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Willian to join Arsenal after rejecting late offers from Chelsea and Manchester United

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Aug 2020 9:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.1kShares Advertisement Willian to join Arsenal after rejecting late offers from Chelsea and Manchester United Willian is set to join Arsenal from Chelsea in the coming days (Getty Images)Arsenal are set to announce the signing of Willian in the coming days after he rejected Chelsea’s new contract offer, according to reports in Brazil.The 31-year-old is a free agent this summer and has turned down Chelsea’s offer of a new two-year deal as he is requesting terms which run for the next three seasons.According to ESPN Brasil, Arsenal are now hoping to confirm the signing of Willian ‘in the coming days’ after he rejected Chelsea’s last-ditch offer.The report also claims that Manchester United and Manchester City made a late approach to Willian’s representatives, but the Brazil international has decided to join Arsenal because they are willing to offer a three-year contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter missing Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal at the weekend due to an Achilles injury, Willian was aiming to be fit for his side’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich this Saturday.But ESPN Brasil reports that the winger will not feature for Frank Lampard’s side as he looks to secure his departure from Stamford Bridge. View 3 comments Frank Lampard has been keen to keep Willian at Chelsea (AFP via Getty Images)Meanwhile, The Athletic report on The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast that Arsenal’s offer is not financially better than the one he has received from Inter Miami but Willian is keen to join the Gunners because of Mikel Arteta and Edu, the club’s technical director.It’s claimed that Arteta has been leading Arsenal’s push to sign Willian as he is keen for the Brazil international to add experience to his squad.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 errorsMeanwhile, Lampard wanted Chelsea to keep Willian at Stamford Bridge following his excellent season.‘He’s been a great servant for Chelsea and he’s been brilliant for me this season with his input and work ethic but if he decides to move on then we obviously will move on as well,’ Lampard said after Chelsea defeat to Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday.‘I know the situation from the club’s end so it’s his choice and I respect that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Mignolet not fazed by criticism

first_img “I deal with a good performance the same as a poor performance – you have to accept it and move on,” he told Press Association Sport after Liverpool ended a three-match losing run in the league. “What I did after the (Ludogorets) game was look forward to the next game and that is what I will do again today. “It is always pleasing as a goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet but the most important thing is to get back to winning ways and hopefully we can build a bit of momentum now. “If you play at home you want to win games and we did the job and that is all that counts. “There is another game on Tuesday (against bottom side Leicester) and we will look forward to that one.” After an instantly forgettable first half which saw Liverpool lack any semblance of cutting edge or even an idea of how they were to break down Stoke they improved after the break. However, Jordan Henderson, standing in for the rested Steven Gerrard as captain, Raheem Sterling, Lucas Leiva and Rickie Lambert all had decent chances to score, but it was only after the visitors had hit the post through Bojan Krkic and Mignolet had produced a brilliant close-range block to deny Mame Biram Diouf that the winner came – from the most unlikely of sources. Henderson swung in a cross for Lambert to head over goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and back off the crossbar and right-back Glen Johnson was quickest to react with a low diving header to bundle the ball over the line with five minutes remaining. Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has shrugged off criticism aimed at him and insists he does not dwell on individual performances whether they are good or bad. Liverpool survived a nervous seven minutes of stoppage time to record only their third clean sheet of the season in a defence which saw one change from the midweek Champions League draw with Jose Enrique in at left-back, allowing Johnson to switch to his preferred right with Javier Manquillo the one to miss out. That meant a first league start since February 12 for Kolo Toure, who had impressed at centre-back in the last two European matches. “He has got the experience. He has played throughout the years and he knows what he is capable of doing,” Mignolet said of the 33-year-old Ivorian. “He can help the team and organise them so we know what to expect from him and he works his socks off every day in training and is always ready when the gaffer needs him.” Despite playing behind another changed back four Mignolet said it made no difference to him. “We are professional football players so we have to deal with that,” he added. “You train with all the lads in training every single day so you know what they can do and you know what their capabilities are.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes felt his side deserved a point with summer signing Krkic impressing. “I thought the outstanding player was Bojan. He was unfortunate to hit the post and had an outstanding volley at the end,” said the Potters boss. “Everyone saw the quality he has. He is getting stronger in every game. “He is enjoying the Premier League, enjoying playing for us. We need to give him the ball more often because he has the ability to produce.” The Belgium international came under even more scrutiny after an error in the midweek Champions League tie but responded with only his third clean sheet in 25 appearances in the scrappy 1-0 win over Stoke. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar this week blamed him for the club’s poor start to the campaign, criticising his inability to deal with crosses or command his area, but it has not even registered with Mignolet. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lightning Kills Couple in Bassa

first_imgIn Hoegbahn Township, District #2, near the SOS Children’s Village in Grand Bassa County, an evening hour lightning has reportedly killed a couple, the Daily Observer has gathered.The deceased are being identified only as Mr. and Mrs. Kweh.According to the information, the incident occurred recently about 5p.m. following a sudden rainstorm precipitated by violent lightning that struck to the disbelief of locals.An eyewitness only identified as John, informed the Daily Observer that prior to the death of the couple, community leaders had conducted an investigation between the late Kweh and one of his relatives (not named) in connection with the mysterysurrounding the disappearance of few ounces of gold.The resident revealed that during the interrogation, it was observed that the relative of Mr. Kweh, had reportedly disclosed being in possession of a little quantity of gold.One of the elders, who formed part of the investigation said the late Kweh’s relative confessed that he gave the quantity of the gold to the late Kweh for “safe keeping because his fellow gold miners had threatened to unmercifully tie and brutalize him if he failed to produce the gold he allegedly got from Camp No Way in the district.He said the owner of the gold told the investigators that thereafter, the late Kweh fled the scene with the gold and went to his village where the lightning reportedly struck and subsequently killed him and his wife.The deceased have since been buried. They leave to mourn their losses unspecified number of children and other relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more