Khedira latest: Arsenal and Chelsea consider moves, but will Bayern Munich beat them to the punch?

first_img Sami Khedira has been linked with a switch to Arsenal 1 The Premier League season is just a fortnight away, and while Arsene Wenger has conducted some excellent business over the summer, even he concedes that Arsenal could bring in more players.“There could still be one signing, maximum of two. If a good opportunity comes up we might still do it, but at the moment we are not close to signing anybody,” Wenger is quoted as saying.One such player linked with a move is Sami Khedira, but how close is a potential deal? Here’s the latest…Replacement lined-upSpanish publication AS say that Real Madrid are preparing for Khedira’s departure by making a move for Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazilian was one of the few members of the Selecao to emerge from the World Cup with any credit. The publication claim that negotiations between the two clubs are advancing, and while Real boss Carlo Ancelotti will be pained to losing Khedira, he will allow him to leave once a replacement is secured.WaitingThe Express say that Arsenal and rivals Chelsea are the two English clubs in the running for Khedira, and while the London duo are keen on landing him ahead of the new season, they are biding their time before making a serious move. The 27-year-old is set to join up with his Madrid teammates tomorrow, and a decision will be made in the coming weeks.Chelsea-boundThe Daily Star have dealt a blow to Arsenal fans, reporting that while the Gunners are deliberating over whether to make a £24m move for Khedira, it may amount to little, with the German international ready to run down the final year of his contract at Madrid in order to join Chelsea for free next summer. Khedira is believed to have a good relationship with Jose Mourinho following the latter’s time as boss at the Bernabeu and is keen on working with him again.Bayern Munich showing an interestAs talkSPORT’s German football expert commented, Arsenal and Chelsea aren’t the only sides in the running to land Khedira. Following the loss of Toni Kross to Real Madrid this summer, it looks as though Pep Guardiola is keen on exacting some sort of revenge by luring Khedira to the Allianz Arena. However, unlike Arsenal, Bayern look likely to wait until the summer of 2015 in order to land him on a free transfer.Arsenal fans, do you think you need Sami Khedira? Comment below…last_img read more

COPE CALLS FOR VAT EXEMPTION FOR DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE EQUIPMENT

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has formally drafted and submitted a detailed proposal to the European Commission requesting an exemption from VAT for mountain and lowland rescue teams and for defibrillators purchased by charities, community groups, and sports clubs.Mr Gallagher, along with his party colleagues in the European Parliament, submitted the proposal in response to a public consultation by the European Commission Directorate responsible for Taxation and Customs Union.Mr Gallagher said today “Our submission outlines why we believe mountain and lowland rescue teams should not have to pay VAT on purchases of vital rescue equipment and why we believe community groups such as GAA clubs should not have to pay VAT to purchase a defibrillator.” He added that the 12 mountain rescue teams throughout the island of Ireland provide a valuable and essential public service with over 300 volunteers in who are committed to being on call at any time for requests for emergency assistance.“These volunteer teams pay VAT on all their purchases of life saving equipment that is needed for rescue missions, despite it being in the public interest. There seems to be no legitimate reason why mountain and lowland rescue groups are not included in the VAT exemption group.”“The most obvious discrepancy lies in the fact that presently land based voluntary search and rescue groups are levied with full VAT on equipment purchases but marine voluntary search and rescue services are not.”“Mountain and lowland rescue teams enable citizens to enjoy tourist and leisure activities. These activities and the economic benefit which they provide would almost certainly suffer without the dedication and commitment of mountain and lowland rescue teams.” The submission also outlines why defibrillators purchased by community groups should also receive a VAT exemption in the public interest.Mr Gallagher said today “In cases of cardiac arrest, with each passing minute without defibrillation, chances of survival drop by 14%. Therefore, it is important that there is immediate access to defibrillators in all local communities, especially where people gather in large numbers such as churches and local GAA clubs.”“While many charities, sports clubs and community groups do provide public access to defibrillators, many others are hindered from doing so due to the addition of VAT making the devices significantly more expensive. That is why we are urging the European Commission to act and exempt defibrillators in the public interest.”Mr Gallagher has called on the support of the Irish Government and Minister Noonan to help secure an agreement from the European Commission to exempt mountain and lowland rescue teams from VAT on vital purchases of rescue equipment and to exempt community groups from VAT on purchases of defibrillators.Mr Gallagher if re-elected to the European Parliament will continue to vigorously pursue the matter with the European Commission and the Irish Government. COPE CALLS FOR VAT EXEMPTION FOR DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE EQUIPMENT was last modified: April 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Pat The Cope GallagherVAT exemptionlast_img read more