Well the big day has arrived for Chelsea in the Champions League final and its a momentous occasion for Roberto Di Matteo who needs this to have any hope of wining over owner Roman Abramovich. it is also D-day for either Blackpool or West Ham to regain entry into the Premier League. 

We start at Tottenham and they have made a move for Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone, a free agent after a successful season long loan from Sevilla to fellow Spanish side  Levante, where he scored 15 goals. Spurs are chasing Atletico Nacional play maker Dorlan Pabon, according to reports in his native Colombia. The 24-year old caught the eye of boss Harry Redknapp with 8 goals in 10 games from midfield lasts season and has been linked with a summer move to Europe.
Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski wants to leave Arsenal after being displaced as number one by compatriot Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal’s anxiety over Robin van Persie’s next career move has been reflected by them barring him from talking to the press while on international duty.
Dirk Kuyt claims he no longer wants to leave Liverpool because Kenny Dalglish has been sacked. Kuyt was prepared to activate the £1m release clause in his contract to join a foreign club because he was frustrated by his lack of opportunities under Dalglish.
Manchester United face missing out on central midfield target Kevin Strootman, who is set for talks with AC Milan. Sir Alex Ferguson is seeking midfield reinforcements this summer and PSV’s Strootman is a player he is keen on.
In European news, Morocco intermational Younes Belhanda says he wants to stay with Montpellier for one more season, despite being linked with Manchester City and Arsenal. Eden Hazard’s future will be decided after Lille hold talks with Manchester City and United next week. No formal offers have been made but the Premier League rivals are both interested in singing Hazard. Barcelona and France defender Eric Abidal has today announced his retirement from the game according to a number of sources. The 32-year old is recovering from a liver transplant last month and brings to an end his five year spell at the Nou Camp.
Reading want to start life in the Premier League with Joe Cole. The newly promoted Royals have earmarked the Liverpool midfielder, who currently has two years left on his £70,000-a-week contract, as a loan signing.
Wolves striker Steven Fletcher is expected to reject the chance of a move to Sunderland.
Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon says he could still remain with the club despite his contract having expired at the end of the season.
Bolton have counted the cost of relegation after seeing a raft of players leave the club yesterday morning. Nigel Reo-coker, Gretar Steinsson, Paul Robinson, Sean Davis, Robbie Blake, Ricardo Gardner, Ivan Klasnic. Mark Connolly, Tope Obadeyi, Rhys Bennett, Dino Fazlic and Tom Eckersley have all left the football club after their contracts expired.
James McArthur has committed his future to Wigan by signing a two year contract extension. The Scotland’s midfielder’s extension ties him to the DW Stadium until 2016 and he is pleased with his new deal after helping the Latics stay up.
Leeds striker Ross McCormack is poised to reject a new contract offer from the club, hastening his exit from Elland Road. Manager Neil Warnock expects McCormack to turn down the enhanced terms put to him by Leeds, leaving the club with a big decision whether to cash in on the player or allow his current deal to expire.
Norwich have rejected a transfer request from striker Grant Holt. The news follows speculation linking manager Paul Lambert with a move away from the club.
And finally in managerial news, Liverpool plan to approach former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola as they continue their search to replace Kenny Dalglish. Wigan’s Roberto Martinez is set to be interviewed again but Liverpool’s owners feel it would be a mistake not to sound Guradiola out. Fabio Capello’s son and lawyer, Pierfilippo, insists that his father is not in talks with Chelsea. Capello junior has revealed that the former England coach was close to a move to China. Blackburn manager Steve Kean appears to have survived his latest crisis meeting with the club’s owners having convinced them he remains the man to lead relegated Rovers back to the Premier League. West Ham will stick with Sam Allardyce if they fail to win today’s Championship play-off final against Blackpool, according to the Premier League.
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