Bologna have agreed a £5m fee for reported Arsenal and Chelsea target Godfred Donsah.As talkSPORT told you last week, Juventus were hoping to sign the Cagliari man before loaning him out.Arsenal and Chelsea were also interested in the 19-year-old and had sent scouts to see him in action.But, according to Sport Mediaset, Bologna have now gazumped everyone and agreed a £5m deal for Donsah.The midfielder is set to finalise personal terms before undergoing a medical with the Serie A club.As well as the initial £5m payment, Cagliari will also receive 25 per cent of any future fee for the Ghanaian. 1 Godfred Donsah
*DISCLAIMER: This picture is about as genuine as a Manchester United fan claiming they didn’t want Pedro.John Stones has handed in a transfer request at Everton.That much we know to be true, but we’ve used a bit of artistic licence to imagine what it might look like (see pic above).What do you think of Stones’ request to leave Goodison?Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. John Stones transfer request 1
Wayne Rooney will not play a part in Manchester United’s Champions League game at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.The England striker missed the weekend win over Liverpool with a hamstring injury and will not be risked for United’s opening group stage clash in Holland.Rooney’s absence could mean a start for £58million summer signing Anthony Martial.Louis van Gaal opted to field Marouane Fellaini up front against Liverpool but a stunning cameo from Martial could see him handed his full debut against PSV.Van Gaal has also taken James Wilson and Andreas Pereira to Holland.Wilson has been tipped to leave Old Trafford on loan having not featured this season, but the striker is included in the 20-man squad with Rooney left behind.Midfielder Pereira is also part of the travelling party having recently returned from injury.David De Gea is again expected to start after making his first appearance of the season against Liverpool, while Ashley Young could come in for Memphis Depay following his impressive second-half performance.United’s travelling squad: David De Gea, Sergio Romero; Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Paddy McNair, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia; Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Andreas Pereira, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Mata, Ashley Young; Memphis Depay, Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial, James Wilson. 1 Wayne Rooney
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette 1 The future of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette has been thrown into doubt after the Lyon striker revealed he was ‘hurt and disappointed’ by the actions of the club over his new contract.Lacazette, the free-scoring forward, penned a one-year contract extension during the summer after months of speculation that he was set to leave.The deal made, which now runs to 2019, made him Lyon’s highest paid player after scoring 27 goals in 33 Ligue 1 games last season.But Lacazette was not happy that club president Jean Michel Aulus decided to make it public what terms he was offering the 24-year-old in a bid to keep him at the Stade des Lumieres.“Yes, it is his [Aulas’] attitude,” he told L’Equipe.“When he talks, a lot of fans listen. And when he retells things, seen from his point of view, it makes you think that the player is in the wrong. Yes his behaviour hurt and disappointed me.“It hurt. I think that is a justified word to use. When you are a youngster at the club, in the town, and you have never really behaved in a nasty way to anyone, to be treated like that, yes, it hurts. I had had my best ever season, I really helped the team to reach the Champions League again.”The France international has scored just once in the first six Ligue 1 games so far this term.On the contract speculation, he added: “It affects you, to be honest. You want to think about something else, but you cannot.“Normally, you are happy to come back [to a new season], to see everyone again…but the coaching staff could see that I was not in a good place.“The coaching staff were expecting a lot from me. And to see that I was not in a good way must have annoyed them. It really hurt me.”
12 In: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – £6.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Riyad Mahrezs fantastic early season performances appeared to have dropped off a few weeks ago, however, the Algerian has now recorded two assists in his last two games. With Leicester facing a relatively easy run of fixtures, Mahrez will have the opportunity to build on this and once again return to his point-scoring best. The League Cup is a Fantasy Premier League manager’s nightmare.Well, every competition in which your players could get injured is a nightmare, but this week that competition was the League Cup and for those of us who had Theo Walcott in our sides – it’s been a ‘mare!At first it looked like he would be rested, but then, after a team-mate’s injury, Walcott was thrust into the action on a cold Tuesday night in Sheffield despite having not been allowed the proper amount of time to warm up.The inevitable happened and he’s out for three weeks, so now we’re here. Click through this gallery to find out who the best possible replacements for Walcott are, while also getting the lowdown on all the other transfers you might need to make this week.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… 12 Out: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – £8.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – For those of us who had Theo Walcott in our sides, it has been a nightmare week. The Arsenal forward picked up an injury in the club’s League Cup defeat on Tuesday and will be out for just under a month. Out: Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) – £6.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – A player whose early season form has definitely dropped off is Swanseas Bafetimbi Gomis. All of Gomis four goals so far this season all came within his first four games! Since then the striker has gone six without a Premier League goal. Out: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – £5.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the man whose injury led to Theo Walcott joining him in the treatment room when he replaced his team-mate less than five minutes into the Sheffield Wednesday game. Although it would be fairly harsh to drop him just for this, youre going to have to take him out of your fantasy team regardless as it is expected he will be out for just under a month too. In: Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) – £5.