Arsenal target Mario Hermoso looks certain to leave Espanyol after rejecting new contract

first_imgAdvertisement Mario Hermoso looks set to leave Espanyol this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso after the defender rejected a new contract at the Spanish club.The 24-year-old has just one year left on his current deal and Marca report that he is ‘certain’ to leave after turning down a new offer from the Catalan side.There is now set to be a race for the centre-back’s signature with a number of big clubs from around Europe interested in him.The Gunners are joined by the likes of Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain to have shown an interest in Hermoso in recent weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThere is also the issue that former club Real Madrid own half his rights and will receive half of any transfer fee for the player. Phil HaighWednesday 19 Jun 2019 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Comment Hermoso signed for Espanyol from Real Madrid in 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)Real have a buy-back clause for the man they let go in 2017 for just €7.5m (£6.6m) and although they are not interested in the player, they might activate the clause to avoid him going to a La Liga rival and to sell him on for more money.Hermoso’s release clause is €40m (£35m) and Espanyol do not expect that to be met, with just one year left on his current deal.Previous reports suggested the Spain international could be bought for around £18m, but that will quickly rise if there is a bidding war.Real Madrid’s deal to get half the transfer fee will see both them and Espanyol negotiating hard to get the most out of it.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 CityHermoso has made 54 La Liga appearances for Espanyol since arriving from Madrid in 2017, without having made an appearance for Real.Such have been his performances for the Catalan side that he was called up for Spain last year and has picked up three caps since then.It was reported earlier this month that Atletico are optimistic about signing Hermoso, so other potential suitors will have to move fast.MORE: Unai Emery urges Arsenal board to sign Celtic left-back Kieran TierneyMORE: Alexis Claude-Maurice rejects Arsenal move in favour of Borussia Monchengladbach Arsenal target Mario Hermoso looks certain to leave Espanyol after rejecting new contract Advertisementlast_img read more

Win over England gives Windies first points on Test Championships table

first_imgAMIDST all the excitement and celebration surrounding the West Indies’ four-wicket win over England on Sunday, fans of the Caribbean side might have missed out on something else to celebrate.The hard-fought victory spearheaded by the efforts of Jermaine Blackwood, who scored a match-winning 95, Jason Holder’s seven wickets and Shannon Gabriel’s nine-wicket haul, earned the West Indies their first points on the ICC World Test Championship table for 2019/2021.Under the rules of the championship, each team plays six series, with each series counting for 120 points, distributed over the number of matches in a series. A two-match series will mean 60 points for each Test while a three-match series will give 40 points to each Test match.A tie will be 50 per cent of the points available, whilst a draw will be a 3:1 points ratio.When the West Indies beat England in their three-match #Raisethebat series, the Caribbean side picked up their first 40 points, which sees the side sitting seventh on the table, 16 points ahead of South Africa who have 24 points from seven matches played.Bangladesh have not yet scored after three matches.However, the West Indies, who have only played three matches in the championship so far, have a long way to go if they are to get into the top levels of the standings that are being led by India with 360 points from nine matches played. They have seven wins and two losses.Australia, who have played 10 matches have seven wins, two losses and a draw for 296 points.New Zealand are third with 180 points from their seven matches – the points coming from the three matches won. They have lost four.England are not having a good time of it in fourth with 146 points. Their recent loss to the West Indies means they lost four Tests of the 10 played so far. They also have five wins and a draw.Pakistan 140 and Sri Lanka 80 are fifth and sixth respectively.If the West Indies win their next match against England they will move into a tie on points with Sri Lanka and draw that much closer to Pakistan.The ICC World Test Championship is a league competition for Test cricket run by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which started on August 1, 2019. It is intended to be the premier championship for Test cricket in line with the ICC’s goal of having one pinnacle tournament for each of the three formats of international cricket.In October 2017, the ICC announced that a Test league had been agreed by its members, which would involve the top nine teams playing series over two years with the top two teams qualifying for a World Test League Championship Final.The first ICC World Test Championship started after the 2019 Cricket World Cup from August 1, 2019, with the Ashes series. The second ICC World Test Championship will run from July 2021 to June 2023. (Sportsmax)last_img read more