Barcelona eye shock move for Spurs flop Ndombele with star ‘keen on move’

first_imgBARCELONA are eyeing a shock move for Tottenham flop Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.The 23-year-old midfielder was linked with the LaLiga side during his time at Lyon. Instead he moved to North London to become Spurs’ £65million club-record signing last summer.3 Tottenham flop Tanguy Ndombele has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona in the Spanish mediaCredit: GettyHowever, Mundo Deportivo claim the Nou Camp giants are plotting another attempt to sign the French international.They add that Ndombele is keen to move due to his poor relationship with Jose Mourinho.Today’s report from the Spanish publication claim Barca chiefs, who have made a new striker their No1 priority this summer, consider the star “a modern midfielder” who would be an ideal replacement for Ivan Rakitic or Arturo Vidal.But he is not the only option on their wishlist, with Napoli’s Fabian Ortiz also interesting Barca.Dembele started his Spurs career with a goal on his Premier League debut but injuries and fitness issues have since affected his form, leading to criticism from his manager.Mourinho has publicly stated Ndombele must do more and questioned how many more chances he can get.He was singled out by the Portuguese after he was hauled off at half-time in Spurs’ recent draw at Burnley after making zero impact.After the introduction of Giovani Lo Celso and Lucas Moura at the interval for Ndombele and 19-year-old Oliver Skipp, Mourinho’s men bounced back to earn a point having trailed.3LATEST WWE NEWSRIDDLE ME THISWWE star Shane McMahon thanked Matt Riddle for not beating up GoldbergCORM OVERCormier held talks with WWE over switch from UFC, Triple H confirmsMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutREY’S PLACEInside Rey Mysterio’s £1m Californian home where he keeps his sword collection’SEPARATE LIVESWWE star Brie Bella admits her and husband Daniel Bryan ‘are growing apart’Video’NOT OVER’Tyson vows AEW return to ‘kick Jericho’s ass’ and looks set for wrestling matchThe Spurs manager said: “In the first half we didn’t have a midfield. “Of course I’m not speaking of Skipp, because he’s a kid of 19 who’s played two hours in the last few days. I don’t criticise him at all.“But I’m not going to run away and I have to say he [Ndombele] has had enough time to come to a different level.“I know the Premier League is difficult and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league.“But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas, Lo Celso and those players are playing. I was expecting more in the first half from him.”3last_img read more

Town of Turrialba unfazed by volcanic activity

first_imgTURRIALBA, Cartago — Ask Milagro Rowe Arias if she’s afraid of the Turrialba volcano, and she’ll laugh. “No,” she says, bemused.This may seem cavalier, considering Rowe lives only 20 kilometers from the highly active metamorphic mountain, in a town that shares the same name. This has been a dramatic year for the volcano in Cartago province, which registered numerous explosions this past week, including a geyser of “incandescent material” on Friday night.But Rowe is unconcerned. She shares a common sentiment in the town of Turrialba, home to some 35,000 people: the eruptions have almost no effect on valley residents. There have been no toxic gases, no monsoons of ash, not even a funny smell.The mountain may loom on the horizon, and locals have watched the plumes of smoke rise as high as 1,500 meters above the summit, but the people of Turrialba have only shrugged their shoulders.“People stopped in the street and took pictures with their phones,” Rowe said with a giggle. “It was very funny.”Rowe manages the Wagelia Hotel in downtown Turrialba, and if anyone should be concerned about volcanic activity, it’s Rowe.But in 20 years of working in the industry, Rowe claims that recurring volcanic activity has no negative impact on tourism. If anything, the eruptions are a draw.“Everybody wants to see the volcano,” Rowe exclaimed. “It’s one of the main reasons they come here.”Because the town and volcano share the same name, outsiders assume that Turrialba is currently caked in cinders. Locals say they routinely receive worried phone calls from family in other parts of the country.Turrialbeños seem sympathetic to the plight of Central Valley residents, who have been feeling adverse effects all week, but for them the volcano is harmless.The reason: wind.“Ninety percent of the wind flows west,” Massi Devoto, director of local tourism outfit Explornatura, said.Raised in Puerto Limón, Devoto has spent 15 years in Turrialba and routinely organizes trips into the mountains.“Of course people think there is an emergency here, because we are so close to the volcano. But almost all of the ash goes to the Central Valley.”Indeed, darkness and cloud cover often make eruptions invisible to the people below. The volcano makes no audible sound in Turrialba, and while residents have felt small earthquakes during previous eruptions, no one has felt so much as a tremor this past week.Even the volcano’s explosion of “incandescent material” on Friday night went largely unobserved.“I didn’t notice anything at all,” Ivannia Paniagua Solís, a hotel housekeeper, said. Paniagua lives in Santa Cruz, the closest town to Turrialba National Park.“It wasn’t until the morning that someone told me about the eruption.”But there are secondary effects: around the forested national park, there is a ring of pastures used by local dairy farmers. During eruptions, the ash mixes into the atmosphere and causes acid rain, which contaminates the grass.During times of emergency, dairy farmers are often required to evacuate down the mountain with their herds. In the valley, these farmers rely on a network of family and friends to host their heifers until they are allowed to return.“Sometimes the farmers have to come down,” Guido Garrita Ulloa, a custodian and guide at Espino Blanco Lodge, said. “But not so much on this side of the volcano. The situation is worse on the other side.”It is the other side – the Central Valley – where the volcano has caused serious problems, grounding flights at Juan Santamaría International Airport, delaying a presidential visit to Europe, and causing watery eyes and coughing fits throughout San José.The fallout has reminded many of the Irazú eruptions from 1963 to 1965, which blanketed the Central Valley in ash.“The volcano has erupted many times,” Rowe recalled. “It’s bad in the Central Valley, but here there’s no reason for alarm, no reason to be afraid.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José UPDATE: Flights at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría airport cancelled due to volcano eruptions Turrialba Volcano evacuation zone expanded following increased activitylast_img read more