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

Angels end Dodgers winning streak at 10

first_img“I always pitch to my strengths. I always have my whole career. I’m a firm believer in that,” Nolasco said. “I know the game has changed a lot with all these reports. I’m stubborn in that regard and I’m proud of that. I kind of like that. I always stick to my strengths. I do what’s brought me to this point. I was able to locate the heater pretty good. Slider was good. I threw some good breaking balls. I came in when I had to and just kept guys off balance.”Nolasco escaped a bases-loaded jam of his own making in the first inning (he walked Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal with two outs before striking out Joc Pederson on three pitches) and stranded Chris Taylor at second after a one-out double in the third inning.“I don’t think I’ve given up homers at this kind of pace ever in my life,” Nolasco said, accurately. His home runs per nine innings has more than doubled from his previous career rate (1.1). “Oh well, just keep going forward.”The career .135 hitter even drew a four-pitch leadoff walk in the third inning. After an infield single, a forceout, a flyout and a crucial double steal, Yunel Escobar lined a two-out, two-run single to right field.An inning later, Andrelton Simmons drove a triple off the center field wall and scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Espinosa. That was the first time since April 18 (his fourth start of the season) the Angels had scored as many as three runs with Nolasco on the mound.The Dodgers swallowed bigger leads than that and spit out a victory during the 16-1 run that preceded Monday’s loss. They finally knocked Nolasco out of the game – literally – when consecutive batters ricocheted hits off him. But Cam Bedrosian short-circuited that rally by striking out pinch-hitter Mike Freeman and Chase Utley with runners at second and third.The shutout wasted one of Rich Hill’s better starts of the year – but one that he hopes portends better things in the future.The Dodgers left-hander had not thrown a pitch in the sixth inning of his first nine starts but went seven innings Monday, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven. He credited a “modified windup” concocted with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt for making it easier to repeat his pitches and giving him better command.“Andrew (Friedman) brought up a point about being a little more efficient out of the stretch,” Hill said. “I was able to get more control over the rubber, felt I was able to gather myself and finish my pitches out front.“I actually felt way more like myself than any game I pitched this year.”Staff writer Elliott Teaford contributed to this story. LOS ANGELES >> Not even the best, most sophisticated Doppler could have forecast this cold snap.The Dodgers came into Monday night’s opener of the Freeway Series as the hottest team in baseball, averaging eight runs per game during a 10-game winning streak with at least one home run in each of their past 17 games and 1.64 per game at home this season (the highest rate in Dodger Stadium history).Meanwhile, Angels starter Ricky Nolasco lugged a 5.23 ERA into the game with 23 home runs allowed (tied for the most in the majors) including at least one in 12 of his starts, more than one in 10.So naturally, Nolasco held the Dodgers scoreless for 6-1/3 innings as the Angels shut out the Dodgers on five hits and snapped their winning streak with a 4-0 defeat Monday night. “Really?” Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger said when told about Nolasco’s standing among longball victims. “That’s baseball. He used his stuff pretty well.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts offered a similar “That’s baseball” explanation for Nolasco being the pitcher who finally put his foot down on the Dodgers’ power burst.“It was interesting,” Roberts said. “He’s a 50-50 fastball/offspeed type pitcher. He was spinning the baseball. He was throwing it for a strike. The certain guys we would expect him to spin it, he was throwing fastballs. He and (Angels catcher Martin) Maldonado did a nice job out there.“He’s a veteran pitcher who had a really good night.”No starting pitcher since Washington’s Stephen Strasburg on June 7 had even made it through five innings unharmed against the Dodgers and they hadn’t been held scoreless through six since a 3-0 shutout in Milwaukee on June 4.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more