Football News – Chelsea look to snap up Brazilian, Fletcher takes up coaching role at United & much more

Andre Villas-Boas, Mark Hughes, Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson have all spoken out ahead of the weekend’s cup matches. The respective managers have called for calm on the pitch in the hope it will be reciprocated in the stands. The Chelsea manager in particular is hoping that both Terry and Ferdinand can just shake hands and move and put this incident behind them.

Elsewhere in the news Arsenal have been rocked by an injury blow as Jack Wilshere has suffered an injury setback; Carlos Tevez is prepared to end his strike at Manchester City, while Darren Fletcher takes on coaching responsibilities at Manchester United.

Police are investigating a package sent to Anton Ferdinand ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie between QPR and Chelsea. The Rangers defender received a chilling message, as well as a bullet, in the parcel he opened at the training ground yesterday morning – Guardian

England’s Euro 2012 hopes received a blow yesterday with news that Jack Wilshere has suffered a setback with his ankle injury that threatens to rule him out for the season – Guardian

Carlos Tevez is apparently prepared to end his strike after failing to secure a move away from the Etihad Stadium. The Argentine is reportedly willing to stay in Manchester, until the summer at least – Guardian

The FA are growing frustrated with the use of twitter within the modern game as players and football club figures take it to the very limit – Daily Telegraph

Harry Redknapp has claimed that he would never fiddle the state and revealed he has paid a fortune in income tax in his years in football – Daily Telegraph

Andre Villas-Boas reveals that he doesn’t know much about the club’s pursuit of Kevin De Bruyne and suggests that the deal has been agreed with other parties at the football club – Independent

Darren Fletcher has taken on Paul Scholes’ coaching duties as he continues his recovery from a bowel condition – Daily Mail

Contrary to previous reports this week, Chelsea are looking to secure a deal for Sau Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura – Sun

Clint Dempsey has put Arsenal on alert by revealing his Champions League ambitions. The American was reportedly trailed by the Gunners in the summer and is keen for the opportunity to play in Europe’s Premier competition – Metro

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