Arsenal in talks to sign Axel Disasi as Mikel Arteta steps up search for defender

first_img Comment Arsenal in talks to sign Axel Disasi as Mikel Arteta steps up search for defender Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Apr 2020 2:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img A number of top clubs have been monitoring the young Frenchman (Picture: Getty)L’Equipe claims Arsenal are ‘keeping in direct contact’ with Disasi’s entourage and Ligue 2 outfit Reims over a move for the 22-year-old centre-back.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, the report claims Arsenal are likely to come up against stiff competition for Disasi’s signature with top clubs from around Europe keeping close tabs on the Frenchman.Reims have confirmed that Disasi can leave for the right price ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. It’s understood an offer of €20million (£17.5m) would be enough to land the highly-rated youngster. Arteta is on the hunt for reinforcements at centre-back (Picture: Getty)Last week, Arsenal manager Arteta reassured supporters that he had multiple transfer plans up his sleeve after the coronavirus pandemic halted the Premier League season. ‘I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face,’ the Spaniard told Sky Sports.‘Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing.‘We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. ‘There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.’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 ArsenalHe added: ‘I went through a lot when I got here… I had eight or 10 players injured, and there were a lot of issues to deal with. The connection between fans, players and club was in a difficult state at that moment. ‘We had to change that energy, the belief and the commitment from the players. ‘I was very pleased because everyone was on board with what we were doing. ‘We started to win three or four games in a row and there was a much more positive mindset around the place.’MORE: The potential stumbling block in Arsenal’s transfer move for Jonathan TahMORE: Gary Neville reveals Man Utd would always try to ‘wind up’ Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires Arsenal have been in talks to sign Reims centre-half Axel Disasi (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are in negotiations to sign Axel Disasi from Reims in the summer transfer window, according to reports in France. The Gunners have already wrapped up a deal for Saint Etienne’s William Saliba but Mikel Arteta has made it clear to the board that he’s keen for another top-class central defender to follow the young Frenchman to the Emirates.Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah are both firmly on Arsenal’s radar as the north London giants scour the market for potential reinforcements and a new name has emerged as a target. Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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PREEMPTIVE STEP: PUV drivers told to wear masks vs nCoV

first_imgThe transport sector which is beingoverseen by the LTFRB is the latest to take preemptive steps to protect itsstakeholders from this new viral infection. Operators of transport terminalswere directed to ensure the proper sanitation and cleanliness of theirfacilities as well as provide facemasks and disinfectants to passengers forfree. For its part, Vallacar Transit,operator of Ceres buses, confirmed having disseminated the LTFRB order to itsdrivers and conductors. Non-compliance would be a violation oftheir jeepney franchises, explained Parcon. It seems to start with a fever,followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, leads to shortness of breath. In Memorandum Circular 2020-005, LTFRBrequired the drivers and conductors “to properly wear facemasks at all timeswhile on duty, and for all franchise holders to ensure their compliance.” But even prior to LTFRB’s order, saidJade Seballos, the legal and media relations officer of Vallacar Transit, theywere already orienting their people about the importance of personal hygiene,especially hand washing. FAITH IN THE TIME OF A VIRUS OUTBREAK. Masked devotees of Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles) light candles at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Jaro, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Coronaviruses are common, andtypically cause mild respiratory conditions, such as a cough or runny nose. ILOILO City – Public utility vehicledrivers and conductors here have been ordered to wear facemasks by the LandTransportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as the government stepsup precautionary measures to deter a possible spread of the novel coronavirus(2019-nCoV). Meanwhile, the Iloilo City Alliance ofOperators and Drivers Transport Cooperative (ICAODTC) had a meeting over theweekend with member drivers, operators and public assistant officers(conductors) about the LTFRB order. All drivers and public utility vehicleoperators must comply with the LTFRB order or they would be meted withsanctions, according to Raymundo Parcon, president of the Iloilo City LoopAlliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA). The company would be distributing handsanitizers to its drivers although it is having a hard time procuring a bigvolume of facemasks, added Seballos. Avoiding eating raw or undercookedanimal products is also advised. But some are more serious – such asthe deadly SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and Middle East RespiratorySyndrome (Mers). Seballos also assured the ridingpublic that Vallar Transit is fastidious about the cleanliness of their Ceresbuses. But in more severe cases, infectioncan cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and evendeath. People are advised to avoid closecontact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections; wash handsregularly, especially after direct contact with ill people or theirenvironment; and avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals. This current outbreak – known as novelcoronavirus (nCoV) – is a new strain that has not been previously identified inhumans. “Bisanmagasto sa part namon, para man ini sa amon safety,” said Parcon. ICAODTC board secretary Rizal Alidosaid they were all cooperative. Most victims have been elderly people,suffering from other chronic diseases. The World Health Organization isadvising people in affected areas to follow standard procedures to reduce thechance of catching the virus. They include hand and respiratory hygiene as wellas safe food practices. He will also be distributingfacemasks, said Parcon, and would further direct drivers to bring with themdisinfectants (alcohol or hand sanitizers). Parcon would be calling for a meetingtoday with ICLAJODA chapter presidents and discuss the LTFRB order. Theassociation has around 3,000 members. Those with symptoms of coronavirusshould practice “cough etiquette”, including maintaining distance, coveringcoughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or the inside of an elbow, andwashing hands. (With a report from theBBC/PN)last_img read more

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Angels deal C.J. Cron to Rays for player to be named

first_imgNow, the Angels are planning to have Albert Pujols play more first base, likely splitting the job with Valbuena. Barring injury, that didn’t leave much opportunity for Cron.Cron is also out of options, so the Angels would not have been able to send him to the minors. Had they kept him on the bench, they would have had three first basemen, and likely no utility middle infielder besides the starters. Expected to carry 13 pitchers, the Angels are facing the prospect of a three-man bench, which means versatility is important from the bench players.“With the construction of our roster and the personnel we have in place for this upcoming season, we have to place a premium on flexibility and maneuverability within our position player group,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “C.J. has been nothing but professional and the consummate team player here. He cares about the game and his teammates. We wish him well as he embarks on the rest of his career.”In parts of four seasons with the Angels, Cron hit .262 with 59 homers and a .756 OPS. He hit exactly 16 homers in each of the past three seasons, even though he never had more than 407 at-bats.One of the knocks against Cron was his plate discipline. His career on-base percentage is just .307. He struck out a career-high 96 times last season. Eppler clearly stated at the end of last season that one of his primary goals was improving the team’s on-base percentage. TEMPE, Ariz. — After a couple years of moves that seemingly marginalized C.J. Cron’s role on the team, the Angels finally traded him on Saturday.The Angels dealt Cron to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named.Cron, 28, was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2011, and he had moved through the system looking like he might one day be a middle-of-the-order hitter.In January 2017, though, the Angels acquired Luis Valbuena, which seemingly left Cron with a lesser role. He ended up still playing 100 games in 2017 when both Valbuena and third baseman Yunel Escobar were hurt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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