Mid-Day Ticker: A look at Subotic's departure, Arsenal rejects Cesc bid and more

Mid-Day Ticker: A look at Subotic's departure, Arsenal rejects Cesc bid and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: A look at Subotic's departure, Arsenal rejects Cesc bid and more

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Neven Subotic (Reuters) 

Good afternoon folks. As we all count down the days until the World Cup, there continues to be World Cup and club soccer news to discuss.

Before we touch on some of today's news items, check out my latest Fox Soccer piece, which discusses former U.S. youth national team player and Serbian national team defender Neven Subotic.

Now, onto some of today's news:

ARSENAL REJECTS BARCA BID FOR CESC

The battle for Cesc Fabregas is in full swing and isn't likely to end any time soon.

Arsenal rejected Barcelona's initial £29 million offer for Cesc Fabregas, but it's highly unlikely that it will be Barcelona's last attempt to land the Spanish playmaker.

Barcelona has already added Spanish striker David Villa, but with Real Madrid ready to re-load under new manager Jose Mourinho, the Spanish champions will be looking to sign Fabregas to keep pace.

CAPELLO STAYING WITH ENGLAND

Fabio Capello will be staying with England after the World Cup, removing an escape clause from his contract that would have allowed him to leave the England manager post after this summer's tournament. The news came amid heavy speculation that Inter Milan was trying to sign Capello. Inter Milan is now believed to be targeting Fulham manager Roy Hodgson.

QUICK KICKS

Chilean striker Humberto Suazo looks likely to miss Chile's World Cup opener vs. Honduras after suffering a hamstring injury.

West Ham United is expected to complete the hiring of Avram Grant as manager on Thursday.

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What do you think of the Subotic story? Have you moved on, or do you still hold some anger about his decision to play for Serbia? Think Arsenal can hold on to Fabregas? Hoping Grant keeps Spector at West Ham?

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