Mauricio Pochettino insists Erik Lamela is not on the verge of a Tottenham exit and could face Everton this weekend.The Argentina international forward has been a big disappointment since his £30million move from Roma to White Hart Lane in 2013.He has been linked with a move back to Serie A this summer, with the 23-year-old’s father, who also acts as his agent, suggesting earlier week that a move to Inter Milan could be on the cards. But Pochettino, who gave Lamela his first start of the season against Leicester last weekend, does not appear to be planning for the player’s departure.Asked if his fellow Argentine could face Everton on Saturday, Pochettino answered: “Why not? Lamela has trained today and hasn’t mentioned anything to me about another club and it is only another rumour we can see in the media.” 1 Erik Lamela
Robert Lewandowski What an impact.Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, introduced as a half time substitute, scored an amazing five goals in nine minutes as the Bavarians thrashed title rivals Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.The visitors had led 1-0 at the break through Daniel Caligiuri before Lewandowski stole the show, running riot as the Bundesliga champions maintainted their 100 per cent start to the season.His final goal was absolutely outrageous, too.All five of his strikes can be seen below: 1
5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – Manchester United have held an interest in the Wales star since his days at Southampton and could again move for the player, who is reportedly unhappy in Madrid. Any deal would cost the Red Devils £90m but this seems unlikely to put them off as they believe they can make a record-breaking transfer happen. 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – Reports, seemingly emanating from Spanish website Don Balon, are saying Louis van Gaal is considering a huge £57.1m bid for 34-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who would be available on a free transfer next summer. Its also been suggested Van Gaal put in a personal call to the player to push through the deal. 6 6 6. Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht) – Another Belgian midfield sensation, another transfer battle. This time its 18-year-old playmaker Tielemans, who has been exciting fans in his homeland for the last two and a half seasons. Man United will have to beat off competition from rivals Man City though, according to the Daily Star, while several other European giants are also keen to land him. 2. Alexandre Pato (Corinthians) – The Brazilian is currently on loan with Sao Paulo but wont be making the move permanent and is unlikely to remain with his parent club either. The player himself has admitted he wants to find himself in either Spain or England and Manchester United are one of a number of teams targeting him. 4. Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen) – The talented Turkish midfielder is being scouted regularly by Manchester United, say Sport Bild, as Louis van Gaal looks to add more creativity to his team. The dead-ball specialist could be available for around £29m but the Red Devils may have to fend off interest from Barcelona to land him. 6 1. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – check out the other five players currently linked with a – Although the Algerian has been in stunning form for the Foxes there is no sign of him agitating for a move just yet. Mahrezs seven goals and five assists so far this season have highlighted his talents and Red Devils scouts reportedly watched the player as he grabbed a brace against West Brom at the weekend. Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the player. 6 6 6 We’ve hit November and Manchester United are still finding their feet in the Premier League, with their form remaining inconsistent.The Red Devils are producing some drab football currently and have failed to score in each of their last three fixtures across all competitions.This failure sees fans wanting a fresh impetus and, unsurprisingly, there are already links with possible new signings.But who are the players being touted with a transfer to Manchester United? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above for all the latest news emanating from Old Trafford…
7 6. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea 2000-04) scored 22 goals in 43 London derbies, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.51 7 5. Ian Wright (Arsenal 1991-98) scored 28 goals in 53 London derbies, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.53 7 4. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham 2012-14 and Tottenham Hotspur 2006-08) scored 17 goals in 31 London derbies, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.55 Harry Kane scored twice to fire Tottenham Hotspur to a 4-1 victory over local rivals West Ham United, as the England international again illustrated just how much he thrives under the pressure of a London derby.But just how prolific has Kane been in capital clashes? And who is he competing with?To answer such questions, take a look at the seven top goalscorers in London derbies by clicking the arrow above, right. 7 3. Jurgen Klinsmann (Tottenham Hotspur 1994-95 and 1997-98) scored 11 goals in 17 London derbies, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.65 2. Thierry Henry (Arsenal 1999-2007) scored 43 goals in 59 London derbies, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.73 7. Gianluca Vialli (Chelsea 1996-99) scored seven goals in 14 London derbies, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.5 – see which player places sixth in the rankings by clicking the arrow above 7 7 7 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur 2009-present) has so far scored 12 goals in 14 London derbies, recording a goals per game ratio of 0.86 – will he increase his tally against Chelsea on Sunday?
