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Arsenal enter £30m Evans pursuit

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Jonny Evans is on Manchester City and Arsenal’s radar

Arsenal have reportedly entered the pursuit to sign West Bromwich Albion central defender, Jonny Evans before Thursday’s summer transfer deadline.

Interest in the 29-year-old has increased over the last two weeks of the summer window.

And the Baggies have turned down two bids from Manchester City with Leicester City also failing despite an official offer.

The Manunians are very much likely going to return with a third bid within the range of £30m for Evans.

This will then match the Baggies’ asking price for the Northern Ireland international.

Despite that, though, The Telegraph has reported that City could face late competition for the experienced centre-half’s signature from Arsenal.

The Gunners saw West Brom knock back their offer for Evans sometimes last year.

But Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has now reportedly rekindled his interest following his side’s 4-0 thrashing against Liverpool on Sunday.

Arsenal have not yet tabled an official offer for the defender, though, but have asked about his availability this summer.

Evans is, however, yet to feature in any Premier League game for the Baggies this new season because of injury.

City prepare fresh £30m Evans offer

Manchester City are reportedly making serious plans to prepare a fresh £30m offer for West Brom central defender, Jonny Evans.

The Baggies have knocked back two different bids of £18m and £22m from the Sky Blues for the Northern Irishman.

West Bromwich Albion boss, Tony Pulis has made a vow against selling the experienced defender before the summer window ends.

That is the case as the gaffer has reiterated the club’s stance the Northern Ireland international is not for sale.

West Brom have so far made a decision to snub two earlier approaches from the Mancunians for their reliable skipper.

Furthermore, the Premier League side have insisted the central defender will not leave during this summer, according to BBC Sport.

Meanwhile, the duo of Premier League heavyweights such as Arsenal and Leicester City have also expressed their interest in Evans.

Despite that, though, the latter have reportedly failed to land the signature of Evans after a £10million offer this summer.

Evans developed his professional football career through the ranks of Manchester United’s youth set-up.

But he made his exit from the club in 2015 after falling out of favour with then-coach Louis van Gaal.

According to a report from The Mirror, City coach, Pep Guardiola has identified Evans as a good defender.

And the Spaniard now wants the former United centre-half as the ideal signing at this stage of the transfer window.

The same report has suggested that Guardiola will give the go ahead on a £30m move.

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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches

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Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the Express.co.uk, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw

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With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »

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Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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