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Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has agreed to go back to Chelsea this summer and has put Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk, 26, at the top of his transfer shopping list.

Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, who has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United, has stated that a reported £17m price tag is a matter for clubs interested in him. The Denmark international, 21, has a year left on his contract in Amsterdam.

Christian Eriksen
Eriksen, 21, has already won 33 Denmark caps

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Arsenal and Liverpool could move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 31, in the summer.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Swansea hope that the prospect of Europa League football might tempt Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku to join them on loan next season. The Belgium international, 19, has scored 13 Premier League goals during his loan spell at West Brom this season.

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Newcastle and Aston Villa are both interested in meeting Loic Remy's release clause if QPR are relegated to the Championship. The French striker, 26, who has also been linked with Tottenham, has scored five goals in seven starts since arriving at Loftus Road from Marseille in January.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou
Chedjou could reject Premier League interest

Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou is set to reject interest from Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool to join Valencia. The Cameroon centre-back, 27, has indicated he wants to leave the reigning French champions.

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Stoke, Aston Villa, QPR and Hull are all interested in Phil Neville, 36, who has announced he will leave Everton this summer.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Arsenal have been quoted £15m for Asmir Begovic, 25, after opening preliminary talks over their interest in the Stoke goalkeeper.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link


Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner, 26, has dismissed suggestions from new manager Paolo Di Canio that the Black Cats lack fitness.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Aston Villa have told striker Christian Benteke he will have to wait until they have guaranteed their Premier League status before they will open contract talks with the Belgian, 22, who has scored 19 goals since joining from Genk in August.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez says he wants a return to Liverpool, where he spent six years, in the future.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Former Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is set to snub interest from Leeds and wait for a bigger job offer.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin
Arshavin has not played since 20 January

Russian forward Andrey Arshavin, 31, could retire from football when his Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Arshavin can be revealed as the Premier League's richest sub. He has pocketed £7,800 per minute played this season.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

West Brom boss Steve Clarke says the club must splash the cash if they are to continue climbing up the table.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff says the biggest lesson the club have learned this season in the Premier League is the way in which games are decided by the smallest of margins.

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Former Newcastle forward David Ginola wants his old club to give their fans something to cheer about by winning the Europa League this season.

Full story: London's Evening Standardexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

The German Football League is considering moving off-season from the summer to the winter in order to make best use of the weather.

Full story: Die Welt (German)external-link


Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 21, made light of being likened to a Harry Potter character by West Ham fans in Sunday's goalless draw at Anfield.

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