FC Barcelona didn't succeed in landing Cesc Fabregas, but the Spanish champions have landed a standout consolation prize after agreeing to a fee with Liverpool for Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano.
Barcelona must now finalize a contract with Mascherano, a deal expected to be finalized this weekend.
The deal signals a tumultuous summer for Mascherano, who had been linked to a move to Inter Milan and basically demanded that he be sold.
Mascherano joins David Villa as marquee signings by Barcelona, which is rumored to be considering the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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CITY DRAWS JUVENTUS IN EUROPA LEAGUE
Engand will be facing Italy in the Europa League group stages after Manchester City drew a group including Juventus and Liverpool landed in a group featuring Napoli.
U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore and Villarreal landed in a Europa League group including Club Brugge and Greek club PAOK FC, while Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht will take on Russian power Zenit St. Petersburg.
Here is a rundown of all the Europa League groups:
Juventus, Manchester City, Red Bull Salzburg, Lech Posnan
Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenborg, Aris Thessaloniki
Sporting Lisbon, Lille, Levski Sofia, Gent
Villarreal, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, PAOK FC
AZ Alkmaar, Dynamo Kiev, BATE Borisov, FC Sheriff
CSKA Moscow, Palermo, Sparta Prague, Lausanne
Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, AEK Athens, Hajduk Split
Stuttgart, Getafe, Odense, Young Boys
PSV Eindhoven, Sampdoria, FC Metalist Kharkiv, Debreceni
Sevilla, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Karpaty Lviv
Liverpool, Steaua Bucharest, Napoli, Utrecht
Porto, Besiktas, CSKA Sofia, Rapid Vienna
ADEBAYOR WANTS OUT OF CITY
With newly-signed striker Mario Balotelli in town, and Argentine star Carlos Tevez the top striker for Manchester City, Emmanuel Adebayor wants out and has asked to leave the big-spending club.
What do you think of Mascherano's move? Does it make Barcelona the favorites in Spain ahead of a revamped Real Madrid? Like the Europa draws for Manchester City and Liverpool? Where do you think Adebayor will wind up?
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