Transfer talk

Conte wants defenders

Manager Antonio Conte is pushing for Chelsea to secure Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci or Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk to boost the English Premier League title winners' defensive strength before next season's return to the Champions League.

But the Italy centre-half would cost in excess of £50 million (S$88 million) along with a hefty long-term contract, while the Saints' intransigence in dealing with Liverpool over van Dijk suggests the Blues' negotiating skills may be severely tested.

THE GUARDIAN

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Aubameyang up for sale

Borussia Dortmund have put striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool - up for sale.

The German club, who want a deal to be negotiated within the next month, say that they will listen to offers for the striker, who has been valued at £60 million (S$106 million).

Aubameyang was top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals.

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