Arsenal plot stunning swoop for Real Madrid star, Coutinho latest, plus more

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, August 27 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Arsenal are prepared to meet a £75m buyout clause to sign Real Madrid’s Spain midfielder Marco Asensio, 21, before Thursday’s transfer deadline. (Sunday Express)Everton will move for £40m-rated Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 30, who is also wanted by Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)West Ham’s proposed club record move for £38m-rated Sporting Lisbonand Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, has been placed in jeopardy by their poor form. (Sunday Times)Arsenal are set to lose defender Kieran Gibbs, 27, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, forward Lucas Perez, 28, and defender Shkodran Mustafi, 25, before the transfer window closes. (Sunday Telegraph) Liverpool are pushing to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has also been linked with Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)Liverpool have set a Monday deadline for Barcelona to agree a fee for 25-year-old midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Onda Cero)Manchester City are close to completing a £30m move for West Bromwich Albion and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 29. City’s French defender Eliaquim Mangala, 26, will join the Baggies on loan for the rest of the season as part of the deal. (Sun on Sunday)Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, reportedly wants Arsenal to make him the Premier League’s highest earner if he is to sign a new deal. (Daily Star Sunday)Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not given up hope of signing Monacowinger Thomas Lemar, 21, and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, although it might be next season before they finally complete a move. (Sun on Sunday)Paris Saint-Germain are continuing negotiations to sign teenage forward Kylian Mbappe for £166m before the transfer window closes on Thursday, but Monaco would prefer to sell the 18-year-old to Real Madrid. (Sunday Telegraph)If Mbappe does leave Monaco, the French club see Leicester City’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani as a potential replacement, with Newcastle and Watford also weighing up a move for the 29-year-old. (Sky Sports News)Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, 20, asked to be left out of the squad to face Werder Bremen in order to resolve his future, with both Chelsea and Liverpool linked with a move for the Portuguese. (Metro)Juventus want to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, 24. (Marca)Valencia owner Peter Lim has landed in Manchester to begin talks over signing 21-year-old midfielder Andreas Pereira from Manchester United. (Sunday Express)Everton want £8m for Oumar Niasse, with Brighton a possible destination for the 27-year-old Senegal striker. (Mail on Sunday)Ex-England goalkeeper Rob Green, 37, is having a medical at Huddersfieldbefore joining them from Leeds. (Sky Sports)Brighton and Hove Albion have offered £12m for Cardiff City’s 23-year-old Danish striker Kenneth Zohore. (Mail on Sunday)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Juventus are confident of beating Liverpool to the loan signing of World Cup winner Benedikt HowedesItalian giants Inter Milan have re-entered the race to sign Tottenham and Juventus target Keita Balde, according to reportsHead coach Tony Pulis wants Jonny Evans’ future resolved as he looks to press on with West Brom’s recruitment driveEverton boss Ronald Koeman remains keen on adding a striker to his squad and would welcome a loan arrangement for Chelsea outcast Diego CostaBarcelona are close to wrapping up a £46million move for former Manchester United and Real Madrid winger Angel Di Marialast_img read more

Antonio Conte says he’s a disaster in terms of convincing clubs to buy players

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte believes he needs to be more persuasive when asking the club to sign new players, saying that his efforts to convince his board to spend big in the transfer window were “a bit of a disaster”.Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, but their failure to replicate last seasons form has led to questions about the size and quality of the squad, with the side in fifth on 50 points, 22 behind leaders Manchester City.The club also either failed to splurge in the recent transfer market or lost out on players they were interested in and while the Italian said he felt he could still get the best out of his squad, there was a need for fresh blood.”My task is to try and improve every single player, in every aspect. In terms of their mentality also…for this, I’m very good,” Conte was quoted as saying by British media.”But I think I’m a bit of a disaster to convince the club to buy players. I think in this aspect I can improve a lot.”I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect. I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good at persuading their clubs to spend money to buy top players.”Striker Alexis Sanchez and defender Virgil van Dijk were among the players linked to Chelsea in January, but they went to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.advertisementChelsea have since suffered league defeats to Bournemouth and Watford since the transfer window closed, leading to media speculation about Contes future.The 48-year-old, however, is confident the reports would not hinder his players performances, with Chelsea hosting bottom side West Bromwich Albion later on Monday.”Honestly I don’t think talk about my future can affect the players,” he added.”I think my players are getting used to these rumours, to this speculation, but for sure I am very happy with the commitment of my players, the behaviour of my players because they show me every day they want to overcome this situation.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more