Arsenal confident of signing Chalrton star Joe Aribo to kick-off summer spending

first_imgArsenal confident of signing Chalrton star Joe Aribo to kick-off summer spending Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Mar 2019 7:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link277Shares Joe Aribo is a target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are hopeful of concluding a deal for Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo to get their summer spending spree underway.The 22-year-old has scored six goals in 22 appearances for the Addicks this term and the Gunners are convinced by the midfielder’s potential.Aribo’s contract expires at the end of the season after lengthy negotiations with Charlton resulted in him turning down an offer to stay at the Valley.That means Arsenal would only need to pay a small compensation fee to the Addicks to sign Aribo and the midfielder is likely to jump at the chance to move to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Aribo has scored six times in 22 appearances this term (Picture: Getty)Aribo had been keen to stay at the Valley but Charlton withdrew their opening offer and offered him reduced terms when they returned with a second offer, according to the Mirror.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s level of spending this summer is likely to be dictated by the club’s ability to qualify for the Champions League.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 ArsenalThe Gunners are currently in the coveted fourth spot and are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Their budget could be boosted to around £80m if they qualify for the Champions League, whereas it’s likely to be around £45-50m without it.MORE: Rio Ferdinand wants Reiss Nelson and Phil Foden in England squad next Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Survey suggests retirement benefits valued over health plans

first_imgPeople are more willing to gamble with their health than their retirement, a new study found.Some 62 percent of workers said they were willing to pay more if it meant they would have guaranteed retirement benefits, according to a recent survey by professional services consulting firm Towers Watson. But only 34 percent said they would pay up for more predictable medical costs.Why is this the case? It could be because people are already fed up with having to pay more for health insurance, said David Speier, a retirement consultant in Towers Watson’s Arlington office. Workers are often asked to shoulder a greater share of their health costs through high deductible plans, higher premiums and bigger copayments.A separate study released earlier this year by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health found that employees’ share of premium costs increased to $2,975 in 2014, up nearly 32 percent from $2,262 in 2009. And health-care costs are rising at a faster clip than inflation and outpacing wage growth, Speier said.Consumers also reported being less content with their health-care plans overall. The survey found that 59 percent of workers said they were happy with their health coverage in 2013, down from the roughly seven in 10 workers who said they were satisfied with their plans in 2007. Towers Watson surveyed more than 5,000 full-time workers in the United States between July and September 2013.Among the least satisfied were those who were most likely to need their benefits — those who were older or in poor health. While 62 percent of employees said their health plans met their needs, only 45 percent of workers in poor health said their plans were sufficient.last_img read more