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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

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Out of hospital Dalglish thanks fans after positive coronavirus test

first_imgHome again: Kenny DalglishLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish thanked fans for their support on Sunday after leaving hospital following a positive test for the coronavirus.Dalglish, 69, found he had the virus after being admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment for a separate infection which required intravenous antibiotics.He was discharged on Saturday night.“Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days,” said Dalglish in a Liverpool statement issued Sunday.“I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS (Britain’s National Health Service), which we appreciate now more than ever.“Marina (Dalglish’s wife) and I would like to express our immense gratitude to the medical staff who cared for me and who continue to treat countless others throughout the country during an incredibly challenging period.”Dalglish confirmed the couple would be in “full lockdown for the recommended amount of time in order to protect the lives of others”.There are fears that the warm weather across Britain over the Easter weekend will see the public flout government guidelines on social distancing instead of only going out to maintain health and purchase essential supplies.But a concerned Dalglish said: “I know the sun is shining for many of you, but I urge you to stay home and follow the government guidelines to the letter.”Earlier the Scotland great, in an interview with the Sunday Post, praised the “absolutely brilliant” hospital staff, adding: “People may think my name got me the best of care but every patient in the NHS gets the best of care.”On Friday, Dalglish’s family said he had tested positive for COVID-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness.– ‘Humbling messages’ –Saturday saw two of Dalglish’s children take to Twitter to thank the public for their support. Paul Dalglish, also a former player, said: “Truly humbling messages from supporters of all teams,” with Dalglish’s daughter, Sky Sports presenter Kelly Cates, saying: “Thank you so much for your lovely messages and I’m really sorry I can’t reply to them all.”Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker said on Twitter: “Love from Becker family to Sir Kenny Dalglish!!”Ian Rush formed a prolific partnership with Dalglish during their playing days at Liverpool and the Welshman took to Twitter to give his old team-mate his best wishes.“Wishing a speedy recovery to the best…Sir Kenny Dalglish. Get well soon,” he wrote.Dalglish won the Scottish league title with Celtic as a player on four occasions before signing for Liverpool in 1977.At Anfield, he captured eight English league titles, two FA Cups, five League Cups and three European Cups as a player and in two managerial spells.In his Liverpool playing career, Dalglish scored 172 goals in 515 games.As well as his role in Liverpool’s golden era in the 1970s and 1980s, Dalglish received plaudits for supporting victims’ families after 96 fans died in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.He also coached Blackburn to the 1995 Premier League title.Almost 10,000 people in Britain have so far died as a result of the coronavirus. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Rohit Sharma’s IPL purse is twice that of the entire Pakistan team’s annual salary!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 2s11NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbgjsl8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9im( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) w6883vWould you ever consider trying this?😱2g18Can your students do this? 🌚43rRoller skating! Powered by Firework Rohit Sharma is one of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time, and also one of the richest. The 33 year old’s net worth has been estimated to be around ₹130 crores. But just how stupendous is that in comparison? For an instance, the Mumbai Indians skipper’s salary in the Indian Premier League is in fact, double that of the whole 18 man Pakistan cricket team earns in a whole year!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPThe destructive opening batsman of the Men in Blue, Rohit Sharma holds the record of the highest ODI score, a jaw dropping 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. The ‘Hitman’ is also the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODIs, and four T20I centuries, making him one of the most valuable players of India’s milited overs squad, and is placed in the A+ grade of players in BCCI’s contract list.However, Sharma’s feats aren’t only limited to white ball cricket. He is also the most successful IPL captain, winning the cash rich league four times with his Mumbai based franchise, since taking the role of captaincy in 2013.Advertisement During the 2020 Indian Premier League auctions, MI had retained their talisman for an astounding ₹15 crore. What’s truly fascinating about Sharma’s whopping IPL salary is, it amounts to double the annual income of the whole 18 player team of Pakistan.In a list of all the centrally contracted players released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) back in May, the earning brackets of the three grades of Pakistan’s cricketers were recorded. Placed in Grade A of PCB’s contract list, the Pakistan limited overs skipper Babar Azam, along with Azhar Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi will receive an annual salary of ₹60,92,050 lakh each.Advertisement Six more players placed in Grade B, including the likes of Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Abbas, will earn ₹41,54,193, followed by six more players of Grade C with an income of ₹30,46,398.Summing that all up, the total annual salary of all the Pakistani players amounts to ₹7,39,42,275, less than half of what Sharma’s IPL salary of ₹15 crore, and almost equal to what he earns in his annual contract with BCCI.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-BCCI outlines full plan of action for IPL 2020 in the UAER Ashwin reveals Dhoni’s role in establishing him as India’s number 1 test spinner Advertisementlast_img read more

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