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Real Madrid have made Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 27, their chief transfer target ahead of Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, 25.

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Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku has scored 14 goals in 30 Premier League appearances for Everton

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants clarification on the future of Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez, 25, before deciding whether to launch a £20m bid for Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender, 25.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is prepared to wait until after the World Cup to try to sign on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, on a permanent basis.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 31, wants to stay in England when his contract runs out this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City leading the chase to sign the Frenchman.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Raphael Varane
Defender Raphael Varane has made 21 appearances for Real Madrid this season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 21, to Stamford Bridge next season as back-up to John Terry, 33.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

West Ham are to make an £8m move to bring back striker Demba Ba, 28, from Chelsea.

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Tottenham are planning a double swoop for Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall, 29, and Bluebirds defender Steven Caulker, 22.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Serie A side Cagliari's sporting director Nicola Salerno says that 23-year-old Colombia striker Victor Ibarbo's move to Championship side Leeds United is far from a done deal, with other clubs likely to bid if he has a good World Cup.

Full story: Inside Futbolexternal-link

Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole's Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season

Liverpool have emerged as surprise suitors for Chelsea's Ashley Cole, 33, next season.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Serie A side AC Milan want to sign on-loan midfielder Adel Taarabt, 24, but are not prepared to meet QPR's £4m asking price.

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Burnley have opened talks over a new contract for highly rated right-back Kieran Trippier, 23, who is attracting interest from Arsenal, Newcastle and Southampton.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link


Manchester United forward Adnan Januzaj, 19, was offered an "astonishing" deal by Paris St-Germain before deciding to stay at Old Trafford, according to his agent.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

United defender Rio Ferdinand, 35, says he and his team-mates have been like "guys sitting in the pub" when speculating about who might by their next permanent manager.

Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand will be a BBC pundit at this summer's World Cup in Brazil

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has agreed a new four-year contract and could sign it before the end of the week.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Manchester City could be expelled from the Champions League if they fight Uefa sanctions imposed for breaching financial fair play rules.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

The Premier League and Football League will block FA chairman Greg Dyke's plan to introduce a division for their clubs to field B teams.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet wants greater influence at the club as he prepares for talks over a new contract.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Poyet - who won two European trophies as a player - says that keeping Sunderland in the Premier League would rank as his greatest football achievement.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Ravel Morrison
Ravel Morrison joined West Ham in January 2012 but has been on loan at QPR

Midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, has vowed to return to parent club West Ham from QPR next season after scooping the Hammers' goal-of-the-season prize in Tuesday night's end-of-year awards.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he was on the verge of signing Eden Hazard, 23, before London rivals Chelsea's financial power won the battle for his signature from French side Lille in August 2012.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the backing of former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville to bounce back next season following relegation from the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson, 29, is hoping to stay at the club beyond the summer, when his contract expires.

Full story: Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Thibaut Courtois
Belgium international Thibaut Courtois is completing a third season on loan at Atletico Madrid

Napoli want to make 31-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina's loan move permanent.

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

Atletico Madrid's on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, is so excited about the prospect of playing at Barcelona that he is willing to ask Chelsea for a transfer.

Full story: Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish)external-link

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has rejected a £14m offer to take charge at Manchester United.

Full story: AS (in Spanish)external-link

AC Milan are considering a permanent move for on-loan Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 24, and Paris St-Germain defender Alex Costa, 31.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)external-link


Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 24, got a big surprise on his doormat when his team qualified for the Champions League - a congratulations card from his Tottenham-supporting neighbours.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

The parents of Manchester United debutant James Wilson, 18, used their mobile phones to film a replay of the striker's two goals against Hull City on Tuesday through a television screen from the stands.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Whoever finishes bottom of the Premier League on Sunday will still earn more TV money than last season's champions Manchester United.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

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