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Claudio Ranieri was sacked as Leicester manager after senior players complained about the Italian to the club's owners. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Alternatively, Leicester's players had no idea the 65-year-old was about to be dismissed. (Daily Star)external-link

Ranieri was not expecting to be sacked by the Premier League champions and "knew nothing about the club's decision". (Calciomercato)external-link

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is the favourite to take over at King Power Stadium. (Daily Star)external-link

Ex-Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is also among those under consideration for the job. (Telegraph)external-link

Some Leicester players want former boss Nigel Pearson to return to the club. (Times - subscription only)external-link

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The Times leads on the story that senior players rebelled against Ranieri

Real Madrid will try to tempt Manchester United into selling Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, by offering France defender Raphael Varane, 23, in return. (Don Balon, via Daily Express)external-link

England striker Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United at the end of the season despite insisting on Thursday he is staying at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)external-link

Everton had a bid for Rooney, 31, rejected in January and could try to re-sign him in the summer. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal's players are convinced manager Arsene Wenger will sign a new contract that keeps the Frenchman at Emirates Stadium for the next two seasons. (Times - subscription only)external-link

Gunners right-back Hector Bellerin, 21, is open to a return to Barcelona should Wenger leave the club this summer. (Mundo Deportivo, via Guardian)external-link

Atletico Madrid have told Manchester United they want to keep striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, for one more season but have lined up Lyon forward and France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette, also 25, as a possible replacement. (Telegraph)external-link

Juventus' Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 33, could be reunited with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal face competition from Juventus to sign 18-year-old Monaco's France Under-19 striker Kylian Mbappe, who scored in the 5-3 Champions League defeat by Manchester City on Tuesday. (Bleacher Report)external-link

One of Ranieri's most famous sayings comes back to haunt him on the back page of The Sun

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, is in line for a huge bonus after surpassing 20 goals for the season. (Sun)external-link

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering calling up Burnley striker Andre Gray. The 25-year-old has scored seven Premier League goals this season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Benfica's president has flown in for talks with Manchester United about Portugal right-back Nelson Semedo, 23, and is also negotiating a deal with Manchester City for Brazil goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, 23. (A Bola, via Sun)external-link

United have given a trial to 16-year-old Helsingborgs forward Alex Timossi Andersson, who also trained with Bayern Munich earlier this season. (Expressen, via Manchester Evening News)external-link

Chelsea tried to sign Inter Milan winger Jonathan Biabiany, 28, in January but ran out of time to finalise the deal, according to the Frenchman's agent. (Calciomercato)external-link

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Bournemouth want their players to wear orange glasses for two hours before they go to bed to reduce the effects of blue light emitted by mobile phones, tablets and televisions. (Sun)external-link

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