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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Didier Drogba, 34, has almost certainly kicked his last ball for Chelsea, with the club expecting him to confirm his free transfer to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, 26, is prepared to hand in a transfer request after the club were denied a place in the Champions League.

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba scored the decisive penalty in the Champions League final

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants to bring former Hammer Joe Cole, 30, back to Upton Park after the club won promotion back to the Premier League. Cole has spent the last season on loan at Lille from Liverpool.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Blackpool's Matt Phillips, 21, could still be playing Premier League football next season despite missing out on promotion, after catching the eye of Reading boss Brian McDermott.

Full Story: the Sunexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City are set to reward manager Roberto Mancini with a new three-year contract worth £15m.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Tottenham duo Louis Saha and Steven Pienaar are labelled a "disgrace" by the club's fans after they congratulated Chelsea on their Champions League win.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Ajax boss Frank de Boer is the number one target for Liverpool as they seek a replacement for Kenny Dalglish.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants four Champions League titles and made a speech in the dressing room after the shoot-out win over Bayern Munich.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Roberto Mancini set to be offered a new deal
Mancini led Manchester City to their first title in 44 years this month

Roberto Di Matteo has emerged as a shock target for Aston Villa after the Chelsea interim boss lifted the Champions League.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Players have urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to make Roberto Di Matteo their full-time manager in a dressing room "sing-song".

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Salomon Kalou believes Chelsea would not have won the Champions League if Andre Villas-Boas had remained in charge at Stamford Bridge.

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Blackburn manager Steve Kean is to be given a second chance at the club - with top ally Paul Agnew put on the board to back him up.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Chelsea's John Mikel Obi has revealed he told Arjen Robben that he would miss his penalty, as the Bayern Munich player was getting ready to take his extra-time spot-kick.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

China's Now TV advertise this summer's European Championship using images of Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower & the Colosseum in flames.

Full story: 101greatgoals.comexternal-link

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