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

KMJ Performance signs on as sponsor for special events in six IMCA divisions

first_imgHe started Assault Race Cars with Randy Havlik in 2017 and bought both Victory Chassis and Zero 1 Shocks last year. “This program is a good way for us to get our feet wet with IMCA and get national exposure,” KMJ owner and long-time Modified driver Tony Hofbauer said. “This will be a good thing for us and for the drivers.” Those certificates will be given at designated specials for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods.  Drivers in the same four divisions competing in Assault and Victory cars receive free pit passes when they race this season at Marshalltown. They’ll also receive a 2020 chassis for winning the 2019 track title there.  STORY CITY, Iowa – New sponsor KMJ Performance makes a top five finish pay off even more at 80 IMCA special events in 2019.  KMJ’s initial sponsorship program extends to the biggest event in all of dirt track racing, as a 2020 chassis will be awarded to any Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock or Northern SportMod winning the Saturday night main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in an Assault or Victory ride. KMJ now has 32 employees working in Story City. A 45,000 square foot building is home to corpo­rate offices, storefront and aluminum fabricating, with a 40,000 square foot building home to warehousing and a welding shop. Havlik was the 2009 Super Nationals Modified champion; Hofbauer was runner-up in the 2003 event. The Story City, Iowa, chassis and high performance parts manufacturer and distributor gives $200 gift certificates good toward the purchase of any four shock package, or $250 certificates, applicable in the purchase of any Victory or Assault chassis.  “The flexibility of this program will work very well when targeting special events across the country,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are able to give drivers a second option when it comes to the award package and that will really be beneficial at certain events. We are really looking forward to working with Tony and his team at KMJ this season.” Information about both brands of chassis and all KMJ products is available at the www.kmjperformance.com website and on Facebook.  Hofbauer started KMJ – the initials of his kids’ first names – at his farm south of Ames in 2005, after selling his interest in Midwest Motorsports. “Randy and I have known each other for a long time but this is something neither one of us ever envisioned,” Hofbauer said of KMJ’s rapid growth. “We ship 4,000-5,000 orders a week and manufac­ture a private line of Assault Racing Products.”last_img read more