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Yaya Toure's agent has claimed the influential Manchester City midfielder could leave the Premier League champions this summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

Striker Robin van Persie could be forced to see out the remaining year on his contract at Arsenal if he turns down a new deal.

Full story: the Sun

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa helped Montpellier to the top of Ligue 1 in France

Barcelona are considering a move to take out-of-contract striker Didier Drogba, 34, on a free transfer from Chelsea.

Full story: the Sun

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is preparing to sign West Brom striker Simon Cox for £2m and French forward Bedi Buval from Portuguese club Feirense for £400,000.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle are chasing French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, 22, from Montpellier.

Full story: talkSPORT

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is considering moves for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher and Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal, Tottenham and QPR have been put on red alert after Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero, 37, revealed he would love the chance to play in England following his release from Juventus.

Full story: talkSPORT

Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic has left Celtic and signed a two-year deal with AIK Stockholm in his homeland.

Full story: Daily Record

Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has put Manchester City and Manchester United on alert by claiming he could leave Tottenham after Euro 2012.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish turned down the idea of giving up managerial duties for a new role at Anfield during talks with the club's owners, which sources say did not go well.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Dalglish is waiting to discover whether his second reign at Anfield is over having failed to receive assurances over his future from Fenway Sports Group during face-to-face talks in Boston.

Full story: Guardian

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann fears his old club face 10 years of Champions League exile unless the owners get some big decisions right this summer.

Full story: Daily Star

MK Dons striker Alan Smith
Alan Smith won 19 caps for England, his last coming against Austria in November 2007

Huddersfield could be in trouble after MK Dons manager Karl Robinson claimed his side's former England striker Alan Smith was "punched, kicked, spat at - the lot" by home fans following Tuesday's League One play-off game at the Galpharm Stadium.

Full story: the Sun

New England coach Gary Neville has urged Roy Hodgson to give a younger generation the chance to offer a fresh approach at Euro 2012.

Full story: Guardian

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is at the top of West Brom's wanted list to replace Roy Hodgson.

Full story: the Sun

Martinez is also on Aston Villa's shortlist with owner Randy Lerner flying in from America to accelerate the club's pursuit of a replacement for Alex McLeish.

Full story: Guardian

QPR captain Joey Barton is considering using his personal lawyer Mel Stein when he fights a possible 12-match ban for two charges of violent conduct after his red card at Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mail

The Premier League is determined to introduce goalline technology in the middle of next season.

Full story: Guardian

Sir Bobby Charlton has added his voice to the verbal spats between Manchester United and Manchester City by insisting the Old Trafford club do not have "anything to worry about" from their neighbours.

Full Story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Rostislav Dyakiv celebrated a goal for Lithuanian side Kruoja by taking off his shirt and running onto a nearby building site.

Full story: Metro

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