Paper Talk: Chelsea overhaul; Liverpool target going cheap

Date published: Thursday 25th February 2016 8:11

Arturo Vidal: Chelsea scouting Bayern Munich midfielder

Chelsea apparently want to make four major signings this summer, while Malaga could sell reported Liverpool target Ignacio Camacho for just £4million.


Chelsea appear to be closing on the appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager – and Roman Abramovich is ready to hand the new manager a £130million transfer budget to make four major signings, according to The Sun.

Chelsea will hold further talks with Conte’s representatives in England today, it is claimed, but the club have also been busy watching potential new players.

Technical director Michael Emenalo has apparently been in Italy scouting and watched Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal against Juventus on Tuesday, while Everton’s John Stones is said to remain a key defensive target with John Terry still expected to leave Stamford Bridge as it stands.

Eden Hazard is a likely departure, it is said, with Chelsea demanding £80million for the Real Madrid target – but Abramovich could even let the new boss spend that money on top of the £130million he has already earmarked.


Malaga could sell Ignacio Camacho for just £4million this summer, with Liverpool interested in the former Atletico Madrid midfielder.

It was reported earlier in the week that Liverpool were set to enter into talks to sign Camacho, and the Daily Mirror claims cash-strapped Malaga are willing to let the 25-year-old leave for half of his £8million buy-out clause.

Camacho has made 148 appearances for Malaga since joining in 2011. He was a regular for Spain’s youth sides but currently has only one senior cap to his name, coming against Germany in 2014.


Mathieu Flamini is facing the exit door at Arsenal after not being offered a new contract (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger is considering fielding a weakened team for the second leg of Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Barcelona to rest key players for the club’s Premier League title challenge (The Times)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fears he is facing another lengthy spell out after suffering a double injury blow against Barcelona (Daily Mail/Daily Mirror)

Louis van Gaal has hauled his squad in for one-on-one meetings in an effort to solve Manchester United’s crisis (Daily Mail)

Guillermo Varela has revealed Louis van Gaal blocked him from leaving the club last month

Gary Neville will be offered a two-year contract at Valencia – which casts doubt over his England future (Daily Mirror)

Watford have opened contract talks with Joel Ekstrand to ward off foreign suitors (Daily Mirror)

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is leading the search for a new technical director in an attempt to improve the club’s record in the transfer market (Daily Telegraph)

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