Barcelona to offer Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal in £75million transfer or on loan

first_img Comment Coutinho has struggled to find his best form (Picture: Getty)Barcelona are hunting for a buyer for Philippe Coutinho and are set to offer the playmaker to Arsenal, according to reports.Chelsea are also thought to be keen on Coutinho, who has struggled to live up to his price tag at Barcelona since leaving Liverpool.Coutinho has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich, but the German giants have opted against the option to make his switch permanent.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTThe Sun claim Barcelona are desperate to get Coutinho off their wage bill as the Brazilian collects £290,000 a week in wages.Barcelona want to sell Coutinho outright, but will offer Arsenal the chance to snap him up on loan.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal will be presented with the loan agreement and the chance to sign Coutinho for £75million.That transfer fee is a fraction of the £142m Barcelona paid Liverpool for Coutinho in January 2018. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Apr 2020 4:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.3kShares Coutinho is open to a return to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian admitted his client would love to return to the Premier League, but insisted the ongoing health crisis made his future unclear.‘The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in,’ he told Sky Sports.‘The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.’MORE: John Aldridge urges Sadio Mane not to repeat Philippe Coutinho mistakeMORE: Phil Thompson tells Liverpool to sign ‘creative genius’ Philippe Coutinho and new defenderFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Barcelona to offer Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal in £75million transfer or on loan Coutinho will be available for £75m this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea will be presented with the same deal, although the Blues have reportedly already held talks about signing Coutinho this summer.Any club that does take Coutinho on loan will have to commit to paying half of his weekly salary, amounting to around £145,000 a week.A return to the Premier League might provide the spark needed for Coutinho to rediscover his best form.The 27-year-old won Barcelona’s affections with his superb performances for Liverpool, where he flourished under Jurgen Klopp.More: 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 CityLiverpool were approached last summer about signing Coutinho on loan, but the Reds turned down the chance after Klopp feared his reintroduction into the team would unbalance his starting eleven.Coutinho’s future is likely to be complicated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has forced football to go into shutdown.The opening of the transfer window appears set to be delayed if postponed games are to be played this summer.last_img read more

Lucky and good, Winebarger sweeps holiday weekend IMCA Modified features at Antioch

first_imgWinebarger’s one previous outing at Antioch was at a two-day show in 2015.  Runner-up was Todd Gomez and Guy Ahlwardt was third. Collen Winebarger was a double winner at Antioch Speedway, sweeping holiday weekend IMCA Modified Covid 19/George Steitz Memorial main events. (Photo by Paul Gould) “I was super embarrassed because I thought I’d given it away. I was lucky that was all that broke,” said Winebarger, from Oregon and making just his career second visit to the California speedplant. “I had no steering on the left side at all but was fortunate the yellows that came out late got lapped traffic out of the way.” Modifieds – 1. Winebarger; 2. Ryan Porter; 3. Hughes; 4. Foulger; 5. Fitz-Gibbon; 6. Cody Burke; 7. Campos; 8. Bobby Hogge IV; 9. Miller; 10. Cody Laney; 11. DeVolder; 12. Chadwick; 13. Simpson; 14. Bailey; 15. Cassell; 16. Carl Berendsen; 17. Paul Culp; 18. Simmons; 19. James Lipke; 20. Austin Burke; 21. Ryan McDaniel.  “(The draw) hasn’t been on my side in a while,” he said. “I was surprised when I watched the video and saw how we could pull away. We had everything set up just right.”  Northern SportMods – 1. Brian Cooper; 2. Gomez; 3. Guy Ahlwardt; 4. Keller; 5. Johnson; 6. Pearce; 7. Fraser; 8. Garner; 9. Allerdings; 10. Schmidt; 11. Hoff; 12. Shrader; 13. Curran; 14. Jimmy Ford; 15. Patti Ryland; 16. Nick Caughman; 17. Thomas; 18. Spainhoward; 19. Fred Rowland; 20. Mounce; 21. Pearson. “It was a tighter track than what we run locally. The corners were quite a bit narrower,” said Johnson, who crossed the stripe ahead of Tom Fraser and Kenny Shrader. “It’s a fun little track for sure.” Michael Johnson scored the $800 Northern SportMod victory on Saturday while Brian Cooper landed a career-best $1,700 payday on Sunday. Modifieds – 1. Collen Winebarger; 2. Shane DeVolder; 3. Kellen Chadwick; 4. Troy Foulger; 5. Cody Laney; 6. John Campos; 7. Zack Simpson; 8. Riley Simmons; 9. Trevor Fitz-Gibbon; 10. Austin Burke; 11. Cody Burke; 12. Darrell Hughes; 13. Jim Pettit; 14. Albert Gill; 15. Craig Cassell; 16. Jesse Bailey; 17. Paul Guglielmoini; 18. Chester Kniss; 19. Bobby Motts Jr.; 20. J.C. Elrod; 21. Robert Miller. ANTIOCH, Calif. (May 23-24) – A driver who says he’d rather be lucky than good was both Sunday at Antioch Speedway. Johnson started sixth and led the last 10 of 15 laps in winning his first-ever Antioch start. Collen Winebarger three-wheeled his way to the $2,200 IMCA Modified checkers, completing a sweep of the Covid 19 special/George Steitz Memorial despite a tie rod broken in an early-race dustup with an infield tire. There were fewer anxious moments before Winebarger put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with Saturday’s $1,000 win. He started fourth and was in the lead before midway, cruising to the checkers ahead of Shane DeVolder and Chadwick.  Late contributions pushed Cooper’s share of the purse to $1,700. He’d posted his previous career-best $1,200 earlier this season at Marysville. May 23 Feature Results  Both IMCA Modified and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod entries each topped 50 both nights of the holiday weekend show.  Northern SportMods – 1. Michael Johnson; 2. Tom Fraser; 3. Kenny Shrader; 4. Brent Curran; 5. Todd Gomez; 6. Chase Thomas; 7. Fred Ryland; 8. Timothy Allerdings; 9. Nick Spainhoward; 10. K.C. Keller; 11. David Schmidt; 12. Brian Pearce; 13. Jeremy Hoff; 14. David Pearson; 15. Randy Miller; 16. Jason Ferguson; 17. Adriane Frost; 18. Chuck Golden; 19. Jarrod Mounce; 20. Chris Falkenberg; 21. Mark Garner. May 24 Feature Results He’d started from the pole and got too close to that tire about seven circuits in. Ryan Porter, Darrell Hughes, Troy Foulger and Trevor Fitz-Gibbon rounded out the top five. Like Winebarger, Cooper was making his first Antioch start in about five years. He got surprised twice, first when he drew the pole start and then watching his start-to-finish run at the front of the field. last_img read more

Franklin County officials say 15 more people have recovered from COVID-19

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Health Department announced Friday that fifteen more patients have recovered and have been released from quarantine, bringing Franklin County’s total of recovered patients to 51.  Another patient, a person in their 80s, has been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on their own, but still in the hospital.Health officials say they also received thirteen new positive cases for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Franklin County to 88.  All new cases are adults.  “Some of these cases would have been reported this week,” said Franklin County Health Department Supervisor Angie Ruther, RN.  “Yet, some of these are older cases that have just now been reported to us,” Ruther continued.“People may not realize that we have Connersville, Rushville, Greensburg and West Harrison mailing addresses in Franklin County, as well as parts of Dearborn County having Brookville mailing addresses.  Plus, Batesville is in both Franklin and Ripley counties,” stated Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Lovins.  “It appears that this significant increase, or at least in part, can be attributed to the various labs and/or ISDH sending the results to the wrong county initially,” continued Deputy Lovins.The Franklin County Commissioners are working closely with area officials on travel advisories and opening back businesses slowly.  “We are looking to the future and developing plans to, at some point when it is safe to do so, begin getting our businesses back open and our citizens back to work,” stated Commissioner Tom Linkel.  “We understand the need to return to some type of normalcy.  We are just as eager to get our county up and running again while still abiding by the governor’s order,” continued Commissioner Linkel.last_img read more

