Transfer rumours: Varane, Costa, Bale, Coutinho, Kane

Football gossip

Real Madrid are set to ignore any summer bids from Manchester City for French international centre-back Raphael Varane, 26. (Star)external-link

Arsenal are monitoring young Real Madrid forward Cesar Gelabert, 19, with the view to a potential summer transfer for the Spaniard. (Mirror)external-link

Italian giants Juventus are prepared to offer Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, 29, to Manchester City as a makeweight in a deal to sign his compatriot Gabriel Jesus, 23. (Calcio Mercato, in Italian)external-link

If Liverpool secure the services of RB Leipzig's German forward Timo Werner, 24, manager Jurgen Klopp will allow 20-year-old forward Rhian Brewster to leave on loan for a second season. (Express)external-link

Celtic face a battle to keep their 21-year-old Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer as AC Milan consider summer approach. (Calciomercarto)external-link

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has launched an ambitious plan to convince Real Madrid midfield pair Gareth Bale, 30, and James Rodriguez, 28, to move to Goodison Park. (Mail)external-link

Chelsea are in negotiations with Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, 27, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, over a summer transfer. (Sun)external-link

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been joined by Paris St-Germain in the race for Real Madrid and Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi, 21, who is on loan at Borussia Dortmund. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United have been told there is no chance of them signing Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane because of the length of the 26-year-old’s contract, which runs until 2024. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Defender Matthijs de Ligt has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United with the 20-year-old Dutch centre-back reportedly struggling to settle at Juventus. (Express)external-link

Newcastle United have not yet given up their pursuit of 21-year-old highly-rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, despite Real Madrid also being interested in the Frenchman. (Sport, in Spanish)external-link

But Liverpool are also keen to sign Soumare and have opened talks on a deal. (Teamtalk)external-link

Independent back page

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC