Inter Would Be Foolish to Sell Gabriel Barbosa to Any Interested Premier League Side

?The Brazilian talent factory churns out wonderkids more than Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims to want to play Phil Foden (hint – that’s a lot), and one player who has been lost in the sea of talent is Inter striker Gabriel Barbosa.

Touted as the next superstar back in 2016, the young striker left Santos to head to Inter for a hefty fee, but things really didn’t work out. He struggled to impress in Italy, before flopping on loan with Benfica.

Gabriel Barbosa

Now back in Brazil on loan with Flamengo, the man they call Gabigol has been in outrageous form, racking up 24 goals in 29 outings. His mojo is back, and plenty of ?Premier League sides have noticed.

?West Ham and ?Crystal Palace are thought to be keen, with ?Inter even said to be ?eager to sell for around €25m. He may have underwhelmed at San Siro, but Inter would be crazy to let him go.

Still only 23 years old and back as part of the Brazil squad again, Gabriel’s best years are (probably) ahead of him. He has plenty of time to learn and grow, which is a frightening prospect for any team who doesn’t have him on their books.

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Inter, now fully committed to Antonio Conte’s revolution at the club, need players like Gabigol to take them to the next level. The 3-5-2 system which has been favoured this season needs two strikers (obviously), but Inter aren’t exactly blessed with huge depth in that role.

Big-money signing ?Romelu Lukaku will command one of those places, whilst young Lautaro Martínez gets the other. However, given the latter has been linked with clubs all over Europe in deals which could cost in excess of €100m, it would be wise for Inter to start thinking about alternatives.

?Alexis Sánchez is only on loan and is set for a ?lengthy spell on the sidelines anyway, whilst young Sebastiano Esposito is probably a few years away from being ready. Inter clearly need more strikers, and it just so happens that they have one of the world’s most in-form forwards at the club already.

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With pace, power and determination, he is the epitome of Conte’s style of play. He brings everything, including the goals which Martínez often struggles to provide.

Not only could he rival Martínez for a place in the team, but he could easily replace him if he continues this current vein of form.

Gabriel looks nothing like the youngster who laboured to one goal in just ten appearances for I Nerazzurri during the 2016/17 campaign. The fire beneath him has been lit once more, and he looks like a man with a point to prove.

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The 23-year-old will return to Inter in January 2020 once his loan comes to an end, and a decision needs to be made. However, for Inter, this should be a no-brainer. Gabriel deserves a place in the squad, and he could help fire them towards the top of the ?Serie A standings.


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90min’s Definitive European Player Power Rankings: International Break Special

This past week we have been breaking. Internationally. It was an international break. And this kind of international breaking is bad.

So say a number of bespectacled, basement-bound (harsh stereotyping required for the bit) 14-year-olds who manage club admins and like to make digital drawings of rabbits with placards saying funny ‘controversial stuff’ out of hyphens and dashes and brackets and stuff.

Well, not me. Not today. In my mind, there’s only one true break that can be called bad in this cruel, twisted world. And it’ll be breaking till the end of time.


In honour of the release of ‘El Camino‘, this is ’90min’s Definitive European Player Power Rankings: International Break Special’, brought to you by ‘Breaking Bad‘ Season Four. 

For the International Break is not in danger, admins, IT IS THE DANGER!


15. John McGinn (Re-Entry)

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“For what it’s worth, getting the sh*t kicked out of you? Not to say you get used to it, but you do kinda get used to it.”

This is John McGinn. Standing in the rain. Celebrating his hat-trick. Against San Marino. Has one man ever been so Scottish? 

And yes, that quote could apply to both the lads from the mountainous microstate or the mountainous tartan state.


14. Marcus Rashford (Now Entry)

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“Yeah, that’s cool and all, but I think I got like this cat? Think I’m like supposed to feed it.”

On a night marred by monstrosity, Marcus Rashford finally remembered he had a goalscoring habit that needed feeding. And feed it he did, with a swashbuckling net buster from an improbable angle after some intrepid work down the flank. 

Nice work, Marcus. Your prize? A first placing in these here prestigious rankings…and an invitation to a 6-0 drubbing of your own at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday, probably. Sorry son. 


13. Josh King (New Entry)

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“No, no, this whole thing – all of this – it’s all about me.”

