Not approached by Olympic association yet: Rahman

first_imgMumbai, May 9 (PTI) Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman says he hasnt been personally approached by Indian Olympic Association to be the brand ambassador for the contingent going to Rio Olympics.There were reports that he is being considered for the position by the IOA.”I heard it from the press but nobody (approached me). It was all over the press, in the google news spread. But I didnt get any email yet. Maybe my management knows,” Rahman told reporters here.The composer was speaking at the trailer and music launch of the Hollywood film “Pele”.Recently, superstar Salman Khan was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association.IOAs decision to pick Salman received a lot of flak and left the sporting fraternity divided with London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar and the legendary Milkha Singh leading the criticism.When asked what he feels about the “Dabangg” stars appointment, Rahman said, “I think he is a very popular face, so why not.” PTI JUR DK BK RYSlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must ‘fight like mad’ for top-four finish

first_imgArsenal will need to show consistency in their final seven Premier League matches if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has said.The North London club have seven games to go, are seventh in the league and seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have played one more game than them.”We have to fight like mad to win our games,” the Frenchman told a news conference before they host 15th-placed Leicester City in the league on Wednesday.Wenger has led his side to a top-four finish every season since joining the club in 1996.”The door is open but it demands a consistency from us,” Wenger said.”It is still possible, but we need a near perfect run-in. We need to keep the level of desire and hunger for every game of the season.”The British media reported on Monday that French club Olympique de Marseille are looking to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud at the end of the season.Wenger, however, said he had heard no such thing and the 30-year-old France international signed a contract in January which keeps him at the Emirates until 2020.”I have had no approach from Marseille, and we want to keep Olivier Giroud at the club.”The 67-year-old Wenger, whose own contract expires at the end of the season, gave no updates on his future but said he was evaluating transfer targets for Arsenal’s next campaign.”Yes, of course. I work until the last day of the season for the present and the future.advertisement”What happens with me is a bit secondary, what is important is the future of the club.”Following the Leicester encounter, Arsenal travel on Sunday to their north London rivals, second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more

Summer transfer window: club-by-club guide for the Premier League

first_img Midfielder Fred has joined Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk. Photograph: Manchester United/Man Utd via Getty Images Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Premier League Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues Cardiff City’s Bobby Reid takes on Torquay in a friendly. Photograph: Simon Galloway/PA features Play Video Cardiff CityA solid window so far for the promoted side, who have raided four old Championship rivals for additions in key areas. The arrival of striker Bobby Reid from Bristol City is particularly eyecatching. Two more signings are likely though and the Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, who spent the second half of last season on loan with the Bluebirds, is being sought for a longer stint. The West Brom winger Matt Phillips is another target. Nick AmesIn Bobby Reid (Bristol City, £10m); Josh Murphy (Norwich City, £11m); Greg Cunningham (Preston, £4m); Alex Smithies (QPR, £3.5m).Key outs None.ChelseaThe arrival of Jorginho should help bring the “pinch of quality” Maurizio Sarri wants to add to his midfield, although far more will be needed in what may be a frantic few weeks. Aleksandr Golovin, the CSKA Moscow midfielder, and the Juventus defender Daniele Rugani are among Chelsea’s top targets. Pre-season plans would be thrown into chaos if Sarri cannot persuade Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to stay. NAIn Jorginho (Napoli, £50.4m).Key outs Kenedy (Newcastle, loan); Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town, loan); Mason Mount (Derby County, loan). Transfer window: the most expensive signings so far this summer – video Pinterest Crystal PalaceRoy Hodgson says Palace must be frugal but there are areas in glaring need of improvement, particularly at centre-forward. They also hope to persuade Ruben Loftus-Cheek back from Chelsea for another year, a plan that depends on Maurizio Sarri’s views. External interest in Wilfried Zaha will remain until the winger signs a new deal; another forward, Bakary Sako, has rejected a new contract. Brentford’s Ollie Watkins is a potential replacement for the latter. NAIn Vicente Guaita (Getafe, free).Key outs Yohan Cabaye (Al-Nasr, free); Damien Delaney (Cork City, free); Lee Chung-yong (released); Diego Cavalieri (released).EvertonMarco Silva is still waiting on his first signing as Everton manager, with the much-needed improvements to a poor squad yet to materialise. Interest has been registered in several left-backs, notably Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Lucas Digne, and Digne’s Barcelona teammate Yerry Mina is a central defensive target. An attacking midfielder is also wanted at a club looking to slash its squad size and wage bill. Andy HunterIn None.Key outs Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal, £4.4m); Wayne Rooney (DC United, free); Joel Robles (Real Betis, free). Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic with new signing Jean Michaël Seri. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Pinterest Twitter Facebook The rush after Russia – Premier League clubs struggle with new transfer deadline Facebook 1:29 Topics Burnley TottenhamThere was relief when Mauricio Pochettino ignored Real Madrid’s interest, but otherwise much of the focus has been on the move into the new White Hart Lane. The pace should pick up when the departures of Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembélé and Danny Rose are finalised, with Pochettino targeting Wilmar Barrios, Jack Grealish, Antony Martial and Wilfried Zaha. JSIn None.Key outs Keanan Bennetts (Borussia Mönchengladbach, £2m).WatfordGerard Deulofeu and Ben Foster are well known to the Premier League and, as former loanees, to Watford fans, but of the new arrivals Adam Masina, who is expected to become the first-choice left-back, could be the most important. A new striker is still required but with a bloated squad Watford are looking to sell first. SBIn Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, £11.5m); Ben Foster (West Brom, £4m); Adam Masina (Bologna, £3.5m); Marc Navarro (Espanyol, £3m); Ken Sema (Östersund, £1m); Ben Wilmot (Stevenage, undisclosed).Key outs Nordin Amrabat (Al-Nassr, £4m); Mauro Zárate (Boca Juniors, £2m); Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest, £2m). Pinterest Facebook Leicester CityRiyad Mahrez’s departure has been partly offset by the addition of James Maddison in creative terms, while Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans look excellent defensive additions. The Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has joined, while Lazio left-back Jordan Lukaku has been linked and there is an obvious need for a wide man to help fill the void left by Mahrez. Monaco’s Rachid Ghezzal has been linked and interest in Jack Grealish could be revived. NAIn James Maddison (Norwich, £24m); Ricardo Pereira (Porto, £17.5m); Jonny Evans (West Brom, £3.5m); Danny Ward (Liverpool, undisclosed).Key outs Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, £60m); Ben Hamer (Huddersfield Town, free); Robert Huth (released).LiverpoolSpectacularly done and star-dusted, it would seem. Some £176m has been spent improving last season’s Champions League runners-up, with the midfield overhauled by Naby Keïta and Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri offering variety to the attack and, most importantly, Alisson addressing the longstanding goalkeeping problem for a world record fee for that position. A £53m deal for Nabil Fekir is not expected to be revived. AHIn Alisson (Roma, £65m); Naby Keïta (RB Leipzig, £52.8m); Fabinho (Monaco, £40m); Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City, £13.5m).Key outs Danny Ward (Leicester, undisclosed); Emre Can (Juventus, free); Jon Flanagan (Rangers, free). Share on Pinterest Sign up for The Fiver, our free daily football email. Transfer window FulhamThe £30m double deal for Jean Michaël Seri and Maxime le Marchand