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Chelsea will turn their attentions back to Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski if they fail in their pursuit of Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.

Jose Mourinho is ready to up Chelsea’s bid to £40m for the England international with the offer of a four-year deal worth £300,000-a-week but United remain adamant Rooney will stay at Old Trafford. [Sunday People]

Manchester United are lining up a shock swoop for Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.

The Premier League champions have been frustrated in their chase for summer recruits but the arrival of Isco at the Bernabeu could prompt a United bid for Ozil, with 31-year-old Brazilian Kaka another potential target. [Mundo Deportivo]

Manchester City are ready to rekindle their interest in Colombian ace Radamel Falcao.

Reports had claimed Monaco were preparing to sell their top striker because of a change to French tax laws, something the club has subsequently denied, but City are thought to be on alert to the situation. [Daily Express]

Arsenal have been told to stump up £25m if they want to land Swansea sensation Michu. The Gunners have come under increasing pressure from their own fans to sign a big-money name, with the 27-year-old Spaniard linked.

Manchester City’s Micah Richards is also thought to be a name under consideration at the Emirates Stadium. [Sunday Mirror]

Real Madrid have left the door open for Gareth Bale to join the club this summer by leaving his favoured number 11 shirt vacant. [Daily Express]

Barcelona kick off their La Liga season against Levante on Sunday evening, but £50m summer signing Neymar looks set to start on the bench. [Marca]

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