Transfer Rumours March 31: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Middlesborough

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MANCHESTER United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Middlesborough are among the teams making the headlines today.

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho may raid former club Chelsea for promising keeper Thibaut Courtois, 19, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid – Daily Mirror

Rio Ferdinand is considering a lucrative offer to join Nicolas Anelka in China when his Manchester United contract expires in 2013 – The Guardian

Middlesbrough are poised to sign Ipswich captain Grant Leadbitter when his contract expires at the end of the season – Daily Mirror

Salomon Kalou has told Chelsea he will only sign a new contract if he can play in a central role. AC Milan plan to snap up the Ivory Coast international on a free transfer if the Blues cannot persuade him to extend his current deal that expires this summer – Daily Mail

Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are all interested in a cut-price £6m move for Athletic Bilbao winger Markel Susaeta – The Sun

The agent of Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez, who has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, has admitted there is a concrete offer from an English Premier League team for his client – Inside Futbol

Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign Benfica midfielder Nico Gaitan, who is also a Manchester United target – talkSport