first_imgIt is believed that the striker is the number one transfer priority for Barcelona this summer, with the club viewing he 22-year-old as the long-term successor to the ageing Luis Suarez.Barcelona want Lautaro Martinez but may be forced to explore other transfer targets Read Also: Video: Chelsea new signing Werner speaks to fans after massive deal The Argentine international has netted 16 goals 31 appearances for the Milanese giants this campaign and has particularly impressed in European competition, scoring five in six outings in the Champions League. Martinez’s current deal runs to June 2023 and was signed in July 2018, when Inter paid Racing Club a reported €22.7m for his services and he has swiftly established himself as a star in Italy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona’s move for Inter striker Lautaro Martinez appears to be in serious doubt as they cannot afford to pay the striker’s €111m release clause. epa08166388 Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Cagliari A report in Gazzetta dello Sport claims the Milanese giants are unwilling to negotiate down the player’s clause and with Barcelona looking unable to finance a deal, they are looking at offering the striker a new contract. Martinez’s €111m release clause appears to be the biggest stumbling block in the deal and the report admits that a number of players may need to be used in exchange plus cash for the player.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

first_img Payet, who has scored five goals in his impressive start to life in the Premier League, sustained an ankle injury after a tackle by James McCarthy in West Ham’s 1-1 draw at Everton earlier this month. Payet has hit the ground running after his summer arrival from Marseille, and the 28-year-old has been key to West Ham’s early-season form. Indeed the Hammers are sixth in the table and level on points with Tottenham ahead of their derby clash. Press Association West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes star man Dimitri Payet is “irreplaceable” after the French international was sidelined for up to three months.center_img “You don’t have to be West Ham manager to say that he is very important for us,” said Bilic ahead of Sunday’s match at White Hart Lane. “Payet is our best player and our most important player, especially when we have the ball. “He is very important for us when it comes to scoring goals, assists or keeping the ball so we are going to miss him and it is a big blow for us. “We are not going to play with 10 players but he is irreplaceable. He is one of those players who make your team better by 10, 20 or 50 per cent.” Payet will not have to go undergo surgery for the injury, but Bilic expects the France international to be sidelined for between nine to 12 weeks. “He is a very strong character and he is going to be back stronger than before,” added Bilic, who revealed Alex Song and Diafra Sakho could be in contention to feature against Spurs after injury lay-offs. “The others have to step up and do more for us to make us feel his absence less than huge.” As in each Premier League match this weekend, the French national anthem will be played at White Hart Lane in tribute to the 129 people killed in last week’s Paris terror attacks. “We are all very sad for what happened,” added Billic. “We are sorry for all the people who died and for their families, but we are very proud we can show – because the players are playing on a big stage in the Premier League – and it is a good thing we will hear La Marseillaise. “On the contrary we are not scared. We don’t feel unsafe. We feel proud through sport that we can show the people are united and together in this very difficult time.” last_img read more

first_imgNenagh CBS will face Cork side Rochestown College in the Harty Cup quarter-finals.Last nights draw also paired Thurles CBS with opposition from the Rebel County as they will take on Gaelcolaiste Mhuire.Clonmel High School – the sole remaining Tipperary side in the Corn Ui Mhuirí – will face St Brendan’s in the last eight.last_img

first_imgThe NFL will play games on Saturday if the 2020 college football season is canceled or postponed until the spring, according to a report by NBC Sports: The Mid-American Conference (MAC) became the first FBS program to cancel its football season as health concerns grow amid the coronavirus pandemic. BREAKING: AP source: Mid-American Conference becomes 1st major college football conference to cancel fall season. https://t.co/xwowzKup46— The Associated Press (@AP) August 8, 2020Commissioners of the Power 5 conference met Sunday night to discuss whether the fall season could be played, but no decisions have been made.“Are we in a better place today than two weeks, ago?” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told The Associated Press. “No, we’re not.”If the college football season is canceled or postponed and the report is true, the NFL would have games on four days of the week in 2020: Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday.center_img “It’s unclear whether the games would be broadcast, streamed, or distributed on a pay-per-view basis, but the league likely would backfill the vacant Saturday windows with NFL content. The easiest approach would be to treat each Saturday like the late-season tripleheader the league staged in 2019, with a game at 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. ET. That would trim the Sunday slate by three games each week.”MORE: Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence becomes leading voice for #WeWantToPlay messagelast_img read more