Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-out

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Jun 2019 4:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link442Shares Lucas Torreira has been linked with a return to Italy (Picture: Getty)‘Who can they get out of the door? If you can get the right offer for Mesut Ozil you’d sell. Mkhitaryan can go and you want to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.‘Torreira seems to be interested in going back to Italy. If you can get the right money: take it.’Arsenal have been linked with moves for Ryan Fraser, Alexis Claude-Maurice, Gabriel Martinelli, Yannick Carrasco and David Neres this summer.Emery’s side kick-start their 2019-2020 Premier League campaign with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Unai Emery has been told to sell three Arsenal players (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has urged Unai Emery to sell three Arsenal players before bolstering his defensive options in the summer transfer window.The Gunners suffered a dismal run of form towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign to fall out of the top-four in the Premier League.Having also lost to London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final, Arsenal will again be absent from the Champions League next term.Emery is keen to bolster his defensive options during the summer transfer window and Nicholas says he should also be looking to sell some of his current players.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityThe Gunners hero has identified Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as players who should be sold if the right offer is on the table.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe told Sky Sports: ‘We’re being slow again in the market. The manager has identified plenty of options. Defensively is the key area.‘I just hope we don’t delay these deals. Arsenal need to get into the market. We can’t afford someone like Aaron Wan-Bissaka but we need a whole new defence really.‘We need three defenders to come in which will cost £60-£70m. Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-outlast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini happy with focus shown by Yaya Toure

first_img Press Association Toure’s controversial agent Dimitri Seluk was this week quoted as saying of the midfielder, whose contract with City runs until 2017: “He will not move in January. “However, in the summer things can change. We are ready to listen to any offers that are on the table.” When asked about that on Friday, Pellegrini admitted “at the end of the season you never know what will happen with anyone”, while stressing how important it was for all players to “think in the present” rather than about the future. But he also said he was convinced Toure was absolutely of that mindset. “I don’t want to try to answer to every agent who talks about different things,” Pellegrini said. “I know what Yaya thinks. I think that Yaya is mentally absolutely involved in this season, and that he is not thinking about his future. “He wants to continue being the same important player that he has been for this team in other years.” Seluk has made remarks at various times in the past to suggest 32-year-old Ivory Coast international Toure may be set to leave City. One such occasion was at the end of last season, and when that was put to Pellegrini on Friday as he was asked how much of a problem Seluk’s comments were becoming, the manager said: “And what happened? Nothing – it was his opinion and nothing more.” Pellegrini – who says he is happy with his squad and not thinking about January sales or signings – was speaking ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham, where he wants his players to underline their title credentials. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Yaya Toure is focused on the Blues’ current push for silverware and not thinking about which club he might be playing for next season. City are very much in the title race, currently lying third in the table and only trailing second-placed Leicester and leaders Arsenal by a point. But their results have been inconsistent, with those registered on the road particularly troubling for Pellegrini, the Blues winning only one of their past seven away league games. That victory came in their last – a 2-1 come-from-behind triumph at Watford – and City go into Saturday’s clash against the seventh-placed Hammers on the back of a comprehensive 4-0 home thrashing of Crystal Palace last weekend. Pellegrini is keen to see the attacking football from his side continue, and said: ”We must try to arrive as soon as we can at the top of the table. ”It is not easy but we must try to demonstrate why we are fighting for the title.” City striker Sergio Aguero, who netted twice against Palace, has also urged the team to build on that victory and the one at Watford. “I think that now we’ve managed to break that run of not picking up victories on the road it’s very important for us,” Aguero said. “We have to display the sort of form away from home that we consistently display at home, where we know that we are very, very strong.” City have midfielder Fernandinho, who was out for three games due to a muscle injury, back available for Saturday’s contest. Aleksandar Kolarov has been ruled out after coming off in the Palace match with a calf problem, joining fellow defenders Eliaquim Mangala (hamstring) and Vincent Kompany (calf), plus midfielder Samir Nasri (hamstring) and striker Wilfried Bony (calf), on the sidelines. last_img read more

BT maps out plans for new box office channel

first_imgShare Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 BT Sport has announced that later this year it plans on launching BT Sport Box Office, a pay-per-view channel which will be available on BT TV and the Sky platform.This season, BT Sport retained the rights to Premier League football for a further three years, however, it appears unlikely for now that football coverage will be affected by the launch of BT’s new platform. With BT in a broadcasting deal with boxing promoter Frank Warren, many believe the new platform has been formed to accommodate the return of former Heavyweight champion boxer, Tyson Fury, who signed a promotional deal with Warren earlier this week. Nonetheless, with BT’s expansive portfolio including various premium football leagues, the Champions League and the UFC, the potential for the network to push numerous sports onto itAdditionally, the way sport is consumed in America is also going through a dramatic change, with the launch of a new streaming service from Walt Disney, ESPN+.There has been much anticipation about the new platform from US sports fans, as its launch was the subject of much speculation.The service, which will be available for $4.99 per month, will offer fans the opportunity to indulge in not only live streaming, but also original ESPN content.With regards to live sports, ESPN+ will include speciality programming for select Major League Baseball and NHL games, international sports, however, it won’t show NFL games.The launch represents a significant swing in the way sports are consumed, as ESPN looks to follow the lead of CBS by placing a greater focus on its online platforms as opposed to television based sports offering.CBS recently went live with its free streaming sports service CBS Sports, offering fans the opportunity to view a network that takes the best from all of the CBS service. Submit Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more