Comment Advertisement Mertens could be available on a free transfer next summer (Getty Images)According to Il Mattino, both Arsenal and Tottenham have registered their interest in signing Mertens.The report claims that both Premier League sides have ‘taken information’ on Mertens ahead of a potential move.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Juventus, AC Milan and Inter are also reportedly interested in signing the Belgian.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 CitySpeaking about his future last month, Mertens admitted he could leave Napoli at the end of the season.‘I still don’t know what my future will be,’ he said.‘My objective right now is to have a very good season with Napoli. Then we’ll see how things go. There’s still some time left until the end of the season.‘Here at Napoli, I still have seven months left on my contract. I don’t know where I’ll be playing next season.‘At the end of this year, I’ll assess whether to renew my contract or not, but it’s still too early. I’m not in a position to rule anything out.’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 Arsenal Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham in race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli Dries Mertens is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham (SIPA USA/PA Images)Arsenal and Tottenham are in the race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli, according to reports.The 32-year-old’s current contract with the Serie A club expires at the end of the season and he is yet to agree a new deal.Mertens is currently in his seventh season at Napoli and is a key part of their attack with 116 goals for the Italian club.But Napoli risk losing the Belgium international next summer with several clubs lining up for his signature.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Nov 2019 11:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – West Indies Emerging Players survived a crushing 10-wicket defeat to Group A winners Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here Monday, to qualify for the semi-finals of the Regional Super50 Cup.In a lopsided affair at Queen’s Park Oval, the impressive development side were rolled over cheaply for 78 off 27.1 overs and Red Force hardly raised a sweat in overhauling their target in the 18th over.Emerging Players, who started the match second in Group B on 18 points, needed a victory to confirm their spot in the semi-finals especially with Guyana Jaguars, in third spot on 16 points, breathing down their necks.But Jaguars suffered a shocking defeat to minnows United States at the Brian Lara Stadium, allowing Emerging Players to escape unscathed.Choosing to bat first, Emerging Players suffered a huge batting meltdown and only all-rounder Justin Greaves displayed any enterprise with 43.In fact, he was the only player in double figures, striking five fours in a 69-ball knock, as leg-spinning captain Imran Khan (3-19) and fast bowler Anderson Phillip (3-23) wrecked the innings with three wickets apiece.Spinners Akeal Hosein (2-7), a left-armer and Jon Russ Jaggesar (2-29), an off-break bowler, supported with two wickets each.In reply, Jeremy Solozano struck an unbeaten 43 from 59 balls with five fours and a six while fellow left-hander Keagan Simmons, in his first match of the series, finished on 27 not out off 47 balls.
Ghana is expected be reinstated as a member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after the national association received a donation of 10,000 US dollars from the CEO of McDan Shipping, Danny McKorley to settle arrears with the international body.Ghana was slapped with a ban by the ITF earlier this year after accruing three years of unpaid affiliation fees with the international body. Ghana was given a grace period which was stretched to this year.During the grace period youngster Isaac Nortey took part in the world junior championship in Switzerland while the junior national team also participated and excelled in an ITF West Central African tournament in Lome, Togo. The ban prevented Ghana from partcipating in any ITF-sanctioned activity after it was activated.This included administratve courses, tournaments and scholarship programmes for talented players.At a brief presentation ceremony at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr McKorley, who is a tennis enthusiast said “the decision to support the sport is inspired by my passion for the sport and I wanted to extend this gesture to support the national association to restore the image of the nation. There are many undiscovered tennis talents in the country which can be unearthed and when they are supported they can go places.” Mr McKorley also used the opportunity to announce his outfit’s plan to build an ultra-modern tennis arena in Accra as well as introduce the McDan Open tournament on the local tennis calendar. “Tennis is a big sport all over the world and its rather sad that Ghana has to experience this problem. At my company we are committed to fulfilling our social responsibility and also want to help the sport to develop,” Mr McKorley told Joy Sports. Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah who received the cheque on behalf of the GTA encouraged more corporate support for sports to enable non-football disciplines grow. Ghana tennis has seen major challenges over the last few years most of which are financial. Due to the lack of sponsorship, the Ghana Tennis Association (GTA) has had major challenges organising tournaments. This is also compounded with the nation’s inability to qualify from Euro-Africa Zone Three of the Davis Cup. The junior national teams have remained Ghana’s brightest spot in tennis with consistent medal-winning performances at major tournaments.