Paper Talk: Chelsea’s final £25m bid; duo eye Saints striker

Date published: Monday 22nd August 2016 7:40

Giorgio Chiellini: Wanted by Chelsea

Giorgio Chiellini: Wanted by Chelsea

Chelsea have revived their interest in Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini, while Hull City and West Brom want Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez – according to Monday’s newspapers.

CHIELLINI BACK ON BLUES RADAR

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has reportedly reiterated his desire to strengthen Chelsea’s defence before the transfer window closes and is preparing a ‘last-gasp’ offer for Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini.

The former Italy boss wants to be reunited with the 32-year-old, according to The Sun, as he wants to take the pressure of first-choice centre-back pairing John Terry and Gary Cahill.

Conte has recently revaled his frustration with the ‘crazy’ transfer market, and is hoping that a £25m offer for Chiellini will be enough for the Serie A champions to part ways with their legendary defender.

The report also mentions that Stamford Bridge officials have also been in talks once again with Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

RODRIGUEZ TIPPED FOR SAINTS EXIT

West Brom and Hull City are leading the way to sign bit-part Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez, according to the Daily Mirror.

Tony Pulis and Mike Phelan are both said to be ‘desperate’ to improve their respective squads before deadline day and are willing to take the attacker on loan for the season.

Rodriguez came on as a late substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Friday night, but would be allowed to leave St Mary’s should Claude Puel find a replacement beforehand.

AND THE REST

Andriy Yarmolenko: Linked with Merseyside switch

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is weighing up a move for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko (The Sun)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he hopes to sign German World Cup winning defender Shkodran Mustafi, 24 (SFR Sport via Daily Express)

But Wenger might need to spend heavily amid reports Mustafi could cost the Gunners £50m (Daily Mirror)

Joe Hart, 29, will be allowed to leave Manchester City after they agreed to sign fellow goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 33, from Barcelona in a deal worth up to £17m (Daily Telegraph)

Everton’s hopes of signing Hart depend on a chain of goalkeeper transfers – beginning with Barcelona completing a deal for Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen, 27 (Liverpool Echo)

Winger Kevin Mirallas, 28, has urged Everton and Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku, 23, to sign a new contract (Daily Express)

Everton are in talks with Porto to sign Algerian forward Yacine Brahimi, 26 (Sky Sports)

Santos striker Gabriel Barbosa, 19, has hinted he could join Brazil team-mate Neymar, 24, at Barcelona (Sun)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he he would be an “idiot” to make panic buys in the wake of defeat at Burnley (Guardian)

England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 26, will become the latest Leicester City player to sign a new contract this week (Daily Mirror)

Hull caretaker-manager Mike Phelan has called on the club to allow him to sign more players after their impressive start to the Premier League season (Daily Mail)

Portuguese winger Juan Cuadrado, 28, is expected to complete a permanent move from Chelsea to Juventus in the next few days (ESPN)

Manchester United still want Portugal defender Jose Fonte, 32, to replace Marcos Rojo, 26, and Phil Jones, 24, at Old Trafford (Manchester Evening News)

Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves’ future is in doubt as the 31-year-old Brazilian’s predicted transfer might not happen (Marca)

Fiorentina want to sign West Ham’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang, 24 (Gazetta della Sport)

Turkish club Caykur Rizespor are close to signing former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini and striker Emmanuel Adebayor, both 32 (Goal.com)

Tottenham have made a number of offers for Espanyol’s Spanish goalkeeper goalkeeper Pau Lopez, 21 (Sky Sports)

FC Porto have convinced Portugal under-21 striker Andre Silva, 20, to sign to a new five-year contract (ESPN)

Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald, 27, has urged team-mate Ryan Sessegnon, 16, to stay at Craven Cottage despite rumoured interest from the Premier League (Daily Star)

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia says the club hope to make more new signs before next week’s transfer deadline (Birmingham Mail)

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