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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has signed Lille winger Eden Hazard, 21, by agreeing a £32m, five-year deal worth £4.8m a season to the Belgian playmaker.

Manchester City's interest in Hazard apparently cooled because of his £170,000-a-week wage demands.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Chelsea will pay Hazard £100,000 a week after tax as the Blues also prepare a bid for Porto striker Hulk.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

Hazard could end up costing Chelsea as much as £78m after signing fee, agent payments and wages.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard set for Chelsea

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Meanwhile, Abramovich has persuaded Fernando Torres, 28, to stick with the Champions League winners despite threats to leave.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

AC Milan are trying to force down the price of Liverpool's 27-year-old midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Barcelona have made an enquiry for 28-year-old Branislav Ivanovic as competition hots up for Chelsea's defender.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Didier Drogba, 34, could be set for a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid as the striker stalls on China move.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Manchester United are set to make a £3m bid for Crewe's 18-year-old play-off hero Nick Powell.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, 26, will turn down a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, 28, has been told to stick with the Gunners by his own mother despite interest from Barcelona and Juventus.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to mount a bid for Man City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 27, as he looks to add more steel to his Arsenal squad.

Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie has been told to stay at Arsenal

Full story: Caught offsideexternal-link

Long-term Arsenal target Mathieu Valbuena, 27, will not leave Marseille this summer, he has confirmed.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Newcastle United want to continue their French revolution with a deal for Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy, 26, after watching him star against Iceland over the weekend.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Reading, Southampton and West Ham are on alert as Yakubu, 29, vows to leave Blackburn.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Salomon Kalou, 26, is set to leave English football and sign for Germany's Schalke now his Chelsea contract has expired.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Louis Saha, 33, has apparently been released by Tottenham Hotspur after just five months at White Hart Lane.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Louis van Gaal believes that Liverpool will make an official announcement of his appointment at the club by the end of the week, despite the Reds' ongoing talks with Wigan's Roberto Martinez.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Liverpool's owners are due in England on Tuesday to advance their search for a new manager and, according to Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, will have only 48 hours to decide whether Roberto Martínez is the man to succeed the sacked Kenny Dalglish.

Andre Villas-Boas
Tottenham target Andre Villas-Boas

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

Tottenham Hotspur have identified former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas as a potential replacement for manager Harry Redknapp.

Full story: Caught offsideexternal-link

Laurent Blanc admits his France side are not physically ready to face England on 11 June after they had to come back from 2-0 down to beat Iceland.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

France midfielder Samir Nasri, 24, has warned his team-mates they must sort out their midfield before they face England.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

John Fashanu insists Uefa is not serious enough about racism and insists he would find it "impossible" to watch England play in Ukraine this summer.

Full story: talkSportexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Chelsea-bound Eden Hazard, 21, was once caught on camera eating a burger outside the stadium where a Belgium match in which he had been substituted was still going on.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

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