from Nice was a declaration of intent but there is more work to be done. Most importantly Fulham require a striker, with the on-loan Aleksandar Mitrovic having been instrumental in their promotion before returning to Newcastle. Work continues on a deal to secure his return. SBIn Jean Michaël Seri (Nice, £25m); Maxime Le Marchand (Nice, £7.5m).Key outs David Button (Brighton, undisclosed); Ryan Fredericks (West Ham, free).Huddersfield TownLast season’s goal shortage explains David Wagner’s signing of Monaco’s Adama Diakhaby for around £8m. The France Under-21 striker scored only three goals in 30 appearances last term but Wagner clearly spies potential. Ditto with Egypt’s former Stoke winger Ramadan Sobhi, one of six newcomers to have signed for a collective total approaching £30m. They include marquee buy Terence Kongolo, whose £17.5m permanent move from Monaco makes him Huddersfield’s record signing. Louise TaylorIn Terence Kongolo (Monaco, £17.5m; Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, £5.7m); Jonas Lössl (Mainz, £2.3m); Adama Diakhaby (Monaco, undisclosed); Juninho Bacuna (FC Groningen, undisclosed); Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed); Ben Hamer (Leicester, free).Key outs None. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Pinterest Angus Gunn will battle Alex McCarthy for a starting spot in the Southampton first team. Photograph: Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images West HamManuel Pellegrini has wasted no time restructuring his squad since replacing David Moyes. West Ham broke their transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson in a deal worth up to £42.5m and hope that Jack Wilshere will prove a worthwhile gamble. Their business is largely done, but they could still target a striker and a defensive midfielder. JSIn Felipe Anderson (Lazio, £33.5m); Issa Diop (Toulouse, £22m); Andriy Yarmolenko (Borussia Dortmund, £17.5m); Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City, £7m); Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians, £3.5m); Ryan Fredericks (Fulham, free); Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, free).Key outs Reece Burke (Hull City, £1.5m); Ben Wells (QPR, undisclosed); James Collins (released); Patrice Evra (released).WolvesAn offshoot of the Portuguese league is establishing itself in the West Midlands, with goalkeeper Rui Patrício arriving from Sporting Lisbon as the headline signing of the summer and the Mexico striker Raúl Jiménez joining him on a season’s loan from Benfica. Wolves have been linked with Manchester City’s young Ukrainian prospect Oleksandr Zinchenko, though given what has already happened a move for Inter’s João Mário (briefly seen on loan at West Ham last season) seems more likely. PWIn Diogo Jota (Atlético Madrid, £12.6m); Benik Afobe (Bournemouth, £10m); Willy Boly (Porto, £10m); Léo Bonatini (Al-Hilal FC, £5m); Rúben Vinagre (Monaco, £2m); Rui Patrício (Sporting CP, free); Paulo Alves (Liverpool, free); Raúl Jiménez (Benfica, loan).Key outs Benik Afobe (Stoke, loan); Jonathan Flatt (Scunthorpe, free).• This article was amended on 31 July 2018. An earlier version said Mauro Zárate had left Watford for Vélez Sarsfield. This has been corrected to Boca Juniors. Share via Email Twitter Twitter Twitter Manchester CityPep Guardiola missed out on Jorginho, the midfielder choosing Chelsea, meaning the Catalan has managed only half of his proposed summer business. The word is Guardiola may not chase an alternative as he has Ilkay Gündogan and Fernandinho competing for the one berth, but it is worthwhile watching this space. Jamie JacksonIn Riyad Mahrez (£60m, Leicester).Key outs Angus Gunn (Southampton, £10m); Pablo Maffeo (Stuttgart, £8.1m); Angeliño (PSV Eindhoven, £5m); Olarenwaju Kayode (Shakhtar Donetsk, £2.6m); Yaya Touré (released).Manchester UnitedJosé Mourinho set out to upgrade his full-backs and though the 19-year-old Diogo Dalot is untested the manager is now thought to be content with the position on each flank. Dalot will understudy Antonio Valencia on the right, and Luke Shaw is to be given the chance to challenge Ashley Young on the left. Romelu Lukaku apart, those charged with scoring – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard – can be enigmatic so he may strengthen here, too. A player of Mahrez’s ilk would have been perfect so why Mourinho never moved for him is a puzzle. JJIn Fred (£55m, Shakhtar Donetsk); Diogo Dalot (£19m, Porto); Lee