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December 2017 23 GibLive! SPORT JOIN US! at The Tower, Marina Bay, Gibraltar £2.90 A PINT! UNTIL THE FIRST GOAL on all live games on the main screen FOOTBALL LOOPY Red Stripe ice bucket deals Five bottles for £10 CHRISTMAS MENU NOW AVAILABLE T: (350) 200 60160 W: theshipgibraltar.com Guardiola pavin’ the way for Pavon MANCHESTER City and Ar- senal are battling it out with each other for the latest South American wonderkid. They have joined Liverpool in being linked to Boca Juniors starlet Cristian Pavon. The 21-year-old has been impressive once again this season, scoring three times in 10 league outings following nine in 30 last term. Paris Saint-Germain have tracked the youngster in the past but their interest has waned. The only competition English clubs appear to face is from Inter Milan. Boca are not keen on the idea of selling the promising talent but the decision will be out of their hands should any club lodge a bid which would trigger his £32.5million release clause. Manchester City have the advantage of having Pep Guar- diola in charge – the man who developed Lionel Messi into the player he is today. Pavon re- gards Messi as his idol and the chance of working with Messi’s mentor might be a big pull. VALENCIA are hoping to scupper Tottenham’s bid to snap up Paris Saint-Germain outcast Lucas Mou- ra on a loan deal in January. The forward has fallen down the pecking order at PSG and he almost joined Spurs in the summer. But the deal fell through on deadline day. Now boss Mauricio Pochettino faces competition from Valencia who are ready to offer the 25-year-old regular first-team football so he can secure a spot in Brazil’s World Cup spot for the tournament in Russia next summer. Valencia are already on good terms with PSG after taking fellow winger Goncalo Guedes on loan in September. The 21-year-old has shone at the Mestalla and that may persuade Mou- ra to head there too. CHELSEA and Arsenal will have to dig deep if they want to fight it out for Roma ace Kostas Manolas. The player has reportedly agreed a lucrative new contract at the Italian gi- ants which includes a £32.75million release clause. That would be the starting bid for any tug-of-war over the star defender. Both London clubs have been linked with the Greece international, who is considered one of the best central defenders in Serie A. Italian champions Juventus are also said to be keeping tabs on his situation in Roma while Manolas snubbed a big-money move to Zenit St Petersburg in the summer. His new deal is his reward for his loyalty upping his annual salary from £2.5million to around 3.1million. ATLETICO Madrid are closing in on Arsenal target Lautaro Marti- nez – despite having their original £11.25million bid snubbed by Ar- gentinian club Racing. The La Liga club has apparently beaten Arsenal, Monaco and Real Madrid to his signature. However, Racing president Victo Blanco has issued a warning to all interested clubs, saying: “We received an offer from Atletico of € 12.75m, plus a 10 percent surplus value of a future sale, but Racing turned it down. “I spoke with him and I can guar- antee that Lautaro is going to con- tinue with us until June.” However, the player might have other ideas. Many of Europe’s other big clubs have shown an interest – including Borussia Dortmund – and Martinez might realise the time is right for a big money move to Europe to test his skills in the world’s best leagues. Valencia in for Moura Big two left to count the Kosta JUVENTUS have stepped up their pursuit of New- castle and Everton tar- get Cenk Tosun in the hope of snatching him from under their noses in January. The 26-year-old is the subject of intense transfer speculation as a result of some sparkling form for Besiktas over the past 18 months. The striker scored 20 goals in 33 league games last term and has six in 13 so far this season. Besiktas insist they do not want to sell him in Jan- uary but may be tempted to part with him should they receive a high enough offer in the summer. But that has not stopped both Newcastle and Ever- ton from circling as they bid to reinforce their frontlines when the window opens. Juventus have now wo- ken up to the striker’s prowess and sent scouts to check in on him at the weekend when he scored his side's opener as they beat Galatasaray 3-0. Juve poised to snatch Tosun Atletico muscle in on Arsenal target

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