1 Diego Simeone Diego Simeone could snub Chelsea and return to manage his former club Inter Milan next season.The highly-rated Atletico Madrid chief spent two seasons with the Nerazzurri as a player and the Italian giants are lining up the Argentinean as a possible replacement for Roberto Mancini should he fail to land the Serie A title this season.According to AS, Inter are prepared to battle Chelsea all the way to lure Simeone to Italy instead of England.Simeone is one of a number of candidates Chelsea are considering to become Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor next season.But they now face a complicated duel with Inter should they decide to step up their pursuit of Simeone in the coming months.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United considering selling Wayne Rooney in the summer after receiving a bid from a Chinese Super League club. The 30-year-old Red Devils and England captain could as least £500,000-a-week if he joins the football revolution in the Far East. (Manchester Evening News)The Red Devils are open to allowing playmaker Juan Mata to leave the club in a potential £60million play-plus-cash deal for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann. (The Sun)United players are facing a 25 percent wage cut if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season. (Daily Mirror)Major League Soccer sides New York Red Bulls and Orlando City are interest in taking Yaya Toure across the pond to the United States. The midfielder is expected to leave the Etihad when his contract expires at the ned of the season. (Daily Star)City will make a £39m bid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka as they start to mould their squad to new boss Pep Guardiola’s requirements. (Bild)The father of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has said he would like his son to move to Real Madrid, Manchester United or Juventus. The 29-year-old is frustrated with his wide role at the French giants and has also been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. (Sport5)Liverpool are considering triggering the £6.2m release clause in the contract of 28-year-old Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan. (Fichajes.com)Jose Mourinho is reportedly red up of waiting for the Old Trafford job and United could risk losing him if they don’t act soon, with the Portuguese considering a return to Inter Milan. (The Sun)Mourinho has identified Inter striker Mauro Icardi as one of his first transfer targets should he take charge at Old Trafford. (Corriere Dello Sport)Chelsea have met with representatives of Italy manager Antonio Conte as they search for a permanent boss. (Gianlucadimarzio.com)Swansea are hoping to sign Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah in a free transfer from French side Evian in the summer. (The Sun)Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 28, could treble his £35,000-a-week wages if he becomes the nexst big name to seal big-money move to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…???Wayne Rooney won’t take any risks with fitness ahead of Euro 2016, claims ex-Man United coach MeulensteenEuropa League glory is Manchester United’s ONLY hope of securing Champions League place, Damien Comolli tells talkSPORTInter Milan want to scrap permanent £12m deal for Manchester City striker Stevan JoveticLiverpool transfer news: Juventus to battle Reds for signature of Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze Transfer report: Thomas Vermaelen wants Premier League return and Chelsea and Liverpool are keenAtletico Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus all eyeing summer swoop for Edinson CavaniQuique Sanchez Flores confirms Watford interest in Granada striker Isaac SuccessArsenal legend Ray Parlour: Petr Cech could be the difference in Premier League title raceBorussia Dortmund ready to sell Reds target Neven Subotic for £4million Transfer rumours and paper review 1
Fashion retailer A-Wear has been bought by a group of international investors, in a deal which secures 460 jobs at its 32 stores in the Republic of Ireland.A receiver, Jim Luby of McStay Luby, had been appointed to the chain last night by previous owner Hilco.EIGHT staff jobs at A-Wear on Main Street in Letterkenny are safe after the struggling company was bought tonight. An agreement was reached with the group of investors, which is headed by British businessman Michael Flacks of Flacks Group. Flacks Group specialises in buying struggling retail and property assets.A statement from the new investors said A|wear would continue to trade as normal and workers’ terms and conditions would remain unchanged.“Every job in Ireland, including in Letterkenny, is protected by this move,” said a spokesman for the new owners.Mr Flacks said he was impressed by the strength of the A-Wear brand and its potential for future growth. He said his team wanted to develop and grow the business, not to shrink it. A|wear was originally owned by Brown Thomas, which sold the stores to management in 2007 in a deal backed by UK private equity group Alchemy Partners. Alchemy sold the business to Hilco in October last year.There are 32 A-Wear stores in Ireland with 460 staff. DONEGAL A-WEAR JOBS SAFE AS NEW OWNERS FOUND was last modified: February 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
