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Barcelona winger Pedro may well be leaving the Nou Camp at the end of the season, apparently.

That news will cause many clubs around the world to say 'Hmmmm', and according to The Daily Express those clubs include Arsenal and Liverpool.

Pedro is quoted as saying: "I am happy with Barcelona, but things have to be evaluated every season.

"My goal is to try and stay at this club where I feel very valued and loved. When you play less you do not feel less important, but it is true that you notice playing fewer minutes and it is different.

"But I must fight for my only goal, which is to continue with Barca."

Apparently Arsenal and Liverpool 'are among a number of top European clubs' looking at the forward, whose current contract runs until 2016.

Quick line from The Daily Mirror, who report that Arsenal have missed out on a target, specifically Barcelona youngster Antonio Sanabria.

The Paraguayan forward was targeted by Arsene Wenger, apparently, with a number of clubs also sniffing around, and according to the Mirror, one of those clubs has nipped in before them.

Namely, Roma, who are apparently set to pay his £3.6million buyout clause in January.

When there was talk of an England international retiring on Saturday evening, many thought it might be Ashley Cole, rather than Graeme Swann.

However, he still might call it a day, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The paper reports that Cole is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to start talks with the club over a new one, and given he's not exactly been an automatic choice recently, there is some doubt about whether he will carry on.

The Telegraph claims Cole will wait to see if he gets back into the Chelsea team before deciding on whether he will do one, and that he is unsure whether he wants to stay on as a mentor to a young player signed to replace him, specifically Luke Shaw.

The paper reports: 'Mourinho has claimed that Cole can expect to be offered an extension to his current Chelsea contract, which is due to expire at the end of the season. But it is understood that negotiations over a new deal are yet to take place and Cole is in no rush to make any firm decisions while he is unsure of how he fits into Mourinho's plans.'

Does the Manchester Evening News think Manchester City can get Leo Messi? Bless. That's adorable.

Anyway, they carry three quotes from three City players talking about Messi, and here they are.

Yaya Toure: "If it's to come to City, I hope Messi can leave Barca."

Sergio Aguero: "Yes, he should come to City. Then we'll definitely play together! City should buy him!"

Pablo Zabaleta: "He asked me a lot about City. It's something we often talk about."

Quick round-up of who does and does not want the Spurs job. In summary:

Tim Sherwood: yes, but only on his terms, only if he gets an eleventy year contract and only if he gets the use of Daniel Levey's private bathroom.

Glenn Hoddle: yes, but only if people who call him Glenda are punished for the sins they have committed in this, and/or any other life.

Carlos Quieroz: yes, but only if everyone stops laughing.

Louis van Gaal: no, for now, but maybe in the future, and only if he's allowed to show the Spurs players his balls. (Work safe link)

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