerable pressure, after a poor run of results and longer spell of uninspiring performances. United lost their last three games in all competitions, have not won in six and were booed off after losing to Norwich last weekend. They have crashed out of the Champions League and slipped to fifth in the Barclays Premier League. Hughes said: “I think there is a little bit of noise surrounding the club and a little bit of debate about how they are playing, and which way the club is going. “From the games I have seen, they are dominating games for the most part. Their game seems a lot more possession-based than it has been in the past. They have had a lot of possession and created a lot of chances – a bit like ourselves. “We haven’t scored a great many goals in recent weeks but we have still been creating chances. It is just about converting them. I think that is the case with United to a certain extent. “They have got good players, they have got a good squad. They have got good individual talent. You would expect at some point they would start to click again. Hopefully we won’t allow that at the weekend.” Hughes’ Stoke side have earned plenty of plaudits for their progress this season but, underlining the differing levels of expectations at the two clubs, they are still five points behind United. But Hughes is well aware of the demands placed on players at United, having scored 163 goals for the club in 467 appearances in two spells. He made his United debut in 1983 and remembers well their struggles before Sir Alex Ferguson led them into an era of unprecedented success lasting more than two decades. The 52-year-old said: “The team I played in early on was probably the last one that was booed, when I first broke in. But there will be times when that happens. It’s about performance. That’s what happens here as well. Nobody backs away from that. “But more often than not if you’ve got a strong group of players and leaders within that group they can get themselves together, shake themselves out of it and do something about it. “That’s what all Man United teams in the past have done, and I would fully expect them to do it again this year.” Stoke have suffered their own little blip having won just one of their last four in the Premier League. But Hughes said: “Just picking the last four games is a bit unfair. We have done okay. This weekend we are looking for more of the same in terms of what we have been able to produce against the bigger teams.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Local mom says porn popped up during digital learning session

first_imgA Palm Beach County mother said pornographic videos have popped up during her child’s digital learning lesson.The mother, who asked to stay anonymous, says she thinks hackers are using links to get into Google Classroom. “The teacher sends a link, here join this class. So either they’re utilizing hacking to get into it, or the kids in the class are sharing that link with other people,” the mother said.Palm Beach County School District Police Chief Frank Kitzerow said they are trying to use all their resources to try to track the hackers down.Deputy Superintendent of Schools Keith Oswald said students who are sharing those unique codes with others will face consequences.“We’re actually working with Google right now to put in additional security elements and were going to roll those out to teachers next week,” said Oswald.When the mother reached out to school officials, she says they responded right away and told her they are working to fix the problems.last_img read more

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The Latest: Soccer teams to be allowed 5 substitutes

first_img May 8, 2020 He says that “if the ATP or the International Tennis Federation obligates us to take the vaccine to play tennis then we will have to do it.”___Inter Milan players can resume training at the club’s Suning Center after everyone from the first team tested negative for the coronavirus.Inter had to delay the resumption of training earlier in the week because not everyone on the team had been tested for COVID-19.The club says all tests have now come back negative and that “optional individual training sessions will begin this afternoon.” Associated Press The International Football Association Board says competition organizers can now approve teams making five changes with a sixth in extra time.IFAB says the temporary rule is available to “competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.”Leagues which typically end in May face a congested program into July and August to complete their season.A further IFAB decision is needed to extend the rule into next season’s competitions and national team games in 2021.___ The England international apologized last month for hosting a party at his home during the lockdown.Walker posted a long statement on Twitter saying he feels he is being followed constantly while also raising mental health concerns.Walker writes “this is no longer solely affecting me but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 AC Milan has also reopened its training center for its players.Most of the other Italian league clubs had already resumed training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has complained about being “harassed” and says his family has been “torn apart” after admitting to breaking social-distancing rules again during the coronavirus pandemic.British newspaper The Sun reports that Walker breached regulations three times in a 24-hour period this week by visiting family members and going on a cycle ride with a friend. The Latest: Soccer teams to be allowed 5 substitutes Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic will need to be vaccinated to keep playing if tennis bodies make coronavirus shots obligatory once they become available.Nadal tells Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia this week that Djokovic and all players will have to follow the rules when tennis eventually returns to action.Nadal says no one can be forced to take the vaccine and everyone should be free to make their choices but all players will have to comply if tennis officials require “vaccination to travel” and to “protect” everyone on the tour.Djokovic recently said he was against taking a vaccine for the coronavirus even if it became mandatory to travel. He later said he was open to changing his mind.Nadal says “Djokovic will have to be vaccinated if he wants to keep playing tennis at the top level.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Soccer teams will be allowed to use two extra substitutes per match to protect players during a backlog of games caused by the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Ikeja Golf Club Honours Caddies