11 11 Right back: Kenny Tete – The 20-year-old right back has broken through into Ajax’s first-team this season and also made his international debut. Tete has reportedly snubbed a new deal in Amsterdam and could move on to Old Trafford in the summer. Central midfield: Renato Sanches – Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Portugal wonderkid for most of the season following his breakthrough at Benfica. Already a key player at 18, the dynamic and intelligent central midfield star would cost a big sum, around £40m, but it may be worth it in the long run. Left back: Luke Shaw – The English starlet was cruelly ruled out for most of the season with a broken leg sustained in a Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven. Back in training, if he can get back to his early season form he will be a huge asset for the Red Devils. 11 Attacking midfield: Wayne Rooney – No matter which manager is in charge come the start of the campaign, it’s likely Rooney will be a key player once again for the Red Devils but in a deeper role behind the striker. 11 Centre back: Chris Smalling – Now a mainstay in the backline at Old Trafford, Smalling has grown into his role at Old Trafford under Van Gaal and should remain in the team no matter what the Dutchman’s future holds. Right wing: Jesse Lingard – The starlet has progressed well this season and deserves to be given more chances rather than be ditched for another big-money signing. Keeping faith in homegrown talent could pay dividends as the Red Devils look to make their way back into England’s elite. 11 Left wing: Anthony Martial – The French starlet has showed promise following his move from Monaco last summer and could up his goal tally next year. Goalkeeper: David De Gea – Click the right arrow to see who else could be in Manchester United’s starting XI next year… – The Spanish shot-stopper’s move to Real Madrid fell through last summer but is likely to remain at Old Trafford having signed a new deal, while Keylor Navas is in good form for Los Blancos. 11 Stirker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Out of contract at the end of the season and having shown his class in the Champions League, Ibrahimovic moving to Manchester United would be a marketing dream. If he continues his impressive form this season he could take the Premier League by storm. He could well be worth the punt, despite his age. 11 11 11 11 11 Central midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin – French international Schneiderlin is settling into his role in the middle of the park at Old Trafford and this should continue into next season. Manchester United could have a new manager in the summer with Jose Mourinho being strongly linked with turning up at Old Trafford.Paris Saint-Germain have also, reportedly, approached the Portuguese, 53, as they look to replace Laurent Blanc.But there seems to be plenty of talk the Red Devils have already got their man as they look to ditch Louis van Gaal, who fans have grown tired of.With this speculation there have also been rumours about players Mourinho could possibly sign if he turns up at Old Trafford.So what might the Manchester United team look like next season, according to the latest reports? Click the right arrow above to find out… Centre back: John Stones – Highly-rated England international, Stones, could well be looking to move again this summer as he looks to further his career. Learning his trade under Louis van Gaal, who has improved Chris Smalling, or Jose Mourinho, who has been linked with the managerial job, would appeal.
Mikael Lustig (Sweden) – €5.0m – The Celtic star is no stranger to goals from full-back. He netted five times for Celtic this season and grabbed one against Wales for his national team on Sunday. Hes worth a punt. Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) – €7m – Already dubbed the New Lewandowski even though hell be playing just off him in France. The Pole has done well with Ajax, netting 21 goals in 31 Eredivisie games last season, while 10 in 24 international appearances is pretty handy too. 10 Andre Schurrle (Germany) – €7.5m – Unlikely to start, but the Wolfsburg man can still do damage, just like he did at the World Cup in Brazil where he ended up with three goals and an assist, despite playing only 244 minutes. He would allow you to spend more on your midfield/defence depending on the formation you choose. 10 10 Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) – €5.5m – Juventus star Lichtsteiner should be one of the first names on the team sheet for the Swiss. Hes capable of flying up the flank and aiding team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri so we wouldnt be surprised to see him get a goal or an assist. Renato Sanches (Portugal) – €4.5m – If you want to have some expensive stars in your ranks, youll need at least one dirt cheap midfielder. After his stunning rise to the top this season, Sanches has earned a big-money move to Bayern Munich and a place at Euro 2016. Likely to be only a bench star, hes a good option to pick up the odd point and may even find himself starting if he makes an impact. 10 10 Michael McGovern (Northern Ireland) – €4.5m – The Hamilton Academical star is one of the cheapest goalkeepers likely to start at Euro 2016 and only 1% of people have signed him up. Hes not a bad shout given hes only conceded seven goals in 11 caps, so far. Pair that with the fact his nation only conceded eight in qualifying and the case is strong for his inclusion. Laurent Koscielny (France) – €6m – Arsenals centre-back is an automatic starter following injuries to some of Didier Deschamps squad. Theyre in a decent group at Euro 2016, so we think a clean sheet or two isnt out of the question. Olivier Giroud (France) – €8.5m – OK, the price might not seem a snip but the Arsenal man is likely to start for Didier Deschamps men and has hit seven goals for his nation since last September. We think hes worth a shot. Emil Forsberg (Sweden) – €5.5m – A talented young prospect currently with RB Leipzig in Germany, he announced himself to British fans with his goal against Wales at the weekend. We fancy he could do similar in the group stages. 