Arsenal agree Podolski fee

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Lionel Messi was at his brilliant best last night, scoring a record breaking five goals - the only player to do so in a single Champions League match.

Messi's tally in Europe now stands at staggering 30 goals in his last 25 appearances, with Barcelona now through to the quarter-final stages of competition.

Elsewhere, Tottenham came from behind to secure progress to to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with Jermain Defoe impressing at the Lane.

Harry Redknapp hailed Defoe after the match, who scored either side of an Emmanuel Adebayor penalty to set up a next round tie against Bolton.


Today's transfer news sees reports Lukas Podolski is set to join Arsenal in the summer, with a fee thought to be around £10m. (The Guardian)

Cristian Tello - who scored the other two goals as Barcelona hammered Leverkusen 7-1 last night - is a target for Liverpool. (Inside Futbol)

And finally, Roberto Mancini says he would love to sign Robin van Persie - but thinks the Dutch hitman will stay at Arsenal. (BBC Sport)

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