first_imgThe management of Ikeja Golf Club in Lagos has said that the club is committed to the development of the caddies community as a social project.Abdulrasheed Adebisi who is the representative of the group at the club’s Executive Committee said the caddies are one of the biggest representatives of the different job clausters that golf creates and their role is strategic.Monday November 25 was the club’s Caddy Day where they were hosted to golf event and career talk among other activities. The event was bankrolled by ICMA professional services ” Our goal was to communicate to them career options that are open to them by virtue of being around the game and helpful life hacks.” Some of the best golfers in the world and even in Nigeria were drawn from the caddies ranks. But today, there are administrative and other roles that their knowledge of the game have given them edges to fill,” he said.Over 50 caddies including invited representatives from Ikoyi and Dolphin golf clubs in Lagos took part in the event.Dolapo Adekanbi shot 74 gross score to lead the chase for the best caddie player of the year, while Kazeem Fadesere returned two shots behind to emerge runner up and Jimoh Eneye placed third.Adebisi said that the top five players would be given a year unrestricted access to the golf club, which would afford the hone the golf talent they have displayed.Kehinde Haruna, Taiwo Haruna and Sanmi Taiwo were the exceptional players among the junior players.Jolomi Ideh, captain of the club said that the continual investment in the caddies and other workers around the golf community holds a lot to the development of the game“This event is key to us as a club and we are seeing the impact as we have some of the best behaved workforce and it has come to stay on our schedule,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Lack of Caixa clarity sees BNDES Brazil rethink its LOTEX tender

first_img Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 BNDES – Brazil’s National Bank for Social Development has scheduled a new auction for the sale of state-owned instant games (scratch & win) operator Loteria Instantânea Exclusiva (LOTEX) to be held on 29 November 2018.The tender of LOTEX was first announced on August 2017, with the Brazilian Finance Ministry targeting a BRL 4 billion (€1.2 billion) for its complete divestment of the instant wins gambling asset.Despite reported interest from a number of international lottery operators, such as IGT, Intralot SPA and Scientific Games. BNDES the overseeing arm of the tender process would receive no formal offers for its 15-year concession of LOTEX games.Brazilian business news sources report that international operators had been put off submitting LOTEX tenders, as BNDES did not stipulate the future position of state-owned Caixa Federal, Brazil’s biggest lottery firm and operator of LOTEX.The Brazilian government allows for three types of lottery licensing. Nationwide lotteries; Mega SENA, LotoFacil, LotoMania and Dupla Sena) and sports lotteries (Quinia and Lotogol), operate alongside LOTEX instant games.During the tender process, BNDES and the Brazilian Finance Ministry refused to detail whether Caixa Federal would discontinue servicing instant win games for the Brazilian market.Heading for November, BNDES has restructured its LOTEX concession requiring interested parties to commit to three 12-month payment instalments of BRL 165 million (€34 million). StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Van Gaal: We definitely want to avoid Brazil

first_imgBefore this FIFA World Cup™, many predicted that the Netherlands would not survive to see the Round of 16. As it was, they were the first nation to book their place.Having done so from a section that includes reigning champions Spain, Chile and an Australia team they had never previously beaten, it was hardly surprising to find coach Louis van Gaal found purring with contentment. However, as he told FIFA, he anticipates the Oranje’s final Group B game against the in-form Chileans being their toughest yet, and is desperate to avoid a possible showdown with the hosts.FIFA: Mr Van Gaal, you’ve made a great start to this World Cup, winning your first two games and qualifying with a match to spare. How satisfied are you? Louis van Gaal: More than satisfied. The main aim in such a tournament is to you get through the group stage. We are in a very difficult group and we were the first team at the World Cup to qualify – for me, that is unbelievable. Now of course we want to finish first, and that is going to be tough enough against Chile. I had expected in advance that they would be our toughest opponents because they are very impressive.As with the game against Spain, you had to come from behind against Australia. Was going a goal down a result of your opponents playing well or your own team’s sloppy mistakes? In my opinion, Australia were only given a chance as a result of our sloppiness. Ball retention was our biggest problem. That said, Australia didn’t actually create too many chances. We created infinitely more and could have easily won 4-2 or 5-2. That is what everyone forgets: a match lasts 90 minutes. Messi scored against Iran in the last minute – that’s part of the game.Does that sloppiness have anything to do with the inexperience of some of your players? No, it simply has to do with quality. Australia played a very passionate game and were very tight, which resulted in less time and space for my players. That means you need a great deal of quality to be able to break through. We didn’t really show that quality but, who knows, we might do so against Chile.Is it an advantage for you to be able point out these problems to your players at this stage? Of course. If you keep winning despite that [sloppiness] then it will be an advantage because the players will accept [criticism and advice] more easily. It falls on fertile ground, as we would say in the Netherlands. Your next match will be decisive as to who comes first in the group. How would you describe Chile as a team? They are incredibly passionate and extremely well-organised. And they play on the attack. I think they have a fantastic coach, who has persuaded his players to play football. They carry out his instructions in a passionate and persuasive way and it is beautiful to see.With Chile focused on attacking, do you consider that as a danger to your team’s chances or do you also see it as an opportunity? I foresee a lot of opportunities because, like Spain, they are extremely eager to attack. They are also a team which always trusts in their own abilities. That could provide us with some opportunities from which we might be able to benefit. What kind of game do you expect? I think both teams are equally strong. I expect it to be 50-50.Is it at all important for you to avoid Brazil? Definitely. If I were allowed to choose, I’d rather not play against Brazil, although Croatia or Mexico aren’t bad opponents either. But I think at a World Cup the host country always has an advantage.As you’ve mentioned, Messi scored in injury time for Argentina. You yourself have match-winners like Robin van Persie. Is that what makes the difference at a tournament like this? Well, so far I think that the strikers who perform so well in Europe – [Luis] Suarez, Messi, [Thomas] Muller, [Karim] Benzema, but also our strikers, [Arjen] Robben and Van Persie – have really shown their worth to their teams. I think it’s been a long time since that that was the case [at a World Cup]. It’s really impressive that these players, despite the high expectations and pressure on them, have still been able to show what their true value is.last_img read more

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