Evening Report: 3 January

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AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has ruled out a January move for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. The Italy forward has been linked with a transfer away from the Etihad Stadium, but Berlusconi insists he is not on his list of targets. [Sky Sports]

Demba Ba is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Newcastle after agreeing a three-and-a-half year contract. The Senegal striker could be handed a first start for the Blues in their weekend FA Cup clash against Southampton. [Daily Mail]

Arsene Wenger has revealed two players could leave Arsenal this month. The Gunners boss has admitted Sebastian Squillaci and Johan Djourou may be sold in the next three days if buyers can be found. [The Independent]

Lionel Messi has welcomed the return to training of Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova. The Spaniard was back on the training ground yesterday after recovering from surgery, and could return to the dugout in two weeks time. [Daily Mail]

Team spirit has been one of the major factors behind Robin Van Persie's hugely impressive debut season, according to Rio Ferdinand. The Dutchman has excelled since joining the Reds from Arsenal in the summer, hitting 19 goals already this season. []

Gylfi Sigurdsson insists Tottenham are ready to avoid an FA Cup shock against Coventry on Saturday. Spurs face the League One club at White Hart Lane this weekend, and will be keen to progress to the fourth round of the competition. []

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