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AC Milan "optimistic" of signing Fernando Torres

Torres signed for Chelsea in 2011.
Torres signed for Chelsea in 2011. Credit: PA

AC Milan have made an enquiry to Chelsea about signing Fernando Torres. The striker, who cost the Blues £50 million when he joined from Liverpool three years ago, is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and has yet to play for the first team this season.

Milan's administrator Adriano Galliani has said on the club's website they want to sign a forward and have contacted Chelsea:

We have written to Chelsea and are awaiting a response. We are optimistic.

– Adriano Galliani, AC Milan club administrator

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Wenger: Arsenal's experience will be crucial

Aaron Ramsey was sent off during the first leg in Istanbul.
Aaron Ramsey was sent off during the first leg in Istanbul. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger is hoping that his team's big match experience will see them through to the group stage of the Champions League. The Gunners must beat Besiktas tonight at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying tie - the first leg last week finished 0-0.

However, they will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey who is suspended after being sent off in Istanbul. Striker Olivier Giroud is also out after picking up an injury. But Wenger believes his team is strong enough to cope:

Experience plays a big part. We have big experience in the Champions League of playing high pressure games and we can use that. This group is strong and mentally prepared and ready for the fight. What's most important is that we go out and play at our best.

– Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Manager

Guide dogs at risk from dangerous cyclists

There are more than 300 guide dogs working in London.
There are more than 300 guide dogs working in London. Credit: PA

The charity Guide Dogs has warned that cyclists need to take extra care when they are riding near visually impaired people who are using guide dogs. In a survey, it found that a quarter of the dogs in London had been hit by a bike. And 70% of the dog owners had experienced a near miss with a cyclist riding on the pavement or through a red light.

The charity is asking cyclists to ring their bell or call out if they see a person with a guide dog waiting to cross a road. It also warns against riding up behind a guide dog in case the animal is startled.

Wenger: "We can survive" without Champions League money

Arsene Wenger is hoping to lead the Gunners to the group stage for the 17th consecutive season.
Arsene Wenger is hoping to lead the Gunners to the group stage for the 17th consecutive season. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger has said that his club will adapt financially if they fail to qualify for the lucrative group stage of the Champions League. Arsenal play Besiktas tonight at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their qualifying tie. The first leg in Istanbul finished 0-0 so the Gunners are at risk of going out, especially if they concede an away goal.

A place in the group stage is worth millions of pounds but Wenger said his club could cope if they fail to qualify:

"It will affect us because we'll have less income, but it will not affect our balance sheet in a dramatic way because we can survive without that. We want to be in the Champions League because we want to play top level football. Financially we've always adapted. When we had small resources, we always adapted to having small resources."

– Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Manager

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Man stabbed to death in Croydon

The Met is appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was stabbed to death during a fight in Croydon. Police say they saw a group of men attacking the victim in Cromwell Road yesterday afternoon.

Police have named him as 24 year-old Adrian Young. So far, there have been no arrests.

"We believe that the stabbing took place following an altercation that had been going on in the area... although we retain an open mind regarding the cause of this dispute. I would urge anyone who can help us to piece together events to come forward and contact police as soon as possible."

– Detective Inspector John McQuade, Metropolitan Police

Man in hospital after shooting in Pimlico

A 23 year-old man was taken to hospital in a serious condition after being found with a gunshot wound in Pimlico. The man had been shot in the leg and also had stab wounds.

He was found at an address in Cumberland Street just after midnight. The incident is being investigated by detectives from the Trident Gang Crime Command. They are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

£250,000 funding boost for sport in Hounslow

Motivate Hounslow is set to help more local people get into sport thanks to £250,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund.

Brentford FC Community Sport Trust, Mo Farah Foundation, and Sport Impact are among 88 projects receiving a share of £15 million funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.

Motivate Hounslow has the aim of driving up sport and physical activity participation within the most deprived communities of Hounslow. It has a focus on the 14 to 25 age group, particularly those that are currently inactive.

"It's great to be working with innovative projects, like Motivate Hounslow to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them. The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference at a very local level. I'm particularly pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit."

– Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport
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