Arsenal may be open to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer instead of losing him the following year on a free one, with 30-year-old desperate to win his first league title and European trophy
- Arsenal considers whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is offered for sale
- He is approaching the last year of his contract, no new contract signed yet
- The club may want to get money for him instead of having him leave for free
The Gabon international has been the main player of the Gunners since 2018 – it scored 60 goals.
Arsenal has been rejected in their attempts to get him to sign a new contract with Aubameyang, 30, who postponed the most recent round of discussions after becoming disillusioned with previous manager Unai Emery.
The former striker of Borussia Dortmu nd is approaching the last 12 months of his deal and Arsenal will probably listen to offers for their captain instead of losing him next year for nothing.
Aubameyang, who has never won a league title or European trophy, is desperate to relaunch his Champions League career.
The upward trajectory of the club's fortune since the appointment of manager Mikel Arteta has given him hope that he can be persuaded to commit to Arsenal. The club pays 31-year-old Mesut Özil £ 350,000 a week – a salary that has not always proven good value for money.
Aubameyang ordered close to Ozil's current wage if he signed a new deal, but the club does not want to be burdened with another huge financial commitment for a player approaching the twilight of his career.
Arsenal also plans to welcome Arsene Wenger and Santi Cazorla back for a farewell match for next season.
Royal Troon organizes The Open in 2023 while R&A announces location for 152nd edition of the championship
- The R&A have announced that Royal Troon will organize the Open in 2023
- It will be the tenth time the Ayrshire course has organized the tournament
- It was last held there in 2016 when Henrik Stenson de Claret Jug
Royal Troon organizes the 152nd Open Championship in 2023, tournament organization has announced the R&A.
It will be the 10th time that the Ayrshire course organizes the oldest major of the game and the first opportunity since Henrik Stenson lifted the Claret Jug after an epic duel with Phil Mickelson in 2016.
R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said : & # 39; Royal Troon is one of & # 39; the world's largest championships on the left.
& # 39; It has produced many memorable moments throughout the history of The Open, including the dramatic duel between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson that enchanted millions of fans around the world. in 2016.
& # 39; We are very much looking forward to celebrating a new milestone in the cherished history of The Open when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the championship that will be held for the first time on Royal Troon is played.
& # 39; It will be fascinating to see who will come out and a world-class field to lift the Claret Jug in 2023. & # 39;
Neymar & # 39; open to extend its stunning £ 600,000 per week PSG deal & # 39; last 2022 despite interest in sealing Barcelona return
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar did not rule out the possibility of renewing his contract with the French giants last June 2022.
Neymar, however, seems to have changed his mind and is now open to expanding his reported £ 600,000 per week deal at the Parc des Princes.
Barcelona-based publication Mundo Deportivo believes he is now looking at an extension of its current deal that still has two seasons to implement.
PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record £ 198 million in August 2017 and he won two French titles, a French cup and a French League Cup during his time in the French capital.
He has scored 67 goals in 77 games since he moved from Spain to France.
Fourth seed Simona Halep suffers shock second round loss for Taylor Townsend at the US Open
- The Romanian had lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows the past two years
- Halep's fourth seed again underwent a frustrating day at the US Open on Thursday
- American Townsend won 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 to reach the third round for the first time
Simona Halep & # 39; s advice to Taylor Townsend came back to bite her after the American qualifier had dumped the Wimbledon champion from the US Open.
Townsend, ranked 116 in the world, came from behind to numb the Romanian fourth seed in a third set tie-break and won 2- 6 6-3 7-6 (4).
Halep defeated Townsend 6-1 6-3 at the Miami Open in March, after which the 23-year-old asked for some tips.
Halep revealed: & # 39; After we had played together, she came into the dressing room and asked me what she needed to improve to get better. I won't say anything next time. & # 39;
Townsend, facing Sorana Cirstea in round three, recalled: & # 39; I don't know why I did it, but I did it. I was a bit stuck.
& # 39; I am not saying that everything she said I had implemented in my training, but it was absolutely in the back of my mind to remember what she said and also remember why I asked, what drove me to ask that question, kind of that hunger and the desire to get well. & # 39;
Naomi Osaka sets up US Open third round clash with Coco Gauff while Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant cheer champion in routine win
- Naomi conquered Magda Linette 6-2, 6-4 to reach the US Open third round
- Champion had star power from Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant cheering
- Osaka will take on American teen sensation Coco Gauff in her next match
Naomi Osaka hit a forehand winner in the open court, Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant get up in applause.
Osaka has power in her strokes and star power in her corner.
