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PSG announces signing of Brazil’s Marquinhos from AS Roma

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea can all cross Brazilian sensation Marquinhos off their list as the 19 year old has signed with Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

Marquinhos’ rise to prominence has been lightning quick, as the center-back spent one season on Corinthians senior side (making six appearances) in 2010-11 before moving to AS Roma this past year.

It was in the Italian capital that the youngster, who’s full name is Marcos Aoás Corrêa, wowed audiences with his ability to tackle and intercept passes with ease.

A statement on PSG’s official website confirmed the deal: “Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce that Marcos Aoas Correa, known as Marquinhos, has signed a five-year contract with the club after transferring from AS Roma.”

While no fee has been officially disclosed it is believed that PSG dropped upwards of $46 million (€35m) to acquire the defender. Marquinhos will be a boost to Les Parisiens defense, which conceded a league leading 29 goals last season.

The signing may also be indicative of PSG’s intent to sell one of its pre-existing center-backs, Thiago Silva or France international Mamadou Sakho.

Silva has been the subject of numerous transfer rumors this summer, with Barcelona leading the calls. But with the big money acquisition of Neymar and concerns surrounding the club’s remaining funds for summer transfers, it seems unlikely the Blaugrana will shell out for the likes of Silva. Increasing the doubt that Barcelona will continue to be active is manager Tito Villanova’s decision to step down due to health concerns.

The more likely defender to be departing the French capital is Sakho, who Arsenal, Monaco, Liverpool and Newcastle have all been monitoring. If Sakho is dealt, the Brazilian center-back pairing of Silva and Marquinhos will be set to lead PSG to defend the French title.

For Marquinhos, the chance at linking up with Silva was a major factor in his deciding to sign with PSG. “I am delighted to be joining Paris St Germain, a club where so many Brazilians have played and helped write the club’s history. I will do everything I can to continue that tradition and write my own name into the club’s illustrious history books.”

 

Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

FIFA allows Matip to represent Liverpool during AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Joel Matip of Liverpool heads to score his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.

The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.

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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.

He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.

Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game

FILE - A Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaving the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) for charity from a friendly game against former club Everton last year. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.

That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.

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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”

Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.

WATCH: Lewandowski’s juggling stoppage time winner

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
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Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.

The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.

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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.

It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.

Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

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Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday