Arsenal close in on Thomas Lemar transfer as Atletico Madrid sanction move

first_imgMari is poised to have a medical in London (Picture: Getty)‘We are looking at different positions, obviously since I joined we lost Calum [Chambers] and we had other circumstances and injuries in that position so it’s true that at the back we have been short.‘There are other positions as well, depending on what happens in the market that we might need to assess.‘At the moment I am 50/50 [on signings] because this transfer [window] is very complicated and I only want to bring somebody in if I’m convinced he can really improve the level that we have.’MORE: Flamengo star Pablo Mari pictured with Edu flying to London to complete Arsenal moveMORE: Mikel Arteta dealt transfer blow with Arsenal target Layvin Kurzawa set to join Juventus from PSG Arteta has made no secret of his desire for reinforcements (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are thought to be exploring loan deals with possible options to buy and could seal a double signing before the window closes next week.Flamengo star Pablo Mari has flown to London to complete a move to Arsenal.The central defender was accompanied by Arsenal chief Edu on the flight to London after a breakthrough in talks on Friday night.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 CityArteta was asked about potential signings in his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup game this weekend, but refused to comment on any names.‘I’m not going to be discussing any transfer links publicly,’ said the Spaniard.‘It’s something we are trying to do internally and when we have news we will communicate with you guys. Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal are keen on Lemar (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid, according to reports from Spain.Lemar has long been linked with a transfer to the Premier League and was once a primary target for Arsene Wenger.Atletico won the race to sign Lemar back in 2018, paying over £50million for the forward, but the Frenchman has struggled to live up to his price tag in Spain.El Chiringuito claim Ateltico want to offload Lemar to raise funds to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal were declared the frontrunners and are now ‘close’ to securing a deal for Lemar.AdvertisementAdvertisementMikel Arteta is keen for reinforcements this month, but the Arsenal board are restricted by a limited transfer budget after a busy summer window.center_img Arsenal close in on Thomas Lemar transfer as Atletico Madrid sanction move Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Jan 2020 12:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.6kShareslast_img read more

Human Rights Court to rule on GFA and EOCO’s saga

first_imgA Human Rights Court in Accra will on April 8, rule on whether or not the Economic and Organised Crime Organisation (EOCO) violated the rights and privacy of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) when it invaded its office on December 8, last year and took away some computers for investigations.This was after Mr Thaddeus Sory, counsel for GFA and Dr Philip Anderson counsel for EOCO had argued their cases before the court presided over by Mr Justice U.P. Dery.The basis for the application before the court was that on December 8, 2010, the EOCO in executing an order of the court, proceeded to the offices of the GFA and took away some computers.Moving a motion to invoke the jurisdiction of the court to enforce GFA’s fundamental human rights, Mr Sory noted that EOCO was to retrieve documents and not computers and mobile phones of some of the Association’s personnel.Mr Sory submitted that the EOCO in executing the court order extended their mandates further to other areas other than the documents.He said if the EOCO thought it wise to include computers, they should have stated that before the court or file an amendment to the orders of the court.Also, Mr Sory noted that the EOCO did not tell the GFA as to whom they were investigating.“The respondents did not tell whether it was the president of the GFA or the Chairman of the Professional League who was being investigated. “The mode by which the EOCO carried out the order was done in bad faith and it was not true that the GFA President had had discussions with the EOCO,” Mr Sory added.According to Mr Sory, the EOCO had breached its obligations under the Constitution and they did not also comply with their own Act.Mr Sory pointed out that the EOCO only went behind the court to do what the court had not asked them to do, noting that the insertion of the word computers on the order was an after thought.He said the EOCO had no powers to go into the activities going on between the GFA and its private sponsors.Counsel further pointed out that under the EOCO’s Act, Act 304, they could have extended their operations into matters where the state had lost funds and also where there had been tax evasion or other serious offences including human trafficking and sex exploitation. He admitted that the GFA had some agreements with some private organisations in terms of sponsorship package but that did not amount to loss of funds by the state.Mr Sory said there must be facts on the ground to call for investigations.In his response, Dr Anderson opposed to the application filed by the GFA saying they acted fairly and reasonably, and that the EOCO did not breach the right and privacy of the GFA.Citing Act 724 under the Insurance Act of 2006, he said the definition of documents included information stored electronically and that fell within the orders of the court.Dr Anderson debunked the GFA’s assertion that the insertion of computers in the court orders was an after thought. He said the EOCO wrote to the GFA over the investigations to be conducted and it further went ahead to hold discussions with the GFA boss after he had visited the offices.“It is false that Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi did not know the purpose for which he was invited into the offices of the EOCO and even when we wrote to them they responded,” he added.According to Dr Anderson, EOCO’s search at GFA was in accordance with the EOCO’s procedures and the law.He said the EOCO was investigating a matter concerning financial loss to the State, saying “Twenty-two (22) million dollars was spent on the World Cup and that should not be accounted for?”Dr Anderson pointed out that the EOCO had statutory duty to investigate all institutions and the GFA could not be exempted or discriminated. He denied that EOCO took some mobile phones away during the search, adding EOCO did not violate the rights of the GFA.Source: GNAlast_img read more