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Chelsea to be boosted by three arrivals Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has recently voiced frustration about the depth of his squad, but th…


Chelsea to be boosted by three arrivals
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has recently voiced frustration about the depth of his squad, but the Telegraph says he needn’t lose too much sleep over that.

It reports that the Premier League champions will bring in at least three new faces by the time the window closes, adding to both their defence and midfield options.

Conte’s ranks could soon include both PSG’s Serge Aurier and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, while potential midfielders include Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater, Everton’s Ross Barkley and Antonio Candreva of Inter Milan.

The Telegraph says Van Dijk’s decision to submit a transfer request will result in a swift Chelsea effort to open talks over a player who is still interesting Liverpool.

And the Blues could also face competition in their attempts to land Aurier, who is a reported target for Manchester United.

Rose interest gives Tottenham thorny problem
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is “facing a fresh fight to hang on to left-back Danny Rose,” according to the Mirror.

Rose is recovering from a knee injury, but that has not prevented either Inter Milan or Manchester United from considering bids for the England international.

The Mirror says both have “reignited their interest” in the 27-year-old, with United manager Jose Mourinho “having question marks over the left-back role” and Inter having looked at Rose last season.

Meanwhile, Spurs striker Vincent Janssen is interesting Marseille despite his struggle for goals since arriving in London from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

The Mirror adds that Janssen “is one of a number of players Spurs would be willing to offload.”

Liverpool will not waver over Coutinho
Reports over the weekend said Barcelona feel a deal for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is in the bag and could even be struck this week.

But Liverpool don’t see it like that, the Guardianreports, adding that the club’s stance “has not altered despite indications that Barcelona are prepared to pay £100 million.”

Although Barca saw an offer of more than £70m turned down last month, Liverpool have yet to receive a second bid.

However, the Guardian adds that “there has been further contact since the original offer was rejected, with Barcelona indicating they are willing to make Coutinho the second most expensive player in history.”

Coutinho signed a new Anfield contract in January, and both manager Jurgen Klopp and club owners Fenway Sports Group have said they have no intention of selling him.

Lemina Close In On Saints Move
Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina is undergoing a medical with Southampton ahead of a €18million move.

Lemina, 23, has been widely reported to be heading to the Premier League and Calciomercato claim ​Lemina is currently having his medical with the Saints before signing his contract with the Premier League side.

“An official announcement is expected to be released in the coming hours but the Gabonese midfielder can already be considered a new Southampton player.”

Lemina joined Juventus from Marseille on loan in summer 2015 with the Serie A giants who made his move permanent for €8million one year later. The Gabon International played 42 games and scored three goals during his two-year spell in Turin. He has won two Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia with Juventus.

The former Marseille man will join Manolo Gabbiadini at Southampton. The Azzurri star moved St. Mary’s in  January completing a €17million move from Napoli.

Others
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will refuse to sanction any deal allowing attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho to move to Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

The Reds will not be able to hold on to 25-year-old Coutinho this summer, says club legend Graeme Souness. (Sky Sports)

Brazil international Coutinho has “got to go” to Barca, says ex-England striker Ian Wright. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Liverpool are set to resurrect their £60m move for Virgil van Dijk after the Southampton defender, 26, handed in a transfer request. (Daily Star)

Arsenal should have signed Van Dijk as well as midfielder Nemanja Matic, who moved from Chelsea to Manchester United for £40m, because the club lacks leadership on the pitch, according to former Gunners striker Ian Wright. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Stoke City hope to announce the £7m signing of Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi before Saturday’s Premier League opener at Everton. The 25-year-old Netherlands international spent last season on loan at the Potters. (Stoke Sentinel)

Stoke’s record signing Giannelli Imbula, who struggled to make an impact following his £18.3m move from Porto in January, has agreed terms with Champions League semi-finalist Monaco. (L’Equipe)

Leicester City are set to announce the signing of Coventry City’s Leicester-born forward George Thomas, 20, for £450,000 plus add-ons. (Coventry Telegraph)

Valencia are preparing a deal to tempt Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel, 26, to Spain. (Evening Standard)

Turkish side Trabzonspor want to sign Tottenham’s France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 27, on loan. (Evening Standard)

Sunderland are hopeful of signing Aston Villa’s 30-year-old Scotland striker Ross McCormack before the transfer deadline. (Sunderland Echo)

Celtic and Nice want to sign Manchester City’s former Fulham midfielder Patrick Roberts, 20. (Manchester Evening News)

Hull City are interested in signing 33-year-old former Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan from Wolves. (Hull Daily Mail)

Blackburn Rovers want to sign Leeds United’s Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson, 26. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Bournemouth forwards Harry Cornick, 22, and Joe Quigley, 20, are close to joining League One side Blackpool. (Daily Echo)

Swansea are targeting Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson. (Mirror)

Spurs striker Vincent Janssen is a target for French side Marseille. (Mirror)

Bournemouth fancy £20m-rated Napoli midfielder Jorginho. (Mirror)

David Wagner wants Dimitri Cavare as promoted Huddersfield’s 10th signing of the summer and they are closing in on a £1.8m deal for the 22-year-old Rennes right-back. (Mirror)

David Silva will not renew his Manchester City contract when it expires in 2019, according to reports, and is negotiating a move back to his native Spain with Las Palmas. (Sun)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has dropped a major hint he is set to join Liverpool after the England international liked an Instagram post suggesting he was heading for a £28m Anfield switch. (Sun)

Mohamed Elneny has shot down reports he will leave Arsenal this summer. (Sun)

Crystal Palace and Southampton are leading the chase for Benfica’s £8m-rated defender Andre Almeida. (Sun)

Rafa Benitez has warned Newcastle to sign a striker before the transfer window shuts or face the consequences. (Sun)

Liam Bridcutt will remain Leeds captain, despite being axed from their squad to play Bolton. (Sun)

Sergio Ramos says Jose Mourinho never grasped the way things worked at Real Madrid, ahead of Super Cup final showdown with Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have had a £36m bid for Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto rejected and Chelsea could soon join the race for the midfielder. (Daily Mail)

PSG want another marquee signing to partner world-record arrival Neymar, with Kylian Mbappe and Philippe Coutinho their top targets. (Daily Mail)

Kieran Trippier is set to miss the start of the Premier League season as Tottenham sweat on the full extent of the ankle injured in a friendly against Juventus.  (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho has accepted he won’t be signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic this summer. (Star)

A consortium led by ex-Arsenal and England star Tony Adams has struck an agreement to buy Crystal Palace for £200m. (Star)

Antonio Conte has been reassured that Chelsea will sign at least three more players in the transfer window with the club ready to rival Manchester United for PSG right-back Serge Aurier and move for Virgil van Dijk. (Telegraph)

Manchester United remain frontrunners to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the winter, says Jose Mourinho. (Daily Express)