United close to signing Ramos from Madrid

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, June 22 – Manchester United are close to signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in a dramatic twist to the David de Gea saga. Ramos is upset that Madrid have allowed his contract to run down into its final two years and has told advisers he wants out of the club with Old Trafford his preferred destination.If United can make the deal happen their goalkeeper De Gea will effectively swap places with his Spain team-mate Ramos, in the biggest piece of business between the two clubs since Real signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.Ramos, who signed from Sevilla in 2005, has a €200m (Sh22.5bn) buyout clause but Real are likely to ask for around €65m (Sh7.4bn) for a player who has won everything in the game for both club and country.The 29-year-old was unhappy with the sacking of former coach Carlo Ancelotti and has become further disillusioned by Real’s failure to give him the €10m-a-year contract renewal he feels he deserves.Ramos believed he would be offered a new deal last summer after his last minute goal took the Champions League final into extra time and allowed Madrid to win their tenth European Cup.But his current deal, which runs out in 2017, is worth €6m (Sh674.2m)-a-season net, and has not been touched.The central defender has watched as president Florentino Perez has renewed other players and even boosted Gareth Bale’s salary by €1m a season from €9m to €10m a year.While other defenders in Ramos’ position earn over €10m net (Thiago Silva, €12m, David Luiz €11m) Ramos lags behind the likes of John Terry and Gerard Pique in the pay stakes.Barcelona presidential candidate Jord Majo claimed on Friday to have been offered the chance to sign Ramos and the player is also unhappy that there was no ‘hands-off’ message from Real Madrid.The defender could still be a target for Barcelona but prefers the Premier League and favours a move to Old Trafford.Manchester United have been keen to take a Madrid player this summer as their big European rivals sign their goalkeeper De Gea.Both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been targets but such are the defensive shortcomings of the squad, Louis van Gaal is likely to welcome Ramos’ arrival even more.Real Madrid could still keep Ramos by giving him the €10m salary he wants but many believe president Perez has already revealed his hand by allowing the player to run his contract down to the last two years.-Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Smithfield deal with ConAgra set

first_imgSMITHFIELD, Va. – Smithfield Foods Inc., the largest global hog producer and pork processor, said Monday it agreed to acquire most assets of the branded meats business of ConAgra Foods Inc. for about $575 million in cash and stock. Brands being acquired include Armour, Butterball, Eckrich, Margherita, Longmont and LunchMakers, which are marketed to grocers, delis and restaurants. The brands have combined sales of about $1.8 billion. Smithfield spokesman Jerry Hostetter said the acquisition will firm up the company’s presence in the lucrative packaged-meats business. “It’s very profitable, and it’s another source to use our own raw materials from pork processing,” he said. While the brands sold have been profitable, they no longer fit into ConAgra’s long-term product plan, said spokeswoman Tania Graves.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAbout $325 million of the purchase price will be allocated to Carolina Turkeys, a joint venture between Smithfield and Maxwell Farms Inc., which will operate ConAgra’s Butterball Turkey business, which has annual sales of $600 million. Dick Bond, president of competing Tyson Foods Inc., showed little concern with the announcement. Tyson, the world’s largest poultry processor, on Monday reported a wider-than-expected loss in the third quarter. “We probably didn’t look at it in an in-depth way, primarily because basically most of the brands seemingly were on a decline and most of the assets, at least in our opinion, hadn’t had a whole lot of money put in them in recent years,” he said during a Monday morning conference call. The remaining $250 million of the purchase price includes $150 million in cash and $100 million in Smithfield common stock. last_img read more

Conte: Out-of-sorts Morata was unlucky

first_imgChelsea Conte blames bad luck for dismal Morata display at Arsenal Joe Wright 07:36 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) alvaro morata - cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Arsenal v Chelsea Arsenal Morata Antonio Conte The Spaniard’s forgettable showing in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates, including three missed one-on-ones, was passed off as bad luck by his boss Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has challenged Alvaro Morata to work hard to improve in the wake of his poor performance against Arsenal.The striker missed three one-on-one chances in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium, the last of which came after Hector Bellerin fired home the Gunners’ equaliser in the 92nd minute.Morata has scored 10 goals in 19 Premier League appearances this season but the majority of those came in the opening three months, with the 25-year-old having only netted twice in his last eight top-flight matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Conte feels the Spaniard has been short on luck in recent weeks but admits his side had plenty of chances to take all three points from Wednesday’s match.”I think it’s a pity because when you have a lot of chances to score, you must win the game. Instead, we’re talking about a good draw against a good team,” he told Sky Sports.When things don’t go as expected there’s only one way… Work hard!Se nos escaparon los tres puntos… Cuando las cosas no salen como uno espera, solo hay un camino… trabajar, trabajar y trabajar. pic.twitter.com/uBcVFLqEOk— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) January 3, 2018Asked about Morata’s misses, Conte said: “He is not lucky in this period. He has to continue to work and improve. It’s a pity because he had many chances to score but, at the same time, I’m very happy for his effort and commitment.”We must be disappointed, me and the players. We had a good chance to win because we deserved to win. “But this is football and we must accept the final result and continue to work really hard to try to score more.”My disappointment is the same as my players. We win together, we draw together, we lose together. I repeat, it’s a pity because we deserved to win the game.”The draw means Chelsea stay third in the table, a point behind second-placed Manchester United and 16 adrift of leaders Manchester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more