Palestinian Authority recalls its envoy to UAE: official

first_imgThe Palestinian Authority on Thursday announced the “immediate” recall of its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates in protest over the country’s deal to normalize ties with Israel. “At the request of President Mahmud Abbas, the Palestinian foreign ministry has decided to immediately recall its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates,” Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Al-Maliki said it a statement sent to AFP. The Israel-UAE deal was also rejected by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza strip and is a rival of Abbas’s Fatah party.  Topics : But Abbas and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh spoke following the deal’s announcements, despite tensions between the two camps, a Hamas source told AFP. “All Palestinian factions are united to reject normalization [with Israel],” the source said.  last_img read more

Lucas Torreira on verge of Fiorentina move as Arsenal accept structured £21.3m fee

first_imgLucas Torreira on verge of Fiorentina move as Arsenal accept structured £21.3m fee Comment Torreira has long wanted to return to Italy (Picture: Getty)Arsenal had hoped to recoup the full £26m they paid for the midfielder but they have agreed to loan him to Fiorentina for a fee of £7.1m and the deal will include an option to buy for £14.2m in a year’s time.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal were able to sanction the deal after coming to an agreement with Real Madrid for Dani Ceballos.The midfielder is set to spend a second season on loan at the Emirates, seeing off competition from Real Betis in the process. 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 CityWith Torreira and Henrikh Mkhiyaryan – who joined Roma this week – off the books, Arsenal will feel more comfortable in triggering a £45m release clause in Partey’s contract.The Ghanian is keen on a move to north London and has resisted Atletico’s attempts for him to sign a new deal, which would remove the release clause. Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Sokratis and Hector Bellerin are also up for sale, in what promises to be a summer of change in the red half of north London. MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds talks with Thiago Alcantara but Manchester United put off by midfielder’s wage demands Advertisement Sean KearnsThursday 3 Sep 2020 5:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link28.5kShares Advertisement Lucas Torreira is set to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Lucas Torreira is on the verge of leaving Arsenal for Italian side Fiorentina after the Gunners agreed a structured £21.3million deal for the midfielder.The Uruguayan hit the ground running at the Emierates when he arrived in a £26m deal from Sampdoria in 2018 but his form dipped under Unai Emery and he’s failed to impress Mikel Arteta. Arteta is keen to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey this summer but the Spaniard has been told he must sell before he can buy again, having already recruited Willian, Gabriel and Pablo Mari this summer.Torreira has pined for a return to Italy for the last 18 months, having attracted attention from AC Milan in the last year.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Who could be Man Utd’s marquee man?

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid The most obvious target but most probably the hardest to secure. Ronaldo made his name as a Manchester United player in a terrific six-year spell as David Beckham’s heir apparent in the number seven shirt. Talk of a return from Madrid – where he has established himself as one of the world’s two best players – has never really gone away and United’s best chance may come in the form of his advancing years. Ronaldo is now 30 and Madrid may reach a point when they think their man is worth as much as he is ever going to be. Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich Described as priceless by his chairman at the weekend, Muller is no stranger to Van Gaal’s methods having played under him for Bayern. A rangy forward with an uncanny ability to always pop up in the right place, he has been a star of two successive World Cups at the age of 25. He many not possess the direct threat of a Ronaldo but would undoubtedly vastly improve United’s attacking options. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid Another Real man who continues to be linked with Old Trafford, Wales international Bale endured a difficult second season in the Spanish capital after scoring in a victorious Champions League final in the first. Boos from the Madrid fans gave the impression all was not well, and his pace and direct style would certainly fit in with what United and their fans crave. There has been no suggestion of Real wanting to sell, though, and Bale has been a firm fixture throughout their pre-season commitments. Harry Kane – Tottenham Kane is certainly not a free-spirited player but his ability to make something out of nothing in the penalty area would appeal to many United fans. He scored 32 goals for club and country in a break-out season last term and, although Tottenham have shown no willingness to sell, the Old Trafford club would currently offer Kane a higher level of football to play at. Pedro – Barcelona Perhaps the easiest of the deals to be done, Barcelona forward Pedro has been linked with United all summer and a deal seems possible. Pedro has found opportunities in Barca’s frontline harder to come by since the arrival of Luis Suarez and his pace and eye for a goal would vastly increase United’s options. United have done plenty of business already this summer but Van Gaal’s stated admiration of game-changing players in the mould of Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben, and even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, shows he has not yet settled on his current squad. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some possible contenders to be United’s ‘marquee’ man. Louis van Gaal’s admission that Manchester United need a player with “speed and creativity” opens the debate as to who the Dutchman may pursue.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more