EPL: Brighton host humiliated Spurs

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Brighton vs. TottenhamVenue: Amex StadiumKick off:12:30PMToday’s Premier League action begins at The Amex Stadium where Brighton & Hove Albion host Tottenham Hotspur in the lunchtime kickoff.For successive weekends, Spurs find themselves needing to muster a response to a disastrous midweek result, a 7-2 capitulation at the hands of Bayern Munich, which has prompted more doubts over Mauricio Pochettino and his players.How quickly things can change in football. Champions League finalists four months ago, the same competition which took Tottenham to new heights last season has dragged them down to a new low this campaign, at least as far as the Pochettino era is concerned.The Londoners are no doubt enduring their toughest spell of the Argentine’s five-plus year reign, having also suffered an embarrassing EFL Cup exit to Colchester United and some disappointing league results amidst a backdrop of damaging off-field noise.Spurs stood up tall last weekend when they survived nearly an hour with 10 men to beat Southampton 2-1 and put the ghost of Colchester to rest, and similar character will be required at Brighton so the club aren’t stewing on the Bayern result over the international break.Pochettino’s side have yet to win on the road this season, which may be forgivable from an away fixture list of Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City, but their travelling woes stretch back to January and a run of 12 domestic games without victory.The Premier League table does not reflect Tottenham’s true troubles as three points on Saturday could lift them as high as third, which is where many expected them to finish this season, and some still do although with no feasible chance of keeping up with the top two.While many of his colleagues have dipped in form, Harry Kane remains as consistent as ever with 11 goals in as many games for club and country this season, and reports have claimed that Spurs fear losing their talisman if they do not turn their fortunes around soon.Brighton are six top-flight games without a win since their eye-catching 3-0 triumph at Watford on the opening day. That result provoked great optimism on the South Coast but one goal in their last four league outings outlines a familiar problem for the Seagulls.Graham Potter has completely reversed Albion’s playing style to a possession-based game but that has not yielded a more consistent return of goals than Chris Hughton’s more direct approach. A tally of five goals in seven matches is better than only the bottom two.It appears as though 16th-place Brighton are in for another tough season battling relegation unless summer signing Neal Maupay can rediscover the form that saw him bang in 25 goals for Brentford last season, otherwise the burden falls back on 36-year-old Glenn Murray.What kept Hughton’s Brighton away from serious danger was their home results, particularly against those sides around them in the table, but Potter has yet to register a win at The Amex Stadium whose visitors this year have been West Ham United, Southampton and Burnley. Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Montoya, Mooy, Stephens, Bissouma, Alzate, Gross, Maupay.Spurs possible XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Ndombele, Winks, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Kane.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionEPLTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Indian Premier League His actions speak and represent him: Paddy on Ravichandran Ashwin’s mankading

first_img“Jos Buttler was amazing while he was batting and for a lot of the game we batted as we wanted and really set ourselves up for victory,” he said. “I thought the players were able to stay focussed and reset themselves after that run-out. I was very happy with the players themselves, the way they acted and responded to that situation. And our conscious decision was to hold our heads up high and maintain our dignity as a team,” he added.Upton further took a shot at Ashwin, saying that the action ‘speak for him and represent him’. He left it for the cricket fraternity to decide Ashwin’s action..“I think R Ashwin’s actions tonight speak for him and represent him. When I looked in the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates. We’ll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of thing they want to see, and we’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. But for us, we certainly are here just to play cricket and entertain the fans and just be good role models for people who love the game,” Upton concluded.Rajasthan Royals will next take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Uppal on March 29 while Kings XI Punjab will take on Mumbai Indians in Mohali on March 30. Paddy Upton left it for the cricket fraternity to take a call on Ravichandran Ashwin.Rajasthan Royals lost their first game against Kings XI Punjab at home. Kings XI Punjab will next play Kolkata Knight Riders on March 27. Jaipur: The IPL 2019 clash between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab was marred by the mankading controversy which involved Ravichandran Ashwin and Jos Buttler. In the 13th over of the second innings, Kings XI skipper Ashwin mankaded Buttler when he was batting on 69 and till that point, the Rajasthan Royals were in a great position to maintain their unbeaten run over Kings XI in Jaipur. Chasing 185, the Royals were off to a solid start with Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane stitching a solid opening partnership.When Ashwin sent back Rahane, Rajasthan Royals were still in a good position but when Buttler was mankaded, Rajasthan Royals lost eight wickets in four overs and they lost the game by 14 runs. Kings XI Punjab had broken their jinx at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on the sixth attempt but the focus was on the mankading issue. The entire cricketing fraternity were divided over the matter and Rajasthan Royals coach Paddy Upton lashed out at the actions of the offspinner. Speaking at the post-match conference, Upton said the Royals wanted to hold their heads up and high after the incident before praising his players for their reaction to the incident. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Brewley’s double help ‘Multi’ to regain ‘Screw’ Richmond title

