Lunchtime report: January 21

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Mario Balotelli's Manchester City future could be decided this week, with talks expected between the champions and AC Milan on Monday. (The Guardian)

The clubs are yet to agree a fee for the 22-year-old striker, and Balotelli could leave on loan if City refuse to drop their £31million valuation.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas feels his team more than deserved their last-gasp point against Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

Clint Dempsey swept the ball past David de Gea with seconds remaining to cancel out Robin van Persie's first-half opener at White Hart Lane yesterday.

And, the Portuguese boss believes a share of the points was the least Spurs warranted after dominating much of the game.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson blasted officials after seeing United pegged back on Sunday.

The Red Devils boss was not only convinced that Wayne Rooney was denied a second-half penalty, but also blamed the assistant referee for not giving anything his side's way.

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata said Sunday's 2-1 win over Arsenal was significant, as his Blues side continue to chase the Premier League's top two. (Sky Sports)

Following a string of home disappointments, the Spaniard said he was pleased to have contributed to the team's first win at Stamford Bridge in 2013.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger criticised referee Martin Atkinson as his Arsenal side crumbled to another big-game defeat against Chelsea. (Sky Sports)

The Gunners currently lie sixth in the Premier League table, and the Stamford Bridge reverse casts further doubt on their top-four credentials this year.

And finally, Barcelona's unbeaten Primera Division record is over, after they fell to their first defeat of the season following a 3-2 loss away at Real Sociedad. (Sky Sports)

Goals from Lionel Messi and Pedro put Tito Vilanova's side two goals up, but Sociedad hit back in stunning fashion, closing Barca's lead at the top of the table to 11 points.

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