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 comebackhttps://metro.co.uk/video/messi-simeone-la-liga-teams-gear-comeback-2168876/This 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

BT Pension Scheme appoints former NOW: Pensions boss as CEO

first_imgNilsson said: “I very much look forward to working with the trustees and the rest of the team. It is an ambitious and dynamic organisation with a history of successfully using the scale of the fund to find new innovative and forward-looking ways to protect its members’ interests. It is a great privilege to be joining the BT Pension Scheme management.” In May, BTPS’ trustees agreed a £13bn funding plan with its sponsor BT, the FTSE 100-listed telecommunications giant, as part of a 13-year plan to plug its funding shortfall.Other measures taken to cut the pension scheme’s liabilities included closing its defined benefit sections and working with unions to create a hybrid plan.In April, BTPS sold a 60% stake in Hermes Fund Managers, its in-house asset manager, to US firm Federated Investors, raising £246m. The UK’s largest company pension scheme has named Morten Nilsson as its chief executive officer.The £50.7bn (€57.2bn) BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) announced this morning that Nilsson – formerly of Denmark’s ATP and UK master trust NOW: Pensions – would succeed Eileen Haughey , who left earlier this year following the completion of the scheme’s 2017 valuation process.In his new role Nilsson will lead BTPS’ asset and liability management functions, scheme operations, and administration, all of which are predominantly run in-house.Nilsson worked for Danish pension provider ATP for more than 10 years in a variety of roles, including business development director and CEO of its administration arm. In 2010 he became head of international operations, spearheading ATP’s expansion into the UK. He was founding CEO of NOW: Pensions, a UK defined contribution master trust and subsidiary of ATP. He left NOW: Pensions in August last year.last_img read more