Spain were looking to make it all about their resurgence on Friday night. They were trying, like, really hard – even if they did play Jesus Navas (who’s been 33 for almost 33 years now) at right-back.

And yet, they were upstaged. Upstaged by one man. One King. The King of the South Coast. The one that fights them, well, not on the beaches but, like, right next to it. The one that makes Timothee Chalamet look like the 14-year-old he’s…well, supposed to be I guess.

No, not Martin Odegaard. No, not Erling Haaland. It’s Josh King guys. JOSH. KING.


12. Rodrigo (New Entry)

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“At least now we all understand each other.”

But that was then. Then being Friday. And a lot can happen in a weekend. Just ask the folks who rocked up to Bernie’s beach house.

And so it came to pass that King’s reign was short and sweet, and a new Rey was discovered just five nights later. And he has but one name. Rodrigo. I mean, sure, he’s also got ‘Moreno Machado’ tagged on in his birth certificate. But he dropped those. Just like the guys at ‘The Facebook’ and ‘The Joker’ before him. It’s cleaner, you know. 

Anyway, Rodrigo broke Scandinavian hearts and secured Spain’s Euro 2020 qualification. Yay for him.


11. Georginio Wijnaldum (Re-Entry)

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“You know, mister, I’ve been providin’ my services for the past thirty-odd years. You’d think in that time I’d learn better than to ask a man his business. Especially not one referred by the lawyer. But I feel the urge to ask you, we strictly talking defence here?”

It seems, on Netherlands duty, we are talking strictly no defence. And that suits Gigi just fine, it seems. Well, no, it doesn’t seem. It is. He scored. Twice.

Look, he even broke out into dance at one point. The man’s a pent-up goalscoring machine/matinee idol waiting to be unleashed. What are you waiting for, Jurgen Klopp/Mel Brooks?


10. Ilkay Gundogan (New Entry)

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“I’ve never used this stuff. Are you sure it will do the job?”

Germany are in a state of flux, that’s for sure. Hence the use of a number of new faces. And they did the job to… varying degrees of success. Kai Havertz? Exciting, but raw. Luca Waldschmidt? Raw, but…rangy? 

In any case, it was Gundogan who was forced to set the tempo, and set he did, with two deflected goals and one delectable assist. Match winner for the Mannschaft. And boy did he shaft some men from Estonia, after Emre Can had done his best to shaft his own men in the 13th minute. 


9. Tyrone Mings (New Entry)

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“Nazi zombies…”

In the face of a torrent of abuse from a number of braindead Nazis on the night of his first-ever outing for England, Tyrone Mings stood tall. He rose above the racists, delivering a man of the match performance from defence in a game that was won 6-0. 

Of course, his accolades were dogged by the acts of these despicable zombies, but taking that out of the equation for a moment, it looks like the Three Lions may have finally found the man to partner Harry Maguire at the back.


8. Gareth Bale (Re-Entry)

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“Alright, let’s talk about Gale Boetticher. He was a good man and a good chemist and I cared about him. He didn’t deserve what happened to him. He didn’t deserve it at all. But I’d shoot him again and tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. When you make it Gale versus me, or Gale versus Jesse, Gale loses! Simple as that. This is on you, Gus, not me, not Jesse. I mean really, what’d you expect me to do? Just simply roll over and allow you to murder us? That I wouldn’t take measures – extreme measures – to defend myself? Wrong! Think again.”

Alright, let’s talk about Gareth Bale. He was a good footballer and a good golfer and I cared about him. He doesn’t deserve what’s happened to him at Real Madrid. But I’d play him for Wales again tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. 

Because that’s the kind of performances he turns out for the Dragons.


7. Romelu Lukaku (Re-Entry)

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“I played the game, bro. They ain’t exactly fleet of foot. I’m saying, where’s the challenge? At least the zombies in Left 4 Dead clock a respectable 40. You gotta lead ’em and sh*t.”

Yes, it was San Marino. Yes, Romelu Lukaku left ’em 4 dead. No, Romelu Lukaku doesn’t care. 

He has 51 goals in 83 Belgium appearances. He definitely leads ’em and sh*t.


6. Teemu Pukki (Re-Entry)

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“Who’d have thought that someday I would be handing these keys to you?”

A win against Liechtenstein in their next game will ensure Finland qualify for their first-ever European Championships. And it’s all – mainly – down to this man. In a competitive group, the Finns have held their own.

