Antonio Conte will conduct an overhaul of Chelsea’s defence, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has suggested where his future lies.
CONTE TO GET RUTHLESS
Chelsea’s defensive horror show at Arsenal has convinced Antonio Conte he needs to reshape the Blues’ defence.
Conte is understood to have held an angry half-time inquest at the Emirates, as Chelsea crumbled to a 3-0 defeat.
And according to the Daily Mail, the Italian is keen to bolster his defence once again in January, while a number of players are expected to be phased out of the starting XI.
The report suggests Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic will lose their place, having struggled for form over the last 18 months, while Conte is unsure on David Luiz as a first-choice centre-back.
And the former Italy boss hopes to sign two more central defenders and a new full-back in January.
Chelsea were thwarted in their pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci – Conte’s two main targets – over the summer, but could reignite their interest.
Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson and Burnley’s Michael Keane are also being scouted, with the club keen on increasing its English contingent.
AND THE REST
– Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng says he made a promise to his late grandmother that one day he would play for Real Madrid (The Sun)
– Wayne Rooney has no interest in leaving Manchester United despite losing his place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI (Daily Express)
– Pep Guardiola wants Raheem Sterling to fill the void left by Kevin de Bruyne after the Belgian was ruled out for a month with injury (The Guardian)
– Granit Xhaka is expected the be handed the opportunity to cement his place in Arsenal’s starting XI with Francis Coquelin sidelined (The Guardian)
– Stoke will consider appointing for Hull boss Steve Bruce if they sack Mark Hughes following the club’s poor start to the season (Daily Express)
– Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has suggested Bastian Schweinsteiger could move to the MLS after being frozen out at Manchester United (Bild)
– Swansea’s American owners are keen on appointing former USA manager Bob Bradley with Francesco Guidolin’s future in doubt (The Sun)