City ready to walk away from Alexis Sánchez deal amid United interest

first_imgArsenal Arsène Wenger accepts Sánchez will leave Arsenal either now or in summer Manchester City have indicated that they are ready to walk away from negotiations to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez as José Mourinho admitted he is interested in adding the Chile forward to his Manchester United squad.Having come close to signing Sánchez in the summer, City had felt that a deal to secure the arrival of the 29-year-old in the January transfer window was imminent after they agreed personal terms with his representatives over a contract worth £13m a season. Share on Facebook Topics Read more Manchester United A verbal offer of £20m was lodged last week, with City informing their Arsenal counterparts that they were unwilling to raise their offer despite being informed it would take a £35m bid to make the move happen this month.However, after United indicated on Thursday that they were willing to offer Sánchez higher wages and pay £25m to bring him to Old Trafford, their neighbours have warned they will not be held to ransom for a player whose contract at the Emirates expires in June. It is understood that the Premier League leaders feel the overall price including transfer fee, wages and agent costs are too high, with City unconcerned that their stance may cause Sánchez to sign for another club in the meantime.That appears to have opened the door for United, with Mourinho admitting on Friday he would be interested in what he described as a “phenomenal player”.“At the general level what I can say is myself and Manchester United board, owners, we don’t believe a lot in the January market, we don’t believe in signing a player just to sign a player,” Mourinho said. “What we believe really is there are some players in the football world if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try and that’s it.“But in relation to Alexis Sánchez I don’t say a word. The only word I can say is he is a phenomenal player, apart from that an Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this. I don’t think it’s – I don’t know, ethical or correct – to be speaking about players of other clubs. If somebody speaks of one of my players to say they are interested, I wouldn’t be very happy. Sánchez is an Arsenal player. I don’t know but probably this weekend he is going to defend Arsenal colours, so I don’t think it’s correct to say things about Alexis Sánchez.”City agreed a £60m deal with Arsenal in August, only for the transfer to collapse when Arsène Wenger failed to complete a move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar on deadline day. Wenger admitted on Friday that he was unsure whether the player signed from Barcelona in 2014 would still be at the club next month but insisted Sánchez would not be allowed to leave unless they secure a replacement.City had been convinced of Sánchez’s desire to work with Pep Guardiola again and were prepared to wait until the summer to sign him if necessary until a knee injury suffered by Gabriel Jesus on New Year’s Eve appeared to alter their plans. Yet with the Brazil striker now expected to be back in training within three weeks, there is less urgency to add to the squad this month.Guardiola, whose City side travel to Anfield to face fourth-placed Liverpool on Sunday looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season to 23 matches, refused to discuss any move for Sánchez.“I understand completely this question, I understand you are doing your job, but you know my answer,” he said. “I am not going [to speak about it]. I’m focused on Liverpool, believe me. Alexis – everyone knows how good he is, but I am not going to answer about Alexis or other players.” Share on Pinterest Pep Guardiola Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content news Arsène Wenger Share on Twitter Manchester City Share on WhatsApp Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Rice University senior receives Marshall Scholarship to study abroad in Britain

first_imgAddThis Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. ShareCONTACT: Ellen ChangPHONE:(713) 348-6777EMAIL: [email protected] SENIOR RECEIVES MARHSALL SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY ABROAD INBRITAINRice University seniorLaura Gardner was one of 40 students chosen nationally to receive the MarshallScholarship to study for a degree in Britain.Gardner, who is majoringin English and French, will be studying for a master’s degree in London studiesfrom Birkbeck College at the University of London. She will examine theformation of London from architectural, historical and social perspectives. Inher second year, she will study for a master’s in English with a concentrationin literary biography at King’s College London at the University ofLondon.The two-year Marshallscholarships were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 to commemorate thehumane ideals of the European Recovery Program, which also is known as theMarshall Plan. American students are chosen to receive the scholarships by eightregional committees. The program allows students to gain an understanding andappreciation of British values and the British way of life. Gardner said she hopesto gain a thorough understanding of London’s history, especially relating to theLondon book trade. She hopes studying abroad will help her future plans ofpursuing a Ph.D. in Victorian literature.“One of the best partsabout the Marshall [scholarship] is that I can spend two years living in Britishculture and exploring more of the country,” she said. “I’m thrilled to have wonthis award. I had a fabulous time studying abroad last year and know that thenext two years will be even more exciting.”Gardner is currently thestudent director of the university’s Women’s Resource Center, which coordinateseducational and social activities and programs to increase awareness of issuesfacing women. She also is part of the Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program and isworking on a project on fallen women in Victorian culture.Robert Patten, anEnglish professor and Gardner’s senior project advisor, said she stood out as afreshman in his sophomore survey of British literature with her instinct for theappropriate feature of a text to focus on.“She’s disciplined,thorough, insightful and self-directed,” he said. “She is both creative and verycareful in her research, here and in England. She radiates life and energy andjoy and good humor. Clearly that combination of scholarly excellence andpersonal magnetism worked on the Marshall selectors.”After graduation,Gardner will be working for W.W. Norton and Co., a publishing company, duringthe summer before heading over to Britain.“I do wish to become anEnglish professor some day, but I’m also interested in learning more about thepublishing industry,” she said. “I liked the British academic system and lovedthe city. This way I can find out more about a great city and while living amidits stimulating atmosphere.”last_img read more