Arsenal are close to completing the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Nari Sahin.The 23-year-old, who has also been targeted by Liverpool this summer, is set to join on a season-long basis with a view to a permanent move.His arrival should be confirmed early next week as Arsenal look to replace Alex Song, who is on the verge of a £15m transfer to Barcelona.Turkey international Sahin made 11 appearances for Real last season.He joined the Spanish giants from Borussia Dortmund on a six-year contract in May 2011 but has struggled to establish himself at the Bernabeu.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who worked under Real coach Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, was hopeful of pushing through a deal for Sahin last week. Real Madrid’s former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has also attempted to persuade Sahin to move to Anfield.But Sahin is set to join Arsenal, who started the season with a goalless draw against Sunderland on Saturday.
Italian striker Mario Balotelli is confident the Azzurri can make the Confederations Cup final after starting the tournament with a 2-1 win over Mexico.The AC Milan forward proved to be the match winner for the Italians, after Javier Hernandez had earlier equalised following Andrea Pirlo’s opener.And following the final whistle, the 22-year-old spoke of his happiness of recording a first-up victory, despite running into trouble with the referee.“It was a great game, a great feeling and a wonderful crowd. I don’t care about the referee, the important thing is that we won. That’s all,” he told Rai Sport.“If we win the next game, then we can progress. It would be wonderful to play here in the final and we will do everything to get there, it doesn’t matter who it is against.“Do we have what it takes to reach the final? I think we really do.” Balotelli’s yellow card for his celebration puts him in danger of suspension trouble, with two cautions leading to a one-game ban.But that was news to Balotelli.“I didn’t know there was this rule about the two bookings leading to a suspension in this tournament. Next time I won’t do it.”Meanwhile, Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said he was disappointed with the result after his team ‘controlled’ the match.“We faced a great team with very good players. We knew we had to contain them and play directly through the midfield,” he told reporters. “We had a lot of moves when we were in good positions. I believe we could have had better luck. Of course nobody likes to lose.“We hated losing the game like this, so near the end and after we controlled the game.”
Milford man Kieran Murray, a newcomer to Transplant Team Ireland, got off to a great start on the first day of the European Transplant & Dialysis Gamesin Krakow yesterday by securing a Gold in the 5km race.Kieran was absolutely delighted with his success, he said, “My time is a personal best for me and I exceeded my own expectations.“Thanks to my donor without them I wouldn’t have this opportunity and thanks so much to the support of my family, friends and Milford Athletics Club. Fellow Donegal man Hugo Boyce from Clonmany also put in a good performance at the Games yesterday in the Petanque singles and doubles events.DONEGAL MAN WINS GOLD ON FIRST DAY OF EUROPEAN TRANSPLANT CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSport