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29th Mar 2015

5-Word Transfers: Barkley, Januzaj, Varane, Wanyama, Mitrovic

Is he really worth £50m?

Matt Stanger

City move for Barkley

According to the Daily Star, Manchester City are preparing to launch a mega bid to bring Ross Barkley to the Etihad Stadium.

The England international has been in mixed form this season for Everton but reports suggest the Toffees will still demand around £50m for the talented 21-year-old.

Roberto Martinez is thought to be reluctant to see Barkley leave – even for such an astronomical fee – but is already planning to use any income to make a move for Manchester United playmaker Adnan Januzaj.


Chelsea want Varane

Jose Mourinho will bolster his defence with a £40m move for Raphael Varane, report The Sun.

The France international rose to prominence under Mourinho at Real Madrid and has established himself as one of the finest young centre-backs in the world.

John Terry only signed a new one-year contract extension this week but, with doubts over Gary Cahill’s long-term future, it looks as though Varane and Kurt Zouma could potentially be Chelsea’s first-choice defensive pairing next season.

Arsenal eye Wanyama

After being linked with his Southampton teammate Morgan Schneiderlin for the past 18 months, it’s now reported that Arsenal are lining up a bid for Vincent Wanyama.

Arsene Wenger values the defensive midfielder at around £20m, according to The Sun, while he also has his sights set on recruiting a new striker in the summer.

Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic is thought to be high on Wenger’s wish list, with the forward impressing against Arsenal in the Champions League group stage.

You want more?

*Newcastle will sell Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote and Tim Krul in the summer and hand Steve McClaren a £60m budget to take charge (Sunday Mirror).

*Internazionale midfielder Mateo Kovacic will not be joining Liverpool, according to his agent (Mail on Sunday).

*However, James Milner could be on his way to Anfield on a free transfer when his contract expires in June (Sunday Mirror).

*It looks like Radamel Falcao will join Juventus when his miserable loan spell at Manchester United finally comes to an end.