Afternoon Report: March 7

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Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, a reported target for Manchester United, is trying to ignore speculation about his future at the Britannia Stadium.

The Bosnian has been identified as an apparent replacement for David De Gea, should United decide to sell the young Spaniard in the summer transfer window.

Gareth Bale is reportedly willing to stay with Tottenham beyond this season, should the north London club book a place in the Champions League.

The Welshman is wanted by Real Madrid after some stunning displays this term, but Bale is prepared to reject a summer transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Arsene Wenger is concerned by the potential psychological damage a heavy Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich could have on his players.

Bayern are 3-1 up from the first leg of their last 16 tie against the Gunners, with the second encounter taking place at the Allianz Arena next week.

Yossi Benayoun will be released by Chelsea at the end of the season, his agent has confirmed, with Russia a potential destination for the Israeli midfielder.

Benayoun spent a period on loan with former club West Ham this term, and could reportedly join either Rubin Kazan or Lokomotiv Moscow.

Pedro Obiang has rejected the chance of a move to Manchester City by signing a contract extension with Sampdoria.

The 20-year-old midfielder was linked with a summer move to the Etihad Stadium, but has committed himself to the Italian club until 2017.

Lionel Messi says Barcelona have been affected by the absence of manager Tito Vilanova this season.

Vilanova has been away from the dugout for three months as he continues his fight to overcome cancer.

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