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Arsenal get Aubameyang boost as PSG launch bid for Icardi

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Arsenal has been handed a boost in their bid to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as PSG is now looking to make Mauro Icardi’s loan deal a permanent one, according to Sky Sports.

Icardi has been on loan at Paris this season and he has scored an impressive 20 goals in 28 games for the French side.

The initial loan agreement contained the option to sign him for around £60 million, but because of the coronavirus pandemic PSG was considering a move for Aubameyang instead as they believed that they could land the Arsenal captain for a cheaper fee.

However, they have now dropped their interest in Aubameyang and they are looking to negotiate a cut-price move for Icardi.

Sky Sports claims that they have made an initial offer for Icardi, which includes add-ons.

This would come as a big boost to Arsenal, who are desperate to keep hold of Aubameyang beyond his current deal.

The Gabon captain looks like he wants to leave, however, the impact of the coronavirus could force teams who want to sign him to look elsewhere for free transfers and swap deals.

Regardless, Arsenal are surely preparing for the worse and the Gunners appear to have lined up moves for other strikers should they struggle to keep hold of their captain when the transfer window reopens.

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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