Arsenal and Tottenham interested in Thomas Strakosha with Lazio ready to consider offers Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Jun 2019 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18Shares Advertisement Thomas Strakosha has caught the eye for Lazio (Picture: LightRocket via Getty Images)Arsenal and Tottenham are tracking Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha this summer, with the 24-year-old reportedly interested in a move to the Premier League.The Albania international has become a fixture in the Lazio side over the last two-and-a-half years, making 122 appearances for the Rome club.According to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool were interested in his services last year, but chose to move for Alisson Becker instead.However, there are still suitors from the Premier League with both north London sides weighing up moves for the stopper.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Strakosha won the Coppa Italia with Lazio this year (Picture: Getty Images)Gazzetta report that Lazio do not want to let their first choice keeper go, but would be willing to do a deal for the right price – that price is thought to be around €25m (£22m).AdvertisementAdvertisementThat is pretty much the same amount of money Arsenal paid for Bernd Leno last summer, so they may be put off by paying the same price for a number two goalkeeper.Spurs have money to spend after reaching the Champions League final and making it back into the competition for next season and are looking for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris in goal.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 CityStrakosha finished the season with an Achilles problem which saw him play through the pain to win the Coppa Italia with Lazio, keeping a clean sheet as his side won 2-0 over Atalanta.The 6 ft 4 in stopper began his career at Greek club Panionios, from where Lazio snapped him up for a small fee as a 17-year-old.He is under contract until 2022 so Lazio are under no pressure to let their number one leave, although Gazzetta suggest that he is very tempted by a move to England.MORE: Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze responds to Arsenal transfer speculationMORE: Manchester United ask about Joao Cancelo in talks with Juventus over Paul Pogba
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he will work to be the best player of all time after being presented with his third European Golden Boot award.The 29-year-old was speaking at a lavish ceremony in Madrid where he received the trophy for being the joint top scorer last season in Europe, along with Luis Suarez, having hit 31 goals.”I always try to do things well and not just last season. I always want to do better,” said Ronaldo.”The last five years have been very good and the last two have been a little bit better. I don’t want to just be the best in Portugal, I want to be the best ever and I will work to be that. After that it is down to individual opinions.”In my profession I want to be the best, and I am making a name for myself step by step. When my career ends I want to see the statistics and I want to see if I am among the best ever.”I am sure I will be.” The World Player of the Year, who also won the Golden Boot in the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons, has had a glittering career with both Manchester United and Real and he helped the latter to win their tenth European Cup last season.”To win the third Golden Boot is like winning the first. I am very happy, it is a special day and I want to share it with the people that have helped me,” said Ronaldo.”Everyone talks about whether this is the best Madrid side and I suppose at the end we will know – if we win nothing or we are the best. I believe that we will win a lot. We are working well with the coach (Carlo Ancelotti).”Things are going well and on a personal note I am happy and playing well.”Real lead the La Liga table with 24 points from 10 games and have already struck 37 goals. “Maybe now we have more of the ball which is good. The more you have it the more damage you can make,” he said.”We are causing problems for that reason, we are having more chances but the system is more or less the same. We have a very good squad. (Gareth) Bale has returned now and is in good shape.”We can go very far. We will work to get better each game and win the trophies: La Liga, the Champions League and the cup.”
76ers rumors: Philadelphia sends Jimmy Butler to Heat in sign-and-trade, inks Al Horford to 4-year deal Here are three takeaways from free agency so far:The Nets are winningIt appears like Brooklyn is acquiring two of the top three free agents that hit the market this summer in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.Both Durant and Irving are prepping to sign multi-year deals, according to ESPN, which will surely make the Nets a top contender in the Eastern Conference for years to come. Related News Knicks address missing out on Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving: ‘We continue to be upbeat and confident’ Free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are taking less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to get the $10M annual salary with Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Even though Durant likely won’t play at all in 2019-20 because of his Achilles injury, Brooklyn has a lethal mix of star power and developing young talent that seems poised to make some noise.Utah is sneakily making significant upgradesThe Jazz didn’t sign the biggest superstars available, but did acquire some quality players that could make them considerably better next season.Utah traded with the Grizzlies to bring in a talented, all-around point guard in Mike Conley to pair with Donovan Mitchell in its backcourt. It also reportedly acquired an underrated wing in 6-8 Bojan Bogdanovic.Conley is a much better scorer than Ricky Rubio and will give the Jazz a higher offensive ceiling. Bogdanovic shot 42.5% from behind the arc in 2018-19 and has solid versatility, which will allow him to play at three different positions.The Jazz got better at two starting spots and finished fifth in the Western Conference last year. They are a serious threat to surpass that mark in 2019-20, and they did this without losing any major pieces.Things don’t look good for the KnicksNew York was rumored to be among the favorites to land Durant and Irving all year, but obviously that didn’t work out.It moved Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas in what was likely an attempt to free up max slots for stars, but reportedly hesitated to offer Durant max money. The Knicks were also hoping to get former Duke star Zion Williamson in the 2019 NBA Draft but got RJ Barrett at No. 3 overall instead. NBA free agency officially began Sunday, and it was eventful.Quite a few teams made notable moves to adjust their rosters, and some had more desirable outcomes than others. Barrett is still an elite prospect, but Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier probably won’t help him turn New York into a contender anytime soon. Reportedly landing Julius Randle was a bright spot for the Knicks, but their free agency looks like it will be extremely underwhelming, considering the expectations they started the year with.