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Leicester agree fee for Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra

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Leicester City have agreed a fee with Sevilla for their captain Vicente Iborra.

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The midfielder, 29, is due to travel to Leicester for a medical and to agree personal terms with the transfer fee reported to be in the region of $16.1 million.

In a statement released on their website, Sevilla confirmed that a fee has been agreed and Iborra was flying to England with the La Liga side seeming to bid an emotional farewell to the towering Spaniard.

Sevilla FC and Leicester City FC have reached an agreement on the transfer of Vicente Iborra to the British side, at the expense of the Valencian player traveling to Leicester to undergo medical examination and sign his contract. Once the operation is concluded, he will return to Seville to publicly bid farewell to the fans.

If everything goes as expected, Vicente Iborra will leave Nervión after four seasons of delivery and commitment, wearing the armband as captain in his last campaign. Iborra has always shown an exemplary behavior and has earned the unanimous love and respect of all Sevillians. Three Europa League titles, 172 games and 30 goals are the numbers of a colossus that beyond his achievements will remain in the memory for his leadership on and off the field, as well as for the dignity that he gave the captains armband of Sevilla FC whenever he played.

Iborra is a defensive midfielder who is powerful in the air and can control the tempo of a game. With Wilfred Ndidi and Danny Drinkwater already in the Foxes midfield, Iborra will add plenty more steel if he agrees to join Leicester, plus he has also scored 26 goals over the past three seasons in all competitions and has a knack of timing his runs to perfection.

Following Sevilla’s defeat to the Foxes in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 last season, many of Sevilla’s players made remarks about the atmosphere at the King Power Stadium in the second leg where Leicester sealed their passage to the quarterfinals.

With that fresh in his mind Iborra will be attracted to Leicester, but giving up UCL action with Sevilla for a likely midtable scrap with Leicester seems like a bit of an odd decision for a player who has won three Europa League titles and has driven Sevilla on from midfield in recent seasons.

That said, with Sevilla appointing Eduardo Berizzo as their new manager perhaps Iborra isn’t in his plans and whatever way you slice it up, this seems like a massive coup for Leicester.

The Foxes are aiming to rebuild under Craig Shakespeare after he was handed the managers job on a permanent position following an impressive finish to last season which secured their status in the PL, and a top 10 finish in the PL plus a cup run would be a good campaign next season.

La Liga & Serie A: Bale leads Real to seven-goal outburst and more

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A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo La Coruna

Now, this is more like it from the defending European champions. Zinedine Zidane’s side went behind on Sunday when Adrian put the visitors in front, however, Real Madrid woke up and scored seven unanswered goals at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale was the star on the day with a brilliant curler that kicked off the first of his two goals (below). After Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to go down inside the penalty area, Bale carried on and put the ball onto his left foot before sliding his shot in off the inside of the far post.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo picked up a brace of his own on the day, both of which came off of headers for the Portuguese international. The veteran goalscorer also got bloodied on the day, but that didn’t stop him from adding to his impressive goal total.

Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona

A slow start to the match was aided by a Barcelona team that came out for blood in the second stanza. Ivan Rakitic and braces from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi paced the road side in the second half, keeping their unbeaten La Liga record in tacked.

Although Rakitic was the first to find his name on the scoresheet, it was his assist to Suarez that later on that proved to be a thing of excellence from both parties.

The first half was mildly uneventful for the Blaugrana, however, the Catalonians suffered another injury blow as Thomas Vermaelen left the match after pulling up in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring pull.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Alaves 2-2 Leganes
Real Sociedad 1-2 Celta Vigo


Lazio 5-1 Chievo Verona

Lazio moved into third place in Serie A after a convincing victory at the Stadio Olimpico. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s double for the hosts helped propel them to the win, after Luis Alberto kicked off the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Chievo found a brief response two minutes later, but from there it was all Lazio as they closed to within 11 points of league leaders Napoli.

Cagliari 1-2 AC Milan

Franck Kessié scored twice in six minutes to pull Milan back into the match on the day, and that was exactly what they needed to secure three points at the Sardegna Arena. AC Milan sits seventh in Italy’s top flight through 21 matches, 23 points behind Napoli.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Inter Milan 1-1 Roma
Udinese 1-1 SPAL
Sassuolo 1-1 Torino
Sampdoria 3-1 Fiorentina
Bologna 3-0 Benevento
Hellas Verona 0-3 Crotone
Atalanta 0-1 Napoli

Video: Kurzawa silences Lyon with spectacular volley

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Lyon went ahead inside the opening two minutes, but then Layvin Kurzawa had his say for the visitors on the stroke of halftime.

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Dani Alves set up the defender for one of the best volleys you’ll see in first-half stoppage time on Sunday to level the match at 1-1.

Watch below as PSG ties things up with just seconds remaining before the halftime whistle.

Video: Fekir’s brilliant free kick has Lyon leading PSG

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Paris-Saint Germain has established itself as one of Europe’s best sides, but their opponent on Sunday isn’t playing scared against Neymar and Co.

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Lyon has taken a 1-0 lead inside the opening two minutes against the Parisians after a stunning free kick by Nabil Fekir caught PSG keeper Alphonse Aréola off his line.

The hosts could move all the way up to second place today with a victory over PSG, who holds the league lead in Ligue 1 with a nine-point advantage.

The 24-year-old Fekir has been a revelation for Lyon in his fifth season with the club, scoring his 19th goal in all competitions on Sunday.

That total has already surpassed his career-high from the 2014/15 season, when he eclipsed 15 goals.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie injured in Schalke draw

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Look away, U.S. Men’s National Team fans.

American and Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie was forced out of Sunday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Hanover 96 after the 19-year-old collided with Felix Kraus.

McKennie, who entered the match in the 62nd minute for Leon Goretzka, managed to stay on the field for nearly 20 minutes before being substituted out.

To this point there has been no indication that the young USMNT player’s injury is serious.

More to follow…