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Report: Arsenal could sign Roma star Cengiz Under in player-plus-cash deal

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Italian outlet Leggo have claim that Arsenal could sign Roma attacker Cengiz Under this summer in a player-plus-cash deal that would allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to remain at the Serie A side beyond his loan spell.

Mkhitaryan, 31, joined Roma on loan from Arsenal last summer without a permanent clause in the deal. But after scoring six goals and creating four more in just 17 league and cup appearances, Roma want to keep the Armenian star.

However, Roma lack the kind of resources needed to sign Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis – with Arsenal valuing the former Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United ace in the region of £17.4million.

But Roma are willing to work around that obstacle and would be willing to wave goodbye to Under in order to land Mkhitaryan. The 22-year-old Turkish star has dropped out of the starting line-up, despite having a hand in 29 goals in 85 Roma outings

The report claims Arsenal would need to offer Mkhitaryan for Under, as well as a fee in the region of £8.7million. Such a deal would benefit all parties, and see the Gunners wipe Mkhitaryan’s enormous £180,000-a-week (Spotrac) pay cheque off the bill.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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