Chelsea ready to place £35m bid for United transfer target

Chelsea will be launching a massive £35 million bid for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane within weeks, according to The Metro.

Varane, who has also been on Manchester United‘s radar this season, has attracted interest from Chelsea after another impressive season and Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to sign his former employee.

The 22-year-old centre-back could be a long-term replacement for club captain John Terry and if Chelsea can secure his services while Terry is still playing he will be taken under the wing of the fan-favourite.

Madrid will not be looking to let Varane go easily but his run in the side could be at an end ahead of next season as Sergio Ramos and Pepe are fully fit. It is reported that they will be looking for £35.8 million for them to allow Varane to depart.

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Ramos has been playing in a holding midfield role for Carlo Ancelotti’s side but he is clearly far better suited to his preferred centre-back role, meaning Varane is unable to nail down a regular starting spot.

Chelsea could have a potential long-term French centre-half partnership if Varane joins. He would link up will compatriot Kurt Zouma, who has impressed since signing for the Blues.

Do Chelsea need Raphael Varane and will he leave Real Madrid this summer?

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Arsenal, Liverpool and United dealt HUGE blow in pursuit of World Cup winner

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of World Cup winner, Sami Khedira, as the Express are reporting he has opened contract talks with Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

Khedira has long been reported to be on the way out of Real Madrid when his contract expires this summer and has been a target for some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

But according to the Express, he has opened talks with Bundesliga outfit, Schalke ahead of a possible move back to his homeland.

Khedira’s midfield anchoring abilities are on par with some of the best in Europe and he would be a great asset for any club chasing his services.

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The World Cup winner has made 161 appearances for Madrid, but after an injury-hit season it is looking likely that he will be plying his trade somewhere else next campaign, as a new offer is not set to be put on the table.

The 28-year-old German star is hitting the peak of his career and his next club could be decided sooner rather than later.

Will Sami Khedira snub Premier League offers this summer to join Schalke? Where should he go?

Manchester United looking to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to French goal-machine

Manchester United have emerged as candidates for the signing of Ligue 1’s top scorer Alexandre Lacazette, according to LeSport10.

Lacazette has been tipped for a summer move after impressing some of Europe’s top clubs with his performances this season.

The Olympique Lyonnais striker has netted 27 goals in 32 appearances, and according to LeSport10, Manchester United are a possible destination, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool also linked.

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At 23, Lacazette would be a long-term investment but United will come up against tough competition to secure his services, with Paris Saint Germain another club reportedly interested and Lyon are hoping not to lose their star man.

United have been linked with numerous attacking options for the upcoming summer transfer market, and having already secured the highly rated Memphis Depay, this could be an early indication of a possible deadly duo.

Transfermarkt.co.uk value Lacazette at around £17.6 million but it is reported that his services could cost any potential buyer in the region of £40 million.

Would Alexandre Lacazette be a good signing for Manchester United?

Manchester United given HUGE boost in chase for £44m-rated star

Manchester United have been given a huge boost in their hunt for a goal-machine this summer as Real Madrid could be willing to let Karim Benzema leave, according to the Daily Star.

Benzema has been at Real Madrid since 2009 and has netted a staggering 134 goals in 279 games, which is all the more impressive as he has played each season with prolific goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 27-year-old Frenchman could be the perfect option for Louis Van Gaal given his vast experience of playing and scoring consistently at the top level.

The France international is valued at £44 million by Transfermarkt.co.uk and it is believed that Madrid would be willing to part with their star to reinvest in a younger goalscorer, with Arsenal also reportedly interested.

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Benzema is reaching the peak of his career and so a move could be a good option for both parties. His style of play could be well suited to the Premier League as a striker who boasts a complete range of abilities.

As United look set to return to Champions League action next season his experience in the competition would be a great addition to the squad. Benzema has proved he can work well with big egos and the highest quality of players.

A move could also rejuvenate struggling United star Angel Di Maria’s career. The two were part of Madrid’s ‘La Decima’ (tenth European Cup triumph) and linking up once again could help Benzema make his decision.

Would Karim Benzema be the perfect forward for United to sign this summer?

City deal HUGE blow to United and Chelsea’s pursuit of €100m-rated star

Manchester City have held initial talks with Juventus over a possible move for €100 million-rated midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Sky Sports Italia.

It is understood that City’s representatives travelled to Turin to talk with Pogba over a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Last season’s Premier League champions face a tough task to secure Pogba’s services as he is being chased by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain.

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Italian champions Juventus are hopeful of keeping their star man, who is contracted until 2019, and have set an asking price of €100 million in an attempt to fend off interest.

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City are understood to be the first club to make advances on the player by visiting Turin but PSG are reportedly ready to stump up the asking price to beat of competition for the French international.

Pogba could yet find himself playing in this season’s Champions League final as his Juventus side take a narrow 2-1 lead into their semi-final second leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Yaya Toure is expected to leave City this summer and Pogba is viewed as the perfect replacement should he do so.

Will Paul Pogba leave Juventus this summer? Would Manchester City be his best option?

Chelsea set to HIJACK United’s move for young Brazilian star

Chelsea are looking to add another young Brazilian to their ranks with a move for Fluminense’s Robert Kenedy who has also caught the eye of Manchester United, according to The Guardian.

The 19-year-old attacker has been working his way to the top of Brazilian football after bursting onto the scene two years ago when he was the top scorer in Brazil’s squad at the South America’s Under-17 Championships.

Kenedy has expressed his desire to play alongside his Brazilian compatriots Oscar and Ramires at Chelsea and it is looking likely that he will be the club’s second Brazilian signing in a short space of time, having already secured Nathan de Souza.

