BLUES EYE ENGLAND TRIO
Chelsea look set to be the busiest of the big hitters as the transfer deadline approaches this week.
Antonio Conte is looking to strengthen his midfield by targeting not one, not two, but three England internationals.
Numerous outlets suggest the Blues will use Sunday’s meeting with Everton to discuss Ross Barkley, with the Blues loking to ‘rebuild bridges’ after the two clubs clashed over the London side’s pursuit of John Stones and Romelu Lukaku, who both went to Manchester instead.
The Guardian also says Chelsea will trump any offer Tottenham make for Barkley.
The Blues are said to be feeling even more confident over the prospect of signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
According to The Sun, the utility man has turned down Arsenal’s offer of a new contract worth £180,000 per week and with only a year remaining on his current deal, Chelsea feel £35million will be enough to tempt the Gunners into allowing the 24-year-old to move across the capital. With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil also a year from free agency, Arsenal are understood to be reluctant to lose all three for nothing next year so Oxlade-Chamberlain may be allowed to leave.
The Guardian reports Chelsea are also planning on returning to Leicester with another offer for Danny Drinkwater. The Foxes rebuffed a bid of around £15million – fair do’s, that’s peanuts – and are wanting closer to £30million but with the player keen to go, a compromise is expected to be reached.
ARSENAL’S BENZEMA LINK REHASHED
We almost made it to the end of the summer without a Karim Benzema to Arsenal story. But Diario Gol suggest there could be a late twist.
The Spanish outlet claims Arsenal could make a bid for the Real Madrid striker if Alexis Sanchez leaves, which the Guardian says Manchester City will try to make happen this week.
Real are said to be keen to recruit this week and the sale of Benzema would facilitate that. It won’t happen, though…
AND THE REST
Arsene Wenger is open to selling Shkodran Mustafi ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline – just 12 months after signing the defender…Newcastle and Watford are weighing up a late move for Islam Slimani after Leicester tied down Leonardo Ulloa…Pep Guardiola has left the door open for a late transfer splash to add to the £210 million Manchester City have already spent in the current window…Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will let Andreas Pereira join Valencia on loan…Tottenham will sign Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain for £23m if the defender can resolve legal issues…Chelsea are weighing up a late bid for Swansea City’s Fernando Llorente, who is interested in playing under Antonio Conte again.
Crystal Palace are still in the hunt to sign Mamadou Sakho this summer, despite repeatedly playing down their chances of signing the French international defender…Kevin Wimmer and Ognjen Vranjes are alternatives for Palace should Liverpool refuse to budge on their asking price for Sakho…Mauricio Pochettino is targeting another three signings as Tottenham’s summer spending finally gets underway…Manchester City will launch a third bid, of more than £25m, to sign Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion…Paris Saint-Germain have concluded an agreement with AS Monaco to sign Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho from the Ligue 1 champions…Fabinho will be replaced in the Monaco squad by Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker.