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Tottenham playmaker, Christian Eriksen, ‘agrees terms’ with Inter Milan

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Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has agreed to a four-and-a-half-year deal with Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy.

The Dane has been heavily linked with a switch to Antonio Conte’s side this month and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Spurs are demanding £17.5million for the 27-year-old they paid Ajax £11.5m for in 2013.

Eriksen has refused to sign a new contract in the hope of sealing a move away from Spurs, and the report suggests he has agreed to lower his salary demands from £8.5m to £6.5m to join the Serie A giants this month.

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The former Ajax man was booed by some Tottenham supporters when he was substituted during the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.

And after the final whistle, along with other Tottenham stars, Christian Eriksen went to applaud the club’s supporters and made a beeline for one young fan who appeared to be holding a Danish flag.

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The Denmark international has been one of the Lilywhite’s most important players since he joined, scoring 51 goals and adding 62 assists in 223 Premier League appearances.

And recent reports suggest Inter are also interested in signing Manchester United defender Ashley Young.

The Nerazzurri are currently in second in the Serie A standings after 19 games, two points behind Juventus, who defeated Roma 2-1 on Sunday evening.

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Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix despite puncture on final lap

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Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix for the seventh time in his career but endured a nervy end to the race at Silverstone after his car suffered a puncture on the final lap.

Hamilton’s Mercedes limped across the finish line with a puncture to the front left tyre, while Max Verstappen, who finished second and was forced to pit for the fastest lap of the race, did not have enough time to close the gap.

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Hamilton had been having a smooth race despite two other Mercedes drivers experiencing punctured tyres, until he too suffered a puncture, this time heading down the back straight towards Brooklands.

Then it was a question of whether he could finish the remainder of the lap – more than half of it – before Verstappen caught him.

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Hamilton speaking to reporters after the win said in relief: “That was close.”

“Up until the last lap, everything was relatively smooth sailing.

“The tyres felt great. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard and I was doing some management of that tyre and he looked like he wasn’t doing any.

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Australia’s Kyrgios withdraws from U.S. Open

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the U.S. Open and again criticised some of his fellow professionals for their decisions to ignore health advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kyrgios follows compatriot and women’s world number one Ash Barty, who withdrew from the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 tournament earlier this week.

“I will not be playing this year at the U.S. Open,” Kyrgios said in a video on social media on Sunday.

“It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport’s greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans that have lost their lives, for all of you. It’s my decision.”

Kyrgios had no problems with the USTA scheduling the tournament or players competing if they chose, “so long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely”.

The 25-year-old said he recognised that lower-wage employees at the event, such as restaurant staff, cleaners and locker room attendants, needed the tournament to take place.

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The world number 40, however, also took another shot at some of his fellow players, with whom he has been involved in a running battle over the last two months after they chose to play in a Novak Djokovic-organised exhibition event in Europe.

Djokovic, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Victor Troicki all tested positive for COVID-19 during the event, which was hastily cancelled.

“Tennis players, you have to act in the interest of each other and work together,” Kyrgios added.

“You can’t be dancing on tables, money grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition. That’s just so selfish.

“Think of the other people for once, that is what this virus is about.”

 

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Aribo wins Glasgow Rangers’ Young POTY

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Nigeria national-teamer Joe Aribo has been recognized for his outstanding performances last season, winning two of the six prizes at Glasgow Rangers End of Season Awards for the 2019-2020 campaign.

Rangers’ official website has informed that the Super Eagles midfielder won the Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards.

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To win the Young POTY accolade, Aribo saw off competition from Niko Katic, Ryan Kent, George Edmundson, and Ianis Hagi.

Signed from Charlton Athletic last summer, the Nigerian had an impressive debut season, scoring 9 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions while assisting eight others.

Three of Aribo’s strikes were in the running for the Goal of the Season, against FC Midtjylland, Hbernian FC, and Sporting Braga, but his goal against the Portuguese set up was picked as the best goal scored by a Rangers player the last term.

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Liverpool-owned winger Sheyi Ojo, who spent the whole of last season on loan at The Light Blues, was nominated for the Goal of the Season for his strike against Feyenoord in the Europa League.

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