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Comment PSG chief says Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is ‘dream’ signing Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 7:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Houssem Aouar is hot property at the moment (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar during the transfer window, but sporting director Leonardo appears to have ruled out a move in the coming days.The 22-year-old is one of the most talked-about players in Europe this summer, with a string of clubs looking to snap him up.Arsenal are thought to be in a strong position to sign the Frenchman, but Juventus and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest in the talented star.Ligue 1 champions PSG have also been touted as a possible destination for Aouar and Leonardo admits he is a fan of his, but it is unlikely to happen before this year’s transfer deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aouar it’s a dream but it may not be the right time,’ said the Brazilian.That is good news for Arsenal, who have been in negotiations with Lyon but are struggling to agree a price, with the Gunners initially offering £32m but the French side wanting closer to £50m.Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign him because of Lyon’s asking price, but Real Madrid could be the most serious competition Arsenal face after manager Zinedine Zidane made contact with his compatriot over a move.Aouar is reportedly thrilled by the prospect of moving to the La Liga champions, but Arsenal also appeals to him and the interest from Madrid may just encourage the Premier League club to up their offer in the near future.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 CityAsked about possible new signings on Friday, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: ‘Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally. [I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can. ‘But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future. We are all very much aligned but I’m afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news. ‘I think it is a crucial moment because in the end it defines the people, the players, the balance and the quality that you’re going to have for the rest of the season.‘We need to make some decisions in the next three days, I think everything has been delayed so much, not just us but probably every team because of the context that we’re in at the moment. ‘We will try to make the best possible decisions and at the end, whatever we have, we go for it fully convinced and prepared to have a good season.’MORE: Chelsea could look at Arsenal target Thomas Partey as potential Declan Rice alternativeMORE: Michael Owen makes predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United vs TottenhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement
Sassuolo and Black Stars midfielder, Alfred Duncan, has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, with an ankle injury he sustained two months ago, Citi Sports can confirm.Duncan, who was set to play a key role in Kwesi Appiah’s team for the biennial competition, had a lengthy phone call with the coach on Sunday in which he informed him of his unavailability.Duncan has been carrying the injury since the beginning of the year, and has been playing through the pain barrier for the last 4 weeks.He brought the injury to his last national team assignment against Kenya and Mauritania in March and sat out 3 weeks of action on his return to Italy.Citi Sports has been informed that Kwesi Appiah has known of Duncan’s injury situation all along and has constantly maintained contact with the player throughout this period.It is understood Sassuolo doctors have decided the former Inter Milan youth star needs time to treat the injury to prevent further aggravation.A decision on whether he will require surgery will be taken after Sassuolo’s last match of the season against Atalanta on Sunday.
FANTASY: Start ’em/sit ’em advice for Week 12 Brady, 42, has displayed legendary durability throughout his career. He has started all 10 of New England’s games this season, and aside from 2016, when he was suspended by the NFL for the first four games for his role in Deflategate, and 2008, when he suffered season-ending knee injury in Week 1, he has started all 16 games every year from 2002-18. He started 14 of 14 games after taking over for an injured Drew Bledsoe as the No. 1 QB in Week 3 of the 2001 season. The Patriots head into the weekend with a possible concern about quarterback Tom Brady.New England listed Brady (elbow) as questionable for its late-afternoon game Sunday vs. the Cowboys, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Brady is expected to play. Brady was a limited participant in Friday’s practice, the team said. If Brady cannot go Sunday, then rookie Jarrett Stidham would take over. Stidham, 23, has thrown four passes, completing two, this year. He also has thrown an interception, which the Jets’ Jamal Adams returned for a touchdown.Brady has led the Patriots to a 9-1 record, but several of his key numbers are down compared to recent years. His completion percentage (63.7), yards per attempt (7.0) and passer rating (90.7) are all at their lowest since the 2013 season.New England leads the AFC East by two games over the Bills and also have a head-to-head tiebreaker over Buffalo.