first_imgTransfers Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE: Madrid would have paid £177m for Coutinho Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:30 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane considers his January transfer window options Madrid would have offered £177m for CoutinhoReal Madrid were willing to offer £177 million for Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho before he agreed to join Barcelona in a £142m move, Mundo Deportivo reports.However, it is unclear if Los Blancos were just looking to increase the price tag to throw off their Liga rivals and slow down the transfer process.Coutinho had made it clear that he had been interested in leaving Liverpool for Barcelona, who will be formally unveiled on Monday. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo prefers Chelsea moveCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridCristiano Ronaldo would prefer a move to Chelsea as he weighs up leaving Real Madrid, according to Don Balon.The Portuguese continues to be linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu, with the Blues among those that have expressed an interest.Should he depart Ronaldo wants a move to the Premier League, and with Manchester United seemingly not interested in bringing him back to Old Trafford Chelsea are set to be the next best option.Getafe target Madrid keeperKiko Casilla Real MadridGetafe are lining up a move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, if they lose current No.1 Vincente Guaita, reports  AS .Guaita is out of contract at the end of the season and Crystal Palace are hoping to agree a deal to sign the keeper for a fee in the January transfer window.If Palace seal a deal for Guaita, then Getafe will look to sign Casilla for the second half of the season, should Madrid finalise their own swoop for Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa.Real Madrid want Courtois and HazardThibaut Courtois Chelsea 2017Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are Real Madrid’s top transfer targets in the summer, according to Sky Sports .Los Blancos will wait for Tottenham star Harry Kane, who is believed to be a long-term target for the team.Hazard’s current deal is set to expire in 2020, while Courtois has another year on his contract and wants to decide his future before the end of the season.Chinese club to match Real Madrid’s Bale valuationGareth Bale Real MadridGuangzhou Evergrande are set to rival Manchester United for the signing of Gareth Bale, according to  The Mirror . The Chinese Super League are prepared to meet Real Madrid’s £85 million valuation of the 28-year-old, who has struggled with injury this season. Manchester United have long been seen as the favourites to sign the Welshman, but China’s richest club are hoping to unite him with coach Fabio Cannavaro.Donnarumma wanted as Courtois replacementGianluigi Donnarumma MilanChelsea want AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, if they lose Thibaut Courtois in the summer, claims Mundo Deportivo .The Premier League champions are hoping to agree a new contract with Courtois, whose current deal expires in 18 months’ time.However, he has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and, if the Belgian ends up at the Santiago Bernabeu, then Chelsea want Donnarumma to replace him.Madrid no longer looking at LuizDavid Luiz ChelseaReal Madrid have backed away from the idea of bringing in David Luiz, according to  Don Balon . The Spanish side made contact with the Brazilian a few weeks back, according to the report, but he has been left waiting since then. While Luiz also drew interest from Manchester United, he was more interested in Los Bloncos, though it now seems as though Zinedine Zidane believes he might cause issues in the dressing room with the club having two established centre-backs. Tottenham set £300m Kane asking priceHarry Kane TottenhamReal Madrid will have to pay up £300 million to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham, The Mirror  reports.The Champions League holders are considering making a move for the goal machine and chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to warn them off with a massive valuation.Manchester United have also been linked with the Spurs star in recent days. Mourinho wants Bale signed in JanuaryGareth Bale Lucas Vazquez Real Madrid NumanciaManchester United are set to make an attempt to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in the January transfer window,  The Express  reports.The Old Trafford side have long been interested in the Wales international and are hoping they can lure him this month to appease coach Jose Mourinho.Real Madrid set to bid for SalahMohamed SalahMohamed Salah’s early-season success with Liverpool has led to interest from Real Madrid, OK Diario   reports. Zinedine Zidane’s men have misfired offensively this season and are looking for solutions in front of goal, with the Egypt star touted as a possibility after an explosive beginning to life at Anfield.Madrid are aware that a deal during January will be complicated but are set to return in the summer.last_img read more

first_imgThere is no doubt that with the flight of India’s Defence Minister on the Tejas combat aircraft, a very positive salutary message has gone out to not only the Indian Air Force but the whole country at large. However, is this only symbolic or will it largely overcome our combat deficiencies? This news only narrates the tale of the Light Combat Aircraft which truly started in 1969, when the Indian government agreed that Hindustan Aeronautics should design and develop a fighter aircraft. The catch was in finding a proven engine. Although HAL completed design studies in 1975, they could not select a “proven engine” from a foreign manufacturer and the IAF’s requirement remained unfulfilled. