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Wayne Rooney is likely to sign a new contract to extend his Manchester United career this summer, despite suggestions from France that Paris St-Germain have concluded a deal for the 27-year-old England striker.

But PSG are convinced they will land Rooney and the Qatari-backed club are ready to make it a £40m double deal by also taking his United team-mate Nani, the 26-year-old Portugal winger.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has put his scouts on alert to find a new left-back - raising doubts over the long-term future of Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The 29-year-old Cameroon international is already trying to line up a move and is hoping to set up a deal in France.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 26, says he is ready to leave the club this summer and that a move to England could be on the cards with Manchester City leading the chase.

Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate
Kouyate is keen on a move to the Premier League from Belgium

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

If Manchester City do not sign Cavani, they could opt to sign Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, with Bayern willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Anderlecht and Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate claims Arsenal has been watching him and the £5m-rated 23-year-old says he would love to move to the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old German midfielder Mario Gotze is set to stay at the club for another season, despite interest from clubs including Arsenal and Manchester City.

Full story: Inside Futbolexternal-link

Athletic Bilbao's Venezuela defender Fernando Amorebieta will be a Fulham player next season, according to sources in Spain. The 28-year-old, who has been a bit-part player this year, had been tipped to join either Arsenal or Liverpool.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes any attempts to sign 24-year-old striker Andy Carroll on a permanent deal from Liverpool might be scuppered following the implementation of next season's Premier League Financial Fair Play regulations.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Swansea have denied goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 29, is set to join Barcelona after reports in Spain said the Dutchman travelled to the Spanish city with his family at the weekend.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link


Chelsea captain John Terry has told the club that his body can handle playing two games in a week. The 32-year-old missed a chunk of the season with a knee injury and interim manager Rafael Benitez said on Sunday that Terry was unable to play twice in a week.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is desperate for the Gunners to win all of their final six games - and stop Manchester United winning the title at the Emirates. It would also help Arsenal avoid the prospect of having to give former skipper Robin van Persie a guard of honour on 28 April.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Millwall are bracing themselves for the likelihood that those involved in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final violence at Wembley were their own regular supporters, and potentially season-ticket holders, rather than those from other clubs who had gone with the intention of causing trouble.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, 25, is devastated after discovering he will not play in the FA Cup final, with 26-year-old Costel Pantilimon the choice of manager Roberto Mancini to face Wigan at Wembley in May.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Blackburn owners Venky's have been offered the chance to make a "managed exit" from Ewood Park by a group of wealthy supporters who admit to being "desperate" to end the Indian family's "disastrous" three-year stewardship of the club.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta, 28, will invite his father to the FA Cup final two years after he missed seeing his son lift the trophy having been seriously injured in a car crash in Argentina.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)

Real Madrid are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 20, and AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang, 18.

Full story: Tuttosport (Italian)external-link

Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper Fabian Giefer, 22, will join Schalke 04 next season. He will be replaced by Norway's Rune Jarstein, 28, of Viking FK.

Full story: Bild (German)external-link

Victor Valdes' agent Gines Carvajal has refused to comment on the 31-year-old Barcelona keeper's future, amid speculation he will leave the Spanish giants in the summer.

Full story: Marca (Spanish)external-link


Switzerland and Basel legend Alexander Frei, 33, fresh from a memorable win over Tottenham in the Europa League, said farewell to his club in style in Sunday's game against rivals Zurich before leaving over to take over as sporting director at FC Lucerne.

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