Transfers Arsenal told it will take £35m to land N’Zonzi Chris Burton 21:03 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Arsenal Sevilla Primera División Premier League Unai Emery is said to be readying a raid on his former employers at Sevilla, but he will need to meet a buyout clause in order to get a deal done Arsenal have been made aware that they will need to trigger the £35 million ($47m) release clause in Steven N’Zonzi’s contract in order to sign the midfielder.The former Blackburn and Stoke star has long been linked with a return to England, with Emirates Stadium having been mooted as a possible landing spot for some time.Speculation regarding a second stint in the Premier League has resurfaced in the wake of ex-Sevilla boss Unai Emery taking charge of the Gunners. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He is said to be plotting a raid on his former employers for a France international, but he has also been informed that there will be no relaxing of a stance which demands any suitors must meet a €40m exit clause if they intend to get a deal done.Sevilla’s director of football Joaquin Caparros told Radio Seville of the N’Zonzi to Arsenal talk: “Is that a rumour or is it true?“Has Unai Emery called you? Well, as a successful man, Unai Emery knows what line the club keeps.“If he wants N’Zonzi, he will have to call and put the bid in. And the bid is the clause. If you put that bid in, then there are no more negotiations [over the fee].”Sevilla have been in this position before when it comes to N’Zonzi and have no intention of sanctioning a sale at this time.They could even get the 29-year-old to commit to fresh terms, with new manager Pablo Machin currently weighing up the options available to him.Caparros added: “We could even extend the contract, if the coach gives the green light. Everything is possible.”N’Zonzi last extended his deal in January 2017, with that agreement set to take him through to the summer of 2020.For now, though, the midfielder’s attention is focused on a World Cup 2018 campaign with France, with Didier Deschamps having selected him in Les Bleus’ ranks ahead of the likes of Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot.
In 1880, a young Roman Catholic woman, Jessie Ripoll, bought a 43-acre property and transformed it into the Alpha Cottage, where she admitted a single orphan girl. For 125 years, the Alpha Primary School located on South Camp Road, Kingston, has been shaping the lives of Jamaicans and garnering a reputation of excellence.Branded as one of the island’s premier primary institutions, Alpha has recorded outstanding results in all national standardised examinations, namely the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Tests, and the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).This institution, which has 1,000 students on roll, has produced some of Jamaica’s outstanding leaders, including former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding; Gospel artiste, Jenieve Hibbert-Bailey, and broadcasters, Henry Stennett, Michael Sharpe and Nadine McLeod.In an interview with JIS News, Principal, Millicent Graham, says the school has strong and successful education and performing arts programmes, which are critical to the overall development of Jamaica’s future leaders.“For the national exams… we are performing above the national average… we have tried to create well-rounded students and they have really done us proud,” she tells JIS News.“We have several medals, as it relates to dance, music and speech. This year, for instance, of four entries in dance in the festival of the performing arts, we got four gold medals and two national trophies. For music, we did exceptionally well. We got six gold and seven silver, four bronze, and we got three national trophies,” she boasts.Ms. Graham says the institution, with its committed and hard-working staff of 32, will continue to challenge the minds of students.She informs that an accelerated programme will be introduced for those who are gifted, in a bid to expose them to higher levels of critical thinking, while continuing to challenge them. The students will be participating in more debates, research and quizzes.“The students who are at the lower (and second) tiers, they get a lot of attention, and those… who are performing above average, we don’t think we challenge them enough, and so we now have a special programme for them,” she tells JIS News.She says that the school also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, such as the Spanish, mathematics, 4-H Clubs, and Brownies. These, she says, allow students to develop leadership skills.Ms. Graham says that while the school does not have a tradition of achievement in sports, there are plans to introduce more students to activities such as netball and cricket.As the institution marks its 125th anniversary this year, Ms. Graham says homage will be paid to the pioneers, and the institution’s contributions to the community and country will be recognised and celebrated.Ms. Graham tells JIS News that a wall of fame has been mounted to highlight past students who have done exceptionally well over the years.She adds that a church service, which had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather, will now be held on June 2. The year-long celebration also includes a banquet later this year, to recognise the school’s achievements.Activities already held include an Open Day/Math Exposition at the school’s campus and an Evening of Excellence at the Little Theatre.Ms. Graham says the events were successful, and commended the past students for their continued support of the institution.In 1880, a young Roman Catholic woman, Jessie Ripoll, bought a 43-acre property and transformed it into the Alpha Cottage, where she admitted a single orphan girl.Over the years, as the institution’s population grew, so too did its purpose and importance to the Kingston community, and in 1892, it was transformed into an elementary school with the assistance of the Sisters of Mercy from England.The school went through a number of name changes, including Top School, Alpha Elementary, and Alpha Junior School. “For the national exams… we are performing above the national average… we have tried to create well-rounded students and they have really done us proud,” she tells JIS News. For 125 years, the Alpha Primary School located on South Camp Road, Kingston, has been shaping the lives of Jamaicans and garnering a reputation of excellence. Story Highlights