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Fabregas off to Barcelona?

sports Updated: May 18, 2010 23:28 IST

Barcelona are in talks to strengthen their championship-winning squad with Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Valencia striker David Villa, according to club vice president Rafael Yuste.

Talks with Valencia on Villa's transfer “are on the right track,” Yuste said in an interview with Catalan radio station Ona FM.

Bringing Arsenal captain Fabregas back to Barca, where he was a youth player, was “more complicated because lengthy negotiations with his club lie ahead”, Yuste added. “But both players want to come and that makes everything easier,” he said.

An Arsenal spokesperson said the Premier League club never commented on transfer speculation with a Valencia spokeswoman adding that the La Liga club had no immediate comment.

Mourinho in, Pellegrini out at Real

Madrid: Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is set to be handed a four-million euro walkaway payment and replaced by Inter Milan's Jose Mourinho for next season, press reports in Spain claimed Tuesday.

“Bye bye Pellegrini, 'Mou' is on his way,” said the headline in Spanish daily El Mundo, one of several claiming that the exit of Chilean Pellegrini from the Santiago Bernabeu after just one season in charge is only days away.

Cahill signs four-year deal with Everton

Liverpool: Australia midfielder Tim Cahill received a pre-World Cup boost as he agreed a new four-year contract with Everton on Tuesday. The 30-year-old had two years to run on his previous contract but was keen to commit the rest of his career to David Moyes' team.

Rulemakers target penalty feints

Zurich: Football's rulemakers on Tuesday approved changes in time for the World Cup, outlawing “unsporting” feints in penalty kicks and giving the fourth match official similar powers to assistant referees.

Players in South Africa who feint before kicking at the end of their run-up to a penalty to trick the goalkeeper risk a yellow card for “unsporting behaviour”, the International Football Association Board decided.

They will also be forced to take the kick again if the ball goes into the net, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said after the IFAB meeting chaired by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The permanent rule change, which comes into force for the coming season, follows concern about the growing use of such feints in South America, where players paused to see which way the goalkeeper was diving.