Benfica star Rafa Silva keen on Arsenal transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Silva has a £71.5m release clause (Picture: Getty)Rafa Silva is eager to join Arsenal with the Gunners pushing hard to sign the Benfica star, according to reports in Portugal.Mikel Arteta is aiming to revamp his squad in the next transfer window, but Benfica are set to drive a hard bargain for Rafa.Correio da Manha claim Silva has a whopping £71.5million release clause in his current deal and Benfica have the attacker under contract until 2024.Benfica are aware of Arsenal’s interest and the Gunners are ‘strongly engaged’ in a bid to sign the left-sided midfielder.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal are expected to focus on snapping up free agents and negotiating swap deals this summer, but the Gunners may be helped in their efforts to sign Rafa by the player himself.AdvertisementAdvertisementRafa has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Premier League and having turned 27 earlier this month, the Portugal international appears ready to take on a new challenge. Coral BarryWednesday 20 May 2020 2:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.7kShares Benfica star Rafa Silva keen on Arsenal transfer Advertisementcenter_img Comment Silva is keen on a switch to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The interest from Arsenal has pleased Rafa and he is keen to link up with Arteta’s squad, where he would receive a significant increase on the wages he currently pockets at Benfica.Clubs may find themselves dropping asking prices or holding onto their star players in a bid to ride out the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.While Rafa wants to join Arsenal, he also intends to win another league title with Benfica with the Primeira Liga expected to restart later next month.Porto are a point clear of Benfica in a razor-thin battle for the title and each side has ten fixtures left to play.Arsenal have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, including Chelsea’s soon-to-be free agent Willian and Bayern Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby. Messi, Simeone and La Liga teams gear up for comebackTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:52FullscreenMessi, Simeone and La Liga teams gear up for comeback 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.MORE: Shkodran Mustafi explains how ‘incredible’ Mikel Arteta has inspired Arsenal squadMORE: Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer and defends Mesut OzilFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Conference on Lewis Carroll attracts artists

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Doheny Memorial Library hosted “Lewis Carroll Outsiders,” an annual conference on the lasting influence of Lewis Carroll, mathematician and writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on Saturday.Down the rabbit hole · Author Raul Contreras signs copies of his book, Alice’s Bloody Adventure in Wonderland at Doheny Memorial Library. – Jessica Zhou | Daily TrojanAttendees of the event were greeted by a sculpture of distorted Alice in Wonderland characters when they entered the foyer of Doheny Library. Karen Mortillaro, sculptor and head of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America’s planning committee, created these sculptures for the event. The Lewis Carroll Society of North America puts on the daylong event.“For my work, this is a wedding of word to imagery. Most of Lewis Carroll is flat book illustration,” Mortillaro said. “So being sculptural is taking it off the page and making it three-dimensional.”The emphasis to bring something new to Alice was reiterated throughout the conference. Mortillaro said that the many different views of Carroll’s work was what made the author popular.“If you look at the people in attendance here, they are an eclectic group,” Mortillaro said. “Some have a love of the books, some the illustrations. If you asked each one you’d get a different answer.”The conference began with an “elevator pitch” session at 9:30 a.m., in which exhibitors of Alice merchandise pitched their Carrollian products, everything from animated Alice films to illustrations to biographies.Attendees came from as far as Sweden and Lithuania to hear panelists who ranged from video game designer American McGee to USC recipients of the Wonderland Award, an arts and scholarship award for college students in California.The first speaker of the day was Dan Bergevin, a publisher who created a collaborative illustrated version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He contacted artists through the portfolio website Behance and received 58 illustrations from 58 artists, only eight of which came from America. On a projector, he showed all the illustrations from the book. The styles ranged from gothic Alices to ’50s cartoon-style Alice characters.“I don’t think I could have pulled it off without Tim Burton’s movie to pull it along,” Bergevin said of how the movie brought interest to the project. “I don’t think [some of the artists] realized that the book and the movie are different things.”Bryan Talbot, writer and illustrator of the graphic novel Alice in Sunderland, joined the event via Skype from Sunderland, England. In a discussion moderated by USC professor Henry Jenkins, Talbot spoke of how John Tenniel’s classic illustrations of Carroll’s books influenced his work.“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know the Tenniel illustrations,” Talbot said.Talbot’s book deals with the history of Sunderland, where Carroll wrote “The Jabberwocky” and its influence on the author. His knowledge of Sunderland and England was immense.“[‘The Jabberwocky’] is very much based on northeastern legends,” Talbot said of the poem’s connection with Sunderland, which is located on the eastern coast of Britain.Christopher Tyler, a neuroscientist and investigator of the historical context of Alice in Wonderland, spoke after Talbot. He presented his book Parallel Alices: Alice through the Looking-Glass of Eleanor of Aquitaine, which discusses historical influences on Alice, rather than focusing on the Alices Carroll knew.“Lewis Carroll knew a lot of Alices,” Tyler said. “These are photographs of eight different Alices that he knew. This gives you a sampling of his own photographs and drawings.”In the afternoon, USC students Lindsey Jones, a graduate student in liberal studies, and Andrew Woodham, a doctoral candidate in genetics, molecular and cellular biology, presented their winning  projects. The two have each won the Wonderland Award twice. Because the two have won the award multiple times, they were introduced as the “King and Queen of Wonderland.”Woodham’s inspiration for Queen Victoria of Hearts, a Queen of Hearts composed of morbid playing cards, came from the theory that the Queen of Hearts was a satire of Queen Victoria, who was the reigning monarch for most of Carroll’s life. Woodham said he was also inspired by Carroll’s book on mathematics, An Elementary Treatise on Determinants.“The Wonderland Award lets us play around with things we wouldn’t in our ordinary endeavors,” Woodham said.Jones presented a scrapbook and a chess set based on Alice Chess, a 1953 variation of chess played with a mirror.McGee discussed his games American McGee’s Alice and its sequel Alice: Madness Returns.“My background was with games like Doom and Quake, which tended to focus mainly on violence,” McGee said. “Coming out of that I saw a lot of opportunity for storytelling.”Not everyone in the industry, however, saw game-making in the same light.“There was a quote within the industry: ‘Story within games is as useful as story within pornography.’ The first thing I wanted to do was prove that wrong,” McGee said.To prove the theory wrong, McGee honed in on Carroll.“I began to brainstorm,” McGee said. “I was driving here in California and a song was playing, and the word ‘wonder’ was featured. And somehow when the word ‘wonder’ hit my brain, it felt like an epiphany that Alice could become a game.”The event concluded with a tour of the Lewis Carroll Collection, a collection founded in 2000 with more than 3,000 rare documents relating to Carroll’s work.last_img read more