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Reports in Italy have suggested that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a target for Manchester City

Mancini denies interest in Ibrahimovic

Manchester City are not looking to reinforce their attacking options this summer, according to manager Roberto Mancini.

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Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez scored on his debut for Germany in 2007 against Switzerland. In the 51 games he's played since, he's notched an noble 21 goals. Yet his form in the big tournaments has failed to impress. Despite breaking up the tried and tested partnership of Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose at Euro 2008, he failed to score at the tournament, including a substitute appearance in the final against Spain. At the World Cup in South Africa, he was similarly useless - again failing to find the net even once. But this season he's been in startling form for his club side, scoring 26 goals in the league and an incredible 12 in Bayern's march to the Champions League final - and that's why we're backing the 26-year-old to break his tournament duck and then some at Euro 2012. If he doesn't, Germany can look to those trusted old hands Klose and Podolski to see them through.

Euro 2012 files: The golden boot contenders

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation The Independent will be running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi continues to break all the records

Barcelona's Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record when he took his tally to 14 in the competition so far this season as the holders knocked out AC Milan to reach the semi-finals.

Samuel Eto'o pictured in the 2009 Champions League final for Barcelona

Samuel Eto'o drops £2.5m case against former club Barcelona

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has dropped his legal case against Barcelona after having demanded three million euros (£2.5m) he said was owed from his transfer to Inter Milan in July 2009, the Spanish club said today.

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Del Piero keeps Juve in touch

Alessandro Del Piero came off the bench to score the second goal as Juventus beat Internazionale 2-0 last night to maintain their Serie A title challenge.

Ibrahimovic was involved in an angry exchange with Sky journalist Vera Spadini after Milan's victory over Lecce

Ibrahimovic row with journalist 'cleared up'

A post-match row between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a female journalist has overshadowed AC Milan's 2-0 win over Lecce at San Siro yesterday.

Juve’s Marco Borriello rues another missed opportunity against Genoa

Ibrahimovic fires Milan four points clear

Juventus hit the woodwork three times and had a goal controversially disallowed as they were held 0-0 at Genoa yesterday, their sixth draw in their last seven Serie A games.

Allegri told the club website: 'After four years of going out at the last 16 of the competition, I think making it to the quarter-finals was important for the club.'

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri welcomes Champions League progress

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his team will build on the success of reaching the last eight in the Champions League by getting even stronger in future seasons. 

France beat Germany in midweek

Form of France, Sweden and Ukraine spells trouble

If England went down fighting in Wednesday night's defeat by the Netherlands, that might not be enough for them to progress from their group at this summer's European Championship.

James Lawton: Wenger and Arsenal living in a long-vanished European past

Arsène Wenger should really have consigned to history the brilliant victory scored in San Siro back when Cesc Fabregas was still the young presiding genius.

Arsène Wenger watches his side struggle in Milan last night

James Lawton: Arsène and Arsenal are living in the past

Forget the Fabregas-inspired San Siro heroics of 2008. Milan have moved on but the Gunners clearly have not

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Wenger's dream left in tatters by Milan

Milan 4 Arsenal 0

Ibrahimovic touches the head of Henry

Classy Ibrahimovic touches heights Henry once scaled

The Frenchman has returned to Arsenal to find his kingdom has fallen into disrepair

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Milan humiliate Gunners at San Siro

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Anzhi Makhachkala make £26m Samuel Eto'o bid according to reports

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o could be on his way from Inter Milan to wealthy Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in a big-money move.

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