After Saturday’s defensive horror show against Burnley, the Telegraph say that Chelsea are preparing a bid for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk. With Kurt Zouma out on loan and Nathan Ake and John Terry having departed, Van Dijk could step in to become a key player for the Blues.
Antonio Conte’s side were desperately lacking a defensive leader against Burnley and Van Dijk may perfectly fit that mould. Having submitted a transfer request on the south coast, a deal may be achievable, particularly with the Dutchman believed to be one of Antonio Conte’s top targets this summer.
In less positive news, Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim that Barcelona may challenge Real Madrid in their pursuit of Eden Hazard if they cannot lure Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho to Spain. What is surprising is that they say that Chelsea would consider a sale of the left winger at a price of €120 million (£109 million).
Hazard is currently training to overcome a broken ankle which he suffered whilst in training with the Belgian national team in June. It would be a huge blow for the Blues if they were to lose their star player but the outlet is far from the most reliable in Spain, with Roman Abramovich unlikely to sanction such a deal.
One sale which the club are desperate to make is that of striker Diego Costa. The Daily Star Sunday report that the Spaniard has been fined after failing to report for training, with the club believing that he is still on holiday in Brazil with no transfer imminent.
Club bosses are concerned that his extensive holidays could mean that he’s in poor shape if any club does look to buy him this summer. If not, then the Blues will be left paying his substantial wages until a suitor can be found in January or even next summer.