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It's understandable that Dani Alves would be a popular man. He's been sodding brilliant for most of the last ten years, is available on a free and everybody loves a marauding right-back.

Interest from the Premier League is also predictable, the Daily Mirror reporting that Manchester United and Liverpool are both keen to sign the Brazilian on a deal this summer. We knew that already.

However, it's clear that both clubs face some stiff competition to sign Alves. The Mirror also report that Paris St Germain are the leading contenders for his signature, whilst Internazionale and Juventus are both also interested. Borussia Dortmund are the other club mentioned. Cryptically, the Mirror talk of a seven-way battle but reference only six clubs. We're plumping for Chesterfield as wacky No. 7.

Finally, the door appears not to be closed on Alves staying at Barca, with Luis Enrique reportedly keen to offer him a new two-year deal. Up. In. The. Air.

Oh wow, this is just lovely. With Petr Cech making moves to engineer a summer transfer away from Stamford bridge in search of first-team football, The Times believe they know who will replace the Czech at Chelsea.

They report that Jose Mourinho will look to bring QPR's Rob Green in to act as understudy to Thibaut Courtois, who is now likely to be Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper for the next decade.

Green is thought to be content to be an understudy for the latter stages of his career (he's now 35), and is out of contract at the end of next season. It wouldn't cost much to tempt QPR to let him go.

Let's just say Courtois better stay fit for the entirety of next season.

We're likely to hear an awful lot about the future of Gareth Bale over the next five months. With the Real Madrid support giving him more than a little stick for his performances this season, there have been murmurs (make that shouts) that he could move back to England. Manchester United and Chelsea have predictably been mentioned.

Disgruntled supporters attacked his car on Sunday, while Spanish newspaper Marca refused to give him a rating for his display in the 2-1 loss at Barcelona. It's pretty mindless idiocy, really.

However, the Daily Mail say that he's going nowhere. 'The reply has been unequivocal; Bale is determined to stay, win over the fans and convince the world he can become one of Real Madrid's greats.'

Remember that when they're mooting a move in a fortnight's time.

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Swansea defender Neil Taylor is at the centre of a three-way battle for his signature this summer, with Newcastle, West Brom and Aston Villa all interested in the left back... Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert is in talks over a move to Belgian side Standard Liege... Former Wales and West Brom striker Robert Earnshaw has signed a one-year deal at MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps... Alex Song faces an uncertain future with West Ham unsure whether to turn the Barcelona midfielder's loan spell into a permanent deal... Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom, 19, will choose today between a loan move for the rest of the season to Sky Bet Championship sides Bournemouth, Norwich City and Nottingham Forest... Reading boss Steve Clarke wants to sign Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah on loan.

Don't think United should touch him.
- pufnstuf

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