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Jose Mourinho will reportedly attempt to sign Rafael Varane from Real Madrid this summer.

The Sun on Sunday says the Chelsea manager has been given the green light to spend £40million on the centre-half he bought for Real in 2011.

Mourinho has never hidden his admiration for the Frenchman, labelling him recently as "the best young central defender in the world". Chelsea's hopes may be further boosted by the likelihood of Pepe signing a new deal at the Bernabeu, with the Portuguese set to put pen to paper this week.

Barcelona are said to be keeping tabs on Arsenal starlet Hector Bellerin.

It's been a while since Barca went sniffing around the Emirates, and it seems the young right-back is the next Gunner to pique the Catalans' curiosity.

Bellerin was born in Barcelona, but before he gets too excited, it must be remembered that the club are under a transfer ban until next year. Barca will reportedly appeal once more against that sanction, and their need is urgent, given Dani Alves looks set to walk out of the Nou Camp this summer on a free.

James Milner will reportedly quit Manchester City this summer and move to Liverpool on a free.

The Yorkshireman's contract at the Etihad expires this summer and the club are yet to find an agreement with the player Manuel Pellegrini recently described as a "phenomenon with big balls".

The City boss believes Milner is the most complete English player around, but with doubts over his own future, it is unclear how much influence Pellegrini has on such matters. If City decide to make an offer he can't refuse, he'll join Liverpool and probably be a huge success at Anfield.

Everton are refusing to budge in their £50million valuation of Ross Barkley as Manchester City and Chelsea weigh up summer bids...Pepe Reina has confirmed that his old Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is heading back to the Premier League...Liverpool will land Will Hughes in a £15m deal if Derby fail to get promoted...West Brom are weighing up a summer bid for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert...Jordan Henderson wants to commit himself to Liverpool for "many years"...Man City will lead the chase for Luka Modric this summer...Danny Rose admits he thought of leaving after Spurs signed Ben Davies ...Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is chasing Portugal's World Cup striker Eder...Wolves face a fight to fend off a clutch of Premier League clubs circling for Benik Afobe...Carl Jenkinson will make his loan move to West Ham a permanent deal in the summer.

Manuel Pellegrini is facing the axe if Manchester City finish outside the top two this season...Mark Hughes has blocked a request from Jack Butland to go out on loan amid rumours Asmir Begovic is set to quit Stoke this summer...West Ham's co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will not make a decision about Sam Allardyce's future until the end of the season...Tony Pulis is planning a major overhaul of West Brom's squad this summer with Victor Anichebe and Youssouf Mulumbu the chief casualties...Newcastle United are planning a £60million summer overhaul with Steve McClaren at the helm and an exodus of star players...Danny Ings is being pursued by Schalke...Newcastle have put contract talks on hold with Rolando Aarons as Manchester City eye the England Under-20 winger...

Arsene Wenger plans a £30million raid for Victor Wanyama and Aleksandar Mitrovic...Newcastle will make an summer bid for Saido Berahino...Hull are chasing Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie in the hope there is still a division between them next season...Jeremy Peace is ready to sell West Brom with the cost of the deal waiting on Tony Pulis guaranteeing Prem safety...Robin van Persie will be offered an escape route from Manchester United by Turkish giants Fenerbahce...Southampton are keeping tabs on former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt, set to leave Turkish side Fenerbahce on a free this summer...Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has signed for Qatari side Al Sadd for next season, according to club officials...Manuel Pellegrini appears set to survive as Manchester City manager into the beginning of next season - unless the club suffers a catastrophic end to the campaign of Pep Guardiola makes himself available...Former Dundee keeper Julian Speroni is set to be handed a new contract at Crystal Palace...Tottenham and Arsenal are both keen on highly-rated Stevenge Borough forward Ben Kennedy.

Where on God's green earth is Barkeley worth 50 mil!? Now I see one reason English players fail to push themselves beyond average to good. If he is sold for that amount, nothing wrong with him thinking he is that good, that he has arrived.
- gabu

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