The defending US Open champion moved in the third round Thursday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Magda Linette, setting up a third round confrontation with Coco Gauff.
With Kaepernick and Bryant, her team are sitting on sl a few rows from the court of the Louis Armstrong Stadium, Osaka has played her game and waited to see if 15-year-old Gauff would win her match.
& # 39; For me, when I hear people talking about someone, I want to get the chance to play them, just to judge it for myself, & said Osaka.
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling three years ago during the anthem before the games, worked in the area hoping to get another shot in the NFL. Bryant, the retired NBA superstar, came to the US Open for a new book & # 39; Legacy and the Queen & # 39; to promote that he came up with and supported Osaka.
Osaka said Thursday that it was the first time she met Kaepernick, although she developed a friendship with Bryant.
& # 39; It's just funny for me, & # 39; said Osaka. & # 39; You know, last year compared to this year, Kobe can't be in my box. Yes, Kaepernick too. & # 39;
Osaka was grateful for their presence, she said, and motivated to win quickly so that she would not stay in the sun for too long.
She gave The No 1 seed enough to cheer along the way, especially the forehand winner at breakpoint who gave her a 4-3 lead in the second set after Linette took the first three games.
Gauff had to face the qualifying match Timea Babos in the opening night game at Armstrong, where she took her first US Open main table victory on Tuesday against Anastasia Potapova, who came from behind, just as she continued to do during her run to the fourth round from Wimbledon in July.
& # 39; It's amazing at that age, & # 39; Bryant said. "Not just the skills she possesses, but the balance."
As Osaka continued, another two-time Grand Slam champion was eliminated when No. 6 Petra Kvitova was upset by Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4. Wimbledon champion Simona Halep tried to prevent her from falling when she played Thursday afternoon.
Rafael Nadal and his upset filled lower half of the men's draw were in action Thursday, along with a number of games that were postponed one day due to the rain that devastated most of Wednesday's schedule. No. 1945513. 5 Daniil Medvedev and No. 6 Alexander Zverev avoided the disturbances that have already removed half of the top 12 seeds on the men's side. Medvedev beat Hugo Dellien 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. Zverev defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted 3 hours and 9 minutes.
Other early winners included No. 15 Bianca Andreescu, No. 16 Johanna Konta and No. 20 Sofia Kenin, all of whom won in straight sets. On 12 Anastasija Sevastova, the semi-final last year in Flushing Meadows, Iga Swiatek rallied in three sets.
Roger Federer will miss French Open after a knee operation, but has confidence in recovery for Wimbledon: & # 39; I can't wait to play again soon, see you on the grass! & # 39;
- Roger Federer underwent knee surgery and will miss a number of tournaments
- He issued a statement that the injury has been bothering him for a while
 Dismissal means Swiss star will miss French Open and have faith in recovery
Roger Federer misses the next three months of the season after surgery on his right knee, a reminder that even the great ones are not immortal.
The Swiss master will not be far from his 39th birthday by the time he hopes to return for the lead-in tournaments to Wimbledon.
& # 39; My right knee has been bothering me for a while & # 39 ;, he said this morning in an announcement on social media. & # 39; I hoped it would disappear, but after an investigation and discussion with my team, I decided yesterday to undergo artroscopic surgery in Switzerland. & # 39;
It means he will now miss the current swing of hard court tournaments in Dubai and the US, plus the French Open, which is his clay court outing token years.
Given his success this time twelve months ago, who saw him win the titles in Dubai and Miami and reach the final at Indian Wells, damage will be done to his current number 3 ranking. He also made the semi-final at Roland Garros.
A big summer is waiting for Federer in Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and the US Open, and he clearly wants to give priority to that. He stated that he was optimistic about the outcome of his stellar career.
& # 39; After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and they have great confidence in a full recovery, & he added.
& # 39; I am grateful for everyone's support. I can't wait to play back again soon, see you on the grass! & # 39;
& # 39; I don't close the door for anything & # 39 ;: Adama Traore is open to the exit from Wolves, because winger insists that he & # 39; no problem & # 39; has for Real Madrid despite the history of Barcelona
- ] Adama Traore left Barcelona in 2015 for Aston Villa after success with the B-side
- He was limited to only four first team appearances but says he has no regrets
- The explosive winger made an impression on Wolves this season and scored four goals
- He is associated with a return to Spain and says he is open to a movement
The 24-year-old form has linked him with a stunning move back to Barcelona, but now Real Madrid has entered the race to sign the powerful winger.
Talking about a possible move to the Bernabeu, Traore told the Spanish news channel La Vanguardia : & # 39; problem for me.
