Afternoon report: 28 December

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AC Milan have stepped up their pursuit of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and are finalising a bid for the 22-year-old. The Italian giants are set to offload Robinho and Alexandre Pato to fund a move for the City forward. [Daily Mail]

Arsene Wenger has revealed long-term injury concern Abou Diaby is close to a first-team return. The France international limped off against Liverpool earlier in the season, but is set to resume training next week, along with Andre Santos. [Daily Mail]

Manchester United will not rush Nemanja Vidic back after the Serbian international complained of knee pain following his return to the first-team. Vidic has been plagued by a series of knee injuries, and was rested for the victory over Newcastle after his comeback against Swansea. []

Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu says he would welcome David Villa with open arms if the prolific striker ends up moving to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window. The Barcelona hitman is out of favour at the Nou Camp, and has been linked with a move to the Premier League. []

Gareth Bale is good enough to play for Brazil, according to the 23-year-old's Spurs teammate Sandro. Bale scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa last weekend, and Sandro believes the Wales international has got the ability to play for the five-time World Champions. [Daily Mirror]

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