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn 1983, as the years progressed, IAF noted that they have to replace India’s ageing MiG-21 fighters which had been its mainstay since the 1970s. The LCA was seen as advancing the domestic aerospace industry and promoting self-reliance. In 1984, the Indian government established the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to manage the LCA programme and assume the responsibility of Tejas development, with HAL being the principal contractor. For “self-reliance”, work on fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control system (FCS), multi-mode pulse-doppler radar, and after-burning turbofan engine were pivotal. Also Read – The future is here!In addition to the hiccups of decision-making at all levels, the real impediment came in 1998 when US aircraft-maker Lockheed Martin’s involvement was terminated due to a US embargo in reaction to India’s second nuclear test in 1998. I believe, that, was the beginning of our difficulties which delayed us to a stage from where catching up with development became agonising. By mid-2002, the project had suffered major delays and cost escalations. For example, the intended engine had to be replaced with an off-the-shelf foreign engine. The story at this stage gets caught up in convolutions within the Defence Establishment till, in October 2015, IAF Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha confirmed plans to order 123 (six squadrons) of Tejas Mark 1, triple the number of aircraft it had previously planned to purchase (40). Later, it was declared that those 83 additional Tejas ordered were to be the upgraded Mark 1A version. On November 7, 2016, Parrikar approved the procurement of 83 Tejas for the IAF at a cost of Rs 50,025 crores (US$7 billion). The order for those is expected to be placed by the end of 2019 after the unit price was negotiated between Rs 250-Rs 275 crores (around $40 million) per unit. By March 2020, HAL hopes to expand its production capacity to at least a squadron (16+) of aircraft every year. Three years had thus elapsed with no decision as yet. In 2018, IAF formally committed to inducting a total of 324 Tejas aircraft of all versions if HAL and the ADA can deliver a quality Tejas Mark 2 in time. The Indian Navy has a requirement for 50 Tejas aircraft. The first prototype of the Naval LCA made its first flight almost two years after being rolled out on April 27, 2012. Amazingly, its arrester barrier test was done a few days ago on September 13, 2019, seven years later. What is redeeming is that out of a total of 35 major components, only three involve foreign systems. As a consequence of the embargo imposed on India after its nuclear weapons tests in May 1998, many items originally planned to be imported were instead developed locally. Obviously, these sanctions contributed to the prolonged delays suffered by the LCA. The IAF raised the first squadron in Bangalore in 2011 and on December 20, 2013, the aircraft was cleared to be flown by regular IAF pilots; beginning induction into squadron service. The fighter had to be certified for six more criteria relating to BVR missiles and guns, etc. On February 20, 2019, during Aero India 2019, Final Operational Clearance was formally awarded to Tejas without guns. But the Tejas story is not over as yet. What we must note is that some new developments are to be undertaken on the Tejas. Tejas MK1A is an improved version of Tejas MK1 aircraft to make it more suitable for the current needs of the IAF. The reports in public domain indicate that the improved version of Tejas MK1 A will now be integrated with an Electronic Array Radar (AESA) co-developed with Israel’s ELTA corporation, in-flight refuelling capability, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles Astra and Derby, Electronic Warfare (EW) sensor and several other new equipments. Most significantly, a project will be launched to enhance the performance of indigenously made Kaveri engine, which will later be fitted to MK1 A variants. The Kaveri engine is likely to be similar in performance to the current GE414 engine. But this development will take two more years. Acceptance of MK1 A by IAF would mean that the “operational requirements of the aircraft have reached acceptable norms”. It is believed that there is work going on for “Stealth Technology” and with the integration of BVR missiles and the powerful Kaveri Engine, the Tejas will be a very powerful airborne weapon. But in reality, there is no clear indication of timelines and nor is an assessment of the financial outlay. Several new methods are being adopted. The plan is to manufacture the components in several segments of private industry and HAL will act as “the Principle Contractor” and an integrator of the final product. (The author is a retired Air Commodore and strategic-affairs commentator. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has tied up with Google to provide traffic-related information to people during Durga Pujas. Special traffic regulations on the Google Map can be viewed by people travelling across the city. Commissioner of Police (CP) Kolkata Anuj Sharma on Monday unveiled the Puja guide map along with the traffic review bulletin of 2018 in Lalbazar. Apart from the guide map and bulletin, Sharma also unveiled a special badge called the child identity badge. This badge can be procured from police assistance booths during Puja days. Parents are suppose to write their children’s name and contact number on the badge to help the police in case their children get lost in the crowd. The badge will help the police or other people to inform the parents about their children. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the inauguration programme, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Traffic, Pandey Santosh said Kolkata Police has tied up with the Google this year to provide information about traffic to people visiting pandals. According to Santosh, during the pujas, pandal-hoppers and commuters can view the traffic situation on the Google Map, which will come into force from October 2 (Chaturthi). The map will show the roads shut for vehicular movement as well as the temporary one-way routes. “It will help commuters and pandal-hoppers to plan their routes and avoid traffic congestion. The entire traffic arrangement will reflect on the Google Map,” said Santosh. According to police officials, people can view the guide map on the Bondhu app by Kolkata Police. People can also get the printed guide maps from local police stations and traffic guards across the city.last_img read more