Mid-Day Ticker: Mascherano heading to Barca, Europa groups set and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Mascherano heading to Barca, Europa groups set and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Mascherano heading to Barca, Europa groups set and more

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Javier Mascherano (ISIphotos.com)

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.

Here are some other stories to get your Friday going:

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:

Group A

Juventus, Manchester City, Red Bull Salzburg, Lech Posnan

Group B

Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenborg, Aris Thessaloniki

Group C

Sporting Lisbon, Lille, Levski Sofia, Gent

Group D

Villarreal, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, PAOK FC

Group E

AZ Alkmaar, Dynamo Kiev, BATE Borisov, FC Sheriff

Group F

CSKA Moscow, Palermo, Sparta Prague, Lausanne

Group G

Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, AEK Athens, Hajduk Split

Group H

Stuttgart, Getafe, Odense, Young Boys

Group I

PSV Eindhoven, Sampdoria, FC Metalist Kharkiv, Debreceni

Group J

Sevilla, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Karpaty Lviv

Group K

Liverpool, Steaua Bucharest, Napoli, Utrecht

Group L

Porto, Besiktas, CSKA Sofia, Rapid Vienna

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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.

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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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