By Harriet May Savitz “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” – CONFUCIUS A couple, each set in his or her way, learns to change. I wash my clothes when I have none left to wear and shop when I find the refrigerator is empty. “Why do you do that?” he asks. “Because I always did,” I respond. Our eating habits are even different. He eats prepared frozen foods. He never knows what he will eat until he reaches into his freezer. I know in the morning what I am going to eat that night. I cook everything fresh. My diet is limited, and so is my cooking. Everything goes into one pot and is boiled. I haven’t turned on the oven in two years. When we eat together, he busily sets the table, making certain we have napkins and adequate silverware and a separate dish for dessert. By the time he completes this process, I am finished gulping down my supper. When we get into the car, he reminds me to fasten my seat belt and lock the door. I do this obediently. In my own car, I drive with the doors unlocked and the seat belt hanging somewhere to the side. He gets an A in housecleaning. Each week, he does one room. He enjoys cleaning his apartment. I know the room he will clean each week. It is reassuring to know that on a Thursday, perhaps with a hurricane nearby, or a catastrophe occurring on the other side of the world, he’s cleaning the kitchen. I, on the other hand, prefer to do everything at once. And the mood needs to coincide with the chore. We are as different from each other as possible. We understand this about our relationship. Both in our 70s, we spent a long time developing our personal habits and our household schedules, and neither of us has any intention of changing. And we know better than to try to change each other. Except recently, when an issue arose between us and neither of us could back away. Every now and then he insists on wearing maroon shorts with red socks. I found it impossible to concentrate on anything when he wore this ghastly combination. I told him I couldn’t stand those socks together with those shorts one more time. He said, “This is the way I like it.” I have an aversion to the kitchen overhead light turned on even when it is a cloudy, sunless day. I prefer soft lamplight. On one such day, he kept turning on the overhead light. I kept turning it off. He said he couldn’t see. I said, “This is the way I like it.” Because we keep an intellectual rapport, because we connect in a special way, and because true friendship is a treasure and the relationship is worth saving, he no longer wears the maroon shorts with red socks, and I no longer object when he turns on the overhead light on a cloudy, sunless day. Even at our age, we can enjoy change. Chicken Soup for the Soul was created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. To submit a story, send it in care of the Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. We dated for several years, and we knew from the beginning we could not live with each other. Our daily schedules and housekeeping habits differed. Not only differed – were unacceptable to each other. We overlook as much as we can. Now and then one of us does something the other cannot tolerate, not for one more time, not for one more minute. That is when we appreciate the fact that we each can walk out the door and go home. I leave the keys in my doorknob. He can’t understand that. “Why don’t you put them on the key hook?” he asks. “I don’t know. I just feel better when they’re in the doorknob.” He washes his clothes every Sunday morning at exactly 6:30 and shops for food on Friday, every Friday – rain, shine or hurricane.
