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Manchester United respond to rumours they are signing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles

first_imgCould the Gunners be forced to cash in on the versatile young defender? (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United have been linked with a shock £20million move for Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles, though the club have reportedly flatly denied the rumours.The Red Devils are in desperate need of reinforcements having made just one signing this summer – Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek – while Arsenal need to raise funds in order to pursue their top transfer targets.Maitland-Niles was expected to be sacrificed as a result, coming close to joining Wolves in a £30m deal earlier in the summer, though Mikel Arteta opted to keep hold of the 23-year-old. Advertisement Maitland-Niles recently earned his first call-up for England (Picture: Getty Images)United legend Gary Neville has long been a fan of Maitland-Niles, saying back in 2018: ‘He looks absolutely fantastic. It’s so early in his Arsenal career and to play in huge matches out of position… to show that quality and confidence – it’s great to see.’However a deal seems highly unlikely, with Arteta having come to rely on Maitland-Niles heavily, using him in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield, while he has started two of Arsenal’s first three fixtures in the Premier League.The north London club are also close to finalising an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen that will see Sead Kolasinac return to Germany in a £9million deal.MORE: Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac close to reaching agreement with Bayer LeverkusenMORE: Gary Neville responds to criticism of Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka with transfer suggestionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 10:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisementcenter_img Maitland-Niles came close to joining Wolves earlier this year (Picture: Getty Images)But since then Arsenal have struggled to find buyers for their other surplus-to-requirements players, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi and Calum Chambers yet to be sold.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWith Arteta desperate to land either Lyon’s Houssem Aouar or Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey, the Arsenal boss may have been forced into a U-turn over Maitland-Niles.On Wednesday, reports in Germany via Sport1 emerged claiming United had made an approach for the versatile England international and were in advanced talks, with the Red Devils likely to pay an initial fee of £20m plus a number of bonuses and add-ons.However, the Manchester Evening News say United officials are adamant there is nothing in the rumours and they will not be signing the Arsenal star, instead focusing their efforts on wrapping up a deal for Porto’s Alex Telles.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited have so far been frustrated in their efforts to sign the left-back, with talks stalling over the fee, and Maitland-Niles would certainly tick a number of boxes for the club.He has been playing at left wing-back for Arteta recently but is also capable on the right of defence, potentially providing a more attack-minded alternative to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and can play in a variety of midfield roles and on the flanks. Manchester United respond to rumours they are signing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles View 3 commentslast_img read more

Asset management roundup: Finacor, Dyal Capital, Chenavari

first_imgThe department said Finacor had made the agreement in return for department’s agreement not to prosecute it for tax-related criminal offences.Caroline Ciraolo, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s tax division, said: “Through the Swiss Bank Programme, we have received information not just about culpable banks but also asset management and investment advisory firms that played a role in the concealment of US-related accounts and the evasion of US taxes.”She the agreement with Finacor showed the department was willing to reach “fair and appropriate resolutions” with companies that came forward promptly, disclosed all relevant information and cooperated fully, including naming criminals.In other news, private equity business Dyal Capital Partners has acquired a passive minority interest in alternative asset management group Chenavari Investment Managers in a deal meant to aid business cooperation for both parties.Dyal Capital is part of independent investment manager Neuberger Berman.Michael Rees, managing director of Dyal, said Chenavari was in a good position to benefit from the investment opportunities linked to European banks’ deleveraging, around investment strategies in credit and private debt markets.Chenevari will continue to be led by its chief executive and CIO Loïc Fery, along with co-CIO Frederic Couderc, and Dyal’s new interest in the firm will be passive with no supervision of Chenevari’s governance, the two firms said. Swiss asset manager Finacor has been fined $295,000 (€262,600) by the US Department of Justice after it helped US clients hide accounts that had not been declared to US tax authorities.The Department of Justice said it reached a resolution with Finacor, which operates a small, privately held asset management business in one office in Basel with five employees. Under the agreement, Finacor is to pay a penalty of $295,000 and cooperate in various ways, including giving details about accounts in which US taxpayers have an interest, making a complete disclosure of its cross-border activities and giving details about other banks that transferred funds into secret accounts.Finacor declined to comment on the matter.last_img read more

Colombia’s Santos: Cuba not invited to Americas Summit

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Colombia’s Santos: Cuba not invited to Americas Summit by: – March 8, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share 7 Views   no discussions Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says Cuba will not be invited to the Americas Summit in Colombia next month. Some nations had been threatening to boycott the meeting in Cartagena unless Cuba was admitted. Mr Santos (r) said President Castro understood the situationBut speaking after talks with Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana, Mr Santos said that – without a consensus – he could not make the invitation. The US had opposed Cuba’s participation, saying the meeting should only be open to democracies. The Americas Summit usually involves only members of the Organisation of American States (OAS), and Cuba was suspended from the organisation in 1962 because of its communist system. Juan Manuel Santos was making the first visit to Cuba by a Colombian president in a decade. He said Raul Castro had understood the situation and had made clear that he did not want to complicate matters for Colombia. “We told President Castro that we really appreciate his desire to take part in the meeting, but that as we have not been able to find a consensus, it is very difficult to make an invitation,” Mr Santos said. He added that he hoped that Cuba would be able to take part in the next Americas Summit in Panama. Colombia is a close ally of the US, but correspondents say Mr Santos was anxious to avoid a boycott of the Cartagena summit on 14-15 April by nations such as Ecuador and Venezuela. During his visit to Cuba, Mr Santos also met Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering in Havana after surgery for cancer.He said Mr Chavez told him he was recovering well and hoped to return to Venezuela next week.BBC Newslast_img read more

Why we allowed Ighalo’s Man Utd loan extension – Shanghai Shenhua

first_imgChinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, has explained why they allowed Odion Ighalo to extend his loan with Manchester United. The two clubs have agreed that Ighalo can stay at Old Trafford until January 31, with United paying a £6m loan fee and one-third of the Nigerian’s £300,000-a-week contract.Advertisement Loading…center_img And Shenhua says they made the decision due to the delayed start to the Chinese Super League and visa issues caused by the coronavirus. read also:Man Utd Ighalo deal won’t influence Dembele pursuit A club statement read: “In view of the uncertainty over the opening of the new Chinese Super League season and the uncertainty over foreign aid policy, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua and Manchester United have extended the loan for the Nigerian player Odion Ighalo.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

ANOC Beach Games: NOC charges Team Nigeria

first_imgRelatedPosts NOC joins 2020 Olympic Day celebration NOC holds seminar for fitness in Lagos NOC mourns Akinyele The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Gumel, has charged Team Nigeria participating at the 1st edition of 2019 ANOC Beach Games in Doha, Qatar to be worthy ambassadors.Gumel, an IOC member, gave this charge at the weekend during the opening ceremony of the games, stating that good name is better than gold.He said: “It is a thing of joy that Nigeria is participating at the 1st edition of this beach games just like we participated at the Winter games last time out but the most important thing is for you to compete and win well because a good name is better than any silverware won unjustly.“Our great nation is proud of you and solidly behind you on this great task as we wish you well here in Doha, the ANOCA Treasurer concluded.”The World Beach Games, which is scheduled to end October 16, 2019, is an international beach multi-sport event organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees and Nigeria is competing in Beach Volleyball and Beach Wrestling in 70kg and 50kg respectively.Meanwhile, the board and the executive members of the Nigeria Olympic Committee has felicitated with the President, Nigeria Judo Federation, Prince Timothy Nsirim, on his appointment as the Chairman, Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency by Governor Nyesom Wike.Gumel challenged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in the new office as the confidence repose in him is undaunted. Tags: ANOC Beach GamesHabu GumelNOClast_img read more

