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The Sunday Express is one of a number of papers to lead on FA Cup shocks

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City will join a £75m race to land Paul Pogba this summer, with Juventus ready to cash in on the 21-year-old France international midfielder, who has been dubbed "the 100m euro man". (Sunday Mirror)

United could strengthen their back line with the acquisition of Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne after sending a scouting delegation to watch the right-back. (Daily Star)

And the Red Devils are in a race with Tottenham for the signature of Netherlands' youngest ever World Cup goalscorer - Memphis Depay, 20. The PSV Eindhoven winger is valued at £15m. (Sunday Express)

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is set to offer Yaya Toure an escape route away from the Etihad, with reports in Italy yesterday claiming the 31-year-old midfielder will even accept a 50% pay cut. (Sunday Mirror)

Ronald Koeman is ready to go back to his old club Feyenoord to sign 20-year-old Dutch centre-halves Terence Kongolo and Sven van Beek in the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Everton have opened talks with Molde's Norway international goalkeeper Orjan Nyland, who they have indentified as the long-term successor to Tim Howard, and could sign the 24-year-old for around £5.5m. (The Sun - subscription required)

Queens Park Rangers are keen to bring in former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov in the January transfer window amid rumours the 33-year-old wants a return to London from AS Monaco.(Daily Star)

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has been looking at property in London as rumours of a £9m move to Crystal Palace continue. (Sunday Express)

Scotland international Darren Fletcher, 30, is set to leave Manchester United and sign for West Ham United on a three-and-a-half year deal. (Sunday Telegraph)


England international Raheem Sterling, 20, has rejected a second contract offer from Liverpool to extend his current deal, which still has more than two years to run. (Sunday Mirror)

But Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, will sign a new deal at the club and snub an approach by Serie A side Roma. (Mail on Sunday)

Meanwhile controversial Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was axed from the squad for the FA Cup tie with Bolton following talks with Brendan Rodgers for an hour on the eve of the Anfield stalemate. (The Sun - subscription required)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 21, is set to sign a new contract, only six months after penning a long-term deal with the Lilywhites. Kane's latest deal will keep him at the club until 2020 and increase his wages to £35,000 per week. (Sunday Telegraph)

Aston Villa's out-of-favour striker Darren Bent has accused Paul Lambert of taking the club in the wrong direction. (Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle are expected to reject the chance to sign West Ham's talented but controversial forward Ravel Morrison, 21, despite the England Under-21 international being available for a reduced price. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Swansea boss Garry Monk has dismissed speculation that he wants to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes, 24. (Lancashire Telegraph)

A poll shows around 80% of Manchester City fans believe their side should have returned from Abu Dhabi earlier than Friday evening to prepare for their FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough after they suffered a 2-0 defeat. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, will not serve a three-match ban and miss the Madrid derby despite being sent off for kicking an opponent in their win over Cordoba. (Marca)


Nigerian website Vanguard claims Congo boss Claude Le Roy 'mocked' the Super Eagles, who did not qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. Le Roy mentioned "Nigeria four times as though the team he had just played were the Super Eagles" after their win over Gabon. (Vanguard)

Guinean website Aminata has praised the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for hosting the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. It says that President Obiang has won the heart of many in Africa after Morocco was stripped of hosting the tournament. (Aminata)


Reaction to a quite incredible day of FA Cup fifth-round action dominated social media on Saturday as players, pundits and fans aired their views on shock defeats for Manchester City and Chelsea.

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Jose Mourinho congratulated Bradford's players in their dressing room after they beat Chelsea 4-2

Bradford City's Gary Liddle tweeted a selfie with some team-mates after their stunning win at Chelsea: Wow that still hasn't sunk in! What a day...2-0 down. Fans during and after game were unbelievable.

Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass tweeted: Chelsea and Man City out......The FA Cup never lets you down.

Defender Ben Gibson seemed stunned by Middlesbrough's success at City: What a day, to beat the Premier League champions at their own ground and keep a clean sheet, hard to put it into words, fans INCREDIBLE.

And Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray celebrated his side's success with an optimistic post: Brilliant result today. Looking forward to the draw, especially with the scalps that were taken! Who says it has lost its magic.

Peter Cech
Petr Cech tweeted his sadness at Chelsea's FA Cup exit late on Saturday evening


Manchester City's new signing Wilfried Bony delivered a sublime moment of skill in Ivory Coast's 1-1 draw with Mali. The nutmeg - dubbed an 'elastico' - should have ended with a penalty award but Bony was incensed not to get one.(Goal.com)

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