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COSTA CLOSE TO CHELSEA SWITCH
According to the Daily Mirror, Jose Mourinho is confident that Chelsea are close to sealing a £50m deal for Diego Costa.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone suggested on Sunday that he wouldn't stand in the striker's way if he chooses to leave in the summer, leaving the door wide open for Chelsea.

'Atletico Madrid striker Costa is poised to agree a contract worth £185,000-a-week to move to Stamford Bridge this summer,' report the Mirror.

'Simeone said of Costa: "It will depend on him and what he thinks is best for his future. I will support any decision he makes.

'"It's natural that Chelsea are interested in him and that makes me happy, because my aim and that of my coaching staff is to see our players improve.'

There is still talk of Thibaut Courtois and/or Fernando Torres being thrown in as part of the deal, providing an interesting subplot to Chelsea's Champions League tie against Atleti at the end of the month.


ARSENAL TURN TO MANDZUKIC
With Arsenal set to miss out on Costa, Arsene Wenger has apparently turned his attention to Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic.

After Mandzukic scored Bayern's equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford two weeks ago, Pep Guardiola said it would have been "impossible" to win the Bundesliga without the striker this season. However, the Croatian's place is now under threat after Bayern signed a pre-contract agreement with Robert Lewandowski.

'Arsenal made enquiries about Costa in January but got nowhere, with Atletico refusing to sell given his importance to their title fight and Champions League campaign,' report the Daily Express.

'Now the focus is on Bayern Munich striker Mandzukic, 27, who has scored 24 goals this season but is not a regular starter and whose place at the Allianz is further threatened by the arrival of Poland striker Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund this summer.

'Bayern are insistent that the Croatia striker, whose contract expires in 2016, is a vital player for them and not for sale, but a bid in excess of £20m may tempt them to sell to allow Pep Guardiola to rebuild over the summer.'


UNITED WANT SHAW BEFORE THE WORLD CUP
It looks like Manchester United are planning to stick with David Moyes as they prepare to splash the cash before the World Cup so that potential new signings can hit the ground running in pre-season.

Following the Guardian's report on Monday that United have offered Toni Kroos £260,000 a week, The Telegraph claim that a bid for Luke Shaw will soon be submitted.

'Manchester United are aiming to secure a £30 million deal for Southampton defender Luke Shaw before the World Cup after moving ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign the teenager,' claim The Telegraph.

'With club scouts also being dispatched to watch Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus during Saturday's 3-0 victory against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, United are intensifying their efforts to bolster their squad following David Moyes's disastrous first season in charge.'

Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is another name on Moyes' list as he plots a reported £150-200m overhaul.

One player who won't be joining United, however, is Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan, who signed a new contract on Tuesday.


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