Gossip column: Chelsea, Mourinho, Varane, Van Gaal, Alves

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has put Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane, 21, at the top of his summer transfer targets. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Raphael Varane
Chelsea will make a £30m bid for Varane, according to the Mirror

Mourinho will be given £75m to reshape his squad in the wake of Chelsea's last-16 Champions League exit. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool are hoping to start contract talks with Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 31, who is expected to leave Barcelona when his deal runs out in the summer.(Sport - in Spanish)external-link

Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev want to keep 24-year-old defender Aleksandar Dragovic, who is being linked with Arsenal.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Southampton fear they may miss out on a permanent deal for on-loan Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, with the Belgium international expected to be in demand elsewhere this summer.(Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal could let defender Carl Jenkinson, 23, join West Ham on a permanent basis this summer after offering right-back Hector Bellerin, 19, a new four-year contract.(Mirror)external-link

Middlesbrough have given up their chase of Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 25.(Northern Echo)external-link

Nottingham Forest have also failed in their attempt to sign Rhodes - and manager Dougie Freedman is now targeting another striker.(Nottingham Post)external-link


Chelsea are set to discuss a new contract with manager Jose Mourinho, despite their Champions League exit to Paris St-Germain.(Daily Star)external-link

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Carlo Ancelotti will remain as coach and has voiced his support for winger Gareth Bale, 25.(Daily Mail)external-link

But Ancelotti could replace Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal at the end of the season.(Marca)external-link

Daily Star
Jose Mourinho will be offered a new Chelsea contract, says the Daily Star

Van Gaal will prove his critics wrong and become a success at Manchester United, insists fellow Dutchman and former Barcelona assistant coach Henk ten Cate.(Talksport)external-link

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany, 28, did not "have a fight" with team-mate Fernandinho at half-time in their Premier League defeat at Liverpool, says the 29-year-old Brazilian midfielder. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Southampton have offered midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, and defender Nathaniel Clyne, 23, new contracts that would double their pay. (Daily Express)external-link

Leicester have opened contract talks with midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, and former England defender Matt Upson, 35. (Daily Star)external-link

Former Hearts winger Andrew Driver, 27, hopes to secure a longer stay at Aberdeen after signing an initial contract until the end of the season at Pittodrie.(Scotsman)external-link


After Chelsea's players were described as "babies" by PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, several memes depicting John Terry and his team-mates as young children have been shared across social media.

One of the images created after Ibrahimovic's description of Chelsea players

PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands forward Memphis Depay favourited a tweet linking him with a move to Manchester United.


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 28, say he looks up to former England captain David Beckham - thanks to his stylish image. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Paris St-Germain fans refused to let 'John Terry' on the French capital's Metro in a light-hearted response to a racist incident involving Chelsea supporters. (Metro)external-link

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