Chelsea eye defensive duo to replace Zouma and striker set to depart

Chelsea have identified Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk as possible defensive recruitments, according to the latest report from London Evening Standard. The report claims that any defensive arrival will possibly lead to the departure of centre-back Kurt Zouma on a loan deal. The French centre-back missed most of the last season with a cruciate injury and now manager Antonio Conte wants him to gain first-team experience elsewhere. French sides Lyon and Nice have already expressed interest in the 22-year-old, but Conte is not likely to let…

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Manchester United to work on three-man shortlist for defensive reinforcement

Manchester United are in the transfer market for an experienced centre-back and manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly drawn up a three-man shortlist. According to Sky Sports, following the Europa League triumph over Ajax, Mourinho has handed a list of players to United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, and that list features the names of Michael Keane, Virgil Van Dijk and Victor Lindelof. Keane has made a name of himself on the back of an impressive season with the Clarets. The 24-year-old, who left United to join the Clarets for £2m in…

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Top five players with most Man of the Match awards this Premier League season

We have seen some superb individual performances this season. But who leads the chart with the most number of Man of the Match performances? We take a look at top five Premier League players with most MOTM awards this season. This list has been compiled based on the data from WhoScored. 5. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Robbie Brady (Norwich City); Huerelho Gomes (Watford) – 4 Six players share the fifth spot with four MOTM appearances each. Payet has been a revelation…

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Best Premier League summer signing XI: Man United and Arsenal new boys almost the most exciting

This summer saw Premier League clubs spend more money than ever before, and for all that cash spent, it brought in some serious quality. Below, we’ve charted the best business of another crazy summer of spending to compile the best XI to join Premier League clubs. See what you think… GK: Petr Cech Chelsea to Arsenal, £11m Though the veteran stopper may have got off to a shaky start at The Emirates, there’s no doubt that he’ll prove an unmitigated success. In him, Arsenal finally have the world class ‘keeper…

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Done deal: Southampton confirm signing of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk

Southampton have confirmed on their official website that they have completed the signing of Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk. BBC Sport previously reported that the Saints had agreed an £11.5m fee with the Scottish champions, and Ronald Koeman’s side have now confirmed on their website that the 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal at St Mary’s. Although the south coast side kept a clean sheet during their emphatic victory over Norwich at the weekend, they have looked vulnerable at the back having lost several players during the summer. Nathaniel Clyne…

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Arsenal gossip: Ball in Gunners’ court over Benzema move, and Wenger questions Liverpool’s decision to sell Raheem Sterling

Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: According to the Daily Star, a Real Madrid insider claims that Karim Benzema is open to an Arsenal move, but it is up to the Gunners to make a bid if they want to land the 27-year-old. “It’s up to Arsenal to fight for Karim with a big offer,” the insider suggested. Ahead of the two sides’ clash tonight, Arsene Wenger has admitted that he’s surprised that Liverpool decided to sell Raheem Sterling this summer, and didn’t feel that the 20-year-old was…

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Arsenal and Man United target subject of £8m bid from Premier League rivals

Arsenal and Manchester United may now be forced to act if they wish to land Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, after the Daily Express reported that Southampton had made an £8m bid for the 24-year-old. While the Express report that the Scottish champions may want more for the Dutchman, Ronald Koeman is hoping that he will be available for the fee offered as the Saints will be unable to use the centre-back in the Europa League this season. However, the south coast side may have to pay considerably more if…

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