Mid-Day Ticker: Cesc plans on Barca return, Gulati re-elected and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Cesc plans on Barca return, Gulati re-elected and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Cesc plans on Barca return, Gulati re-elected and more




Cesc Fabregas has said that he always had a place in his heart for FC Barcelona. This summer he will reportedly embrace that sentiment to the fullest.

According to Spanish reports, the Arsenal captain and Spain international will snub a lucrative offer from the Gunners to join the Spanish giant during the summer transfer window.

Sport newspaper claims that Arsenal's £30 million offer has been trumped by a £44 million one from Pep Guardiola's side, meaning that Arsenal is likely to lose its most dynamic player, and Barcelona is about to add another one.

The 22-year-old Fabregas, a Barcelona native, played in the Barcelona youth system from 1997 to 2003 before joining Arsenal.

Despite missing four games this Premier League season, Fabregas has 11 goals and 13 assists.

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


Sunil Gulati was unanimously re-elected as president of the United States Soccer Federation, meaning he will serve a second four-year term.

Gulati, who helped bring the World Cup to the United States in 1994, is the head of the movement to bring the competition back in either 2018 or 2022.

He became president in 2006, succeeding Bob Contiguglia.


Jose Mourinho's return to the Premier League could be closer to happening after "The Special One" revealed that he has a two-way buyout clause in his Inter Milan contract.

Although Mourinho is signed on at the San Siro through 2012, the former Chelsea boss can either be bought out or buy his way out of his current contract for £5.5 million.

With teams like Liverpool and Manchester City rumored to be seeking new managers in the offseason, the speculation that Mourinho could be on his way back to England will only grow even more.


Stoke City and Jamaica striker Ricardo Fuller was arrested after a nightclub incident Sunday night, according to team reports

The incident happened after Stoke's 3-0 win over Blackburn, in which Fuller played 79 minutes but did not score.

Fuller, 30, allegedly assaulted a man outside the nightclub. Police said that the victim suffered facial injuries and did not need to be taken to the hospital.


Bolton defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out indefinitely with a blood clot in his arm.

Cahill, 24, has had a strong season for the Wanderers and was hoping for a place on the England World Cup team. The Guardian reports that he could be out for the rest of the season.

Bolton is currently two points clear of the drop zone in the Premier League.


Do you think Fabregas will go home to Barcelona? Happy to see Gulati stay on as USSF president? What team would be the best fit for Mourinho? Think Bolton can stay up despite the loss of Cahill?

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