10 10 10 Jason Denayer (Belgium) – €4.5m – Click the right arrow above for more Euro 2016 Fantasy Football bargains… – Belgium have several superb centre-backs but lack good full-backs. A recent change by Marc Wilmots gives us the impression he will use the Manchester City youngster, who impressed on loan at Galatasaray last season. 10 10 Euro 2016 is finally here and so is the return of Fantasy Football.It’s been a tough couple of weeks since the end of the Premier League campaign but now we can pretend we’re Claudio Ranieri and manage our own teams.For the tournament, as always, UEFA are running their own game, which you can sign up to for free.And here at talkSPORT, after plenty of tinkering with our own teams, we’ve got some top tips for bargain players to put in your 15-man squads.Click the right arrow above to see who we think should make the cut…
It could cost a top club around £40m to make Valencia part with star Andre Gomes 1 Barcelona are planning to muscle in on Manchester United’s pursuit of Valencia star Andre Gomes.The Portuguese international is considered as one of the hottest young prospects in European football right now and United tracked his progress closely throughout last season.New United boss Jose Mourinho is eager to bring Gomes to Old Trafford this summer but Barcelona have now firmed up their interest as they look to add another creative midfielder to their ranks.According to El Mundo Deportivo, Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez has been in contact with Gomes’ representatives and was in the stands for Portugal’s final Euro 2016 friendly against Estonia this week.United, however, are still favourites to land Gomes, who is attracted by the prospect of playing under Mourinho next season, and a deal of around £42m could be completed during the Euros.
This week Ray Stubbs is joined by Darren Lewis and Tony Evans to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.A special extended show involved discussions about the home nations, Cristiano Ronaldo, Euro 2016 security issues and a look over some domestic transfer rumours.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes
For some players, Euro 2016 has been the perfect place to put themselves in the shop window. Some have gone from little-known players to highly sought-after stars.Ahead of the quarter finals, we all know those expected to perform well but what about those unlikely players? The tournament is a good opportunity to spot a bargain, potential in players out of favour at their current clubs – or even out of contract.Click the arrow, above right, to see talkSPORT’s list of surprise performers that may well have earned themselves summer moves and comment below with any we may have missed. 9 Bartosz Kapustka (Poland) – Cracovia – The 19-year-old has been a big positive for the Polish. He has started two games, making one substitute appearance and missing one match due to suspension after receiving two yellow cards. A little-known player before the tournament, Kapustka has undoubted potential and he will not have a shortage of interested suitors, particularly after his impressive showing v Northern Ireland in their Euro 2016 opener. 9 Emanuele Giaccherini (Italy) – Sunderland – After failing to impress at the Stadium of Light, the attacking midfielder was sent on loan to Serie A side Bologna for the 2015/16 season. The 31-year-old netted seven goals in 28 league appearances and he was a surprise starter during the group stages for Azzurri boss Antonio Conte at Euro 2016. He opened the scoring in their first game against Belgium and has now emerged as a reported target for Conte when he takes over at Chelsea in the coming weeks. Sunderland flop to Chelsea star? 9 Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) – free agent – The London-born forward is on the lookout for a new club after ending a 12-year association with Reading. The 27-year-old got the Dragons’ campaign off to a flyer when he came off the bench to net a late winner against Slovakia in the Group B opener. 9 Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) – Norwich City – The 24-year-old may have been relegated with the Canaries in May, but his Euro 2016 performances could well have secured his place in the top flight. The winger, who started the tournament at left-back for Martin O’Neill’s side, netted a late winner against Italy before opening the scoring with an early penalty against hosts France in the round of 16. A number of clubs are linked with the former Hull City man, including Premier League champions Leicester City, who are favourites to sign him for around £12million. 9 9 Adam Nagy (Hungary) – Ferencvaros – As talkSPORT reported earlier in the week, Premier League champions Leicester are interested in the 21-year-old after being impressed by his showings for Hungary. Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes face stern competition from Benfica, with his club reportedly accepting the fact he will leave this summer. Laszlo Kleinheisler (Hungary) – Werder Bremen – He only joined the Bundesliga side in the January transfer window, but he has been one of Hungary’s most impressive performers along with Nagy. The 22-year-old midfielder, who is yet to score for Werder in seven appearances, played twice for Hungary as they qualified as winners of Group F, before he was suspended for receiving two bookings. He pulled up with injury in the warm-up before the round of 16 clash with Belgium, as Hungary were beaten 4-0, but his initial performances could well have attracted Premier League interest. 