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Summary

  1. Aguero header seals late win for Man City over Bristol City
  2. Bristol City boss hails 'magnificent' display in narrow loss
  3. Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 GMT)
  4. GOSSIP - City offer £20m for Alexis Sanchez

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By Craig Lowe

All times stated are UK

Right that's your lot for now - we'll be back later for Chelsea v Arsenal.

You'll also be able to listen to the game on BBC Radio 5 live.

Tommy Lawrence has died aged 77

We'll end now with some sad news and the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence has died.

The Scotsman was Bill Shankly's first-choice keeper during the 1960s.

He only missed four league matches in six seasons as the Reds won the First Division Championship twice and claimed the FA Cup for the first time.

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Bob Sills: A lot of Southend United players leave to become footballers.

James: Apparently Everton signed a CB (Per Kroldrup) who couldn’t head the ball. Hence, one or two appearances and a move back to Italy

Pratyush Kumar Sahoo: Tevez saying he's homesick at Manchester and moving to City

Thanks for all your suggestions and input regarding strange transfer reasons and decisions this morning.

Incidentally a lot of you got in touch to mention Joey Beauchamp. Who knew he was so popular?

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"World has seen what Bristol City are about" - Johnson

Man City 2-1 Bristol City

We're wrapping things up here shortly but we've still got time to hear more from Bristol City boss Lee Johnson.

He says the "world has seen what Bristol City are about" after their narrow defeat at the Etihad.

"I thought tactically the players were outstanding," added Johnson.

"We had two or three opportunities where we were so close."

All to play for in two weeks City fans?

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Perhaps M Soton (9.59) and the mayor of Liverpool are not aware of Contracts and the Bosman Rule - Barkley / Sanchez can move for free on 1st July so you are only paying for that period. The list of players values the other day reflected players ages and length of contract hence Sanchez, Ozil and Barkley were a long way down that list.

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Sanchez and Ozil expected to play

Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 GMT)

Despite the speculation around their futures Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both expected to return for Arsenal tonight.

Arsene Wenger, who will continue his touchline ban, says the side needs to bounce back following their FA Cup exit at Nottingham Forest.

"We take the criticism on board and respond to it in a positive way - that's all you can do," he said.

"We're in the semi-final of the League Cup and we have an opportunity to go through."

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Robert Jarni signed for Coventry from Real Betis for £2.5m on a Monday and we sold him to Real Madrid the following Friday for £3.5m because he wanted to live in Spain - where he had just come from!

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You can read more about his brief stay at Coventry here.

'8,000 Bristolians walking on cider' - 5 live Football Daily

Man City 2-1 Bristol City

“Beaming with pride” - that was the overwhelming response from Bristol City fans on BBC Radio 5 live after Sergio Aguero scored a late winner to see Manchester City edge their League Cup semi-final first leg 2-1.

You can get all the reaction to last night's game on 5live's Football Daily.

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Jake Leslie: Weird transfer? Hmmm... Julio César joining QPR after he was part of a good Internazionale team to go join a team that was destined to be relegated. Never understood it.

Matt Jenner: Sturridge leaving Man City for Chelsea to "get more game time"

Novo out of intensive care

This is good news.

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo is out of intensive care after he fell ill in Germany on Saturday.

Novo was taken ill and had a heart procedure after playing at a tournament for Rangers Legends.

As well as his six years at Ibrox, Novo had spells in Scotland with Raith Rovers, Dundee and Greenock Morton.

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(re 0932) Deschamps can keep up with Lemar on BBC sports.

Graham- si's dad -Roberts.

Villas-Boas out with a back injury

Yes you read that right - Andre Villas-Boas has a back injury.

However the former Chelsea and Tottenham boss didn't pick it up on the training ground, he did it at the Dakar Rally.

The 40-year-old left his role as coach of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG in November to compete in his first rally.

He was injured after his Toyota hit a sand dune.

Get well soon Andre....

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Jesus back in the gym

Man City forward Gabriel Jesus has posted a video of himself working out as he recovers from the knee injury he sustained against Crystal Palace on New Years Day....

Look at him go - that knee brace isn't holding him back....

Quando algo ruim acontece você tem três escolhas: deixar isso definir você, deixar isso destruir você ou fazer isso… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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Dave: David Unsworth moving to Villa then back to Everton within days, because his wife was homesic

Arsene to splash the cash?

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TyC Sports (in Spanish) claim Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to pay Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon's £27m release clause to bring the 21-year-old Argentine to the Premier League.

What do you think Gunners fans - would he be a good signing?

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Bristol City delight Ally McCoist

Man City 2-1 Bristol City

The Rangers legend was part of BBC Radio 5 live's commentary team last night and he's heaped praise on the Robins approach to the game.

McCoist says City "put many Premier League teams to shame with their attack-minded approach - they did anything but park the bus.

"There are plenty of reasons why the Robins will believe they can win and reach the final at Wembley."

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If Lemar is worth £90m and Couthino £142m then Sanchez is surely worth more than £20m? He should be in the £60-80m bracket.

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Conte to PSG?

Staying with Antonio Conte and our good friend Julien Laurens says PSG are very much in the hunt for the Chelsea boss.

You can hear Lauren's thought's here.

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Conte is not letting it go

Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 GMT)

Chelsea face Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tonight.

The Video Assistant Referee will be used and Eden Hazard is fit for Chelsea.

However one topic and one man was discussed again by Antonio Conte ahead of this one, namely Jose Mourinho.

The pair have been trading verbal blows for the past week and when asked about Mourinho again yesterday Conte said he "won't forget" what has been said.

"He said serious words, he has used serious words. And I won't forget this.

"This is not a problem for the club, it's a problem between me and him. Now I stop. Stop."

