Arsenal would need to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fund £80m Wilfried Zaha signing

first_imgThe striker is the only Arsenal player that could raise the funds required for Zaha (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang hinted at a degree of unrest last week when he ‘liked’ an Instagram post that criticised the club and called manager Unai Emery a ‘puppet’.The Gabon striker scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season to claim a share of the Golden Boot, as well as laying on five assists; Zaha – who is four years younger – set up the same number of goals but only netted 10 times in what was the most prolific season of his career.Lucas Torreira is the only other Arsenal player attracting the sort of interest required to fund a move for Zaha, but the Gunners have no desire to sell him and do not believe he is as unhappy in England as some reports have claimed.Who do Arsenal need more?Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang0%Wilfried Zaha0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: 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 Arsenal Zaha’s price tag is almost twice that of Arsenal’s modest £45m transfer budget (Picture: Getty)The £80m valuation would make Zaha the joint-ninth most expensive player ever, tying the fee Real Madrid paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from United back in 2009.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League means they have a transfer budget of just £45m and will need to raise substantial funds in order to fund a move for Zaha.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe easiest way to do so would be to cash in on Aubameyang, who has reportedly received a £300,000-a-week offer to play in China – while United were also rather bizarrely credited with an interest in him.The prospect of losing last season’s top scorer would be a ‘major dilemma’ for the Gunners, though he has just turned 30 and only has two years left to run on his contract; Arsenal bosses have previously stressed that they would not allow players to run down their deals any more. Comment Advertisement Arsenal would need to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fund £80m Wilfried Zaha signingcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Jun 2019 1:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares The Gunners could land a big fee for the Golden Boot winner (Picture: Getty)Arsenal remain keen to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha but would likely need to sell star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to afford the Eagles’ £80million price tag.The Gunners have long held interest in bringing Zaha to north London, though their hopes of landing the Ivory Coast international have taken a blow after Manchester United agreed a deal worth £50m for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, Palace are loathe to lose their two best players in one window and have therefore slapped an enormous price tag on Zaha to ward off suitors.last_img read more

Rail Gourmet buys ERC

first_imgON JUNE 29 the SAirRelations division of SAirGroup (formerly Swissair Group) signed a purchase agreement with the management of British-based European Rail Catering. The new acquisition will be integrated with Rail Gourmet, thereby more than doubling its revenue and increasing its European market share from 6 to 11%, according to parent SAirRelations. Formerly known as OBS Services (RG 4.97 p220), ERC has an annual turnover in excess of £40m from direct catering on 350 services a day, and the supply of food and drink to another 1000 from 36 station-based service centres throughout Britain. Rail Gourmet Chief Executive Officer Edy Fischer saw the acquisition as creating ’a powerful partnership’ of his company’s ’high-quality production and supply capabilities’ with ERC’s ’expertise and flair’ in cultivating the rail catering market. Following the acquisition of Restobel/ Restorail in March, Rail Gourmet expects revenue to grow to over SFr100m this year from the SFr33m recorded in 1996. olast_img read more

MLB average attendance down 1.7%, hurt by losing teams

first_imgFILE – In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo,Baseball fans stand among empty seats during the singing of the national anthem before a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers in Miami. Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 1.7% this year for its fourth straight decline, and five of the six biggest drops were by teams with losing records. The 30 teams averaged 28,339, according to the commissioner’s office, down from 28,830 last year _ the first time the average was below 30,000 since 2003. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 1.7% this year for its fourth straight decline, and five of the six biggest drops were by teams with losing records.Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco and Detroit combined for more than 1.8 million fewer tickets, and a 259-388 won-lost record.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “We’re going to draw 68-plus million people at the big league level,” Manfred said, “another 41 million in minor league baseball — they’re actually going to be up. I’ll take 110 million people going to see the sport live. That’s a really, really awesome number in an environment where people have more and more and more alternatives to consume.”Toronto had the biggest home attendance drop, falling 575,137 in a season in which the Blue Jays went 67-95 for their third straight losing season and most losses since 1980.Seattle fell 507,769 as the Mariners went 68-94, their poorest record since 2011. San Francisco went down 448,425 and ended a streak of nine consecutive seasons at 3 million or more that coincided with three World Series titles. The Giants went 77-85 in their third straight losing season.Detroit dropped 355,540 while going a big league-worst 47-114, the second-most losses in team history. The Tigers’ 1.5 million home attendance was their lowest since their 119-loss season in 2003.Washington, which earned an NL wild card and beat Milwaukee to reach the Division Series, fell 269,823 following the departure of Bryce Harper to Philadelphia as a free agent.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Baltimore dropped 256,385 while going 54-108, and the Orioles’ 1.3 million fans at home were their fewest in a non-shortened season since 1978 at old Memorial Stadium.In all, home attendance dropped for 14 of the 30 teams, although three of those teams fell by less than 100,000, Miami rose by 198 people to 811,302 while going 57-105 in Derek Jeter’s second season as chief executive.Kansas City went down by 185,448 and fell below 1.5 million for the first time since 2006.On the plus side, Philadelphia rose 569,297 after signing Harper and despite an 81-81 record finished above 2.7 million for the first time since 2013, when the Phillies started a streak of six straight losing seasons.Minnesota went up 334,955 boosted by a 101-61 record, the second-most wins in team history, San Diego went up 227,863 after signing free agent slugger Manny Machado but skidded to a 70-92 record. The New York Mets went up 217,537 boosted by an August spurt and their first winning record since 2016.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: San Sebastian breaks skid, stops JRU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The 30 teams averaged 28,339, according to the commissioner’s office, down from 28,830 last year _ the first time the average was below 30,000 since 2003. Total attendance of 68.5 million was down more than 5 million from 2015.The players’ association maintains attendance has been hurt by an increase in rebuilding teams, which its members and staff label “tanking.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“The willful failure of too many franchises to field competitive teams and put their best players on the field is unquestionably hurting our industry,” union head Tony Clark said last week.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says rebuilding is cyclical and attendance and record correlate in some markets but not all. He also points out the success of the sport in television ratings and an increase in minor league gates. 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