Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is set for talks with Arsene Wenger about returning to the club - as either a player or a coach. The French striker has 18 months remaining on his New York Red Bulls contract and would consider returning for a third spell in north London.

Brendan Rodgers is ready to make Swansea midfielder Joe Allen his first summer signing at Liverpool. The Reds boss is reportedly prepared to pay £15million to land the 23-year-old.

Tottenham Hotspur began their tour of America with a 1-1 draw against LA Galaxy. Gareth Bale scored their only goal in his first game since returning from a back injury.

Barcelona began their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 victory over German side Hamburg. But Lionel Messi was forced to miss Tito Vilanova's first game in charge with a calf injury.

Rio Ferdinand has defended his use of Twitter, as the FA look set to begin an investigation into his tweets regarding Chelsea defender Ashley Cole.

And finally, Didier Drogba looks set to miss Shanghai Shenhua's pre-season tie against Manchester United with a back injury.

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