Who’d have thought that someday they’d be turning out at tournaments like this?

Who’d have thought that someday I would be handing the keys to the EPPR HQ to Teemu Pukki?

But both are on the brink of happening. MVP! MVP! MVP!


5. Andrea Belotti (New Entry)

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“I had to go to three different places to get the moisturiser that you liked, but I got that and I got your Shiner Bock and your chips and – I couldn’t resist – the complete encyclopedia to fantasy football. Look, it has all the latest rankings.”

Andrea Belotti had to go to Liechtenstein to nab a spot in the latest rankings, but he’s done it now and that’s all that matters. 

I mean, it’s a shame he didn’t do in that gorgeous green kit, but I guess he did it all the same.


4. Olivier Giroud (New Entry)

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“Gus, you do this, all you’ll have left is an $8 million hole in the ground.”

Olivier Giroud has more goals for France than David Trezeguet, Zinedine Zidane, Just Fontaine, Jean-Pierre Papin and Antoine Griezmann.

He has more goals than Eric Cantona and Franck Ribery combined and ten more than the sum of Nicolas Anelka and Robert Pires’ efforts.

This should be said more. Especially to the guys at Chelsea, who seem to think they’d be better off with an £8m hole in the ground. 


3. Cristiano Ronaldo (New Entry)


“Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see? Do you know how much I make a year? I mean, even if I told you, you wouldn’t believe it. Do you know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going into work? A business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly up. Disappears! It ceases to exist without me. No, you clearly don’t know who you’re talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!”

Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo is a new entry. With his 700th career goal against Ukraine, the wee lad finally did enough to warrant a place in these here rankings. 

Apparently, he wasn’t too happy about his previous snubs. 


2. Artem Dzyuba (New Entry)

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“Is there something about you I don’t know? Are you a former Navy SEAL? Do you have to have your hands registered as lethal weapons?”

And, presumably, CR7 won’t be too happy about getting plumped behind big man extraordinaire Artem Dzyuba. But hey, Portugal couldn’t even beat Ukraine, whereas we all know what Russia can do to their neighbours when they get the chance…

…Anyway, the 2018 World Cup hosts won both their qualifiers with an aggregate score of 9-0, and Dzyuba was at the heart of all their best moments. He’s a monster. A delicate one. But a monster all the same. Hell, we can’t even fit his entire wingspan in.


1. Robert Lewandowski (Up 2)

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“Hey, nobody appreciates a passionate woman more than I do, but in this business – and Walt can back me up on this – the number one rule is: ‘Don’t take things personal’.”

Who else? 

Despite an admirable charge from Teemu Pukki, there’s only one man who can really be described as EPPR’s 2019/20 MVP so far, and that’s Robert Lewandowski. 

With yet another hat-trick against Latvia, the Pole confirmed his place atop the footballing world, and secured his side’s progression to Euro 2020 a game later against Macedonia. 

He takes things personally, alright, but he never lets them cloud his vision. The same goes with those passionate women, I suppose. 


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Inter Eye Up ‘Unhappy’ Chelsea Star as Alexis Sanchez Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Inter loanee forward Alexis Sanchez has undergone surgery ahead of a long-term layoff, after picking up an ankle injury while on international duty with Chile, with the Italian side now considering Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud as a potential replacement.

?Sanchezsuffered a dislocated ankle during a friendly with Colombia on Saturday, simultaneously damaging tendons as well, for which he underwent surgery on Wednesday.

This was revealed by the Nerazzurri in a statement on their official website, which read: “Alexis Sanchez was in Barcelona this morning for consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat.


“The visit confirmed the diagnosis of the Inter medical staff and the decision was made to proceed with surgery on the left ankle. The operation was performed in the afternoon on the peroneus longus tendon and it went exactly as planned.” 

With that part of the process now complete, the real rehabilitation is set to begin now, with the star, whose huge wages of close to £500,000 a week are being split between Inter and Manchester United, is likely to be out until at least February. 

This, naturally, leaves a hole in Antonio Conte’s attack, one that, according to a report from Calciomercato, could be filled by Olivier Giroud.

The Italian boss landed long-term target Romelu Lukaku in the summer, but failed in his pursuit of Edin Dzeko as back up to the departing Mauro Icardi, and Sanchez’s sidelining now leaves him seeking further replacements. 

And it seems that Giroud, the player he signed for Chelsea back in January 2018, could be the man for the job.

The Frenchman recently conceded his displeasure at his displacing in the Blues’ starting lineup by Tammy Abraham, telling the press – as quoted by the Daily Express – after France’s clash with Turkey that he certainly wouldn’t be beyond departing.

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“I’m going to fight for my place at Chelsea and we will take stock of the situation in January,” he said. “If you ask me whether I want to leave I’ll say ‘not necessarily’ – but other things enter the equation. I cannot be happy with what I have at the moment. I am 33 but I still have several good years left in me.

“I still have the legs and a profile that I think will enable me to keep playing at the top level. I feel in good shape physically and I lead a healthy lifestyle. I want to enjoy myself and play matches.

“That could be for Chelsea – who are my first choice – or elsewhere. But if they force me to make a decision I will do it – just like when I left Arsenal.”

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Inter Confirm Alexis Sánchez Has Undergone Surgery on Dislocated Ankle

?Inter have confirmed that Alexis Sánchez has undergone surgery on his ankle to address the injury which he picked up on international duty.

The winger suffered tendon damage in his ankle whilst away with Chile, and he was sent to Barcelona on Wednesday to meet with a surgeon to assess the severity of the injury.

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As noted by the club’s ?official website, ?Sánchez met with specialist Dr Ramon Cugat, who recommended that surgery was the way forward. He has now had the operation, which ?Inter say was a success.

There is no mention of how long Sánchez will be on the sidelines for, but Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda suggested that ?it could be up to three months before the winger is able to return to action.

Should Rueda be correct and Sánchez does indeed need three months on the sidelines, the winger will miss the remainder of Inter’s ?Champions League group stage fixtures, including meetings with both ?Borussia Dortmund and ?Barcelona.

Fortunately for Inter, the ?Serie A fixture list looks rather kind to them over the next few months. I Nerrazzuri will come face to face with the likes of Torino and Hellas Verona in the coming weeks, but their next top-of-the-table clash comes against Roma on 6th December.

After that, Antonio Conte’s side face meetings with Fiorentina, ?Napoli and Atalanta over a period of five weeks, so they will certainly be eager to welcome Sánchez back to action as soon as possible.

Inter currently find themselves second in Serie A, just one point behind league leaders ?Juventus. It has been a fantastic start to the campaign for Conte’s men, and they will hope that Sánchez’s injury does not bring their momentum to a halt.

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Conte’s preference of playing two strikers means both ?Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez will likely play plenty of minutes over the coming months, whilst 17-year-old Sebastiano Esposito also stands to feature in some capacity.


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The Top Scorers in Euro 2020 Qualifying After October Fixtures

?As the Euro 2020 qualifying stage reaches its climax, each group is beginning to level out, leaving Europe’s heavyweights to battle it out at the top of their mini-leagues. 

The same can be said for the list of top scorers in the competition, with the usual suspects jostling for pole position in this year’s pre-tournament campaign. 

That is, except for a pair of jokers in the pack. 

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The likes of Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and 2016 qualifying champion Robert Lewandowski are being forced to kneel to a surprise one-two at the top of the charts this time round. 

Let’s take a look at the top scorers of the Euro 2020 campaign thus far. 


8. Romelu Lukaku – Belgium (6 Goals) 

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?Romelu Lukaku loves playing for Belgium. In fairness, the ex-Manchester United man is blessed with some of the world’s best players supplying his goalscoring opportunities, and the ?Inter striker seems to find another level when he pulls on the Red Devils’ shirt. 

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Lukaku is sitting on six goals during this qualifying campaign, and with his country’s 100% record still intact, Belgian supporters can look forward to another exciting tournament in 2020. 


-. Claudiu Ke?erü – Romania (6 Goals)

Despite being handed an extremely tough group, Romania are holding their own in their bid for European qualification, and Ke?erü’s ruthlessness in front of goal is certainly a big factor in their success. 

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The Romanian star has scored six goals for his country during their eight qualifying matches, and his side sit in third place in Group F, only one point behind rivals Sweden. 

Confidence is high ahead of the crunch match between the two sides in November.


