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    Why A Mkhitaryan & Sanchez Swap Deal Would Benefit Both Arsenal And Man Utd

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    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has become a central figure in this January transfer window, as reports suggest he holds the key to Alexis Sanchez’s future. It had been expected that the Chilean would leave Arsenal for Manchester City.

    However, Manchester United have jumped ahead of their local rivals in the queue to sign the 29-year-old and hope the offer of a straight swap deal will get a deal completed. Sky Sports report that any possible switch to Old Trafford is hinged on Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction. The Armenian international’s agent Mino Raiola has been quoted as saying:

    “Sanchez is part of Mkhi’s deal. Not the other way around. Without him, Sanchez simply cannot go to United. Mkhi’s problems at Man Utd are purely related to playing football. He has no problem with the manager. It is not personal. And he has two and a half years left on his contract. He doesn’t have to leave.”

    “This is a great deal for Arsenal. They need better, younger players and they have to invest. So it’s up to Arsenal to put a deal in place and right now a deal is a long way off.”

    It is interesting for an agent to openly comment on an ongoing transfer and this deal could run to the latter stages of the transfer window. For Arsenal, this would be a decent outcome to Sanchez saga. It has been well-known that the Chilean international would be leaving the club at some point before the end of his contract and the longer the uncertainty went on, the less likely it was that the Gunners would receive a beneficial deal. Their bargaining power decreased and desperation increased.

    Although this would see them lose their best player to one of their bitter rivals, they would be gaining a very accomplished player in return. Mkhitaryan has struggled to make a huge impact in England, but he remains a talented creative player and he would add much-needed quality to the Gunners’ squad. If as expected, the club lose both Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, they will need serious investment. To gain a player that has performed to a high level throughout his career in exchange for a player that will be worth nothing in six months is good business.

    If Mkhitaryan was to arrive in exchange for Sanchez, he shouldn’t be viewed as a direct replacement as he doesn’t possess the same skill-set as the Chilean. The Manchester United attacker would be seen as a long-term replacement for Mesut Ozil, as he can deliver a similar level of creativity. His contribution of five goals and six assists during his Premier League career at Old Trafford isn’t impressive, but he has never been fully trusted by Jose Mourinho and the lack of belief shown may have hindered his consistency on the pitch.

    Arsenal would be hoping to get the player that shone for Borussia Dortmund during his final season in the Bundesliga. The 28-year-old contributed 11 goals and 15 assists in the league, which qualified him as one of the best attackers in Europe. Despite not being able to find that consistency for Manchester United, he has shown flashes of his ability. This season, he has averaged 2.72 chances created per ninety minutes, which is fractionally lower than the 2.9 that he averaged during his final season in Germany. These dwarf Mesut Ozil’s average of 3.81 chances created per ninety minutes this season, but given the difficult situation the club find themselves in, Mkhitaryan should be viewed as a good replacement.

    A change of club could be what he needs to breathe life into his career. The comments from Raiola suggest that Mkhitaryan is unsure about whether to join Arsenal and the current decline of Arsene Wenger’s men is a concern. However, from a personal standpoint, he would be getting regular football for a club in the Premier League’s top six. At his age, that is something that should be too good to turn down as he will continue to regress if he stays at Old Trafford.

    It is a deal that would be best for all parties. Some might question why Manchester United would offer one of their own valuable assets to Arsenal in order to sign a player that they could get for free in the summer. If Sanchez leaves on a free transfer, Manchester City would be the overwhelming favourites to sign him and United realise this. Jose Mourinho knows that to get the Gunners forward, they need to act in this window. The next few weeks will be interesting, but if this deal is completed, all involved will benefit.

     

    MORE TRANSFERS AND GOSSIP STORIES……

    Manchester United’s deal to sign Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, from Arsenal will be worth £180m after he agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract. (Daily Telegraph)

    Sanchez’s Manchester United contract will earn him more than £400,000 a week. (Independent)

    Chelsea target Andy Carroll has told West Ham he is unable to train – but his club are questioning that after taking scans of the 29-year-old striker’s ankle. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester United have begun talks to extend the contract of Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27. (Daily Telegraph)

    Real Madrid believe the time has come to sign a new attacking trio – Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian star Neymar, 25, Chelsea’s 27-year-old Belgian Eden Hazard and Bayern Munich’s 29-year-old Pole Robert Lewandowski. (Marca)

    Bayern Munich could also receive interest from Everton with regards to their 24-year-old Spanish left-back, Juan Bernat. (Liverpool Echo)

    Liverpool fear they have lost out to Bayern Munich in the race to sign Schalke’s German midfielder Leon Goretzka, 22. (Liverpool Echo)

    Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell, 26, says he is desperate to leave and get playing again – but says he will not walk away from his £70,000-a-week contract. (Daily Mail)

    A major British investor who planned to back Amanda Staveley’s bid to buy Newcastle has now decided against supporting the proposed takeover. (Guardian)

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will make a fresh attempt to convince owner Mike Ashley to fund January signings despite the collapse of takeover talks. (Northern Echo)

    Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is set to be a target for Juventus this summer. The Serie A giants have been watching the 22-year-old Spaniard since 2014. (Tuttosport, via Daily Star)

    Juventus are also targeting Tottenham’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 25, or Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, to become their new number 10. (Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)

    Chelsea have joined Manchester City and Paris St-Germain in the race to sign Nice‘s Ivorian midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, 26. (Sun)

    West Ham are eager to bring in Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan with the 24-year-old Portuguese international said to be frustrated at his lack of playing time. (Daily Telegraph)

    But West Ham’s Mexican striker Javier Hernandez could be on his way out of the London Stadium with Besiktas reportedly sending a delegation to the capital to speak with the 29-year-old. (Talksport)

    Besiktas are also keen on Leicester City striker Islam Slimani. The Turkish giants’ president Fikret Orman was at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday to watch the 29-year-old Algerian. (Sky Sports)

    West Brom are interested in signing Egyptian centre-back Ali Gabr, 26, on loan from Zamalek(Express & Star, Wolverhampton)

    Watford’s Brazilian striker Richarlison is aiming for a summer move, with the 20-year-old’s representatives having begun talks with Chelsea and Arsenal(Watford Observer)

    Leeds United are prepared to better the £500,000 bid that Championship rivals Preston had rejected for 24-year-old Rangers forward Josh Windass. (Daily Record)

    World Cup winning Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro’s son Christian, 18, has gone to the bottom of Serie A by joining strugglers Benevento.(Sun)

    Napoli are interested in signing unsettled Liverpool and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 29. (Sky Italia, via Calciomercato)

    Borussia Dortmund are ready to let Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, join Arsenal – and want Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 24, to replace him. (Bild – in German)

    Chelsea have approached West Ham about signing 29-year-old English striker Andy Carroll on a permanent deal. (Daily Telegraph)

    Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, who could leave on a free transfer this summer, must pass a full medical and take a 20% pay cut to receive a new contract. (Sun)

    Barcelona have rejected a 25m (£22.2m) euros offer from Inter Milan for 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Rafinha as they want 40m (£35.5m). (Mundo Deportivo)

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    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…

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    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.

     

     

    By Juma Ali

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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…

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    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…

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    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.

     

    By Juma Ali

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