Grant (£1.5m, Stoke).Key outs Daley Blind (Ajax, £14.2m); Sam Johnstone (West Brom, £6.5m). Arsenal Facebook Brighton & Hove Albion Newcastle UnitedRafael Benítez anticipated spending around £45m but has now been told he must sell to buy. A striker is his priority yet Salomon Rondón’s potential £16.5m move from West Brom remains contingent on Newcastle selling Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham for £20m. So far £4.5m has been invested on making the former Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s move permanent. Chelsea’s Kenedy has rejoined on loan and Ki Sung-yueng arrived for free from Swansea. Mikel Merino has gone to Real Sociedad for £10m and Benítez covets Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend. LTIn Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague, £4.5m); Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea, free); Kenedy (Chelsea, loan).Key outs Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad, £10m); Massadio Haïdara (Lens, free).SouthamptonSouthampton have been proactive after last season’s relegation scare. They will expect Angus Gunn to take the No 1 spot off Alex McCarthy, Jannik Vestergaard to strengthen a leaky defence and Mohamed Elyounoussi to fill the creative void left by Dusan Tadic, while Stuart Armstrong could also be a smart addition. However, Guido Carrillo’s loan to Leganés is a reminder of recent failings. JSIn Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach, £18m); Mohamed Elyounoussi (Basel, £16m); Angus Gunn (Manchester City, £10m); Stuart Armstrong (Celtic, £7m).Key outs Dusan Tadic (Ajax, £15m); Guido Carrillo (Leganés, loan). Cardiff City Pinterest Bournemouth Read more Twitter Facebook ArsenalA new manager has arrived and five players have joined, with key signings in goal, defence and, not before time, defensive midfield. Unai Emery has since declared his squad “complete”, with further arrivals unlikely unless “a big opportunity” presents itself. Simon BurntonIn Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria, £26.5m); Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen, £19.2m); Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund, £17.7m); Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient, £8m); Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus, free).Key outs Santi Cazorla (Villarreal, free); Jack Wilshere (West Ham, free).BournemouthThe 20-year-old Welsh midfielder David Brooks, signed from Sheffield United for an initial fee of around £10m, is the only arrival so far but certainly won’t be the last. A new left-back appears to be the greatest focus, with Leganes’s Diego Rico, Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Genoa’s Diego Laxalt linked in recent weeks. SBIn David Brooks (Sheffield United, rising to £11.5m).Key outs Benik Afobe (Wolves, £10m); Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest, £6m); Max Gradel (Toulouse, £1.8m); Adam Federici (Stoke, undisclosed). Reuse this content BrightonChris Hughton has already done some shrewd business. Leon Balogun, an experienced Nigeria international, and Bernardo, a promising Brazilian, will add competition in defence, while there are high hopes for Yves Bissouma after the 21-year-old Mali midfielder’s arrival from Lille. Luring Isaac Hayden from Newcastle would cap a productive summer. Jacob SteinbergIn Yves Bissouma (Lille, £15m); Bernardo (RB Leipzig, £9m); Florin Andone (Deportivo La Coruña, £5.3m); Jason Steele (Sunderland, undisclosed); David Button (Fulham, undisclosed); Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns, undisclosed); Leon Balogun (Mainz, free); Hugo Keto (Arsenal, free).Key outs Connor Goldson (Rangers, £3m); Jamie Murphy (Rangers, £1m); Uwe Hünemeier (Paderborn, undisclosed); Steve Sidwell (released); Liam Rosenior (released).BurnleySean Dyche has not signed anyone yet, though it is no secret he would like Swansea’s Sam Clucas, a player he attempted to buy before the midfielder left Hull for south Wales. Burnley have released Scott Arfield and Dean Marney and Dyche admits the squad is “skinny” for a club with Europa League commitments. Bringing Jay Rodriguez back could be on the cards and there is also interest in his West Bromwich teammate Craig Dawson. Paul WilsonIn None.Key outs Scott Arfield (Rangers, free); Dean Marney (released). Xherdan Shaqiri puts pen to paper for Liverpool. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Imageslast_img read more