Italian clubs covet Messi but seek cheaper options

first_img‘Not a mascot’ “I’m not here to be a mascot, but to help the club get back to where it deserves to be,” said Zlatan, who returned on Saturday to prepare for the new season, which starts on September 19.The highly sought-after and talented 20-year-old Sandro Tonali of Brescia could be part of Milan’s rebuilding.As for Inter, who chased Juve home last season, the aim is to strengthen the midfield, where Christian Eriksen, who arrived cheaply in January from Tottenham, has not so far been the answer.Antonio Conte, a manager with a reputation for seeking players who can deliver at once, is reportedly looking for experience in midfield and Italian media have mentioned 33-year-old Chilean Arturo Vidal of Barcelona and 29-year-old N’Golo Kante of Chelsea.Conte coached Vidal at Juventus and Kante at Chelsea. Inter have already added speedy 21-year-old Morocco international right-back Achraf Hakimi from Dortmund.Both Atalanta and Lazio, third and fourth last season, are banking on continuity.Lazio on Monday extended the contract of last season’s Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile, who is 30, until 2025. In this generally cautious market, Napoli, desperate to return to the Champions League, have made the biggest splash, signing Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen from Lille for a fee of up to 80 million euros.But that means Napoli must sell and they have agreed to allow Brazilian midfielder Allan to join Everton. Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly could soon follow to England.Meanwhile, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who ran AC Milan during an era when Serie A attracted almost all the most expensive stars, is making waves at Serie B club Monza, acquiring Dane Christian Gytkjaer and Croatian international Mirko Maric, the top scorers in last season’s Polish and Croatian leagues.    Juventus are taking 22-year-old American Weston McKennie from Schalke on loan and allowing 33-year-old Frenchman Blaise Matuidi to leave for David Beckham’s Inter Miami.They are reportedly trying to usher out 33-year-old Sami Khedira and 32-year-old Gonzalo Higuain.Higuain, whom Juve snatched from Napoli in 2016 for 90 million euros, reportedly wants a payoff to cover the final year of his contract before leaving.Yet, proving that experience still counts for the Bianconeri, 34-year-old Roma center-forward Edin Dzeko has reportedly been targeted to replace Higuain. Also in the veteran category is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, at almost 39, who has signed for another season with AC Milan.Deprived of the Champions League since 2014, the club sees him as a mentor for a talented young generation which finished the season in style with a 12-match unbeaten streak in the league. While some Serie A clubs are eyeing Lionel Messi longingly, their mantra as they prepare for the transfer window is “financial prudence”../The notion of Messi resuming his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo is appealing. And Italy offers possible tax advantages for Messi, who has had issues in that area in Spain.The Italian media has fuelled the dreams of Serie A fans by reporting this summer that his father Jorge Messi had bought an apartment in Milan. In recent seasons, even the top Serie A clubs have generally avoided competing in the transfer market with the wealthiest clubs in Spain, England and France and the coronavirus crisis has many clubs insisting they will be even more careful.Italian clubs value experience and, at 35, Ronaldo, one of the few stars to arrive from abroad for a big fee in recent seasons, will remain the headliner at Juventus.But the club have recognized that before they set off in pursuit of a 10th consecutive title they need to rejuvenate an ageing squad.They have brought in 41-year-old Andrea Pirlo for his first head coaching job and acquired 24-year-old Brazilian Arthur from Barcelona in a deal which saw 30-year-old Miralem Pjanic go the other way, covering nearly all of the theoretical 72-million-euro ($86-million) fee.  Topics :last_img read more


Carlos O’Reilly win senior boys golf competition at Dunfanaghy

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club NotesThis year’s Christmas Hamper stroke competition was played on Sunday the 27th November. Despite the time of year, the weather was quite benign and as usual, the course was in excellent condition. That made for some great scoring but nobody could keep apace with young Conor Hanna who returned a great score of 64 net to win by three shots. In second place was Anthony Gallagher who finished with a 67 net to beat Michael McColgan jnr into third place on BOT. Keith Lapsley won the gross prize, completing his round in 73 shots.In Saturdays open singles Stableford, Liam Rogers returned a terrific score of 44 points to win by two shots from Cathal Sheridan. Hugh Kelly was third on 38 points while Stephen Henderson won the gross with 27 gross points.The Wednesday Open Stableford Competition was also a closely fought affair with Patrick Doherty narrowly winning with 42 points from James McCorkell on 41 points. James Comiskey was third on 38 and Don Ponsonby won the gross price with 30 points.Junior GolfCarlos O’Reilly was the winner of the Senior Boys Competition this week playing his usual consistent level of golf. Carlos has last four shots over the last few weeks and is now playing off 17.In the Cadet’s Section, shot of the day went to Sean McBride whose 100 yard shot into the 15th came to rest within 2 inches of the hole. However that was not good enough to beat Caolan McFadden who won the overall competition with some very consistent play.Competition Results:Monday 21st November1st Jimmy Gleeson L/K 36pts2nd Hugh Coll D/F 34 pts BOT3rd Tony Morrison P/S 34pts1st 9 Jim Carey D/F 19pts2nd 9 John Healy D/F 21pts Wednesday Open Stableford – 23rd November1st Patrick Doherty L/K 42pts2nd James McCorkell 41pts3rd Don Ponsonby L/K 30 gross pts4th James Comiskey P/S 38pts26th November – Open Single Stableford1st Liam Rogers L/K 44pts2nd Cathal Sheridan L/K 42pts3rd Stephen Henderson NTS 27 gross pts4th Hugh Kelly L/K 38ptsSunday 27th November – Christmas Hamper Stroke GOY1st Conor Hanna 642nd Anthony Gallagher 673rd Keith Lapsley 734th Michael McColgan Jnr 67Events for the Week Ahead:Wednesday 30th November – Gents Open Single StablefordSaturday 3rd December – Gents Open 4BBB StablefordSunday 4th December – Gents Monthly Medal. The Vardon Lounge will be now only open for foodFriday 3-8Saturday 12-8Sunday 12-8Carlos O’Reilly win senior boys golf competition at Dunfanaghy was last modified: November 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DunfanaghygolfSportlast_img read more