DEAL CLOSE! Arsenal ready to pay club-record fee for French striker

first_img1 The Gunners have made the French striker their number one summer target Arsenal are close to agreeing a club-record fee with Lyon to sign Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.The Gunners have made the French striker their number one summer target and are said to have made a breakthrough in negotiations with the Ligue 1 club.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas previously stated it would be unlikely Lacazette would leave in the current transfer window, but an improved offer from the north London club looks to have changed the situation.Arsene Wenger’s side have also been strongly linked with moves for Monaco duo Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, with the club preparing for the possible departure of Alexis Sanchez.Any deal for Lacazette is likely to eclipse the £42million fee Arsenal paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in September 2013.last_img read more

Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar among former cricketers at Virat Kohli’s reception

first_imgVirat Kohli’s wedding reception in Mumbai was the perfect opportunity for some former India cricketers to get together at St Regis on Tuesday.Kohli tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in Tuscany on December 11 and returned to India and held a reception in Delhi for close family and friends on December 21.In Mumbai on Tuesday (December 26), several former cricketers including Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar and Sandeep Patil attended the glittering event.In fact, Anil Kumble, who had stepped down as India coach following differences with Kohli, also attended the event.Meanwhile, current coach Ravi Shastri was also seen at the event to bless the couple. Shastri has a lot of admiration for Kohli and in a recent interview with India Today said the skipper did not believe in giving excuses.”What happens is, that when you have a captain in that frame of mind, wanting to achieve things others can only dream of. Then it rubs off on other players. Others want to emulate him. He wants to raise the bar for himself and he doesn’t want any room for excuses,” Shastri had said.Shastri will soon join Kohli on flight when the Indian team departs for the tour of South Africa on December 27. There, Kohli will lead India in three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is.Anushka will also accompany Kohli to South Africa where the couple will ring in the New Year together.DELHI RECEPTION Virushka, as they are popularly called by fans, had invited some of the big-wigs from cricket, Bollywood and politics for both the wedding receptions but most of their guests are expected to be present for the Mumbai function on December 26.advertisementHowever, Kohli’s Delhi teammates along with big names like Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina made it to the Delhi celebrations along with their families on Thursday.While the wedding rituals were shrouded in secrecy, Kohli’s adoration for Anushka has never been a secret.The Delhi dasher, outspoken, bold and gutsy, recently said Anushka made him more sensible and taught him the virtues of patience. Therefore, it was a happy moment for fans of both superstars when the holy matrimony was finally made official.Kohli has taken to the dance many a times before and last year, he was even seen dancing at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding along with Anushka.last_img read more