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Igor Diveev is on Arsenals radar (Picture: Ufa)

Russian youngster Igor Diveev has admitted that hes flattered by Arsenals interest this summer.

Diveev impressed as Russias Under-20 side reached the final of the COTIF-2018 tournament earlier this month and the youngsters performances have caught the attention of Arsenal.

The 18-year-old defender currently plays for Russian outfit Ufa and the clubs president, Shamil Gazizov, has confirmed that the Gunners are circling.

Reports suggest that Arsenal are set to offer Diveev a trial but the teenager insists there has been nothing concrete from the north London giants.

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I read about all this on the internet before the match with Dinamo, he said after Ufas 3-0 defeat on Monday night.

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Of course, the attention of such a club is pleasant, but I do not know anything concrete yet.

Unai Emery brought in five new recruits during the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal signed Stephan Lichtsteiner, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira this summer following the arrival of Unai Emery.

Despite five new signings, though, the Gunners are yet to record a victory in the Premier League after defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

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Justin Kluivert made his Serie A debut for Roma at the weekend (Picture: Getty)

Dutch icon Patrick Kluivert has explained why his son, Justin Kluivert, did not end up at Manchester United this summer

While United have been monitoring Kluivert for some time, with Jose Mourinho making no secret of his interest, the 19-year-old winger decided to complete a move from Ajax to Roma ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Mourinho even tracked Kluivert down for a chat after Uniteds Europa League triumph last May but the Portuguese will have to wait until he can work with the highly-rated youngster.

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Kluivert Snr revealed that the teenager turned down Uniteds advances as Roma were a better fit for his son at this stage of his career.

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Asked about his sons decision to join Roma, Kluivert told Gazzetta dello Sport: He must travel miles to get to where I did, but hes shown talent, plus he has the character and time to have a great career.

Jose Mourinho and Justin Kluivert spoke at length after the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)

I think United would have been too big a jump. Roma are an important club but the pressures are less.

Roma dont have to win at any cost and it is a club that is used to good football. It is the ideal place for Justin right now.

Justin Kluivert has been heavily linked with Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Kluivert Snr admitted that he would have preferred for his son to remain at Ajax for another year.

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Diogo Dalot sealed a £19m switch to Manchester United this summer (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United defenders Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo have both hinted that they are ready to return from their respective injuries.

Dalot completed a £19million move from Porto to United at the beginning of June, agreeing to a five year contract at Old Trafford, but a serious knee problem has kept the 19-year-old on the sidelines so far this campaign.

The Portugal Under-21 international was seen on crutches shortly after his arrival in England and played no part on the Red Devils pre-season tour of the United States.

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However, it appears Dalot is on the brink of being available for the first time at United and the right-back has dropped a social media hint over his fitness.

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Dalot tweeted an emoji which read back soon on Wednesday afternoon in the lead-up to the sides clash with Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Rojo, who sustained a knock during Argentinas World Cup campaign, also confirmed hes preparing to join up with his team-mates imminently.

Not long now, Rojo told his followers on Instagram.

Asked for an update on Dalots recovery back in July, Jose Mourinho replied: Dalot is injured, we knew he was injured, a small injury, a small surgery.

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Did Salah convince Klavan to move to Italy?. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Ragnar Klavan has revealed he sought advice from his former Liverpool teammates prior to agreeing to join Cagliari on the final day of the Serie A transfer window.

The 32-year-old left Anfield after making 53 appearances over two years for the Reds following the January arrival of Virgil van Dijk and emergence of Joe Gomez, who have started the season as first choice.

Klavan was left out of the Liverpool squad for the opening day win over West Ham United and completed his move to Cagliari last Friday as the Italian transfer window prepared to slam shut.

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He has signed a two-year deal having agreed a £2m move and came to the decision to move to Serie A after speaking with those Liverpool players who have previously applied their trade in the Italian top flight.

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Cagliari was the best possible choice, despite the many other offers on the table,” he told the media according to Football Italia.

I spoke to some of my teammates who played in Italy and they definitely recommended it. I was also in contact with (fellow new Cagliari signing Darijo) Srna through Dejan Lovren.

Alisson arrived from Roma for a world record £65m in the summer. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

I always wanted to play in Serie A, one of the best leagues in the world. I was fortunate to play at the top level and this is another great challenge for me.

The negotiations happened very quickly, it went from first contact to signing in two days. I believe in the Cagliari project and was won over by the city and the island of Sardinia.

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Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom has opened up about his drug-induced near-death experience in 2015, revealing he suffered 12 strokes and six heart attacks during a three-day coma, brought on by a cocaine overdose in a brothel.

Talking to comedian Kevin Hart on his YouTube show Cold As Balls, Odom said that doctors didnt believe he would survive.

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"All my doctors that see me say I'm a walking miracle," the former NBA star said. "I had 12 strokes and six heart attacks while I was in my coma," he added.

In October 2015, Odom was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel called Love Ranch Cathouse – following a five-day party binge.

He was taken to hospital where doctors discovered he had overdosed on cocaine. At the time, the former Los Angeles Lakers player was legally married to TV personality Khloe Kardashian, though they separated in 2013 over Odoms infidelity and drug abuse.

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After recovering from the life-threatening health crisis, Odom visited rehab and now claims to have conquered his cocaine addiction.

Aside from his brothel antics, the 38-year-old was also suspended twice by the NBA during his playing days for smoking marijuana and was arrested for DUI. In 1997 he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Las Vegas.

