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Paper News and Gossip: Chelsea Target Varane, Shaw; Suarez Stays at Liverpool

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 27, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Chelsea Target Varane, Shaw; Suarez Stays at Liverpool

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been linked with two major names, according to the newspapers on Tuesday.

    One report claims Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is on the Stamford Bridge radar, while the Blues boss is looking to hijack Manchester United's move for Luke Shaw.

    Elsewhere in Tuesday's back pages, Luis Suarez has pledged his future to Liverpool, while Tottenham are closing on Mauricio Pochettino as their new head coach.

    But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

Chelsea Eye Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw, Courtois Tipped to Return by Atletico

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    Chelsea are weighing up a move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    According to the article, Jose Mourinho views the Champions League winner as an ideal replacement for David Luiz.

    Meanwhile, Simon Jones of the Daily Mail claims that Chelsea are also looking to hijack Manchester United's move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.

    Atletico Madrid are expecting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to return to Chelsea this summer, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.

Luis Suarez Commits to Liverpool, as Yannick Bolasie Linked with Anfield Move

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    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez wants to stay at the club and go one better than last season and win the Premier League, report Matt Lawton and Dominic King of the Daily Mail.

    The article notes that Real Madrid have been linked with a £100 million move for the Uruguay international this summer, but the forward has told team-mates he wants to stay at Anfield, adds the report.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new deal with Liverpool, and he is targeting a move for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, claims Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

    Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express believes AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is a target for Liverpool, and the same reporter also claims Liverpool and Arsenal are interested in PSV teenager Zakaria Bakkali.

Tottenham Close in on Pochettino After Reportedly Missing out on Ancelotti

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    Tottenham Hotspur are in "advanced talks" with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino after missing out on Carlo Ancelotti, reports Sam Wallace of The Independent.

    According to the article, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was told before the Champions League final that the Real Madrid boss was not an option.

    But the White Hart Lane club are now closing in on the appointment of Pochettino to replace Tim Sherwood in the dug-out.

    Meanwhile, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    If Pochettino does leave Southampton, Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star claims that Derby County boss Steve McClaren will be approached to take over at the Saints.

Sagna Reveals '10% Chance' He Could Stay as Arsenal Linked with Marshall

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    Bacary Sagna claims there is still a "10 percent chance" he could stay with the Gunners, reports Paul Brown of the Daily Star.

    The article notes that the France international has been expected to join Manchester City this summer, but the right-back claims nothing has been decided yet.

    Sagna is quoted as saying:

    My situation will be sorted out before the World Cup, but I haven't signed for anyone so far. I have agreed with no one.

    I don't have any agreement with Manchester City or with anyone else. I have never set foot there. Several European and English clubs have contacted me.

    Certain talks have gone further than others, and Manchester City are among them. But today, I'm still an Arsenal player.

    Today, there's a 90 percent chance I will leave and 10 percent that I will stay.

    Meanwhile, Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph claims that the Gunners are preparing a £15 million move for Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall.

Louis Van Gaal Chasing Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi for Manchester United

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    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has targeted Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi as part of his rebuilding programme, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    Feyenoord midfielder Clasie is rated highly in Dutch football, while defender Martins Indi, who also plays for the Rotterdam club, could replace Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the Old Trafford defence.

    Meanwhile, Van Gaal has told United that he is not interested in Cesc Fabregas and will, instead, target Kevin Strootman as his midfield general, reports David Facey of The Sun (subscription required).

    Robin van Persie has lifted the lid on the way Van Gaal works, reports David Coverdale of The Sun.

    The United striker is quoted as saying:

    Every training is very intense. He is on our backs every minute. There is no space to relax, he demands full focus.

    Everybody gets better. I see it every day now during the World Cup preparation. If you drop your focus for a few seconds then ‘Bam’, there he is! He is typical Dutch — straight up. honest and clear.

    It is a different approach than I am used to, but I like it. Good is good, bad is bad.

    There is possibility to discuss his opinion, but he wants you to express yourself like he does. This approach gives me energy.

Manchester City Linked with Willy Caballero, as West Ham Join Gareth Barry Chase

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    Manchester City will challenge Barcelona for the signing of Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero this summer, reports the Daily Express.

    According to the article, Manuel Pellegrini views the Argentina international as a potential replacement for Costel Pantilimon at the Etihad Stadium.

    Meanwhile, West Ham United have joined Arsenal and Everton in the chase for City midfielder Gareth Barry, claims the Daily Express.

Barcelona Set to Make Cesc Fabregas, Dani Alves, Alexis Sanchez Available for Transfer

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    Barcelona are set to make Cesc Fabregas, Dani Alves and Alexis Sanchez available for transfer, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    The article claims that the move is likely to start a transfer scramble involving Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, among others.

    Jefferson claims that £50 million has been made available to new Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique for signings, while more funds could be sourced from player sales.

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