Monday Kickoff: Inter eyeing Fabregas, Ronaldo injured and more

Monday Kickoff: Inter eyeing Fabregas, Ronaldo injured and more

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Monday Kickoff: Inter eyeing Fabregas, Ronaldo injured and more

Cesc Fabregas (ISIphotos.com)

Just when you thought it was safe to assume Cesc Fabregas would stay with Arsenal this season, now comes word that a new team has replaced Barcelona as the top team looking to buy him.

Inter Milan is reportedly set to offer £32.5million for the Spanish international in a late move that seems unlikely to succeed given Arsenal's consistent reluctance to part with its captain.

The interest is just part of a late transfer window rumor mill that has also rekindled a potential Maicon to Real Madrid move. With Wednesday's transfer deadline looming there could still be some major moves made by top clubs looking to strengthen their squads.

Here are some other stories to get your Monday going:

RONALDO INJURED IN OPENER

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss a handful of key matches after being ruled out for three weeks due to an ankle injury suffered in Real Madrid's season-opening draw against Mallorca.

Ronaldo is expected to miss Portugal's upcoming European qualifiers, as well as Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League opener against Ajax.

His injury should open the door for newly-signed Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, who did not start in Real Madrid's opener.

ZLATAN RIPS PEP ON WAY TO MILAN

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is heading to AC Milan in a loan deal that should end his disappointing tenure with Barcelona and the Swedish striker wasted no time blaming Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola for everything that went wrong.

"I only had problems with one person (Guardiola)," Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I got on great with my team-mates and I want to take this opportunity to say that I had a great relationship with both the club and the fans."

Ibrahimovic provides a major boost to an AC Milan attack that already features Brazilians Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato, as well as strikers Marco Borriello and Filippo Inzaghi, one of which may still move before the end of the transfer window given the crowded forward line (Borriello is reportedly on his way to Juventus on loan).

AC Milan may not be done shopping, with reports out of Italy suggesting the club is making a late move for Robinho.

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What do you think of these developments? Can't see Arsenal selling Fabregas this late in the window? Looking forward to seeing Ozil get his chance with Real Madrid? Think Ibrahimovic can recapture his scoring touch with AC Milan?

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