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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Robin van Persie
Van Persie cost Man Utd £24m in 2012

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 30, could be set for a dramatic return to former club Arsenal in the summer after his agent reportedly met with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to discuss a move.

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Paris St-Germain have joined the race to sign Chelsea's 26-year-old Brazilian defender David Luiz, with the French champions willing to pay more than Barcelona's £20.5m valuation.

Full story: Talksportexternal-link

Arsenal target Maximilian Arnold is happy at Wolfsburg and is not looking for a new club, according to his agent. The 19-year-old midfielder is wanted by Arsene Wenger after scoring six times for the Bundesliga side.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Manchester United will have to beat Real Madrid to the signature of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer. Vidal, 26, is rated at £40m by the Italian champions.

Full story: Talksportexternal-link

Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa has been out of favour at Newcastle this season

Tottenham's 24-year-old winger Nacer Chadli - who scored his first Premier League goal at Newcastle in midweek - has revealed that he nearly joined Swansea on loan last month.

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Newcastle are likely to offload 26-year-old attacker Hatem Ben Arfa at the end of the season as the Frenchman continues to find himself on the periphery of Alan Pardew's starting line-up.

Full story: Northern Echoexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling's recent form has been enough to persuade England manager Roy Hodgson to start the 19-year-old at this summer's World Cup finals.

Raheem Sterling
Sterling has been in excellent form for Liverpool in recent months

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Meanwhile, Reds defender Martin Skrtel, 29, says the opening 20 minutes of their 5-1 win over Arsenal - a spell in which he scored twice - was the best football he has ever been part of.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Manchester City's 28-year-old striker Alvaro Negredo hopes to outshine Chelsea forward Fernando Torres, 29, during their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Saturday and prove that he deserves to start up front for Spain at the World Cup.

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Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee believes supporters who want owner Mike Ashley out should be careful what they wish for, saying: "Look at Birmingham, look at Cardiff - it could be worse."

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, 46, says a replay would be worse than defeat when his side meet Southampton in the FA Cup today, as the Uruguayan is eager to avoid a fixture pile-up.

FC Barcelona"s Neymar, from Brazil, background and Lionel Messi, from Argentina.
If Messi falls flat, Neymar will get you, Man City are warned by Champions League opponents Barca

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The best is yet to come from Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge according to manager Brendan Rodgers, as the striker bids to set a new club record by scoring in nine consecutive matches when he faces Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Ahead of their Champions League tie, Barcelona's 27-year-old defender Gerard Pique warns Manchester City that if Lionel Messi, 26, does not perform, the Catalan giants can call on the fit-again Neymar.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

AND FINALLY

FA Cup pink ball
The pale orange ball used in FA Cup ties has been criticised by Charlton's captain

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, 37, is back in training six times a week, sparking rumours he could come out of retirement and return to the game.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

After having his contract mutually terminated by West Brom, striker Markus Rosenberg, 31, has donated the entire contents of his Midlands home to charity.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Charlton captain Johnnie Jackson, 31, has criticised the pale orange ball that will be used in this weekend's FA Cup fifth-round ties - claiming it is too girly.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

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