I don't close the door for anything. I am very happy here at the moment, the team is fantastic.
& # 39; But both Madrid and Barca will arrive when they have to arrive. & # 39;
Traore spent 11 years in Barcelona, but only made three first team appearances for the Spanish super club.
He played regularly for their renowned B team, but failed to leave in 2015 and left for England.
He explained: & # 39; I have no resentment for what happened.
& # 39; It would not make sense. Certain decisions made by certain people do not mean that I have a problem with the club.
& # 39; But when determining my future I have no problem going to Madrid. It will be based on the decisions that I make with my family. & # 39;
Although Traore is considering a return to Spain, he says he has no regrets for leaving one of the top clubs in Europe.
He said: & It was a decision of mine that influenced Barcelona decisions.
& # 39; There were certain situations that I didn't like, problems with those responsible at the time, and I decided to leave.
& # 39; These are things I will tell in due course, but for now I will keep them to myself. & # 39;
Roger Federer recovers from first set-shocker with 19 unforced errors to beat Indian qualification match Sumit Nagal in US Open first round
- Roger Federer defeated Sumit Nagal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in US Open first round
- 20-time Grand Slam champion made 19 casual errors in the opening set
- ] But Federer recovered strongly and found his rhythm to win the next three
- Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia is the next for Federer on Flushing Meadows
 By Andy Sims, Press Association Sport
Ragged Roger Federer recovered from dropping the first set of his US Open campaign to squeeze past the Indian qualification competition Sumit Nagal.
Nagal, a 22-year-old from New Delhi who played in his first grand slam, could not believe his luck as the 20-time 19-year-old champion made unforced errors to give him an unlikely lead.
The timing of the Swiss ruler seemed to have left him, because linear foreheads were floating wide and the backhands were turning high and long.
The run-up to the first round competition aimed at not confusing Nagal with his almost-namesake Rafael Nadal , but 35 minutes in the score seemed credible only if Federer had been against the Spaniard.
However, Federer also lost his first set in this year's Wimbledon to little-known Lloyd Harris, and continued to reach the final.
The 38-year-old broke his ideas at the start of the second set, broke Nagal with a fourth breakpoint and repeated the dose to take a 5-0 lead.
Federer now hit the lines he had previously missed by a distance and the game was fast level, although Nagal was still annoying enough to save six set points before he collapsed.
But Nagal & # 39; s hustle and bustle no longer bothered Federer, a double pause in the third leaving him firmly in control.
There was no turning back for Nagal, despite a new break in the fourth and a relieved victory from Federer 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 ended with an irrevocable serve .
& # 39; It is never easy to come out and play your best, even if it is what you live for, what you dream about, playing on the big stage. So I think he did very well, "said Federer.
" I think he knows what he can bring. That's why I think he's going to have a very solid career.
& # 39; Trying to forget the first set is never easy in a first round, under the lights. People expect a different result. I expect something else.
& # 39; I just wanted to really pick up my game and start playing better. I could do that. That was a relief, rising 3-0 in the second set and realizing it is in my racket.
& # 39; The thing is that I did not serve consistently enough. I hit duplicate mistakes that I usually don't do. I also just hit too many casual mistakes. I was in two thoughts, I think.
& # 39; I could clarify that a bit. Maybe it's okay to go through such a competition.
& # 39; It was very similar to Wimbledon. At the end you look at the last three sets, and they were good. That is encouraging. & # 39;
Federer faces Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia in round two.
& # 39; We will see what summer has in store & # 39 ;: Achraf Hakimi open to permanent movement of Borussia Dortmund and admits future at Real Madrid is uncertain
- Achraf Hakimi has been sensational to Borussia Dortmund since joining
- He is on loan from Real Madrid and wants to continue his development at club
- Hakimi played for Dortmund in their 2-1 PSG win in Champions League
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He wants to continue his development and build up more game time, so accepts that he may not just return to the Bernabeu this summer.
Everything can happen in June, but we'll see what the summer has in store, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; In my mind, I want to play and keep growing. Here in Germany they give me the chance. & # 39;
The 21-year-old has established himself as a key figure for Lucian Favre since he came from Real in 2018 with a two-year loan contract.
Two goals from Erling Braut Haaland sandwiched on either side of a short-distance finish from Neymar gave Dortmund the win on Tuesday night.
They are ahead in the second leg and will be optimistic about their chances, especially in view of the remarkable shape of their new striker.
& # 39; We have prepared the game pretty well and it worked well, & # 39; Hakimi added. & # 39; Haaland helped us a lot and we hope it stays that way.
