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Chelsea defender David Luiz, 25, has emerged as a shock summer target for Spanish giants Barcelona, despite a mixed opening season at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Shanghai Shenhua head coach Nicolas Anelka hopes to lure Manchester United striker Michael Owen to China. The 32-year-old is out of contract this summer.

Full story: the Sun

Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita, the 32-year-old Mali international thought to be wanted by Liverpool, could be about to snub the Anfield side and agree to a switch to AC Milan.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City and Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi, 27, is ready to leave Napoli after a rumoured dispute with president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Full story: Daily Mail

Nemanja Vidic's agent Silvano Martina has dismissed suggestions that the Manchester United skipper is poised to join Juventus.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Owen and Anelka were team-mates at Liverpool a decade ago
Owen and Anelka were strike partners at Liverpool a decade ago

Sochaux's Marvin Martin, a possible target for Arsenal, looks set to replace Eden Hazard at Lille if the midfielder moves to an English club as expected this summer.

Full story: talkSPORT

Southampton want to mark their return to the Premier League by signing £4m-rated Wolves winger Matt Jarvis, 25.

Full story: Daily Express

Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, 22, has reportedly expressed a desire to play for Manchester United or Arsenal next season.

Full story: Inside Futbol

Tottenham could be embroiled in a summer battle with Benfica and Inter Milan for PSV playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum, the 21-year-old Dutch international who has a £20m release clause in his contract, according to Portuguese paper A Bola.

Full story: talkSPORT

Meanwhile the Gunners have joined the long list of clubs interested in the services of SC Heerenveen striker Bas Dost, 22, who rejected a move to Aston Villa because he will only move to a "big club".

Full story: Footy Latest

Reading manager Brian McDermott has axed 13 players - including Andy Griffin, Brian Howard and Tomasz Cywka - from his promotion winning squad due to the Premier League's 25-man squad rules.

Full story: the Sun

Martin Olsson, Junior Hoilett, Yakubu, Paul Robinson and Steven Nzonzi will all leave Blackburn Rovers this summer if the club are relegated to the Championship.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila was forced to miss his side's clash with Ajaccio this weekend after his arrest for allegedly attacking a teenager, frustrating scouts from Arsenal and Inter Milan, who were due to watch the 21-year-old.

Full story: Metro

A drunken fan was reportedly prevented from attacking Blackburn manager Steve Kean by a security guard, after the offender broke into the club's training ground.

Full story: Daily Star

Paul Ince has managed Macclesfield Town, MK Dons, Blackburn Rovers and Notts County
Paul Ince has managed Macclesfield Town, MK Dons, Blackburn Rovers and Notts County

Arsenal's new signing Lukas Podolski, 26, claims he rejected a host of "interesting offers" in favour of joining his German team-mate Per Mertesacker at Emirates Stadium.

Full story: Metro

England manager Roy Hodgson hopes to persuade West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, 31, to come out of international retirement, but the Baggies stopper looks set to stand by his decision.

Full story: the Sun

Hodgson is set to receive good news from Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand. The 33-year-old is reportedly planning to tell the new national manager he will make himself available for selection for Euro 2012.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Everton captain Phil Neville, 35, and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer, 41, are being targeted by Hodgson for the job of assistant manager.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Meanwhile, there are reports Paul Ince has already been offered a spot on the England coaching staff. The 44-year-old played under Hodgson at Inter Milan.

Full story: Daily Star

AND FINALLY

Britain's number one tennis player Andy Murray and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville are among those to have criticised the Sun's front page story about Hodgson's appointment.

Full story: Metro

West Bromwich Albion fans are planning to don England shirts and Hodgson tribute masks to see off their departing boss at the Baggies' final home game of the season against Arsenal.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

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