Martinez out to break records

first_imgRoberto Martinez has admitted his Everton side will need to break records to hold on to a Champions League place. Asked if his men could go the distance, Martinez said: “That’s our objective. We are going into new ground, as you can imagine. “It’s the highest points tally in Premier League history at Everton and that’s a significant statement, with the history that we have and the heritage we have at the club. “We are going to just take every game with a real excitement. We have got very much a group of players that is focused and desperate to play, good competition for places, so we are just going to take it step-by-step. “But to have 66 points by this stage of the season is a remarkable achievement and the players deserve a lot of credit.” For Sunderland, the stakes are very different and a fifth defeat on the trot did their dwindling survival hopes little good. Head coach Gus Poyet said: “If you need to show somebody somewhere in the world where they don’t watch Sunderland every week, you show him this game and tell him this is the story of the season and that’s it. “You don’t need to show anything else because that’s it. Something always happens and that something is always, or most of the time, against us. “I don’t have a word because it’s not one feeling, really. It hurts, it hurts because it doesn’t matter what we do, something happens. And it’s not an excuse, I don’t really believe in luck. Meanwhile, Martinez blamed a misunderstanding for a minor disruption to the minute’s silence in memory of the Hillsborough victims before the game. He said: “There were a couple of shouts, but I think it was people entering the ground and I don’t think they were aware we were celebrating the minute of silence. “We all know that football fans everywhere in the world have incredible respect for what happened 25 years ago, and today the silence in the ground was full of respect. “It was a clear incident of a group of people walking in and I don’t think they were aware what they were disturbing at that time.” Asked how many they might need, the Spaniard said: “It’s hard to tell, but I think it’s quite clear that it’s going to be the highest it’s ever been in Premier League history. “At this stage with 63 points, you are always guaranteed to finish top four. Now, clearly, one team is going to be out of that with that return. “The way the competition is going, it’s always harder now to win the title, there are always three or four football clubs, and I think it’s the same for the fourth place and so on. “I do think it’s a bit of an unknown.” Everton head into the remaining five games two points better off than the Gunners, but only after needing a helping hand to secure their seventh successive league win. The victory was ultimately secured by Wes Brown’s 75th-minute own goal, the sixth the Black Cats have conceded in the league to date this season, although the luckless defender knew little about it. There was little he could do to prevent the impressive Gerard Deulofeu’s cross from creeping inside the post after hitting him. Sunderland otherwise gave as good as they got for long periods, although Steven Naismith had earlier passed up glorious opportunities to give the visitors the lead either side of half-time. The Toffees climbed into the top four of the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Sunderland on Saturday as they took advantage of Arsenal’s presence in the FA Cup semi-finals. In the process, they reached 66 points, a tally which Martinez knows is usually more than enough to secure a seat at Europe’s top table, but which will not be sufficient this season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Parimatch named official betting partner of OMEGA league

first_img Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 Share Submit BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Related Articles Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Online betting operator Parimatch has been named the official betting partner of an international esports series OMEGA League in Dota 2.As part of the agreement, Parimatch’s branding will be integrated into the league’s Russian and Portuguese-based live streams. Russian coverage will be broadcast via RuHub Studio, while the Brazilian subdivision of Beyond the Summit (BTS) will broadcast the tournament in Portuguese.Stepan Shulga, head of Parimatch esports division, commented: “We are happy to become the partners of the largest Dota 2 series of 2020. As you know, this would be the time for the centerpiece event of Dota 2 community at other times, but we hope OMEGA League will help the fans take a break from such unusual circumstances around us by offering them a brilliant series featuring the world’s finest teams.“The unusual for the Russian segment collaboration of the two largest studios – RuHub and WePlay – seems like a positive move, and as such, we are happy to be able to keep up the good tradition of the fruitful partnership between the two experienced organizer teams.”The tournament initially began on 20 July, and will run until 6 September across Europe/CIS, America and Asian markets. The closed qualifiers for the Europe/CIS region begin on 1st August and end on 9th August with a combined prize pool of $550,000.Sergey Barkhudaryan, ESforce Holding commercial director, added: “We are excited to see Parimatch become our partners again. We have quite a history of esports campaigns and events together.“As part of the OMEGA League, we are continuing the mutual development and expansion of our markets. Parimatch is a brand with a huge baggage of experience when it comes to the esports world, and as such, millions of people around the world, including us, place our trust in Parimatch.”last_img read more

YGAM delivers gambling education to UNISON members

first_img YGAM achieves City & Guilds status for second year August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Submit Campaigners call on Boris to ban gambling sponsorship in football February 26, 2020 Share Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has teamed up with UNISON, the UK’s largest trade union, to offer in-depth training on gambling and gambling-related harms.Through the partnership, YGAM will offer free accredited workshops and resources to anyone who works with or cares for young people which will offer the necessary tools to safeguard young people from the potential risks of gambling and gaming-related harm.Attendees will benefit from lesson plans, activities as well as training to identify the signs of problem gambling and information on where to go for advice and supportCommenting on the partnership Teresa Donegan, Head of Learning and Organising at UNISON said: “We are really pleased to have developed this relationship with YGAM, their training and resources are really excellent and will be an invaluable resource to our members to support them in their work with young people across public services whether it be in youth, community or social services or in the further or higher education sector.”The workshops form part of the £10 million National Gambling Education Programme supported by members of the Betting & Gaming Council which was announced earlier this year.All training sessions have been externally evaluated and are assured by the principle awarding bodies, City & Guilds and ASDAN.Having recently attended one of the workshops, Stevie Milward, a national Learning and Workforce Development Officer at UNISON, said: “Many parents won’t realise what their children are being subjected to on a regular basis and it is great to be able to have the ability to work with those practitioners that deal with children and young people (and their parents in some instances) on a daily basis, in their work, so that they can pass on the education they receive from the training to help keep those young people safer.”UNISON has over 1.3 million members and have initially organised for YGAM to run several national sessions and hope to follow this up with a host of regional training through the UNISON regional education teams across the country.Kev Clelland, Operations Director at YGAM, concluded: “We are delighted to be working with UNISON. We are constantly listening to the needs of practitioners and young people and it is very clear from these conversations that the workers that UNISON represents need and appreciate our resources more than ever.“YGAM’s vision is for all young and vulnerable people to be safe from gaming and gambling related harms and this collaboration will help us reach thousands of young people to raise awareness of the potential risks of gambling and gaming related harm.”last_img read more

Angels sending group to Japan to work on plans for Shohei Ohtani

first_imgOhtani was a two-way star in Japan, working as a starting pitcher and a designated hitter. The Angels plan to have him pitch and hit, but they are still working on the details of how they’ll accomplish that.This trip is part of that process of discovery.“We spent so much time saying what we’re about to Ohtani and putting things forward for him, the main purpose of this is now to get his input and feedback on things,” Eppler said. “We’ve done that already since he committed to us. We’ve had a little bit, but now we can have it in a more communal setting and get his input and feedback and get feedback from people who had their hands on him in the last five years.”Eppler said Ohtani is continuing his throwing program, scheduled to get on a mound in the next two weeks.The Angels have expressed no concerns about his health since the news broke that he had a grade one sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. The condition was revealed in a medical report distributed to all clubs before Ohtani signed. The Angels had him undergo further tests, including an MRI, after that report, and they still signed him. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Billy Eppler is headed to Japan for a few days to continue the process of planning for Shohei Ohtani’s assimilation into the major leagues.The Angels general manager said on Thursday that this month he will lead a four-person team to spend some time with Ohtani and members of the Nippon Ham Fighters.The purpose of the trip is “to sit down with his club and be able to ask a little more specific questions and spend some time with Shohei and his family a little bit,” Eppler said.Eppler will be joined by Bernard Li, the team’s director of sports science and performance; Yoichi Terada, their massage therapist, and Eric Chavez, a special assistant to the general manager. Eppler said Chavez, a veteran of 17 years in the big leagues, can have valuable insights for Ohtani.last_img read more