Roberto Mancini's future at the Etihad Stadium is in doubt after a poor run of form has seen Manchester City leaders fall 5 points behind title rivals United.

Mancini has spent over £230m on players yet could end the season without any silverware, leading to speculation Jose Mourinho could take charge at City.

Alex McLeish says Aston Villa midfielder Stilian Petrov is in good spirits as he begins treatment after being diagnosed with acute leukemia.

McLeish - along with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner - was visiting the Bulgaria captain in London, where he is undergoing treatment.

Elsewhere, in Europe tonight, Barcelona face AC Milan at the Camp Nou, while Bayern Munich take a two goal lead into their 2nd leg against Marseille.

TRANSFER NEWS

Real Madrid will offer Manchester City £8.5 plus Gonzalo Higuain in order to clinch the signing of star striker Sergio Aguero. (Daily Mail)

Aly Cissokho has spoken of his desire to join Manchester United amid reports Sir Alex Ferguson wants to sign the left back this summer. (talkSPORT)

And finally, Chelsea target Cheick Tiote has hinted he could stay at Newcastle if the club succeed in qualifying for Europe. (The Telegraph)

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