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Atletico Madrid"s Brazilian forward Diego da Silva Costa Atletico Madrid’s president says the club will not sell striker Diego Costa this summer despite interest in the 25-year-old from a number of Premier League clubs. Diego Costa has scored 27 goals in 36 matches forAtletico Madrid

The Reds will also make a club-record bid for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 21, who they view as a long-term replacement for captain Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes when the 32-year-old’s contract expires in the summer.

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou, 27, has dropped a clear hint that he wishes to leave the Gunners and make his loan deal at Hamburg permanent in the summer.

Real Sociedad’s 22-year-old forward Antoine Griezmann, who has interested Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, has been the subject of informal talks between the Spanish side and Paris St-Germain.

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel could leave the club as a result of a lack of first-team opportunity, with Italian side Inter Milan in line to bid over £12m for the 26-year-old.

Olympiakos’s on-loan goal-hero Joel Campbell, 21, has signalled his intent to return to Arsenal next season after downing Manchester United in the Champions League.

Following Manchester United’s defeat against Olympiakos, former captain Roy Keane says the Premier League has “brainwashed” people into thinking it is the best in the world.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel, 50, is under pressure from the club’s board having not won a game since taking over in January.

Arsenal’s January target Julian Draxler has refused to rule out the possibility of a future move from Schalke to European champions Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Arsene Wenger’s side.

Steven Gerrard

Juventus and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo – widely regarded as one of the world’s best deep-lying midfielders – says Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, 33, has the qualities to be successful in the role. Steven Gerrard has scored 10 goals for club and country this season.

Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan says the club may need an alternative shopping list this summer if they are to find players willing to not be in the Champions League.

Peter Crouch, 33, says he does not enjoy his role as a lone striker at Stoke City, but is willing to do what is needed to please bossMark Hughes.

Stay tuned for some more sports news tomorrow!

Source: BBC