9 Ragnar Sigurdsson (Iceland) – FC Krasnador – One of the stars of Iceland’s shock win against England, Sigurdsson has inevitably been linked with the Premier League, with reported interest from Tottenham and Leicester. The 30-year-old is part of an Iceland defence yet to keep a clean sheet in four games at the tournament, but he made the headlines after scoring the equalising goal against the Three Lions this week, less than three minutes after Wayne Rooney’s opener. Michael McGovern (Northern Ireland) – free agent – The 31-year-old’s summer started with an exit from Scottish Premiership side Hamilton. He soon showed it was not down to his ability, as he became a surprise star for his nation between the sticks at Euro 2016. He played all five games – keeping one clean sheet against Ukraine – as the Green and White Army reached the knockout stages. McGovern could now be set to move to England, with a whole host of Premier League and Championship clubs reportedly interested in acquiring his services. Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) – Derby County – The playmaker impressed as he helped the Irish reach the round of 16. He was one of the standout stars for the boys in green as they exited the stage after losing to hosts France. He nearly made more headlines after coming close with long-range efforts on more than one occasion. The 24-year-old made 35 appearances for the Rams in all competitions last term, scoring just twice, but his performances this summer have showed the 24-year-old could hold his own in the Premier League. 9 9
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFrom the stories they used to tell, Daddy and his two sisters never had much of a Christmas. So as an adult, he jumped wholeheartedly into the holiday – delighting in the lights, the colors, the presents, the special foods, the aroma of baking, the camaraderie of relatives and friends. And there was always one big, splashy gift under the tree for each of us kids. I remember getting a room-size, reel-to-reel tape recorder. All three of my brothers got bikes, which came unassembled. Daddy began to put them together about 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve, after first throwing away the instructions. There were always pieces left over, but the bikes ran fine once Will, my mechanical brother, took a wrench to them. Daddy loved to throw house parties for the neighborhood, and became enamored of a punch he whipped up out of 7-Up, vodka, orange juice and a bunch of other stuff. I remember one year, probably the first, he designated me as taster. He’d pour in some vodka and have me taste, then more orange juice, and another taste. When you say Father Christmas, most people picture the white-bearded European icon who leaves gold coins in the shoes of good children and coal in the shoes of the naughty. Those people never met my dad, who was, in his own way, Father Christmas. I think it probably came from his childhood. He was born in 1926 and did his growing up during the Depression. His father tried to eke out a living by running a general store, which went broke by giving too many people credit; opening a gas station when people couldn’t afford car repairs or much gas; and finally working on the Wabash Railroad in the bone-chilling Missouri winter. I had to lie down on my bed before the party even started to make the room stop spinning. When I awoke, the party was over, but the room was still spinning. That was the Christmas I got my first hangover. After he and my mother sold their house in Ventura and moved to a mobile home park for seniors in Santa Paula, the parties turned quick and deadly. The impatient neighbors would wait on the front porch, forks in hand, until the designated time for the party to start. They descended on the buffet table, gobbled and drank everything in sight, and were gone 15 minutes later, leaving empty platters and crumbled napkins in their wake. It was as if a plague of locusts with walkers and canes had swept through. Daddy loved to play host and laid out a killer cold-cut and cheese spread, topped off by his famous meatballs. He never gave any of us kids the recipe, which we regret to this day. One year, my youngest brother and I saw the oldsters heading for the meatballs and took quick action. I grabbed the crockpot, Jim grabbed a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses, and we both ducked under the buffet table, neatly arranging the long tablecloth to cover us. We downed all the meatballs and a fair amount of wine, and had a fine time before we finally surfaced, sated and more than a little tipsy. All the neighbors complained that Daddy had failed to make his famous meatballs, and he never figured out what they were talking about. It was never enough to spruce up the inside of the house for Christmas. Daddy spent hours in the garage in October and November before emerging with some doodad that he would haul up on the roof and install with much swearing and muttering. The best was the life-size Santa sitting in his life-size sleigh, with eight life-size reindeer, all made with plywood. Santa waved his arm, and the reindeers’ legs moved as they “ran” across the roof. It looked great, but the challenge was getting the heavy tableau onto the roof. All was going fine, with Daddy yelling instructions as brother Will heaved piece after piece up the ladder and onto the roof, where everything was assembled. It was like watching Laurel and Hardy