Tag: 上海夜网TY

How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 8:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Mata left Chelsea for Manchester United after just two-and-a-half seasons (Picture: Getty)Mata would win the Champions League and FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea, while Arsenal ended up waiting until deadline day to sign Mikel Arteta from Everton and just pipped north London rivals Spurs to third spot in the Premier League.The Gunners also missed out on Cazorla that summer, who instead joined big-spending Malaga, though a year later Wenger would eventually get his man in a bargain £10m deal.MORE: Why Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka ahead of N’Golo KanteMORE: Dimitar Berbatov fires warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mata and Cazorla could have been teammates at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic, Wenger quickly dispatched Arsenal’s former chief negotiator Dick Law to Spain where he met with Mata’s father and even agreed a contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Then we waited,’ says Law of the negotiations. ‘Juan definitely wanted to come to Arsenal, there was no question about that.’However, Wenger and Arsenal were concerned by the combined value of both Mata’s massive contract and the transfer fee – with Valencia eventually receiving £37million.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThat would have more than doubled Arsenal’s then transfer record, which stood at the £18m that had been spent on Jose Antonio Reyes.While Arsenal delayed and dithered, Chelsea swooped in and offered better terms to land Mata, with the Spaniard – who now plays for Manchester United – winning the club’s Player of the Year award in his first two seasons at the club.Asked if Arsenal ever considered paying slightly over their own valuation to land a target ahead of a rival, Law told The Athletic: ‘I don’t think that calculation ever entered our equation. We didn’t have the money to say, “We’ll spend a bit more to block”.’center_img How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement When Fabregas left for Barcelona in 2011, the Gunners turned to another Spaniard (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were in pole position to sign Juan Mata back in 2011 as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas but dithered over the deal, allowing Chelsea to swoop in.Almost a decade ago, the Gunners were scouring the market for two new playmakers with both Fabregas and Samir Nasri looking to leave; the former returned to Camp Nou, while the latter joined Manchester City.Arsenal’s scouting department quickly identified two replacements for the duo, both from Spain: Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla and Valencia’s Mata. Advertisementlast_img read more

Read more…

WAFF Lifts Suspension on Nigeria

first_imgDuring the suspension Nigeria could not participate in any tournament organised by the WAFF.THISDAY learnt yesterday that the new management team of the NAFF after its inauguration sourced and paid the accumulated affiliation fees which resulted in the lifting of the suspension.It was learnt that an official letter communicating the decision of lifting of the ban on Nigeria was sent to the President of the NAFF yesterday.The letter signed by the Secretary General of WAFF, Theodore Mawuli K Viwotor, reads in part: “We bring you compliments from the Federation, hoping you are well“We wish to inform you that following the payment of your accumulated yearly membership dues your suspension has been lifted by a unanimous decision by the executive body“The Executive body took into consideration the processes going on in Nigeria and your commitment to the sport among others in arriving at the decision“Nigeria is now in good standing with WAFF and has the full rights of membership,” the letter concluded.When contacted, the President of the NAFF, Alhaji Sulaiman Isah, confirmed receipt of the letter and expressed gratitude to all those that ensured the accumulated dues were paid.Sulaiman Isah said with Nigeria’s reentry into the international body, the federation will now start preparing athletes for global tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Laleye Dipo in MinnaThe World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) has lifted the suspension clamped on Nigeria from participating in its activities.The suspension was placed on the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation over five years ago following the inability of the local organisation to pay affiliation fees to the world body.last_img read more

Read more…