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Wayne Rooney's agent is in China to negotiate a transfer that would make the Manchester United striker the best-paid player in the world. (Sun)external-link

Rooney has been told he can leave before next Tuesday's Chinese Super League transfer deadline if a deal is reached. (Daily Mirror)external-link

But the 31-year-old is more likely to leave at the end of the season, and he would prefer to stay in England and join a Premier League club. (Independent)external-link

Changchun Yatai's 29-year-old midfielder Jack Sealy, the only English player in the Chinese Super League, has warned Rooney to do his research on the country. (Sun)external-link

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A Chinese bank is ready to make a £225m offer for Southampton after a proposed takeover from a rival Far East firm collapsed. (Daily Mail)external-link

Barcelona are targeting Arsenal's 21-year-old Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin, who joined the Gunners from Barca as a youth player. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

La Liga champions Barca are also interested in Tottenham's 26-year-old England right-back Kyle Walker. (Evening Standard)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Ajax's 19-year-old forward Kasper Dolberg as "a fantastic player with a great future". (Ekstra Bladet - in Danish)external-link

Santi Cazorla's recovery from injury is taking longer than expected and the 32-year-old midfielder will now focus on returning for next season. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal and Manchester United sent scouts to watch Porto's 21-year-old striker Andre Silva in Wednesday's Champions League match with Juventus. (Daily Express)external-link

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The Sun's back page leads on Wayne Rooney's possible move to China

Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng want to sign Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31. (ESPN)external-link

Watford have agreed a deal to sign Alaves' 26-year-old defender Kiko Femenia at the end of the season. (AS - in Spanish)external-link

Former Blackburn and QPR defender Christopher Samba is training with Aston Villa. The 32-year-old is a free agent following his release from Greek club Panathinaikos. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Only one of German side RB Leipzig and Austria's RB Salzburg will be allowed to compete in next year's Champions League because of Uefa rules on club ownership and conflicting interests. Drinks giant Red Bull owns both clubs. (Salzburger Nachrichten - in German)external-link

Moussa Dembele's agent said "the future does not exist" as he dismissed speculation the 20-year-old France forward is planning to leave Celtic. (Daily Record)external-link

Sevilla's 31-year-old defender Adil Rami arrived late to professional football after having worked as a litter-picker for his local council. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons, 21, is set for an April return from the knee injury he suffered in November. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

AC Milan want to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29. (Corriere dello Sport, via Daily Star)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur have taken 15-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Nick Weegink on trial. The teenager, who trains at the Keepers School Regio Twente, will spend a week at Hotspur Way. (Daily Mail)external-link

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A Hellas Verona fan has been banned from Italian football grounds after attending a Serie B match in his dressing gown. (Sportavellino.it - in Italian)external-link

Wadebridge Town Veterans striker Mark Rapsey, 49, scored the 2,000th and 2,001st goals of his career on Sunday, 19 years after reaching the 1,000 mark. (Falmouth Packet)external-link

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