Tuesday's gossip column: Mario Balotelli, Eliaquim Mangala

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a summer move for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 23, after talks with the player's agent this week.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Mario Balotelli
Is Mario Balotelli set to join Gunners?

Manchester United have watched Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, who has a £35m buyout clause in his contract, for a third time but face competition from Chelsea to sign the 23-year-old France international.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Wolfsburg striker Ivica Olic is keen on a move to the Premier League and Stoke are a possible destination for the 34-year-old, whose contract expires during the summer.

Full story: Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is planning a £25m summer move for 27-year-old Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic.

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Manchester United have scouted Sporting Lisbon's 21-year-old midfielder William Carvalho for a 12th time this season.

Full story: Talksportexternal-link


Manchester City are facing the worst Barcelona side for "many, many years" says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who managed Barca's rivals Real Madrid last season.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Norwich chief executive David McNally says the Canaries could move swiftly to replace manager Chris Hughton if their Premier League status is threatened.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

England's World Cup referee Howard Webb was removed from a website touting his after-dinner speaking for £4,000 a night after criticism of his performance in Liverpool's FA Cup defeat by Arsenal on Sunday.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini may claim his side are better than Manchester United based on the current campaign, but Barcelona's ex-United defender Gerard Pique says he would prefer to return Old Trafford than switch to the Etihad if he ever left Spain.

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GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Rivals Juventus and AC Milan are in an "open challenge" to recruit Manchester United's 27-year-old Portuguese midfielder Nani for next season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Footballing legend Zinedine Zidane says his 15-year-old son Luca, has all the qualities to succeed.

Full story: AS.com (in Spanish)external-link

Paris St-Germain manager Laurent Blanc says star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 32, will be his "best asset" in the Champions League last-16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)external-link

Barcelona manager Tata Martino says Manchester City are like a "mini Barcelona" due to the similar playing styles of both teams.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)external-link

Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Raul Garcia, 27, says he is happy with an extension of his contract until 2018.

Full story: AS.com (in Spanish)external-link


Manchester United's players bumped into Argentine football legend Diego Maradona during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

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