Mid-Day Ticker: Chicago re-signs Pardo, Arshavin linked with Lazio and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Chicago re-signs Pardo, Arshavin linked with Lazio and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Chicago re-signs Pardo, Arshavin linked with Lazio and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A day after unveiling Quaker Oats as its jersey sponsor, the Chicago Fire made another big announcement.

The Fire re-signed midfielder Pavel Pardo on Wednesday, the club announced on its website. While terms of the deal were not originally disclosed, a report on the club's website states the deal worth two years.

The former Mexican international joined Chicago in July 2011, and helped the club post its second best regular season finish at 7-2-1. Pardo played in 14 competitive games for Chicago last season, scoring one goal and assisting on five.

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LAZIO EYEING ARSHAVIN

Andrei Arshavin has not been a lock starter for Arsenal this season, and that could soon lead to his departure from the club. Lazio is linked with making a move for the Russian international during the winter transfer window. The Serie A club is ready to make a bid for the 30-year-old winger worth an estimated $9.2 million.

SCHWARZER SIGNS EXTENSION WITH FULHAM

Fulham re-signed one of its top players on Wednesday, as goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer agreed to an extension that will keep him with the club until the end of the 2012-13 season. The 39-year-old Schwarzer, who is currently injured, said he wants to keep playing until at least the World Cup in 2014. The Australian international signed with Fulham back in 2008 and has been one of the Premier League's top goalkeepers since.

GEOVANNI WANTS RETURN TO ENGLAND

Former San Jose Earthquakes striker Geovanni is currently plying his trade in his native Brazil, but he is hoping that is not the case for long. Geovanni wants to return to England, where he previously played for Hull City and Manchester City. The 32-year-old striker is currently on the books for Esporte Clube Vitoria, but it is believed that the club is willing to let him go during the winter or summer transfer window.

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What do you think of the Fire re-signing Pardo? Do you see Arshavin thriving in Serie A? Expecting Schwarzer to maintain his level for the next couple of years? Should Geovanni return to England?

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