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Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, 27, says he would be interested in a summer move to Arsenal from his current side Lille.

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is on AC Milan's summer wanted list, with the Italian giants lining up a £12m bid. The 25-year-old, who will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, is under contract until 2017.

Barcelona's Alex Song
Barcelona midfielder Alex Song is reportedly keen on a return to Arsenal

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Alex Song is keen on a return to Arsenal after growing frustrated with his role at Barcelona, according to cousin and former Liverpool defender Rigobert. The 25-year-old moved to the Spanish club from the Gunners last season for £17m but has made just 15 appearances.

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is determined to fight for a future at Arsenal, despite finding himself out in the cold again. The 27-year-old was dropped last month after a poor run of form and has struggled to re-establish himself in the side.

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Former Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira, now the club's football development executive, says France star Samir Nasri, 25, will stay at Etihad Stadium, despite reported interest from Paris St-Germain.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala want to re-sign Queens Park Rangers defender Christopher Samba - just months after selling the 29-year-old to the west London club.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Netherlands striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel's £8.5m summer transfer to Norwich City could be cancelled if the Canaries, who are four points clear of the bottom three, are relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.

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Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is in talks over a move to Brazilian club Botafogo. The 31-year-old has been on loan at Malaga and has also attracted attention from Flamengo.

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FA Cup finalists Wigan Athletic want to sign out-of-contract Deportivo La Coruna striker Riki, 32, in a summer Bosman transfer move.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link


Jose Mourinho admits he will leave Real Madrid in the summer - and has hinted at a return to Chelsea. The Portuguese boss, 50, won six trophies at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007.

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But the Blues are also keen on appointing Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini as interim boss Rafael Benitez's successor and have met with an advisor of the 59-year-old Chilean.

Manuel Pellegrini
Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini could be a target for Chelsea as they look to replace Rafael Benitez

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England manager Roy Hodgson says he fears for the future of the national team because of the number of foreign players in the Premier League.

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Craig Bellamy says his father, a lifelong Cardiff supporter, will "die a happy man" after seeing his son help the Welsh club win promotion to the Premier League.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes his side's Premier League clashes with Cardiff next season will feel just like the Rome derbies between Roma and Lazio.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

West Ham will not face any further action, other than a warning letter from the Football Association, over Chelsea players being pelted with objects during their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge last month.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Security cameras filmed Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin, 31, who is set to leave the Premier League club this summer, appearing to argue with staff outside a London nightclub.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery says Barcelona and Real Madrid have both tried to lure him away from the Bavarian club in recent years. Bayern will face Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League next week.

Full story: Mundo Deportivoexternal-link (Spanish)

German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 22, says he will remain at Borussia Dortmund next season despite interest from other European clubs, including Real Madrid.

Full story: Bildexternal-link (German)


Former Dinamo Zagreb player Jozo Gašpar has become a local laughing stock after an incident with a credit card which led to his sacking as coach of Croatian first league team NK Zagreb Precko.

Full story: 606 Newsletter

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