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Mexico International's Miguel Layun and Marco Fabian are both likely to depart towards European football once the 2014 World Cup is over.
Miguel Layun and Marco Fabian Wanted by European Clubs
Raúl Jiménez, Layún y Marco Fabián firman autógrafos

High-profile promoter and agent to several Mexican players, Guillermo Lara, revealed that Mexico International's Miguel Layun and Marco Fabian are both likely to depart towards European football once the 2014 World Cup is over. 

According to Lara, both Fabian and Layun are being followed by a host of European clubs following their ascending performances with Cruz Azul and America, respectively. 

"That's the idea, that's their dream (To play in Europe) and hopefully it will happen" said Lara on an interview to ESPN's Leon Lecanda. 

Once the victim of bullying by fans across the nation, Layun perseverance, motivation and work ethic have elevated his level of game-play beyond everyone's expectations, to the point that the former Atalanta player is likely heading to the World Cup as the starting left-wingback. 

Having earned a reputation of being a "Party boy", the much criticized Fabian left Chivas after consecutive season's in which his high-potential continued to stall as a result of his love for the night life. However, Fabian has revived his career on his current loan-stint with Cruz Azul after being reunited with Olympic Gold Medal winning coach Alfredo Tena, winning a surprising call-up to the World Cup roster.

Lara also revealed that the interest for the versatile America defender comes from Italy's Serie A, going as far as to divulge one of the offers that the 25-year old has when asked about it. 

"One is from Fiorentina and the other offer from the other team, that doesn't allow us yet to reveal all this, is also from Italy, and we are right now focusing on Italian football."

Meanwhile, Lara goes on to claim that a European scout traveled to Mexico to watch Fabian in the playoffs, but Cruz Azul's short run prevented said scout from making a proper assessment, even though it's the same club from the Bundesliga that's been following him for a while now. 

"In the Marco Fabian case, we believe was encapsulated in Cruz Azul and is now when their are real offers for him to go to Europe because they are following him.

"It's a German team, who have been following for some time now."

For Layun, a trip to Serie A, would be a second opportunity for the defender to test his skills in Italy after an unsuccessful and short stint with Atalanta. For Fabian however, it would mean the first time the 24-year old player outside of a Mexican club if indeed these reported interest were to come true.

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M'Baye Niang put the nightmare of the Paris terror attacks firmly behind him with two goals and an assist as AC Milan crushed a sorry Sampdoria 4-1 at the San Siro on Saturday.

Niang admitted last week the events of the past fortnight had left him worried for the safety of family and friends in and around the French capital.

But the 20-year-old from the Paris suburbs produced a confident performance for the Rossoneri, first delivering for Giacomo Bonaventura's opener on 16 minutes and then beating Emiliano Viviano from the spot after the Milan winger had been hauled down in the area seven minutes before the interval.

Niang secured Milan's seventh win of the campaign when he fired under Viviano four minutes after the restart after the 'keeper's fluffed clearance.

When he was replaced by Luiz Adriano 15 minutes from the whistle it took the Brazilian just four minutes to find the net after volleying Alessio Cerci's intelligent cross past Viviano.

The only blot on Milan's copybook was Gianluigi Donnarumma's failure to stop Luis Muriel from the spot after Andrea Pioli had tugged on Eder in the area in the closing minutes.

Milan moved up to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Inter ahead of the remainder of the weekend matches, with Sampdoria's second successive defeat under new coach Vincenzo Montella leaving them 14 points adrift.

"It was an almost perfect performance," said Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who gave a special mention to Niang.

"He's a big player for us, he was doing really well in pre-season then he got injured. Now he's back in form and he's doing well, but he already showed at Genoa (loan) what he was made of."

For the fifth consecutive match Mihajlovic opted for teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma over the more experienced Diego Lopez but the 16-year-old had to dive low to parry after his messy clearance fell to Roberto 

Soriano 30 yards out in the opening minute.

From then on, it was all Milan with Niang the main protagonist before making way for Adriano on 74 minutes.

Having spent the last half of last season on loan at Genoa, the striker said he in enjoying playing in a pure 

striker's role under Mihajlovic.

"I'm really happy because I've been waiting for this for a longtime, the hard work's paying off and I hope it continues like this," said Niang.

"I played as a centre-forward, the position I prefer and I think that along with our win over Lazio this was our best display this season."

Milan broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with Alessio Cerci, whose eighth minute goal was ruled offside, involved before Niang burst down the right to fire in a weighted delivery that Bonaventura slid in to meet at the back post.

Milan built on their momentum and Niang almost doubled the lead when he collected Juraj Kucka's short delivery on the right to drag his angled shot inches wide of Viviano's far post.

Sampdoria were struggling to find any rhythm and Milan's movement in the final third of the pitch was causing huge problems for the visitors.

Niang left Edgar Barreto behind to burst down the right and fire across the bows, but Bonaventura's first-timer from the six-yard line blasted over.

Samp's only real chance came when Luis Muriel dribbled his way into the area but despite turning Milan's defence his promising strike was blocked by Alessio Romagnoli.

Niang came close twice with flicks that inched wide of Viviano's post just after the restart.

But when the 'keeper fluffed a clearance, Niang collected and strode confidently into the area to fire under his body and secure the second brace of his Serie A career, after hitting a double for Genoa against Verona last season.

A tiring Niang soon made way for Adriano and only four minutes later Cerci was given time and space to the right of the area to pick out the Brazilian with a pinpoint pass which he controlled before firing past a helpless Viviano.

Earlier, Torino moved up to seventh place with a 2-0 home win over Bologna thanks to second-half goals from Andrea Belotti and Giuseppe Vives.