One of Ireland’s top design, web, marketing & PR companies has just given away a €10,000 Business Package to celebrate their 20th year in business.Sharp Design might have their hub in Letterkenny but they have successful clients throughout Ireland, Britain & beyond.“Seeing is believing” was the theme behind the company’s massive giveaway. And company founder Hugh Downey says that exactly their way of saying “a big thank you” to all the clients that have supported Sharp over the past 20 years.The company are delighted that they can now announce that the Arena 7 Entertainment Complex in Letterkenny has won the amazing business package which will only boost their already hugely-successful business.The draw was made a short time ago by donegaldaily.com.Hugh said “We wanted to do something big and we are delighted that the prize has been won by Arena 7 Entertainment complex, Letterkenny. “We always get a buzz out of helping our clients grow their business and in the past 2 decades we really have done that”.“Our motto “seeing is believing’ and that’s because when we help to rebrand a business we take it to a level which has attracted some of Ireland’s biggest companies to our Letterkenny hub over the years”.“We work to the highest level on a national stage, but every single client from the smallest local business on our doorstep in Donegal to the larger clients get the same superb service.“We say that seeing is believing” but seeing in Sharp Design is beyond belief. We always aim to deliver way beyond normal expectations, we will never make a promise we cannot keep”.Sharp Design began its business on 1st July 1990 and has constantly changed, reinvented themselves and developed new ideas to meet the demands of the times – and of their customers. Co-founder Grace Ann Downey said “We do everything from corporate brands and international websites, online & offline marketing, PR campaigns to print & large format exhibition displays. ”The prize includes : Corporate Brand with Guidelines, Corporate Website, six months Marketing & PR, six months Advertising Campaign, E Marketing Campaign, Corporate Stationary, Corporate Brochure and a Pull Up Banner Stand.“We look forward to helping Arena 7 continue to grow,” added Grace Ann.Ends ARENA 7 WIN SHARP DESIGN’S €10,000 BUSINESS PACKAGE PRIZE was last modified: March 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini admits ‘it won’t be easy’ to lure Yaya Toure away from Manchester City.The midfielder looks set to leave the Etihad this summer after his agent, Dimitri Seluk, revealed he had several offers.One of those is believed to be from Inter Milan, but Mancini claims any deal for the Ivorian will be tough to complete.“I always get asked a thousand questions about players,” Mancini told Premium Sport.“I’ve said that with players who have good technique and personality we could improve. We’ll see what happens.“As for Toure, we’re talking about a Manchester City player. That’s why I say it won’t be easy to operate on the transfer market.“We’ll evaluate opportunities as they arise.” Yaya Toure in action for Manchester City 1
Alvaro Morata’s future at Juventus is uncertain and Arsenal are among one of Europe’s big clubs to show an interest in the 23-year-old. Here, WhoScored.com have the lowdown on him…If a big game striker is what any team requires, managers could do much worse than sign Alvaro Morata.The Spain international, while struggling for consistency, still established himself as one of Juventus’ key men in attack, ultimately netting the only goal of the game as the Old Lady secured Coppa Italia glory at AC Milan’s expense recently. Indeed, that could well have been Morata’s final appearance for Juventus, with Real Madrid reportedly keen on exercising the buy-back clause in his contract before selling on for an inflated fee.One of those rumoured to be in the running for his signature is Premier League side Arsenal, who are keen to strengthen their attack this summer. On the back of the capture of Granit Xhaka, the Gunners are hoping to continue their spending spree with the arrival of the Spaniard.However, for the rumoured fee Real Madrid will demand – believed to be €40m (£30.4m) – it remains to be seen whether Morata is worth the hassle. The young striker, whose finishing is a weakness, as statistically calculated by WhoScored.com, has a 14.6 per cent conversion rate in Serie A this season.Given Arsene Wenger is able to call on the wildly inconsistent Olivier Giroud in attack, Arsenal require a striker capable of regularly hitting the back of the net. Arsenal’s creator in chief Mesut Ozil played more key passes (146) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season and created the most clear cut chances (28) in the Premier League, yet registered just 19 league assists, not a paltry return, but given the chances created, should have been higher.Evidently, Arsenal need a consistent striker to land domestic glory next campaign, with a lack of free scoring front men holding them back.Yet, there is more to Morata than just scoring goals.Granted, a striker’s primary objective is to put the ball in the back of the net and fans will expect this of the 23-year-old should Arsenal make a move for him. Morata’s game, though, is largely based around his ability to force