Unai Emery eyes move to bring Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to Villarreal

first_imgEmery wants to reunite with Guendouzi (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants a reunion with Matteo Guendouzi in his new post at Villarreal, according to reports.The Frenchman has been frozen out of the squad since he grabbed Neal Maupay by the neck after the 2-1 defeat to Brighton on June 20.Mikel Arteta even reportedly made the 21-year-old train alone, apart from the rest of his team-mates, and he is now facing an uncertain future at the club.Interest in the midfielder has been ramping up with the opening of the summer transfer window and Foot Mercato claim Emery – who was recently appointed Villarreal boss – wants Guendouzi to join him at the Spanish club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEmery was at the helm when the youngster was recruited from French Ligue 2 side Lorient in 2018 and the former Arsenal boss utilised him a lot over his 18-month stint at the Emirates.The report states that Guendouzi is Emery’s priority signing for this transfer window. Advertisement Guendouzi has been frozen out of the squad (Picture: Getty Images)Discussions over a loan move with an option to buy have begun, while Barcelona are also said to be keen on the midfielder.Guendouzi would likely have the benefit of more game time at Villarreal over Barca, which could be more of an appeal.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 ArsenalDespite his and Mesut Ozil’s lack of involvement in the latter stages of the season, missing out completely on Arsenal’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea, Mikel Arteta insisted that both players are a part of the squad’s success.‘They’re all part of it,’ said the Spaniard after the 2-1 win over Chelsea.‘We don’t have here Matteo and Mesut but they’re a big part of it because they all contributed in here.‘They all should be a big part of it. All of them contributed to this trophy.’MORE: Willian to join Arsenal after rejecting late offers from Chelsea and Manchester UnitedMORE: Arsenal make mammoth new contract offer to Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Comment Unai Emery eyes move to bring Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to Villarreal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Aug 2020 11:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link765Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Padres call up pitching trade target Adrian Morejon, report says

first_img MLB trade rumors: Phillies have ‘investigated the possibility’ of dealing for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke MLB trade rumors: Prospects Yankees, Dodgers, Astros, Braves should move but don’t want to Sources: Cuban LHP Adrian Morejon is promoted to Big Leagues with Padres. He is on his way to Chicago right now. pic.twitter.com/A2tYHPaNnG— Francys Romero (@FrancysRomero10) July 20, 2019Adrian Morejon will join Luis Urías in Chicago tomorrow, sources tell The Athletic. Morejon, who has thrown seven consecutive hitless innings in Double A, will work out of the bullpen.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) July 20, 2019Morejon, 20, is the Padres’ No. 4 prospect and the No. 49 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.He is 0-4 with a 4.25 ERA with the Amarillo Sod Poodles this year (we didn’t need the name, but who wouldn’t want to write that out) after posting sub-4.00 ERAs in his previous two minor league seasons. Related News MLB trade rumors: Twins eyeing Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard, other arms, report says And if the Padres want to land a guy like Noah Syndergaard who they have been connected to or maybe even a Trevor Bauer who pundits still seem to believe he could move, Morejon could be the one who seals that deal.Morejon was the No. 3 prospect in a stacked 2016 international signee class. He ranked behind only Luis Robert who is now the No. 5 prospect in MLB and Kevin Maitan who the Braves were forced to surrender their rights to and now resides in the Angels system. Astros pitcher Cionel Perez and Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. were also in that class.If Morejon pitches well before the July 31 trade deadline he could very well entice teams to make a deal for him. Or he could just be awesome and then the Padres have a great young lefty to anchor their rotation for a while. It’s a win-win for San Diego. This is an interesting call up for the Padres for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s exciting to see a 20-year-old get a chance to pitch in the major leagues, but also, San Diego could very well use this opportunity to preview just what type of arm he has.Several teams have inquired about Morejon in trades over the last year including the Indians who wanted him in a deal for Corey Kluber this offseason. The young lefty has a solid three-pitch mix with two offerings that grade out as above average. That is in very high demand in trades. The Padres are calling up a lefty a lot of teams want.Adrian Morejon will be joining top infield prospect Luis Urias in Chicago with San Diego tomorrow, according to Las Mayores and The Athletic.last_img read more

Neymar scores name win in EU court ruling

first_imgThis was proven, the court said, “by the fact that he filed an application for registration of the word mark ‘IKER CASILLAS’, a mark corresponding to the name of another famous football player, on the same day he sought registration of the mark ‘NEYMAR’.”“Mr Moreira puts forward no convincing argument to disprove the finding of EUIPO that there was no explanation for his application for registration of the contested mark other than the desire to ‘free-ride’ on the footballer’s renown,” the court said.It is the second EU trademark victory inside a year for South American megastars, after Argentina and Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi won a battle to register his name, seeing off a seven-year challenge by Spanish cycling gear manufacturer Massi.The ruling comes after a tough end to the season for the 27-year-old Neymar, who is also mired in legal tussles in Spain.Neymar — whose PSG season fizzled out after a shock Champions League exit to Manchester United — is facing a tax probe in Spain over bonuses he earned at Barcelona as well as his world-record transfer to Paris.The Catalan giants are also suing Neymar for breach of contract after he transferred for a record 222 million euros ($249 million) in 2017, less than a year after he signed a new five-year deal. FILE PHOTO: Neymar Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Brazilian superstar Neymar scored a legal win on Tuesday as a top EU court ruled against a businessman who tried to claim copyright on the world’s most expensive footballer’s name.The General Court of the European Union said that Carlos Moreira had acted in “bad faith” when he tried to trademark the name “Neymar” in 2012, confirming a decision by the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to invalidate the registration.The court rejected arguments from Moreira, who applied to register “Neymar” as a trademark for clothes, footwear and hats in December 2012, that he had little knowledge of football and simply liked the sound of the word.“The Court upholds the decision of EUIPO that Mr Moreira was acting in bad faith when he filed the application for registration of the mark ‘NEYMAR’,” the court said.EUIPO ruled in Neymar’s favour when he challenged Moreira’s registration in 2016, prompting the Portuguese businessman to take the case to the General Court, the EU’s second-highest tribunal.Moreira claimed that when he registered the name, he did not know Neymar — who had been named South American Footballer of the Year in 2011 and attracted interest from a host of top European clubs — was a rising star.The court dismissed the argument, saying it was clear Moreira had “more than a little knowledge of the world of football”.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Insurance Policy 2020? Biden Worries Trump Will Try To Steal Election

first_imgFor the 2016 Presidential election, the Democrats’ self-described “insurance policy” was alleged Russian interference in the election.Now in 2020, Joe Biden says his greatest concern is that President Trump will “try to steal the November election.” In a recent interview, Biden said he was worried that some votes wouldn’t be counted.The former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate said that Trump has already cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots.The Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link told 850WFTL that “mail in ballots” are actually “absentee ballots” except you don’t need an excuse to use one.Even President Trump, whose official place of residence is Mar-a-Lago on Palm Beach may be using a mail-in ballot, himself. But there should be no problem in confirming the legitimacy of his signature on his ballot. Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch says, “One man pleaded guilty after forging 1,200 mail-in ballot applications, resulting in 700 suspected fraudulent votes in a 2017 Dallas election. He was identified after a voter, whose ballot he harvested, snapped a photo of him on her cellphone.”However, as Carole Baskin of the Big Cat Rescue Ranch in Tampa has proven, it’s easy to forge a signature.According to handwriting expert and investigators, Baskin was allegedly able to trace the signature of her late husband, Don Lewis, on a new will and power of attorney. Even though SOE Link says that the signature on the outside envelope of the mail-in ballot will be checked with the voter’s signature on file, however, there is still room for fraud according to the President.Biden said his campaign is putting together lawyers to patrol the election.It is possible the November 2020 election won’t be resolved for weeks due to this perceived problem.last_img read more

Formula One urges Silverstone not to make contract talks public

first_imgFormula One bosses want Silverstone’s owners to do their negotiating in private as both sides try to keep the British Grand Prix circuit on the calendar beyond next year.Some 140,500 fans turned up for world champion Lewis Hamilton’s home race on Sunday, a crowd unlikely to be beaten anywhere else this season.However, the threat of 2019 being a farewell to the former World War Two airfield that hosted the first world championship race in 1950, and is a home grand prix for most teams, remains real.Silverstone activated a break clause in 2017 for their hosting deal to end next year unless better terms can be negotiated.”I’m sure we’re going to find a solution with Silverstone because we cannot leave this behind,” Formula One’s managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn told Sky Sports television on Sunday.”The frustration is the negotiations are taking place in public,” he added.”Every circuit we deal with, we do it quietly and get on with it, but for some reason Silverstone chooses to make everything public, which causes more difficulties. But we’ll find a solution.”Silverstone is owned by the British Drivers’ Club (BRDC), whose original deal was agreed with former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.The promoter’s fee for hosting the race increases by five percent annually, which means it grew from 11.5 million pounds ($15.31 million) in 2010 to 16.2 million pounds in 2017. By 2026, it would have risen to 25 million pounds.DIFFERENT APPROACHBRDC chairman John Grant told a news conference last year, after the circuit racked up multi-million pound losses in 2015 and 2016 despite huge crowds, that the current contract was “not financially viable”.advertisement The way in which the break clause was announced and subsequent briefings did not go down well with Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media, who have taken a very different approach to Ecclestone’s.The U.S.-owned company, with Chase Carey leading their Formula One management, have a policy of keeping out of the spotlight when it comes to contracts and talks with possible new venues.Silverstone is not the only circuit seeking revised terms since Ecclestone’s departure, with Germany’s Hockenheim wanting to remove the financial risk from its contract and Azerbaijan keen to pay less.Silverstone, which has good traffic access, is seen as the home of British motorsport but a London Grand Prix has also been mooted periodically.”There is a desire within Liberty to see a street race in London and in an ideal world we would be fortunate enough to have both,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told reporters last week.”But competition on the calendar is extreme and it is difficult to see two British Grands Prix.”last_img read more