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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea are targeting Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott and could be willing to swap him for Stamford Bridge striker Daniel Sturridge.

Full story: the Sun

Manchester City may make a summer move for 24-year-old Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is also a target for Chelsea.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in the hunt for 21-year-old Ghana international defender Daniel Opare, who has impressed for Standard Liege this season.

Raffael
Raffael has made 128 appearances for Hertha Berlin

Full story: the Sun

Liverpool are one of three clubs believed to be monitoring the form of 26-year-old Hertha Berlin midfielder Raffael.

Full story: talkSPORT

Arsenal and Liverpool are believed to have reignited their interest in Werder Bremen attacking midfielder Marko Marin, 22, who has been dubbed the German Lionel Messi.

Full story: Footylatest

OTHER GOSSIP

Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien were all dropped from the Chelsea line-up against Napoli on Tuesday for daring to criticise manager Andre Villas-Boas before the match. Cole told the boss: "I came here to win medals, and trophies, but I'm never going to do that with your tactics."

Full story: the Sun

Manchester United winger Nani will be offered a new four-year contract with wages of £130,000 per week.

Full story: the Sun

Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy says he will not celebrate if he scores a goal against his boyhood club Cardiff City in Sunday's Carling Cup final.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea midfielder Ramires is close to signing a contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2017.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are ready to open fresh contract talks with winger Theo Walcott, midfielder Tomas Rosicky and striker Robin van Persie after the trio indicated they are keen to stay at the club.

Full story: Metro

Paul Pogba
Pogba has only made one first-team outing for United

Manager Arsene Wenger faces being left with just £10m to rebuild Arsenal in the summer.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that influential defender Rio Ferdinand could be key to 18-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba staying at Old Trafford.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

French midfielder Samir Nasri, 24, is determined to prove he is not a £24m "mistake" at Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland are not looking to fill the vacancy left by international development director Niall Quinn.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Warsaw Stadium has been cleared to host the opening Euro 2012 clash between Poland and Greece on 8 June.

Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

A giant Wayne Rooney was among the cut-out performers on display at the Rio de Janeiro carnival.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

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