Mid-Day Ticker: Man. City after Arsenal starters, La Masia closes and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Man. City after Arsenal starters, La Masia closes and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Man. City after Arsenal starters, La Masia closes and more

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Manchester City bested Arsenal in the Premier League table last season, and now it's going after two of the Gunners' starters.

Reports from England claim that City has "nearly" signed French left back Gael Clichy and is going hard after French midfielder Samir Nasri by offering £20 million for his services. Nasri, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2010-2011, has a year remaining on his contract and has been rumored to be coveted by City rival Manchester United.

Clichy and Nasri join Barcelona target Cesc Fabrgeas as key components of Arsenal's lineup that could be headed to the exit door at Emirates Stadium.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:

LA MASIA MAKES WAY FOR NEW FACILITY

Barcelona's famed youth academy La Masia has closed while a new facility is being built to take its place.

La Masia has produced some of the greatest soccer talent in the world, including current Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique along with former player and current coach Pep Guardiola.

The new academy, which reportedly cost $12.7 million to build, will open next month and will house 80 potential stars-in-the-making.

"We are switching to a residence that will be an example for the world due to the immense possibilities it will generate," La Masia director Carles Folguera told Reuters.

ENYEAMA SIGNS WITH LILLE

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has made his fair share of big saves on the international stage for Nigeria, and now he'll get to do the same on the UEFA Champions League stage for a French power.

Enyeama signed a three-year deal with French champion Lille, leaving Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv, where he played since 2007.

CANADA WOMEN ON BRINK OF ELIMINATION

The Canadian women's national team entered the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup with high expectations and aspirations. Barring a miracle, it won't make it past the group stage.

Canada was routed by France, 4-0, on Thursday, and if host Germany gets even a point from its next match against Nigeria, then Canada will go home empty-handed.

France is already through in Group A after securing six points, while Germany could join its European counterpart with six points with a victory. The two play in what looks to be a meaningless group finale in preparation for the knockout round, while Canada meets Nigeria in what appears to be a consolation game before heading home.

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Do you think Arsenal is in trouble heading into the upcoming season? How do you see Clichy and Nasri potentially fitting in at City? Do you see the New Masia producing just as much (or more) than the old Barcelona academy? Think Lille can repeat as French champion? Surprised that the Canadian women didn't fare better?

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