Arteta to sell £160m worth player for two new signings

first_img Arsenal could receive around £160m if Mikel Arteta decides to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a string of other players to fund moves for two top stars. The Gunners saw of their hopes of securing Champions League football next season take a huge hit after they crashed out of the Europa League to Olympiakos on Thursday night. That meaans only a top-four finish (top-five if Man City fail to overturn their European ban) will see them play in Europe’s premier competition and could prompt a fire-sale if they don’t get there.Advertisement According to football.london, Arteta could receive a significant cash windfall if he starts offloading players at the end of the season. Aubameyang is Arsenal’s main asset, but the striker is out of contract in 2021 and Barcelona retain a long-running interest in the experienced £80m plus-rated Gabon international. The report adds, with very specific figures, that Shkodran Mustafi might be available in the summer for around £13.5m, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos could fetch a fee of around £16.2m. Read Also:We are progressing well, Arteta gives update as Arsenal boss Sead Kolasinac’s place in the first-team is also now under threat following the emergence of youngster Bukayo Saka, while Mohamed Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who both out on loan at Besiktas and Roma respectively – also look to have no future at the club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mikel Arteta is ready to sell £160m worth of talent to bring in two new Arsenal signings; while Liverpool are plotting a huge new deal for Virgil Van Dijk, according to Friday’s Paper Talk. Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kids8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew Aboutlast_img read more

Lambert extends Saints contract

first_img The 31-year-old has established himself as a firm fans’ favourite at St Mary’s since joining from Bristol Rovers in August 2009. Lambert has scored 101 goals for Southampton and his 13-goal haul this season makes him the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League. The striker’s contract had been due to expire at the end of next season but has now been extended by a further two years, and he told the club’s official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk: “I’m over the moon to sign with Southampton for another three years.” Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has extended his stay at the club until 2016. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “I am already enjoying myself massively at this club and the aim now is to stay on for another three years and help push the club on further than where it already is. “There is a lot of ambition in this club for the next few years and that is one of the main reasons that I have signed the contract – and that is why I want to end my career here. The core of players who have been together for two or three years are going to be here for another three or four years and that is a really good feeling. “We all have the same ambition and [executive chairman] Nicola Cortese’s ambition for this club drives us all on as well, so it really helps the club with where we are now and it will help with where we want to go.” Lambert’s contract extension follows recent new deals handed to Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon and Kelvin Davis – others to have played a key part in Southampton’s rise from npower League One to the top flight. “Rickie Lambert is a very special player for Southampton Football Club,” Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “To have scored over 100 goals is a remarkable achievement, and one which he has made possible thanks to hard work and dedication. “In my time at the club I have been impressed by his mentality and commitment to improving himself in training – attributes that have allowed him to adapt to the Premier League so well. “I am delighted that Rickie has committed himself to the club for a further three years, and have no doubts that he will continue to deliver for Southampton as we look to push on to the next level.” last_img read more

Andre Ayew scores twice to keep Marseille in French title race

first_imgGhana winger Andre Ayew snatched a late goal as Marseille came from behind to beat Nancy 2-1 on Sunday night and move to within a point of the Ligue 1 summit.The champions continued their strong recent form, notching a fourth straight league win, come as it did after their midweek stalemate with Manchester United in the Champions League.Nancy took a 34th-minute lead through Julien Feret’s outstanding solo effort, but Marseille equalised through Ayew on the stroke of half-time before the Ghanaian winger grabbed a second four minutes from time.The game was slow to get going, and it was the hosts who enjoyed the only clear chance of the opening half an hour, but Steve Mandanda made a fine save to keep out Joel Sami’s goalbound header.They led in the 34th minute when Feret picked up the ball on the left wing, cutting inside and beating Charles Kabore before firing home.However, Marseille got level just before the break when Nancy failed to deal with a corner. Lucho Gonzalez saw his shot blocked, but Ayew was on hand to finish from the rebound. Marama Vahirau launched an ambitious 30-yard effort early in the second half, but it was comfortable for Mandanda.It was end-to-end for a spell, with Ayew firing just wide of the target before, at the other end, an error from Souleymane Diawara let Samba Diakite through on goal, but Taye Taiwo made an excellent recovery to clear off the line after Diakite had beaten the goalkeeper.Just as it appeared headed for a draw, Taiwo broke down the left and beat two men only to see his shot blocked by Damien Gregorini.But it once again fell perfectly for the predatory Ayew to slot home and snatch the points.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more