first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Feb 2020 12:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Comment Advertisementcenter_img Gabriel ha been impressive for Lille this season (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty Images)Arsenal will have to fork out around £30m for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes if they want to sign him in the summer.The Gunners were interested in signing the central defender during the January transfer window, making ‘firm offers’ for him as Mikel Arteta looked to strengthen his shaky defence.The moves were unsuccessful, but Arsenal maintain an interest in the 22-year-old Brazilian and may return with a bid in the summer.However, he will not come cheap as the Sun report that Lille are looking for around £30m for one of their hottest prospects.ADVERTISEMENTGabriel cost Lille just £1.5m three years ago when he arrived in France from Avai in Brazil, but his current club are confident they can receive a huge fee for him after Arsenal signed William Saliba for £27m from Saint Etienne last summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Ligue 1 side have also proved to be stern negotiators after they managed to secure £72m from Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe over the summer.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 CityGabriel is an imposing central defender, standing at 6’3″ and has become a regular in the Lille starting XI over the last year.He signed for the French side from his home country in 2016, but has also spent time on loan at Troyes and then Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.His performances this season have caught the eye, not only of Arsenal, but also of Everton who have shown an interest in signing him as well.The Gunners did bring in two new defensive signings in January as Pablo Mari arrived on loan from Flamengo and Cedric Soares signed arrived on a six-month deal from Southampton.Arteta is still struggling with injuries at the back, though, with Calum Chambers out of the season, while Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac and new signing Cedric all sidelined.MORE: Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Arsenal plot early transfer move for Feyenoord star Orkun Kokcu Lille will demand £30m for Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaeslast_img read more


first_img A superb round of 69, containing eight birdies, saw Billy Watson secure the Junior County Champions title for Hampshire over the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, ending a two-year domination by Lincolnshire golfers.His 36-hole aggregate of 142, four under par, was five strokes ahead of runner-up, Gian-Marco Petrozzi from Staffordshire, his playing partner, and six clear of Essex champion Taylor Carter.“Although I won the Hampshire Boys Championship, this is my biggest victory as it is a national title,” said Watson. “It is a big achievement for me and a great boost. It also gets me automatic entry into next year’s Brabazon Trophy and hopefully on to better things.”Watson (image © Leaderboard Photography), the 18-year-old son of former European Tour professional Scott Watson, started his second round one shot off the lead held by Lincolnshire’s Sam Done. But he was soon setting a hot pace.“I was fighting a left pull on my long irons this morning so before I went out this afternoon I spent some time in the net with my dad and he put me right,” added Watson.“This afternoon was fun. I started well with a birdie at the first from six feet and I missed chances at the next two holes. But I birdied the sixth and bogeyed the seventh to be out in 36 but I had six birdies on the back nine. “This win will take a while to sink in. It was good to have dad on the bag, not necessarily for tips but for his support.”While most of the field were struggling with the Hotchkin’s tough challenge, Watson, who stands 6ft 6ins, made it look easy. He had birdies at the tenth, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th while bogeys at 12 and 15, both to three putts, kept him on an even keel.He and Petrozzi were in the last group on the course and the Staffordshire youngster also beat the par with his five-birdie 71 for 147.Carter, who won all six of his games for Essex in the recent English Boys County Championship, added a level-par 73 to his opening 75 for third place on 148.“I started poorly with a double bogey at the second after getting a bad lie in a bunker,” said the 18 year old from Rochford. “But I played O.K. but didn’t hole a thing. I had a lot of chances but couldn’t get the ball to drop. But I finished well with an eagle at 18, hitting my hybrid to eight feet.”Although Cheshire boy champion Max Rogers finished down the field he had the satisfaction of securing his first ever hole-in-one. It came at the 209-yard eighth hole when he sank his five iron tee shot.“I didn’t see the ball go in but the pitch mark was about ten feet in front of the hole so I assume it rolled in from there,” said the 17 year old from the Astbury club. “I’ve never had an ace before and I needed it today. It made up for a bogey at that hole this morning. 13 Sep 2014 Victory proves elementary for eight-birdie Watson last_img read more


first_imgAfter winning the Kentucky Derby for the second straight year, jockey Victor Espinoza is excited to go for the elusive Triple Crown. Follow Victor as he visits ESPN and throws out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium. Good luck in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 16! Come to Santa Anita for live racing plus watch the simulcast of the Preakness Stakes. Special packages available.last_img