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

Syracuse drops both games in Houston Challenge doubleheader

first_img Published on February 21, 2020 at 10:42 pm | @cincinnallie Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-6) lost both games of its Friday doubleheader to open the weekend at the Houston Challenge, dropping a close game against No. 20 Texas Tech (9-3) before falling 8-0 to Houston (8-4).Freshman Catie Dobbs retired the first three batters she faced in the top of the first in the first start of her Syracuse career. Syracuse followed suit in the bottom of the inning as all three Orange batters retired in order.At the top of the second, Dobbs walked Maddie Westmoreland to open the inning, and a Zoe Jones home run followed that gave the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead. Syracuse followed similarly in the second inning: a walk by Neli Casares-Maher was followed by an error that let Alex Acevedo score. A home run by Toni Martin made the score 3-2, Syracuse.Dobbs shined for most of the afternoon, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters and striking out four. She gave up a two-run home run in the sixth inning, giving Texas Tech a one-run lead with two innings left to play. She retired the next three Texas Tech batters, but Syracuse couldn’t come back and lost 4-3.The Orange offense struggled against the Red Raiders, with only four runners reaching base and only one after Martin’s home run in the second. In total, Texas Tech struck out nine batters. Rebecca Clyde — who batted 7-16 the previous weekend — went 0-3 with two strikeouts in the first game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen, Syracuse’s pitching imploded in the second game. Alexa Romero struck out the first batter of the game before walking the next batter and giving up an RBI double on the third. Romero then loaded the bases with two outs but managed to get out of the jam and limit the damage to one run. Romero’s struggles continued — giving up two runs in the second inning and giving up one more in the third — before she was pulled prior to the fourth inning and Miranda Hearn entered. In the fourth inning, Hearn hit a batter, walked another and gave up a three-run homer that extended Houston’s lead to 7-0. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, she gave up an RBI double that started the mercy rule and ended the game, 8-0.With just one hit by Jaime Barta, Syracuse had its worst offensive performance of the season against Houston. Five batters struck out over five innings of play.Syracuse continues at the Houston Challenge tomorrow with games against Louisiana Tech and Princeton. Commentslast_img read more