Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Mar 2020 11:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried to force January move to Barcelona Aubameyang was close to a move to Barcelona in January (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s attempts to force a January transfer to Barcelona were shut down by the north London club, according to reports.The Spanish giants tried to recruit the 31-year-old in the winter transfer window given the injury to first-choice forward Luis Suarez.According to Catalan publication Sport, the Gunners denied their top scorer’s request to leave, despite Barcelona having a deal agreed with the striker.The report also states that Aubameyang is now a backup option for the summer transfer window, as Quique Setién’s side favour a move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, if a move for the Argentinian cannot be completed, Barca view the Arsenal forward as a much cheaper alternative. Advertisement Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be desperate to keep hold of his star striker (Picture: Getty Images)The Gunners face a battle on their hands to hold onto the Gabon international, as his current contract ends in just 18 months.Talks of an extension are reportedly stalling due to his wage demands of upwards of £300,000 a week.The clinical striker also wants to play Champions League football, which is looking increasingly unlikely with the Gunners’ league position of ninth.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite the rumours of his exit, Aubameyang insists he is ‘happy’ at the Emirates Stadium.Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: ‘It means a lot [to play here]. When I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they always had great players and they won trophies as well. ‘I think it is really a pleasure to be here, I am really happy – that’s my feeling.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: How Arsenal squad are staying fit during coronavirus lockdownMORE: Mikel Arteta convinces key Arsenal staff member Gary O’Driscoll to reject Liverpool move Advertisement
MORE NEWS: Rainforest motel up for grabs Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 The Isle of Capri mansion at 25 The Corso sold for $4.5 million.A GOLD Coast resident has pocketed an extra $1.5 million on the sale of their waterfront mansion less than four years after buying it.The seller splashed $3 million on the Isle of Capri mansion in July 2016 and offloaded it for $4.5 million in January.The four-bedroom house had been listed for about seven months, with several agencies trying to sell it before it was taken off the market in October.Ray White Prestige agent Jackson Paradise eventually found a buyer through the agency’s extensive database.“It was sold to a local buyer,” he said.“They loved the position of the home and the view, and the finishes inside are impressive.“They’re planning on moving in to enjoy the lifestyle.” MORE NEWS: Coast’s cheapest suburb to rent It previously sold in 2016 for $3 million A local buyer snapped up the property.The contemporary two-storey home is on a 567sq m waterfront block and has a pool and pontoon.A black and white scheme and stone and timber finishes throughout give it an air of sophistication.The indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly and include several statement features, such as a glass-encased wine cellar and eco smart bioethanol fireplace.There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and a further two upstairs including the main, which has a wraparound balcony.The house’s north-facing position offers panoramic views of Adams Basin, Girung Island and the Surfers Paradise skyline.Mr Paradise, who had previously been marketing the house with Jordan Thams, said demand for premium properties in the prestige enclaves of Surfers Paradise was outstripping supply, with cashed-up buyers from Melbourne and Sydney leading the charge. The waterfront property has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoIt has spectacular views of the city skyline.“We did have a lot of buyers that were interested (in The Corso),” Mr Paradise said.“We’ve still got buyers left over who want to purchase in those areas.”Surfers Paradise recently became the Glitter Strip’s most expensive suburb for houses.Mermaid Beach had long held the title but its $1.38 million median house price now trails that of Surfers Paradise, which sits at $1.65 million, according to REA Group data.The figure is based on 82 sales in the city’s tourism heart, which includes the exclusive enclaves of Chevron Island, the Isle of Capri and Paradise Waters.Latest data shows Surfers Paradise’s median house price has jumped 36.9 per cent in the past five years.The median apartment price has climbed 10.4 per cent in the same period to $370,000, which was based on 855 sales in the past year.CoreLogic’s Best Of The Best 2019 report revealed Surfers Paradise recorded the highest value of unit sales in the country last year at $498,220,700.
Madison Small School Invitational.Saturday (12-5)Girls. BHS 314 (4th Madison Invit. Title), North Harrison 244, Madison 221, and Silver Creek 105.Girls are 9-1 on the season (7-0 non-conference)Boys. Madison 254, North Harrison 240, BHS 225, and Silver Creek 105.Boys are 2-4 on the season.Individual Event Winners:Girls-Emily Gutzwiller 200 IM, 100 breast; Mary Poltrack 500 free; Taylor Villani 50 free, 500 free; Elizabeth Weiler 200 free; and Ashley Daulton 100 free.Relay Winners:Medley (Daulton, Gutzwiller, M Poltrack, Villani), 200 free (Hall, El Weiler, Em Weiler, Schwettman), 400 free (Villani, M Poltrack, Daulton, Gutzwiller).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach TJ Greene.
USC football coach Lane Kiffin denied multiple reports of a locker room brawl following USC’s 21-7 loss against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.“Contrary to media reports, there was not a brawl or altercation in our locker room after the Sun Bowl,” Kiffin said in a statement released by the university Wednesday. “There was a noisy verbal exchange among a couple players who were frustrated with the outcome of the game. It lasted less than a minute and was nothing physical. It happens sometimes in football locker rooms after a disappointing loss.”The Los Angeles Daily News reported Wednesday that a fight involving upward of 15 football players broke out after a number of freshmen on the team questioned whether or not the seniors were giving full effort in their final collegiate game. Quarterback Matt Barkley, safety T.J. McDonald and center Khaled Holmes were among the outgoing players. Junior cornerback Nickell Robey later announced his intentions to declare for the draft as well.ESPN later expanded on the original story by the Daily News, adding that “multiple sources told ESPN that a ‘flat-out brawl’ transpired when one of the team’s younger players began ‘bad-mouthing’ Matt Barkley.”Barkley also denied the accusations that anything physical took place, telling ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd that “tempers flared … guys were expressing their opinions, for better or worse, but we had it under control. It was nothing to be alarmed about.”The Trojans completed a disappointing 2012-13 campaign with a 7-6 record after falling to Georgia Tech on Dec. 31. They entered the regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in the Associated Press top 25 poll but dropped five of their last six contests after starting 6-1. USC lost starting quarterback Barkley to a right shoulder injury in the closing minutes of a 38-28 defeat against the UCLA Bruins, and he wasn’t able to return in time for the team’s bowl game in El Paso, Texas.