Antonio Conte is about to sign his new contract, according to both the Times and the Telegraph, which Chelsea will celebrate by launching a £200m transfer splurge – with Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain one of the surprise names on their shopping list. “As part of any positive conclusion to discussions Conte will have to accept that he is not the only voice on transfers and that he will have to be patient while targets are pursued,” says the Telegraph, before revealing that Chelsea are not only hopeful of signing Romelu Lukaku and Tiemoue Bakayoko, and optimistic about the Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, but are also keen on Riyad Mahrez and Ross Barkley.
There could also be a move on the cards for Dani Alves, with the Mail reporting that the 34-year-old Brazilian is negotiating with Juventus with the aim of manoeuvring himself into a free transfer, and that his representatives have “sounded out” Chelsea about a potential switch, though some Italian papers – and others closer to home – are saying his move to Manchester City is all but complete.
Nemanja Matic could leave Chelsea this summer and complete a shock move to Manchester United, where he would enjoy a tearful reunion with José Mourinho. The Serbian midfielder is one of those members of the Chelsea squad who Antonio Conte believes he could improve upon, and has decided that should he leave, Manchester would be a very fine place to end up. Happily, the Sun reports, United also have him on their shopping list, though he crops up below Tottenham’s Eric Dier.
United are concerned that the whole Cristiano Ronaldo business is just a headline-producing distraction from their most important summer business – signing the likes of Alvaro Morata, Ivan Perisic and Ranja Nainggolan – and are, according to the Express, “wary they are being used by their former star to engineer a new deal out of Real”, plus he’d be really expensive and stuff, and could thus declare themselves out of the Ronaldo running in Bayernmunichesque fashion.
Manchester City want to buy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and have a spare £60m to spend on him, according to the Metro, as Pep Guardiola attempts “to add more firepower” to a squad already including Sergio Agüero and Juan Jesus. Liverpool’s pursuit of Roma’s Mohamed Salah is meanwhile nearing a happy conclusion: though the Liverpool Echo “understands that no date has been set for his medical as the two clubs have yet to reach an agreement”, sources in Italy suggest the player is expected to arrive in London today, and head for Liverpool on Wednesday.
Newcastle have pipped Rennes and won the race for £9m Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar, reveals the Star, and are crossing the Ts and dotting the Is on an £8.7m deal for the Eibar defender Florian Lejeune, as they launch themselves head-first into the transfer pool. Arsenal’s Calum Chambers may be next, but “up to eight players” could arrive in all.
Burnley want to sign Everton’s James McCarthy, who might cost as much as £20m and is also interesting Newcastle and, it says here, Aston Villa. Burnley are also keen on Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, but will have to fight off Newcastle (again) and West Brom, and shell out another £15m, if they are to sign him. Brighton have enquired about Ahmed Musa, who could be prised out of Leicester’s clutches for around £18m, and have also lodged a £1.75m bid for Markus Suttner, the Ingolstadt left-back.