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Zabaletas replacement in the City side will surely be Bacary Sagna; he should probably be the replacement in your fantasy team, too. 12 12 12 12 Out: Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – £8.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Almost 10 per cent of you Fantasy Premier League managers out there still have Memphis Depay in your teams. What are you thinking!? Not only is the Dutchman an injury doubt for Uniteds trip to Crystal Palace this week, but he also has not found any sort of consistent form for the Red Devils since signing in the summer. Out: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) – £5.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – It seems the curse of the League Cup didnt just strike at Arsenal this week, as Pablo Zabaleta suffered a recurrence of his previous knee injury on Wednesday night. It is unknown how long the Argentine will be out for. 12 In: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – £8.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – A similarly priced replacement for Theo Walcott in your midfield is West Hams in form Frenchman Dimitri Payet. He has scored two goals and been credited with an assist in his last three games, as he continues to thrive in England. In: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £8.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With almost no other midfielders left due to injury, it is certain Mesut Ozil will be starting for Arsenal over the next few weeks! The questions lie in whether the German can retain his current form Ozil has a goal and FOUR assists in his last THREE league games for the Gunners, but is well known for his inconsistency. 12 12 Out: Phil Jagielka (Everton) – £5.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Evertons Phil Jagielka was another defender hit by a knee injury this week. The problem, which occurred in last Saturdays match against Arsenal, will keep the centre-back out of action for over two months. 12 12 In: Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – A suitable replacement for Jagielka could be Leicesters Jeffrey Schlupp. The Ghanaian left back offers the prospect of earning points at both ends of the pitch having already scored a goal and been credited with an assist in this years campaign. 12 In: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £9.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – In stark contrast, Harry Kane is a player who seems to be starting to turn his poor early season form around. Last weeks hat-trick has made Kane one of the most desirable players for Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of the upcoming gameweek.
11 11 11 11 11 11 1. David de Gea (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Manchester United line-up against Stoke in squad number order 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 Youth will be given a chance to shine on Tuesday night as Manchester United take on Stoke at Old Trafford.Injuries to several senior full-backs mean youngsters Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could are set for spells in the first-team.As the Potters roll into town, Matteo Darmian is the latest Red Devils star to succumb to injury, with a rib problem ruling him out.He joins the likes of Ashley Young, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw on the sidelines.So who will start the clash, which is now must-win after a late defeat to Southampton in their last Premier League outing?Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Manchester United XI… 11 11 11 35. Jesse Lingard (winger) 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 10. Wayne Rooney (striker) 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 30. Guillermo Varela (right back) 9. Anthony Martial (winger) 11 43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (left back)
Steve McClaren has been sacked as manager of Premier League strugglers Newcastle United.The 54-year-old’s reign was ended on Friday morning after a miserable nine months at St James’ Park.The Magpies have won just seven out of 30 games in all competitions since McClaren took charge last summer and are currently sitting 19th in the Premier League table.His final game proved to be Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at home to Bournemouth – Newcastle’s fifth defeat in six games.A statement on Newcastle’s website read: “We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise. However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the club at heart.”In addition, Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley thanked McClaren for his time in the hotseat.“He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time,” Charnley said:“Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.“We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.“A further announcement on a successor to Steve will be made in due course.”Rafael Benitez, the former Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid boss, is expected to replace McClaren.The Spaniard is understood to have already held talks with club officials and could be installed before Monday night’s trip to Leicester City. 1 Steve McClaren
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Your readers need to hear some of the traps of home ownership,” said Thomas A. Haunty, a certified financial planner in Madison, Wis. I had quoted Haunty briefly in an earlier column on savings tips that included his advice not to buy more house than you can afford. Haunty’s comments prompted me to review ever-growing home-related bills: Windstorm insurance $3,742 now versus $1,139 in 2001; homeowners insurance $703, up from $594; flood insurance $317, up from $301; homeowners’ association dues $1,180 a quarter, compared to $681 at first. In addition, the average electric bill runs about $125 a month now, up from $91 in 2001. One bright spot: Our property tax bill this year is projected to be $5,228, less than the $5,298 we paid our first full year in the house. But we also incur other periodic costs, including more than $2,500 for repainting the house and pressure-cleaning the roof and driveway over the past two years, plus hundreds of dollars in repairs after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne blew through our area in 2004. Bottom line: Home ownership entails costs beyond principal and interest payments on a mortgage. The bigger and more expensive the home, the bigger those costs. And you can expect them to keep rising, often above the overall rate of inflation. Fortunately, we’ve always bought less house than we could afford (but still satisfied our needs), beginning with a “starter” two-bedroom in 1978, then two bigger houses in South Florida and finally our current 2,290-square-foot home in Vero Beach, our biggest. Each time, we chose one of the least expensive houses in a new neighborhood. For our last two homes, we considered only those we could buy for cash. Since my wife, Georgina, and I moved to a new beachside home in 2001, our “house payments” have gone up from $838 to $1,226 a month. And that’s without having a mortgage. I’m talking about the money we must set aside for the homeowners, windstorm and flood insurance premiums, the property tax bill and homeowners’ association dues. Throw in the electric bill, too, and our monthly cost to live at home has gone up another $34, and that’s without counting repairs and upkeep. I bring these numbers up because, as the mortgage woes of overextended homebuyers capture the headlines, other significant home costs can be overlooked. I realize most people don’t buy homes with cash and I’m not advocating everyone pay off the mortgage. But our approach underscores our resolve to stay away from unnecessarily large cash-draining purchases. Today we hear horror stories of homebuyers who, egged on by lenders and expecting home values to always keep rising, got themselves way above their heads. “Most people have multiple goals in life.” Haunty said. “A house is just one of them, yet they blindly forge ahead depleting their ability to meet those multiple goals because one – the house – drains the cash flow.” Solution: Consider all ownership costs and buy only a home that leaves you enough cash to meet your other goals, including building your retirement savings. Think of your home as a place to live rather than an investment. One welcome trend: After rising for more than a decade and hitting a high of 2,302 square feet in the first quarter this year (think home theaters, big master suites), the median size of a newly built single-family home in the United States has begun to decline as buyers seek lower costs. I wonder whether we need more than the 1,560 square feet that was the norm in 1974. In our home, we don’t use more than that. Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto@aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sunderland have urged the Football Association to make a quick decision on the next England boss after confirming Sam Allardyce has been granted permission to hold talks over the job.Allardyce, who guided the Black Cats to Premier League survival last season, is the hot favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson after he quit following the Three Lions’ disastrous showing at Euro 2016.Reports emerged on Tuesday that the 61-year-old had flown back to the UK from Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Austria, to meet with FA vice-chairman David Gill, technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn.Sunderland have now confirmed that is the case, and have called on the FA to “bring about a swift resolution to the matter” as they try to plan ahead for next season.A statement from the club read: “The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager. “At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.“Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.“The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.”Despite Sunderland’s call for a quick resolution, the FA are unlikely to be rushed into making a decision on the next England boss despite beginning their World Cup qualiying campaign in September.Hull’s Steve Bruce has also been linked with the vacancy but has yet to receive an approach, while Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe have also been tipped to be in the running. Sam Allardyce 1
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, elected last year as the first woman to lead the church, had warned San Joaquin Bishop John-David Schofield against secession but did not outline specific consequences. Jefferts Schori supports ordaining partnered gays and lesbians. “We deeply regret their unwillingness or inability to live within the historical Anglican understanding of comprehensiveness,” she said in a statement after the vote. “We wish them to know of our prayers for them and their journey.” Clergy delegates at the convention voted 70-12 to break away, and lay delegates voted 103-10 in support of the move. The outcome leaves in question the status of the five or so parishes in the San Joaquin diocese that wish to remain aligned with the Episcopal Church. Local clergy who agree to leave could lose their ministerial credentials and their pensions. Jefferts Schori indicated in her statement that the national denomination will not give up the diocese. “The Episcopal Church will continue in the Diocese of San Joaquin, albeit with new leadership,” she said. The diocese serves about 8,500 parishioners in 47 congregations in central California. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Episcopal Church is the U.S. member of the global Anglican Communion, a 77 million-member fellowship that traces its roots to the Church of England. Anglicans have been moving toward a worldwide schism since 2003, when the Episcopal Church consecrated the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. San Joaquin is also one of the three Episcopal dioceses that will not ordain women. The Episcopal rift over theology began decades ago and is now focused on whether the Bible condemns gay relationships. “We have leadership in the Episcopal Church that has drastically and radically changed directions,” McCalister said. “They have pulled the rug out from under us. They’ve started teaching something very different, something very new and novel, and it’s impossible for us to follow a leadership that has so drastically reinvented itself.” Episcopal and Anglican advocates for accepting gay relationships say they are guided by biblical teachings on social justice and tolerance. Traditionalists believe that gay relationships violate Scripture. SAN FRANCISCO – The conservative Diocese of San Joaquin voted Saturday to split from the liberal-leaning Episcopal Church, becoming the first full diocese to secede from the denomination in the debate over the Bible and homosexuality. Clergy and lay members of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin voted 173-22 at their annual convention to remove all references to the national church from the diocese’s constitution, said the Rev. Van McCalister, a diocesan spokesman. The diocese, based in Fresno, plans to align with the like-minded Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, based in South America. The decision is almost certain to spark a court fight over control of the diocese’s multimillion-dollar real estate holdings and other assets.