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanTHANKS to a sensational performance by eventual tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) Omar Brewley, the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School (CWSS) regained the Edward ‘Screw’ Richmond Memorial Secondary Schools U-18 football championship, with a 3-1 winParliamentarian Audwin Rutherford (left) presents MVP trophy to Omar Brewley.over New Silvercity Secondary over the weekend.Brewley found the back of the net to open his team’s scoring, collecting a cross from teammate Omar Williams on the left flank to the centre of the goalmouth from where he headed home for a 1-0 lead.However, New Silvercity Secondary equalised through Emmanuel Atkins in the 40th minute and the game ended with the two sides level on a goal each.The former three-time champions were able to gain the upper hand when Andre Mayers, in the 65th minute, was able to receive a neat pass from Jahu Regis. He made no mistake in putting ‘Multi’ up 2-1.That goal seemed to have deflated the hopes of the New Silvercity Secondary lads and two minutes later Brewley was able to make a run through the middle, as he latched on to a through-ball and with one marker left in his wake, he fired home what sealed the win for the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary.Organising Secretary of the Linden Chapter of the Edward ‘Screw’ Richmond Foundation, Kevin DeJonge, said that “despite the many challenges we were able to get the tournament concluded”. He thanked all who made it possibleChristianburg/Wismar Secondary School players dominated the individual awards ceremony which followed, taking home the lion’s share of the accolades. Apart from being named MVP, Brewley also copped the Outstanding Forward prize.Goalkeeper Nicholas Gentle who was outstanding between the uprights for ‘Multi’ was named Best Goalkeeper and their coach Dellon Peters the Best Coach of the final.Defender for the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary ‘Multi’, Kevin Dornick, was named Outstanding Defender and their captain Andre Mayers the Best Midfield Player, while New Silvercity Secondary coach Dwalon Farrell was named the Outstanding Coach for the tournament taking away the first-ever Jamie Craig Memorial Award, while New Silvercity Secondary were also named the Fair Play Award winner.last_img read more

Waxing poetic

first_imgBrendan Troy, a sophomore majoring in international relations (global business) reads poetry that he wrote himself during Open Mic Night at Ground Zero on Monday. Some students gave musical performances, playing guitar or piano, while others delivered spoken word performances.Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojanlast_img

Badgers look to take care of unfinished business with Michigan State

first_imgThe last time the UW women’s basketball team played No. 15 Michigan State, the Badgers came within six points of knocking off last year’s defending co-Big Ten champions and national runner-up. That was back in January and at the Kohl Center.This time around, getting the upset will be a much harder task as Wisconsin travels to East Lansing, Mich., to face the Spartans Sunday afternoon.And to put even more pressure of head coach Lisa Stone and her squad, the game will be televised on ESPN2.”This is one that’s shown to a national audience and we need to perform well, jump out early, find ways to break down their zone,” Stone said. “I mean, they’re a national runner-up and the challenge is there.”While having the game aired on a national stage may bring some added nerves, it certainly has its positives.”Obviously, it’s great for recruiting,” Stone said. “You need to play well.”Wisconsin will have to focus in on the Spartans’ senior forward Liz Shimek once again, as she is second in the Big Ten in scoring (18.5) and rebounding (8.6) — right behind last year’s conference player of the year, Jessica Davenport of Ohio State.Shimek scored a game-high 18 points last time versus Wisconsin, but it was really junior guard Victoria Lucas-Perry who kept the Spartans in the game with her deadly outside shooting, as she ranks second in the Big Ten in three-point shooting (.420).In that previous meeting, Wisconsin actually found itself with a 10-point lead with seven minutes remaining in the second half, but a meltdown in the final two minutes — something Stone has become accustomed to this season — allowed Michigan State to recapture the lead, and the game.Nevertheless, it was still one of the best games the Badgers have played this season and Stone is hoping they can achieve the same success in the re-match.”We’re hoping we perform, well, like we did the last time against Michigan State, there’s no question,” Stone said. ” We didn’t win the game, but we had a tremendous showing.”What hurt the Badgers the most in the last game versus Michigan State was the Spartans’ press in the final minutes, but Stone is hoping her squad can learn from those mistakes and continue to grow as a team.”That Michigan State game was a terrific game here at the Kohl Center, and one that was a sad ending for us once again, but we were playing one of the top teams in the country right to the wire and unfortunately didn’t get it done, coughed the ball up late in the game,” Stone explained. “So, again, (we’re hoping to improve our) fundamentals and press break, and confidence — instilling confidence in our players and keep believing in them. We care about each other, we believe in each other. This is less about who we’re playing and more about us and getting better.”last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary from Wednesday, Feb. 22.View Roundup 02-24 in a larger mapCrimes against a personAt 9:17 p.m., two suspects approached two non-USC females who were walking near Vermont Avenue and 37th Place and one of them forcibly grabbed a purse from one of the females’ hands. The suspect demanded money while searching through the purse and the female informed him that she didn’t have any. The suspect threw the purse back at the female and demanded money from the second female. The second female opened her bag to show the suspect that she also had no money and both suspects subsequently fled on foot. DPS officers responded and conducted a search but were unable to locate the suspects.Crimes against propertyAt 5:29 p.m., two suspects who arranged to meet with a student at Marks Tower to sell him what he believed to be his stolen laptop computer were arrested by LAPD officers for outstanding warrants. The computer in question did not belong to the student.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 5:37 p.m., DPS officers responded to a report of an intoxicated staff member refusing to leave the pizzeria at Raddison Midcity Hotel after his manager asked him to do so. The officers advised the staff member that his manager would like him to leave the premises and he complied without further incident.At 2:02 p.m., a student reported that she closed and locked the door to her dorm room in Parkside Residential Building upon leaving in the morning and when she returned in the afternoon she found it open. No property was removed.last_img read more

