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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid and AC Milan are both hopeful of beating Chelsea to the signing Tottenham's 25-year-old midfielder Paulinho in the summer.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is looking to sign on-loan West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, on a permanent basis.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal have identified Lars Bender as their major summer target and see the 24-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder as the ideal man to strengthen their team.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Roma could try this summer to sign 20-year-old Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who is on loan at Everton. Lukaku has scored 13 goals in 29 Premier League appearances for the Toffees this season.

Full story: Talksport external-link

Leicester's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel
Kasper Schmeichel has played in all 45 league games for Leicester this season

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 27, who is out of contract in the summer, can choose between Arsenal, AC Milan and Southampton after all three clubs contacted him.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

West Ham look set to lose midfielder Mohamed Diame in the summer, with Everton boss Roberto Martinez wanting to recruit the 26-year-old Senegal international, who has a £3.5m buyout clause.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Arsenal's Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell, 21, who is on loan at Olympiakos, could be reunited with Pepe Mel at West Brom after playing for him when he was on loan at Real Betis.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Louis van Gaal is poised to give Manchester United a list of transfer targets ahead of him becoming their next boss, including Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, 25, and midfielder Marco Reus, 24, along with Southampton's 18-year-old defender Luke Shaw.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is keen to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31, and Tottenham's 23-year-old midfielder Lewis Holtby.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Barcelona will pay the £29.5m release clause fee needed to sign 19-year-old Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, who is also a target of Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

Full story: Talksportexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, trained with the reserves on Thursday after he was understood to have breached club rules by holding his own news conference.

Full story: Evening Chronicleexternal-link

Birmingham City could enter administration if they are relegated to League One. They are one point from safety with one game to play in the Championship.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

West Bromwich Albion are set to replace their traditional blue and white stripes next season in favour of a new 'pinstripe' shirt.

Full story: Express & Starexternal-link

England manager Roy Hodgson has assured midfielder Jack Wilshere, 22, that he will be named in his World Cup squad even if he does not play again for the Gunners this season.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Louis van Gaal's appointment as Manchester United manager is imminent after the Netherlands manager delayed naming his World Cup squad.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

United striker Wayne Rooney has asked senior club officials at Old Trafford not to appoint Van Gaal as manager. Rooney, 28, is not a fan of the Dutchman's hard-line methods.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

CHELSEA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REACTION

Midfielder Eden Hazard, 23, criticised Jose Mourinho's tactical methods after Chelsea exited the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Chelsea defender John Terry
John Terry won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012

Chelsea defender John Terry, 33, was in tears as his Champions League dream ended in heartbreak.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted an "impossible" save by Thibaut Courtois, the Chelsea goalkeeper on loan at Atletico Madrid, had been critical as his team were well beaten.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

Quite simply, Chelsea were beaten at their own game. Obdurate and spirited in defence, powerful and disciplined in midfield and fearsome and clinical on the counter-attack, Atletico Madrid showed all the traits of a Mourinho side.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)external-link

Unlike Sunday's delicate unpicking of Liverpool's title ambitions, Chelsea had the majority of the possession, but it was Atletico who had the lion's share of the guile and the goals.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Barcelona's 30-year-old Brazilian defender Dani Alves has reportedly confirmed he will play for French club Paris St-Germain next season.

Full story: L'Equipe (French)external-link

Parma's coach Filippo Inzaghi has re-emerged as a strong candidate to replace Clarence Seedorf at AC Milan amid reports that the Rossoneri have sacked the former Netherlands midfielder.

Full story: Tuttosport (Italian)external-link

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 24, remains non-committal about his future destination despite strong interest from Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain.

Full story: Bild (German)external-link

AND FINALLY

Argentina legend Diego Maradona posed for a 'selfie' with his daughter at Chelsea's Champions League game with Atletico Madrid.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

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