Lille have turned down offers of €70 million (£64m/$82m) for former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, the Ligue 1 club’s president has claimed. The Portugal midfielder, previously of Benfica and Swansea, has found his feet once again in France after a disappointing end to his Bundesliga career. Still only 22, he has plenty of potential to fulfil, and Lille chief Gerard Lopez says there has been significant interest. With star forward Jonathan Ikone reportedly targeted by Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Jadon Sancho and defender Gabriel Magalhaes linked with clubs in the Premier League and beyond, there has been plenty of interest in the side which finished fourth in the curtailed French top-flight season. However, according to Lopez, Lille have no desire to part with their star players as they look to build for the future. “We have received offers totalling more than €200m (£182m/$235m), which we will not accept,” Lopez told l’Equipe. “The real question for us is the competitiveness and balance of the team.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Best Cars Of All TimeThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time? “For example, we have had offers over €70m for Renato Sanches. He won’t go. Our sporting project takes precedence. “We want to continue developing. How many clubs in Ligue 1 would refuse more than €70m for a player, other than PSG?” read also:Pogba drops big Man Utd stay hint After bursting onto the scene with Benfica in 2015-16, Sanches announced himself to the world as one of the star performers of Euro 2016. His performances as Portugal lifted the title raised excitement levels with Bayern having already agreed to sign him, but he left after three underwhelming seasons – including that disastrous loan spell at Swansea. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
MEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoLos Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored 81 points this past Sunday — the second-highest total in the NBA only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100.The next basketball player to etch his/her name on that very same list could possibly be Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport when the Buckeyes host Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team tonight.Well, maybe that’s a little too much, but Davenport will certainly be able to score at will on the Badgers’ struggling team.Davenport — last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year — is coming off her second-straight Big Ten Player of the Week award highlighted by a 31-point performance at Michigan State, including the game-winning shot.Also, Michigan State — last year’s national runner-up — had a 23-game home-winning streak in East Lansing.And I forgot the fact that Davenport was fighting off double- and triple-team coverage the whole night.Simply put, Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone is going to have her hands full on the road trip to Columbus, Ohio.”We have a daunting task at Ohio State this week, but we played them well in the Big Ten Tournament for the most part last year,” Stone said. “They’re coming off a big win, and we’re going to go in there and give them everything we’ve got.”But in all reality, everything the Badgers have got probably won’t be enough versus the No. 7-ranked Buckeyes.The matchup with Ohio State in the second round of last year’s Big Ten tournament in which Stone mentioned was, in fact, a competitive game, with the Badgers as close as six points and the halftime score at 35-23.In the end, however, Davenport and Ohio State never looked back after intermission, en route to a commanding 70-46 victory.Many of the key components from both teams are back this year as well, so it may be absurd to even consider Wisconsin has a shot tonight, but the victory might not be the utmost objective in this game.This is a Wisconsin team that has struggled tremendously this season and recently snapped a five-game losing streak with a 75-48 win over Eastern Illinois Monday.To be fair, the Badgers have endured their fair share of injuries and suspensions throughout the entire year, but now it seems as though they may finally be close to full strength if Annie Nelson (shoulder) and Janese Banks (foot) are able to return.No definite word has been said on either’s status, but it is likely that both will play. Nelson and Banks each dressed for Monday night’s game but were kept out for precautionary reasons, and one thing is for sure — their returns will be more than welcome for a depleted Badger roster with only eight healthy players.”We’re banged up,” Stone said. “We need Janese [Banks] back and Annie [Nelson] as well.”While the team will be looking forward to Nelson and Banks getting back on the court, one bright spot has been the emergence of some of the Badgers’ younger players.Danielle Ward has been solid all year in her sophomore season and has established herself as Stone’s first option off the bench by averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.Freshman Christine Spencer especially has stepped up in recent games — most notably Monday night versus Eastern Illinois.”The kids are growing, they really are,” Stone said. “A lot of people have stepped up. Chris Spencer had her career high [10 points].”Whether or not Nelson and Banks return unfortunately won’t play much of a difference in Wisconsin’s matchup with Ohio State, as Davenport is capable of having her way with just about anyone on the Badgers’ roster.Look out, Kobe.
Despite his difficult time at Real Madrid in recent times, Gareth Bale still managed to rack up £35.45m in earnings.Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann rounds up the top five with today earnings of £35.25mThe full top 10 features two players from Real Madrid, two from Barcelona, two from PSG and one each from Juventus, Vissel Kobe, Bayern Munich and Man City.Take a look at the full top 10 below Player Earnings Salary (per week)Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £120m – £500,000Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £109m – £688,000Neymar (PSG) – £87m – £600,000Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – £35.45m – £350,000Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – £35.25m – £290,000Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – £32.06m – £400,000Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) – £31.14m – £425,000Raheem Sterling (Man City) – £30.96m – £300,000Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) – £26.56m – £346,000Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £24.73m – £375,000 France Football, organisers of the Ballon d’Or awards have released their list of the highest-paid players in the world in 2019.Unsurprisingly, the top two spots are occupied by the two best players on the planet; Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The Barcelona star edged the Juventus forward out of top spot by ‘just’ £11m.Messi earned a total of £120million from his wages, bonuses, endorsements, commercial revenue and other streams.Cristiano Ronaldo’s total of £109 million, along with a weekly salary of £688,000 is still very impressive and puts him well ahead of third-placed Neymar who finished the year with £87m.More from Citi Sports