Tottenham make rival move for Arsenal target William Saliba despite Gunners agreeing personal terms

first_imgThe young French defender looks set to leave Saint-Etienne this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal risk missing out on top centre-back prospect William Saliba after north London rivals Tottenham made a late move of their own for the Saint-Etienne teenager.Unai Emery is in the market for a new central defender this summer as he looks to bolster a back-line that conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season, with Saliba identified as a huge talent for the future.The Gunners are believed to have already agreed personal terms with the 18-year-old, though are yet to agree a fee with his Ligue 1 club. Saliba made 16 appearances in Ligue 1 for Saint-Etienne last season (Picture: Getty)According to French newspaper L’Equipe, that has allowed Spurs to swoop in and they have already made contact with Saliba’s entourage.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough he has verbally agreed to move to the Emirates and is excited by the project offered by Emery’s side, Saliba would also be open to joining Tottenham.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 CitySpurs are well stocked at centre-back, though are looking for an upcoming, young defender – particularly if a rival club pays Toby Alderweireld’s release clause when it becomes active later this summer.Saint-Etienne want Saliba to remain at the club on loan next season even if he is sold and that would suit Spurs, though Arsenal had hoped to bring him to north London immediately. Tottenham make rival move for Arsenal target William Saliba despite Gunners agreeing personal terms Advertisement Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Jun 2019 9:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link473Shares Saint-Etienne are adamant that Saliba should be loaned back next season (Picture: Getty)The Gunners are also struggling to agree a fee with Saint-Etienne and are someway short of the French side’s £26million valuation – a figure Spurs are more willing to stump up.After going 18 months without making a signing, Tottenham are finally ready to splash the cash and are also targeting Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic thrashes Lucas Pouille to set up showdown with Rafael Nadal

first_imgNovak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in a mouthwatering Australian Open final following an imperious straight-sets demolition of Lucas Pouille.The world No. 1 barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Friday, producing a masterclass to crush first-time grand slam semifinalist Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Djokovic, aiming to become the only man to win the first major of the year seven times, took just an hour and 23 minutes to disdainfully end Pouille’s unexpected run at Melbourne Park.The top seed made only five unforced errors in a relentless performance to set up another blockbuster showdown with Nadal on Sunday, when he will go in search of a third consecutive major title and a 15th of his incredible career.Frenchman Pouille was given a brutal lesson by a fresh-looking Djokovic, who was a man on a mission as he lost just eight points on serve in a crushing victory.Masterclass @DjokerNole def. Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes to advance to his seventh #AusOpen final.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019The 28th seed’s nerves were evident from the start and a double fault gifted the six-time champion a 2-0 lead.Djokovic — who spent just 52 minutes on court in his quarter-final before Kei Nishikori retired due to injury — continued to apply the pressure, not allowing Pouille to settle as he returned majestically and raced through his service games.The world No. 31 did not know what had hit him as he walked back to his chair after spraying a forehand wide to go a set down in only 23 minutes, and Djokovic continued to show no mercy in the second. Pouille got on the board with a cross-court forehand pass to hold at 1-1, but a prowling Djokovic stepped up the intensity to go a break up, another double fault from the surprise package putting him 3-1 down.The domineering Serb was two sets up when Pouille drilled another backhand wide and an error off the forehand wing put the helpless underdog a break down at 3-1 in the third.Pouille was put out of his misery when he was forced back by another searing return and crashed a backhand into the net to bow out. STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNDjokovic [1] bt Pouille [28] 6-0 6-2 6-2WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSDjokovic – 24/5Pouille – 18/27ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSDjokovic – 6/0Pouille – 4/3BREAK POINTS WONDjokovic – 7/12Pouille – 0/0 FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEDjokovic – 72Pouille – 54PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEDjokovic – 84/87Pouille – 68/26TOTAL POINTSDjokovic – 83Pouille – 44last_img read more