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Transfer rumor roundup: Fabinho to Man United, N’Koudou to Spurs

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Sunday was not a dry day for the transfer rumor well, even before Duncan Castles’ report that Jose Mourinho had put four Old Trafford regulars on Manchester United’s sell list.

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It wasn’t even the only United transfer rumor of note, as several sources are working on reports that claim Monaco’s Fabinho is ready for a move to Manchester. The 22-year-old right back shares the same agent as Mourinho, and the manager is said to be willing to spend as much as $29 million for Fabinho.


Sky Sports has sources that believe Tottenham is buying Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and have agreed to terms with the French club to the tune of $14.25 million. Spurs declined comment on the story.


Respected newshound Gianluca DiMarzio says Arsenal have taken the next steps in its pursuit of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. The 23-year-old Argentine has scored 38 goals over the last two Serie A campaigns, and was the league’s top scorer in 2014-15.


Liverpool may want to bring Jeremy Mathieu to England, according to Le Parisien. The 32-year-old French back has been at Barcelona since arriving from Valencia in 2014. He’s made 75 appearances with three goals for the Blaugranas, and would supplement Liverpool’s center back corps.

France’s Mathieu out of Euro 2016 with calf injury

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PARIS (AP) France’s defensive woes worsened on Saturday as Jeremy Mathieu was ruled out of the European Championship with a calf injury.

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The French football federation said in a statement that the Barcelona defender was replaced by Samuel Umtiti in coach Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad for Euro 2016, which starts on June 10 with host nation France playing Romania in Group A.

Umtiti, who plays for Lyon, was on a list of reserve players.

Deschamps is already without the injured Raphael Varane.

Jeremy Mathieu in jeopardy of missing Euros after meniscus tear

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Coming off of a convincing 4-2 victory over Russia on Tuesday, France did receive some bad news from the match.

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Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu, who entered the game in the second half, lasted only eight minutes, after sustaining a knee injury.

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The Blaugrana have confirmed that the 32-year-old’s injury is a torn meniscus and that he will undergo an operation on Thursday.

France has already lost one defender this year due to injury in Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma, so another extended injury could really hurt the team’s backline ahead of this summer’s 2016 European Championship.

This season, Mathieu has started 12 matches for the league leaders. The loss of the Frenchman could be critical in Barcelona’s run at a treble, given their lack of options at left back. While Jordi Alba has been ruled fit enough to play in this weekend’s El Clasico vs. Real Madrid, the Catalan side lacks depth behind Alba and Mathieu.

Thomas Vermaelen could see an increased role down the stretch depending on the length of Mathieu’s absence. The former Arsenal defender has primarily played as a central defender throughout his career, however, he is versatile enough to fill in on the wings if necessary.

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Luis Suarez scores winner as Barcelona goes four clear of Real Madrid in testy El Clasico

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A testy El Clasico went in favor of the hosts, as Barcelona increased its La Liga lead to four points with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid on Sunday at the Camp Nou.

Jeremy Mathieu and Luis Suarez scored for Barcelona, while Cristiano Ronaldo netted for Real Madrid.

Eleven total yellow cards were handed out by Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, six going to Real.

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The match was even after 45 minutes. Mathieu redirected a Lionel Messi free kick past Iker Casillas in the 19th minute, but Madrid equalized 12 minutes later. Neymar missed a golden chance in the Real end and the visitors countered hard, with Karim Benzema back-heeling the ball for Ronaldo to finish near the penalty spot.

Madrid also had a Gareth Bale goal disallowed due to an offside– by a sliver — flick from Ronaldo.

source: APEight different players had yellow cards within the first hour of play, with five going to Real and three to Barca.

Casillas didn’t do himself a favor on the match winner, as the Real keeper was outfoxed by Suarez on a 56th minute goal. The former Liverpool player made a borderline onside run past Pepe before hitting a hard low ball across the box and past the out-of-position Casillas.

Barcelona had the better of play as the game entered its final 20 minutes, and Neymar missed another chance in the 74th minute after being slipped through by a Messi dribble.

Claudio Bravo dove to make a stop on Benzema’s 20-yard strike in the 78th minute, pushing it wide of the goal.

Casillas made a great save after Messi sprung Jordi Alba with five minutes to play, and then watched as the goal post stopped Messi moments later. Real earned a corner in the 88th minute, and subbed off Modric for Lucas Silva.

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Barcelona: Bravo; Alves, Pique, Mathieu, Alba; Rakitic (Busquets, 76′), Mascherano, Iniesta (Xavi, 80′); Messi, Suarez, Neymar (Rafinha, 83′)

Goals: Mathieu (19′), Suarez (56′)

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal , Pepe (Varane, 73′), Ramos, Marcelo; Modric (Silva, 89′), Kroos, Isco (Jese, 80′), Bale; Benzema, Ronaldo

Goal: Ronaldo (31′)