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Arsenal and Tottenham interested in Thomas Strakosha with Lazio ready to consider offers

first_imgArsenal 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 Pogbalast_img read more

Mustapha Pledges Integrity, Justice as Watchwords in CAF

first_imgThe new President of the CAF Board of Appeal, A. U. Mustapha (SAN) has assured football stakeholders in the continent that his board will employ integrity and justice to all as watchwords during its tenure.Speaking in Abuja shortly after he was appointed to the position, the former Chairman of the NFF Electoral Committee said: “I want to first and foremost, thank the NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, for making this possible. I never lobbied for the job and I never even knew that I was being considered. Perhaps, the big roles that AITEO continue to play in Nigerian football and at CAF level brought one to prominence. I thank Mr. Benedict Peters (President, AITEO) for his immense service to football.“For me, the approach to this new assignment will be simple: integrity will be at the front –burner. A lot of people who know me can vouch for me on this. More importantly, we will follow the rules dispassionately to deliver justice to all.” A distinguished legal practitioner of over two decades, A. U. Mustapha has excelled in various assignments in Nigerian Football as well as in using strategic thinking to run diverse businesses.A dynamic, articulate and pragmatic team player, he has attended reputable international institutions including the Harvard Business School (USA), Manchester Business School, Suffolk Law School (both in the United Kingdom) and the Business School Netherlands in The Hague. He has served in top positions in various businesses and in boards of corporate entities, as well as with the National Sports Commission (Chairman, National Appeals Committee), the NFF (Chairman, NFF Electoral Committee & Deputy Chairman, NFF Committee for Ethics and Fairplay) and the League (Member, Organising and Disciplinary Committee).“My father was the Chairman of Kwara State Football Association and we used to follow him to the stadium to watch matches, so you can say the love of the game is from the cradle!“I see every assignment as a call to service. I have enjoyed the experience all the way, but I will say the most challenging for me was conducting the 2010 NFF Elections, which has been adjudged as perhaps the most credible in NFF history. There were lots of intrigues and attempts were made to compromise us, with threats and invasion of privacy thrown into the bargain.“However, our unwavering commitment to a credible process prevailed to the extent that the FIFA observer offered me a job with FIFA, but a highly –placed Nigerian told him that my hands are full in Nigeria!”A. U. Mustapha was last Friday, at the 40th CAF General Assembly in Casablanca, named the new President of the CAF Board of Appeal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more