as the two bumbled and swore and pushed and shoved and lifted and carried. Finally, as Daddy grabbed a reindeer and pivoted to set it in place, the back end of the reindeer caught Will upside the head, and off the roof he flew. My mom, sitting in a chair in the front window, watched as her eldest son plummeted past her. She ran out onto the porch to find him, dazed but still conscious, spread-eagle in the boxwood hedge. Up above, Daddy had realized he was short a helper and peered over the edge of the roof. “Hey!” he shouted, unaware that he had nearly killed Will with a reindeer butt. “C’mon up here and help me! Quit laying around down there!” My brother extricated himself from the hedge and climbed back up the ladder, the two of them working until Santa’s wave and the reindeers’ trot were perfected. Daddy loved the holiday preliminaries. But after the buffet was ready, Santa on the roof and the presents under the tree, he was always antsy. He and whatever dog we had around would disappear under the Christmas tree, where they would poke and shake every package, smelling each one and listening to see if it rattled or thumped. Walk in at the right moment and all you could see was Daddy butt and dog butt, sticking out from under the tree, both of them happily engaged. Even after that, Daddy was still as impatient as a 4-year-old during a church sermon. He could have taken a walk or a drive for an hour or so until the family collected for dinner and the Christmas Eve gift-opening marathon. But, no. He’d sit in his big recliner and survey the living room. “Rug’s dirty,” he’d mutter. He’d disappear briefly, then walk in with a rug shampooer he had rented from the supermarket. He’d crank that thing up and there’d be suds everywhere for an hour or so, then he’d take the shampooer back, totally unconcerned with the fact that relatives were due to arrive any minute and that the rug was sopping wet. My mother would go berserk; we kids would all make jokes about having to get all our gifts waterproofed. But he never changed. I don’t think, for the last 15 years of his life, he ever allowed us to have Christmas Eve on a dry rug. Daddy’s been gone since 1992. And I’d give anything to have to swim through Christmas again with him. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Quartz Hill High center Troy Ross remembers when his basketball career – and his life – did not appear so promising. Ross, who leads the Rebels with 18 points and 13.6 rebounds per game, was a 15-year-old freshman at Jefferson High of Los Angeles immersed in the violent gang scene in South Central Los Angeles. Schoolwork was secondary at best, and his grades dropped so low, graduating seemed remote. “I was just involved with the wrong people back then,” said Ross, now a senior. “I didn’t play ball at all. There were some things I needed to get away from, and I came to Quartz Hill to start a better life.” The turning point came his sophomore year, when his family moved to the Antelope Valley, and he enrolled at the local high school. Ross adapted quickly to his new surroundings, but there still was the difficult task of making up the classes to graduate. At 6-foot-5, 274 pounds, Ross couldn’t help drawing the attention of boys’ basketball coach Bernard Nichter. Initially wary of the youngster’s inexperience and troubled background, Nichter began to notice Ross’ potential on and off the court. “I’ll be honest,” Nichter said. “I really didn’t think too much of Troy’s (basketball ability) at first. If you would have told me a few years ago he’d be this good, I would have called you crazy. “But what I always like to do in evaluating talent is play with the kid before I judge him. When I played with Troy for the first time, I realized he was impossible to move. I’ve never coached anybody so naturally strong.” By his junior year at Quartz Hill, Ross was playing a significant role for a team that finished 19-7 overall and won the Golden League with a 9-1 record. Ross averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds. Despite his new-found success, Ross still experienced setbacks. Jeff Smith, the coach at Highland of Palmdale, said Ross occasionally lost his temper in games, argued with officials and berated teammates. It was not until Quartz Hill defeated Highland 60-44 last week that Smith noticed a difference in Ross. “Troy has really matured a lot this year as a person and a player,” Smith said. “He is still very powerful, and he will not back down to anyone, but it seems like he has learned to contain his temper this year.” Although Nichter considers his center too raw to be a top Division I prospect, Ross has 14 double-doubles in the first 19 games this year. He had five in 26 games last year. Quartz Hill also features junior guard Alex Dantzler, who averages 14.5 points per game and a team-best 4.3 steals per game. With the graduation of top scorers Lawrence Tyson (24.4 points per game) and Nate Forte (17.6), the Rebels (9-10, 2-2) already have lost more games than last year’s team. But Quartz Hill defeated league-favorite Lancaster 70-64 Dec. 21 in the San Fernando Valley Tournament. The Rebels will face Lancaster twice this year in league, on Friday night at Lancaster (11-7, 3-0) and Feb. 3 at Quartz Hill. More important to Ross than his double-doubles is his grade-point average, which is better than 3.0. He is scheduled to graduate on time. With help from Nichter, family and friends, he certainly has come a long way. “Troy has a big heart, and he’s really a good kid,” Nichter said. “He’s got a tough exterior and all, but he’s a big softie.” Kevin Connelly, (818) 713-3607 [email protected]