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It will be a sad time for everyone when Xavi has to retire. A sad time for everyone bar the tabloid transfer rumour machine, who can punt on who they believe will be the rightful heir to that particular throne.

The Sunday People today shot from the hip with their claim that the Catalan giants will aim to bring in David Silva from Manchester City to be that particular man. Clearly Silva isn't a like for like replacement, but Barcelona apparently believe they can convert him into a playmaker. The paper also mention a £50million fee, which would seem rather lofty for a player that is already 28.

If we know Barcelona, half of the Spanish World Cup squad can be relied upon to nag away at Silva for four weeks in Brazil.

The wonderful thing about the transfer rumours in early February is that they can be incredibly speculative with a new window still months away. That appears to be the likely tactic from today's Mail on Sunday, who use phrases such as 'football grapevine', 'understood' and 'much depends on' in their story claiming that Robin van Persie will this summer move back to Arsenal.

They admit that there are significant roadblocks to the move, but believe that Arsene Wenger could tempt Untied by a bid of £15million. He'd be 31 by the start of next season, which isn't really Wenger's game is it?

After slipping to another defeat, one might think that Manchester United should rather be planning for a far more active summer than winter window, and the Sunday People believe that United may rival neighbours City for the signature of Eliaquim Mangala.

The central defender is available for £35million (which is a sodding lot), but would be the long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand. With Nemanja Vidic also leaving this summer, it's a position that has become crucial to strengthen, but we've been saying that about central midfield for five years.

City already failed in a £50m double bid for Mangala and team mate Fernando on deadline day.

The fallout from Arsenal's rather limp transfer window continues, with the Sun this morning reporting that Arsenal are looking to send back Kim Kallstrom to Spartak Moscow after discovering that the midfielder will be out for six weeks with a back injury.

There are also rumours flying around that the injury was discovered during the medical and yet the signing was completed, which would rather be like trying to take back a new white shirt to the shop after spilling curry down the front. Or back, it appears.

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