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Italy coach Antonio Conte will meet with Chelsea owener Roman Abramovich in Monte Carlo within the next week to thrash out the final details of his appointment as the club's next manager. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea have entered the race to sign Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 23, who is also wanted by Manchester United. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

United are also thought to be keen on Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, 21, but have competition for his signature from Arsenal. (AS - in Spanish)

Sun back page on Saturday
The Sun's back page on Saturday

Jose Mourinho is planning to recast the spine of the Manchester United team if he is appointed manager at Old Trafford in the summer, with a centre-back, a midfielder and a striker high on his list of priorities. (Sun)

United could move for Barcelona defender Marc Bartra after the 25-year-old's agent revealed he may have to leave the Nou Camp in search of regular football. (COPE, via Daily Express)

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan, 23, is desperate to sign a new contract at Anfield so he can be a one-club man like Jamie Carragher. (Daily Star)

David Beckham has made the audacious capture of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 28, one of Miami United's long-term priorities. (Daily Mail)

Pep Guardiola has played down rumours that he wants to bring Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 29, with him to Manchester City in the summer. (Daily Star)

Times back page on Saturday
The Times' back page on Saturday

Lorenzo Insigne's agent says the 24-year-old Napoli winger is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs. (Italian radio station CRC, via Daily Express)

Liverpool have been linked with a summer move for Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho, 25, who could be available for around £4m. (Metro)

Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Real Madrid earlier this season, could be in line to return to England to succeed Steve McClaren as manager of Newcastle. (Sun)

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is eyeing a summer move for Blackburn's Republic of Ireland international centre-back Shane Duffy, 24. (Daily Mirror)

Germany and the Netherlands could be chosen ahead of England for the first official trials of video technology when football's law-making body meets on Saturday.(Times - subscription required)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane says the current Spurs squad is the best he has ever been involved with and that teams do not want to face the "unbelievable" way they press opponents. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says of the start of their Premier League defence, which saw them lose nine of their 16 league games and Jose Mourinho sacked, "we lost control of our game, of our minds."(Daily Mail)

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Former Spurs manager David Pleat says some pundits "cannot justify" their criticism of Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger after a number of high-profile former Gunners players turned on Wenger over the Gunners' recent results.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Wenger should ask for more from his team, and that the current side may be "too nice".

Former Newcastle player and manager Alan Shearer criticises the side's recent recordin the Premier League and questions the lack of 'leaders' in the current team.

Best of social media

West Ham midfielder Michael Antonio grabbed the opportunity to take a cheeky photo of team-mates Reece Oxford and Stephen Hendrie, both of whom had dozed off on the team coach as it made its way to Liverpool for the Hammers' game at Everton.

Stephen Hendrie and Reece Oxford

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo was enjoying the wintry weather on Friday. He posted a picture of his snow-covered back garden on Twitter along with the message: "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow."

Marcos Rojo tweet

Rojo's United team-mate Juan Mata made it into work, though, as this Twitter picture shows...

Juan Mata tweet
It's not perfect training weather

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard tapped into his inner John Virgo with a trick shot on the training ground to slice an effort into the net from behind the goal-frame. The piece of skill was captured on a Vine and posted by the club.

And finally

After backing Leicester City to win the Premier League title at the start of the season at odds of 5000/1, Foxes fan Jon Pryke has cashed out his £20 bet for a substantial £29,000. City are three points clear at the table with two and a half months of the season remaining. (Ladbrokes)

Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that the Blues first team have a strange ritual before games of players all using the same urinal in the dressing room. (Sun)

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren was involved in a spat after his news conference with a journalist who said to him: "don't you dare accuse me of having an agenda, You are second bottom of the league, is this your latest excuse?"(Daily Express)

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