Raphael Varane headlines our rumour mill as Man United lead chase to sign Real Madrid star

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Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at five potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

RAPHAEL VARANE

Manchester United are believed to be lining up a £54m bid for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, the Express reports.

The French international has established himself as one of the world’s best centre-backs during his time at the Bernabeu.

And the 24-year-old is on United’s transfer wishlist as they consider to bolster their options in defence ahead of next season.

Jose Mourinho has convinced the club to sign Varane as he has first-hand experience of his talents having signed him from Lens during his time as Real Madrid manager in 2011.

ANDRIJA ZIVKOVIC

Arsenal have sent scouts to monitor Benfica star Andrija Zivkovic, according to the Sun.

The 21-year old winger scored in his side’s 5-0 win over Martimo last weekend, and the Gunners are interesting in securing his signature.

But Arsene Wenger’s side are likely to face competition from Man United – with the Old Trafford club also keen to land the Serbian international.

Zivkovic, who is under contract at Estadio da Luz until 2021, has scored three goals and provided three assists in 12 Primeira Liga matches this term.

JONNY EVANS

West Brom are set for a mass exit of players if they get relegated to the Championship with captain Jonny Evans among the key targets, reports the Sun.

The highly-rated Northern Irishman is a man in demand, with Arsenal and Man City interested in signing the star defender.

A fee of £25m should be enough to get the deal over line during the summer – although Baggies will want to keep their prized asset it will be difficult to stop the 30-year-old if he wants to leave the Hawthorns.

Evans’s leadership qualities would make him a fearsome addition to any side – and a move to the Sky Blues would guarantee the potential to win trophies.

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Filipe Luis backs Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann to reject Barcelona move

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Filipe Luis expects his Atletico Madrid team-mate Antoine Griezmann to snub offers from Barcelona and Man United this summer.

The Frenchman had rejected a potential move to Old Trafford last summer after Atletico were hit with a transfer ban.

The 26-year-old then signed a new long term contract until 2022 to end immediate speculation linking him with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano.

His stunning run of form in recent weeks has only elevated his status as one of La Liga’s marquee attackers – with seven goals coming in the last two matches alone.

But Luis does not believe his team-mate will leave the club, despite growing interest from Barcelona.

He told Marca: “(Griezmann) is a player who is far above the level of his teammates, and I am convinced that he has not made any decision to move (or not) yet.”

“At Atletico he has a whole team playing for him and he is very happy. He is very with the club and with the city, so I do see him here for many years.”

Griezmann has scored 15 goals and provided seven assists in 23 La Liga matches this season – and will be one of the key figures Diego Simeone will be looking to for inspiration when they face Barcelona on Sunday.

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David de Gea headlines our rumour mill as Man United star is set to snub Real Madrid to sign bumper new deal

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Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at five potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

DAVID DE GEA

Man United are set to fend off growing Real Madrid interest and make David de Gea the highest paid goalkeeper in the world on £350,000 a week, according to the Daily Star.

The Spaniards current deal expires at the end of 2019, but there is an option to extend his contract by another 12 months.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini expected to be off the wage bill in the summer, that would help Jose Mourinho fund De Gea’s significant pay rise.

The 27-year-old has kept 15 clean sheets in 27 Premier League matches this season.

JEAN-MICHAEL SERI

Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Nice star Seri as Jurgen Klopp looks to find a replacement for Juventus-bound Emre Can, according to The Sun.

The German’s contract expires at the end of the season and is being heavily linked with a move to Turin.

Klopp is looking to bolster his options in the middle of the park after securing Naby Keita from Red Bull Leipzig and is now edging Man United in the race to sign the elusive Seri.

The 26-year-old Ivorian also attracted the attention of Barcelona last year, but Liverpool appear to be keen as they’re monitoring ongoing developments.

RYAN SESSEGNON

Man City have joined Man United and Tottenham in the race to sign Fulham left winger Sessegnon, The Sun reports.

The clubs are willing to go as high as £40 million to secure the 17-year-old’s services, who took his goal tally for the season to 14 after netting the winner against Derby on Saturday.

Sessegnon, who has regularly been compared to Gareth Bale due to his versatility down the left, is tempted by a move to North London due to the chance of getting more game time.

Fulham are bracing themselves for a host of offers for Sessegnon this summer and City’s interest looks set to start a bidding war.

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