-. Memphis Depay – Netherlands (6 Goals) 

Another ?ex-Man Utd player makes the top ten. Memphis Depay has breathed life back into his stuttering career after a miserable spell at Old Trafford, and the Lyon striker has bagged six goals for the Netherlands in the qualifying campaign so far. 

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The Dutch national team were unfortunate to draw Germany in Group C, but Ronald Koeman’s men are joint top with Joachim Low’s side and look set to make a long-awaited return to elite football. 


-. Marko Arnautovic – Austria (6 Goals) 

?Stoke City and ?West Ham fan-favourite Marko Arnautovic is the eighth highest scorer in this qualifying campaign, bagging six goals for second-place Austria. Now plying his trade in the Chinese Super League, ?Arnautovic is still keeping himself very sharp for international duty. 

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Let’s hope he completes his childhood dream of winning the CSL before guiding Austria to European glory. 


5. Teemu Pukki – Finland (7 Goals)

Teemu Pukki’s dramatic rise from Celtic flop to eventual Ballon d’Or winner just won’t slow down. Pukki’s seven goals have propelled Finland to second in their group behind winners Italy, and qualification looks a certainty for Pukki’s posse.   ?

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?Norwich’s star striker hit the ground running on his Premier League debut, and he looks set to be a key figure for his nation next summer at Euro 2020. 


-. Aleksandar Mitrovic – Serbia (7 Goals) 

Mitro’s on fire, all of Europe’s terrified! It beggars belief that Aleksandar MItrovic is slugging it out in the Championship, when he could walk into a considerable chunk of Premier League teams tomorrow. 

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The Serbian hitman has seven goals this campaign and, as always, is a key component of his nation’s success. Serbia sit third in a tough group including Ukraine and Portugal, but they’ll be confident they can still reach Euro 2020. 


-. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal (7 Goals) 

It was only a matter of time before this guy’s name appeared on the list – if anything, its arrival is surprisingly premature. ??Cristiano Ronaldo secured his seventh goal of this qualifying campaign against Ukraine on Monday evening, and in doing so claimed his 700th career goal. 700. Seven hundred. 

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Portugal’s place in Euro 2020 is not yet guaranteed, but with one of the greatest footballers of all time in their midst, it’s hard to see the Euro 2016 champions missing out. 


3. Raheem Sterling – England (8 Goals) 

England’s golden boy ?deservedly finds himself high up on the list of Euro 2020 qualifying top scorers. ?Raheem Sterling has been electric for club and country over recent months, and his eight goals have helped England to the brink of qualification for next summer. 

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Sterling is becoming a leader on and off the pitch for the Three Lions, and after a long dry-spell in front of goal, the ?Manchester City star has finally unearthed his killer instinct. 


-. Harry Kane – England (8 Goals) 

?Harry Kane has hit a rough patch in recent weeks, but that hasn’t stopped the England captain from securing a podium place in qualifying – for now. Kane has bagged eight times for his country in six matches – albeit four of his strikes have come from the penalty spot. 

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Gareth Southgate will be desperate for Kane to recapture his form of old ahead of Euro 2020, and the ?Tottenham striker will hope to add another golden boot to his World Cup 2018 success. 


2. Artem Dzyuba – Russia (9 Goals) 

Coming in at number two in the list is Russian forward Artem Dzyuba! His nine goals have helped Russia to seven wins from eight during their qualifying campaign, and the World Cup 2018 hosts have already booked their place at next summer’s big tournament. 

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Dzyuba holds the record of a flat-track bully in Group I, as although he sits second in the scoring charts, seven of his nine goals have come against San Marino and Scotland, which is hardly fair on Europe’s other top-scorer hopefuls. 

But as the old adage goes, you can only beat what’s in front of you and Dzyuba and Russia have done just that. 


?1. Eran Zahavi – Israel (11 Goals) 

Write this name down somewhere, because in a couple of years time it’ll come in handy during the football section of your local pub quiz. Eran Zahavi has been on absolute fire for his country this campaign and has notched 11 goals despite his side’s poor position in the group. 

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Zahavi has been a shining light during a dismal campaign for Israel, who currently sit fifth in Group G and are set to miss out on Euro 2020 next summer. The Guangzhou R&F forward has bagged two hat-tricks during qualification and has consistently found the net over the course of their fixtures. 

If anyone deserves a place at Euro 2020, it’s Zahavi. 

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