The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.
TOP STORY: Blues poised to wrap up Van Dijk move
After being rocked at home by Burnley on the opening Saturday of the Premier League season, Chelsea will spring into rapid action to reinforce their defence, according to the Mirror.
And you might not be entirely surprised to learn that the player likely to be on his way to Stamford Bridge is Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has also been repeatedly linked with Liverpool and who submitted a transfer request last week.
The Mirror says Chelsea are “preparing a formal offer for wantaway star Van Dijk and are poised to make their move this week.” It adds that he has “been in the club’s sights for several months,” with the Premier League champions ready to spend more than £50 million to bring him to London.
They could yet face competition, with Liverpool still interested and Manchester City having “asked to be kept fully up to speed with developments,” but Antonio Conte “is confident he can tempt the 26-year-old to make the switch to Stamford Bridge.”
Meanwhile, the Telegraph says a deal to bring Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater remains in progress, with reports over the weekend having suggested that an improved Chelsea bid of £25m has been tabled.
Spurs like look of Lazio’s Balde
In recent years, we have become used to the idea that Tottenham Hotspur get their transfer business going as the days remaining in the window begin to run out — and it seems things won’t be any different this summer.
The Mirror reports that Lazio forward Keita Balde is in their sights after he vented his frustration at being left out of their Supercoppa Italia squad, having declined to sign a new contract and been linked with Italian champions Juventus.
But Lazio are not keen to sell Balde to a domestic rival, and that means Spurs could take advantage despite also having interest expressed by both West Ham United and Ligue 1 champions Monaco.
Tottenham’s interest in Balde, who has 12 months left on his contract, comes as the North Londoners close in on the signing of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez.
Last week, sources told ESPN FC that Spurs were nearing a club-record £35m deal to sign the 21-year-old centre-back, who is poised to become their first new arrival of the summer.
— West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis wants to send some of the club’s most promising young players out on loan to prepare them for an eventual role in the first team at The Hawthorns.
The Mail says the Baggies boss is keen to give academy prospects a taste of first-team football after including four in his squad for Saturday’s win over Bournemouth — but he has stressed that sending them on loan would depend on bringing in some new faces before the window closes.
— Leicester City winger Tom Lawrence is set to move to Midlands rivals Derby County despite manager Craig Shakespeare’s desire to keep him, the Leicester Mercury reports.
It says Lawrence, who has a year remaining on his contract but is interesting a number of clubs, including Derby, has told Leicester he wants to leave and would cost up to £7m, with talks ongoing.