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Berbatov's future lies in Florence

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Stewart Downing he may have to convert to left-back to have any future at the club. (The Guardian)

The 28-year-old midfielder had a disappointing debut season at Anfield, and has been on the fringes of the first-team squad so far this year.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has expressed his frustration at new players facing immediate comparisons with departed star Robin van Persie. (London Metro)

The Spaniard insists players like Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will come good at the Emirates Stadium, providing they're given time to settle in north London.

Meanwhile, Dimitar Berbatov's agent is due in Florence to secure the Bulgarian striker's switch from Manchester United to Fiorentina. (The Sun)

Sir Alex Ferguson has said he will not stand in the player's way, after admitting Berbatov is now fifth choice striker at Old Trafford.

Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could be sold by Shanghai Shenhua because of an escalating row among the Chinese club's shareholders. (The Guardian)

And finally, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho and Russia forward Alan Dzagoev, but could lose Jermain Defoe and Rafael van der Vaart in the process. (Daily Mirror)

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