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Robin van Persie's wife has indicated the Arsenal talisman will reject any potential summer move away from the Gunners. Bouchra van Persie insists the family are happy with life in London - suggesting the Dutch striker will stay at the Emirates.

Lille are preparing themselves for a £35m bid from Manchester City for Eden Hazard. The 21-year-old playmaker has indicated he is leaving the French side by saying on Twitter: "Two games more to play in the colours of Lille."

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Real Madrid are prepared to pay £15m for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic - the Blues will sell but value the 27-year-old at £20m.

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David Luiz
Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz

Chelsea also face losing Brazilian defender David Luiz. The 25-year-old is interested in an approach from Barcelona and should the Spaniards table a bid, Luiz is likely to urge his club to accept it.

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Premier League new boys Reading are aiming to beat a host of clubs to Blackburn forward Junior Hoilett, 21, by making a £5m bid for the Canadian.

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Manchester United are considering a £10m bid for Fulham's attacking midfielder Mousa Dembele, 24.

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United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in Berlin on Saturday night to watch Japanese striker Shinji Kagawa score one goal and set another up as Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 5-2 in the German Cup final. Kagawa, 23, is also being tracked by Arsenal and Chelsea.

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AZ Alkmaar midfielder Adam Maher, who was voted Holland's young player of the year, would be open to a move away from the club. Manchester City, AC Milan and Barcelona are reportedly interested in the 18-year-old.

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Chelsea and Liverpool have been told to forget about trying to sign Partizan Belgrade's 18-year-old attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic during the summer transfer window.

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been reminded by his coaching staff this week about his promise to have the club's crest tattooed on his leg if the Blues win the Premier League title.

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Mancini wants to repeat his Inter Milan success by winning seven trophies in four years at City.

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Norwich City striker Grant Holt thinks he has done enough this season to earn himself a place in England's Euro 2012 squad.

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Ferdinand joined Manchester United for £30m in 2002
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has opened talks over a new contract - but has been asked to take a £50,000-a-week pay cut by the Old Trafford club.

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Bolton manager Owen Coyle has admitted the club have been spending beyond their means as they go into a relegation decider at Stoke.

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New England manager Roy Hodgson has given the seal of approval to Wolves's appointment of Stale Solbakken as their new boss. Hodgson managed former Norway international Solbakken when he was a player at Danish side FC Copenhagen.

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Former Blackburn caretaker boss Tony Parkes says ex-chairman Jack Walker, who was at the helm when Rovers won the Premier League title in 1995, would be "turning in his grave" at the club's current plight.

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Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish faces crunch talks about his future with chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner as the pair start their summer inquest into a season of struggle.

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Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, fresh from scoring two goals in Wednesday's Europa League final, has gone face-to-face with Carla - a 250kg Bengali tiger - on the Spanish side's pitch.

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Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu was left an unhappy man after his side clinched the Ukrainian league title - because his celebrating players soaked him with water.

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