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Any possible transfer is estimated to cost a similar £4.5 million fee that Chelsea paid for Nathan.

One issue is that Nathan and Kenedy would not qualify for work permits at present, meaning they would be loaned out. Chelsea have a strong affiliation with loaning young players out in the last few years to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, which could be a possible destination for the two Brazilian youngsters.

Chelsea signed Oscar at a similar age back in 2012 and initially it seemed they would be loaning him out, but he was thrown in at the deep end and has gone on to make 152 appearances for the club already.

Kenedy can play either as winger or behind the striker and has scored two goals with five assists in 31 appearances for Fluminense.

Would Kenedy be a good signing for Chelsea? Do they need another young attacker at the club?

Manchester United star agrees to join Real Madrid – report

Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, has verbally agreed to join Real Madrid and only an agreement between the clubs is lacking, according to the Mirror.

De Gea, arguably United’s best player this season, has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and is known to be on Real Madrid’s radar.

The United goalkeeper has reportedly agreed to join the Spanish giants but an agreement between the clubs has yet to be confirmed.

Spanish journalist, Josep Pedrerol, has told television channel La Sexta that De Gea “has said yes to United” and just a formal agreement between the clubs is now needed – something that will be tougher than it sounds.

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De Gea has long been reported as a replacement for Madrid legend, Iker Casillas, and is expected to be his replacement in the Spanish national side too.

The 24-year-old shot-stopper will be in action on Saturday afternoon against league leaders Chelsea and he is expected to be busy once again as the Red Devils look to extend their winning streak to seven.

Louis Van Gaal will not want to lose his star player this summer but if the Spaniard wants to move on to Madrid, he will be hard pushed to find an equal replacement.

Will David De Gea make the move to Real Madrid this summer? Should he stay with Manchester United?

Liverpool line-up risky offer for £40m-rated striker – report

Liverpool are weighing up an offer for £39.6 million-rated Manchester United misfit Radamel Falcao, according to Fichajes.net.

Falcao is set to leave United after a disappointing season under Louis Van Gaal, scoring just four Premier League goals in 21 appearances, and will return to parent club AS Monaco at the end of the season.

He has been linked with a move back to former club FC Porto but Liverpool are keeping tabs on the Colombian striker and could make a move to keep him in the Premier League.

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Brendan Rodgers is on the look out for another striker as he has suffered the same problem with his summer signing, Mario Balotelli, who has struggled to impress and could be on the move again after one season.

Balotelli has just a single Premier League goal in 14 appearances and his performances have come under heavy criticism.

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Falcao could potentially be another problem for Rodgers to deal with but Liverpool could be in luck if there is any revival of his past form.

Falcao has scored an impressive 195 goals in 317 club appearances, but at nearly £40 million, it could be risky business for the Merseyside club.

Would a move for Falcao be a huge risk for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool?

Liverpool to HIJACK United’s move for £23.7m-rated starlet – report

Liverpool are set to hijack Manchester United‘s move for one of Europe’s hottest prospects, Memphis Depay, according to Fichajes.net.

The PSV Eindhoven starlet has been under the close eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and Manchester United were reportedly frontrunners for his signature, but Fichajes have reported that Liverpool are willing to pay up to £23.7 million to beat their Premier League rivals to the Dutch winger.

Depay has netted an astonishing 19 goals in 26 Eredivisie appearances this season and it is no surprise big clubs are chasing him.

Liverpool are heavily linked with losing their own young attacking star in Raheem Sterling, so Brendan Rodgers could see Depay as an ideal replacement.

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The 21-year-old Dutch international could however fancy a move to United to work under fellow Dutchman, Louis Van Gaal. Spurs are another side that are keeping tabs and were linked with a move last summer following an impressive showing at the World Cup in Brazil.

Depay could see more regular playing time at the Merseyside club due to United’s attacking depth, but he will also want to be featuring in the top level of European football, and as things stand Liverpool will not be playing in the Champions League next season.

Depay looks likely to be on the move this summer and the battle for his signing could be intense.

Who will win the race for Memphis Depay? 

Manchester United plotting £54m double Bayern Munich raid – report

Manchester United are monitoring Bayern Munich duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Lewandowski as Pep Guardiola ponders whether he requires the pair, according to the Daily Star.

Polish striker Lewandowski is valued at £44 million by transfermarkt.co.uk, while Schweinsteiger is believed to be available for around £10 million.

Louis Van Gaal has been linked with superstars across Europe as he prepares to dig deep into Manchester United’s finances in an attempt to be challenging on all fronts next season upon the club’s likely return to the Champions League.

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Lewandowski has 16 Bundesliga goals in 26 appearances this season and an impressive 185 goals in 340 club career appearances so far.

He joined Bayern on a free transfer last summer after leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of his contract, and penned a five-year deal with the Bundesliga leaders so it would likely take a big offer to seal his services.

United have been heavily linked with signing a marquee goalscorer as they are reported to be looking to offload the misfiring Radamel Falcao and injury-prone Robin van Persie.

Schweinsteiger has a wealth of experience and could be a key addition to the United squad. He has won the Bundesliga a whopping seven times, as well as a Champions League and a World Cup.

A United move for the 30-year-old German could however be difficult, due to his poor relationship with Louis Van Gaal dating back to his time as Bayern Munich manager.

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Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in both players but United will hope the lure of Premier League football could be a factor.

It wouldn’t be the first time Guardiola has moved on world class players, as he did with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time at Barcelona.

The Bayern manager is ruthless when it comes to change at clubs and holds no sentiment with anyone. His side top the Bundesliga and are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but despite that, it appears he is looking to rejig his squad of superstars this summer.

Do Manchester United need Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Lewandowski? Should they make moves for both?