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

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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

OTHER GOSSIP

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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.

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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.

AND FINALLY....

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

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)

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