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Liverpool are facing competition from Napoli for the signature of Barcelona's 24-year-old Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez.

The Anfield side are set to invite non-League forward Daniel Carr for a week-long trial. The 18-year-old, who plays for south London side Dulwich Hamlet, has scored 23 goals in 23 games this season.

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Arsene Wenger wants to sign Ashley Williams, 28, from Swansea City at the end of the season, having lost faith in his central-defensive partnership of Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker.

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez has struggled to establish himself at Barca since moving from Udinese in 2011.

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Inter Milan are planning a summer move for Tottenham's 25-year-old winger Aaron Lennon.

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West Ham will turn down the chance to secure the £17m permanent signing of striker Andy Carroll, 24, when his loan deal from Liverpool expires at the end of the season. The Hammers will turn their attention to £6m-rated Southampton forward Rickie Lambert, 31.

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Everton are keen to bring in Porto's Ghanaian striker Christian Atsu, 21, this summer.

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Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara says Rangers face competition in their bid to sign 30-year-old striker Jon Daly.

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Juventus could send striker Nicklas Bendtner back to Arsenal following the on-loan striker's conviction for drink-driving in his native Denmark.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to drop Wayne Rooney, 27, to the bench for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg could suggest his time at Old Trafford is up.

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Swansea winger Wayne Routledge, 28, is being considered for a surprise England call-up by manager Roy Hodgson.

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Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has refused to be drawn on whether Frank Lampard, 34, will be offered a new contract by the club when the midfielder's current deal expires at the end of this season.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes the Reds can compete for Champions League qualification next season providing they retain their key talents and invest further in the squad.

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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has asked Potters fans to get behind the team following a run of one win in nine games that has led to some criticism of manager Tony Pulis.

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(Sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Sergio Busquets has admitted that the Barcelona dressing room is missing the guidance of manager Tito Vilanova, who is having treatment following surgery for throat cancer.

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Diego Maradona is willing to negotiate with French club Montpellier over succeeding manager Rene Girard next season.

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Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari has named Kaka, Diego Costa, Lucas and Thiago Silva in his squad for upcoming friendlies against Italy and Russia - but Ronaldinho has been dropped.

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Coleen Rooney took to Twitter to express her disbelief that husband Wayne had been omitted from Manchester United's starting line-up for Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

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Arsenal are to become the first Premier League club to play in Vietnam after the north London club announced they will play a pre-season friendly against the Vietnamese national side in Hanoi in July.

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