LATEST – CHELSEA GAFFER ANTONIO CONTE TO SPLASH £200M ON SIX SUMMER SIGNINGS WITH SOUTHAMPTON’S CAPTAIN/DEFENDER VIRGIL VAN DIJK TOPPING THE LIST (NEWS, GOSSIPS, GISTS, RUMOURS, TRANSFER SPECULATIONS & UPDATES)

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, is one of Chelsea’s primary summer targets, with manager Antonio Conte set to spend £200m on at least six new signings.

 

Real Madrid gaffer Zinedine Zidane has played down suggestions James Rodriguez’s absence from Real Madrid training was linked to transfer talk surrounding a move to Man United. It is understood that United have been offered the chance the buy the attacking midfielder, who is expected to leave Real this summer after becoming frustrated at a lack of playing time. In the meantime midfielder Isco has reportedly asked the club to abandon a move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

 

Leicester City will bid for 24-year-old Hull centre-back Harry Maguire, amid strong interest from promoted Newcastle in their captain Wes Morgan, 33.

 

Real Madrid will beat Man United to the signing of 18-year-old Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, which could pave the way for Chelsea to sign striker Alvaro Morata, 24, from the La Liga giants.

 

Chelsea will rival Man City for Tottenham defender Kyle Walker and could pay up to £40m for the 26-year-old.

 

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says the Eagles will enter negotiations with Liverpool for defender Mamadou Sakho, 27.

 

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 27, could be set for a Premier League return with Man United this summer. Bale would prefer to move to Old Trafford rather than re-joining Tottenham or champions Chelsea.

 

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas says Arsenal and Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette could be allowed to leave this summer. The 25-year-old striker has scored 26 Ligue 1 goals this season.

 

The stepfather of Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez, a target for Man United, says he would prefer the 25-year-old to be “a starting player in a different team than being a substitute at Real Madrid“.

 

Newcastle have agreed a fee with Chelsea for 25-year-old midfielder Christian Atsu, who spent last season on loan at St James’ Park.

 

Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, 21, says he cannot guarantee where he will be next season, but “can’t see many better places” than Tottenham. Meanwhile, former Spurs boss Martin Jol says England international Alli is “not far off a £100m player“.

 

Defender Pablo Zabaleta, 32, will join West Ham on a free transfer when he leaves Man City at the end of the season.

 

Tottenham are tracking 23-year-old Freiburg forward Maximilian Philipp.

 

Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27, has been offered more than £800,000 a week to join the Chinese Super League.

 

West Ham forward Manuel Lanzini, 24, says he is not interested in leaving London Stadium, despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.

 

Former Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann says Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi must win the World Cup to “seal his legacy“.

 

Man City are stepping up their interest in Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and are favourites to sign the teenager this summer.

 

Everton are interested in signing West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini as Ronald Koeman searches for creativity.

 

Real will only allow James Rodriguez to leave if they receive offers of £63m or above as rumours continue to mount that Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing him to Old Trafford.

 

Monaco have reportedly rejected an opening offer of £68m for Chelsea and Man Utd target Kylian Mbappe from an unnamed club.

 

David Moyes will stay at Sunderland only if he is given funds to rebuild.

 

Wolves are considering Aitor Karanka as a potential replacement for Paul Lambert, the head coach who is set to be sacked after a dispute over transfer policy.

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