GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £30m?

Today’s ramblings reckon you should be glad they’re even hereRaheem Sterling, who is surely only days away from being unmasked as the ruthless mastermind behind a shadowy empire of tearaway footballers, could be on his way to Manchester City. The champions – come on, we may as well call them that while we still can – are planning to test Liverpool’s resolve with a £30m bid for the 20-year-old as soon as the transfer window opens. This is gearing up to be one of the all-time great sagas, given added spice by the rumblings about Liverpool’s interest in Theo Walcott. But is Walcott about to begin contract talks with Arsenal? Possibly. And are Arsenal after James Milner? Possibly.In less troubling news for Liverpool, Sampdoria want Mario Balotelli, while Brendan Rodgers has also identified a new goalkeeper: Sporting Lisbon’s Rui Patrício. Farewell, Simon Mignolet. Continue reading…

ESPN – When Sporting meet Benfica, historical rivalry leads to new tensions

The Portuguese capital Lisbon came to a halt on Monday as legendary footballer Eusebio was laid to rest. The Estadio Jose Alvalade, home to Sporting, was the scene for the latest meeting of two of Portugal's biggest clubs. In the latest edition of ESPN FC's derbies series, which features eyewitness insights into some of the biggest rivalries in world football, Lee Roden went to Lisbon for the clash between Portuguese giants Sporting and Benfica. ESPN FC'S DERBIES SERIES – River Plate vs. Boca Juniors, by Sam Kelly – Man City vs. Man United, by Iain Macintosh – Celtic vs. Rangers, by Chris Jones – Benfica vs. Sporting CP, by Lee Roden – Apr. 2: Everton vs. Liverpool, by Jeff Carlisle – Apr. 16: Olympiakos vs. Panathinaikos, by Michael Yokhin – Apr. 30: Schalke vs. Borussia Dortmund, by Uli Hesse LISBON, Portugal — At 5 p.m the Benfica supporters start to march from their own stadium into the enemy's heartland. It's Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. They have been gathering outside the Estadio da Luz for around two hours. Once the number of red shirts reaches 2,500, the…