Julian Draxler 1 Julian Draxler will complete his move to Wolfsburg today, ending Arsenal’s long running interest in the midfielder.Schalke thought they were lining up a deal sell the Germany international to Juventus as the summer transfer window came to a close.However, Wolfsburg, with over £50m banked following sale of Kevin de Bruyne to Manchester City, have swooped in to hijack the deal.Klaus Allofs, the sporting director at Wolfsburg, said: “There is a great desire of the player to come to us.”
1 Daniele Rugani Arsenal target Daniele Rugani is set to join Sampdoria on a six-month loan deal, according to reports in Italy.The centre-back joined Juventus from Empoli in the summer but has found first-team chances hard to come by with the reigning Italian champions.That has led to speculation linking Rugani – who has been likened by some to a young Fabio Cannavaro – with a move to Arsenal, although Napoli are also said to hold an interest in the Italy Under-21 international.But Tuttosport claim Sampdoria have leapt to the front of the queue for his signature with new boss Vincenzo Montella close to agreeing terms on a loan deal that would see Rugani spend the rest of the season in Genoa.Juventus are said to be unwilling to allow Rugani to leave on a permanent basis and are instead keen for him to gain experience in Serie A, with Sampdoria thought to be the ideal choice.
Make Formula 1 more competitive! Red Bull chief urges sports higher powers to change rules Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has called on Formula One chiefs to bring an end to ‘predictable’ results by changing the current regulations.Lewis Hamilton has won the last two world championships while Mercedes topped the 2014 and 2015 constructors’ standings.During that time Mercedes have won 32 of the 38 races and clocked 23 one-twos, with Hamilton’s closest challenger for his titles being team-mate Nico Rosberg.Horner believes fans are being driven away from the sport and has urged the likes of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President Jean Todt to mix things up ahead of the 2016 campaign.“Predictable, serial results and serial winning is difficult for any sport,” Horner told autosport.com.“Inevitably, with predictability, people get turned off and it needs a rejig to bring it closer together.“You can’t expect the teams to achieve that, that’s for the regulator and the governing body to come up with a set of rules that achieve those objectives.“The regulations are incredibly stable for next year, so Mercedes will inevitably carry on the dominance, such is their margin.“They will find gains throughout the winter and will undoubtedly be near the top of the curve.”Horner guided Sebastian Vettel to four consecutive drivers’ championships between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull also emerging as constructors’ winners in each of those seasons.However, the 42-year-old insists the nature of those successes did not harm the sport.“We were accused of it, but we enjoyed the continued success and longevity of the sport,” he added.“Two of our world championships went to the last race, and we never finished first and second in a championship.” 1
Luis Muriel [left] in action for Sampdoria Swansea have joined Southampton in the race to land Luis Muriel.The talented Colombian has found himself out of the Sampdoria starting XI since Vincenzo Montella took charge which has intensified speculation surrounding his future.The 24-year-old was linked with Liverpool as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, when the Uruguayan left for Barcelona in 2014.But he instead quit Udinese for Sampdoria where he has scored eight goals in 33 Serie A appearances.Muriel is a reported target for Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, who may look to add to his striking options before the window shuts.But now reports in Italy have claimed that Swansea are the latest club to show an interest in bringing him to the Premier League. 1
Former Manchester City striker scored a brilliant long range strike in Valencia’s Liga clash with Ray Vallecano.With the home team trailing, Negredo struck to the delight of his manager, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville.Check out the goal, here… Alvaro Negredo 1
1 Steven Fletcher Scotland striker Steven Fletcher has joined Marseille on loan until the end of the season, effectively ending his Sunderland career.The 28-year-old’s Black Cats contract ends this summer.“Sunderland AFC have confirmed that striker Steven Fletcher has joined French side Olympique Marseille until the end of the season, when his contract with Sunderland expires,” Sunderland said on their website.“The 28-year-old Scotland international could make his debut for Michel’s side in Tuesday’s Ligue 1 game at Montpellier.”Fletcher joined Sunderland from Wolves in 2012 and scored 23 goals in 108 appearances.
1 Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says there is “nothing” in reports linking him with the Chelsea job.The Blues are on the lookout for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, with Guus Hiddink in interim charge until the end of the season.Allegri has been heavily linked with the post and with another potential Chelsea target, Pep Guardiola, opting to join Manchester City, the 48-year-old is the bookmakers’ favourite to take charge of the London club.However, Allegri, who has won the Serie A title with both AC Milan and Juventus, has dismissed speculation he may be on his way to the reigning Premier League champions.Speaking at a youth tournament on Tuesday, he told Sky Italia: “There’s nothing to it. I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn’t exist.“I want this matter over and done with now. What’s important for me right now is to get to the end of the season with Juventus and try and win some silverware.”Juventus have won 17 of their last 18 matches in all competitions and are two points behind Serie A leaders Napoli, who they play on Saturday.They are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they face Bayern Munich, and in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, with Inter Milan their opponents. Massimiliano Allegri
MalinWaters was launched on 1st July at Seafest in Rathmullan by Councillor Noel McBride, Mayor of Donegal.This exciting new brand is the consumer brand of the Sail West Project – a €7.4M Marine Tourism initiative, linking the coastlines of Donegal, Sligo, Northern Ireland and West of Scotland.MalinWaters is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme managed by the Special European Unions Programmes Body with co-funding provided by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the Republic of Ireland. To celebrate the brand launch, television personality Derek Davis took the plunge on board a boat in Rathmullan to test the fantastic MalinWaters area himself.In welcoming the new Malin Waters Brand, he referred to the strong maritime history between Ireland and Scotland and was sure that the new brand would be a huge success.He said that the North West in particular had a wealth of maritime attractions and alongside that there is excellent accommodation and restaurants that made the region particularly attractive to marine tourists.A new consumer website www.malinwaters.com will follow the launch this summer; the site will provide key information on the MalinWaters product offering, including sailing, surfing, diving, kayaking and angling among other marine leisure activities. The brand name itself was inspired by the name given to the sea area covering the majority of the Sail West project area. The sea area of Malin is officially recognised and referenced by the Met office and therefore is a term widely recognised by marine leisure enthusiasts.Commenting on the MalinWaters brand Donegal County Manager Seamus Neely said the MalinWaters marketing initiative will be a great boost to all working and involved in the tourism industry.“It will provide comprehensive information on the quality marine leisure product we have on offer and through working with our partners in Northern Ireland and Scotland, enable us to package and promote this fantastic product.“Most importantly upon completion it will create sustainable employment opportunities and significantly increase the number of tourists coming into the area.”Speaking at the Launch, newly appointed Mayor of County Donegal, Cllr. Noel McBride commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be part of launching this exciting brand in Donegal. Personally for me County Donegal has everything that a tourist could want; stunning scenery, an endless coastline with an abundance of blue flag beaches, excellent bars, restaurants, shops, and welcoming people. I wish all involved in the brand every success and look forward to hear about MalinWaters in the future”.* ALL PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYENDSUNIQUE MARINE PROJECT ‘MALINWATERS’ MAKES A SPLASH was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MalinWaters
1 How Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson possibly reacted to Louis Tomlinson’s new kit design Doncaster Rovers ran a competition to design their new kits for the 2016/17 season and wouldn’t you know it? The winner for the away kit comp was only a certain Mr L. Tomlinson of One Direction fame.But it wasn’t a fix, according to the club.“The process for receiving kit designs, shortlisting and the public voting for our kit design competition followed strict legal guidance to ensure that the club adhered to competition law and that all processes were fair,” read a Doncaster Rovers statement.“We are aware that the result of the competition has attracted some mixed feedback, but we can assure our fans that the voting process for the 2016/17 shirt designs was all was fair and above board.”Over to the interwebs for comment…
Quique Sanchez Flores led Watford to Premier League safety Former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is being tipped to take charge of Espanyol this summer.The Spaniard was sacked by Watford’s owners earlier this month – despite comfortably leading the club to Premier League safety and an FA Cup semi-final – and swiftly replaced by Italian manager Walter Mazzarri.However, according to Marca, Sanchez Flores is the firm favourite to take over at the Catalan club, who are set to sack Constantin Galca next week.Espanyol owners were left disappointed with the club’s 13th-place finish in La Liga last season and have lined up Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez and Sanchez Flores as potential replacements.And it appears that Sanchez Flores is now on the verge of reaching a deal with Espanyol after holding positive talks this week. 1