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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has refused to rule out the possibility that striker Edin Dzeko, 26, could leave in the summer, despite the Bosnian being the club's leading scorer in the Premier League this season.

Full story: the Independent

Manchester United have discussed the possibility of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, back to Old Trafford from Real Madrid at a meeting with kit manufacturers Nike.

Xabi Alonso
Liverpool are said to have already made enquiries about Xabi Alonso's status at Real Madrid

Full story: Daily Mail

Xabi Alonso's contract talks with Real Madrid have stalled and Liverpool are monitoring the situation with a view to bringing the 31-year-old midfielder back to Anfield.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, 21, is open to the possibility of returning to Lazio, where he started his career as a youngster, once his loan spell at VfB Stuttgart ends.

Full story: Sky Sports

Arsenal and Manchester City are both looking at AZ Alkmaar's Netherlands midfielder Adam Maher, 19, who has previously been assessed by scouts from Tottenham.

Adam Maher
Maher has three Netherlands caps

Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea are prepared to sell Fernando Torres for £15m, only two years after signing the Spaniard, 28, in a £50m deal from Liverpool

Full story: Express

Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, 26, has signed up with "super-agent" Jorge Mendes, who helped move Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Anderson to Manchester United, in the hope of pushing through his own transfer to Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea are considering a move for AC Milan striker M'Baye Niang. The French forward, 18, was close to moving to Everton in August before joining the Italian club and would cost £8.5m.

Full story: the Sun

West Brom manager Steve Clarke says Peter Odemwingie, 31, could still have a long-term future with the club despite the repercussions from the striker's failed bid to move to QPR in the January transfer window.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson and Chelsea's Rafael Benitez have refused to be drawn into a war of words with each other ahead of Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final

Full story: Daily Telegraph

James Milner says he misses Mario Balotelli despite the antics that were a feature of the Italian striker's time at Manchester City before his transfer to AC Milan.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Roberto Mancini is frustrated at the continued absence of Micah Richards, who is yet to return to training following a knee injury that has sidelined the defender since October.

Manchester City's Micah Richards
Richards has made just four starts this season.

Full story: Sky Sports

Sir Alex Ferguson has given Barnsley a helping hand in their bid to overcome Manchester City in the FA Cup by allowing the Tykes to train at United's Carrington complex ahead of Saturday's quarter-final.

Full story: Daily Mail

Middlesbrough's former England international midfielder Kieron Dyer, 34, has revealed that he has battled depression during lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Spurs and England defender Kyle Walker was not too happy when he found that there were no pancakes for breakfast at the club's training ground, so he stepped into the kitchen and made them himself.

Full story: BBC Radio 5 live's 606 newsletter

A Cardiff City supporter has attempted to end any chance of his team being renamed Cardiff City Dragons by buying the limited company's name for £12.99.

Full story: the Sun