Is this the end of the matter? To be fair to Conte what can he do if he keeps getting asked about Mourinho? Ditto Jose.

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Sean O'Connor: Bobby Barr and Declan McManus leaving Greenock Morton to be involved in a promotion race only for Morton to reach the playoffs and Raith Rovers to be relegated. Poetic Justice

Beardsley takes Newcastle leave

Newcastle Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley will take a period of leave while the club investigates allegations of racism and bullying made against him.

It comes after Beardsley had discussions with the club on Tuesday.

In a statement, Beardsley's solicitors said: "Peter Beardsley is aware of inaccurate media reports which result from unauthorised leaks."

You can read more about that here.

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Steve: Iain Dowie leaving Palace to move North to be with his family. He moved 7 miles North to become Charlton manager

Nnamdi D'Boss Obanya: Odemwingie driving all the way to QPR from Stoke for a transfer that had not happened

Lemar to Liverpool in January makes no sense - Laurens

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That's the view of French journalist Julien Laurens.

He says a transfer now “makes no sense whatsoever” because France’s head coach Didier Deschamps lives so close to Monaco’s stadium and will be able to watch the 22-year-old in action between now and the World Cup.

You can hear more about Lemar's future, which was discussed on the BBC Radio 5 live - Euro Leagues Football Show, here.

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Could his international ambitions see Lemar remain in France this month?

Lemar for £90m if there's any justice

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The Mirror say Arsenal or Liverpool will have to pay at least £90m to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

More on that in a moment.....

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Will he be 50/50 over a move?

OK I'll stop with the Lemar references now, but seriously would he be a good addition to the Premier League? Let us know....

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Brad Chuck: Strangest transfer request in football? Turn back the clock and lets discuss Joey Beauchamp and his ill fated transfer to West Ham from Oxford FC..#iwanttogohome #homesick

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If Sanchez won’t sign a new contract then sell him for the £20m. Use that money to strengthen the defence. It’s shoddy!

Darren - Gunner fan

Arsenal should take the cash for Sanchez right away. Who knows the dressing room malcontent may derail City

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He got a dog!

Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal

Eric Lichaj has got a dog and he's called it 'Gunner'!

The Nottingham Forest defender's hopes of getting a dog led to a bit of a social media campaign in the wake of him scoring twice to help knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup.

His wife had told him he could have a dog if he got a hat-trick but it appears she has relented.

It looks like she's happy to take the woof with the smooth.......sorry.

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He's only gone and got a dog

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Mike Smith: Weirdest reason was Scotland striker Gordon Durie leaving Chelsea as he was homesick, and ending up at Spurs

Transfer news - Ibrahimovic on his way out of United?

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Yahoo Sport UK are reporting Man United are "considering options to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic".

They say he's expected to leave the club later this year but could go sooner with the MLS and Chinese Super League potential options.

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Bristol city almost completing the league cup’s greatest ever shock last night. That feat of course still stands with Birmingham City in 2011. #Oba.

Calvin, Leamington.

Bristol City were "courageous"

Man City 2-1 Bristol City

The Bristol Post says City put in a "courageous performance" and "Bobby Reid had Bristolians dreaming" after he put Lee Johnson's side ahead.

You can read their match report here.

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It’s the ultimate measure of Man City’s progress this season that teams now celebrate losing to us.

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Transfer news - City bid 20m for Sanchez?

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The Guardian are reporting Man City have made a £20m offer for Alexis Sanchez.

That's great value regardless of the short time left on his contract isn't it?

Arsenal fans - should the club have cut their losses last summer?

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nathan: Weirdest reason I’ve heard was Ronaldo leaving United because he wanted to join Real Madrid?! Still don’t understand it.....

I like it. We're asking about weird reasons for transfers after Farhad Moshiri claimed "voodoo" played a part in Romelu Lukaku leaving Everton....

What did Guardiola say to Johnson?

Man City 2-1 Bristol City

Pep Guardiola and Lee Johnson were spotted in conversation at the end of the game.

What did Pep say I hear you ask? Well wonder no longer....

"Big congratulations," Guardiola says he told Johnson.

"He came here to try to play. They arrived, they created chances.

"They are up in the Championship (Johnson's side are fourth), and I have a lot of respect for what they have done."

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Wednesday's back pages

The Daily Telegraph

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The Telegraph devote most of their back page to Man City's match-winner Sergio Aguero....

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Outstanding performance from Bristol City last night. Defending was superb and always a threat on the counter attack. Aden Flint was amazing. Take that form into the league and who knows where we will be come May.

Simon. a BCFC fan of 34 years in Berkshire

Lukaku voodoo?

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Everton had a meeting for shareholders last night and a pretty extraordinary claim about why Romelu Lukaku left the club was made by Farhad Moshiri.

He said the striker decided to leave the club after a "voodoo message" told him to join Chelsea.

"He had a voodoo and got the message he needs to go to Chelsea.

"The issue with Romelu was not financial. As long as I am major shareholder, financial issues are irrelevant," said Moshiri.

"Last summer we offered him a better deal than Chelsea - whatever they offered we matched but he just didn't want to stay.

"If I tell you what we offered him you wouldn't believe it, but they offered him a better deal."

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This doesn't quite explain how he ended up at Manchester United though does it?

Also what's the strangest reason you've heard for a player leaving or joining your club?

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As Vincent Kompany said, the quadruple is inevitable, come on City!

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I've had a look through the BBC archives and you can read Kompany saying that here.

It was a 'beautiful' game - Guardiola

Man City 2-1 Bristol City

Pep was pretty pleased with the win and how the visitors approached the game.

"It was a nice game, beautiful game, and all my credit to Bristol City.

"We knew that (it would be a tough game) because you cannot knock out four teams from the Premier League without (being) well organised and having nice players to watch."

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