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Transfer gossip: Brahimi to Arsenal; Ndombele to Man Utd

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Arsenal’s summer transfer rumors revolved around defending, but the last few weeks have focused on attack options (outside of endless Kieran Tierney talk).

Last week, it was Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace.

Enter Yacine Brahimi.

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The 29-year-old Porto man may be joining the Gunners on a free transfer, providing plenty of experience to Unai Emery‘s attack corps.

Capped 48 times by Algeria with 11 goals, Brahimi had been with Porto since 2014. The left winger has 54 goals and 43 assists in 215 appearances over that time.

There are a lot of questions here, but the price tag of free-99 makes them all pretty palatable.

TalkSport claims that the many reports of Tanguy Ndombele’s eventual move to Tottenham Hotspur may have jumped the gun.

Or maybe Manchester United has jumped the line.

Last week saw reports that the 22-year-old Lyon man’s fee may go up soon if Spurs can’t sort the price for the midfielder.

And perhaps United will pay the $82 million fee and give Ndombele whatever he wants.

It would be a huge blow to Spurs, if only to Mauricio Pochettino who has publicly complained about how other clubs get to dictate terms on transfers while he just plays a role in Daniel Levy’s structure (He’s also given plenty of respect and credit to Levy over the years).

The same report mentions a potential breakthrough for United when it comes to its attacking ranks, and that’s in the form of Wissam Ben Yedder.

The $44 million price tag is not insignificant for the 28-year-old Frenchman, who scored eight goals in Europa League and 18 goals with nine goals in La Liga play at Sevilla.

That was his best season since his final four seasons with Toulouse, where Ben Yedder scored 15, 16, 14, and 17 league goals at Ligue 1.

O Jogo is linking Newcastle United with Dutch striker Bas Dost, but we wonder how much of that is based on long-term interest versus reality. Dost, 30, was linked with the Magpies in the past but is now well past the age mentioned as their transfer age limits. But it’s a rumor, so it makes the wrap, along with Sevilla interest.

UEFA Champions League roundup: Porto rolls, Real Madrid escapes

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Two teams advanced into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday in markedly-different fashion.

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Porto absolutely smashed Swiss champs Basel from the competition, while Real Madrid had to withstand a Schalke attack that came one goal from a startling upset.

Real Madrid 3-4 (5-4) SchalkeRECAP

Roberto Di Matteo’s visitors just wouldn’t go away, scoring goal after goal to keep the hopes of an historic upset alive. Schalke took 1-0, 2-0 and 4-3 leads in the match yet never equalized on aggregate, as Real Madrid’s 2-0 road win from leg No. 1 held up.

Which isn’t to say Los Merengues didn’t have their moments. Cristiano Ronaldo provided the first two equalizers of the night before Karim Benzema gave Real an all-too-brief 3-2 lead.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice for Schalke while Christian Fuchs opened the scoring and teenage striker Leroy Sane added the fourth.

Basel 4-0 (5-1) PortoRECAP

source: APThis one wasn’t close at all. While Basel held Porto at bay for most of the first leg, Portugal was an entirely different party, one where the hosts ripped shots from every angle into the Swiss goal.

Tomáš Vaclík was spectator on the first Basel goal, Yacine Brahimi’s free kick tracing the top of the Basel wall before leaving the keeper flat-footed. Distance goals followed from Casemiro, his a stunning free kick, as well as Hector Herrera and Vincent Aboubakar.

See Brahimi’s goal here, and the other three here.

Porto 4-0 (5-1) Basel: All four goals beauties as Dragons advance to Champions League quarters (video)

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For the first time since 2009, Porto is into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after a 4-0 rout of visiting Basel for a 5-1 aggregate win in the Round of 16.

All four goals were top drawer, with Yacine Brahimi, Hector Herrera, Casemiro and Vincent Aboubakar netting for the Portuguese side.

The quarterfinal draw will be held on March 20.

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Porto was the more dangerous team from the jump, as expected, and Brahimi burned the visitors with a 22-yard free kick to make it 1-0.

Walter Samuel committed a poor foul just outside the 18, and keeper Tomáš Vaclík could only watch as Porto’s Algerian star bent a ball over the wall and into the goal.

An awful injury to Porto’s Danilo sent the alert player off on a stretcher and to the hospital. No update has arrived on his health.


Basel could’ve easily been down to 10 men in the 38th minute, as Brahimi’s ankle was on the business end of an awful late challenge from Derlis Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has Basel’s best chance of the half, but his shot bounded just wide of the left post.

Porto put the match to bed shortly after halftime, as Mexico’s Hector Herrera scored from just outside the 18. It was a brilliant goal from the El Tri star.

Then Casemiro hit a free kick to one-up Brahimi’s number, a 56th minute golazo worthy of the term.

And then… Vincent Aboubakar. There wasn’t a quiet goal among the quartet.

LIVE – Champions League: Schalke twice pegged back by Real; Porto lead at the half

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Phew, what a crazy opening 45 minutes that was.

On Tuesday the second legs of two UEFA Champions League last 16 clashes took place, as Schalke took it to Real Madrid and FC Porto squeaked ahead of Basel after a tense first 45 minutes in Spain and Portugal.

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In Madrid, Schalke twice took the lead through Christian Fuchs and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar but Cristiano Ronaldo equalized twice with headers as Real Madrid have been all over the place at the back. Schalke smell blood.

Over in Porto the home side are ahead thanks to Brahimi’s wonderful free kick, which you can watch here, as they lead 2-1 on aggregate in a tight clash with Swiss side Basel.

You can follow play-by-play on the second half of both games by clicking on the link above.

WATCH: Yacine Brahimi’s free kick gives Porto an early UEFA Champions League lead

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No Jackson Martinez, no problem for Porto.

Algerian attacker Yacine Brahimi’s sixth goal of the UEFA Champions League season has Porto up 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) and edging toward the quarterfinals.

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Porto was the more dangerous team from the jump, as expected, and Brahimi burned the visitors with a 22-yard free kick to make it 1-0.

Walter Samuel committed a poor foul just outside the 18, and keeper Tomáš Vaclík could only watch as Porto’s Algerian star bent a ball over the wall and into the goal.