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…uk’s oldest person to survive COVID-19
A 101-year-old grandfather has become the oldest person in the country to beat coronavirus after a two-week battle with the deadly illness.
Keith Watson, who was being treated at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire, was discharged earlier today.
It comes as the latest figures show there are currently 65,077 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK with a death toll of 7,978.
The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust shared a picture on Facebook which showed Keith giving a thumbs up surrounded by smiling nurses.
It was posted alongside the caption: ‘This is Keith, he’s 101 years old.
‘He went home today after beating coronavirus.
‘Well done to everyone on Ward 12 at the Alexandra Hospital for looking after Keith so well for the past two weeks!’
Keith’s grandson, Benjamin Watson, later shared the post to his own social media and said: ‘My wonderful Grandad at 101 contracting coronavirus and beating it. What an absolute trooper!
‘Thank you to everyone at the NHS. Can’t wait to see him when this is all over x’.
Elderly people are among the worst affected by the outbreak with 27 per cent of over-80s needing hospital treatment.
Rita Reynolds, 99, from the Isle of Man, was previously believed to be the UK’s oldest person to recover from Covid-19.
Luke Serrell, a volunteer ambulance driver who took Keith home, said: ‘I volunteered to transport positive patients in our ambulance as there is a lot that are beating the virus and want to go home.’
‘I feel honoured to be doing this as there is so much going on and it is great seeing the survivors of Covid-19 especially Keith as he is 101 and he is such a great bloke to chat to.
‘It is scary times but I’m proud to be on the front line helping.’
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 14 new coronavirus cases, bringing the number of infections in the country to 288, as announced via its Twitter handle on Thursday evening.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control tweeted, “14 new cases of #COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria: 13 in Lagos State and one in Delta State.
“As of 09:30 pm on the 9th of April, there are 288 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 51 have been discharged with seven deaths.”
TopNaija earlier reported that governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the discharge of seven more COVID-19 patients from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
This brings the number of patients discharged in Lagos to 39.
Power distribution companies in Nigeria (Discos) on Wednesday threw their weight behind proposal by the National Assembly and the Federal Executive arm of government that Nigerians should get two months of free electricity.
Speaking through their umbrella body, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, the Discos stated that modalities for the free power would be worked on and made public in due course.
The Executive Director, ANED, Sunday Oduntan, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday night.
He said, “The electricity distribution companies recognise the challenging effects of the coronavirus on the economic and daily lives of our customers.
“In fulfillment of our commitments to the nation, we hereby align ourselves with the efforts of the National Assembly and the Federal Executive to mitigate the hardship that is currently being borne by our customers and other citizens all over the country.”
Oduntan added, “We are committed to working with them to ensure more efficient power supply within this difficult period, as the nation battles with the ravages of COVID-19.
“We are also completely aligned with the plans to ensure palliative measures, including free electricity supply to all Nigerians for two months, to make life easier, during the lockdown period. Details of implementation to come soon.”
He reiterated the commitment of the Discos to improving service delivery to the nation during the period of the coronavirus pandemic and thereafter.
Meanwhile, the management of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company on Wednesday said it had set aside N100m to support the fight against COVID-19 pandemic within its operational area.
The electricity company said this while donating food items worth N10m to the Oyo State Government as part of measures to combat COVID-19 in the state.
IBEDC also donated N5m to the University College Hospital Ibadan in support of the institution’s efforts at combating the deadly virus.
The Chief Operating Officer, IBEDC, John Ayodele, during the presentation of the relief items at the Ministry of Agriculture, Oyo State Secretariat, said the food items were part of the N100m earmarked to support the states in its areas of jurisdiction.
Ayodele, who was represented on the occasion by the Regional Head of IBEDC, Peter Oyelami, lauded both the government for measures taken in the fight against the scourge.
He said, “IBEDC, as a law-abiding corporate citizen and socially responsible organisation, has earmarked about N100m for relief items namely rice, noodles and semovita.
“This gesture encompasses the states we cover namely Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Kwara, and partly Niger, Kogi and Ekiti states.”
In a related development, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution has donated four truckloads of rice to support the palliative measures in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, PHED, Dr Henry Ajagbawa, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday by the Manager, Corporate Communications, John Onyi.