& # 39; He [Haaland] has been smart. He is still young and knows he has to play. & # 39;
Ireland is coming to Twickenham on Sunday under the command of an Englishman who will feel very much at home.
Andy Farrell was England & # 39; s defense coach from 2011 to 2015 before being released by Eddie Jones and taking on the same role in Dublin.
The former British captain of the Rugby League has won his first two games and hopes his party can improve their Six Nations title challenge by defeating an England team headed by his son. Owen.
Here, those who have worked with Farrell Snr offer a unique insight into him.
SHAUN EDWARDS (FORMER WIGAN AND GREAT BRITISH TEAM-MATE)
Andy was always destined to be a great player and coach. I first met him when I was 13. He was twice as big as me then! He was always very confident and above his years in the way he spoke and approached the game.
I remember telling our president Maurice Lindsay: & # 39; We have to sign this man – he is special. & # 39; He signed for Wigan and then played in Wembley at the age of 17 in 1993.
It was like a sore thumb that he would become a player. He was very assertive and capable of a great man. He was destined for Captain Wigan and Great Britain. Not many British players have been named the best player in the world, and Andy won that in 2004.
I have followed Owen since joining the Saracens team at the age of 17. I remember telling Andy: there aren't many families where the father was the number 1 rugby league player in the world and his son the number 1 rugby union player in the world!
JAMIE ROBERTS (PLAYED UNDER FARRELL ON 2013 LIONS TOUR)
Andy was a master of his trade, and his ability to get an emotional response from the boys getting was pretty special. I will always remember the "painful arena" speech he gave us during that Lions tour – it was pretty cool. I remember walking away from that meeting, thinking, "I'm invincible."
He has that status as someone who was an uncompromising player. With the Lions he showed how he can coach with emotions, in a way that reminded me of Shaun Edwards.
It is not fear coaching, but he just knew how to get the boys emotionally well. When he spoke, everyone felt ready to go to war for this guy.
When you hear things like that coming from a guy who had so much credibility as a player in a tough sport – speaking of the passion of defense – it certainly worked for me.
EDDIE JONES (COACHED FARRELL AT SARACENS)
Andy was always the type of man who focused on being the best player as a player and continued to do so during his journey as a coach. Joe Schmidt has done an excellent job coaching Ireland and now Andy continues the good work of Joe.
Owen certainly gets his qualities from his father. The apple does not fall far from the tree. There is the same determination and determination to be the best he can be.
DAVID STRETTLE (PLAYING WITH FARRELL ON WORLD CUP 2007)
I played with Big Faz early in my career and he was one of the main reasons why I joined Saracens. He was new to coaching at the time and he called me because he knew my contract had expired.
All the qualities that made him a great player were transferred to his coaching. Much of it comes down to work ethics. Everything you hear about Owen – determination, leadership, work ethic – comes from his father.
For boys like Andy it was about getting off the line and being aggressive. Impose yourself. He would always mark players on video and say, "Look at this guy with no ball, incredible pace of work, 85 percent." You would look at it and think, "Yes, this guy works hard". We called it 85 percent.
Then they would show someone who goes five percent higher, 90 percent, and you would think, "Wow, OK, that's the standard we have to go to." He's such a big character and has a huge level of respect, so people listened to him.
JOE LAUNCHBURY (PLAYED FOR ENGLAND UNDER FARRELL)
There are many similarities with Little Faz (Owen) here. You remember a little Andy by the way, like Faz is now. I always knew him as a really energetic coach who spoke very well.
When he played, especially in the competition, he was the leader who spoke emotionally and passionately and he certainly had that as a coach. But you can't just be that. You must also have a level of detail. As I say, it reminds me a lot of Owen because they are very similar in many ways – in terms of message delivery.
I always had the feeling that Andy had a head coach role in him. It was only a matter of time. His first two games in charge of Ireland were also not bad.
PS ANDY FARRELL (ON SIVEN EVENING RIVALRY)
It is certainly not strange for us because it has never been different . It's as professional as it gets, because that's all we know, with Owen being a professional and I being a professional coach.
I am proud of the situation – as a father and he as a son – and how it is treated, because it is one of the greatest respects, but above all professionalism.
The most difficult part is for Colleen (the wife of Andy, the mother of Owen). And the sisters of Owen and the young fellow Gabriel. It's weird for them. They have incredibly mixed emotions, I have no doubt about it.
How do they come to terms with this? I suppose they hope that both parties do well – and that is not going to happen, right? So it's hard for them.