TRANSFER RUMOURS - Friday, March 23: Chelsea Blanc, Man United Clyne Gaitan, Arsenal Dzeko, PSG Drogba

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France coach Laurent Blanc has emerged as the leading contender to be the next Chelsea manager, should preferred targets Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho prove beyond reach – the Times (subscription required)

Manchester United are set to sign Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne, 20, when his contract expires this summer, and will throw in £2.5m to avoid a tribunal – Metro

Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Manchester City’s Bosnia international forward Edin Dzeko, 26, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger scouts possible attacking additions this summer – Caught offside

Chelsea will have to fight to keep defender David Luiz this summer, with Barcelona preparing to offer £35m for the Brazil defender – Daily Mail

Manchester United have launched a second bid of around £20m for Benfica midfielder Nico Gaitan, 24, according to sources in Portugal – talkSPORT

Highly rated Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, 17, could quit in the summer over frustration at a lack of first-team opportunities, with his mum wanting him to return to his native London, where Tottenham are watching events – Daily Mirror

Paris Saint-Germain captain Mamadou Sakho, 22, has urged the club to move for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba – Inside Futbol

Yesterday’s transfer rumours