Comert made 31 appearances for Basel last season (Picture: Getty)Everton were linked with a move for Comert back in January but a deal failed to materialise and Arsenal could look to capitalise by offering him a chance to play in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is keen to add a central defender to his ranks and Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the capture of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne in a deal worth €25m.However, the highly-rated 18-year-old may end up staying at Saint-Etienne next season on loan from the Gunners to further his development, meaning Emery could sign another defender.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are operating under tight financial restrictions this summer following their failure to finish in the top-four and Comert’s £7m price tag makes him a realistic transfer target.Although he is yet to be capped by Switzerland at senior level, Comert has captained the U21 side and scored twice in six matches.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Eray Comert established himself as a first-team regular at FC Basel last season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is weighing up a move for FC Basel defender Eray Comert as he bids to bolster Arsenal’s defensive options ahead of the new season.According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are preparing a £7m bid for the 21-year-old and will send representatives to Switzerland for talks with Basel over his availability on Saturday.Comert rose through the youth ranks at Basel before establishing himself as a first-team regular in the 2018-19 season, making 31 appearances for the club in all competitions.A Switzerland U21 international, Comert has also spent time on loan at Basel’s Swiss Super League rivals Lugano and FC Sion over the past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Arsenal considering move for £7m-rated FC Basel defender Eray Comert Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Jun 2019 1:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link338Shares Advertisement
Offshore driller Shelf Drilling has completed the purchase of the Ocean Scepter jack-up rig from Diamond Offshore. Shelf entered into a definitive agreement with Diamond to purchase the Ocean Scepter rig for $90 million in early July.Shelf informed on Friday, July 27 that its wholly owned subsidiary has completed the purchase and acceptance of the jack-up rig. Following the closure of this deal, Shelf’s total shallow water rig count increased from 39 rigs to 40 rigs.Shelf Drilling has financed the acquisition with proceeds from the Initial Public Offering (IPO) completed in June this year, and cash on hand.The rig has been renamed Shelf Drilling Scepter and is expected to be mobilized shortly from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on a dry tow carrier to the Middle East.The Ocean Scepter rig was built in 2008 and is of a KFELS Mod Super B design.
… tournament bowls off July 25By Frederick Halley TORONTO, Canada – The second edition of Global T20 Cricket League, Canada is scheduled to get underway on July 25, with the final set for Sunday, August 11 at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ground here.According to Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini, “Canada cannot wait for the action to begin. We, at Cricket Canada, are committed to providing much-needed opportunity and exposure to our Canadian players. We will work alongside the GT20 team to make the 2019 edition even more memorable for the players and fans. On behalf of Cricket Canada, I invite the cricket world to Canada.”The tournament will comprise a total of 22 matches including the three playoffs games with the opening fixture featuring defending champions Vancouver Knights and Toronto Nationals.A Cricket Canada release pointed out that promoter and owner of the GT20 Canada, Gurmeet Singh, was upbeat about what one could expect from the tournament. “After a roaring success of season one, where we reached more than 50 million cricket fans across the world, I am looking forward to the second edition of the GT20.CRICKET Canada president Ramjit Saini“We promise to deliver a bigger, better and stronger cricketing spectacle this season. I am thankful to Cricket Canada for entrusting us with this responsibility. We have a very robust system in place to produce another world-class cricketing event that reflects the best of Canada.” Saini disclosed that shortly, GT20 will announce the player registration process along with details of marquee players and the teams’ draft roster.Former West Indies batting legend, Brian Lara, the brand ambassador of the league, said, “I was there to see the first edition of the league and was enormously impressed with the overall quality of cricket. Despite a few hiccups, Cricket Canada and GT20 team delivered an outstanding event.“The hallmark of the event was a local boy, Saad bin Zafar winning the Man-of-the-Match in the all-important final in the presence of stars like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell. It proves that cricketers from these countries need these kind of endeavours to prove their talent. I hope GT20 season two will take cricket to greater heights in the North America region.” The league has been conceptualised, designed, developed and managed by Mercuri Talent Management Pvt Ltd, an Indian company, with Cricket Canada, the official governing body for the sport in the country. The two have entered into a 25-year Master Licensing Agreement which covers not just the Global T20 Canada, but also investment in developing the grassroots for the sport in the country.Cricket Canada is the first Associate member of the ICC to set in motion a Twenty20 franchise league in the lucrative North America market.Prior to last year’s staging Cricket Canada president Saini said the league had the potential to change Canadian cricket forever. “It is a great challenge and Cricket Canada is ready to deliver a resounding success.”Saini was also confident that the Global T20 Canada may generate revenues in the “six-figure” range for Cricket Canada in the first season and more in subsequent years. “Cricket Canada is very excited by the opportunity and we’re looking forward to it.”The tournament has also had the blessings of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who participated in a promotional cricket event at a school in Delhi, India during a visit there last year.