Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona

first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Could Philippe Coutinho move to Tottenham this summer? (Picture: Getty)Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho by submitting a loan offer to Barcelona.The 27-year-old is available for transfer this summer following an underwhelming 18-month spell in Spain, although Barcelona are also open to loaning him out for a season.According to the Times, Barcelona are looking to receive a hefty £21m fee in order to loan him out, though, while interested clubs may have to cover his £200,000 weekly wages.Spurs are on the lookout for an attacking midfielder as they look to sell Christian Eriksen this month and have been strongly linked with Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes throughout the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona PLAY 1 min. story SPONSORED Skip Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Read More Read More Skip Ad Read Morecenter_img Comment Coutinho briefly played under Pochettino during a loan spell at Espanyol in 2012 (Picture: Getty)Earlier on Tuesday, reports in France claimed that Coutinho had agreed to a season-long loan deal to move to Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementCoutinho could now be an option for Spurs, though, with Mauricio Pochettino having coached him briefly during a spell at Espanyol during the 2011-12 season.Pochettino signed Coutinho on a six-month loan from Inter Milan in January 2012 and the Brazilian impressed, scoring five goals and registering an assist in 16 La Liga matches.Spurs are keen to secure a replacement for Eriksen, whom they are looking to sell this month, rather than run the risk of losing him on a free when his contract expires next summer.Manchester United have emerged as candidates to sign Eriksen, however, the club would rather sell him abroad with Real Madrid and Juventus both having been linked to him.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 CityCoutinho was booed by sections of Barcelona’s support last season and managed just five goals and two assists in 34 La Liga games for the club last term.He netted the opening goal for Barcelona during their 4-2 win over Spurs in the Champions League group stage last October.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 Arsenal Top articles 1/1 Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 5:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link843Shares About Connatix V67539 Read More Coming Next Advertisement / Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

Badgers head to Milwaukee

first_imgSenior striker Scott Lorenz has had trouble finding the net in recent games despite several attempts.[/media-credit]After two defeats last weekend at the San Diego State Tournament, the men’s soccer team has a much closer destination this weekend, though their opponents are just as strong.The team will be traveling to Milwaukee to compete in the Panther Invitational, where they are set Friday to face the Oakland Grizzlies, a team with a 2-2-1 record. The Grizzlies had a disappointing weekend with consecutive losses to No. 25 Northwestern and Northern Illinois.“Oakland’s strong,” head coach Todd Yeagley said. “They’re a team that certainly has some young players, but they’ll be a very formal opponent and our team is looking forward to it.”Sunday, the team will be put against the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Gauchos, currently ranked No. 9, could be a tough opponent for the Badgers. With a record of 4-1-0, they have had a very strong start to their season, winning their first four games only to lose to Loyola Marymount at home last Monday.Although competition within the Big Ten will begin next weekend with No. 8 Indiana, UC-Santa Barbara will be the third California team for the Badgers in just two weeks.“If you look at it historically, it’s been difficult for teams from the Midwest and the East to go west and get positive results, so we’re keeping it in perspective,” Yeagley said.Yeagley encourages his players to focus on what is ahead rather than dwell on past games.“There’s nothing we can do now, but we have a heck of a lot of season ahead,” Yeagley said. “We focus on what we did well and learn from what we didn’t; this is the time to make a mistake, right at the beginning of the season.”Senior Scott Lorenz shares his coach’s attitude. After three shots on goal last weekend, none resulting in a score, he is frustrated yet optimistic for upcoming games.“Even the best strikers hit rough patches, so the best thing you can do is have a short memory and play through,” Lorenz said. “I’ll get my chances and I’m not worried about it. I’ll start to find the back of the net.”This weekend’s game against Oakland will be the teams’ third meeting in five years. In 2007, Wisconsin lost to Oakland by a score of 3-2. However, in 2005, the Badgers beat the Grizzlies at the Panther Invitational with a score of 2-1.“[Oakland] is all we’re looking at right now since the game is on Friday,” Yeagley said. “Once we get through Friday, we’ll reevaluate and get ready for a nationally ranked team in Santa Barbara. Each game has different matchup concerns, and this group knows that we take it a game at a time.”Since becoming head coach before this year’s preseason, Yeagley has concentrated strongly on disciplining the team’s defense. Though six goals got past them last weekend, two were due to penalty kicks.In the first two games of the season against Virginia Tech and Western Illinois, the Wisconsin defense was strong and shut out the opponents. Yeagley still remains optimistic about his defense.“There were some mistakes that I think we will correct, but I look at the whole unit and after I evaluated the performance, I think it was overall pretty good,” Yeagley said. “I want to be a team that is very difficult to score upon. We got back to the drawing board and we got back to some individual principles [Wednesday], and I think that we’ll show we can do something with that.”In last weekend’s game against San Diego State, senior goalkeeper Alex Howath was lifted from the game in the 37th minute due to a sliced finger. However, he returned midway through the second half and finished out the game.This weekend marks the 36th annual Panther Invitational, making it the longest-running tournament in NCAA Division I men’s soccer.“The team is still very confident, and all the goals that the team has set forth are still attainable,” Yeagley said. “We’re pushing forward, but obviously we’d love to come away with some wins this weekend.”last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has kept a promise to the hospital where his mother died – by playing a fundraising concert for them.Daniel and late mum Julia.The millionaire singer was due to play a concert in aid of Dungloe Community Hospital last May.But the day the concert was due to take place, his beloved mum Julia passed away at the facility aged 94. Now the big-hearted singer has announced that he will play the concert on May 17th, 2015 – almost a year to the day after his mum passed away on May18th this year.Daniel has announced that ‘A Day In Dungloe With Daniel O’Donnell and Other Artistes’ will be a huge celebration of local music.This concert, during which Daniel has promised to play a two hours set for fans, will be the only concert date to be performed by Daniel during his 18 month break.Tickets for the concert, which is set to see fans come from across the globe, will go on sale next Saturday, December 13th. Daniel said he could not thank the staff of Dungloe Community Hospital enough for the care and compassion they gave his mum in her final days.Daniel and wife Majella are to return to their home in Kincasslagh for Christmas.However the singer admitted that it will not be the same celebrating his first festive season without his mum.  DANIEL KEEPS PROMISE TO PLAY EMOTIONAL CONCERT FOR HOSPITAL WHERE MUM DIED was last modified: December 8th, 2014 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) Tags:CHristmasdaniel o’donnelldonegalDungloe Community Hospitalmum Julialast_img read more