The Champions League awoke from it's mid-winter break on Tuesday night with a thoroughly entertaining clash between PSG and Chelsea, which ended with a 2-1 defeat for the Premier League side.

Jose Mourinho. Pic/AFP
Jose Mourinho. Pic/AFP

And Wednesday night followed it up with a 2-0 win for Real Madrid in Rome, as they put one foot into the quarter-finals.

But despite the return of European football, transfer rumours continue to swirl, as clubs across the continent look ahead to the summer sales.

Premier League sides will have plenty of cash to splash when the window opens at the end of the season, thanks to the new television deal, so plenty of the planet's best players have been linked with a move to England.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready for a move to the Premier League - and could link up with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United next season.

Leicester's ambitious Thai owners are ready to spend big this summer with the club closing in a Champions League spot.

Joleon Lescott has hit back at his online critics by daring one to meet him at relegation-threatened Aston Villa side's Bodymoor Heath training ground.

Arsene Wenger may consider making Petr Cech his Arsenal captain next season. Mikel Arteta is still officially club captain but is set to retire this summer while there are doubts over vice-captain Per Mertesacker's status as a certain starter.

Chelsea will give John Terry until Friday to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday's FA Cup clash with Manchester City.

Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for Spanish side Real Betis' keeper Antonio Adan, who has a £6.2million release clause in his contract.

West Brom have joined the summer scrap to sign Borussia Monchengladbach's Norway international Havard Nordtveit.

Bournemouth are ready to spend £3.9million on 18-year-old keeper Bartlomiej Dragowski of Poland's side Jagiellonia Bialystok - on the recommendation of their current Polish goalie Artur Boruc.

West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob is a £3.5million target for Spain's Europa League champions Sevilla.

Jose Mourinho has turned down big-money offers from China and Italy as he holds out to join Manchester United in the summer.

Former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has emerged as a serious contender in Chelsea's search for a new manager.