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Robin van Persie will be offered a Thierry ­Henry-style £5m ­loyalty bonus to commit his future to Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Express

Barcelona forward Cristian Tello, 20, who scored twice in his side's 7-1 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, is wanted by Liverpool, Benfica, Malaga and Valencia, according to his agent.

Full story: Inside Futbol

Sought-after Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, 25, who has scored 41 goals in 57 games for the Naples team, has told Chelsea and Manchester City his future lies in Italy.

Full story: talkSPORT

Championship side Blackpool have failed with an audacious bid to sign one-time Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, 36. The Bloomfield Road outfit offered the former England international a £100-a-week, pay-as-you-play deal.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Brazilian playmaker Kaka, 29, who had the chance to join Chelsea last summer, has reiterated his plans to stay at Real Madrid.

Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool are planning a double swoop for young English footballing talent and are preparing bids for winger Wilfried Zaha, 19, of Crystal Palace, and Wigan wideman Victor Moses, 21.

Full story: caughtoffside.com

Juventus are weighing up an ambitious plan to pair Chelsea's Michael Essien, 29, and Arsenal's Alex Song, 24, in midfield next season.

Full story: the Sun

Manchester United aim to tie defender Ezekiel Fryers, 19, to a new deal - to stop him joining a potential exodus of kids from Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean wants former Sunderland midfielder Bolo Zenden, 35, but any deal is still far from certain.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

OTHER GOSSIP

Top English referee Howard Webb is in the midst of a bout of fixture congestion, with a remarkable four games in eight days including one European match to oversee.

Full story: Daily Express

Howard Webb
Howard Webb is a busy man

Clubs such as Manchester City should be prevented from accepting stadium sponsorship deals from companies with business links to their owners, according to the Council of Europe.

Full story: the Independent

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told his squad to "wake up" in an effort to kickstart the Red Devils' European exploits.

Full story: the Guardian

Alan Shearer has warned Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 27, he is finished unless he quits Chelsea.

Full story: Daily Star

Meanwhile The Guardian says that Torres turned down the chance to take Chelsea's 70th-minute penalty in their FA Cup replay win at Birmingham City, which might have allowed him to end his near five-month scoring drought.

Full story: the Guardian

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, 28, says he has no regrets about trying to chip AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati in Tuesday's Champions League defeat, and reckons he would do it again if given the chance.

Full story: Metro

AND FINALLY

Gary Speed's eldest son has been called up to the Wales Under-16 squad. Midfielder Ed Speed, 14, delivered an emotional speech at the memorial match in honour of his late father only a week ago.

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 27, has accused defender Patrice Evra, 30, of acting "clever" in the line-up in February's Old Trafford match, and suggested the Manchester United captain did not really want to shake striker Luis Suarez's hand.

Full story: Daily Mail

And Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 31, and Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington, 23, are among the top names to appear in a Sport Relief edition of the Beano.

Full story: Metro

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