Edu approves Arsenal’s deal for Thomas Partey

first_imgAdvertisement Edu is keen on the move (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Arteta can only spend money raised from sales this summer or bring in loan deals. Partey has a release clause of £43million but the Gunners are hoping to land him for less than that. They will still, however, need to sell assets in order to sign him.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 ArsenalArsenal are still hoping to extend Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s stay, while they think it will be impossible to shift Mesut Ozil this summer. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to make a loan move to Roma permanent, which will free up some space on the wage bill but another sale is likely to be required to raise the required transfer fee. Would Thomas Partey be a good signing for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Jul 2020 7:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.4kShares Partey is set for a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta’s hopes of landing Thomas Partey have been given a further boost after the deal was given the green light by Arsenal’s technical director Edu. Partey has emerged as the club’s top summer target, with the Atletico Madrid midfielder keen on a move to the Emirates. Arsenal are confident they will wrap up a deal for the 27-year-old and Arteta views him as a key arrival. Head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao, who brought in Gabriel Martinelli, was the man who initially identified Partey as a key signing, according to the Daily Mail, and the move has now been approved by both Arteta and Edu.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFinancing the deal may prove difficult, however. Funds will need to be raised to sign the Ghanaian, with Matteo Guendouzi, Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira all facing the exit door in order for Arteta to get his man. Comment Edu approves Arsenal’s deal for Thomas Partey Advertisementlast_img read more

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Activist asset management can ‘create alpha’, says RWC

first_imgHe told IPE: “The regulatory uncertainties relating to, for example, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, have left European investors hesitant to look to alternative strategies. But we believe that will change.”Activist strategies are expensive strategies to run. However, the value proposition is higher due to the creation of alpha.”Mannix admits activism has historically had some negative connotations, as a result of the aggressive tactics of some investors, particularly in the US, where the market dynamics are supportive of more explicitly aggressive behaviour.He believes that, in Europe, activist fund managers generally only get things done when they have a positive relationship with corporate management.He added: “It is different in the European market. There, we have to have empathy with the local market dynamics that are varied across the different countries.”RWC took over the Focus Funds from Hermes in 2012. It has three strategies – Japan, UK only and pan-Europe.Mannix said: “We saw the opportunity to reposition the focus funds in the minds of investors and have seen significant inflows into the European strategy since the teams joined us.” Activism is essentially about being an alpha creator, according to investment manager RWC.But to date, activist funds are more widespread in the US.RWC chief executive Dan Mannix said: “In Europe, there is a lack of fund managers who do this well. In addition, there is a lack of capital support from European institutions.”However, Mannix said that, thanks to recommendations – for example, those coming from the UK’s Kay review – there is an increasing belief that fund managers have a duty to be good stewards and engage with the companies they invest in, increasing the interest in pure play activist managers.last_img read more

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Zack Greinke helps Dodgers clinch home field in NLDS

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As Dodger Stadium readies for its third consecutive postseason in the next week, Dodgers co-ace Zack Greinke made sure his team would have home-field advantage in the National League Division Series.Greinke followed the commanding no-hitter by Washington’s Max Scherzer that completed a doubleheader sweep of the New York Mets on Saturday with another Cy Young-worthy performance Saturday night in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.Greinke (19-3) not only clinched home-field advantage in the NLDS for a Dodgers team that thrives at Chavez Ravine with a 54-26 home record, he also nailed down his second career ERA title by allowing just one run over eight innings. He also won the 2009 American League Cy Young with Kansas City.Greinke also appeared postseason ready.“He’s been unbelievable all year. He goes out and he knows what he’s doing and he executes it,” said Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who hit a solo homer in the first inning. “We’re happy for him. It was a typical Zack Greinke outing. “And now you get to see Kersh and Zack pitch for us here in the playoffs.”When the Dodgers open the best-of-five NLDS against the New York Mets, it will host Games 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday and a potential Game 5 on Oct. 15.Greinke locked in the NL ERA title with a 1.66 mark on the season, edging other Cy Young award hopeful Jake Arriata of the Cubs (1.77 ERA). Greinke also won the AL ERA title in 2009 with Kansas City.“The last time, I felt more dominant,” Greinke said. “This time, I felt I had the whole team behind me. They don’t make too many errors here.“The last three years, I felt I have been pretty consistent. This year, I felt even better.”Greinke leads the major leagues in winning percentage (.864) and WHIP (0.84) and has thrown at least six innings in each of his 32 starts this season.Greinke also surpassed Arriata for the MLB lead with his 30th quality start (at least six innings pitched, less than three runs allowed).Greinke had just one major hiccup — a one-out homer by Austin Hedges over the left-field fence in the fifth inning.Otherwise Greinke was in control, scattering four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in eight innings while recording 77 strikes on 108 pitches.By striking out pinch-hitter Derek Norris to lead off the eighth inning, Greinke recorded his 200th strikeout this season and joined Dean Chance (1964), Luis Tiant (1968), Bob Gibson (1968) and Dwight Gooden (1985) as pitchers with 200-plus strikeouts and a sub-1.70 ERA in the same season.“This year I don’t pay attention to strikeouts as much,” Greinke said. “In years past, that would’ve been a bigger deal to me. Now I’m just trying to get outs. That’s all I pay attention to, I guess.”In his last 17 starts, Greinke has recorded a 14-1 mark with a 1.62 ERA (22 ER/122 IP) while going 8-0 in his last eight home starts with a 1.08 ERA (7 ER, 58.1 ERA).Home-field advantage might ring true for Greinke.“It definitely helps, but I don’t think it is the deciding factor. I don’t know if it’s like the NFL or NBA where it’s a huge, huge deal. But it definitely helps,” Greinke said.“Pitching at home, you are a little more comfortable. But I feel good in New York too. I’m comfortable in that park too.”Kenley Jansen wrapped up home-field advantage in the NLDS with a scoreless ninth inning for his 36th save in 38 opportunities.Turner provided the Dodgers with a jolt by blasting a 404-foot homer to right-center field in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.The Dodgers scored their other run when Howie Kendrick came home on an Adrian Gonzalez double play grounder in the fourth inning.The Dodgers were also keeping close eyes on right fielder Yasiel Puig, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous 34 games with a strained right hamstring.Puig extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a flare single in his first at-bat and hit a groundout to second base in his second at-bat and popped out to third base in his final at-bat.Puig was not tested much in right field (he did catch final fly out to end game), but did make a hard sliding attempt into the right-field barrier in foul territory.“I felt good,” Puig said in Spanish. “I did a lot of work. I feel I like do not need that much work to feel warmed up or to feel that I can play and have good at-bats.”A slimmed-down Puig joked that they made him do liposuction in Arizona but added he feels ready to make an impact.Puig also said he accepted that he might have to take on more of a supplemental role.“Our goal is to get to the World Series and win the World Series,” Puig said. “Whether I start or whether I don’t start, I just want to be there for my team and help in any way I can.”center_img By Tony Cinigliotony.ciniglio@langnews.com@tciniglio on TwitterThe decorative bunting has yet to be set up. The postseason signage has yet to be displayed.last_img read more

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