Ciro Immobile’s move to Borussia Dortmund could be completed tomorrow


Serie A’s capocannoniere is about to move, if today’s reports out of Italy are to be believed. Before you roll your eyes, know these aren’t the typical, nebulous soccer rumors we’ve heard about Torino’s Ciro Immobile since the end of the season. According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the destination, fee, date, and salary are firm. Immobile will be confined as Borussia Dortmund’s $26.4 million signing tomorrow.

The 24-year-old, coming off a breakout, 22-goal season, is currently with the Italian national team while competing for a spot in Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup squad. Previously, however, the former Juventus prospect expressed a desire to rejoin a Champions League-qualifyied squad. After finishing second in the Bundesliga, BVB will be in UEFA’s premier club tournament for a fourth straight season.

Seeking to replace the departing Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund has been linked to Immobile since late in the season. The team also has returning goal-scoring in German international Marco Reus, Gabonese attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Bringing Immobile in on a 5-year, $13.6 million deal could stock the shelves in the same way Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan did after losing Mario Gotze last summer.

Whether the acquisition actually does provide that firepower depends on the extent to which Immobile’s 203-14 season reflects his actual talent. Coming into the season, the Italian international had five career Serie A goals. Featured by Torino, however, the young forward blossomed, earning his big-money move to a European power.

For Torino, a club that finished seventh in last season’s Serie A, the loss will be a blow, though not a completely unexpected one. For a team like i Granata, $26.4 million may be too much to turn down, particularly if Alessio Cerci can somehow stay on their books.

WATCH: Rashford sends arrow home to put Man Utd up two

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Seemingly everything he touches turns to gold goals.

Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 17 minutes of Wednesday’s League Cup third round match versus Burton Albion at Old Trafford, and the second was a beaut.

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It was a classy little chipped finish that made it 1-0, but Rashford unleashed from outside the 18 to beat a flying goalkeeper and put a jewel on the scoreboard.

Well, not really a jewel, but picture that “2” as real shiny.

Rashford now has five goals in eight matches for Manchester United this season, and 22 in 78 for his career. He turns 20 next month, which is nice.

Everton fines Rooney two weeks’ wages

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Wayne Rooney‘s move back to Everton was always going to benefit the Merseyside community, though it wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Everton has fined Rooney two weeks’ wages following his admission earlier this week to a drunk driving charge.

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According to the BBC, “Everton intend to give the entire sum – thought to be about £300,000 – to local projects through their Everton in the Community scheme.”

At a Monday court date, Rooney learned that he would not be allowed to drive for two years. He was also fined and assigned 100 hours of community service.

Rooney has two goals and an assist in nine appearances, all starts, for the struggling Toffees. He is not in the 18 for Everton’s third round League Cup tie versus Sunderland on Wednesday.

LIVE: Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal enter League Cup

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Five more League Cup third round games take place on Wednesday with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton all hosting lower-league opponents.

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Holders Man United welcome Burton Albion to Old Trafford, while Arsenal host Doncaster Rovers, Chelsea welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge, Everton clash with recently relegated Sunderland and Manchester City head to West Brom.

On Tuesday five Premier League teams were knocked out of the competition as Liverpool lost at Leicester City, Stoke were upset at Bristol City, Burnley lost to Leeds United on penalty kicks, Brighton lost at Bournemouth and Huddersfield were knocked out by Crystal Palace.

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Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s League Cup games with all games kicking off at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated.

Click on the link above for live updates on all five games, while the fourth-round draw takes place after the games have finished.

Wednesday’s League Cup schedule

Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers
Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest
Everton vs. Sunderland
Manchester United vs. Burton Albion – 3 p.m. ET
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City – 3 p.m. ET

Men In Blazers podcast: Chelsea-Arsenal, Rooney, Pep

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Rog and Davo break down Arsenal’s draw at Chelsea, Wazza’s return to Old Trafford, and a robotic performance from Pep’s City side. Plus, a musical number at the end.

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