Manchester United make breakthrough in talks to sign Van Persie from Arsenal

first_imgManchester United are set to make an improved bid for Robin van Persie after making a breakthrough in talks with Arsenal on Tuesday night.Arsenal want at least £20 million for their captain but United have until now been reluctant to offer more than £15m for a player who is 29 and has just one year remaining on his contract.The new offer is likely to be close to Arsenal’s asking price once add-ons are included as the two clubs attempt to reach an agreement and draw a conclusion to the summer saga.United are firmly in pole position to sign Van Persie and could even complete a move for the Dutch striker before their Premier League opener against Everton next revealed last week that the demand of Van Persie’s agent, Kees Vos, for a £4m cut in the deal has threatened to scupper his chances of a move to Old Trafford.Manchester City had previously been favourites to land last season’s double player of the year but have put their interest on hold due to the finances involved and their difficulty in selling Emmanuel Adebayor, Edin Dzeko and Roque Santa Cruz. Juventus are also out of the running for the former Feyenoord man, leaving United with a clear run despite Arsenal’s reluctance to sell their star player to a Premier League rival.The Gunners, however, appear to have concluded that they would rather sell Van Persie than keep an unhappy player in the squad who can leave on a free transfer next summer.Van Persie, who is currently in Belgium on international duty with the Netherlands squad, has publicly announced that he will not sign a new Arsenal contract.Sir Alex Ferguson was unsure when asked last week about United’s chances of landing the man who was the Premier League’s top scorer last term with 30 goals.“We have made a bid and they’ve [Arsenal] been trying to negotiate with other clubs,” said Ferguson. “I don’t have a gut feeling on it at the moment, I must admit. “We’re not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal. It’s difficult to say why they’re operating this way. I don’t know what their thoughts are, because they’re not giving anything away.”But Van Persie now looks likely to complete a switch to Old Trafford where he will join new signings Nick Powell, Shinji Kagawa and Angelo Henriquez, who will complete a £4m move to the club after undergoing a medical.last_img read more

Tom Brady makes interesting cameo in Paul Rudd’s Netflix comedy, ‘Living With Yourself’

first_imgNFL QB POWER RANKINGS: Russell Wilson new No. 1 after Patrick Mahomes injury; Sam Darnold rises quicklyAbout 9 1/2 minutes into the episode, Miles arrives at the spa — which is inside a strip mall. He sees the six-time Super Bowl champion walking out. 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔— Jim Murray (@bigjimmurray) October 19, 2019″First time?” Brady asks.”Uh-huh,” Miles replies. “You?””Sixth,” Brady says, smiling.This exchange may leave viewers with some questions.Last February, Patriots team owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting a sex worker at a strip-mall day spa  in South Florida. In the series, the Top Happy Spa clones its clients and replaces them with newer, better versions of themselves, so while the location seems eerily similar, the scene has nothing to do with the scandal.In an interview with The Wrap , director Timothy Greenberg said the scene was written in 2015, when Brady was in the midst of the Deflategate controversy.  Tom Brady plays a tiny — but interesting — role in Paul Rudd’s new Netfilix comedy series, “Living With Yourself.”The series, which premiered Friday, stars Rudd as Miles, a depressed guy who wants to upgrade his life. In Episode 1, Miles goes to a magical spa — the Top Happy Spa. “There was this implication that maybe he’s a clone and he’s cheating,” Greenberg said. “When I wrote it, he was 37 and had won four Super Bowls. And then by the time I actually make the thing, he’s now 41 and he’s just coming off his sixth Super Bowl win. So he became even more perfect.”What are the odds?All eight episodes of “Living With Yourself” are available for streaming on Netflix.last_img read more