We start today with a fond farewell to another one of the finest ever to grace the Premier League with his amazing talent and skills. Farewell Dider Drogba, may you enjoy the rest of your playing career where ever you may end up this summer. So with that said its time to look at today’s news from around the grounds.

We start today with champions of Europe Chelsea, and owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light for a spending spree that could include Lille’s Eden Hazard, 21, Porto forward Hulk, 25, and Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26.
Tottenham want 25-year old Marseille striker Loic Remy and could swap Luka Modric, 26, for Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra, 27. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy travelled to Holland on Monday in an attempt to close a deal for Ajax’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen, 25, who is also wanted by Arsenal and AC Milan. Spurs are poised to make a move for Palermo defender Matias Silvestre
Chelsea have given Arsenal a deadline of next week to make a decision on whether they want to sign on-loan midfielder Yossi Benayoun, 32, on a permanent basis. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is one of several players who will leave Arsenal this summer when their contracts expire. The 35-year old played four times during a loan spell at West Ham this term and has been linked with a return to Upton Park should the Hammers lose Robert Green.
Manchester United could use Dimitar Berbatov as bait to land highly-rated Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. With Berbatov on his way out and Michael Owen already released, United need at least one striker to join Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and second season syndrome sufferer Javier Hernandez.
Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has admitted that he would like to sign permanently for La Liga outfit Real Betis this summer. Midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been released by Manchester City after his short term deal expired. The former England international, who has been plagued by injuries in recent years, joined Roberto Mancini’s side in August after leaving rivals United but only made a 13 minute cameo for the Etihad based side.
In European news, Juventus will turn their attentions to Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, 26, as they prepare to pull out of the race to sign Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, 28. Barcelona are set to offer £10m for Manchester City’s Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, 27. AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva will not be sold this summer. Sweeden striker Ibrahimovic and Brazil centre-half Silva have both been linked with Manchester City since the Serie A season finished but Allegri is confident the pair will still be at the San Siro beyond the summer.
QPR are hoping to make the most of the uncertainty at Aston Villa with a move for goalkeeper Shay Given, 36, who played under QPR boss Mark Hughes at Manchester City. West Ham’s 31-year old Robert Green could also be a target. Hughes is also plotting a move for Wigan forward Victor Moses, 21.
Blackpool want to turn 29-year old Swansea forward Stephen Dobbie’s loan into a permanent deal.
Newcastle are poised to make a move for Groningen midfielder Dusan Tadic. Tadic, 23, has been impressive for the Dutch side this season and has also attracted interest from Lazio.
American star Landon Donovan has reiterated his desire to return to Everton. The LA Galaxy forward has enjoyed two memorable spells on loan at Goodison Park. “I would absolutely like to come back. There’s no question about that,” he told FIFA’s website.
David Gold insists a West Ham return for Joe Cole would be “fantastic and romantic”, but admits he’d be very surprised if the move happened. The Liverpool midfielder has spent last season on-loan at French club Lille but reports emerged on Monday that the Hammers could be set for a summer swoop.
Celtic have opened talks over an improved contract for Gary Hooper, amid reports that Southampton are keen to bring him to the Premier League.
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle insists the only contact he has had with Reading is to wish manager Brian McDermott well in the Premier League next season.
Bolton are waiting on responses from Jussi Jaaskelainen and Zat Knight, after offering the duo new contracts.
We end today with managerial news, and Roberto Martinez is set to meet Liverpool’s owners in the United States on Thursday, after holding talks with them in England over the weekend. Martin Laursen has ruled out the possibility of becoming Aston Villa manager at the current time but says he would love to take charge of his former club at some point in the future. Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not become the new Aston Villa manager following further discussions about the job.
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