Beach volleyball is set for home opener

first_imgAfter an action-packed opening weekend that saw the USC beach volleyball team notch three wins over top-10 opponents, the No. 2-ranked Women of Troy (3-1) will open up their home slate Thursday at Merle Norman Stadium when they host Arizona State (2-2) at 6 p.m., followed by two matches on Friday against No. 4-ranked Florida State (4-0) at 11 a.m. and Loyola Marymount (1-2) at 12:30 p.m.Following a heartbreaking 3-2 loss last weekend to Pepperdine in Malibu, fifth-year head coach Anna Collier knows that her team will need to make some adjustments during this home stand.“It was one of those things that happen in sport where you end up playing at the level of your opponent, and I think that’s what happened to us a bit on Saturday,” Collier said. “We didn’t play our usual level of USC beach volleyball, so we need to stay within what we’re capable of doing regardless of what’s happening on the other side of the net.”The match against Pepperdine would mark the first loss in nearly a year for USC, which had its program-best 29-match winning streak snapped. However, not all was lost on the weekend as the Women of Troy managed to pull out a sweep over crosstown rival UCLA, marking the fourth win in as many tries against the Bruins. While disappointed that the team couldn’t pull out a win against the Waves, junior captain Sophie Bukovec still found some positive takeaways.“It was definitely tough losing against Pepperdine,” Bukovec said. “We were super close … but sweeping UCLA 5-0 is always really, really nice too. I think all of our team played really hard; we had a few comebacks, and it just showed our edge … I think it’s a really good start to our season.”Now, the Women of Troy will gear up for their first home match of the year against Arizona State. The last meeting between USC and the Sun Devils was last April when the Women of Troy earned a 4-1 victory to clinch the 2015 Pac-12 Invitational title. USC also owns a perfect record against ASU at 3-0 all-time.One duo that Collier hopes can defend home court against the Sun Devils is her No. 3 pair of juniors Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler.“Nic and Allie were a team that went undefeated over the weekend,” Collier said. “They played solid, and they just took care of their jobs … They were really the leaders of the weekend and handled what they needed to do.”Martin and Wheeler were rewarded for their efforts by the conference on Tuesday as well, making history as the first-ever Pac-12 Pair of the Week. The veterans went 4-0 in dual matches at the Pepperdine Kick-Off and clinched the victory for USC over No. 4 Long Beach State with an exciting three-set win. In total, Martin and Wheeler dropped just two of the 10 sets they played on the weekend.The matches against Florida State and Loyola Marymount will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.Collier acknowledges the fact that her team can make some big strides this week with a good showing on their home sand.“We need to understand that everyone is going to be playing their best match against us, and I think [the team] learned that lesson this weekend,” Collier said. “We need to go back and reiterate that and just make sure we take care of our side of the court. We’re not where we want to be just yet, but we’re getting there.”last_img read more