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Manchester City can make Barcelona forward Neymar, 24, the first marquee signing of the Pep Guardiola era, but would need to meet the £145m buyout clause in his contract. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea have held talks with Italy coach Antonio Conte, 46, as they look for a successor to interim boss Guus Hiddink.(Daily Express)external-link

Daily Mirror
Could there be two high profile arrivals with Barcelona connections at Manchester City?

Hiddink has described reports linking Chinese club Jiangsu Suning with a £75m move for midfielder Oscar, 24, as pure speculation. (GetWestLondon)external-link

Blues captain John Terry, 35, believes the club should offer him a new deal even though they have no permanent manager in place. (Sun)external-link

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 25, sent a text to former Blues boss Jose Mourinho to say he was "sorry" on the day the Portuguese was sacked from Stamford Bridge.(Guardian)external-link

Wealthy figures in Chinese football want Mourinho, 53, to help the country become a superpower in football.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he disagrees with captain Wayne Rooney, 30, and midfielder Jesse Lingard, 23, after they claimed the Dutchman has allowed them to play with more freedom.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, 26, says he rejected a move to China because "God said it was not for me".(Daily Mail)external-link

Stoke are preparing a new bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22. (Sun)external-link

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, 23, linked with Liverpool, says he dreams of a move to the Premier League. (Daily Star)external-link

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The Sun's back page on Saturday

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says the board's backing for Mark Hughes will not end with this week's £18.3m signing of midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 23.(Stoke Sentinel)external-link

The agent of Juventus forward Simone Zaza, 24, has denied claims his client almost joined Crystal Palace in January. (Tutto Mercato via Talksport)external-link

Watford captain Troy Deeney, 27, says serving almost three months in prison in 2012 was "the best thing that ever happened to me". (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Everton will offer midfielder Ross Barkley, 22, a new contract this summer.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Barkley says he feels confident of scoring in every game after moving into double figures for the season. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Best of social media

The publicity drive around Ryan Reynolds' new comic-book movie Deadpool has seeped into the football sphere. Manchester United tweetedexternal-link this slightly unnerving picture of the superhero kissing the forehead of Wayne Rooney.

Deadpool and Wayne Rooney
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Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj with a very distinctive new pool table

Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey recorded a good-luck message for his rugby union counterparts before the opening weekend of the Six Nations. (Facebook)external-link

And finally

West Ham's Boleyn Ground, which the club will leave at the end of the season, will be the setting for a Hollywood action movie before the site is redeveloped. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Former Italy international Andrea Pirlo has named his Premier League XI. (Shortlist)external-link

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