From the Back Pages, May 24: Chelsea set to swoop for £20m Raphael Varane to replace David Luiz

CHELSEA are ready to make a £20 million move for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane as David Luiz’s replacement. (The Express)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Chelsea are selling defender David Luiz to French champions Paris Saint-Germain. The Londoners have announced tonight that they and PSG have agreed on a transfer fee, reported to be a massive £50million, and the deal now only requires the Brazil international to pass a medical and sort personal terms. (The Mirror)

Laurent Blanc wants Chelsea’s player of the year Eden Hazard to join David Luiz as part of Paris Saint- Germain’s plans to conquer Europe. (Daily Mail)

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History will be made today. It will be Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup or Atletico Madrid’s first; Spain’s richest club’s finest hour, or their monumental humbling at the hands of poorer relations. (The Independent)

What Diego Simeone has accomplished as coach of Atlético Madrid is so remarkable that even David Beckham has texted his congratulations. Englishman and Argentinian have not exactly been pals since clashing at the 1998 World Cup finals, but Beckham recognised an extraordinary feat and sent his best wishes to his old foe after Atlético captured an historic La Liga title last weekend. (The Times)

Steve McClaren can be forgiven for taking a nervous glance at the weather forecast in the morning. He is back at Wembley on Saturday, with the incentive of earning Derby County a £120 million jackpot and a place in the Premier League, making his first competitive return since the infamous night of the umbrella. And it looks like rain. (The Telegraph)

Luke Shaw’s prospective transfer to Manchester United has stalled, with the left-back considering his options and determined not to rush into any move from Southampton. (The Guardian)