He also promised regular supply of electricity during the period of the lockdown to enable the residents to live a comfortable life.
“The same donations taking place here are being replicated across all the states within our coverage.”
Inmates were in tears as they held a barbecue to say goodbye to Ronaldinho this week after the former Brazil star was placed on house arrest following 32 days in a Paraguayan prison, according to NobleSports.
Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis, who is also his business manager, were incarcerated in Paraguay since March 6 for attempting to enter the country with falsified passports, even though residents of Brazil do not need passports to enter their landlocked neighbour.
They had been denied bail three times previously but on Tuesday a judge granted them house arrest in exchange for a bail payment of $1.6 million.
Once the news reached the inmates at the detention unit in Asuncion, sources have explained how they hastily arranged a goodbye barbecue for Ronaldinho and his brother.
The former Barcelona forward had become a popular figure at the facility. Sources told NobleSports he was “loved” by his fellow prisoners at the jail, where daily activities included playing football with the inmates and the employees and attending a carpentry course.
He has promised to return to visit them before he heads back to Brazil, although it is unclear when that will be possible. The probe into the falsified passports has expanded into an investigation into possible money laundering.
The Oyo State Government on Thursday extended the curfew imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government had imposed a 7pm- to 6 am curfew instead of full lockdown of the state to limit movement of people.
It also disclosed that it has hit the N200million mark from donors to the Endowment Fund to generate financial support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, in a statement, said the Government would inform the general public if there will be a review to the curfew arrangement.
Additionally, Adisa said barely a week after the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund was set up, donations from corporate organisations, religious groups and individuals from within and outside the State have continued to flow in.
He named a former Governor Senator Rashidi Ladoja; a PDP chieftain, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo; Mr Remi Oseni as some of the individuals who made donations.
First Bank of Nigeria, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Adron homes, Christ Apostolic Church, Nigeria Baptist Convention and Seven-Up bottling companies, according to him, are among the corporate donors.
Adisa said: “As of April 8, 2020, the funds in the three accounts domiciled in First Bank, UBA and Unity Bank stand at N200 million, while donations in food items and other materials worth close to N50 million have also been received.
“First Bank of Nigeria, ADRON Homes and Properties Ltd donated N20 million each; a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and former governorship hopeful of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), who is now a chieftain of the PDP, Engr. Aderemi Oseni, donated N10 million each.
“One of the founding leaders of the PDP in the state, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo and the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), donated N5 million each.
“Besides the cash donations, some groups, corporate entities and individuals have also made donations such as foodstuffs, drinks and other items worth millions to the state’s Food Security and Emergency Task Force.
“Some of the food products donated to the state include rice, beans, garri, yam and vegetable oil, among others
“Other items donated to the state government include hand sanitisers, medical items, knapsack sprayers and buckets.
“Details of the donations have been published on Oyo State website: http://www.oyostate.gov.ng as of April 8, 2020, noting that the Kola Daisi Foundation and Protogy Global Services donated N1 million each.
Other donations, according to Adisa, included those of the PDP candidate for the Ibadan North House Federal Constituency House of Representatives seat, Chief Ademola Omotoso, who donated N500,000; Seven-Up Bottling Company (N500,000) and Muraina Abdullahi (N500,000).
“Updates from the Food Security and Emergency COVID-19 Task Force, which is responsible for receiving food donations also show that different organisations and individuals including NPG Farms, Farm Connect Agribusiness Industry Ltd, Fan Milk PLC, Agro Park, Niji Farms, SUMAL Foods Ltd, Nigerian Baptist Convention and WEMA Bank donated different food items to the state.
“Other donations in food items and other materials came from: Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Dr. Sola Adeduntan, a Director with First Bank Plc, Dr. Kola Adesina, Group CEO, Saharan Power, Lagos, CAPS Feed, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Poultry Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, IBEDC and Glister Success Ltd.
“All donations were those updated on the official website of the state as of 8 April, and Governor Makinde is full of appreciations to the donors.”
Lagos State Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Isolation Centre
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the discharge of seven more COVID-19 patients from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba bringing the number of patients discharged in Lagos to 39.
Governor Sanwo-Olu made the announcement through his Twitter handle on Thursday.