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Former four-weight world champion Adrien Broner has caused an online stir after he filmed himself offering employees at a fast-food restaurant $10,000 cash to quit their jobs on the spot.

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Broner, who is known as The Problem, has held world belts at super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight and welterweight. He posted the video to his Instagram page with the caption: “I tried to bless someone today.”

In the footage, Broner can be heard saying: “I got a proposition for you: I got 10,000 cash and you can quit today,” while waving a wad of notes at clearly embarrassed employees behind the counter.

In the background, other customers can be seen completing their orders, while one woman exclaims: “I would quit my job right here and now,” only to be rebuffed by Broner, who replies: “Nah, you got work to do.” None of the employees in the video can be seen to accept the offer from the boxer.

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The Ohio-born fighter, who is also known as About Billions with reference to his initials, has faced a bitter backlash on social media, with many accusing the boxer of being highly insensitive. Others said they would have accepted the offer.

No class! Garbage human being. I thought Maidana humbled you, fucking prick! @AdrienBroner

— War Of Independence ?? ?? (@FreedomGuardX) August 22, 2018

If @AdrienBroner came to my job and offer me 10k to quit Im quitting on the spot know that!

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Cape Town – You might not have expected Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter to describe Gavin Hunt as a friend after the Bidvest Wits coach had blasted the absence of one of his players – namely the up-and-coming Haashim Domingo – from the national squad as "a disgrace."

Indeed, the provocative comment has instead many of the implications associated with the old maxim "with friends like that, who needs enemies?"

Baxter, however, on Tuesday disclosed that Hunt has apologised for what appears an indiscreet outburst, claiming he had made the comment on the spur of the moment following a further impressive performance from the former Vitoria Guimaraes (Portugal) player in a recent Absa Premiership match.

"I've always had a good relationship with Gavin," said Baxter, "and that hasn't changed. It seems he was reacting instinctively to his new signing's good form and had not meant any direct criticism. In fact, he said to me he could not even remember making the disgrace remark."

Nonetheless the intriguing question has now emerged whether Domingo will indeed be included in the Bafana squad when Baxter names the players next Tuesday for the vital African Nations Cup qualifier against Libya at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday, September 8.

After the deflating failure to qualify for the recent Soccer World Cup Finals in Russia, it would appear that qualification for next year's African Nations Cup Finals in Cameroon is in the non-negotiable category.

Bafana have already made the ideal start to their AFCON qualifying campaign by beating Nigeria's fancied "Super Eagles" in an away encounter, with two nations from each qualifying group designated to make an appearance among the increased 24 nations who will be heading to Cameroon for the Nations Cup.

But a factor that might be of greater concern to Baxter right now as to whether to include Domingo in his squad or not is the inexplicable failure of SAFA to organise any warm-up games for a fully-fledged Bafana line-up since the failed World Cup qualifying campaign, with international matches in the COSAFA Cup and other insular Southern African events devoid of many of South Africa's top players because the games in question were not recognised by FIFA as part of official tournaments or on dates designated by the world body for international matches.

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EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed seventh-year safety George Iloka, a former pupil of coach Mike Zimmer when Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Vikings added Iloka on Wednesday, three days after the Bengals released him to make way for second-round draft pick Jessie Bates III to move into a starting role.

Iloka was a fifth-round pick by the Bengals in 2012 and played two seasons under Zimmer before the coach was hired by the Vikings. Iloka became a starter in his second year and started 76 games for the Bengals, with nine career interceptions. Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo have largely manned the two starting spots for the last five years.

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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed seventh-year safety George Iloka, a former pupil of coach Mike Zimmer when Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Vikings added Iloka on Wednesday, three days after the Bengals released him to make way for second-round draft pick Jessie Bates III to move into a starting role.

Iloka was a fifth-round pick by the Bengals in 2012 and played two seasons under Zimmer before the coach was hired by the Vikings. Iloka became a starter in his second year and started 76 games for the Bengals, with nine career interceptions. Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo have largely manned the two starting spots for the last five years.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — His coach had a heart attack and couldnt travel. He had to take three school exams in an embassy under close scrutiny of two government officials flown in to Jakarta to supervise.

And after all that, in the event where he was contending for an Asian Games medal, a teammate dived too early and Sri Lanka was disqualified from the heats in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay on Wednesday morning.

It has been a testing time indeed for Akalanka Peiris.

“This week was so, so hectic for me,” said Peiris, who had to skip the opening ceremony last weekend because of his tight testing schedule — both academic and physical.

Still, the 18-year-old student from St. Peters College in Colombo said hed rather be here than anywhere else.

When the timetable clash became apparent between his exams and the Asian Games, Peiris decided it would be better to take the tests. His rationale was that even if he put them off for a year, some other sports event could crop up then. Also, he figured, hed be a more competitive swimmer in four years at next Asian Games.

“I chose the exam,” he said. “After that, the Olympic committee wanted me to swim the relay because we had a bronze medal prospect.”

Thats how Sri Lankas national Olympic committee got involved. After high-level negotiations, the committee worked out a way for Peiris to become the first Sri Lankan student to take the tests while abroad.

It came at a cost — two extra airfares and accommodation for the “invigilators” — exam proctors — from the Sri Lankan examination department. Plus space had to be found at the Sri Lankan embassy for him to take the tests for English, general knowledge, and economics.

“The people really supported me very well,” Peiris said. “English and general knowledge was easy for me. The accounting paper was the difficult one, but I made it.”