the opposition into making mistakes and dragging defenders out of position. One strength of his, which has been statistically calculated by WhoScored.com is the player’s defensive contribution as Morata’s pressuring helps defend from the front.This allows the Spain international to create goalscoring chances, not only for himself but team-mates as well. With space opened up, those operating behind him can exploit gaps in the opposition defence to go for goal.Given Wenger can call on Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi, to name three, to play in the attacking three in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, the Arsenal boss needs a striker able to create space for his attacking players to exploit.Moreover, Morata’s inability to frequently hit the back of the net shouldn’t be taken as a sign that he won’t contribute to goals for the club. The striker was directly involved in a goal every 104 minutes for Juventus in Serie A this season. With regular first team action for Arsenal, his return should theatrically get even better.Of course, interest in Morata’s signature is high across the Continent, with Arsenal not the only team linked with the striker, but if Wenger can convince him his future lies in north London, the Gunners will land themselves a hard working forward, who has the potential to become one of Europe’s best strikers.For more stats on Alvaro Morata, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page. 1 WhoScored.com run the rule over Juventus striker Alvaro Morata
Granit Xhaka and his Switzerland team-mates are through to the knockout stage of the European Championship for the first time.The team was brilliantly organised against France and the midfielder was fantastic as his side kept host nation at bay in the 0-0 draw.And now Gooners can’t wait for the new Premier League season to begin so they can see the £30m signing in action wearing the red of Arsenal.Some midfield steel is what many fans at the Emirates have craved and here, talkSPORT looks at some reaction from fans on Twitter to his display. 1 Arsenal fans can’t wait to see Granit Xhaka (above, right) in action next season after his performance against France
7 Joel Campbell – One man leaving the Emirates could be Costa Rica star Campbell. His chances have been limited despite some decent showings last season and Estadio Deportivo reckon Arsene Wenger has told the player to look for a route out of the club, either on loan or permanently. AC Milan and Valencia are two sides who could be keen on the forward. 7 Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg) – Click the right arrow above to find out all the latest Arsenal transfer news… – If Arsenal fans had got their hopes up about a deal for the Germany international, theyve had them dashed by Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs. He told Sport1: “With Julian Draxler it will be 100 per cent like this. He will stay. There is no discussion.” 7 7 Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – Its the kind of signing every Arsenal fans dreams of but its not very likely to happen now. Napoli wanted £78million for the striker, who netted 36 goals last season and now it looks like Juventus who could be flush with cash from deals selling Alvaro Morata and Paul Pogba have decided to cough up and activate the release clause. It promises to be an exciting summer for Arsenal fans as Arsene Wenger plots his transfer business.There is plenty going on at the Emirates with players linked with moves in and out of north London before the 2016/17.A striker is definitely on the agenda but, after being rejected by Jamie Vardy, the identity of the incoming striker seems a little mysterious. And there will be other signings too.So, what is the latest news? Click the right arrow above to find out… 7 Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona) – The Belgian could follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell and return to the club after moving away. The centre-back who quit the Emirates for the Nou Camp in 2014, is set to leave LaLiga after they landed France star Samuel Umtiti. Arsene Wenger is considering a swoop to give his defence more depth but will face competition for the 30-year-old. Carlos Bacca (AC Milan) – Fans neednt be too worried though, as Arsene Wenger is clearly attempting to sign a striker and now its believed they could make a play to sign the Colombian superstar, who is also being trailed by West Ham. A deal could cost the Gunners £26m. 7 7 Ondrej Duda (Legia Warsaw) – The Gunners are no strangers to shopping in Poland having signed the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny, and Krystian Bielik in recent years. They could go back to the Ekstraklasa for the Slovakian international midfielder Duda. Promising performances at Euro 2016 have seen several sides like West Ham, Man United and Hertha Berlin interested in the player and he could move on for around £3m. Kostas Manolas (Roma) – A day after the players agent confirmed he had not agreed a contract renewal in the Italian capital, the Greek defender has been linked with a possible switch to the Premier League. Reportedly rated at £30m by the Giallorossi, Arsenal and Chelsea appear keen on the player and could afford his wage demands.