He said, “Good people of Lagos, I bring you awesome news from IDH, Yaba, which is a testament to our resolve to overcome the lethal #COVID19 pandemic ravaging the world.
“Today, we discharged 7 more patients who have fully recovered and tested negative twice consecutively for #COVID19.
“This is in a bid to intensify our search for possible cases of #COVID19 in different communities across the State known as *Active Case Search*.
“These officials can be identified with a #COVID19 outbreak response tag or a letter from the LGA.
“I implore you to give them your maximum support by providing accurate information that would help in containing this #COVID19 pandemic quickly.
“Again, I assure you that at the end of it all, we will be victorious. Thank you”
The discharged patients include one female and six males; three of the male patients are foreign nationals; two Ukrainians and one Italian.
Juventus could use Alex Sandro as a potential trade chip in a deal for Mauro Icardi in the coming months according to a report in today’s print edition of Tuttosport.
Icardi is currently out on loan at Paris Saint Germain from Inter and the reigning French champions have an option to sign him up on a permanent basis which they reportedly intend to do.
It has long been rumoured that Juventus are huge fans of Icardi and would like to add him to their ranks to bolster their attack and in order to acquire him they would be willing to offer a player(s) to PSG in return for Icardi.
Miralem Pjanic, Douglas Costa. and Mattia De Sciglio’s names have both been mentioned but this report states that Alex Sandro’s name is now in the mix of players they could try and use to entice PSG into doing business with them.
If they let Sandro go to acquire Icardi, the report from the Turin based newspaper goes on to state they will look to replace the Brazilian with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri, who is also on Inter’s radar.
Information reaching NobleReporters has it that men of the Lagos Fire Service have put out a fire that was said to have emanated from the parking lot of the Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja Lagos.
According to Nosa Okunbor, the Public Affairs Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), the fire started from one of the cars in the parking longue of the hotel.
Fire scare at Lagos Airport Hotel
He said the prompt arrival of the fire service and the LASEMA response team saved the situation and stopped the fire from escalating.
It was not clear the extent of damage the fire caused to other cars and the entire facility before it was put out.
Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, is a member of the Odu’a Group of Companies.
Edo State Government on Thursday warned that cases of coronavirus in the state might rise significantly in the next few weeks, unless drastic actions are taken to slow down the spread.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Benin City, disclosed that samples of nine persons suspected to have been infected with coronavirus in Edo state, have been collected and sent to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) for testing.
He noted that the nine patients are from four local government areas of the state, namely, Esan West (4), Esan Central (2), Oredo (2), and Orhionmwon (1).
Okundia, who urged residents to stay at home and observe other precautionary measures to avert further spread of the virus, reassured that all COVID-19 patients in the state are responding well to treatment.
He said, “As at today, we have recorded nine new suspected cases in Edo State, raising the total number of suspected cases to 12.
“There are 288 persons who had contacts with confirmed cases. The number is likely to increase significantly in the next few weeks, unless we take very drastic actions to slow down the spread.
“This, we can achieve by complying with the state government’s stay-at-home and social distancing directives, as well as other precautionary measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease.”
“Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered the shutdown of any hotel found to be hosting guests who travelled in from outside Edo State and does not inform the COVID-19 response team to screen such guests. Vehicles with passengers not adhering to the social distancing regulations will also be impounded and their drivers prosecuted.
“As a government, we have taken serious steps to prevent further spread of this virus. Though we are also ready to handle any cases recorded in the state, we urge all residents to support the state government and other health practitioners as we intensify efforts to keep Edo people safe and healthy.”
Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho looks to have taken a major step after reports claim that the Borussia Dortmund winger is open to a move to Old Trafford.
Sancho is one of the hottest young talents in world football right now, having scored 14 goals and registered 16 assists for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season.
This has alerted the attention of Europe’s top clubs, with significant Premier League interest coming from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and of course United.
And The Athletic claim that Sancho’s is keen on joining Manchester United next season due to his history of living and playing in Manchester.
Sancho played for the academy teams of the Red Devils’ rivals Manchester City before joining German club Dortmund for £8million in 2017.
The move would see Sancho link up with fellow forward and England team-mate Marcus Rashford, with the pair having combined for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions team during the international break.
And Rashford is excited about the prospect of playing alongside Sancho at club level as well as on the international stage.
He told Reliable Sources Live: ‘Hopefully we can all play together, that would be good.
‘He plays off the cuff, he’s creative and imaginative, these are the things you need to be world class.’
Sancho is also a target for Liverpool and Chelsea but the Premier League duo are not prepared to pay Dortmund’s asking price for their star winger, say The Athletic.
Any deal for the 20-year-old is likely to exceed the £100million mark given the player’s exciting potential.Borussia Dortmund chiefs are mulling over whether to cash in on the Englishman or try their best to keep him at the club – but they insist he will not be sold on the cheap.
Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said last week: ‘You always have to respect what the player wants. We already said before corona that our preference is for Jadon to remain with us.
‘I can say clearly that even the very rich clubs, despite the current crisis, shouldn’t think they can get a bargain from us. We don’t have to sell anyone below their value.’
Both Dortmund and Manchester United are waiting to see how the transfer window will play out this year given the global suspension of the 2019/20 football season across the world.
The leadership of the National Assembly has dismissed reports that it labelled the National Social Investment Programmes a failure, stressing that, its statement was directed at efforts during the lockdown.
In a statement issued on Thursday by Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser on Media to President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, the legislature explained that newspaper reports of the meeting with the Humanitarian minister were misleading.
“The attention of the leadership of the National Assembly has been drawn to reactions to some newspaper reports on its meeting with the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, which held on Tuesday 7th April, 2020.
“The leadership of the National Assembly had called the meeting as part of the legislature’s collaborations with the executive arm of government for effective management of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria and mitigation of the harsh effects of the measures adopted in this respect on Nigerians.
“The focus of the said meeting was the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), which is the vehicle that Government is using to convey its palliative packages to the most vulnerable Nigerians against the backdrop of the lockdown called in many parts of the country to check the spread of the deadly disease,” it said.
The National Assembly noted that, “It is worth noting that NSIP has been in existence since 2016 and has been pursuing President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to alleviate the conditions of especially the poorest in society.
“At the meeting with the minister, the leadership of the National Assembly made some observations on aspects of the NSIP and recommended that the implementation process be fine tuned and the scheme be backed with legislation to make it more efficient, effective and accord with global best practices.
“Although the official press statement issued at the end of the meeting clearly conveyed the deliberations and resolution of the meeting, some misrepresentations appeared in the reports by one or two newspapers.
“The comments at the meeting were not made to denigrate any official but to make the scheme more effective in the delivery of its critical mandate and these comments were well taken by the Honourable Minister and her delegation. The minister was honest enough to admit that the NSIP had some “challenges” and also bedevelled with “intrigues” which she was yet battling with.
“The leadership of the National Assembly would not have suggested an enabling legislation for the NSIP if it does not believe in the relevance of the scheme.
“We believe this misrepresentation misled the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais to issue a rejoinder.
“The leadership of the National Assembly is committed to sustaining its cordial working relationship with the other arms of Government as it has seen the benefits of this approach in the improved environment and speed of policy and decision making,” it added
Divine Ikubor, Mavin Record’s teenage singer, says he really wants to be in a relationship but hasn’t met the right person.
The 19-year-old trap musician was speaking to City People Magazine about how he has been coping with all the frenzy of activities typical of artistes who make it to limelight at tender age.
Admitting that camera flashlights, meetings, and studio sessions could be confusing, the singer explained that he only has his mother and sister as trustworthy persons with whom he shares secrets.
“I really want to be in a relationship but still looking for the right one. I want to enjoy the peace because it’s really noisy: cameras flashing lights, meetings, studio sections,” he said.
“This whole music stuff is beyond ordinary for me that’s why things are happening differently for me and I am very spiritual from my angle and I don’t do my things the same way as everybody.
“Home is actually my peace. I find peace either in church or home. My own personal space, but yeah! It will be nice to find someone I can share it with, but then, I have not found the right one.”
Speaking on his early days in the industry and how past experiences prompted him to take up music at 11, Rema said he worked sleepless nights that God had no opinion but to bless him.
He said he started considering music as far back as when he was seven but only decided to take it for a profession four years after his politician-cum-publisher father had died.
“I worked really hard for it, having sleepless nights, prayed, gave my seeds, tithes and left the rest for the lord which gave him no other option to bless me,” Rema explained.
“It is actually spiritual how I found myself in the midst of Don Jazzy and everybody in a blink of an eye, everything worked very fast for me. Everything that came to me, I deserve it.
“I’m not the kind of guy to post on Instagram. The only thing people see about me is my music and my studio sessions but a lot is happening behind the screen, a lot of tears, sweat and blood.
“People tend to believe that we over hype, but it’s not over hyping because it’s really happening while some people where sleeping, I was on the road every single night.”
Chelsea have been warned off an £80 million ($99m) move for Philippe Coutinho, with Frank Leboeuf considering that asking price to be “too much” for a Barcelona flop who lacks the quality of a “top, top player”.
The former Blues defender told ESPN FC : “Well, to be really honest, and frank, no [Chelsea should not sign him].
“I think Coutinho is a good player and I’m not even trying to be harsh on him, I think I want to find Barcelona guilty for the situation because they put a price on Coutinho who I think doesn’t belong to that league.
“Now it’s hard to reverse the system, it’s hard to think that you can even the price and accept to lose like £65m for a transfer.
“But if you check on the quality of Coutinho, of course he is a talented player, of course he is a good player, but does he belong to the top, top players? Allow me to have some doubts about that.
“When I see Neymar, when I see [Cristiano] Ronaldo, when I see [Lionel] Messi, when I see [Kylian] Mbappe, I see top, top players.
“Coutinho has a price of a top, top player and I don’t want to make a statement but I’m not sure he has the quality of a top, top player.
“And now, how do you reverse the system? How do you put Coutinho in a team and how do you rate him now?
“You talk about Chelsea, ready to [pay] £80m. I think it’s too much for a player where you’re not sure he’s going to find the level he was, he used to be, at Liverpool and is not anymore.
“That’s why I think Coutinho shouldn’t go to Chelsea because there is no room for him and I think it is too much to spend for a player where we don’t know the standard.”
Halima Abubakar, Nigerian actress, has deleted a photo she earlier shared on her social media page to announce the arrival of her baby amid claims that she stole the picture.
Recall, NobleReporters earlier reported how the actress posted the photo of a mother holding on to her child on Instagram, accompanied by a terse post to tell fans she had welcomed a baby boy.
“A gift from God And I will cherish you for life. Biggest miracle. A Boy 3/4/20,” she had written.
But shortly after, an American woman had called the actress out on the social media platform for “stealing her baby’s photo.”
The woman, identified simply as Ariel, subsequently demanded that Halima takes down the picture.
She also shared screenshot of her private conversation with the actress where she questioned why the film star used her baby’s picture.
In the screenshot, the movie star appeared to have apologized, noting she found it appealing.
“Hi, I am so sorry about this inconvenience. I had my baby last week and googled baby pics to use to illustrate my baby had come, before I take pics of mine. I saw the beautiful baby nails and couldn’t help but use it,” said Halima.
“I never claimed the baby was mine, I don’t understand people on social media these days. I apologise for this. I will delete the picture. Congratulations on your baby. God bless.”
Proper scrutiny by NobleReporters showed that the picture was originally posted on the lady’s Instagram page on March 13 — nearly a month after Halima shared the same photo.
The movie star has since deleted the photo from her Instagram page amid several backlash from Nigerians on social media platforms.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in offering Philippe Coutinho a route out of Barcelona as part of a loan deal that would see them cover his entire salary.
Coutinho struggled to adapt to life at Camp Nou following a £142m switch from Liverpool in January 2018 and has spent this campaign on loan at Bayern Munich.
The Bavarians have an option to buy clause, which stands at £109m, but are unlikely to activate it when the transfer window eventually reopens after the coronavirus pandemic.
Coutinho has been linked with a Premier League return amid interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Reports have claimed Barcelona are holding out for an £80m fee for the playmaker.
With clubs seemingly unlikely to pay that much for a player who turns 29 next year, Barcelona could loan him out again next season.
And Spanish newspaper Sport say Chelsea are willing to pay a £11.5m(€13m) loan fee and cover Coutinho’s entire wages, which are around £250,000-a-week.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is looking to bolster his attacking options this summer and has already signed Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech for £33m, a deal which will be made official on July 1.
