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Diego Costa 'close' to finding new club amid Arsenal January transfer interest
Arsenal in the January transfer window.The former Chelsea striker was shockingly linked with a move to their London rivals after his contract with Brazilian Serie A side Atletico Mineiro was terminated.The Gunners reportedly made contact with Costa's representatives as Mikel Arteta is looking to add to his attacking options this month.However, it emerged earlier this week that the 33-year-old favoured a move elsewhere.And now transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that club, Corinthians, are nearing a deal to sign him."Corinthians are pushing to complete the signing of Diego Costa in the next hours," Romano tweeted."Verbal agreement now closer - still waiting for last details and final answer from Brazilian striker who's now free agent."Timao made the best proposal as of now. No talks with Arsenal."Costa would be staying in his home country and also reuniting with former team-mate Willian, who left the Emirates last year. Which former Prem stars would you like to see return? Let us know in the comments section. Arsenal may be relieved that it is at least not a rival Premier League club who is signing him.Costa has scored three times in six meetings against them in all competitions, ending up on the winning side on five occasions.He also scored the winner for Atletico Madrid to knock the Gunners out of the Europa League semi-finals in 2018.The Gunners will now have to turn their attention elsewhere, with a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking like a need.An offer was recently received for the striker from Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, who want to take him on a loan-to-buy deal worth roughly £7m.Aubameyang's exit is currently under consideration amongst the Gunners hierarchy.It looks unlikely that he
Arsenal's concerns with Aubameyang's transfer to Al-Hilal might have been resolved
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s potential transfer move to Al-Hilal may have been resolved as the Saudi club prepare to submit an offer.Aubameyang has been frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s plans at the Gunners after a succession of disciplinary-related issues, with the striker also stripped of the captaincy.That means that he is free to leave the Emirates Stadium this month after four years at the Premier League giants, either on loan or on a permanent deal.Putting an obstacle up to any potential exit is his astonishingly high wages of £350,000 a week, having been handed a major pay rise as part of a new contract signed in 2020.Arsenal’s hopes of moving the Gabon international on before the end of the window have now reportedly been handed a major boost.According to the Daily Mail, Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal are prepared to pay Aubameyang’s wages in full as part of a loan deal.Leonardo Jardim’s side are fourth in the Saudi league and are understood to have offered to take Aubameyang on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.And in a move described as being ‘hugely attractive’ to Arsenal, they are prepared to take on the striker’s huge wages in full.Should Arsenal allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join Arsenal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section...It is stated that the Gunners would be inclined to accept the offer, though the decision to move to the Middle East lies with Aubameyang.Arsenal are aware of the proposal from Al Hilal, with Aubameyang and his representatives set to study it in the coming days.It is unlikely to be his only offer, with interest in Aubameyang said to be ‘growing’ as time ticks down on the transfer window.Want to be on the ball with all
Pilot refuses to fly plane because his 'shift was over' as passengers protest
Saudi Arabia at the weekend when a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Riyadh to Islamabad was forced to land in Dammam because of the weather.But the pilot then refused to take off again, telling his passengers that he had finished his shift, reports The Express Tribune.In protest, the passengers refused to get off Sunday’s flight PK-9754, and that prompted security teams at the airport to intervene.A spokesperson for PIA said it was necessary for pilots to follow the rules regarding shift patterns for safety reasons, and alternative arrangements were made for the passengers as a result.They eventually arrived in Islamabad later that night.It’s not just bad weather that has left travellers frustrated recently.Last month, British Airways passengers hoping to fly to Barbados were left stuck on their plane at Heathrow for more than five hours after the pilot tested positive for Covid-19 while he was in the cockpit.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.England hockey star Darcy Bourne, 20, was among the frustrated passengers, and she gave updates of their ordeal via TikTok.In the first of her three videos, she said: "Pilot just got a text saying he tested positive so we're all stuck on the plane."In the video, the pilot can be heard saying: "What we're currently doing is looking for another pilot to take my place and that process is ongoing, but it's not going to happen quickly and at the moment we have got people in the process of trying to find someone."In the second video, taken in the airport's departure lounge, Darcy said: "Update: they kicked us all off five hours later and gave us all £4 food vouchers."But the frustrated passengers were later
Snow falls on Sahara Desert in new photos of rare phenomenon as temperature falls to -2C
The Sahara Desert has seen a snowfall settle into the sand as temperatures dropped below freezing in a rare phenomenon.Ice and snow covered the dunes of the largest desert in the world, where temperatures as high as 58C have been recorded.Photographer Karim Bouchetata captured the stunning images of snow and ice covering the sand in the town of Ain Sefra in Algeria, January 18.Overnight temperatures plummeted, with the Algerian town charting lows of -2C (28F).The ice and snow that fell on the usually warm sand created stunning patterns after an unexpected sprinkling of snow covered the area.The snowy dusting is the fifth time in 42 years that the Algerian town has seen snow, with the last four occurrences in 2021, 2018, 2016 and decades ago in 1979.At around 3,000ft above sea level, Ain Serfa, known as The Gateway to the Desert, is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.Covering most of Northern Africa, the Sahara Desert has gone through climate changes, temperature shifts and varying moisture levels over the past few hundred thousand years.Although the Sahara is very dry today, it is expected to become green again in about 15,000 years.Camels were gripped by the extreme temperatures of North Africa, seen surrounded by snow in the summer and winter months.Snow and ice in desert regions is unusual but not rare or obscure, especially now that January, one of the the coldest months for Algeria, is in full effect.Dramatic temperature drops in the past few years have seen snowfall in the North African region and in the Middle East too.January of 2021 and 2022 saw temperatures dip below freezing and both the Sahara Desert and Saudi Arabia were covered in snow.2018 was the third time Ain Serfa was coated in snow, and now the area