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.


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.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Transfer talk'. Print Edition | Subscribe