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Marseille sign Strootman from Roma in £23m deal

Strootman was part of the side which miraculously came back against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final. Credit: PA

Marseille have announced the signing of Holland midfielder Kevin Strootman from Italian side Roma.

The Ligue 1 outfit have paid an initial 25million euros (£22.7million) for the 28-year-old, which could rise by an extra three million euros based on player and club performances. The length of his contract has not been disclosed.

Strootman is the latest player to leave the Italian capital in a big-money move following goalkeeper Alisson Becker's transfer to Liverpool and fellow midfielder Radja Nainggolan's departure to Serie A rivals Inter Milan earlier this summer.

The central midfielder made 44 appearances in all competitions last season as he helped the Giallorossi to third place in the table and the semi-finals of the Champions League, with a remarkable comeback to knock out Barcelona in the last eight.

Strootman played the full 90 minutes of Roma's season-opening 1-0 win at Torino last week but was left out of the matchday squad for Monday's 3-3 home draw with Atalanta as the deal moved closer to completion.

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Barton eyes return to Marseille as player or manager

Joey Barton would relish a return to Marseille. Credit: PA

Joey Barton has spoken of the affinity he shares with Marseille supporters and revealed he would love to return to the club as a player or manager.

The 35-year-old has been banned from playing by the Football Association since April 2017 for breaching betting rules but can return in June 2018.

Barton spent the 2012/13 season on loan at l'OM having fallen out of favour at QPR after landing a 12-game ban for clashes with Manchester City trio Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany on the last day of the previous campaign.

He won over Marseille fans during his stay and admits they are a club close to his heart.

Speaking in a video posted on the Ligue 1 club's official website as part of the documentary 'Marseille: A football city', Barton said: "The supporters immediately accepted me when I arrived. They must have perceived something in my character and personality that they liked.

"I'd love one day to pull the jersey on again and if I can't do it as a player then I would love to do it as a coach or manager."

Evra sacked by Marseille and banned from European matches until June 2018

Evra has been fined £8,829. Credit: PA

Marseille have sacked defender Patrice Evra after the full-back's ban from all European club matches until June 30, 2018.

Evra's contract with Marseille has been terminated with immediate effect following the French defender's seven-month ban from UEFA competitions.

He has also been fined 10,000 euros (£8,829) after aiming a kick at the head of a supporter last week, UEFA has announced.

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