Coutinho, who is able to play out wide or as an attacking midfielder, would only add more firepower to Chelsea’s frontline.
Adele Adkins, a British vocalist, has reportedly sold her marital home in Sussex at a £1 million loss, having let out the property to financiers for the sum of £3 million.
The ‘Rolling In The Deep’ crooner had filed for divorce from Simon Konecki, her estranged husband, issuing a statement that they remain committed to raising their son together while asking that their privacy be respected.
Thereafter, a judge had ruled in favour of Adele’s request to have the divorce proceedings kept private, leaving what will happen to her estimated £140m net worth after the divorce secret.
According to data gathered by NobleReporters, Adele had bought the abode, which was set in 48 acres of land, for £4 million back in 2017, a year after she had gotten married to Konecki in a private ceremony.
The 31-year-old musician was said to have sold the property to a mystery financier for £3 million last year, which turns out to be a £1 million loss for her. It was said that the seclusion of the 18th-century had appealed her.
It is believed that the vocalist now spends a lot of time in Los Angeles, where she and her 45-year-old ex-husband have neighbouring homes so they can co-parent Angelo Adkins, their son.
Ayo Makun, Nigerian stand-up comedian better known as AY, says people pay up to five million naira for his jokes because of the grace upon him.
NobleReporters had earlier learnt how the award-winning comedian came under heavy criticisms for backing Funke Akindele, Nollywood actress, who violated the Lagos state’s lockdown directives.
The actress and Abdulrasheed Bello, her husband, were arrested and consequently sentenced to 14-day community service each for flouting social distance measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
In his response, AY had tackled Nigerians who pushed for the arrest of the actress but continue to keep mute over those he referred to as their “oppressors in government.”
His comment had opened the floodgates of criticisms with many calling him out on social media platforms.
But reacting to one of such criticisms on Thursday, the gifted comedian admitted making a mistake with his comment but tasked those hurling insults at him to go beyond personal sentiments.
According to him, 95 percent of those who buy tables at his shows are not politicians as insinuated in some quarters.
“I was humble enough to see my mistake, courageous enough to admit it and wise enough to correct it. If you go beyond the insults and do your research you will find out that 95% of the people buying my tables are not politicians. As for the dry jokes, they pay up to 5M too. It is called grace,” he wrote on Twitter.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are preparing for a three-way Premier League tussle for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar this summer, according to reports.
The 21-year-old is one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in Europe and has emerged as a key player for Lyon in recent seasons.
He is expected to finally leave the club this summer though and three of England’s leading sides are in the race to secure his signature in a £65million deal, it is claimed.
According to The Sun, Liverpool, City and Arsenal are stepping up efforts to sign Aouar, who has been ‘scouted by all of the Premier League’s elite’.
It is claimed Jurgen Klopp has identified Aouar as a long-term option in midfield as he looks to replace veteran duo James Milner and Adam Lallana this summer.
Lallana is out of contract at the end of the season while Milner, at 34, is in the final stage of his career. Naby Keita has also been plagued with a number of injury concerns at Anfield and could be sold to free up funds for a replacement.
City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has not hidden his admiration for Aouar in the past. Speaking after City beat Lyon in the Champions League last season, he said: ‘Houssem is a very good player. He is incredible.
‘He is excellent. He is always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality.’
Arsenal have also entered the race but their financial position may put them behind in the running with Mikel Arteta’s budget to be focused on strengthening his squad, rather than investing in one star name.
Aouar has also caught the eye of potential suitors across Europe with Juventus interested, according to L’Equipe.
He made the decision to not leave Lyon last summer as he wanted to try and force his way into France’s EURO 2020 squad. However, with the tournament postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus crisis, he is reportedly looking for a move away.
For the midfielder, the main concern with a move to City would be their potential two-year ban from the Champions League due to financial fair play breaches.
However, if the ban does not stand then Aouar is said to be excited at the prospect of working under Pep Guardiola and joining the Premier League.
Both players have mightily impressed this season in Ligue 1, with Dembele scoring 16 goals in 27 matches and Aouar grabbing a handful of goals and assists