Lunchtime Report: June 11

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Roberto Di Matteo is set to be appointed as permanent Chelsea manager this week, with an official announcement expected on Wednesday.

The Italian is reported to have earned an initial one year contract, having led Chelsea to FA Cup and Champions League triumphs last season.

Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted Ireland can still reach the knockout stages of Euro 2012 despite last night's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Croatia.

Elsewhere, former Spartak Moscow and Mallorca manager Michael Laudrup has emerged as the favourite to succeed Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City.


In today's transfer news, Karim Benzema has revealed Manchester United have been trying to sign him "for the past three of four seasons".

The Real Madrid striker though insisted he is happy at the Santiago Bernabeau, saying "the thought about leaving has never crossed my mind. (Metro)

Manchester City are ready to step up their pursuit of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani with Edin Dzeko set to leave the Etihad Stadium. (talkSPORT)

And finally, Liverpool could revive their interest in Daniel Sturridge, with new manager Brendan Rodgers prepared to bid £15m. (Daily Star)

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